Chelsea manager Antonio Conte thinks Arsenal’s desperate need for a positive finish to the season has his Blues an underdog in Saturday’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
The Blues battered Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday to set the Premier League record for wins in a single season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal won but saw its run of 20 seasons with a Top Four finish end thanks to Liverpool’s win over Middlesbrough.
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Our own Joe Prince-Wright was at Stamford Bridge for Conte’s post-match briefing.
“If you ask me who is the favorite now, I can tell you it is Arsenal because Arsenal now has the possibility to find a good season after a win in the FA Cup. For this reason, we must play with great patience. We must find in ourselves the right motivation, the right anger because the game can be very difficult for all of these reasons.
“We must have our antenna very high and to prepare in the right way. I’m not talking about the tactical game. I’m talking about the right fire and motivation in our heart. If we have this in the same proportion with Arsenal or more, we have the possibility to try to win and do the double.”
Not sure about that underdog take, considering Arsenal may be more desperate but they’ll also be facing more pressure. The Gunners have proven they don’t always answer that bell, and champions Chelsea have dealt well with pressure quite well.
In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.
Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.
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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.
The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.
FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.
CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.
FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”
Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.
The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.
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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.
It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.
Here’s some more transfer news from across England:
Liverpool got off to a flying start in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Hoffenheim.
With the loyal Anfield crowd behind the team, the Reds scored three goals in the first 21 minutes, two of them from Emre Can to put Liverpool well in control of the tie.
Can’s opener was followed by a goal from Mo Salah before the German international scored a wide-open goal at the back post to make it 3-0 and 5-1 on aggregate. Sadio Mane played a big role in both of Can’s goals.
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Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann went to the bench right after the third goal and brought on Mark Uth, who promptly scored to bright a little hope back to the German club.
Here’s a look at the flying first half of goals for Liverpool.
Emre Can 10′
Mohamed Salah 18′
Emre Can 21′
Mark Uth 28′