Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Mourinho’s boys win League Cup trophy

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Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea beat London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, as the Premier League leaders won the first piece of silverware on offer in England this season.

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A first half goal from John Terry set them on their way, then a Diego Costa shot which deflected off Kyle Walker and in sealed the victory at a rain soaked Wembley. 10 years after Mourinho hoisted the League Cup for his first trophy in England, the Portuguese boss now has the first title of his second spell in charge of the Blues after a perfect day for Chelsea which also saw Manchester City lose to Liverpool as their grip on the Premier League trophy also strengthened.

Winning the League Cup trophy marked Chelsea’s first title since their UEFA Europa League success in 2013, and the first time they have won the League Cup since 2007. As for Spurs, they have now lost their last two League Cup finals after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the 2008 final.

Chelsea started brightly as Terry almost got on the end of a ball at the back post but Hugo Lloris tipped Branislav Ivanovic’s deep cross out for a corner. Tottenham almost took the lead on 10 minutes as Harry Kane won a free kick after some trickery on the edge of the box and Christian Eriksen stepped up but his curling effort crashed off the crossbar and out. Moments later Eden Hazard curled an effort wide, as Chelsea pushed their way back into the match.

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A flash-point arrived in the first half as Costa appeared to push Nabil Bentaleb in the face when holding off the Spurs midfielder, then Kyle Walker and Ryan Mason were incensed that the Brazilian forward wasn’t penalized by referee Anthony Taylor. Moments later Costa was taken out by Eric Dier, who was shown a yellow card, as Chelsea began to get under the skin of Spurs.

Before the break Eriksen again went close as he picked up the ball on the edge of the box but Petr Cech got down low to save at his near post. Terry then gave Chelsea the lead right on the stroke of half time, as  free kick from Willian on the right hit Dier and Terry slammed home the loose ball. 1-0 to Chelsea.

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Costa and Chelsea prevailed in a rough and tumble final at Wembley.

Moments before the break it was almost 2-0 as Gary Cahill headed towards goal but Lloris saved, as Spurs went in 1-0 down. In the second half Hazard popped up on the left and flashed the ball across the face of the goal but no Chelsea player could get on the end.

Cesc Fabregas then sent a spectacular bicycle kick towards the bottom corner which Lloris saved, as the Premier League leaders poured forward at the start of the second half. As the rain poured down at Wembley, Chelsea doubled their lead to put the game beyond Spurs’ reach.

Fabregas slotted in Costa and from a tight angle he drilled an effort towards goal which deflected off Walker and past Lloris into the net. 2-0 to Chelsea. Hazard then bent an effort just wide of the far post as Chelsea threatened to run away with things. Late on Spurs threw everything at Chelsea but Kane’s effort was deflected wide and that was as close as they got to halving the deficit.


Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Zouma, Fabregas (Oscar, 88′), Hazard, Diego Costa (Drogba, 90′), Willian (Cuadrado, 76′)

Goals: Terry (44′), Walker, OG (56′)

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason (Lamela, 71′), Bentaleb, Eriksen, Townsend, (Dembele, 62′) Kane, Chadli (Soldado, 80′)

Teammates appear to stop Marega leaving after racist slurs

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LIBSON, Portugal — FC Porto striker Moussa Marega, who tried to walk off the field after being the target of racist slurs from fans, faced apparent attempts Sunday by his own teammates and opposition players to prevent him from leaving.

Marega, who is black and from Mali, was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored Porto’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães in the Portuguese football league.

But when Marega started to walk off the field, several players from both Porto and Guimarães appeared to argue with him. Porto coach Sérgio Conceição also went on the field and spoke with Marega.

It took Marega several minutes to leave the field when he was substituted.

Marega held his thumbs down at the crowd as he went into the tunnel to the changing rooms. The crowd responded with loud jeers.

The attitude of the other players has drawn criticism on social media.

“We are indignant with what has happened. Moussa was insulted from warmups (before kickoff),” Conceição said after the match.

“We are a family. One’s nationality, color, or height does not matter. We are human beings. We deserve respect and what happened was despicable.”

Marega received a yellow card following his goal in the 61st minute when he appeared to respond to the slurs by pointing at his skin and by picking up a seat that had been thrown on the pitch.

Timothy Weah returns to action with Lille after lengthy| absence

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Timothy Weah was back in action in Lille’s 2-1 loss to Marseille on Sunday after a 183-day absence.

The American attacker played the final 10 minutes of the defeat after being inactive since Lille’s second match of the season back in August 17 in which he suffered a “very bad hamstring tear“.

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Weah arrived at Lille in June on a $12 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain, placing high expectations on the 19-year-old son of Ballon d’OR winner George Weah.

Since, however, the U.S. men’s national team player has had little activity with the French side, accumulating less than 100 minutes over a three-game stretch.

Lille manager Christophe Galtier will likely ease Weah’s way into the a starting role moving forward – which is largely contingent on his performances at practice and in official play.

Lille, who’ve accumulated 40 points in 25 matches, are currently fourth in Ligue 1.

WATCH: Ashley Young opens his Inter Milan account with volley

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The first English goalscorer in Serie A this decade is 34-year-old Ashley Young.

Inter Milan’s newly-integrated wingback opened his Serie A account in proper fashion – scoring with a first-time right-footed volley strike against a strong Lazio side.

Why did Manchester United let Young walk away from Old Trafford during the winter transfer window? Surely, Young will answer that in detail when the time is right. At this moment, he’s too busy scoring goals – stellar ones, too – as we can see for ourselves above.

Young arrived at Inter in January on a reported $2-million deal for the remainder of the season, with an option to extend for another season.

Arsenal laud star man Ceballos

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LONDON — Arsenal hammered Newcastle on Sunday and to make sure you have every angle covered for the marquee Premier League games, our new feature “In the Mixed Zone” will take you behind-the-scenes and into the tunnel areas to hear from the star players moments after their magic has decided games or drama has ensued.

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The idea is to set the scene of being inside the tunnel area in Old Trafford, by the dugouts at Stamford Bridge and in the swanky new players area in Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium as Premier League stars walk out of the dressing room and break down the game with media members around the world. We will tell you what they are saying and the kind of antics going on amid the hubbub of the mixed zone as players from both teams have their say on the 90-plus minutes of action we’ve just witnessed.

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Here’s the scene from deep inside the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal’s players were very willing to stop and chat after the 4-0 win but Newcastle’s players were not as Martn Dubravka and Valentino Lazaro were the only two who wanted to discuss the drubbing as the scoreline flattered Arsenal a little.


Arsenal center back David Luiz, looking toasty on a chilly London evening in his Rag and Bone beanie, was full of praise for central midfielder Dani Ceballos.

Asked by Pro Soccer Talk about the Spanish midfielder playing in a slightly deeper role and dominating the game with his slick passing, Luiz is clearly a fan of the man on loan from Real Madrid.

“He is a great player. He is a player who is improving and working very well every single day,” Luiz said. “I think this kind of mentality is what we need for the team. He started very well when he came, he got an injury, he went and came back, he lost his position, he lost a bit of game time. He was trying to improve his game and in the moment that he has the opportunity he shows that he is a great player, like he did today. I think this is the kind of mentality that we need in the team. Big teams who win titles don’t just depend on 11 players. We need more players who are always ready to help. Dani showed that today, even the boys who came into the game showed the right mentality. I think we are improving because of that and we are understanding what we need to be a big team.”

Arteta also waxed lyrical about the performance of Ceballos, who walked through the mixed zone wearing a Louis Vuitton backpack which was designed like a soccer ball. My goodness, it was awesome. Also, how much do we estimate that cost!? Anyway, here’s Mikel…

“Dani Ceballos is a good example. He was injured and when he started to train I didn’t think he was fit enough. He completely changed his behavior and trained like an animal. I thought he was the best player on the pitch,” Arteta said.

As Ceballos is pushing for a permanent move to Arsenal and a place in Spain’s EURO 2020 squad, expect plenty more displays like this.

Alexandre Lacazette also stopped for a chat and was very positive about Arsenal’s performance, while Bukayo Saka was also extremely happy with his display. Shkodran Mustafi and Bernd Leno weren’t keen to stop for a chat but that’s probably because they were heading off towards Highbury and Islington tube station to down a few pints…


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang walked out and had a chuckle as the media lined up to speak to Luiz and then said something to him in French. Auba didn’t stop, while Hector Bellerin and Lucas Torreira nodded as they headed towards the exit.


Newcastle’s players did the classic move of walking behind the sponsorship boards and out of the exit. Danny Rose, on loan at Newcastle from Spurs, was in and out of the tunnel area as he tried to keep a low profile. Clever boy.

Arsenal’s sporting director Edu said hello and looked pretty happy after that win. He emerged from the elevator a few minutes later wearing a red and white scarf around his neck. A proper club man.


Congrats to Martin Dubravka, he is actually one of the nicest blokes in the game. The Slovakian goalkeeper is the most worked goalkeeper in the PL, according to stats released over the weekend, and despite letting in four goals and not covering himself in glory for Ozil’s goal, Dubravka spoke to the press. We appreciate that.