Chelsea vs Liverpool player ratings in FA Cup final


LONDON — The Chelsea vs Liverpool player ratings were a lot of fun to dish out as an epic FA Cup final played out at Wembley Stadium.

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Nothing separated the teams after 120 minutes as it finished 0-0 despite numerous chances for both in an open, entertaining game.

How this ended 0-0 is beyond everyone who watched the game, and then Liverpool won 6-5 on penalty kicks.

Below are the Chelsea vs Liverpool player ratings, with marks out of 10 and analysis on the players who featured for both.

Chelsea player ratings

Edouard Mendy: 7 – Calm on the ball and did well to claim crosses. Good stop to deny Diaz in the first half after he was one-on-one. Saved Mane’s penalty kick in the shootout.

Trevoh Chalobah: 7 – Struggled early to contain Diaz but settled down well and did his defensive work well.

Thiago Silva: 7 – Cool as ever on the ball and great positioning. At 37 years old he’s seen it all before.

Antonio Rudiger: 7 – Calm and collected on the ball and made a few great blocks.

Reece James: 8 – Some superb surges forward and whipped in great crosses others couldn’t make the most of.

Jorginho: 7 – Kept things ticking over in midfield and his big-game experience was very helpful.

Mateo Kovacic: 7.5 – After his speedy recovery from injury he wriggled free so many times on the ball and won it back often. Great display before he was subbed off.

Marcos Alonso: 8 – Hit the crossbar with a free kick, popped up in so many dangerous areas and never seemed to get tired.

Mason Mount: 7.5 – Buzzed around all the time in attack and won the ball back on plenty of occasions. Did the dirty work all game long. Cruel that his penalty was saved.

Christian Pulisic: 8 – Should have scored in the first half but dragged his effort wide, then denied by Alisson and curled another effort wide. Kept popping up in dangerous areas and Liverpool didn’t know how to stop him.

Romelu Lukaku: 5 – Some decent bits of hold-up play but lacking in confidence as the ball dropped to him in the box a few times but didn’t look like he wanted to shoot.

N’Golo Kante (66′ on for Kovacic): 7 – All over the place and helped Chelsea get control of the game.
Hakim Ziyech (85′ on for Lukaku): 7 – Some lovely balls into the box and made some good runs.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (105′ on for Pulisic): 6 – Subbed on and played up top, then subbed off for Barkley.
Cesar Azpilicueta (105′ on for Chalobah): 6 – Kept Chelsea tight at the back but missed his penalty.
Ross Barkley (119′ on for Loftus-Cheek): N/A – Brought on to take a penalty kick.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson: 8 – Good stop to deny Pulisic down low. Didn’t have much else to do aside from saving from Mount in the penalty shootout. Would have saved Azpilcueta’s too.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6 – Struggled defensively to shut down Alonso and Pulisic. Some of his deliveries were a little off too.

Ibrahima Konate: 7 – Rash challenge in extra time which could have cost Liverpool a penalty. Solid aside from that. Won the battle with Lukaku.

Virgil van Dijk: 7 – Subbed off at the end of 90 minutes. During the game he didn’t have much to do aside from position himself to shut down the lackluster Lukaku.

Andy Robertson: 7 – Whipped in some delicious crosses and hit the post as he popped up at the back post.

Jordan Henderson: 7 – Got through a lot of work in midfield and it was an even battle with Jorginho.

Thiago Alcantara: 6 – Never really got on the ball to dictate the tempo as he would have liked but kept plugging away.

Naby Keita: 6 – Couldn’t have an impact on the game. Had one shot on goal but didn’t catch it.

Mohamed Salah: 6 – Subbed off in the first half with an injury. Before that he hadn’t really got going. One header off. Liverpool fans will be sweating on his injury.

Sadio Mane: 7 – Never got behind the Chelsea defense but kept probing and played in some nice passes to Luis Diaz (when he hit the post) and others.

Luis Diaz: 8.5 – Should have scored three or four. A constant pest and he hit the post, forced Mendy into a fine stop and was so close on numerous occasions. It just wasn’t his day but what a shift. So dangerous when cutting in from the left.

Diogo Jota (33′ on for Salah): 6 – Some lovely passes but missed a big chance in the first half and didn’t quite look at it.
James Mliner (74′ on for Keita): 6 – Rattled into a few challenges and shored things up.
Joel Matip (90′ on for Van Dijk: 7 – Made some great challenges and read the game so well.
Roberto Firmino (98′ on for Diaz): 6 – Didn’t really have any time to impact the game.
Kostas Tsimikas (111′ on for Robertson): 6 – A few runs forward, then won it with his penalty kick.

Italy vs England: How to watch live, stream link, team news


England will begin their EURO 2024 quest the same way they finished their heartbreaking EURO 2020 campaign: facing Italy, now two-time champions of Europe, on Thursday.

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The two European giants faced off in the 2020 final (in the summer of 2021) at Wembley Stadium in London, and it was the Italians who triumphed in the penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw after regular time and extra time.

Italy and England are joined in Group C by Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta. The sides that finish 1st and 2nd in the group will qualify for next summer’s tournament in Germany.

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Here is everything you need for Italy vs England. 

How to watch Italy vs England live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3:45pm ET, Thursday (March 23)
Stadium: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli

Italy squad

Goalkeepers – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Claudio Carnesecchi (Cremonese), Wladimiro Falcone (Lecce)

Defenders – Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan), Francesco Acerbi (Inter Milan), Emerson Palmieri (West Ham), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino)

Midfielders – Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Jorginho (Arsenal), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Monza), Sandro Tonali (AC Milan), Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo)

Forwards – Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds), Simone Pafundi (Udinese), Mateo Retegui (Tigre)

England squad

Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford (Everton), Fraser Forster (Tottenham), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders – Kyle Walker (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Reece James (Chelsea), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

Forwards – Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Manchester City), James Maddison (Leicester), Ivan Toney (Brentford)

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Ivan Toney – Video of all his Premier League goals in 2022-23


Ivan Toney has proven himself a bona fide Premier League striker, as he chases a 20-goal season and closes in on 30 scored across two top-flight campaigns, after just one (record-setting) season in the Championship.

Toney bagged a sensational 31 goals in 45 second-division games as Brentford won Premier League promotion in 2020-21, but there were (reasonable) questions about those goals translating to the best league in the world.

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He finished 11th in the PL with 12 goals last season, and now Toney is up to 16 goals through the Bees’ first 27 games this season — 3rd-most currently, behind only Erling Haaland’s 28 goals (WATCH HERE) and Harry Kane’s 21 (WATCH HERE).

Below you will find every Ivan Toney goal video from the 2022-23 Premier League season so far.

Goal vs Southampton – March 15, 2023

Goal vs Fulham – March 6, 2023

Goal vs Arsenal – February 11, 2023

Goal vs Bournemouth – January 14, 2023

Goal vs West Ham – December 30, 2022

Goal vs Tottenham – December 26, 2022

2 goals vs Manchester City – November 12, 2022

2 goals vs Brighton – October 14, 2022

Goal vs Newcastle – October 8, 2022

Hat trick vs Leeds – September 3, 2022

Goal vs Fulham – August 20, 2022

Goal vs Leicester – August 7, 2022

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New deadline looms for Manchester United bids


A new deadline is looming for potential new owners of Manchester United, as our partners in the UK at Sky Sports say the deadline for second offers is Wednesday, March 22.

They add that up to eight bids are expected, while INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has told The Wall Street Journal he won’t pay a ‘stupid price’ for the Red Devils.

The Glazer family continue to explore either the full or partial sale of the Premier League giants.

It has been widely reported by ESPN and Sky Sports that two bids, one from Ratcliffe and another led by Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, are the frontrunners as the Glazers look at all of their available options.

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Over the last few months the American family have been seeking potential investors in Manchester United and they have not been short of suitors.

Presentations have been taking place between potential new owners and investors and the Man United hierarchy over the last few weeks.

The latest updates

Two bids have now taken center stage as they arrived before the first, well-documented, deadline.

One is from INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who failed to buy Chelsea last year but was always said to prefer a bid for his boyhood club Manchester United.

“How do you decide the price of a painting? How do you decide the price of a house? It’s not related to how much it cost to build or how much it cost to paint. What you don’t want to do is pay stupid prices for things because then you regret it subsequently,” Ratcliffe told The Wall Street Journal.

Another bid is led by Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is seeking full control of the club and is the chairman of Qatar Islamic Bank as his father was the former prime minister of Qatar.

The Glazer family bought United in 2005 for $1.4 billion and it is believed they are now asking over $7.3 billion for a full sale of the club.

Statement from INEOS

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS confirmed they have ‘submitted a bid for majority ownership of Manchester United’ and went into more detail on their plans.

“We would see our role as the long-term custodians of Manchester United on behalf of the fans and the wider community. We are ambitious and highly competitive and would want to invest in Manchester United to make them the number one club in the world once again.

“We also recognise that football governance in this country is at a crossroads. We would want to help lead this next chapter, deepening the culture of English football by making the club a beacon for a modern, progressive, fan-centred approach to ownership. We want a Manchester United anchored in its proud history and roots in the northwest of England, putting the Manchester back into Manchester United and clearly focusing on winning the Champions League.”

Statement from Qatari bid

The Qatari bid, led by Sheikh Jassim, promised that their offer is ‘completely debt free’ and they want United to become ‘the greatest football club in the world’ during their stewardship of the club.

“The bid will be completely debt free via Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation, which will look to invest in the football teams, the training center, the stadium and wider infrastructure, the fan experience and the communities the club supports.

“The vision of the bid is for Manchester United Football Club to be renowned for footballing excellence, and regarded as the greatest football club in the world.”

USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams


The USMNT will be without captain Tyler Adams when they play a pair of CONCACAF Nations League games later this month, but they will have 13 members of the 2022 World Cup squad, including Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, as confirmed by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

The Yanks will also not have Timothy Weah, who suffered a scary concussion for Lille versus Toulouse on Sunday. He’s been replaced by AZ Alkmaar’s Djordje Mihailovic.

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Adams will miss the games against Gernada (March 24) and El Salvador (March 27) after suffering a hamstring injury during a recent training session with Leeds United.

Reyna’s place within the team and program had come into question in the weeks and months since the World Cup, with events and an investigation transpiring involving former/a candidate to remain USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and Gio’s parents, Claudio and Danielle. Interim head coach Anthony Hudson explained Reyna’s inclusion as a decision to “move forward.”

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“It became a bit more complex in the months since the World Cup, but as far as we’re concerned Gio is a part of our program,” Hudson said. “He’s a good guy and a top talent, and he is evaluated like any other player. We made the roster decisions based on what gives the team the best opportunity to win these games, and we brought him in because we think he can help us do that.”

Full USMNT roster for 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham/), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach/), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juárez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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