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Rodriguez, Buffon leave Bayern Munich, PSG, respectively

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Two stars of past World Cup are looking for a new club to play for this summer.

Bayern Munich made it official on Wednesday, announcing that midfielder James Rodriguez would be leaving the club following a two-year loan deal and be, on paper, heading back to Real Madrid. Also on Wednesday, PSG announced that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon would be leaving the club after just one season.

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In his two years in Germany, Rodriguez leaves with four trophies, 67 appearances and 15 goals and 20 assists. While that constitutes some success, for sure, Rodriguez never became as big of a star as the likes of Robert Lewandowski or Thomas Muller. Rodriguez also battled with multiple injuries, including an injury that ended his league season late in April.

Buffon meanwhile split the season with France National Team goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and at age 41, is now looking for another new destination as he could potentially prolong his career.

So, what’s next for the pair? The latest reports have seen Rodriguez linked with a move to Juventus or Napoli, though the Colombian denied those claims to the Colombian media after a friendly match with Panama ahead of the Copa America, stating he’d rather be in Medellin, his hometown in Colombia. For Buffon, meanwhile, it’s another year where he has to decide if he wants to continue playing or retire.

Both players would be interesting pickups for the Premier League, should any teams be willing to take a flyer on them. Would Manchester United bring James in to play behind Marcus Rashford up top, or if Mesut Ozil does leave Arsenal, could James replace him? Buffon could likely be an upgrade, even at his age, for most Premier League defenses, and perhaps he could have a season like Esteban Cambiasso did at Leicester City before retiring.

 

Ranieri on Leicester post-Kante: “Don’t worry. Football in Leicester will keep going”

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Claudio Ranieri hasn’t lost his way with words over the summer.

The Leicester City boss who famously refused to admit his team was in a title race for most of the Premier League season is keeping it cool in the wake of N'Golo Kante signing for Chelsea.

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Simply put, Ranieri says everything’s going to be fine.

From Sky Sports:

“Last season we lost Esteban Cambiasso and everybody was crying,” Ranieri said, after his side drew 1-1 with Celtic in a pre-season friendly.

“Now we are crying because we lost Kante. Don’t worry. Football in Leicester will keep going.”

Kante was probably the most important part of Leicester’s title capture last season, but Ranieri’s system was also critical. The follow-up was always going to be a challenge, but the Foxes won’t sit on their hands moving forward.

Don’t worry.

Arsenal 2-3 Olympiacos: Ospina OG sinks Gunners

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Arsenal is yet to earn a point in Group F of the Champions League, falling to Greek side Olympiacos 3-2 today at the Emirates.

Twice the Gunners came back from a goal down to draw level, but they couldn’t overcome a brutal mistake by David Ospina in goal as they now face a massive battle to advance to the knockout rounds.

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The visitors took the lead in the 32nd minute, as Felipe Pardo capitalized on a corner kick. Arsenal’s clearance popped out to Pardo at the top of the box, whose shot made it through traffic and into the bottom corner.

However, Arsenal drew level just minutes later as Theo Walcott equalized for the Gunners. Walcott ran onto a through ball from Alexis Sanchez and finished home, as the speedy striker continued his great scoring form.

But then, David Ospina made a terrible mistake in goal which handed the lead back to Olympiacos. Ospina was caught off his line on an in-swinging corner kick, and couldn’t recover in time to keep the ball out. The Colombian tried to catch the ball, but ended up doing so in his own net, as the assistant referee confirmed the ball crossed the line.

Trailing 2-1 at the break, Arsenal came out firing in the second half in search of an equalizer. After a few close calls, the Gunners were eventually rewarded for their pressure in the 65th minute. Walcott played in a cross to Alexis Sanchez, who flew into the box unmarked and powered a header into the back of the net. After a poor first half, Arsenal looked to be back in control.

However, that didn’t last long as Olympiacos scored immediately off the restart, driving down the field to regain the lead. Former Leicester City midfielder Esteban Cambiasso played a clever chip over the Arsenal defense, and Alfred Finnbogasan got a touch on the cross to make it 3-2 in favor of the Greeks.

After falling behind once again, the Gunners continued to pressure but were unable to find a third goal. After losing to Dinamo Zagreb in the opening match and now falling to Olympiacos, Arsenal sits at the bottom of Group F with zero points. With their next two matches both against Bayern Munich, Arsene Wenger‘s men could realistically start Champions League play with four straight losses.