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CHELSEA head into the international break on a high after beating Southampton at the Bridge this weekend.

But their boss Thomas Tuchel hit out at Fifa over the chaos surrounding international quarantine as his stars head out to play for their countries.

We've also the very latest on Erling Haaland, as well as all the fallout after a thrilling 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Man City at Anfield.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    SALAH ADMISSION

    Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has admitted that the Reds' draw with Manchester City was a fair result.

    Salah told Sky Sports: "Yeah [draw is fair] I have to be fair.

    “They had a lot of chances, kept the ball a lot. I wish I could say no, but it’s fair to say yes.

    “They had a lot of chances and a draw is a fair result for both”

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAUL SEARCHING

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has stated that "chances will come" for summer loanee Saul Niguez, who has only managed two appearances.

    Tuchel said: "Saul does not need to worry, just work hard, and then the chances will come.

    "We could only give 11 players the chance [to start], so of course that means we have eight players we didn't trust on Saturday from the beginning.

    "I cannot hide from this reality and I will always do my choices in the best belief for the team and for these kinds of games"

  • Kostas Lianos

    BROZOVIC RACE

    Manchester United and Tottenham are keeping tabs on Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who claim United and Spurs are “locked” in a transfer battle with Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Red Devils have been holding a long-term interest in the midfielder and the north Londoners are likely to move for him as well after the New Year.

    The Croatia international’s deal with Inter runs out at the end of the season

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  • Kostas Lianos

    POGBA EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United want to have a final decision regarding the future of Paul Pogba by Christmas, according to SunSport’s Duncan Wright.

    Pogba is in the last year of his United deal and would be free to talk with other clubs in January.

    The Red Devils' hierarchy are desperate to avoid having a circus drag out into the second half of the season which could overshadow a potential challenge for trophies.

    The Manchester giants have been in regular talks with the star midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola in an attempt to thrash out terms on a new contract which could top £400,000 a week.

    Over the past couple of months it is understood United have grown increasingly confident they will be able to tie the France international down for the majority of the rest of his career in peak fitness

  • Kostas Lianos

    THAT'S WHATSAPP

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta shared a Whatsapp message with fellow board members expressing his support for manager Ronald Koeman.

    According to Sport, that happened on Saturday before Barca lost at Atletico Madrid, which piled up pressure for Koeman.

    A vast majority of board members thought the Dutch head coach's days were numbered but Laporta believed he still "deserves a margin of confidence".

    The Blaugrana bigwig argued that "Koeman loves Barça and is an indisputable figure of Barcelona".

    Laporta also highlighted that the ex-Southampton and Everton boss "assumed responsibility for leading the team at a time of maximum sporting and institutional difficulty"

  • Kostas Lianos

    BIDDING WAR

    Arsenal could reignite their interest in Real Betis star Nabil Fekir following his impressive start to the season.

    Fekir has already amassed two goals and as many assists in nine games in all competitions and is tied down at Betis until 2023.

    According to Fichajes, the attacking midfielder could be tempted to leave LaLiga for the Premier League in 2022.

    The France international has been linked with a move to the Gunners, who could be facing a bidding war with West Ham and Everton

  • Kostas Lianos

    TUCH ENOUGH

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has hit out at FIFA over the continuing chaos around international quarantine.

    Tuchel is unhappy Thiago Silva has been called up by Brazil for three games in seven days in countries all currently on the UK’s Covid-19 red list.

    The German head coach said: "Thiago will go and play for Brazil and will come back to us on the day of our next match against Brentford.

    “He is our player, yet he comes back on matchday from a country where he maybe then needs to do a quarantine.

    “This is the situation of international breaks in 2021. Like it or not, what can I do? Is it a good solution for us as a club? No. But we cannot hold him back”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MOVE CAN BE HAAL-TED

    Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland may not leave despite his bargain £65million release clause coming to effect in the summer.

    Haaland has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

    But former Sheffield United ace Jan Age Fjortoft believes the star striker could still opt to stay at Dortmund.

    Fjortoft told Sport Bild: "I think the Haaland team and the family don't know where he's going either.

    "Because the football world is changing. There are so many things that affect that.

    "They don't know where he will play in the 2021-2022 season. Haaland and his team are always looking for development.

    "And if that is the case in Dortmund, then he will stay there"

  • William Pugh

    MORNING FOOTBALLFANS

    Manchester City's complaint to Liverpool over spitting has overshadowed the magic within a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

    The Reds are thought to be investigating, including watching CCTV footage, after City alleged a home fan spat at visiting backroom staff in the first half

    City boss Pep Guardiola said: "They [the staff] told me but I didn't see it.

    "I'm pretty sure Liverpool will take measures against this person. I know they are greater than this behaviour."

    City twice levelled through Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne after Sadio Mane struck against the tide of play and Mo Salah weaved through for a goal-of-the-season contender.

    It means Chelsea stay top, one point clear of Liverpool and two above champions City.

    Son-Heung-min's two assists led Tottenham's improved 2-1 home defeat of Aston Villa.

    Ollie Watkins' first goal of the season cancelled out Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's neat opener, but Matt Target promptly put through his own net.

    And Yoane Wissa’s stoppage-time winner sent brilliant Brentford above West Ham into seventh place with a 2-1 win at London Stadium.

    Bryan Mbeumo rewarded the Bees' strong start, but they tired and Jarrod Bowen bagged what briefly looked like being a late point-saver for the Hammers.

    Meanwhile, the main transfer speculation surrounds Real Madrid lining up a January move for Leicester's star man Youri Tielemans.

    And Arsenal (again), Everton and West Ham are being linked with Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIFA ARE OUT OF TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel has hit out at Fifa over the continuing chaos around international quarantine.

    The Chelsea manager is unhappy defender Thiago Silva has been called up by Brazil for three games in seven days in countries all currently on the UK’s Covid red list.

    Yet, he is powerless to keep his player in London because of the threat of a ban from world football’s governing body.

    He said: “Thiago will go and play for Brazil and will come back to us on the day of our next match against Brentford.

    “He is our player, yet he comes back on matchday from a country where he maybe then needs to do a quarantine.

    “This is the situation of international breaks in 2021. Like it or not, what can I do? Is it a good solution for us as a club? No. But we cannot hold him back.”

    Thiago, 37, was one of 11 Premier League players prevented from travelling to South America during last month’s international break.

    Fifa threatened to impose a five-day ban on them  — and only backed down when it became clear clubs were  prepared to ignore the sanctions.

  • Ian Tuckey

    AURIER SET FOR VILLARREAL

    Ex-Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier is set to join Villarreal under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, reports say

    The Ivorian, 28, is a free agent after leaving Spurs in August.

    According to Carrusel Deportivo, Aurier will undergo a medical at Villarreal on Monday ahead of signing for the Europa League holders.

    It’s unclear at this stage how long the defender’s reported contract will be.

    Aurier left Tottenham by mutual consent on deadline day after four years with the club.

    The right-back made 77 Premier League appearances for the North London outfit, helping them reach the Champions League final in 2019.

    Aurier’s reported move to Villarreal comes as a bit of a surprise as the bookies had tipped him to join Real Madrid.

    Rumours also suggested he was interested in joining Tottenham’s arch rivals Arsenal – but that now seems highly unlikely.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FRANK: WORLD KNOWS WHO WE ARE NOW

    Thomas Frank says the world are finally starting to know who Brentford are, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The Bees followed up holding Liverpool for a draw by winning 2-1 at West Ham today to climb up to seventh in the Premier League.

    And boss Frank said the West London club are starting to be more than just a nice story as an addition to the top flight.

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    He said: “Outside the Premier League, outside London, outside the UK – everyone in the whole world, they don’t even know how to pronounce us.

    “They don’t know us. So we need to show it on the pitch.

    “I know the quality of Liverpool and West Ham and playing them away. To get four points from those games is remarkable.”

    Brentford have now claimed 12 points from their opening seven matches, and even the ever-positive Dane is slightly taken back by how well his team are doing.

    He added: “I’m always honest so I believe in the team and the players massively and I believed that we could do something in the Premier League.

    “Also from the beginning I know that we would be strong defensively and that we’d be brave. But those points – that’s a lot.

    “It’s well deserved. Not stats or expected goals or anything, it’s what I see with my own eyes. It’s definitely deserved.

    “Just before we scored my assistant said it would be a good point, but I said I thought we could go on and win. And we did.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    DEAN MEANS HASEN HASSLE

    Ralph Hasenhuttl has slammed ref Mike Dean, claiming Southampton ‘always have a problem’ when he’s in charge.

    Dean was on VAR duty in the Saints’ 3-1 defeat at Chelsea yesterday.

    And it was he who recommended Martin Atkinson consult the touchline monitor before sending off James Ward-Prowse for a foul on Jorginho.

    Hasenhuttl is adamant his captain did not deserve to see red.

    But he was not surprised by the decision knowing that Dean was in control of VAR.

    Hasenhuttl told BBC Radio Solent: “I always have a bit of a problem when we know Mike Dean is on VAR because we don’t have a good history with him, to be honest.

    “There was still a long way to go [before the red], but you could feel Chelsea were a little bit wobbly.

    “We believed in what we were doing and the way we played in the second half was absolutely hurting them.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ANNOY KEANE

    Roy Keane admits Kyle Walker still 'irritates' him

    Ex-Manchester United captain remains unconvinced by City's England right-back Walker, 31, and believes "his pace gets him out of trouble".

    Keane told Sky Sports: "I've been critical of him in the past.

    "He makes too many mistakes and he relies on his pace to get him out of trouble but he’s had a very good career.

    "I can be quite critical with defenders, especially when it’s a head job.

    "That’s what irritates me, the concentration – but big player for Man City and England so the kid's doing something right."

    Walker is one of the quickest players in the Premier League and usually recovers well if he, or his defensive colleagues, make an error.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ZLATAN'S ELECTR-VIC FERRARI TREAT FOR 40TH

    AC Milan's ex-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has treated himself to a brand new Ferrari to celebrate his 40th birthday.

    Ibrahimovic splashed over £400,000 for a Ferrari Sf90 Stradale, the model's first ever electric car, which can reach 211mph.

    The legendary striker shared a snap of his lavish new wheels on Instagram with the following caption: "Happy Birthday to Zlatan."

    The Sweden international has created quite a tradition as he also got himself a car on his 38th and 39th birthday.

    The former Manchester United superstar spent a whopping £1.4million on a rare Ferrari Monza SP2 two years ago.

    The Swede then gifted himself a new Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition in red last year.

    He celebrated his new rides in the exact same manner with an identical post on social media.

    Those aren't the only luxury cars the former Paris Saint-Germain ace has in his swanky garage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SALAH DAZE

    Liverpool striker Mo Salah thrilled football fans with a contender for goal of the season in the 2-2 home draw with Manchester City.

    Hailed by some as a strike worthy of Lionel Messi, Salah jinxed his way past City’s stubborn defence before lashing the ball home from a tight angle.

    The 76th minute effort saw Liverpool go 2-1 ahead at Anfield, following strikes from Sadio Mane and Phil Foden.

    Indeed, many believed Salah’s effort was going to be enough for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

    But they were undone just five minutes later when Kevin De Bruyne equalised for the champions.

    And the title clash at Anfield finished 2-2, with both sides picking up a point.

    The thriller also saw a memorable moment from City’s Bernardo Silva, who skipped his way past three Liverpool players before leaving Virgil van Dijk on the floor with a mazy run of his own.

    However, it was Salah’s goal that fans continued to rave about long after the final whistle.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CITY MAKE 'SPIT' COMPLAINT TO LIVERPOOL

    Manchester City have made a complaint to Liverpool after a member of Pep Guardiola's backroom staff was allegedly spat at.

    The incident is saidto have happened when the City boss and his colleagues were celebrating Phil Foden makng it 1-1 in the 2-2 Anfield draw.

    It's believed the episode was caught on camera and Liverpool are investigating the claims.

    Discussing the complaint, Guardiola said: "I don't know what happened.

    "I hear something from the crowd, they said something not nice to the staff but I did not see the images of what happened.

    "But I am pretty sure if what happened – from what the people told me – Liverpool FC will take measures about this person.

    "Liverpool is much greater than this behaviour so my admiration will not change for this club."

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE BENCHING RON IS ‘SACKABLE OFFENCE’

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer benching Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday was a “sackable offence”.

    That’s the verdict of Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor after Ronaldo’s 33-minute role in Manchester United’s tame 1-1 home draw with Everton.

    Ex-England striker Agbonlahor, 34, claims United’s only chance of winning the Premier League is fielding their star men as much as possible.

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    Ron came on as United led through Anthony Martial’s first goal since February.

    But Andros Townsend drilled Everton’s point-sver on 65 minutes.

    And Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: “It’s a sackable offence not to start Ronaldo in itself

    “He’s been brought in on probably £700,000 a week so to play games and win leagues for Manchester United.

    “He’s in that squad to win the Premier League this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not going to win the league for Manchester United.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHEZ HIINTS AT INTER EXIT IN CRYPTIC POST

    Former Arsenal and Manchester United frontman Alexis Sanchez hinted he could be on his way out of Inter Milan with a cryptic social media post.

    Sanchez has been struggling at Inter this season as he has only been able to amass a total of 70 minutes across all competitions as well as one assist in four appearances.

    The Chile legend, 32, was an unused substitute on Saturday when the Nerazzurri defeated Sassuolo 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium with manager Simone Inzaghi preferring Joaquin Correa and Lautaro Martinez up front.

    Inzaghi also brought summer signing and former Manchester City star Edin Dzeko from the bench.

    Sanchez took to Instagram after the match and posted a controversial story showing an abandoned Ferrari covered by sand with a message in Spanish.

    The Chile international appeared to be slamming the club for the lack of minutes he is getting at the San Siro.

    Sanchez’s message read: “Realise that you can worth a lot, but if you are in the wrong place, you are not going to shine.”

    The 32-year-old deleted the post a few minutes later but it had already gone viral by then.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TIME FOR BARCELON-YA?

    Yaya Toure has offered his services to cash-strapped Barcelona as they continue to struggle under manager Ronald Koeman.

    The Manchester City legend, 38, insists he's 'available' if his former employers need him – although it's unclear if that's as a player or coach.

    Ahead of Barca's game against Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening, Toure tweeted his support for the Catalan giants.

    He wrote: "My time at Barcelona was one of the best memories of my playing career.

    "The club decided to trust me when I was still a young player, yet to establish myself in the top leagues.

    "I will forever be grateful to the club for what they have done for me."

    Barca went on to suffer a 2-0 defeat to Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano, leaving Koeman's side NINTH in LaLiga. TIt also follows Champions League group losses to Bayern Munich and Benfica.

    Barca are reportedly more than £1BILLION in debt and have been forced to say goodbye to several stars, including Lionel Messi.

    The team need all the help they can get at the moment… but Toure is unlikely to be wearing a pair of boots anytime soon.

    The Ivorian played for Barca between 2007 and 2010, although he hasn't made a professional appearance for nearly TWO YEARS.

    But Toure, who is currently the assistant manager of Russian side Akhmat Grozny, could join the Spanish club's coaching staff.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SILVA'S GOLDEN MOMENT

    Bernardo Silva conjured this magical run in Manchester City’s 2-2 Prem draw at Liverpool.

    The Portuguese wizard bamboozled his way from his own half past FOUR Liverpool players, even heading backwards at one stage before arcing round to accelerate past home stars.

    And Silva even left giant defender Virgil van Dijk on the floor before teeing up Man City team-mate Phil Foden.

    Silva picked up the ball in his own half in the 20th minute before driving forward.

    Despite being surrounded by as many as three Liverpool players, Silva left them for dead with a brilliant 360 spin before ploughing forwards again.

    He then came up against Van Dijk, regarded by many as the world’s best defender.

    But instead of panicking, Silva calmly drifted inside with a sharp twist, leaving Van Dijk tripping up over his own feet.

    Silva then picked out Foden homing in on the left of the six-yard box with an incisive low through-pass.

    But the England ace saw his low left-footer was saved by Alisson.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIVERPOOL 2 MAN CITY 2: SALAH'S SUPER SOLO

    Mo Salah's incredible solo goal couldn't put Liverpool back top of the Premier League as champs City twice fought back for a thrilling draw.

    Sadio Mane defied City's assertive first half by stroking the Reds in front on the hour.

    Mo Salah tucks in his superb goal to briefly put Liverpool 2-1 upCredit: EPA

    Phil Foden drilled the visitors level, only for Salah to set off way out on the right to weave past a string of City players and slot Liverpool ahead again on 76 minutes.

    But Kevin de Bruyne's deflected shot five minutes later put Liverpoolsecond, one point behind Chelsea and one above third-placed City.

    Kevin de Bruyne celebrates his late deflected pint-saver for Man CityCredit: EPA

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    LALIGA SHOCK: ESPANYOL 2 REAL MADRID 1

    Mid-table Espanyol stunned Real Madrid to leave the LaLiga leaders above neighbours and champs Atletico only on goal difference.

    Raul de Tomas and Aleix Vidal put Espanyol 2-0 up despite Real dominating possession.

    Karim Benzema's late reply was his ninth goal this term, adding to seven assists – making the France striker arguably Europe's most in-form player.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘5 UNHAPPY UTD STARS’

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly struggling to keep his glamorous squad happy.

    The Red Devils have won just two of their last six games and the Norwegian must get his team ready for a daunting run of fixtures.

    After the October international break, Man Utd face Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in consecutive Premier League games.

    Solskjaer’s team also have two huge Champions League games against Atalanta, which could determine their future in the competition.

    And according to The Telegraph, five of the Old Trafford club’s biggest stars are ‘unhappy’ with the team’s direction under Solskjaer.

    They name Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Donny van de Beek.

    Read HERE for our summary of the situation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TIEL MADRID?

    Real Madrid are said to considering a January move for Youri Tielemans.

    Reports in Spain claim the Leicester midfielder is attracting interest from Europe’s biggest sides including Carlo Ancelotti’s club.

    And Spanish outlet El Nacional says the LaLiga outfit could be open to paying the reported £50million price tag linked with the Belgian.

    The 24-year-old has reportedly refused to confirm or deny rumours concerning the renewal of his Foxes contract.

    According to El Nacional, Tielemans said a few weeks ago: “I am open to everything. 

    “The transfer market has just closed, but I want to keep open all the options I can.”

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