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Costa Injury: Mourinho Can’t Assure Fans Spaniard Will Be Fine

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is “not happy” about Diego Costa’s injury struggles and says he cannot reassure fans that the striker will have an injury-free season.

The Spaniard was not named in Chelsea’s squad for Sunday’s FA Community Shield defeat by Arsenal at Wembley after suffering a hamstring injury during pre-season.

“Last week he couldn’t play in the Community Shield game. He was not ready to be involved,” said the Portuguese boss, 52.

“I cannot reassure fans he will always be fit but I can assure them he is working well and hard and everybody around him is helping him.”

Diego Costa Did Not Return for the Final Four Games of Last Season, Despite Mourinho Envisaging Such Earlier. Image: Getty.

Diego Costa Did Not Return for the Final Four Games of Last Season, Despite Mourinho Envisaging Such Earlier. Image: Getty.

Chelsea entertain Fiorentina in their final pre-season game on Wednesday and kick-off their Premier League title defence against Swansea City on Saturday.

Mourinho may have to retain Loic Remy in a starting role against the Swans as the forward is likely to miss the game due to the problem.

“A player that didn’t finish the season and doesn’t start the season obviously doesn’t make me happy,” he told talkSPORT.

“The boy is trying but he has a problem against Barcelona, the next day the scans show there is no injury so the next day he trains but the next day he is not comfortable 24 hours before the game we don’t know if he plays or doesn’t play.

“It is not good feeling for him, it is not a good feeling for me.”

Costa was Chelsea’s top scorer last season after scoring 20 goals in the Premier League, but missed the latter stage of the campaign due to a lingering hamstring problem.

“Am I concerned? I don’t like the word concern because I have other players,” continued Mourinho. “I don’t like to cry or moan about players that don’t play. But obviously in such a short squad like we have, then when somebody is missing I am not happy. But it won’t be an excuse for me.”

Costa, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid last summer, also scored in the League Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur in March as Chelsea completed a domestic double.

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The current Champions League season has already brought a lot of sensations, but there was no
intrigue in the first semi-final. PSG confidently took on RB Leipzig 3-0 and reached the
tournament final for the first time in its history. You should bet in Nigeria only on 1xBet.ng to
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Before the game began, it was already clear from the RB Leipzig players’ emotions that they
were not confident in their victory. The PSG players’ mood demonstrated the contrary. At the
very beginning of the game, the Parisians began to attack the opponent’s goal, with Neymar
keeping wasting his chances. PSG fans were pleased with Kylian Mbappe joining the game,
which significantly sharpened the team’s attack. However, the hero of the game was not the
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  1. RB Leipzig demonstrated no satisfactory game, which may have been affected by the following
    factors:
    1. Absence of Timo Werner. Of course, the German wanted to finish the season quickly to
    start a successful career with Chelsea, but he could also help the former team in difficult
    times.
  2. The tactic was too risky. 3-4-3 with a smooth transition to 3-5-2 is not the best solution
    against attacking PSG. This largely affected the result. Cool live casino on 1xBet.ng has a
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  3. Poor leaders’ game. Sabitzer looked lost on the field, Poulsen wasn’t visible either. The
    fans could only see Upamecano’s efforts, but the defender alone couldn’t withstand one
    of the best attacks in the world.

It is also worth mentioning the game of PSG. The Parisians played a great match and deserved to
qualify for the final.

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Talented Nigerian Players of the NFL

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The NFL is quickly becoming one of the most popular leagues for Nigerian athletes. Over the last few years, we have seen some immensely talented players from Nigeria, or with Nigerian ancestry, come into the league and take over. While all positions in the sport of American football have benefited, notably there has been a focus on defensive positions from these athletes, with linebackers and defensive ends rising to prominence. Here are some of the most talented Nigerian athletes in the NFL that you need to know.

Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu is a 6’3”( 1.91m) outside linebacker who is currently playing for the Denver Broncos. He was a member of the 2014 draft, selected in the 2nd round as pick #50 overall. Attaochu played briefly for several teams like the 49ers and the Jets as he gradually tried to find the perfect fit. Recently, Attaochu has been re-signed by the Broncos on a one-year $1.5 million contract. Clearly, the Broncos liked what he brought to their defensive line.

Since Peyton Manning left the Broncos, the squad has been testing new offensive schemes, but their defense remains very strong. All-star player Von Miller has recently been placed on the injury list, so Attaochu will be called on to perform his best. With his aggressive tackling and limitless gas tank, Attaochu certainly helps bring the Broncos favorable American football odds. The team’s main division rivals are the Kansas City Chiefs who have one of the strongest offenses in the league. Heading into the 2020 season, defense is a priority for the Broncos.

Jeff Okudah

Okudah was born in Texas, USA in 1999 to Nigerian parents, making him one of the youngest players on this list. In the most recent NFL draft, Okudah was one of the most in-demand athletes and was selected #3 overall by the Detroit Lions. In the buildup to his NFL debut he quickly became known as the best cornerback in the entire country, and has proven to be yet another exceptional Nigerian athlete to gr3aduate from Texas universities.

This is excellent news for the Lions, who certainly need all the help they can get on defense. Okudah made his NFL debut this past Sunday, playing against the Green Bay Packers and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. All things considered, Okudah played well and showed that he can perform at the professional level.

Emmanuel Ogbah

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogbah has come a long way on his journey to becoming the standout outside linebacker that he is. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016 as the #32 overall pick. After two years with the squad, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he really came into his own as a linebacker.

Ogbah played a big role in the Chief’s 12-4 record while he was active during the 2019 season. His standout performance was during week 3 versus the Baltimore Ravens, when Ogbah sacked quarterback Lamar Jackson 1.5 times. Unfortunately, a pectoral injury ended his exceptional season at game 10, but his efforts ultimately helped the Chiefs get to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Afterwards, Ogbah signed a two-year $15 million dollar contract with the Miami Dolphins, where he currently helps round out their defense.

Noah Igbinoghene

This young athlete is an exceptionally talented cornerback. He was recently drafted in the first round as #30 overall by the Miami Dolphins. Though he was born in the US, he is of Nigerian descent and lived in the country for part of his life in his earlier years.

Notably, both of his parents were talented athletes in their own right. Igbinoghene’s father not only competed in the Men’s Triple Jump in the 1996 Olympics, but also won a bronze medal at the 1990 Commonwealth games. His mother was a track and field star, and was part of the relay team that won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the 1992 Olympics.

NFL analysts gave the Dolphin’s an A+ for the Igbinoghene pick, saying that he was the right player for their team and helped the Dolphins patch up a weakness on defense. He played well against the Buffalo Bills this past weekend, ultimately blocking many passes that came his way.

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Barcelona Sell Luis Suarez To Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona have sold striker Luis Suarez to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

The transfer was confirmed on Wednesday evening, with Suarez reportedly crying as he left Barcelona’s training grounds for the last time the same day.

“FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Luis Suarez for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future,” the statement said.

The club said a “farewell event” would take place for Suarez on Thursday before a press conference.

Suarez leaves Barcelona after six successful years. He scored 198 goals – making him Barcelona’s third top scorer, and won 13 titles.

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