Tammy Abraham learning from Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has said that he is learning from the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero in order to become a better striker. The England international has spent the past three seasons on loan away from the Blues but he will get the chance to impress this term with the club unable to spend on new recruits due to a transfer ban.

Speaking to reporters, Abraham revealed that he had the tendency to lose concentration when he missed a goalscoring chance but the same has become a rare occurrence over the past 12 months, he said: “When I was a bit younger if I was to miss a chance my head would be gone for a while. I’ve been watching the best strikers in the world – Harry Kane, Aguero – once they miss a chance they just stay focused, keep going again and they get their goal. That’s what I had to do and luckily another chance came for me and I took it.”

Erik Lamela praises Tottenham’s new signing Giovani Lo Celso

Tottenham Hotspur attacker Erik Lamela has praised the arrival of compatriot Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis and believes the 23-year-old has the credentials to succeed with the north London giants. Lo Celso was touted to join the north London giants over the course of the English transfer window and he eventually made the move on deadline day after Spurs agreed on a season-long loan for his services with the option to buy.

Speaking after Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa, Lamela praised Lo Celso as an unbelievable player and feels he would suit the demands of the Premier League side. He added that he could not make a swift impression after joining from AS Roma six years ago, but is confident that won’t be the case with Lo Celso with a number of quality players around him.


Griezmann looking forward to working with Messi at Barcelona

Barcelona’s newest signing Antoine Griezmann has said that he is looking forward to working with Lionel Messi on a day-to-day basis. The France international was strongly linked with the Blaugrana since the beginning of March and the club have eventually landed his signature after triggering the £108m release clause on his Atletico Madrid contract.

Speaking at the unveiling, Griezmann told that he is excited to work with Messi after watching the Argentina international weave his magic for the Blaugrana over the years, he quipped: “I'm looking forward to seeing what [Lionel] Messi is like on a day-to-day basis in training. Playing next to him will be an incredible joy. I'm very happy, I'm very excited and I'm looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates. It's a new challenge and new targets. These are important things and I hope I can do as well as I can. All of them - La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League. They're the club's goals and my goals.”

Lionel Scaloni says Argentina players are at war in the Copa America

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has said that there are plenty of things to improve after the nation progress to the quarter-final stage of the Copa America. Argentina managed just one point from the games against Paraguay and Colombia, and they still managed to secure qualification for the final eight after a 2-0 triumph over Qatar.

Speaking after the game, Scaloni acknowledged that there were positives to take forward after the team played with confidence in the second half against the Asian champions. He added that they need to adjust more depending on the opposition and the players are feeling more at war with the pressure and expectations of the tournament.

Mauro Icardi’s agent dismisses Juventus transfer speculation

The agent and wife of Mauro Icardi has dismissed the speculation linking the striker with a potential move to Inter Milan. The Argentina international has experienced a mixed season by his standards at the Nerazzurri and there have been claims that he could be offloaded in the summer after his antics earlier in the year after being dropped from the captain’s role.

Speaking to Tiki Taka, Wanda Nara clarified that Icardi has never spoken about a potential switch to Juventus and he has remained silent since being stripped from the captaincy, she said: “Icardi never said he wanted Juve, that's not what he thinks. No-one's heard Mauro talk since he had the captaincy taken away from him. I was sure it would've been decided by now [Champions League qualification for Inter]. We're used to suffering, but we'll qualify for the Champions League. We deserve it.”

Valverde marvels at Lionel Messi as Barcelona star continues to shine

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on the performances of Lionel Messi in the lead-up to the La Liga clash against Real Sociedad. The Blaugrana recently progress to the semi-final stage of the Champions League after a 4-0 aggregate triumph over Manchester United and Messi made a key contribution towards the outcome with a brace in the second leg.

Speaking in a pre-match conference, Valverde said that the club are enjoying the performances of Messi, who recently scored 40 goals for the tenth successive season, he said: "I would like to have an assortment of words but what can I say about Leo? He is breaking all the records, and those he will still beat. He makes the public always expect something special from him, and he delivers it. We know what he is, what he means from a global point of view and we are enjoying that."

Valverde confirms Lionel Messi will undergo examination on bruised nose

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that Lionel Messi will undergo a medical examination on a bruised nose suffered during the first leg of the Champions League tie against Manchester United on the road. The Argentina international picked up the injury after he was clattered by Chris Smalling during the first period, and his performance was thereafter unimpressive with signs that he had not completely recovered from the blow.

Speaking after the game, Valverde said that Messi was far from comfortable with the proceedings on the field after he took a big blow on his nose through a Chris Smalling challenge. He added that a thorough examination over the same would be made by the club’s doctors to determine the extent of the damage, he told: “It’s clear that he was not more comfortable playing after that. He took a big blow and he will have to be examined by the doctors. We will have to see how Messi is, but he has a big bruise.”

Gabriel Jesus wows to keep fighting for Manchester City starting role

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has said that he will continue to compete with Sergio Aguero for the centre-forward role at the Premier League holders. The 21-year-old has been playing second fiddle to the Argentina international for most of the season, but this has not discouraged him from the quest to secure the striker’s position.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Jesus acknowledged that he had made a meteoric rise with the Citizens over the past few years where he has already trophy success. He added that he remains grounded at his current age and there are no concerns regarding the regular bench role afforded to him this campaign.

Javier Saviola backs Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to World Cup success

Former Argentina international Javier Saviola believes Lionel Messi has the credentials to guide Argentina to success at the 2022 World Cup. The Barcelona star has failed to win a single international trophy through his career and he recently experienced disappointment at the summer World Cup where the nation were ousted at the round of 16 stage.

Speaking to Goal.com, he said: "Messi, unfortunately, has not yet managed to win any trophy or tournament for the national team and the Argentine fans are very demanding. I was Leo's colleague, I know what he feels about the country and how much it hurts when things don't go as he would like. The most important thing is to trust that everything will go well and I believe that the next World Cup will be for Argentina."

Gonzalo Higuain explains difference between Serie A and the Premier League

Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain has spoken about his time together with Maurizio Sarri at former club Napoli. The 31-year-old recently signed for Chelsea on a short-term loan from Juventus but the Blues have the option to extend the contract by a further 12 months, should they wish to do so.

Speaking to reporters, Higuain highlighted that he has a close relationship with Sarri from their Naples day with the Italian managing to understand him on the emotional point of view. He added to exhibit the difference between Serie A and Premier League by saying that defenders in England tend to regularly close down on the opposition when on possession of the ball.