Kane growing into legend at Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is on course to becoming a Tottenham Hotspur great after the striker scored the 100th club goal of his career.

Kane, 23, scored a first half hat-trick in his club’s 4-0 victory over Stoke City, reaching the century mark with his first goal and ending the game with his season tally on 22 goals.

The striker’s effort helped Spurs bounce back after the disappointment of going out of the Europa League against Gent this week and Pochettino believes Kane’s all-round display confirmed his qualities as one of the world’s most dangerous forwards. Naija and Bet

“Harry has the profile to be a legend (at Tottenham),” said the Spurs manager. “Maybe he’s starting to be a legend with the goals he’s scoring and the way he behaves.

“He is so professional. He has the perfect profile to be a legend here. He has his character. Sometimes he argues with me. Sometimes he’s upset with me. Sometimes he is happy. He has a strong character.” Continue reading Kane growing into legend at Tottenham

Allegri warns Juve to watch out for ‘angry’ Napoli

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned against complacency when the Turin giants host ‘angry’ Napoli in the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

Napoli’s hopes of staying in the title hunt were dented by a humiliating 2-0 home defeat to 10-man Atalanta on Saturday which left them 12 points off the top.

Although Juve’s last reverse at home was a league defeat in September 2015 and they recorded a 30th consecutive win in Turin with a 2-0 victory over Empoli on Saturday, Allegri expects Maurizio Sarri’s men to push them all the way. Naija and Bet

“Now, our focus is on the Cup. We want to reach a third consecutive final and it won’t be easy because we’re up against a team that will still be angry after defeat on Saturday,” Allegri said on Monday. Predict,Play and Win Big.

“Napoli haven’t suddenly become a bad side in the space of three days. Playing at home is crucial for us if we want to keep a clean sheet.” Continue reading Allegri warns Juve to watch out for ‘angry’ Napoli

Match Preview : Leicester vs Liverpool

Leicester are only one point above the bottom three and the board have made the decision to sack Claudio Ranieri less than 12 months after they had won the Premier League title.

They have lost seven of their last nine matches in all competitions and now have 13 league games to stay in the Premier League.

Liverpool have had two weeks to prepare for this fixture and they should be ready to go following their 2-0 win over Tottenham last time out. Jurgen Klopp will hope their slump is over and they can get their season back on track and finish inside the top four. Predict on NaijaBet.com

It remains to be seen how Leicester will react to Ranieri’s sacking, but Liverpool should still have enough to win this match.

Match Facts

Leicester – Managerless Leicester City take on Liverpool after sacking Claudio Ranieri on Thursday and some changes are expected to the side. Demarai Gray is one of those that should be reinstalled into the starting XI in favour of Ahmed Musa. Continue reading Match Preview : Leicester vs Liverpool

Puel advise Saints to make up for Wembley pain

Claude Puel insists his heartbroken Southampton players will use their League Cup final pain as fuel for a strong finish to the Premier League campaign.

Puel’s side were denied only the second major trophy in their club’s history as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 87th minute header gave Manchester United a 3-2 victory in Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley. Naija and Bet

It was cruel on Southampton as they were the better side for long periods and had battled back from two goals down to move within a whisker of emulating their famous 1976 FA Cup final upset of United.

Puel was especially frustrated because Southampton were denied what would have been the opening goal early in the first half when Manolo Gabbiadini slotted home, only to see his effort harshly ruled out for offside.

The French coach called for video technology to be used to determine such close calls. Continue reading Puel advise Saints to make up for Wembley pain

PSG sink Marseille to move second in Ligue 1

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Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

A Stade Velodrome record 65 252 packed into the stands in the hopes of seeing a Marseille side buoyed by fresh investment and the return of Dimitri Payet derail their old rival’s title charge. Naija and Bet

But the vociferous home fans were silenced after just six minutes when skipper Thiago Silva rose to powerfully nod the ball back across goal and fellow Brazilian defender Marquinhos headed home unchallenged.

Payet, who forced his way out of West Ham in the winter transfer window for €30 million, had Marseille’s first real chance when he flashed a long-distance strike just wide on the quarter hour. Continue reading PSG sink Marseille to move second in Ligue 1

Zidane happy with subs impact in Madrid comeback

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hailed the impact of Isco and Alvaro Morata off the bench as the European champions came from 2-0 down at Villarreal on Sunday to win 3-2.

Morata completed the comeback after Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo had hauled Madrid level to ensure Zidane’s men move back ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Real hold a one-point lead over their title rivals, who won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, but also have a game in hand.

“They deserve (to play) more for sure,” Zidane said of the Spanish international duo. Predict,Play Bet and Win Big on NaijaBet.com

“The did very well, they changed the game. In any case we will need every player between now and the end of the season. Continue reading Zidane happy with subs impact in Madrid comeback

Mourinho hails United’s League cup wins

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Jose Mourinho was overcome with emotion after a thrilling 3-2 win against Southampton in the League Cup final gave the Manchester United manager the first major trophy of his reign.

Mourinho’s side were below par for long periods at Wembley but still ended up with the silverware thanks to the ageless Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Written off by many when he joined United on a free transfer, Ibrahimovic has now scored 26 times this term after striking twice, including the 87th minute winner, to kill off Southampton. NaijaBet.com

Ibrahimovic’s goals allowed Mourinho to celebrate the 19th major prize of his glittering career.

The 54-year-old is the first United manager to win major silverware in his maiden season at Old Trafford. Continue reading Mourinho hails United’s League cup wins

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Southampton

Southampton are gunning for their first piece of cup silverware since lifting the 1976 FA Cup final and have had two weeks to prepare for this final, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be better off for it. Claude Puel’s side have only actually won one of their last four matches.

Manchester United are in great form and have only one defeat in their last 25 matches in all competitions. They are clear favourites here but injuries in key positions will make this final more difficult for Jose Mourinho’s side, as they bid to win the League Cup for the first time since 2010.

Mourinho has a sensational record in finals and it’s hard to bet against United. This will be the third time United have been to Wembley in the last 10 months and they triumphed in each of their first two visits. It will be a very tight affair but United should shade it, although might need extra time to overcome Southampton. Naija and Bet

Team New

Manchester United – Michael Carrick is available after picking up a slight injury picked up on Thursday night, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ruled out. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Wayne Rooney will also be in the squad, while a late fitness test is required for Phil Jones.

Match Preview : Villarreal vs Real Madrid

Villarreal have lost just two of their last 12 matches at La Ceramica, which has been enough to keep them in the hunt for European football despite not churning out their usual good performances.

The Yellow Submarine have kept just one clean sheet in their last four La Liga games at home, which is something that Real Madrid should look to exploit while trying to get back on song.

A 2-1 away defeat against Valencia is the worst possible preparation for Real Madrid’s weekend excursion, with the pressure mounting on Zidane’s men to not slip up at the top of the table.

Team News

Villarreal – Nicola Sansone is struggling with a knock, so Cedric Bakambu and Adrian are expected to start despite Roberto Soldado’s return to fitness. Naija and Bet

Jaume Costa should be preferred to Jose Angel at left-back, with Fran Escriba not likely to make many alterations after winning away against Roma midweek. Continue reading Match Preview : Villarreal vs Real Madrid

Handanovic vows to stay at Inter Milan

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The Slovenia international goalkeeper says he will stay at San Siro regardless of whether qualification for the Champions League is secured or not.

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has sought to distance himself from rumours suggesting a summer transfer could be on the cards.

The Slovenia international has seen his future at the San Siro called into question on a regular basis over recent months. Predict today Seria A matches on NaijaBet.com.

Premier League eyes are said to be monitoring his situation in Italy, with Manchester City and Liverpool both reported to be keen on securing his signature.

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are being heavily linked with shot-stopping reinforcements having endured struggles in that department at the Etihad Stadium and Anfield this season. Continue reading Handanovic vows to stay at Inter Milan