England

Monday, December 22, 2014

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The Blues went ahead inside two minutes thanks to their skipper before the Spanish playmaker wrapped up the three points late to keep second-placed Manchester City at bay.

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After a dismal showing in Brazil, where they picked up just one point, the Three Lions have won all six of their games since and top their Euro 2016 qualification group.

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The Belgian, who has impressed at Stamford Bridge again this season, is reveling in the competitive and unpredictable nature of the English game.

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The Reds again struggled in front of goal despite dominating against Arsenal while Manchester City maintained its fine form with a clinical display of finishing.

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The Chelsea manager, who has seen a number of his players face criticism for simulation in recent weeks, feels retrospective punishment would fail.

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The Premier League champion has won eight straight matches across all competitions and the Chilean puts his team's results down to a lot of hard work on the training pitch.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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The Inter boss is already looking to the January transfer window after admitting there is still "a little fear" within his squad following its draw with Lazio.

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Martin Skrtel's header deep into stoppage time rescued a point for Liverpool, and the former Monaco coach believes the scars of last season's visit to Anfield inhibited his team.

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The Gunners made the most of their only two shots on target all game but the hosts, who dominated proceedings for the majority, equalized in the 97th minute with a powerful header.

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The winger struck in the last minute to seal all three points in the Tyne-Wear derby and, having downed the Magpies previously, is reveling in his record

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A bandaged Martin Skrtel's late header salvaged a point for the Merseysiders, who dominated large periods of the match, but had found themselves behind to Olivier Giroud's strike.

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The striker scored his second goal for his new club on his second start, and his teammate hopes the Colombian will kick on after overcoming niggling injury concerns.

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Both sides saw chances go begging during a frustrating clash at St James' Park, with Steven Taylor suffering a facial injury after colliding with the post in the second half.