Charly Musonda ‘100% confident’ he will break back into Chelsea team

Musonda’s time at Chelsea

Charly Musonda has been a part of Chelsea since 2012 when he moved from Anderlecht’s youth system to Chelsea’s under-18s.

The Blues are believed to have paid around £2.25m for the winger.

The now 22-year-old made the step up to Chelsea’s first-team in 2017.

However, Musonda has played just seven first-team games for Chelsea across all competitions.

In those games, Musonda has scored one and assisted two.

 

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 10: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bohemians FC and Chelsea FC at Dalymount Park on July 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Musonda on playing for Chelsea again

After struggling to earn a place in the Blue’s senior team, Musonda has had several loans spells while on the books at Stamford Bridge.

Musonda is currently on a two-year loan with Vitesse, which is due to end at the end of the current campaign.

Despite spending much of his Chelsea career out on loan, Musonda is confident he will break back into the Chelsea team.

When speaking to the Independent, the Belgian stated:

“The last year has been the toughest of my life.

“I’ve suffered a lot this year. Sometimes, it can get very lonely. Every morning I woke up with the same thought: to play. It’s only when it’s taken away that you understand how much you love football. I didn’t realise how much I could miss it.

“I know people will doubt me because, after a year-and-a-half, they don’t know if I’m still the same player,” he acknowledges.

“But deep down, I know how good I can be. I want to show the world what I can do and, if I prove I’m still the same Charly Musonda, I’m 100% confident I can break back into the Chelsea team.

“Maybe it’s me being a bit naive or overconfident or just believing I can do it, but that has been my dream since I was 15 years old and that’s never changed. I want to wear the Chelsea shirt one more time.” As quoted by the Independent.

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Wolves’ Adama Traore on adapting to a new role & Man United draw

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Wolves hosted Manchester United in the first Monday night game of the new Premier League season yesterday.

Wolves had a solid record against the top six clubs last season.

They would beat Man United twice and draw with them once in three meetings last campaign.

Man United looked like they may put an end to their poor run vs Nuno Santo’s side on Monday when Anthony Martial put them 1-0 up inside 27 minutes.

However, United’s quality dipped off somewhat in the second half and they would eventually draw 1-1 thanks to a 55th-minute wonder strike from Ruben Neves.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts after missing a penalty in the second half during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on August 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Traore on new role

After the draw with United, Wolves’ Adama Traore has spoken about a number of things.

The Spaniard came on for Matt Doherty at half-time vs Man United and was deployed in a sort of right wing-back role.

Traore is normally played as a right-winger or sometimes as a striker but this season Nuno looks to be trying the former Barcelona player in a new spot.

On his new position, Traore stated:

“I’ve tried to do what the gaffer says to me all the time. I just managed to keep going forward, use my skills and my speed, but I have to defend as well.

“It’s a new position for me, I am now playing wing-back, and I’m working hard every day to adapt and be the best I can be.” As quoted by Wolves’ official website.

 Traore also had his say on the 1-1 draw with Manchester United:

“It was a good point for us because every player in the team worked so hard. Of course, I think it’s better if we win, but it’s a good point and I’m happy.

“But we have to keep working, keep learning things and what I tried to do was give my best. “I think the mentality that we have is to approach every game the same way and, like the gaffer said before the game, we have to compete and that is what we do.” As quoted by Wolves’ official website.

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Batshuayi to stay and fight for place at Chelsea – ES

Batshuayi’s time at Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi joined Chelsea in 2016 for a fee believed to be around £35m.

Batshuayi scored 23 and assisted 10 in 53 appearances in his final season with Marseille.

However, since his move to England, the Belgian has struggled to regain said form.

Batshuayi has made just 53 appearances for Chelsea in his three-year stint with the club, scoring 19 goals in that time.

After failing to hold down a regular starting spot at Chelsea, the now 25-year-old has had several loan spells while at Stamford Bridge for Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 07: Michy Batshuayi of Valencia reacts during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on October 7, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Batshuayi staying put this summer

Batshuayi had a decent second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Crystal Palace.

In 11 Premier League outings for the Eagles, Batshuayi scored five times.

The forward has since returned to Chelsea under new boss, Frank Lampard.

However, in Chelsea’s first three competitive games of the season, Batshuayi has yet to feature.

He instead looks to be the Blue’s third-choice striker behind Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud.

While the English transfer window slammed shut on August 8th, the European window is still open.

With Batshuayi seemingly set for another season of limited game time, the striker may have thought about leaving for a European side.

However, according to the Evening Standard, Batshuayi wants to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea.

But the report from the ES does also mention that should Batshuayi consistently find himself on the sidelines over the next four months, he is expected to consider his future.

 

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Tottenham’s Lloris admits Liverpool & Man City are ‘the real’ title contenders

The race for top spot

Manchester City are the current holders of the Premier League and are no doubt eyeing a third successive league title this campaign.

Liverpool came very close to beating the Citizens to the title this last season. But they lost out by a single point.

Two games into the new PL campaign, Liverpool have the upper hand on City after Pep Guardiola’s side dropped points vs Tottenham.

However, there is obviously still a long way to go in the title race with Jurgen Klopp’s side having the easier fixtures so far. They have picked up wins vs Norwich and Southampton.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (l) and Pep Guardiola react during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Lloris on the Premier League title contenders

Tottenham have had a pretty busy summer, for a change, bringing in three new first-team players.

Tanguy Ndombele has already had a solid impact, scoring one and assisting one in his opening two league outings.

And when Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso start getting regular minutes they too should prove excellent additions.

After improving on an already solid squad, Spurs fans may be hoping to challenge City and Liverpool for the PL title this season.

However, while Hugo Lloris did state Spurs are going to try and challenge for top spot, he also conceded that Liverpool and Man City are the real contenders:

“If you want to stay in contact with the best team in the Premier League, it’s important to get this feeling. There were some games that we lost [last term] that we should have drawn. We all know the difficulty of playing at City, so it’s a good feeling to build confidence.

“With humility, Liverpool and City are the real contenders.

“We’re going to try our best to challenge for top spot, but it’s difficult to find the consistency. 

“We just need to try to use the experience of the last few years in the best way. And it’s about details — to not lose a game, especially a game you do not deserve to win. You draw, you take a point and it’s very good because your rivals share the point with you.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

 

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Kevin De Bruyne has his say on handball rule after Man City 2-Tottenham 2

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Manchester City dropped their first points of the new season on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side played host to Tottenham in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off.

City dominated the game having 30 attempts on goal compared to Spurs three attempts.

Despite City’s dominance in attempts, the game finished 2-2 with Erik Lamella and Lucas Moura’s goals canceling out strikes from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

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KDB on handball rule

Manchester City did think they had won the tie in the dying minutes when Gabriel Jesus put the ball in the back of the net.

However, the goal was disallowed as Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled the ball when passing it to Jesus.

While the handball didn’t look intentional the new handball rule meant it should have been disallowed.

ESPN have recently explained said rule:

The handball law now says that if a player creates a goal-scoring opportunity by the ball hitting their arm, even if accidental, then it’s an automatic infringement .

With that goal being ruled out VAR/ the handball rule has been taking the headlines with both pundits and players having their say.

Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has also spoken about the rule:

“It is what it is.

“If they want to make football better they should have it. But I think the only thing – the rules should be clear. If the ball had touched somebody of Tottenham’s arm it’s not a penalty, but if it touched our arm it is not allowed.

“It should go both ways in something like that. I don’t understand that as a player. It makes it really confusing.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.

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Roy Hodgson on Palace’s transfer business & Luka Milivojevic’s contract

Palace lose to Sheffield United

Crystal Palace traveled to newly-promoted Sheffield United on Sunday, August 18th.

The Eagles would draw their opening game of the Premier League season vs an Everton side that finished the tie with 10 men.

Sunday’s game didn’t go much better for Roy Hodgson’s side either.

Palace created very little vs Chris Wilder’s side with a John Lundstram’s strike ultimately the difference-maker on the day.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers at Bramall Lane on February 2, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Hodgson on Milivojevic

Prior to Sunday’s defeat, Hodgson discussed a number of topics in an interview including Palace’s summer transfer business and Luka Milivojevic signing a new contract.

Milivojevic has been one of Palace’s top players for the past few seasons.

In the 2019/20 campaign, the Palace midfielder would score 12 and assist two in 38 league outings.

Milivojevic’s contract was due to expire in 2020 but he has signed a new deal keeping him at Palace till 2023.

On getting the 28-year-old to put pen to paper on a new deal, Hodgson stated:

“He is our signing of the summer.

“Although I’m hoping the other three might get a look-in in that respect.

“It definitely means a lot to the club to have got Luka’s signature on a piece of paper for another four years.

“He’s been such an outstanding player and servant – both by his actions on the field and how he conducts himself off it too.

 “When a player of his quality gets into the last year of his contract, you’d be surprised if there aren’t an awful lot of clubs keen to take him off you.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

Hodgson on transfers

Hodgson also commented on Palace’s summer transfer business and while they did bring in three players, the former England manager didn’t sound too happy with the business conducted:

“Yes, we’ve signed players but we’ve not exactly blasted the market.

“If you take it as a trio of Steve Parish, Dougie Freedman and myself we wanted certain things to happen, certain players to come in and strengthen in areas that we needed strengthening so when at the end of the window you haven’t been able to achieve that there is a sense of disappointment and failure.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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Man City would have managed Alexis Sanchez better than Man United – John Cross

Sanchez’s struggles

When honing his craft at Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez was arguably one of the best players in the Premier League.

In 166 games for the Gunners, Sanchez would net 80 and assist 45.

Sanchez would then be sold to Manchester United in January of 2018.

However, since making the switch to Old Trafford, Sanchez has really struggled for form.

During his first half-season with United, Sanchez would score just two league goals in 12 outings.

The 2018/19 season was also very disappointing from the 30-year-old.

In 27 appearances across all competitions, Sanchez would find the back of the net on just two occasions.

Alexis Sanchez

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United down injured during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at John Smith’s Stadium on May 5, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Cross on Sanchez

Back when United were trying to sign Sanchez, their cross-town rivals Manchester City were also said to have been interested in him, with BBC Sport claiming that they decided not to pursue the Chilean due to his wage demands.

Now, on Sunday, the Daily Mirror’s chief football writer, John Cross, has stated that he believes Man City would have managed Sanchez better:

“I feel sure that City would have managed him better.

“The only thing I would say about it is that you would take more confidence in Pep Guardiola’s management than that of Jose Mourinho.

“I think Solskjaer would do better to sanction a move and say let’s move on with a clean slate. Yes, it leaves them short. But for whatever reason, whether he is that big a figure, or his wages are so big, he’s a disruptive influence in that dressing room from the perspective that other players are jealous and ask what he’s done to deserve that.

“I’m more positive about Manchester United. If the argument is that you should finish the window stronger than you started it, then they’ve definitely done that. I’m a believer that Solskjaer will be given time and patience.” As quoted by Sky Sports.

Cross also claimed that he thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should sanction a move for Sanchez, and move on from the situation.

Well, according to Sky Sports, Sanchez could be on his way to Inter Milan, as his agent is in the UK to hold talks with United on Inter’s behalf, regarding a loan move for the Chilean.

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