Eden Hazard Says Chelsea is Ready and Rested for Liverpool

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte began prepping his team for the next game on the flight home to London from Baku, after his side thrashed Qarabag FK 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League group stages tonight. That next opponent is Liverpool, in what is the Premier league’s biggest match this weekend.

Liverpool have an advantage of having played a night earlier and thus being granted an extra day of rest. However, Chelsea super star Eden Hazard doesn’t exactly see it that way. Hazard highlighted how he and his teammates were able to get a lot of rest, given that their Champions League tilt in mid-week was a laugher that allowed first team players to exit early.

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Antonio Conte Began Liverpool Preparation on Flight Home from Qarabag

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Having safely wrapped up a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout round with a 4-0 thrashing of Qarabag FK, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte commenced his team’s preparations for Liverpool on the flight home. The Blues destroyed the Azerbaijani side, reduced to playing with ten men, at their Olympic home stadium in Baku tonight.

On aggregate, Chelsea bested this specific foe 10-0 in Group C play, and thus their final group stage game won’t mean much as they are now on their way to the round of 16. Onward and upward, but between now and then Antonio Conte and his side head to Liverpool for what is arguably the weekend’s biggest fixture.

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Jose Mourinho Admits that Paul Pogba Withdrawal Impacted Man United Result

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Superstar midfielder Paul Pogba was handed the captain’s armband tonight in Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at FC Basel in UEFA Champions League group play. Pogba returned to action this past weekend after a more than two month layoff, and this was just his second match. He was impressive again, just like he was on Saturday, and he came off in the 66′.

United manager Jose Mourinho admitted in his postgame news conference that Pogba leaving the game had influence over the result. A draw at Basel would have won Group A for United.

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Daley Blind Blames Himself for UCL Loss, but Jose Mourinho Disagrees

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In Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League group stage clash tonight, defender Daley Blind switched off and lost his man, opening the door to Michael Lang scoring the game winner in the 89′.

A draw would have been enough to officially clinch United’s passage through to the knockout round, but their chances are all but certain anyway. After the match, Blind blamed himself, but manager Jose Mourinho said that would be unfair.

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Man United News: Juan Mata, Ashley Young, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba

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Manchester United head into tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash at FC Basel needing just a single point to punch their ticket through to the knockout round. We have all the preview material you need for this clash, with the links to our:

MUFC starting XI prediction, United injury report, as well as video of the Jose Mourinho and Chris Smalling press conferences.

There’s also a lot of Man United news circulating on the internet today, aside from all the material related to the game, so let’s take a spin through some of the other stories.

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Paul Pogba Named Captain for United Champions League Clash

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Manchester United head into tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash at FC Basel needing just a single point to punch their ticket through to the knockout round. The MUFC starting XI for this match has now been named, and here is the team that Jose Mourinho has decided to go with.

Paul Pogba, in just his second game back from a long injury layoff, has earned the captain’s armband. The official team captain for this season, Michael Carrick, remains out with a long term injury. Sergio Romero was the official #1 for the European campaign last season, as you saw him in goal for all of  United’s Europa League competition.

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NBA Will Not Loosen its Stance on Marijuana

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The former NBA commissioner, David Stern, made suggestions that the league should remove marijuana from the NBA’s banned substances list, causing a representative for the league to respond. The representative, NBA executive Vice President of communications, Mike Bass, stated that this is not going to happen and the league has no intentions of loosening its stance on the use of marijuana.

Bass said, “While (current NBA) commissioner (Adam) Silver has said that we are interested in better understanding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana, our position remains unchanged regarding the use by current NBA players of marijuana for recreational purposes.”

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Jurgen Klopp: “We Stopped Playing Football in the Second Half”

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It wasn’t as devastating for Liverpool as May 5 of 2014, but it certainly evoked a few memories of that total disaster. Last night, in UEFA Champions League Group E action, Liverpool squandered a 3-0 lead at Sevilla, only to finish in a 3-3 draw. It was the exact same thing that occurred at Crystal Palace during the final stretch of the 2013-14 season, and it effectively ended their Premier League title hopes that season.

The Reds 3-0 lead last night continued into the 50′ when Wissam Ben Yedder opened the scoring for the hosts. Then the collapse continued, prompting Reds manager Jurgen Klopp to say “we stopped playing football in the second half.

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Alberto Moreno on “Awful” Liverpool Collapse: “We Came Out Half Asleep”

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Liverpool defenders are an international punchline in the sporting world, and yesterday’s collapse at Sevilla only provided more fodder for the narrative. No matter what sport you follow, in wherever you live, if there’s a single position group on your team that stands out in a negative way, then they might be analogized to the Liverpool back line.

Credit left back Alberto Moreno for taking ownership of this, as he pulled no punches during a radio interview after the latest collapse; this time in the UEFA Champions League.

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Romelu Lukaku Avoids Jail Time, Pays Fine for L.A. Incident

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Back in the summer time, Romelu Lukaku celebrated his holiday a little too much, and way too noisily. Lukaku rented a Beverly Hills mansion, where he hosted a party that was way too raucous for his neighbors.

In early July, a week before his move up in pay grade and transfer to Manchester United, he was arrested, but not taken into custody, by the Beverly Police Department.

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Ander Herrera Slams People Who Label Jose Mourinho as Too Defensive Minded

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has hit out at those who label his current manager, Jose Mourinho, as being way too defensive-minded. Herrera, the club’s player of the year last season, was very passionate and detailed in his defense of Mourinho, a boss who often gets slapped with the too pragmatic tag, and sees it re-applied with additional force every single time Mourinho parks the bus in a big time game.

“If you look at Manchester United’s statistics, until three weeks ago, we had scored the same number of goals as Manchester City had and we were the second-highest goalscoring team in the league,” Herrera said in an interview with BeINSPORTS.

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Chris Smalling on United Attack, Pitch Conditions and More (Video)

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling met the media a couple hours ago to preview his side’s UEFA Champions League clash at FC Basel tomorrow night, and we have video of the entire session, via YouTube, posted for you below.

A draw or better on Wednesday night in Switzerland and the Red Devils officially clinch passage through to the competition’s round of 16. Smalling discussed a whole host of topics, including first and foremost the conditions of the pitch, which has been a much talked about issue.

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