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    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

  • 'Hudson-Odoi is an outstanding talent' -...

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been hailed as an "outstanding talent" by former Germany star Michael Ballack. Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, as first revealed by Goal, with the Bundesliga champions' sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming last...

    'Hudson-Odoi is an outstanding talent' - Ballack talks up Chelsea starlet amid Bayern talk

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been hailed as an "outstanding talent" by former Germany star Michael Ballack. Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, as first revealed by Goal, with the Bundesliga champions' sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming last week that talks remain ongoing between the clubs. The 18-year-old has earned 10 first-team appearances for the Blues this season but is yet to make a Premier League start and is reportedly tempted by the prospect of greater opportunities with Bayern. "We're talking about a player who just came recently from the youth level. He's trying to achieve the step to the professional level in a top club," Ballack told Omnisport. "This makes it a lot more difficult for a young player because the standard is very, very high. It's hard to say whether the player is good enough for this demand or not. It's a fact that he's an outstanding talent. "Chelsea have to evaluate whether they want to keep him or maybe send him on loan. I think that's the philosophy of all top teams - to educate young, top players and to give them the possibility to play. "It's the most important thing during that young age, to play without losing the player. Bayern had their focus on Hudson-Odoi very early. We will see if the transfer is happening or not." Ballack was a far more established performer when he swapped Bayer Leverkusen for Bayern in 2002, having inspired Germany's run to that year's World Cup final, and he is reluctant to impart any pearls of wisdom upon Hudson-Odoi. "I don't have any advice for him. He has to see if he has a realistic chance at Chelsea in the first team or not," he said. "[Recently] he was often part of it and showed his qualities. Is it the right time to go to another top club like Bayern? Every player has to decide this on his own. There's no special recipe." The success of 18-year-old England international Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund has been viewed, to a certain extent, as a motivation for Bayern's interest in signing Hudson-Odoi. Arsenal's 19-year-old forward Reiss Nelson has also impressed on loan at Hoffenheim this season and England manager Gareth Southgate welcomed the openness to such opportunities among his next generation. "I think Jadon and Reiss Nelson are the obvious ones who have trodden that path, there are some other young players who have done that and haven't yet appeared in first-team football," Southgate said, speaking courtesy of William Hill at a Football Writers Association dinner held in his honour in London on Sunday. "I think it's good that the opportunity is there. Young people now in our country are less restricted in their decision making. They don't view travelling the world in maybe the way we did when we were younger. "They're more secure in themselves and they're ready to go if it gives them an opportunity to play. For all young players, that opportunity to play first-team football is really important."

  • We're the hunters! - Kovac's Bayern read...

    Niko Kovac said "hunters" Bayern Munich are desperate to chase Borussia Dortmund and seal the title after increasing the pressure on the Bundesliga leaders. German champions Bayern moved within three points of Dortmund following a 3-1 victory at Hoffenheim as the Bundesliga retu...

    We're the hunters! - Kovac's Bayern ready to chase down Dortmund

    Niko Kovac said "hunters" Bayern Munich are desperate to chase Borussia Dortmund and seal the title after increasing the pressure on the Bundesliga leaders. German champions Bayern moved within three points of Dortmund following a 3-1 victory at Hoffenheim as the Bundesliga returned on Friday. Leon Goretzka's first-half double and Robert Lewandowski's late sealer saw Bayern to their sixth successive league victory. Speaking afterwards, Bayern head coach Kovac said: "The first half was sensational. That was our ambition, that's what we're able to do. "The result is good, we got off to a good start to the second half of the season and increased the pressure. "We're the hunters, we want to chase Dortmund. We want to chase and seal the championship title. The decisive thing is to be at the top at the end of the season." In their first fixture of 2019, Bayern reigned supreme thanks to Goretzka's maiden Bundesliga brace away. Goretzka struck in 12 first-half minutes to put Bayern in control before Hoffenheim - who were riding a 10-match unbeaten streak - reduced the deficit via Nico Schulz approaching the hour-mark. Bayern, though, made sure of the points when Lewandowski added a third goal with three minutes remaining. "Taken altogether we put in a good fight," Goretzka said. "It was a superb performance in the first half. We were in control and deservedly took the lead. "The second half was a bit hectic but the game would have been over if we had rounded off a counter. This way Hoffenheim bounced back, we had to give it everything. We wanted to get off to a good start to the second half of the season, and it was important to turn in a good display." And Goretzka echoed his manager's opinion on the title race.  "Our goal is to clinch the championship title. We were six points short after the first half of the season. We're the hunters now."

  • Dortmund warn off Sancho suitors with cl...

    Borussia Dortmund have sought to fend off any interest in Jadon Sancho, with the Bundesliga outfit adamant that the 18-year-old will “certainly play with us next year, come what may”. The talented teenager has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since making an £8 million ($10...

    Dortmund warn off Sancho suitors with claims England winger is guaranteed to stay for one more season

    Borussia Dortmund have sought to fend off any interest in Jadon Sancho, with the Bundesliga outfit adamant that the 18-year-old will “certainly play with us next year, come what may”. The talented teenager has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since making an £8 million ($10m) move to Germany from Manchester City in the summer of 2017. His rapid progress has seen him become a first-team regular at a title-chasing side, while also earning senior international recognition with England. Such potential was always going to grab attention and Sancho is now sparking talk of interest from leading, and big-spending teams across Europe. Dortmund, though, have no intention of parting with a prized asset any time soon, with sporting director Michael Zorc telling ESPN FC: “Jadon knew it would be an unusual step to move here but it has been totally the right one. Courageous, too. “He's an outstanding talent and a big part of our future. We are convinced that we are the best option for him to keep developing. “He's not finished yet. Not by a long stretch. And he will certainly play with us next year, come what may.” Dortmund hope that their willingness to give game time to players of promise will help to convince Sancho, and others that they are in the best possible place for their ongoing development. Zorc added: “They can't get into their first teams because the squads are so big. But they understand that we can provide a platform for them to play, that our coaches have the courage to play them. “Not just in the first round of the DFB Pokal against [fifth-division] Eintracht Trier, but in the big games against Bayern and such like.” While that approach has delivered rich rewards, not every youngster to have passed through the club has left a positive impression. Ousmane Dembele impressed on the field during his time with Dortmund, but left under a cloud after forcing through a switch to Barcelona in the wake of Neymar’s record-breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. “It wasn't the best experience,” Zorc admits. “But it was a special situation forced by the transfer of Neymar to PSG [and Barcelona needing a replacement]. All okay, though. We were adequately compensated.”

  • 'I almost p*ssed myself!' - Nordtveit on...

    Former Arsenal defender Havard Nordtveit has described the moment he thought he was about to make his Gunners debut, insisting he was so overcome with nerves he almost urinated! The Norwegian ultimately ended up not being selected in a first-team game by Arsene Wenger during his...

    'I almost p*ssed myself!' - Nordtveit on Arsenal nerves & facing 'monster' Lukaku

    Former Arsenal defender Havard Nordtveit has described the moment he thought he was about to make his Gunners debut, insisting he was so overcome with nerves he almost urinated! The Norwegian ultimately ended up not being selected in a first-team game by Arsene Wenger during his four years at the club, before he was sold to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2011. Nordtveit would eventually return to the Premier League to feature for West Ham, before again heading back to Germany and current club Hoffenheim, where he's played 31 games in all competitions since 2017. He has, however, looked back fondly on his time with Arsenal and Wenger, insisting he learned plenty as a young player with the Gunners, whom he joined as a 17-year-old from FK Haugesund. He told Goal: "The move to Arsenal was the best decision of my life. I have never regretted that step. Of course it was a big step to come from FK Haugesund to Arsenal, but I had the opportunity to train with some of the world's best players. "Although I played for the reserves, I trained with the first team and learned an incredible amount. As a young player, it was the best thing that could happen to me. "It [the time he nearly made his first appearance for the first team] was the last game of the 2008 season and we needed a victory at Sunderland to secure the Champions League spot. "Philippe Senderos was supposed to start in central defence but came to me during the warm-up and told me to be ready for a substitution because he had pain in his back. "So, when I was in the Premier League squad for the first time in this game at 18, I almost p*ssed myself on the bench because I was so nervous! We absolutely needed a win to make the Champions League, which ultimately worked out well. At the end of the day I was overjoyed, even though I was not used. "When I was on loan from Arsenal to Salamanca in the second Spanish league [during the 2008-09 season], I had a hard time. We hoped that I could become a regular starter in Spain but the reality was different, which is why Arsenal decided to bring me back after only three months. "In my first training session after my return, Wenger asked me how I liked it and I said, 'bad experiences are good experiences'. He laughed heartily and hugged me. I will never forget that moment, and I believe he too will immediately remember me when he hears this story." Nordtveit also discussed the best players he's played alongside, while claiming that Eden Hazard and "monster" Romelu Lukaku are the toughest opponents he's come up against. He added: "[His toughest opponent is] Eden Hazard. He can turn on a one Euro coin and immediately record top speed again - that's awesome. "When I played against Everton with West Ham, I also found out that Romelu Lukaku is an absolute monster. I also remember games against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski. "Marco Reus and Marc-Andre ter Stegen [are the team-mates that] impressed me the most. If Marco is fit, he is one of the absolute top players in Europe. The same applies to Ter Stegen. He is number one at Barcelona and is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in Europe." Nordtveit also had praise for interim Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting the Old Trafford legend was his idol growing up and that he's sought advice from him in the past. He said: "Every time I am asked who my idol is, I respond with Solskjaer. He is an extraordinary person and athlete. Since we have the same agent, I know him personally and he's given me advice during my career."

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