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mind_the_gap-logoUnder siege Chelsea retained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after drawing 1-1 with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Loic Remy, replacing the suspended Diego Costa, struck four minutes before the break, but David Silva deflected in Sergio Aguero’s shot moments later to bring City level.

In the second half both teams cancelled each other out, as they both seemingly settled for not losing. The only real excitement in the second half was the appearance of Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard, who came on for City with 14 minutes remaining to applause and the odd dissenting voice.

PSGLogoSome very interesting comments from Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc that the French champions are unlikely to make any signings in this transfer window due to UEFA’s financial fair play sanctions.

PSG, along with Premier League winners Manchester City, were punished when UEFA issued its first wave of FFP punishments last summer. And while Citu have somehow been able to sign Frank Lampard and Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, PSG have only brought in one player in the last two transfer windows and that was former Chelsea defender David Luiz.

carrick-blindJust when it seemed like they were finally getting healthy, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Michael Carrick will miss up to a month of action for Manchester United after rupturing a muscle.

Carrick is set to miss Premier League games against Leicester, West Ham, Burnley and Swansea and the FA Cup replay against Cambridge, plus a potential fifth-round tie against either Preston North End or Sheffield United.

“We don’t have many injuries,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “Ashley Young is coming back, but Michael Carrick has been injured now so he is out at the weekend. He can be important for the team but he is now injured.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been suspended for three games after losing his appeal against his violent conduct charge for stamping on Liverpool‘s Emre Can.

Costa will miss the Premier League games against Manchester City, Aston Villa and Everton after he was found guilty of deliberately stepping on Can during Chelsea’s Capital One Cup semifinal second-leg victory over Liverpool on Tuesday.


A statement on the official FA website read:

“Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday 30 January 2015.

danny-ingsBurnley will not sell Danny Ings to Liverpool and then take him back on loan because it is against Premier League rules, the club’s chief executive Lee Hoos has said.

Dyche has stated repeatedly that he does not want to sell Ings, seeing him as vital to the club’s attempt to stay in the Premier League.

Liverpool have looked into the possibility of buying Ings and then loaning him back to the Clarets for the rest of the season, but in a statement released to the media on Friday, Hoos said that such a move is not allowed under Premier League rules.

Juan Agudelo: The Best MLS Signing This Month

While other Major League Soccer clubs battle over past their prime European and South American stars, the best signing this offseason has to be the New England Revolutions signing Juan Agudelo to a four year deal.


The 22-year-old Agudelo rejoins the 2014 MLS Cup runners-up after twice been unable to complete a move to Stoke City due to his inability to get a work permit.

During his 2013 stint in New England, Agudelo scored five goals in 18 games as was instrumental in helping the Revs reach the playoffs.

Inter Actually Going Backwards Under Mancini

Despite bringing a renewed optimism to the club, and bringing in some quality players, the second coming of Roberto Mancini at Inter is not going according to plan as the Nerazzurri have struggled under their new boss.


Consecutive league games without a goal are suggestive of a team that is struggling to create. New signing Lukas Podolski looks like a player who has barley played all season, while Xherdan Shaqiri doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs yet. Add in a drop in form for Mateo Kovačić and it is clear why Inter are unable to break down teams.

PogbaThe agent for Paul Pogba believes that his client will leave Juventus within 18 months and could even be sold in the summer. But Pogba’s agent has warned that the midfielder will only be available for a fee in excess of £80million.

‘If Paul leaves Juventus, it is for the absolute top. If it does not happen this year, it will be next year,’ said Mino Raiola, who also looks after Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
‘Paul is at the same level economically as the other big stars and has a similar reputation, so he could stay for another year.

Barça knock out nine-man Atleti out of cup

suarez-neymar-messiBarcelona came from a goal down to defeat nine-man Atletico Madrid 3-2 in an ill-tempered Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Barcelona led 1-0 from the first leg, but that lead was wiped out within a minute of the kickoff when Fernando Torres repeated the same feat he achieved in the previous round versus Real Madrid – scoring inside the first minute, with a goal on 41 seconds against Barcelona to even the aggregate 1-1.

But Barça were back on level terms within ten minutes when Lionel Messi linked up with Luis Suarez to put Neymar through and the Brazilian gave Barca a valuable away goal.

capitalonecupTwo moments of magic from Christian Eriksen helped Tottenham Hotspur reach the final of the League Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory over resilient League One club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Eriksen’s sublime first-half free-kick put Maurico Pochettino’s team 1-0 up on the night and they looked to be in cruise control before two goals in as many minutes from 18-year-old substitute Che Adams levelled the tie overall. But a calm finish from Eriksen with three minutes left meant the English Premier League side prevailed without the need for extra-time.