Chelsea’s Ross Barkley (left) fights for the ball with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong during their friendly match in Saitama on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic accepts his days at the Nou Camp may be numbered, but for now he is concentrating on preparing for next season with the Spanish champions.
Jorginho scored two penalties as Chelsea came roaring back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with nine-man Ajax in a Champions League classic on Tuesday, while holders
Frank Lampard was appointed Chelsea head coach on Thursday, confirming a dramatic return for one of the club’s greatest ever players.
Football has ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the immediate concern is the simple survival of many clubs because of the financial impact, but there is hope that the global game could ultimately emerge better from this crisis.
World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan says he is open to England fielding two teams on the same day at separate venues if the coronavirus outbreak leads to a compressed home international season.
General Nasser Abdul Razaq Al Razooqi, President of the UAE and Asian Karate Federations and Vice-President of the World Karate Federation, has commended the UAE’s efforts to protect the community, noting that the country is always leading in all areas.
A lot is said about Virat Kohli’s on-field aggression crossing the line at times, but the Indian captain on Thursday asserted that he does not feel the need to behave differently as he is the captain and he can never play without having that fire in his belly.