Former England Star Urges Christian Pulisic to Snub Chelsea & Join Liverpool

ESPN pundit Paul Mariner has urged Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic to snub the ‘wrong club’, Chelsea, and join Liverpool instead following speculation about his future. 

Former England international Mariner claims that Chelsea will only end up loaning out the 20-year-old if he were to leave Dortmund, but Jurgen Klopp would ‘nurture him’ in the correct manner at Anfield. 

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Pulisic has two years left on his contract at Signal Iduna Park as recent reports in the media have touted him for a move to the Premier League.

“No, don’t do it (go to Chelsea),” Mariner told ESPN. “It’s the wrong club for him – he will just eventually go out on loan. Is he going to get into the team on this present form? No, he’s not.

“If you were to ask me a club he should go to? Liverpool. Not yet (on whether he gets into the Liverpool XI), but with Klopp understands what it takes to mould a player. 

“He knows Pulisic well. They (Liverpool) would nurture him and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players. I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”


USA international Pulisic has only started four ?Bundesliga games for Lucien Favre’s side this season, with injuries and the form of England international Jadon Sancho playing a part in his lack of game time.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, with two points separating the sides after 12 games. 

Maurizio Sarri’s men knocked the Reds out of the Carabao Cup in September, with both teams playing out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge three days later. 


Olivier Giroud Admits He’ll Fight for His Place at Chelsea Despite Lack of Playing Time

?Chelsea striker ?Olivier Giroud has dismissed any rumours linking the Frenchman with a move away from Stamford Bridge, insisting he is ‘going to fight’ for a starting berth in the team.

The ex-Arsenal man has only started four matches in the ?Premier League this campaign, and is still yet to score. New boss Maurizio Sarri has preferred to start Spaniard ?Alvaro Morata upfront, with the Italian manager opting to choose only one striker in his ‘Sarri-ball’ system.

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The striker told French news outlet ?Telefoot, via Sky Sports “Would I have to consider a departure to keep my place in the national team? I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup.” 

Giroud is out-of-contract in the summer and is yet to agree terms on a new deal with the London side, but did not appear too worried. 

He added: “Today I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that. Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time. But I am in a very big club, with very big players.”


Despite the Frenchman’s lack of playing time, he displayed no signs of a lack of motivation to regain his position in ?Chelsea’s starting XI. 

“I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there and do not expect me to give up,” he said.

The 32-year-old recently scored his first goal of the season in a 1-0 away victory against BATE Borisov and will be hoping that can kick-start his Premier League season after the international break.


Women’s Super League Roundup: Arsenal Racing Away With Title But Chelsea Now Building Momentum

?Arsenal are running away with the FA Women’s Super League title and remain on course for their first triumph since 2012 after opening up a six-point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table over the weekend and extending their 100% winning start to eight games.

Arsenal thrashed Everton, bottom of the table and win-less, on Sunday. Usual suspects Danielle van de Donk, Jordan Nobbs and Vivianne Miedema (2) were all once again on the score-sheet in the rather one-sided 4-0 victory.

The free-scoring Gunners have now scored 38 WSL goals in eight games so far this season, an incredible average of 4.75 per game, and have conceded only four times at the other end.

Second place Manchester City were not in action this weekend.

Reigning champions Chelsea are finally starting to find some momentum after a very slow start to the 2018/19 campaign. Their 5-0 win over Yeovil was a third straight WSL win after previously winning only one of their first six games and they now up to third, eight points off the pace.

Mille Bright, Ji So-Yun, Erin Curthbert (speaking in the video above), Ramona Bachmann and Beth England all scored for the Blues.

Birmingham returned to winning ways after goals from Kerys Harrop, Emma Follis and Lucy Staniforth were the difference in a 3-0 victory over West Ham. They remain level on points with Chelsea but have actually now been leapfrogged by the Londoners on goal difference.

Reading were also comfortable winners on Sunday after inflicting a sixth WSL defeat of the season on Brighton. Veteran midfielder Fara Williams netted twice for the Royals, with Brooke Chaplen and Gemma Davison also scoring in the 4-1 win.

24 hours earlier on Saturday, Bristol City beat Liverpool 2-1 in a tight contest. All three goals were scored in the first half, with Courtney Sweetman-Kirk unable to inspire a comeback from the Reds after Bristol had taken an early 2-0 lead through Lucy Graham and Ella Rutherford.

Liverpool have now lost three straight WSL games and were leapfrogged by Bristol as a result.

The race for promotion at the top of the Women’s Championship continues after both Tottenham and Manchester United won on Sunday. Spurs remain top after a slender 1-0 win over Charlton, while unbeaten United are kept the pressure on after hammering Crystal Palace 5-0.

Durham and Charlton are also still in the mix as four clubs battle for just two promotion places.


Chelsea Star Mateo Kovacic Refuses to Be Drawn on Speculation Over Permanent Switch From Real Madrid

?On-loan Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has refused to be drawn on speculation over whether he will make his temporary move to Chelsea permanent at the end of the season.

The Croatian star has made an encouraging start to life at Stamford Bridge, featuring regularly in midfield alongside N’Golo Kante and Jorginho under Maurizio Sarri.

Having struggled for game time previously with parent club ?Real Madrid, it has been suggested that the 24-year-old could look to seal a permanent switch to west London. However ?Kovacic insisted to Marca, via ?Football.London: “I wanted to be happy and at ?Chelsea I am.

“I just wanted to be happy and play matches, feel a responsibility within the team and I’ve found that at Chelsea.

“This is not the time to talk about anything other than playing and enjoying. I don’t want to think about what will happen and do want to be happy doing what I like, which is to play football every week.”

Kovacic joined Real Madrid with a reputation as one of the brightest young midfielders in Europe as he moved from ?Inter in 2015. However, the Croatia international struggled to find his feet at the Bernabeu.

With the likes of ?Luka Modric and ?Toni Kroos ahead of him in the pecking order, Kovacic became a largely peripheral figure in the Spanish capital, making just 73 appearances in three years with Los Blancos.

By contrast, the playmaker has featured in 10 of Chelsea’s 12 Premier League games this term since joining on loan at Stamford Bridge during the summer.

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Kovacic appears a far more trusted and well-utilised figure under Maurizio Sarri’s management, with his technical quality and strong passing range better showcased in Chelsea’s midfield setup.


7 Reasons Why Christian Pulisic Would Be a Great Signing for Chelsea

Chelsea are reportedly considering launching an offer for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic during the January transfer window after the American’s contract talks stalled at Signal Iduna Park.

This isn’t the first time that Pulisic has been tipped to move to the Premier League, but Chelsea appear to be closer than any team has ever been to acquiring the USMNT poster boy’s signature, especially as rumours of a potential transfer ban continue to loom over Stamford Bridge.

Here are seven reasons why bringing Pulisic to west London makes perfect sense.

7. He’s Ready to Step Up

Christian Pulisic has been almost four years at Borussia Dortmund, rising through their Under-17 and Under-19 squads before becoming a regular fixture in their first team.

The 20-year-old has made 109 appearances for the Black and Yellows so far, scoring 15 goals and claiming 24 assists. He’s been involved in every major competition for Dortmund, and even claimed the assist for the club’s match-winning goal against Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final in 2017.

6. Maurizio Sarri’s New José Callejón

Former Real Madrid winger José Callejón has become a household name across Europe thanks to his performances under Maurizio Sarri at Italian giants Napoli.

In two years with former Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, Callejón was averaging a combined 25 goals and assists every season. When Sarri took over in 2015, the Spain international’s numbers went up to 30 direct goal involvements each year.

Callejón, along with left sided forward Lorenzo Insigne, were vital is Sarri’s attacking style at the Stadio San Paolo, and the former Real Madrid star would often make darting runs inside the opposing full back to meet in-swinging crosses towards the back post.

5. Growing the Brand

Time is running out for Chelsea to enjoy attracting an entire nation to your club, similar to how Brazilians started paying attention to Paris Saint-Germain following Neymar’s world record transfer.

That’s because, although Pulisic is still the only star of the USMNT, the likes of Weston McKennie, Timothy Weah and Josh Sargent are starting to make a name for themselves across Europe.

If any move for Pulisic is going to be made with his status as America’s biggest prospect in mind, then that move has to be made sooner rather than later.

4. World Class Pedegree

There’s always a danger when signing young players from across Europe that you won’t know how they’ll perform when they are thrust into a dressing room alongside a plethora of superstars.

For Pulisic, however, he’s been playing with some of the biggest names on the continent for almost half a decade, starting alongside the likes of Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembélé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

3. He Knows How to Deal With Pressure

After swapping the Pennsylvania Classics for Borussia Dortmund as a 16-year-old, Pulisic has been carrying the hopes of America’s international future on his shoulders for a number of years.

He’s been pinned up as the saviour of soccer, and so far Pulisic hasn’t disappointed in his role as a generation defining player for the USMNT.

2. A Change of Scenery

Phrases like ‘Borussia Dortmund’s best young player’ have become the norm in all the transfer stories that have followed Pulisic over the years.

But these days, the USNMT star is further down the pecking as the Black and Yellows golden boy.

Englishman Jadon Sancho is now the youngster who fans are clamouring over at the Westfalenstadion, while Sergio Gómez and Youssoufa Moukoko look set to be next in line to be thrown into the limelight for Dortmund.

1. It Suits Everyone Involved

With Pulisic somewhat out of contention in Dortmund, he could certainly benefit from a change of scenery, especially as he’s spent his entire professional career at one club.

On Borussia Dortmund’s side of things, the days when their American star is being linked with big money moves away look to be coming to an end, and they could just have one or two transfer window to really get maximum value in a sale.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have an ageing group of wingers. Willian (30) and Pedro (31) are the most likely starters on the right hand side, while the only up and coming wide forward on either wing is Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has only ever made seven appearances for the first team.