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World Cup 2018:How Argentina will handle Ahmed Musa, others – Messi

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Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has stated that Jorge Sampaoli’s men knows how to keep Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa quiet when both sides clash in today’s final Group D 2018 World Cup fixture at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.

Messi, however, said that apart from Musa, the Eagles have other big players that can be a threat to the South Americans.

Musa, who scored a brace for the Eagles against Iceland last week, has been viewed by many as the main threat in the Gernot Rohr’s squad when they take on the La Albiceleste on Tuesday night.

The Eagles head into the game after defeating Iceland 2-0 in their second game, thanks to Musa brace, while the South Americans were humiliated 3-0 by Croatia.

”Musa is not new to us. I expect us to deal with his pace. He is not new to us because of what he has. But there are other players for Nigeria, we have to be careful about as well”, Messi was quoted as saying by the media in Argentina.

The kick off time for the match is 7 pm.

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Manchester United players told to ignore Mourinho’s instructions

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Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has told Manchester United players to ignore instructions from manager Jose Mourinho and take matters into their own hands.

The Red Devils travel to Anfield on Sunday to take on title-chasing Liverpool, 16 points behind their bitter rivals.

A much-changed United side slipped to another demoralising defeat against Valencia in midweek and Keown believes Mourinho’s men are turning in the worst performances he has seen in 25 years.

“These performances are some of the worst we’ve seen from United in 25 years,” Keown told Football Focus.

“They are there for the taking – these United players almost need to stop listening to their manager now.

“If this is how they’re being told to play, the players are on their own – I don’t know the identity of this United team.

“They’re almost dreading games. Whether they change the manager is another thing but every game feels like a crisis now.

“Mourinho has an incredible job there but the ‘special one’ has become the ‘lonely one’.

“He’s almost enjoying the process of it coming to an end.”

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Barcelona issue fresh ban to Dembele

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Barcelona have banned Ousmane Dembele from turning off his phone, after he once again failed to arrive on time for training, uniquesports.com.ng reports.

Earlier this week, Dembele begged his team-mates for forgiveness in a private dressing-room speech, after being fined £90,000 for turning up two hours late to training, reports Daily Mail.

Manager Ernesto Valverde has now instructed the French winger, to keep his phone on all the time, so that he can be contactable if another issue arises.

Valverde is said to be content with the player’s improvement off the pitch and believes he has taken positive steps towards changing his attitude.

It is believed Dembele enjoys playing video games and watching TV until the early hours of the morning, which is the main issue.

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Man City VS Everton: Jesus scores twice as Manchester City go back to top

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Manchester City have returned to the top of the Premier League for another 24 hours at least, following a 3-1 win over Everton in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Pep Guardiola’s men saw their unbeaten start to the season end at Chelsea last week and Liverpool overtook them on the table.

However, the champions preserved their 100 per cent record at home against Marco Silva’s men.

Gabriel Jesus scored either sides of half time to give City a 2-0 lead, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back.

However, Raheem Sterling climbed off the bench, to head in a third and make sure the home side got maximum points.

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