Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata seeing psychologist to deal with ‘pressure and emotions’

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata seeing psychologist to deal with ‘pressure and emotions’

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Alvaro Morata said that he is seeing a psychologist to help him deal with the "pressure and emotions" he experienced at Chelsea last season, adding that he briefly thought about leaving Stamford Bridge last summer to join a club where he could play "without pressure."china nike nfl jerseys cheap Chelsea paid a then club-record £58 million to sign Morata from Real Madrid as Diego Costa's replacement in the summer of 2017, but he faded badly after a bright start as injuries and off-field events -- his close friend was killed in a car crash and his wife endured a difficult pregnancy with the couple's twin boys -- sapped his sharpness and confidence. Morata insisted earlier this month that he feels better mentally on and off the pitch this season, and…
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Houston Dash duo headline SA squad for women’s Afcon

Houston Dash duo headline SA squad for women’s Afcon

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South Africa coach Des Ellis has named her final squad of 21 players for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, as the team goes in search of not only a first continental title, but also a place at next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in France. There were a few surprises in the selection, with the uncapped duo of striker Amanda Mthandi from University of Johannesburg and defender Tiisetso Makhubela of Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies earning their place for the trip to Ghana later this month.nike nfl jerseys cheap china There was no late call for Finland-based Ode Fulutudilu or in-form Rhoda Mulaudzi, who has scored two goals in two games for Canberra United in Australia, but there was a healthy sprinkling of overseas-based players in the team. This includes…
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Harry Kane: Tottenham will challenge for Premier League title in new stadium

Harry Kane: Tottenham will challenge for Premier League title in new stadium

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Harry Kane hopes Tottenham's success on the road will pay dividends later in the season and that they will still be in a position to challenge the Premier League leaders when they get a run of home games. Seven of Tottenham's 11 top-flight matches so far have been away from home, and their next one is at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park. Nonetheless, Tottenham have won six of their trips, including a 3-2 victory at Wolves on Saturday, and lie just five points off the top.nfl nike jersey cheap "We have to stay up there as long as we can," said Kane, who scored Tottenham's third goal at Molineux. "We've played a lot of away games already this year, as everyone knows. When we get into the new stadium, get that…
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Arsenal’s draw vs. Liverpool further proof of the Unai Emery effect

Arsenal’s draw vs. Liverpool further proof of the Unai Emery effect

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They say you don't notice something until it's gone, and that is a good thing at Arsenal this season. Under Unai Emery, the team is hungry again, the Emirates is alive and noisy, and games at the stadium feel like an occasion the supporters actually want to be a part of. So what's missing? Apathy, for one. The sense of listlessness off the pitch, too. And with Emery owning the technical area and patrolling the touchline like an over-competitive parent, the sight of Arsene Wenger looking on with his hands in his pockets and out of ideas has also been consigned to history.cheap nfl jerseys china nike We all knew that things had turned sour under Wenger long before he was ushered off-stage at the end of last season, but…
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Tottenham’s Dele Alli: Mauricio Pochettino was key to signing new contract

Tottenham’s Dele Alli: Mauricio Pochettino was key to signing new contract

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has said manager Mauricio Pochettino was crucial to his decision to sign a new six-year contract and he believes he is in "a great place" to improve. Alli, who was already under contract until 2021, signed a new deal on Tuesday that commits him to Spurs until 2024. "He is a massive part of wanting to be at this club," Alli said after setting up two goals in Wednesday's 3-1 Carabao Cup victory at West Ham. "The fans are amazing, the chairman, everyone -- the whole club's amazing. But as players you work with the gaffer, you want to have a good relationship with the manager, and we all feel like we've got that here. "We all love the way we work, the style of…
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Lopetegui’s fate at Real Madrid was likely sealed before heavy Clasico defeat

Lopetegui’s fate at Real Madrid was likely sealed before heavy Clasico defeat

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By the time you read this, Julen Lopetegui has been fired as manager of Real Madrid, and the joke will be that he and Florentino Perez managed to screw up both Spain's World Cup and the first half of Real Madrid's campaign, all in less than five months. It's cruel, sure. But also in some ways, it's apt given the clunky way in which his appointment was announced and the way the past few months have unfolded. There's a basic axiom that every club ought to follow but often doesn't, because clubs are run by humans and humans are run by emotions: you don't sack or retain a manager based on the result of a single game. Not only are results of individual prone to luck and happenstance, but if…
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Brazil’s narrow victory is more worrying than Argentina’s defeat

Brazil’s narrow victory is more worrying than Argentina’s defeat

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Scaloni is a caretaker coach, in temporary charge. The chaos of Argentina's World Cup campaign has forced the FA to think long and hard about the way forward, and they are taking their time before making a definitive choice. In the meantime, Scaloni is renewing the squad. His starting lineup included just four players who went to Russia. And despite the limited training time, in the four games played under Scaloni, with no Lionel Messi and some of the other big names, Argentina have at least looked competent -- a word that seldom applied to their displays under Jorge Sampaoli. Brazil's stoppage-time winner was the first Scaloni's Argentina have conceded. The scorer, Miranda, was one of a Brazil starting lineup that included 10 of the World Cup squad -- the…
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Spain’s flaws were laid bare vs. England; now it’s up to Luis Enrique to set things straight

Spain’s flaws were laid bare vs. England; now it’s up to Luis Enrique to set things straight

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During Spain's 3-2 defeat to England in Sevilla on Monday night, there were a couple of things missing compared to their last home game, the 6-0 thrashing of Croatia. Namely an opponent that surrendered and the aggressive, "all for one" spirit that Luis Enrique loved so much when the World Cup finalists were dismantled in September. In fact, that this match only finished 3-2 to England is a welcome distraction from some of the major issues that were glaringly obvious. So was the fact that Sergio Ramos could make such a fuss about a penalty decision that should probably have been given in Spain's favour, would have brought a red card for England's keeper and would, in all likelihood, have changed the result.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal The fuss was…
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Super-sub Paco Alcacer can’t stop scoring for Borussia Dortmund and Spain

Super-sub Paco Alcacer can’t stop scoring for Borussia Dortmund and Spain

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Sometimes you don't dare leave the room, dash to the kitchen and grab a drink in case you miss a goal. You're convinced you'll hear the roar the second you're standing there in front of the fridge, rushing back in only to miss the replay, but this isn't one of those times. Not if you're a Real Madrid fan, anyway. Now, if you're a Paco Alcacer fan... well, that's a very different story. Real Madrid have gone six hours and 49 minutes without scoring. Count added time and it's well over seven hours. In other words, you could have popped to the kitchen, got a can, come back and put "Star Wars" on instead, watching from start to finish. You could have then watched "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return…
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Exclusive: Nigeria hero Odion Ighalo nearly quit after death threats

Exclusive: Nigeria hero Odion Ighalo nearly quit after death threats

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It was a long and nightmarish northern summer for Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, who has rebounded to not only top of the scoring list in these Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but worm his way back into the hearts of Super Eagles fans. After a dire World Cup campaign, where he was roundly blamed for the defeat to Argentina that saw the Africans crash out of the tournament, he's gone on to score five goals in two qualifier games against Libya.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap Scoring a hat-trick, he heard his name sung from the stands as he was subbed off after 75 minutes of the first game on the weekend. He was then serenaded by supporters in the second game on Tuesday, as he scored twice and provided one…
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