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Is it normal, this? I don't think.'. Conte thinks Chelsea rivals are favoured in the premier league

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Antonio Conte has complained that the Premier League title race would be closer had fixtures been arranged more fairly.
The Chelsea manager, who believes even another run of 13 wins in a row might not challenge Manchester City, is still irritated by the timing of his side's meeting against Pep Guardiola's team from September.

Conte is also annoyed that Chelsea have one fewer day to rest than Liverpool for next weekend's fixture after both clubs play in the Champions League.

Chelsea were superb in beating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 to record a fourth win in succession but they remain nine points behind leaders City.

Conte believes that his team's 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, coming with a day's fewer rest than City, is proving pivotal.
'We played against Atletico Madrid away and we came back at five o'clock in the morning on Thursday and we played on Saturday against Manchester City.

'I think in the game one team was favourite and it was …

Sergio Ramos out of champions league match with fractured nose

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Real Madrid player Sergio Ramos has fractured his nose according to the club. The defender was kicked in the face in the 35th minute by Atlético Madrid player Lucas in the Atleti box, as Ramos had a headed attempt on goal.
After being kicked Ramos went down with a profusely bleeding nose. A club doctor stemmed the bleeding, and he played the rest of the first half with plugs in his nostrils, but did not come out for the second half, with Nacho taking his place.
Not only did Real Madrid lose Ramos, according out resident referee, they should have had a penalty for the kick to the head.
The club confirmed in a statement on Sunday that Ramos the centre-half has been diagnosed with a fractured nose. Real Madrid do not speculate about a potential return date, but medical sources consulted by AS state that if Ramos has an operation, he will be out for between two and three weeks.
If the fracture is less severe, the 31-year-old could return sooner with the aid of a protective face mask. That…

Real Madrid to listen to offers for Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale has been linked to Manchester United almost every summer since he joined Real Madrid, but reports in the British press claim that this time he really is going to move to Old Trafford.

Despite the injuries which have seen him miss 40 of the past 60 Real Madrid games, Jose Mourinho's club are reportedly willing to take a chance on the Welshman.

This is according to the Daily Mirror, who claim that Real Madrid are willing to listen to offers for the 28-year-old, while hoping to recoup the 99 million euros spent on him.

Conte is Italian first choice to replace sacked Ventura

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Italy are keen to take back former manager Antonio Conte following their dismissal of Gian Piero Ventura, the Italian Football Federation have confirmed.
The Azzurri are still in a period of mourning after failing to qualify for next year's World Cup - only the second time in their history they have failed to do so.

Ventura's days were soon numbered after Italy lost to Sweden over a two-legged play-off, failing to beat their opposition in Milan and in doing so shocking the football world.
After parting ways with the manager, the Azzurri are now firmly on the hunt for a fresh replacement at the helm, and many within the country's FA are keen to see Conte reinstalled as national boss.
Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has gone as far as to confirm Conte is a wanted man, addressing speculation this week regarding Ventura's successor.
Tavecchio told media, when asked about potential candidates such as Massimiliano Allegri or Roberto Mancini: 'Allegri and Mancini? Y…

Cavani reveals Neymar will take PSG next penalty

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Edinson Cavani has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has decided his side's next penalty will be taken by Neymar.
The Uruguayan and the world's most expensive player were embroiled in an embarrassing public fall-out during the club's 2-0 win over Lyon in September.
Neymar was seen remonstrating with Cavani as they both stood over the spot arguing over who should take the penalty, having earlier squabbled over the taking of a set-piece.
Emery and the PSG hierarchy have done all they can to prevent a similar situation arising again with Cavani reportedly being offered €1million to pass on penalty duties to his Brazilian team-mate.
After Cavani rejected the financial offer, Emery has been forced to step in and hand the reigns over to Neymar himself. 'The coach has decided that Neymar will take the next penalty,' Cavani said, as reported by FourFourTwo.

Gerard Pique to miss Barcelona and Valencia game next week

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Ernesto Valverde will a few problems to keep him occupied this week. Gerard Piqué who went into this yesterday's meeting with Leganés on four yellow cards, picked up a fifth booking on 29 minutes for which means he will now miss next week's away trip to Valencia. Match official Alberto Undiano Mallenco dipped into his top pocket for his yellow card when Piqué grappled with Amrabat from behind.

 The decision enraged Valverde - as it didPiqué who was later seen mouthing to the ref that there was minimal contract as both teams made their way to the changing rooms at half-time. Follow us on Facebook
So Piqué is suspended and Javier Mascherano remains out for a month with a hamstring tear which leaves Valverde with the bare minimum of options at the back next weekend at Mestalla. The coach will only have Samuel Umtiti, who is also one booking away from suspension, and Thomas Vermaelen, a player who has been plagued with injuries since joining the club. As if that's wasn't…

Gerard Pique to miss Barcelona and Valencia game next week

Ernesto Valverde will a few problems to keep him occupied this week. Gerard Piqué, who went into this afternoon's meeting with Leganés on four yellow cards, picked up a fifth booking on 29 minutes for which means he will now miss next week's away trip to Valencia. Match official Alberto Undiano Mallenco dipped into his top pocket for his yellow card when Piqué grappled with Amrabat from behind. The decision enraged Valverde - as it didPiqué who was later seen mouthing to the ref that there was minimal contract as both teams made their way to the changing rooms at half-time. So Piqué is suspended and Javier Mascherano remains out for a month with a hamstring tear which leaves Valverde with the bare minimum of options at the back next weekend at Mestalla.The coach will only have Samuel Umtiti, who is also one booking away from suspension, and Thomas Vermaelen, a player who has been plagued with injuries since joining the club. As if that's wasn't enough, Vermaelen played…