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PSG Can’t Play Counter Attacking With Messi In Starting XI, Anelka Tells Pochettino

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Former Paris Saint-Germain striker, Nicholas Anelka, has told the club’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, that his side cannot be a counter-attacking team with Lionel Messi in his starting XI.

Anelka stated this following PSG’s Champions League 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea star also told Pochettino that he could not continue to base his team on Kylian Mbappe alone.

Anelka has been less impressed with Messi since he joined PSG from Barcelona in the summer.

“With Messi, PSG cannot be a counter team,” Anelka told RMC.

“You cannot base the whole team on Kylian Mbappe.”

Anelka had previously urged PSG to demand a lot from Messi.

He said: “Today we demand from Neymar, but we can do the same with Messi.

“Since the beginning of the season, it is not extraordinary either. There is a player who has six Ballons d’Or and finally is not so extraordinary.”

Messi has scored just four goals in 10 appearances for PSG in all competitions so far this season.

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AFCON 2021: Africa Should Be Proud Of Comoros, Says Drogba

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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, has identified Comoros as the team Africa is proud of at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

Drogba said this after Comoros was eliminated from the 2021 AFCON on Monday night.

Recall that Comoros was knocked out of the 2021 AFCON round of 16 tie against host nation Cameroon.

Debutants Comoros fought hard against Cameroon despite receiving a red card during the match.

However, they lost 2-1 against Cameroon.

“Waaah!!! What a team, what COURAGE, Africa is proud of this brave Comorian team @fedcomfootball,” Drogba tweeted.

Comoros had qualified for the AFCON round of 16 after beating Ghana 3-2 in their final group C match, sending the Black Stars back home.

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Super Eagles Must Concentrate On Beating Ghana For 2022 World Cup Ticket, Says Chukwu

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Former Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Christian Chukwu, has urged the Super Eagles to move on with future national assignments after crashing out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Chukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the Super Eagles should put the AFCON competition behind them and focus on qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.

“It is clear that our AFCON trophy chase is over. Let us come home, take stock and plan for our world cup qualifying encounter with Ghana.

“Judging from my personal experience as a player and coach, the boys brought in their best and did their best in the AFCON competition.

“They fought gallantly in each match they played.

“I am not happy with the red card given to Iwobi in the last match played by the Super Eagles as it should be a mere warning. He did not deserve a card at all,” he said.

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Anthony Joshua Denies Claims He’s Accepted Cash To Allow Tyson Fury Vs Oleksandr Usyk Title Fight

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Former British world champion Joshua vouched for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk after losing the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight belts to the Ukrainian in September 2021.

However, new report reveals Joshua was set to accept a £15m deal to step aside and allow Usyk to fight WBC champion Fury instead for all the belts.

Responding to the speculation, Joshua said on the Undefeated Podcast: ‘You know what’s bad about all these interviews I see? I see interviews that quote what I said, I think to myself, I ain’t done no interviews.

‘Where did this person get this information from? I see people saying “AJ accepts £15m to step aside.”

‘I ain’t signed no contract, I ain’t seen no contract. As it stands, stop listening to the b*t until it comes from me.

‘I’m the man in control of my destiny. I’m the man who handles my business. I’m a smart individual and I make calculated decisions every step of the way.

‘Don’t listen to the bt from other sources. If I tell you something then you know it’s real.’

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