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Carlo Ancelotti headed to Merseyside in an unexpected turn

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Over the last two weeks, Everton have been in for quite the ride. Following a string of poor results, the blues parted ways with their manager – Marco Silva. The team was languishing dangerously close to the relegation zone and with stern tests squarely ahead, everything seemed derelict. Their fortunes have however quickly taken a quick turn. The appointment of interim manager, Duncan Ferguson has proven to be the kick this prestigious organization needed. Despite being the underdogs they went on to take 3 points against Chelsea and one against Manchester United. They however still lie in 16th position, 3 points off the relegation zone. When in an unexpected turn, news broke that Carlo Ancelotti is headed to Merseyside, it was no surprise that the Everton fans were excited.

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 10: Carlo Ancelotti head coach of SSC Napoli looks on during the UEFA Champions League group E match between SSC Napoli and KRC Genk at Stadio San Paolo on December 10, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Ancelotti’s resume

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the most prolific managers in modern day football. He has managed and won titles with teams such as Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea among many others. His greatest accomplishment however is being one of three managers to lift 3 champions league trophies. This therefore explains the unexpected turn that is seeing him headed to Merseyside. The Italian comes to Everton from Napoli. He was recently fired after a run of seven games without victory. This however does not off put the potters.

Principal agreement

Despite the news about Carlo’s imminent arrival, this agreement is not final. According to Sky Sports, the veteran manager has an agreement in principle with Everton. Nothing has been put on paper though. The footballing world is however in agreement about one thing. If Everton can pull this off, it would be a great coup. Their last couple of results underline the potential they have. All that remains is a top-tier coach. Sections of the fan base are however disgruntled. Carlo Ancelotti is considered by many to be a manager of the past. These section of the fan base believe a more progressive manager is the way to go. Whilst this remains to be proven, the Italian is definitely headed to Merseyside. Now only time will prove the fans right or wrong.

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Red Devils trounce the blues for the third time

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Manchester United have been heavily criticized throughout the season due to their inconsistent results. Marred by a myriad of problems including complacency among players and a seemingly nonchalant manager they found themselves wallowing in mid table. An unfamiliar position for a club of Manchester United’s stature. In spite of this, they have numerously gotten the better of most of the teams in the ‘big six’ category. The biggest casualties of the Red Devil’s wrath this season has been Chelsea. This was the case yet again on Sunday night when the Red Devils went on to trounce the blues.

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United climbed up two places to seventh after goals from Martial and Maguire who guided them to a hard-earned, controversial victory. United got off the mark first after Martial glanced Wan-Bissaka’s cross into the net at the stroke of half time. Maguire would later on put the game beyond Chelsea’s reach after heading in Bruno Fernandes’ corner on the 66th minute. This would be enough to trounce the blues for the third time this season alone.

Chelsea feel aggrieved

The VAR review system has been found to be at fault numerous times this season. Teams have as a result unfairly gained and lost points. This is so as the premier league strives to perfect the system. In this case Chelsea were the allegedly aggrieved party. In the first half during a touchline kerfuffle Harry Maguire kicked Mitchy Batchuayi in the groin. Naturally, this is a red card offense but the Man United skipper was lucky to escape a sending off even after VAR review. As expected Chelsea fans the world over are livid at the obvious mistake made. This is especially so considering Harry went on to score the winning goal as the Red Devils trounce the blues yet again.

Also Read; Things that Bruno Fernandes offers the Red Devils 

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Things that Bruno Fernandes offers the Red Devils

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In a huge January transfer deal with Sporting Lisbon, the Red Devils have signed the Portugal international midfielder Bruno Fernandes. With so much anticipation from Manchester United fans, the 25 year old has stirred positive reactions after his signing in. Below are benefits of having Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United;

Goals

Bruno Fernandez has had a magnificent career of over two and a half years at Sporting Lisbon. He is definitely a goal-making machine having scored 39 league goals in 83 appearances. With the absence of injured Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba, a lot is at stake. The new United no.18 has topped the Portuguese Primiera Liga rankings since the start of 2017-2018 season. Fernandes is a goal-scoring midfielder and that sometimes is hard to come across. Ole Solskjaer acknowledged that he is a top player that needs players moving in front of him for the perfect combo.

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Style of play

Bruno Fernandes is a goal scoring player as aforementioned, filling any gaps he can while playing. He left an impact on Manchester United fans after showcasing some of his qualities on his debut in the 0-0 draw with Wolves. He played a bunch of different positions in midfield and instigated a couple of positive passes. His ability to spread play and his passing are skills that will skyrocket the Red Devil’s performance.

Assists

Fernandes debut shows him as a complete package . The Portugal International had the highest amount of overall passes more than anybody else in the pitch,(88). The match against Wolves went out to show that he creates chances to the extent of his defensive prowess. Although he picked up a yellow card on his debut match, Fernandes shockingly made more clearances than any of his team members. For his debut, he proved that he is not only a team player but also a fantastic leader. He is definitely a sign of good things to come for the Red Devils.

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 Experience

Bruno Fernandes at the age of 25 has a bag full of experience. He already has experience of the Portuguese Primeira Liga and of Serie A. He has had a stellar career having won two League Cups and the Portuguese Cup with Sporting where he was captain. This will definitely catapult him for the Premier League.

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NBA All-Star 2020 starters announced for Chicago showdown

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Every NBA’s players dreams consists of two things – winning the NBA title and being an All- star starter. Although the All-star starter game format has changed over the last two years, it retains its allure to the players. It was thus no surprise that everyone was anticipating the results after votes from fans, the media, players and coaches. As a result when the long awaited NBA All-star 2020 starters were announced yesterday the NBA world was buzzing. The first half of the NBA season has been competitive to say the least. Ranging from the resurgence of teams that had been written off to the emergence of young stars ready to take the league by storm, games have been nothing short of pulsating. Therefore various names were bound to be floated for consideration especially in the east coast.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Captains

Although there are numerous players who have been outstanding, Lebron James and Giannis have been otherworldly. It was thus no surprise that they had the highest votes and consequentially became captains of their respective coasts. James garnered 6.28 million votes while Giannis garnered 5.9M Votes. This is James’ second time captaining his side and his 16th overall all-star appearance making him the 3rd most featured player. Giannis on the other hand is captaining for the first and is appearing on the all-star side for the fourth time. Giannis’ team will comprise of Sixers center Joel Embiid and the Raptors Pascal Siakam on the front court. The back court will feature  Kemba Walker and Trae Young. Western conference’s more experienced team comprises of James Lakers teammate Anthony Davis and breakout star Luka Doncic alongside Lebron on the frontcourt. The back court will feature James Harden and reigning champion Kawhi Leonard.

Although the NBA All-star 2020 starters were announced along Coastal lines they will not play along these lines. The captains of the respective sides will select their teams for the February 16th showdown. The NBA All-star matches will be played at the United Center in Chicago

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