PSG win 7 goal thriller as Rennes move closer to Marseille

If there is one thing that seems to be certain with PSG it is entertainment and following their 4-4 draw at Amiens last weekend the club scored another 4 goals, except they won this time beating Bordeaux 4-3.

No one really expected such a fight from Bordeaux who showed a lot of character in not just coming to Paris in order to defend. PSG had gone a goal down but veteran striker Edinson Cavani soon equalised. The star of the team this past weekend though was Marquinhos who can sometimes be seen as the forgotten man, but he scored two goals and Kylian Mbappe got the winner in a fantastic energised game.

But there would still be a negative to take from the match as Neymar received two yellow cards and was sent off in the very final moments of the game and now he will miss the trip to Dijon. However PSG have pulled clear at the top by 13 points, and that was helped as Marseille lost 3-1 at home to Nantes. It was the clubs first defeat in over 15 games and it wasn’t a good performance which was capped off by Alvaro scoring an own goal.

Marseille losing meant that Rennes took full advantage and their 2-1 home win over Nimes took them to within 8 points of 2nd place. M’Baye Niang scored both of Rennes’ goals as his good form continues. Rennes needed to win because Lille also picked up 3 points in 4th place with their victory over Toulouse. Toulouse who are rock bottom were never given a chance and this was a match where Lille ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Loic Remy scored a brace and the club have won 4 from their last five games, as they chase down 3rd position.

Monaco’s winning run came to an end but at least they didn’t lose and instead they drew 1-1 away to Dijon. Lyon won their first game in almost a month by beating Metz away 2-0 and that was seen as a very good result for the club as Metz had picked up in form lately even in the bottom half of the table. But the club are still behind Strasbourg who were involved a dour 0-0 draw against Amiens- the same Amiens who had put four goals past PSG, but that is football.

Reims have lost just one match in their past five and they got a decent 1-1 draw away to Saint Etienne and are in 8th place. They were losing 1-0 and heading for defeat until they were rewarded a penalty in the final minute which Boulaye Dia scored for the away side.

Reims European hopes are still alive even though they are drawing too many games and the reason for that is how close the league still is with only 12 games left to play. The club are in 8th and yet are only seven points behind 3rd place, so there really is all to play for.

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Great move for Lille to sign Jose Fonte

fonteRumours have been swirling over the past few days that French Ligue 1 side Lille OSC could be about to complete the transfer of former Southampton and West Ham defender Jose Fonte to bolster their defence. Les Dogues had a tough time of things last season, narrowly avoiding relegation to Ligue 2, winning out in a race which went right to the wire. They survived at the expense of Toulouse, who went down just a single point behind and with a superior goal difference tally. With that in mind, manager Christophe Galtier looks set to complete one of his primary ambitions this summer in getting in some new faces to shore things up, and in Fonte they are getting a player with a wealth of experience and footballing knowledge.

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Getafe make late push for Europa League


Getafe could make a late surge for a Europa League place, with a strong run of form as the season winds up.

Four La Liga wins in their last six games, mean that the Madrid-based side are in the mix for a European spot, with four sides fighting for two remaining sides, with Real Betis relatively secure in their progress.

Three wins back to back wins on the road has furthered their case, particularly as their away form was fairly rocky at the start of the season.

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La Liga exit to trigger Las Palmas sales

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Las Palmas has been a hot bed of inconsistency this season, with issues on and off the field leaving the Canary Island club on the brink of La Liga relegation.

With no win in their last seven La Liga games, Paco Jemez’s side are six points from safety, with nine games remaining.

This run of form has them facing a return to the Segunda Division for the first time since 2015, and the situation could be made worse by some key exits if relegation is confirmed.

Sales have become part of Las Palmas’ strategy since their return to the top flight, selling players each season to balance the books.

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Conte aims to revamp Chelsea’s squad

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Antonio Conte has identified that Chelsea’s squad is too big and as a result the Italian manger intends to allow several high profile players to leave the club before the start of the new season, according to the Independent.

Potential for a swathe of departures

Among those who Conte perceives as being potentially surplus to his requirements are goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, along with the South American duo of Juan Cuadrado and Oscar, as well as the French striker Loic Remy.

Another player that may not feature in Conte’s plans for the forthcoming season is Pedro, since despite being fit the Spaniard did not play in Chelsea’s recent 3-1 friendly win over AC Milan.

In addition to the futures of a number of Chelsea’s senior players being uncertain, with the club having already sent 15 young players out on loan, they may allow more to leave temporarily.

New signings being targeted

Whilst Conte has expressed a desire to reduce the overall size of his squad, he also wishes to sign some new players, with his primary targets being Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Santos midfielder Thiago Maia, who is currently playing for Brazil at the Rio Olympics.

In terms of Chelsea’s interest in Lukaku, in order to resign the 23-year-old Belgian striker, who they sold to Everton for £28m two years ago, the club are believed to be ready to offer Loic Remy plus £60m, which would be a club record transfer fee.

There is also likely to be a requirement for Chelsea to spend lavishly to recruit Koulibaly, with Napoli set to demand £38m for the Senegalese internationalist.

South American duo attracting interest

Ultimately it is the need to create space in his squad for new signings and generate finances to fund them, that is motivating Conte to look to move on some of his existing players, such as Cuadrado and Oscar, both of whom are attracting interest Italy.

Specifically Cuadrado is understood as being tracked by AC Milan, whilst the Rossoneri’s city rivals Inter are thought to be preparing a £30m bid to sign Oscar, who Chelsea signed from Internacional for £25m in 2012.

Nevertheless, the 24-year-old Brazilian internationalist may still have a future at Stamford Bridge given that Conte praised Oscar’s past achievements and application during pre-season, as reported by the Independent.

“Oscar is an important player and the season when Chelsea won the title he was fantastic. He is a player with great talent and can improve a lot,” said Conte, who during Chelsea’s pre-season training camps in Austria and the USA has used 29 players.

Batshuayi & Kante may be joined by more new recruits

One of those is N’Golo Kante, as the 26-year-old French midfield enforcer made his Chelsea debut in their friendly win over Milan following his £30m move from Leicester.

So far this summer, Conte has made just one other signing with that being the Belgian internationalist striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for a fee in the region of £33.2m

However further new arrivals appears to be fast approaching, as Conte endeavours to revamp his squad before Chelsea’s first game of the new season, which is at home to West Ham on 15 August.

Can Loic Remy Be the Man To Fire Newcastle United to Safety?


Having coffed up a rumoured £30 million to bring Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend to the club, Steve McClaren and Newcastle United look set to launch a late transfer window bid for their former frontman Loic Remy.

The Magpies remain rooted in the bottom three of the Premier League table, and with just one win in their last seven matches it is clear that they are in dire need of intervention if they are to avoid falling through the dreaded relegation trapdoor.

While many Geordies suggest that it is defensively where their side needs to invest – they have already scored more goals than the likes of Crystal Palace and Stoke, and just three less than Manchester United – it is fair to say that an attacking quartet of Shelvey, Townsend, Gigi Wijnaldum and potentially now Remy could prove the difference between Premiership survival and other wise.

Chelsea have slapped a £12 million price tag on the Frenchman, although that is unlikely to deter cash rich Mike Ashley from splashing the cash to keep his investment in English football’s top flight.

Remy has rarely featured for Chelsea this term despite the woes surrounding Diego Costa – until recently of course, and with his playing time limited to fleeting substitute appearances it is little wonder the 29-year-old has appeared to struggle at times. Against Arsenal on Sunday he had numerous chances to either score or create opportunities for his colleagues, but some rather sluggish play suggests that the Frenchman requires more game time elsewhere to recapture his best form.

It’s a shame for him as he played a key role at Stamford Bridge last season, coming off the bench to score some crucial goals as the Blues swept to the Premier League title. But perhaps now is the time for the powerful forward to seek pastures new.

He will have good memories of Newcastle United and playing at St James’ Park of course; he netted 14 times in 26 outings for the Magpies in a decent spell at the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers, and now McClaren seeks a more permanent reunion in order to help his side stave off the threat of a costly relegation. Money, it would seem, is no object at the moment.

And the move makes sense for Remy himself what with Euro ’16 just around the corner. He will be desperate to score the goals required to catch Didier Deschamps’ eye in the run-up to squad selection, and with chances to do that limited at Stamford Bridge it makes sense for the 29-year-old to do the business at a club that really needs him right now.

Chelsea’s Loic Remy attracting interest from a number of Premier League sides

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Chelsea striker Loic Remy has a big decision to make on his short-term future at Stamford Bridge with reports suggesting a host of Premier League clubs are lining up loan bids to give the French international more game time than he’s been afforded in London this season. Remy has hardly featured for the Blues in 2015/16, and could consider a temporary switch elsewhere to try and play himself in contention of making France’s national team for next summer’s European Championships.

The 28-year-old played an important role from the bench as Chelsea sealed the 2014/15 Premier League title with ease, but former manager Jose Mourinho overlooked him on a number of occasions this time round despite first-choice Diego Costa greatly struggling for form. With Mourinho now gone and Guus Hiddink brought in as an interim manager, there’s a chance the likes of Remy will be given a clean slate to impress, but he might be tempted elsewhere to ensure he’s a first choice in attack.

Swansea City, Newcastle and Crystal Palace are just some of the Premier League sides having been linked with the striker, and it’s likely the pacey striker will exit Stamford Bridge for the rest of the campaign for pastures anew. The London club are going through turmoil this season and the chance to be first choice again may prove too good to turn down. Crystal Palace could be a big move for both parties with the Eagles currently looking on course for a top-six finish, while seeing Remy renew acquaintances with former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and teammate Yohan Cabaye.

Palace are also a side playing a fast-paced attacking style which would certainly suit the 28-year-old, and there may be a chance for a permanent move in the future. Remy’s time at Chelsea has gone incredibly stale this season, and the lack of action seems a waste for a player so talented. Considering how poor Radamel Falcao has been as a third choice attacker for the Blues, why Remi has featured so little has bemused many.

The former Queens Park Rangers man has amassed only 145 minutes in the Premier League this season, being an unused substitute seven times. He was given a mere 15 minutes in Chelsea’s recent 3-1 win against Sunderland, and has even missed out of the matchday squad entirely. As a result, a move might be the only sure-fire way Remy can become a first-choice again, as Costa could remain top of the pecking order under Hiddink.

So where does Loic Remy’s future lie in January?

Why won’t Jose Mourinho give Loic Remy a chance up front for Chelsea?

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Reports are emerging that Chelsea’s first-choice striker Diego Costa could be losing his place in the side following a disappointing start to the season. The Spanish international has struggled for goals in 2015/16, and has the pacey Loic Remy waiting in the wings for game time. Manager Jose Mourinho has continued to stand by Costa despite his woes this season, but could be making drastic changes to the side to turn their form around, so could Remy finally be given a chance to shine for the Blues.

The French international has hardly played for Chelsea this season despite being match fit, making just five appearances in the Premier League that has amounted to a meagre 98 minutes of game time. Remy was brought off the bench in the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Stoke City on the weekend, but such little action seems unfair given Costa hasn’t been cutting it. Last season, Remy scored seven Premier League goals in 838 minutes of game time afforded to him by Mourinho, but he hasn’t been rewarded with any faith from his boss this time round.

There’s little Remy can do to convince the Chelsea manager to give him a run of games as the lone centre-forward, but oddly enough Mourinho was adamant that the Frenchman would not be sold in the summer as he was part of his plans this season. Remy admitted he was considering his own future, however, saying: “It’s really difficult to spend so much time on the bench and then play, I can’t lie. I just want to feel better and have the opportunity to play more.”

Given his impressive scoring record for former sides Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United, as well as last season for Chelsea, it’s strange that Mourinho hasn’t turned to him for goals this season. Loic Remy is full of pace and power, and is a real aerial threat too. He’s likely to be a bit rusty to a lack of playing time, but has shown for his former sides that he’s a danger man up front when given the opportunity to impress. He’s getting frustrated at having to wait, however.

“The rhythm is not the same to compare with training. When you come in, you just need to do your best, but, of course, when you are not playing much it is more difficult to do that. I cannot complain, though. I want to play and when the manager gives me a chance I just try to score goals and give assists. I don’t put pressure on myself because I know my quality. The manager knows as well he can use me as a striker or on the side, so I don’t have any pressure,” said Remy earlier this campaign.

So will Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho considering giving Loic Remy a chance in place of the struggling Diego Costa?