Djokovic launches Australian Open title defence with comfortable victory

Tweet A slight leak in the roof of the Rod Laver Arena and a slight leak in Novak Djokovic’s performance. Jan-Lennard Struff certainly put up a fight, but the world No 2 dug deep and took a step closer to his 17th grand slam title of his career, edging towards Roger Federer’s record of 20. The Serb’s 7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win sends him into the last 64 of the Australian Open – a tournament he has won a record seven times in his career – but with the way…

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Match Report: Valencia 4-1 Lille

Tweet By William Bussey Valencia kept their qualification hopes alive for the knockout stages with three goals in the last eight minutes.  These sides met two weeks ago and played out a 1-1 draw. Lille gave the Spanish side an early scare when Victor Osimhen raced through on goal and gave his side the lead.   Lille dominated most of the first half. Yusuf Yazici had his sides first effort on target but Jasper Cillessen stopped the shot. Loic Remy also forced Cillessen into a good save after the opener.  Valencia had their chances with Gabriel Paulista floated header cleared off the line in the 31st minute.  Just before half-time, Rodrigo…

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Manuel Pellegrini: the manager that needs to evolve with the times

Tweet “I’m certain we will achieve it [top-six finish]. If we don’t this season then this is a year of preparing for trying to do it next season.” That was what West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini promised just eight months ago, yet looking at the statistics, they are fortunate not to be in a relegation battle. The Chilean manager’s appointment back in summer 2018 filled the Hammers supporters with optimism that they could push into contention for a top seven finish. According to Transfermarkt, Pellegrini spent £84.51million in his…

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