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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – All eyes on Dortmund ace – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - All eyes on Dortmund ace

Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 13:00


Eyes will be fixed on Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when the German Bundesliga club welcome fierce rivals Schalke 04 to the iconic Signal Iduna Park this weekend.

The Gabon international missed the club’s 2-1 defeat away to Stuttgart after being axed from the squad due to a reported breach of team protocol, but made his return in a midweek UEFA Champions League tie.

The 28-year-old finding the back of the net in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur as Dortmund’s struggles in Europe’s premier cup competition continued.

That, though, will be quickly forgotten with victory over the ‘Royal Blues’ in the The Revierderby on Saturday, as Dortmund aim to resurrect their season having initially gotten off to a blistering start.

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Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions this season, but hasn’t found the back of the net in Germany’s top-flight since mid-October.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund drop Gabon ace – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund drop Gabon ace

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 13:00


Borussia Dortmund have dropped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their squad for this weekend’s game against Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, the club confirmed.

The 28-year-old axed from the traveling party due to “disciplinary reasons.”

Aubameyang has scored 15 goals in 17 appearances across all competitions this season – 10 of this coming in the league – but he will play no part in this weekend’s encounter due to a breach of discipline.

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The Gabon international was suspended by the club last November, having embarked on a trip to Milan against club orders. The exact reason for his axing this time around is not yet clear.

The news will come as a double blow for Aubameyang who was eager to end his scoring drought having failed to find the back of the net in five consecutive matches.

Dortmund failed to win any of said matches as they now try to bring an end to a slump in form. The Black and Yellows started the season like a house on fire, but have since dropped to third place on the log standings.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Victor Moses – Chelsea Legend: Blues miss Nigerian ace – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Victor Moses - Chelsea Legend: Blues miss Nigerian ace

Chelsea’s Victor Moses (L) in action against Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 10:11


Chelsea have continued to struggle without Victor Moses, with the London club falling to a 3-0 loss away to Roma in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Moses, who is nearing a return from injury, has been massively missed by the Blues with Antonio Conte’s men to now turn their attention to their upcoming fixture against Manchester United this weekend.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard commented on Moses’ impact at Stamford Bridge and believes that the club have missed the Nigeria international.

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“Moses is a miss,” Lampard said on BT Sport when asked about the 26-year-old’s impact.

“You wouldn’t of thought that 18 months ago with what he’s given them in the right-wing back position.

“He [Conte] is covering it with Cesar Azpilicueta, he’s covering it with Davide Zappacosta but it’s affecting the whole back five.

“And I think he will want to get back to knowing what his three is and working on it through the week.

“The players are going to have to react because I don’t think Conte is a manager that will change his way. He might change players in the team but they’ll have to work,” the former Chelsea midfielder concluded.

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Former Liverpool ace tips Salah for Anfield success – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Former Liverpool ace tips Salah for Anfield success

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool. CREDIT: Twitter @LFC

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 14:00


Former Liverpool midfielder, Luis Garcia, has tipped Mohamed Salah to achieve success in the English Premier League at the second time of asking,

Back in England’s top-flight following a successful spell in the Italian Serie A, Salah has firmly put his failure at Chelsea behind him as he now aims to establish himself as a Reds great.

Speaking to KweséESPN, Garcia is confident that Salah will prove to be a different player under Jurgen Klopp’s watchful eye.

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The Egypt international, who joined the club for a reported £34.3 million from AS Roma, endured a miserable stay at Stamford Bridge, but is a better player now…

“It’s not easy to adapt to the Premier League, he already knows that,” Garcia told KweséESPN. “Now it’s a different moment, he grew up, he’s more competitive now, he learned a few more things in another competition and he can bring that to the team.

“With the talent [Liverpool have] got there — and he’s got — I think he can be a good help for the team.”

The former Basel man enjoyed great success at first Fiorentina and then Italian rivals Roma where he played a direct role in 46 goals over two seasons.There is no doubt Salah is a different man and more equipped to shine in the EPL:

“It’s not easy when you change a competition, when you go to another country, another language, and you try to perform in a very different competition — as the Premier League is,” Garcia added. “It’s very important to have a period of adaptation where you can join and settle a bit, in the city and in the team.

“I think for Salah – it was very important [that he became more mature] – and right now he’s a different player,” he concluded.

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