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Jesse Marsch accuses referee, Neymar's AUTOGRAPH. to want

Marsch was furious about the decisions of the Swedish referee Ekberg and received a yellow card in the first half for loudly protesting several calls in the Red Bull Arena. (Author: Gardener)

RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch attacked referee Andreas Ekberg for leading the German team's draw against Paris Saint-Germain and accused the official of having Neymar's autograph. Dominik Szoboszlai's extra punishment gave the Germans in Group A part of the booty on Wednesday evening. However, Marsch was furious about the decisions of the Swedish referee Ekberg and received a yellow card in the first half for loudly protesting several calls at the Red Bull Arena. The American expressed his anger after the game, claiming Ekberg wanted an autograph from PSG star Neymar, which he believes is the referee's tendency to favor larger clubs. "I have the impression that the referees are choosing the big ones instead of the small ones," said Marsch at his press conference after the game via Goal. It seemed like the referee wanted Neymar's autograph! ' It was also revealed that ahead of his decisive shot on Wednesday, Neymar tried to get under Szoboszlai's skin by asking the Austrian about his confidence before taking on Gianluigi Donnarumma. "He asked me, 'Will you score?" Said Szoboszlai of the PSG star. Elsewhere, Mauricio Pochettino had to regret his side's slow start in Germany as the Argentine admitted that his team "do better" when it comes to possession. "It was our fault that we completely missed the start," said Pochettino after the final whistle. "We didn't start well and we controlled the game better in the second game." Statistics will show that we have to do better with possession and that we have to have more control against teams that can play like Leipzig in the transition phase.

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Lionel Messi names seven Champions League contenders

"We are one of the main candidates, but not the only one" (Author: Gardener)

Lionel Messi has named the seven Champions League contenders (Pictures: Getty) Lionel Messi insists Paris Saint-Germain is one of the main contenders to win the Champions League this season but says six other clubs - including Manchester United and defending champions Chelsea - 'candidates' are also strong. RB Leipzig equalized against PSG in stoppage time on Wednesday evening, but the French champions remain confident of making the knockout stage ahead of the last two group games against Manchester City and Club Brugge. Lionel Messi has named the seven Champions League contenders. Premier League champions Man City top Group A on nine points, while national rivals Liverpool booked their place in the next round and continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid. Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea won the Champions League last season.The German champions Bayern Munich, who won the Champions League in 2020, are already through and Barcelona will try to get to them from Group E. Group F shapes us with Manchester United and Unai. by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Emerys Villarreal with seven points and Atalanta are still fighting for third place. European champions Chelsea are second in Group H and moved one step closer to the knockout stage with a 1-0 win against Malmö on Tuesday. Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea won the Champions League last season (Image: Getty) Messi is desperate to win the Champions League with PSG, but insists that Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid also play in the Mix are to bring Europe's largest club competition on. The former Barcelona striker told beIN SPORTS: “I think it's my and the club's biggest goal. “They tried to win the Champions League and they were very close. I think it's their main goal. “We are one of the main candidates, but not the only one. “Everyone is talking about PSG because of the players, but other clubs have worked together for years and have signed good players too, like Man United, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, Atletico and Chelsea. “There are many clubs that can win the Champions League, it's a very difficult competition and the best team doesn't always win. A brace from former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum seemed to lead PSG to victory over Leipzig, but the hosts fought their way back and took a point from Dominik Szoboszlai's penalty.

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Champions League result, current scores and goals today

RB Leipzig 2: 2 PSG LIVE! Wijnaldum scores twice - Champions League result, current score and goal updates today - (Author: Gardener)

Paris Saint-Germain was not challenged on Wednesday evening in the 2-2 draw in the Champions League at RB Leipzig. Paris Saint-Germain was not challenged on Wednesday evening in the 2-2 draw in the Champions League at RB Leipzig. Georginio Wijnaldum scored two goals in an eventful game at the Red Bull Arena, despite the fact that Mauricio Pochettino's side were rarely convincing despite the huge resource differences between the clubs. Georginio Wijnaldum scored two goals in an eventful game at the Red Bull Arena, despite the fact that Mauricio Pochettino's side were rarely convincing despite the huge resource differences between the clubs. Leipzig, which was eliminated from the competition with only one point from four games, had taken the lead in the eighth minute through Christopher Nkunku and missed the chance to double when Andre Silva's penalty was saved in the 12th minute. Leipzig, which was eliminated from the competition with only one point from four games, had taken the lead in the eighth minute through Christopher Nkunku and missed the chance to double when Andre Silva's penalty was saved in the 12th minute. Substitute Dominik Szoboszlai did better in the second half after stoppage time to save a point for the Germans. Substitute Dominik Szoboszlai did better in the second half after stoppage time to save a point for the Germans. Without the injured Lionel Messi, the French are in second place with eight points, one behind Manchester City. Without the injured Lionel Messi, the French are in second place with eight points, one behind Manchester City. 22:02, Jonathan Gorrie full-time: Unfortunately Leipzig left the comeback too late and the game ends in a draw. 21:46, Jonathan Gorrie 84:00 - Leipzig tries to break, but Kimpembe would do well to fend off Nkunku on the last line of defense before clearing his lines. PSG have been holding the ball well lately. 21:39, Jonathan Gorrie 79:00 - The more Leipzig pours forward, the more you feel that Mbappe and his company can hit them on the counter. 21:21, Jonathan Gorrie 59:00 - Leipzig feels its way back into it. They hold good positions behind PSG midfield and are probably having their best time since the early siege in the first half. 8:52 p.m., Jonathan Gorrie Leipzig gets angry that Silva missed a penalty while they dominated confidently. However, a Wijnaldum double from an otherwise inconspicuous PSG team leads them in the lead. 8:39 PM, Jonathan Gorrie 37:00 - As talented as he is, Nuno Mendes is being torn apart tonight. 20:19, Jonathan Gorrie 18:00 - Nkunku is back! The former PSG striker over-shoots after the breakthrough in the defense, the Germans are in control here. 8:10 p.m., Jonathan Gorrie 6:00 a.m. - Leipzig tries to rub PSG up a bit and knock them off the ball. At the moment it is playing into the hands of the opponent, with the away team winning fouls early on. 6:25 p.m., Jonathan Gorrie Spanish striker Dani Olmo returned to the Bundesliga as a substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend after an injury, but it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for the start in Leipzig. PSG will have to do without Lionel Messi after the Argentine was pushed off the pitch halfway through Friday's league meeting against Lille, but Kylian Mbappe will return after missing this game with an ear infection in the summer. So Keep Up With Today's Action 6:15 PM, Jonathan Gorrie TV Channel: Tonight's game will be broadcast live on BT Sport ESPN. 16:18, Jonathan Gorrie Welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of PSG's trip to RB Leipzig in the Champions League. A win here and PSG could as good as qualify despite a largely disappointing campaign so far. The kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. GMT in the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.

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Wijnaldum double not enough, as PSG falls flat again in the draw against RB Leipzig

Dutch next, but Pochettino's men held the tie in Germany (Author: Gardener)

Paris Saint-Germain scored 2-2 against RB Leipzig in Group A of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Gini Wijnaldum scored two goals at the Red Bull Arena in a rather chaotic affair that also saw Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai clash. It was a disastrous start for Mauricio Pochettino's side when the German hosts flew out of their traps and led through former Parisien Nkunku within 10 minutes before assistant supplier Andre Silva parried a Gianluigi Donnarumma penalty in the 12th minute. Wijnaldum turned that one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead with two goals in 18-minute play from Kylian Mbappe and then Marquinhos, who were looking the world as if they were after the 90-minute mark doing it would be enough to achieve victory. Then comes Presnel Kimpembe, who gave Leipzig a late penalty via VAR, which was turned into a late point by Szoboszlai and PSG's individual brilliance was again insufficient to convince in Europe and achieve a result. "It was our fault that we completely missed the start," said Pochettino after the final whistle. "We didn't start well and we controlled the game better in the second game. The statistics will show that we have to do better in possession and that we have to have more control against teams that can play like Leipzig in the transition phase. It was like the situation. " At the start of the group stage, when Club Brugge scored an unexpected point against the French giants, and Stade Rennais and Olympique de Marseille also benefited domestically from this lack of killer instinct after the half-time lead, PSG seemed to think they had done enough to close win until Neymar's pressing effort resulted in him stretching out a leg while tying his shoelace. Leipzig revealed the individuality of the guests and was rewarded with a well-deserved point after losing away for two weeks before he probably outplayed Pochettino's men too early for most of the game, "said Wijnaldum after the game. They deserved to draw But when we look at our chances, I think we deserve more. We were in control at times and created opportunities, but we didn't bury them. We have to control certain moments on the ball better and make sure that they are run more. " between a team that is in control and a team that hopes their individual talent matters. However, Pochettino and his players cannot afford to live and die on Verratti's fitness and availability the way other incarnations have, and must find a different way of playing than they did with a lot of talent in order to remain so one-dimensional . Group A is not over yet, but PSG were only minutes from an almost certain safe passage into the K in the remaining two games.

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Champions League result, current scores and goals today

RB Leipzig 2: 2 PSG LIVE! Wijnaldum scores twice - Champions League result, current score and goal updates today - (Author: Gardener)

Paris Saint-Germain was not challenged on Wednesday evening in the 2-2 draw in the Champions League at RB Leipzig. Paris Saint-Germain was not challenged on Wednesday evening in the 2-2 draw in the Champions League at RB Leipzig. Georginio Wijnaldum scored two goals in an eventful game at the Red Bull Arena, despite the fact that Mauricio Pochettino's side were rarely convincing despite the huge resource differences between the clubs. Georginio Wijnaldum scored two goals in an eventful game at the Red Bull Arena, despite the fact that Mauricio Pochettino's side were rarely convincing despite the huge resource differences between the clubs. Leipzig, which was eliminated from the competition with only one point from four games, had taken the lead in the eighth minute through Christopher Nkunku and missed the chance to double when Andre Silva's penalty was saved in the 12th minute. Leipzig, which was eliminated from the competition with only one point from four games, had taken the lead in the eighth minute through Christopher Nkunku and missed the chance to double when Andre Silva's penalty was saved in the 12th minute. Substitute Dominik Szoboszlai did better in the second half after stoppage time to save a point for the Germans. Substitute Dominik Szoboszlai did better in the second half after stoppage time to save a point for the Germans. Without the injured Lionel Messi, the French are in second place with eight points, one behind Manchester City. Without the injured Lionel Messi, the French are in second place with eight points, one behind Manchester City. 22:02, Jonathan Gorrie full-time: Unfortunately Leipzig left the comeback too late and the game ends in a draw. 21:46, Jonathan Gorrie 84:00 - Leipzig tries to break, but Kimpembe would do well to fend off Nkunku on the last line of defense before clearing his lines. PSG have been holding the ball well lately. 21:39, Jonathan Gorrie 79:00 - The more Leipzig pours forward, the more you feel that Mbappe and his company can hit them on the counter. 21:21, Jonathan Gorrie 59:00 - Leipzig feels its way back into it. They hold good positions behind PSG midfield and are probably having their best time since the early siege in the first half. 8:52 p.m., Jonathan Gorrie Leipzig gets angry that Silva missed a penalty while they dominated confidently. However, a Wijnaldum double from an otherwise inconspicuous PSG team leads them in the lead. 8:39 PM, Jonathan Gorrie 37:00 - As talented as he is, Nuno Mendes is being torn apart tonight. 20:19, Jonathan Gorrie 18:00 - Nkunku is back! The former PSG striker over-shoots after the breakthrough in the defense, the Germans are in control here. 8:10 p.m., Jonathan Gorrie 6:00 a.m. - Leipzig tries to rub PSG up a bit and knock them off the ball. At the moment it is playing into the hands of the opponent, with the away team winning fouls early on. 6:25 p.m., Jonathan Gorrie Spanish striker Dani Olmo returned to the Bundesliga as a substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend after an injury, but it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for the start in Leipzig. PSG will have to do without Lionel Messi after the Argentine was pushed off the pitch halfway through Friday's league meeting against Lille, but Kylian Mbappe will return after missing this game with an ear infection in the summer. So Keep Up With Today's Action 6:15 PM, Jonathan Gorrie TV Channel: Tonight's game will be broadcast live on BT Sport ESPN. 16:18, Jonathan Gorrie Welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of PSG's trip to RB Leipzig in the Champions League. A win here and PSG could as good as qualify despite a largely disappointing campaign so far. The kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. GMT in the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.

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Keown makes a U-turn in Arsenal's Champions League qualification chances

Finishing in the top four this season seemed like a long road for Arsenal given their eighth finish last year and the quality of their opponents at Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United (Author: Gardener)

Finishing in the top four this season seemed like a long road for Arsenal, given eighth place last year and the quality of opponents at Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, and has made a dramatic U-turn in its forecast at the start of the season Season made. Reaching the Champions League spots this season seemed like a long road for the Gunners given their eighth place finish last year and the quality of their opponents in Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. And those odds looked even less when they were rooted at the bottom of the Premier League table after three opening defeats. But it was a dramatic turnaround for Mikel Arteta's men, who currently sit in sixth place, just three points behind reigning champions City in third after impressive wins against Leicester and Aston Villa. Keown gave his preseason verdict when he thought Arsenal would end up in the table, but couldn't see them making the top 4 - a stark contrast to his mood today. Ahead of their opening defeat to Brentford, he said: "They have Champions League winners Chelsea and Man City. I expect them to be really strong again and it's pretty difficult to get into the top four. There are a lot of teams in that The same position as they want is going to be tough. "Manchester United are looking good in preparation against Everton and it has been a few years since they won the Premier League, they will be there. Tottenham have a new coach and the Premier League is getting more and more difficult. "I think it's a little too much for Arsenal this year considering the competition and the teams around them." However, the former Arsenal defender has completely changed his mindset since that prediction and believes the top 4 are more than achievable for the Gunners as their win at King Power shows they are capable of doing the best Teams of the league to compete. He told Mirror Football: “I think the Leicester win was a statement win. That's all it is at the moment, just a team developing, but going in the right direction first three games of the season. It was about the manager identifying himself after the first international break, I can rely on these staff. You've made a number of changes since that City game, but it's paying off now. "The best team of the season is West Ham, who come in fourth. With Manchester United and Tottenham having a difficult run, that top four place comes in sight. I think it's about Arsenal building their reputation on everything else restored. Arsenal "haven't lost in nine games. You definitely have to go back to Europe. Fourth or fifth place is a really realistic goal for Arsenal this season. "Keown believes Arsenal's rapid rise in the table was due to Arteta striking the right balance in their squad. He believes the Spaniard is has found a back four he trusts, as well as the experience of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, which perfectly complements Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe. He added: "It now feels like the team is starting to get in Gear to come. The coach has found the players he can trust, starting with the goalkeeper and the back four, who play really solidly. Emile Smith Rowe celebrates his goal with Nuno Tavares as Arsenal "beat Leicester" This group came together after this first international break. "Before Palace they tried to play with a sitter in midfield, but since then they've played Partey and Lokonga, who I really watch because he's a really mature player, so you have that balance of Smith Rowe and Saka, but also the experience and know-how with Lacazette and Aubameyang before them “I think the manager has a much better balance now.” Martin Keown is an ambassador for the McDonald’s Fun Football Program Martin Keown is an ambassador for the McDonald’s Fun Football Program at the Fun Football Hub McDonald’s Fun Football Ambassador Martin Keown said, "I'm a visual learner and I would have loved to have had this hub when I was young. The number of kids inspired to watch gamers like Saka wondering how to copy them at home can now access the hub and try out their new skills in their living room. "

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Scott Arfield hands Rangers new contract statement as he vows to show Steven Gerrard he still has it

Arfield is out of contract at the end of the season and admits there have been no extension talks yet. (Author: Gardener)

Scott Arfield started his first match for the Rangers since August 26th when they rioted Motherwell on Sunday. And with the midfielder having an unwanted place on the ring for most of the games between his appearances against Alashkert and the Fir Park team in most games, he felt like some team was going to get a blow. That the 6-1 win coincided with Arfield's return to the starting line-up made the win even sweeter for the Canadian international and he hopes he did enough to keep his place as Gers Brondby in Thursday's Europa League showdown visited. Arfield wants to enjoy every minute of what may be his last season at Ibrox. He celebrated his 33rd birthday on Monday and is without a contract at the end of the campaign. No doubt he would love to stay, but no renewal talks have been held and the former Burnley player knows his performances will determine his future until the end of the campaign. He said, “I'm always happy when I get the opportunity. “I'm no different from other players. “You want to train and have something to look forward to on a Saturday or Sunday. “So it was about doing the constant things every day and when you get the opportunity you try to grab it and be ready because it's well documented that this team is getting stronger with the staff and the quality of the Player rises. “You know when you get in there you have to take it and stay there as long as possible. “The attitude is probably the most important thing a football player should have. If you don't have an attitude or personality, you will find yourself in difficult situations. Self-confidence and attitude - that's what everyone in this squad has. "Trust creates that mindset, so we have it now as a group, starting with the manager down." Arfield has seen the Rangers concede their first goal in nine games this season and knows that unwanted stats aren't in double digits in the Danish capital may be. "There's no denying that it's a big game," he added. “If you lose the first two, the next two will be massive with the home and away games. “They were always big games if we want to advance. We know this individually and collectively, but you play for the Rangers and every game is a big game so there is no more pressure than usual. “But we're looking forward to that and we know we need the result. “We always know that if you give in first, you give yourself a mountain to climb - that's obvious in football and we don't want it. It's something that didn't happen that often last season. “It's one of those things that maybe it depends on the level of concentration or whatever. “But the biggest aspect is how we recovered and managed to win games. That's the most important. "Of course you want the perfect performance and the perfect result, but sometimes teams make it difficult for you and it's all about how you get back and hopefully we won't give in." The last opportunity was when they recovered to Motherwell for six, with Fashion Sakala scoring half of the goals. Arfield said, “That kind of result would come. “But I thought a team would be beaten by the sword and luckily we did it on an away win that probably everyone thought there was going to be some kind of excitement. He's still a young man and you can see his qualities through training, so his aim was to get the chances. “Some home games won't really suit him because he doesn't have a lot of space in the back to use his pace, but Sunday was the perfect example of what he can do when he takes it on the center line. “He was by far the biggest threat during the entire game. "The fans attracted him and we certainly attracted him as a team. Hopefully we will see the best of him in May." The time has come in May and we'll see what happens. "I'm totally focused on getting back on the team and getting the chance, so we'll see what happens."

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Andy Murray wasted seven match points in the frustrating defeat of the Paris Masters

"So, so bad": Andy Murray wasted seven match points in the frustrating defeat of the Paris Masters (Author: Gardener)

"So bad": Andy Murray wasted seven match points in the frustrating defeat of the Paris Masters. His winner was the so-called "pit bull", Dominik Koepfer, who at the end of a qualitatively limited but overwhelming contest refused to give in. Late-time Murray is a man for a marathon. Murray seemed to be ahead as we neared the end of this dramatic affair. It was he who led 5-4 in the decisive set and then held 15:40 at Koepfer's serve, only to be challenged by the resilient defense of his opponent. And it was still Murray who took the lead 6-4 in the decisive tie-break to create more opportunities. When he held match points at Koepfer's serve, he was unable to make a solid return. And then, when the opportunity arose to serve himself, he invariably missed his first throw and then rolled in a second ball with a loop without on it. We could see him say "so, so bad" between the dots, and in fact his ball stroke was way below his usual potency, with 36 unconstrained mistakes flowing from his racket. But his bloody spirit kept him in the fight until one last forehand twisted a long time to give Koepfer an ugly but strangely memorable win: 6-4, 5-7, 7-6. The decisive tie-break lasted more than 18 minutes before it finally failed 11: 9 to the Germans. Dominik Koepfer took his second chance - SHUTTERSTOCK In retrospect, asked if this was one of the most painful defeats of his career, Murray disagreed and pointed out that a first-round match depended relatively little on some of the next-misconducts he in Grand Slam Finals. Murray attributed his uncertain start to a late opponent move, but admitted that there was no explanation for his ongoing struggle to hit the ball with any accuracy. The left-handed Köpfer was a "lucky loser" who was beaten in the qualifying tournament only to receive an unexpected reprieve. "I don't think I deserved the win," said Murray. “Of course I had a lot of options in the end, but the way I played tonight wasn't good enough. I found out [via the opponent's change] after training, which could possibly explain the slow start. But then when I was in the match I made one mistake after another. ”“ Sometimes I felt like I missed a ton of first serves in a row, ”he added. “Didn't hit my second serve well either, which was better in the last few weeks. Previously, the wintry mood in Bercy - the Paris suburb where this last major tournament of the regular season will be played - had led to conflicting performances by Britain's two leading men. While Dan Evans stormed off after a bad-tempered defeat, the more level-headed Cameron Norrie enjoyed the smoothest rides into the second lap. Evans had looked good against the big serve Alexander Bublik, dominating the early exchange for a man who plays a freebooter but inconsistent style of tennis. He won the first set 6-2 and also had an early chance to break in the second set. But Bublik thundered down a huge second serve and then began to spray aces in all directions: 24 of them in total. In the first game of a long day for British tennis fans, Norrie was serene himself as he defeated Federico Delbonis in just 73 minutes. That 6-2, 6-1 victory was another useful stage in the search for qualification for the ATP final in Turin in 14 days. Norrie is still an outside bet to finish in the top eight men of 2021, but he told reporters, "It's cool to have that extra pressure to play for an extra event at the end of the year."

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Robert Webb calls Strictly Come Dancing "brutal" and "strange"

Robert Webb called his time at Strictly Come Dancing "brutal" and "weird" before giving up the competition for health reasons. (Author: Gardener)

Robert Webb called his time at Strictly Come Dancing "brutal" and "weird" before giving up the competition for health reasons. The 49-year-old comedian retired from Strictly on Wednesday after seeking an "urgent consultation" with the specialist overseeing his recovery from heart surgery. Along with professional dancer Dianne Buswell, Robert said while on the show at the Henley Literary Festival, “It's brutal. He added, "It's not like it's an awkward environment, but it's long days and it's a long time to be nice." The peep show star admitted that he often worried about being "canceled" for saying the wrong thing while the cameras were watching him "all the time". Robert added that he was often close to tears as he learned the intense routines and struggled to learn the choreography in time for this week's live show. He said, "If we had to rehearse longer, it would happen, but we have four days and a performance ... chew ', with ongoing heart disease and two years after open heart surgery. Robert said of the decision: “I am very sorry to announce that I am withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing for health reasons. “I had open heart surgery two years ago and while I believed I was fit enough to handle Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that for this phase of my recovery I had bitten off a lot more than I could chew. "I had started experiencing symptoms that made me seek an urgent consultation with my cardiac specialist and she thought it would be better for my health to withdraw from the show." He continued, “I am proud of the three dances that Dianne Buswell and I performed, and I deeply regret abandoning her like this. “I couldn't have asked for a more talented partner or a more patient teacher, and it's a measure of Dianne's professionalism and friendliness that I've been able to take as far as I have. It was always a difficult mountain to climb (on the one hand it is made of glitter, so it is very slippery) and I was particularly touched by the support from fellow patients. “I leave knowing that the Strictly viewers are in very safe hands and that I will be cheering my siblings on until Christmas. Dianne added, “As a huge fan of Robert, I was delighted to learn that he has joined the Strictly family. I am so proud of the three fantastic dances we produced. “I know that Robert had a lot more to give the competition, but of course his health comes first and I wish him a speedy recovery. I feel lucky to have danced with him and to call him a friend. ' Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly Come Dancing, said, “While we are so sad that Robert has withdrawn from the show, we fully understand and support his decision, health always comes first. “Although their Strictly journey ended sooner than one would have hoped, Robert and Dianne really shaped the competition with three unforgettable dances, excellently choreographed by the brilliant Dianne. “They have been a wonderful partnership and we would like to thank them for the dedication, creativity and joy they brought to the show. Everyone involved in Strictly Come Dancing send their love and best wishes to Robert for his continued recovery. ' Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday with 12 couples entering the ballroom to impress the judges and voting audience. Robert recently said that he was barely able to walk after the emergency surgery last year because of his congenital heart defect. The Peep Show star learned that his condition had worsened from his ten-year battle with alcohol. Speaking to The Sun, Robert said that he saw participating in the BBC series as the latest step on his road to recovery. He said, “When I first got out of the hospital, I couldn't go to the end of the street without help. Then, seven months later, the walks turn into runs - and then you become a dancer. “This wasn't the first time they'd asked, and I knew that there was a very likely possibility of a collision between me and Strictly in the future. But it goes back to heart surgery - now I think I can bring something to this show. ' Robert stated that he has been feeling bad for some time and went for an exam just before the lockdown in March last year to find out how serious his condition was. The actor said his condition was a birth defect in which one of his heart valves had ruptured instead of "opening and closing nicely". He said his heart thought he was walking up a hill while he slept and he never noticed as he simply attributed his symptoms to fatigue. Robert saw a cardiologist who told him that he had severe burping and that the blood that should have been flowing through his body was going "backwards". The TV star had open heart surgery after the cardiologist said his heart would fail for the next two to three months without her. Robert said the surgery motivated him to change his lifestyle, starting with giving up alcohol. Robert started running and also started weight training, which meant he was fitter than ever when he was called to Strictly. Even so, training with his professional partner Dianne was not easy and he described the rehearsals as hard work, often from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The best goalkeeper in the world? Chelsea hero Mendy despite "unacceptable" Ballon d'Or snub

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy didn't make the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d'Or but his performance against Brentford on Saturday only supported the argument that he is now one of the best goalkeepers in the world (Author: Gardener)

Whether it was when he was out of work with a career change ahead of him in 2016, or when eyebrows were raised as to why Chelsea spent £ 22m ($ 29m) on him twelve months ago, the Blues goalkeeper was routinely underrated and misunderstood. Perhaps it came as no surprise to Mendy that despite an outstanding year between the sticks at Stamford Bridge, he was removed from the shortlist of nominees for the 2021 Ballon d'Or. I don't understand, "said Mendy's Senegalese team-mate Sadio Mane when he heard the news during the international break." To be honest, I am very proud to represent my country and to be among the 10 best goalkeepers in the world on his nomination for France Football's Yashin Trophy, which honors the best shooter of the year: "In just one year [at Chelsea] it's a very good thing. I'm not happy with that, I have a lot of ambitions, but the time has come. "A good move. Mendy, you know, likes to talk on the pitch, even though his words suggested he felt he was proving something , his performance against Brentford on Saturday was certain. Although Ben Chilwell scored the only goal in the Blues 1-0 win at Brentford Community Stadium, Mendy turned out to be the match winner for Thomas Tuchel's side. The Rennes star gradually made more impressive saves as the game drew to a close. "You could have scored easily, we have to admit, but Edou was too strong and it's three points for us," admitted Tuchel with relief after the game after seeing Mendy parry his face up close to challenge Pontus Jansson before tipping Christian Norgaard's bike kick over the bar in stoppage time in the closing stages However, his performance was not just about saves, the 29-year-old also demonstrated a sovereign presence on crosses, showed a lot of attention and position to cut steep balls into the path of the onrushing Ivan Toney. "Mendy was world class," Thomas Frank told reporters after the game. "I think he was amazingly good for Chelsea. I told him it was a bit annoying that he was so good today and I praised him." If you want to win something as a team or a club you need "a fantastic one Keeper and a very good No. 9. Chelsea have one of the best No. 9 in the league with [Romelu] Lukaku, but we kept him calm today. "Chelsea should praise Mendy for signing up against Chelsea gave way more chances than against Man City or Liverpool. Because they have a good goalkeeper, they are number one in the league. "Opta Expected Goals (xG) data shows that Mendy's saves prevented Chelsea from conceding at least three more goals than they normally would in this season - the best for any Premier League goalkeeper in 2021-22. Although he broke the record for most goals conceded for an English team goalkeeper in a single Champions League season, that defensive record was often set as a result respected the organization and discipline that Tuchel had taught his squad, not the individual brilliance of Mendy. He performed excellently in the second leg of the Blues semi-final win against Real Madrid on their way to European champions, but other specific contributions were limited. Perhaps However, there needs to be more discussion about why Chelsea have a newfound confidence in the defense, regardless of who's there pays. It is certainly no coincidence that they now look a lot more comfortable with Mendy behind them than they ever did with Kepa Arrizabalaga; a consequence of the fact that if they fail they will be saved by one of the best in the world. And that's where Mendy's position in the game should be now. Gianluigi Donnarumma is the only goalkeeper among the 30 Ballon d'Or nominees, with the Italian international regularly being named as one of the best in his position alongside Manuel Neuer, Alisson, Jan Oblak and Ederson. Mendy now needs to be included in that elite group, both because he owes it to his accomplishments and to show that the football world is headed in the right direction when it comes to equality. "We have to work twice," said Mendy's compatriot Kalidou Koulibaly when he talked about his international teammate's Ballon d'Or snub. While the debate continues over whether solo awards should be given such importance in a team game, there is no doubt about the symbolic meaning of winning, or even being nominated, an award like the Ballon d'Or for underrepresented communities. And therein lies perhaps the biggest mistake in nominating the first African goalkeeper to ever win the Champions League. Putting him on this well-deserved pedestal would have given hope to other Black players around the world who may previously have been biased when it comes to their skill between the posts. "A lot of people don't see black goalkeepers. There is a general opinion that he has a flaw in him," Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux said this week. "Not just me, there are a lot of other black goalkeepers who have had to deal with it. I look at Mendy at Chelsea. I had never heard of him when he joined Chelsea but he was great. He paved the way . " for many black goalkeepers. And while this year Mendy may not have received the recognition he deserves from those who give out the game's greatest accolades, he may be doing something far greater with his accomplishments for Chelsea. The Blues are certainly relieved to have him, with Antonio Rüdiger - who missed the Brentford game due to an injury - probably best phrasing it on his Twitter on Saturday night. "Someone explains to me why he's not nominated for the Ballon d'Or. What an achievement - Edouard Mendy."

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