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Chelsea's Kovacic 'unlikely' to play in FA Cup final

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel fears Mateo Kovacic will miss Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium after suffering an ankle injury. (Author: Gardener)

FA CupChelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel fears Mateo Kovacic will miss Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley after picking up an ankle injury following a tackle from Daniel James which injured the Leeds United striker in the 3-0 Red card for the home side at Elland Road . Former Real Madrid midfielder Kovacic was forced out of the game after a brief attempt to continue after James Leeds sacked a record £25million 24th-minute strike from Manchester United last August. And with less than 72 hours to recover before taking on Liverpool on Saturday (livestream on ESPN+ at 11:45am ET), Tuchel said Kovacic likely won't be fit in time to play Jurgen Klopp's side . "I'm telling you, not as a coach and not as an expert, but for me it's so very unlikely," said Tuchel. "It was a swollen ankle and he's in a lot of pain." For me I'm not a doctor and we have to wait for the tests, but it's very unlikely that he can play. This is absolutely bad news for us on a perfect evening. "Tuchel, who rested key players like Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz ahead of the final, said he will be forced to reconsider his team to face Liverpool if Kovacic doesn't recover." If he misses I'll be very disappointed because he was a clear starter," said Tuchel. "If you look at the quality today too with Jorgi [Jorginho] and him in central midfield when we played 11-11 it was It's a very strong start." He's a key figure for us in midfield. He played against Liverpool, I think both games from the start and was very strong." He's super, super hungry and determined and excited to play those games and of course he's out of fear he's going to miss it. Me just watched it remotely on the iPad. I'm not good at looking at these situations because it physically hurts me to see that, but everyone has been telling me it's a clear red card." Except for amid injury news, Chelsea had a good night.

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Player ratings: Leeds United 0-3 Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea clinched all three points in a 3-0 win at Elland Road against relegation strugglers Leeds United. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaThomas Tuchel's Chelsea clinched all three points in a 3-0 win at Elland Road against relegation strugglers Leeds United. Mason Mount got the Blues off to a flying start just three minutes into the game when he headed a wonderful shot into the top right corner. Daniel James received his marching orders in the 24th minute after a dangerous challenge with Mateo Kovacic, who had to force the Croatian off just six minutes later. As the first half progressed, the visitors pressed for a second and Romelu Lukaku almost made it, but he was ruled offside after playing the ball past Illan Meslier. Chelsea continued to dominate in the second half and shortly after their efforts were rewarded when Christian Pulisic doubled the lead. The loss ended when Romelu Lukaku added a third for the visitors and helped the Blues ease their way to the finish line. Here's how Absolute Chelsea rated the Blues' performance against Leeds: Chalobah has been severely lacking in game time in recent weeks, having featured in just one of the Blues' last nine games. After the performance in that game it would be surprising to see him out for so long again. After the absolute horror show against Arsenal, this game was one from which Christensen should draw confidence. The Real Madrid-bound centre-back has not been up to his usual standards in recent weeks so a good game against a struggling opponent was crucial. It was a much-needed comfortable game for the German and he didn't make a mistake. Most of the creativity for the visitors came from the opposite flank, meaning there wasn't much engagement for Alonso. But he performed well once again and proved why he deserved a place in the team. Since his full return to the squad a few weeks ago, the right-back has been one of the standout players for the team despite some poor results. He put on a top-class performance and was replaced by Tuchel to protect him and likely have him as one of the first names on the squad list for Saturday's FA Cup final. He controlled the flow of play in midfield and led Chelsea to three points that further secured their place in the top four. After coming on from the bench against Wolves at the weekend following an injury-related absence, Kovacic was given the opportunity to start against Leeds. Unfortunately, he was only on the pitch for 30 minutes after sustaining an injury in James' nasty tackle. This could be a massive loss for Chelsea as they may now miss the FA Cup final against Liverpool. The dream start was handed to Chelsea when their Premier League top scorer scored a lovely goal. Ten minutes into the second half, he delivered a divine assist with a skillful swerve to prepare Pulisic. The American put in a strong performance against Wolves at the weekend and was rewarded with a consecutive start against Leeds. The first 45 minutes were relatively quiet, but early in the second half he put himself on the top scorers list with a commanding shot in the bottom left corner. He almost scored a second just moments later, but his shot went just wide of the post. The level of performance has improved a lot lately and it will be interesting to see what role he plays against Liverpool. He did a wonderful job of lifting a helpless Meslier midway through the first half but was unhappy when he was found offside. The performance against Wolves, which looks more and more like his old self, has definitely given the Belgian a boost of confidence. Had several chances to end the game and looked like he might miss out on scoring, but finally managed to bring one home in the 83rd minute. Substituting for the injured Kovacic after just 30 minutes at Elland Road, the Lewisham-born midfielder was more involved in the game than he expected. He performed well from midfield and as it looks like Kovacic could miss the FA Cup final, he could end up playing an important role. Despite his limited minutes on the pitch, Ziyech was consistently able to get involved after his presentation. He supported Lukaku and hit a shot just wide of the post. Has not been in his usual reliable form in recent weeks and was stripped of his role in the starting XI against Leeds.

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Winning what Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount asked of Jorginho at Leeds

Chelsea beat Leeds thanks to goals from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku when Dan James received a red card for a foul on Mateo Kovacic (Author: Gardener)

Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring 3-0 in the Premier League game between Leeds United and Chelsea at Elland Road Easy wins have been few and far between for Chelsea lately and it's once again away from Stamford Bridge where it has worked . Mason Mount's fine strike after four minutes set the tone for the performance and Daniel James' red card for his tackle on Mateo Kovacic provided a degree of consolation despite a hostile atmosphere at Elland Road. Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku added the finishing touches to the performance to ensure the result matched Chelsea's efforts. Mount was involved once again as his clever touch supplied the American while Hakim Ziyech had the composure and generosity to help Lukaku. Thomas Tuchel will be happy to see his side with three points on the board, knowing now that two are needed to secure Champions League qualification, in all likelihood just one on Chelsea's far superior goal difference versus the Spurs. If Arsenal win the North London Derby, a foray into Europe's elite competition is assured without the west London side kicking another ball. READ MORE: Chelsea player ratings vs Leeds - Mason Mount stars as Trevoh Chalobah completes FA Cup audition Few players are guaranteed their place in Chelsea's starting XI for the trip to Wembley and many would have played for their position. Two in particular would recognize that their performances would have to be good enough to usurp players who were favored throughout the season. Lukaku and Trevoh Chalobah presented compelling cases. It was remarkable just how involved the Belgium striker was in all aspects of Chelsea's game, with his disconnect from the rest of the squad becoming all too clear as the season progressed. Lukaku ran after, held the ball up well and even led the game. There were moments of frustration for the 28-year-old, who was left with arms raised when Mount failed to put him through in the second half, but there was also positive body language as the duo encouraged their team-mates to bring the ball from back to front . With Jorginho in possession in the first half, both waved at the Italian strikers, much like Tuchel's encouragement to want to see his side higher against Wolves at the weekend. Progress was possible against the Leeds lines and the ball over the top was also available. Lukaku was in the technical area during each stoppage in play, absorbing new information and new fluids and could even be seen sliding across his own penalty area to clear a free-kick. The composure he showed to recover from a poor first contact on goal illustrated his newfound confidence. It has to be said that the performance came against a weak side from Leeds who have now conceded 77 goals this season. Starting in the FA Cup final is a different prospect, even given the threat he posed against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final. Kai Havertz is tried and trusted, and his more natural kinship with pressing will make it difficult for Tuchel to start Lukaku for a third game in a row. A replacement for the striker was even considered against Leeds due to his physical performance up to that point. The argument for Chalobah could be more compelling. The 22-year-old defender has fallen out of favor since returning from international break but he added to his impressive record of not losing in the starting XI for the Blues. Against Jesse Marsch's side, Chalobah showed team strength in tackles, interceptions and clearances, and also showed a lot of confidence on the ball. Again Liverpool will face a tougher task but the 90 minutes at Elland Road showed Chalobah is producing a more convincing performance than his rivals at the position in recent weeks. After the game, Tuchel emphasized that Chalobah had to find consistency. A restart would certainly help. The Blues coach said: "We informed the squad very late today about who was playing. He delivered in both games. For both players it will depend on who Tuchel can deliver against Liverpool, he has done enough for that again.

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Celtic seal Scottish title, Wolves 1-5 Man City, Leeds 0-3 Chelsea

Clock: Kevin De Bruyne guided Man City past Wolves, Leeds lost at home to Chelsea and Celtic were crowned champions (Author: Gardener)

Man CityA stunning Wolves counterattack punishes the league leaders. The Portuguese speedster flies into the city box and completes Dendoncker's perfect cut, gaining 50-60 yards to finish off the edge of his foot for the first time. Manchester City keeper Ederson looks dejected after conceding the equaliser. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters Leeds – Chelsea 0: 1: Lukaku chalked up a goal. A really sweet finish from the Belgian, who lobbed Meslier nicely after a clean run but was correctly ruled offside. two minutes later, Lukaku shoots a cross from Reece James just wide of the far post. The big man looks like he got his mojo back after scoring two goals over the weekend. Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku (right) heads the ball past Leeds United's Diego Llorente and wide of the post. Photo: Jon Super/AP Dan James gets sent off! O Leeds! A smooth red for the Welshman who made a terrible challenge for Kovacic. James looks shocked at the sacking but there's no doubt it was a dangerous tackle. James caught Kovacic high, halfway up the shin and flew in with some force. Marsch looks absolutely clueless, but maybe it's his attacker's actions. There was no need for him to make that tackle that was in Chelsea's half. Play one on zero and 10 men. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: The home side have calmed down a bit. They earn a free-kick on the edge of Chelsea's box but the Blues smash the cross away. Remember Leeds scored from a corner against Arsenal. "I wonder if Jesse Marsch's midterm talk will be inspired by JFK," writes Peter Oh. The kick-offs are also at 7:45 p.m. Also in Germany there is an interesting game where Borussia Mönchengladbach plays in a friendly game against the national team of Ukraine. It is Ukraine's first game since the Russian invasion and will not only raise money to help the war-stricken Ukrainians, but also as a warm-up for the team's semi-final play-off at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Scotland serve June 1st. Nationals of Ukraine wishing to attend the game can do so free of charge and the international senior team will be official guests of Gladbach after the game, staying at the hotel's Borussia Park hotel and being able to use the club's training ground from 10am to 12 noon . "We are very happy to be able to help the Ukrainian Football Union with this game and hope that as many football fans from all over the country as possible will come to the stadium and donate to a good cause by buying a ticket for the game. All Ukrainian citizens have free entry to the game," said Borussia Managing Director Stephan Schippers. "Out of curiosity, any clue as to why there are markings on the Leeds pitch?" asks Martin Shields via email. "Is it easy to tell Leeds players where to stand while Chelsea work the ball around and through them?" That will be last week's Challenge Cup semi-final at Elland Road. Maybe Leeds could have put a couple of those guys from the league on the goal line tonight. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: A sad start from Leeds whose game plan probably went out of the window in the opening minutes. Lukaku will relish the opportunity to score some goals tonight. Chelsea seem to be in the mood. Kovacic threatens to go through Leeds defense before a crucial tackle from Phillips stops the Croatian. James (Reece, not Dan) finds some space on the right, drives into the box and puts the ball back to Mount, who comes at it with pace and has his first pearler, curling into the top corner. Could Meslier have done better in his brief post? Probably not, that's what the stamp said. Chelsea's Mason Mount gives the visitors an early lead. Photo: Craig Brough/Reuters I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different times. I try to think about how they fit me and how we play football. The key is to understand which messages to use at the right time. I use things that appeal to me...there are historical figures, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, presidents like John F. Kennedy. Jesse Marsch was in fine form ahead of Leeds' big game tonight. Unsurprisingly it made up the main part of the Fiver tonight. The fiver | Bring Mother Teresa into the white-hot heat of a relegation battle What a night of club football we have in store for you tonight. With the exception of Leicester v Norwich, which is a stone cold dead rubber, there's something juicy about all the Premier League games tonight. Namely, of course, the league title, with Manchester City trying to restore their three-point lead over Liverpool with a trip to the Europa-Jagdwolfen. The early is a game that screams the 1960s: Leeds vs. Chelsea. Put simply, it's a titanic game at Elland Road, with Leeds going up against Burnley and Everton on a miserable goal difference in the last three games of the season – Everton travel to the already doomed Watford tonight. Brighton and Brentford should offer Leeds easier tests but it's an excellent time to play against Chelsea who now risk blowing it up spectacularly. Elsewhere we will also cover Fitba with Celtic capable of winning the title at Dundee United tonight. It's a formality indeed as the Bhoys lead Rangers by six points and 20 goals with two games to go but a draw or win tonight (or if Rangers don't win) will seal the trophy for Ange Postecoglou and company.

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Jesse Marsch's hopes of saving Leeds are dwindling after brutal defeat by Chelsea

With the chances of future American coaches in the Premier League hanging in the balance, Jesse Marsch has stumbled on getting Leeds back on track. (Author: Gardener)

Jesse Marsch'sBut as Chelsea brought their team closer to relegation from the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Elland Road on Wednesday, the brutal reality of the challenge Marsch has accepted has certainly materialized. Despite having an FA Cup final against Liverpool less than 72 hours after kick-off in that game on Saturday, Chelsea were still too strong for Marsch's ailing side as goals from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku set a winning streak of three games and brought Thomas Tuchel's team to the brink of Champions League qualification. However, it was another heavy blow for Leeds. They've now lost three straight away, conceding nine goals in the process, and it doesn't get any easier: Dan James' red card in the first half for a shock tackle on Mateo Kovacic means Leeds £25m record. The commitment is suspended for the remaining games of the season. James will join Luke Ayling on the banned list, with the defender receiving a three-game ban for his own red card at Arsenal on Sunday,” said Marsch. Bielsa was sacked on 27 February after a run of nine losses in 12 games, with his side's defensive weaknesses revealed by conceding 14 goals in his last three games in charge. But while the rot had clearly already set in, Marsch saw his chances as Leeds' slide was halted by injuries to key players, indiscipline and his unhelpful habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time in December, Bielsa's training methods have been publicly questioned, himself complained about American coaches being compared to comedy character Ted Lasso, and before this game admitted to motivating his players with quotes from historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa. In response, an English newspaper compared Marsch to David Brent, the Ricky Gervais character from The Office, while Ted Lasso started trending in the UK on Twitter as Chelsea began to overrun Leeds on Wednesday. It's unfa I'd like to apply the lasso comparison to Marsch, a coach who built a solid reputation during his two-year tenure as FC Salzburg coach, but also to Bob Bradley, who during his brief - and unsuccessful - tenure as coach of Swansea City suffered ridicule in 2016 and Marsch's difficulties at Leeds are unlikely to help other American managers land a Premier League job any time soon. But despite having a much tougher job than he could have imagined when he agreed to replace Bielsa, Marsch could have done better with Leeds. They were 16th in the table when he arrived, two points above the bottom three, with Everton and Burnley both among them. Bielsa had 23 points from 26 games but while Marsch's return of 11 points from 11 games is better than his predecessor's, it's not enough to suggest he made a significant difference. "None of us experienced that," Marsch said. "In big games we make exactly the same mistakes." When Marsch walked through the door at Elland Road, Newcastle were two points ahead of Leeds. They are now 9 points clear of Leeds and safe from relegation thanks to the impact of Eddie Howe since being appointed mid-season manager. Under Marsch, Leeds have enjoyed a brief rebound - battling back from 2-0 and winning 3-2 at Wolves in March was a highlight - but it's been generally the same story as under Bielsa in terms of too many bookings and too many many goals. Only bottom team Norwich have conceded more than the 77 Leeds with 78 goals allowed. Meanwhile, the 97 yellow cards issued to Leeds players this season is a Premier League record - they've hit 100 cards if you count the three reds they've received. With two games still to play, home to Brighton and away to Brentford, Leeds can still escape the relegation zone with Burnley on the same number of points and Everton just two points clear. But Leeds need to show they can escape their nightmare without key players and with a manager still struggling to cope in the Premier League. That's not a good combination. "I think we can still fight for every point," said Marsch. “There were a lot of good things before the red card.

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USMNT's fate for Chelsea if Azpilicueta joins Barcelona

Chelsea are interested in taking on Barcelona's Sergino Dest if Cesar Azpilicueta goes the other way. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaTransfer Talk brings you the latest in rumours, rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! According to Sport, Chelsea are interested in taking on international defender Sergino Dest from Barcelona and the United States. The 21-year-old Barça right-back, who has been sidelined since March with a hamstring injury, has been identified by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as a potential reinforcement in the Blaugrana's interest in signing Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer. Xavi Hernandez's side are keen to land Azpilicueta but the Blues currently have the option of extending his stay for another season. However, they would be willing to let him go when Dest arrives at Stamford Bridge. Barcelona are also eyeing Marcos Alonso as they continue their search for a future replacement for Jordi Alba and that could result in both Alonso and Azpilcueta going to the Camp Nou in a direct swap deal for Dest. Should a deal not go through, Chelsea could bid for Dest, with a fee of over €20m required to win him.- ESPN+ Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (USA) Get Instant Access - A three-way battle Between Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain the heat is on for Darwin Nunez's signature, writes The Athletic. It is reported that Benfica would be willing to move him on in the summer for the right fee and that appears to be a number in the region of £75million. The 22-year-old striker has scored 32 goals in 38 appearances in the Portuguese league and Champions League this season. West Ham United are eyeing a move for Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd, according to the Telegraph. The 26-year-old is said to be available for a transfer fee in the region of £20million and with David Moyes keen to add defensive reinforcements this summer, he could make a move for the Ligue 1 star once the transfer window opens. - Marseille's move for Mohamed Ali has stalled, Foot Mercato reveal. While the Ligue 1 club have agreed a £12million fee for the 18-year-old forward with Angers, there are still some commonalities over how this will be distributed over the next few seasons. It is also reported that the player is asking for a higher salary than Marseille expected, causing delays in the personal terms that interested sides Real Betis and Eintracht Frankfurt have on standby. - Manchester City are demanding a fee of 60 million euros if they part ways with Gabriel Jesus, writes Ekrem Konur. After securing Erling Haaland, Pep Guardiola's side could be primed to take on the 25-year-old striker, with Jesus' agent confirming on Tuesday talks were ongoing with Arsenal and six other unidentified clubs. He has scored 13 goals in 39 appearances this season.- AC Milan are getting closer to signing Alessandro Florenzi, reveals Nicolo Schira. Milan have the option to make his move permanent for a fee of €4.5m and are considering offering him a three-year deal until summer 2025.

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Celtic seal Scottish title, Wolves 1-5 Man City, Leeds 0-3 Chelsea

Clock: Kevin De Bruyne guided Man City past Wolves, Leeds lost at home to Chelsea and Celtic were crowned champions (Author: Gardener)

Man CityA stunning Wolves counterattack punishes the league leaders. The Portuguese speedster flies into the city box and completes Dendoncker's perfect cut, gaining 50-60 yards to finish off the edge of his foot for the first time. Manchester City keeper Ederson looks dejected after conceding the equaliser. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters Leeds – Chelsea 0: 1: Lukaku chalked up a goal. A really sweet finish from the Belgian, who lobbed Meslier nicely after a clean run but was correctly ruled offside. two minutes later, Lukaku shoots a cross from Reece James just wide of the far post. The big man looks like he got his mojo back after scoring two goals over the weekend. Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku (right) heads the ball past Leeds United's Diego Llorente and wide of the post. Photo: Jon Super/AP Dan James gets sent off! O Leeds! A smooth red for the Welshman who made a terrible challenge for Kovacic. James looks shocked at the sacking but there's no doubt it was a dangerous tackle. James caught Kovacic high, halfway up the shin and flew in with some force. Marsch looks absolutely clueless, but maybe it's his attacker's actions. There was no need for him to make that tackle that was in Chelsea's half. Play one on zero and 10 men. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: The home side have calmed down a bit. They earn a free-kick on the edge of Chelsea's box but the Blues smash the cross away. Remember Leeds scored from a corner against Arsenal. "I wonder if Jesse Marsch's midterm talk will be inspired by JFK," writes Peter Oh. Also in Germany there is an interesting game where Borussia Mönchengladbach plays in a friendly game against the national team of Ukraine. It is Ukraine's first game since the Russian invasion and will not only raise money to help the war-stricken Ukrainians, but also as a warm-up for the team's semi-final play-off at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Scotland serve June 1st. Nationals of Ukraine wishing to attend the game can do so free of charge and the international senior team will be official guests of Gladbach after the game, staying at the hotel's Borussia Park hotel and being able to use the club's training ground from 10am to 12 noon . "We are very happy to be able to help the Ukrainian Football Union with this game and hope that as many football fans from all over the country as possible will come to the stadium and donate to a good cause by buying a ticket for the game. All Ukrainian citizens have free entry to the game," said Borussia Managing Director Stephan Schippers. "Out of curiosity, any clue as to why there are markings on the Leeds pitch?" asks Martin Shields via email. "Is it easy to tell Leeds players where to stand while Chelsea work the ball around and through them?" That will be last week's Challenge Cup semi-final at Elland Road. Maybe Leeds could have put a couple of those guys from the league on the goal line tonight. Leeds 0-1 Chelsea: A sad start from Leeds whose game plan probably went out of the window in the opening minutes. Lukaku will relish the opportunity to score some goals tonight. Chelsea seem to be in the mood. Kovacic threatens to go through Leeds defense before a crucial tackle from Phillips stops the Croatian. James (Reece, not Dan) finds some space on the right, drives into the box and puts the ball back to Mount, who comes at it with pace and has his first pearler, curling into the top corner. Could Meslier have done better in his brief post? Probably not, that's what the stamp said. Chelsea's Mason Mount gives the visitors an early lead. Photo: Craig Brough/Reuters I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different times. I try to think about how they fit me and how we play football. The key is to understand which messages to use at the right time. I use things that appeal to me...there are historical figures, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, presidents like John F. Kennedy. Jesse Marsch was in fine form ahead of Leeds' big game tonight. Unsurprisingly it made up the main part of the Fiver tonight. The fiver | Bring Mother Teresa into the white-hot heat of a relegation battle What a night of club football we have in store for you tonight. With the exception of Leicester v Norwich, which is a stone cold dead rubber, there's something juicy about all the Premier League games tonight. Namely, of course, the league title, with Manchester City trying to restore their three-point lead over Liverpool with a trip to the Europa-Jagdwolfen. This is the late start. The early is a game that screams the 1960s: Leeds vs. Chelsea. Put simply, it's a titanic game at Elland Road, with Leeds going up against Burnley and Everton on a miserable goal difference in the last three games of the season – Everton travel to the already doomed Watford tonight. Brighton and Brentford should offer Leeds easier tests but it's an excellent time to play against Chelsea who now risk blowing it up spectacularly. Elsewhere we will also cover Fitba with Celtic capable of winning the title at Dundee United tonight. It's a formality indeed as the Bhoys lead Rangers by six points and 20 goals with two games to go but a draw or win tonight (or if Rangers don't win) will seal the trophy for Ange Postecoglou and company.

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Football Leeds are beaten by Chelsea as fears of relegation mount

Football Leeds are beaten by Chelsea as fears of relegation mount (Author: Gardener)

Football LeedsLEEDS, England (Reuters) - Leeds United were nearing relegation to the Premier League after goals from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku gave Chelsea a comfortable 3-0 win over the hosts of 10 on Wednesday. The game was important for both sides, with Chelsea needing five more points to be sure of a place in the top four ahead of their trip north, while Leeds' status in the top flight remains at stake. The hosts could not have gotten off to a worse start, however, as Mount put Chelsea ahead within four minutes before being sent off 20 minutes later after a reckless challenge from Dan James, leaving Leeds with a mountain to climb. From that moment it looked like only one winner as Chelsea ended the game in the 54th minute when American striker Pulisic shoved home from the edge of the area before Lukaku hammered in a late third to seal the win. A third straight loss for Leeds means they remain in the last three with 34 points from 36 games, level with 17th-placed Burnley, who have a game in hand in Sunday's clash against Brighton & Hove Albion makes Jesse Marsch's team crucial. Chelsea's first win in four league games took Thomas Tuchel's third-placed side to 70 points from 36 games, four ahead of Arsenal in fourth and eight ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth. "We talked about keeping it 0-0 for as long as possible but I thought we were aggressive and the game was there for us even at 0-1 - the red card changes the game," said Marsch. Our boys are doing everything they can, fighting for each other to keep us in this league. At the start of the game, Leeds had conceded 34 league goals at home that season, the most in the top flight in a single season since 1959/60. The fourth-minute goal was the earliest Leeds have conceded in a Premier League game since December 2020. In a moment of inattention, James unnecessarily pressed Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic on the halfway line and received his marching orders, meaning he will miss the rest of the season. Belgium striker Lukaku, who has endured a difficult season after joining Chelsea from Inter Milan, came close to scoring a third goal in his last two games with a header that went just wide. Leeds offered no attacking threat in the early stages and ended half-time without a shot on target, causing frustration to be heard throughout Elland Road after the break with more misdirected passes. Chelsea went 2-0 up when Mount flicked the ball to Pulisic, who got his pick of his seat. Lukaku took advantage of the hosts' poorer defense to make it 3-0 as frustrated Leeds fans headed for the exits with seven minutes remaining. "I was very satisfied with the performance overall," said Tuchel. "But at the same time the focus has to stay high because Leeds will never stop fighting. We did it as a team, we did our stuff at a much higher level than the last couple of games."

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Expect Jaren Jackson Jr. and Memphis to fight at home

Jacob McKenna breaks up Wednesday's Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies and shares his best bet. (Author: Gardener)

Jaren Jackson Jr.Jacob McKenna breaks up Wednesday's Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies and shares his best bet. Jacob McKenna breaks up Wednesday's Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies and shares his best bet. The Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies will return to Memphis to face off again in a crucial Game 5. Despite Ja Morant being unavailable for Game 4 on Monday, the Grizzlies fought to the end and led the entire game into the final two minutes. Perhaps the lack of playoff experience with such a young team caught up with them, though, and guys like Steph Curry and Draymond Green made key plays down the line to seal the deal for Golden State. Will we again see the Warriors use that experience to their advantage and wrap up that streak to secure a berth in the Western Conference Finals, or will Memphis extend that streak to a sixth game? They managed to play a great fourth quarter to win the game but only scored 38 points in the first half, shooting 40% from field overall and shooting 24% on 3s after missing their first 15 shots from deep had to start the game . Such poor shooting performance isn't the norm for the Warriors, however, and they've proven to this point they're more than capable of hitting back. In nine postseason games, Golden State has the second best offensive rating of 117.3 according to NBA Advanced Stats. Additionally, this team shoots nearly 50% from the floor and 39% from behind the arch throughout the postseason. Those numbers are down a bit this series to 47.9% and 32.4%, respectively, but even with a drop in efficiency, the Warriors have still remained competitive and now have a comfortable 3-1 lead. Golden State has a history of squandering a 3-1 lead, but this team has tremendous depth behind Curry and Draymond Green and Klay Thompson is back at full strength and influential. Expect the Warriors to correct some of their offensive flaws in Game 4 and play a much better game this time. Morant is the heartbeat of this Grizzlies team and over the series he's averaged 38.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists on 50.6% shooting. But even without their star player, the Grizzlies have done a great job of staying competitive while still dominating many of their opponents. Shockingly, during the regular season, the Grizzlies had an impressive 20-5 record in games Morant didn't play in. Additionally, Memphis played basketball with tremendous efficiency without Morant, shooting 46.6% from the floor and 38% from beyond the arc. Outside of Curry, Morant was arguably the most influential player in that series. Much like the Warriors, the Grizzlies didn't shoot the ball nearly as well as they did in Game 4. They shot 42% overall from the floor and 26% on 3s, both well below their average, and still held the lead for 45 of the 48 minutes. This shows that they kept their opponents in check while playing with great efficiency on offense. Expect them to keep this game tight and I would play this spread at +3.

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Barcelona give a clear signal from Sergio Reguilon, with clear input from Real Madrid

Sergio Reguilon has become a firm target for Barcelona, ​​according to a report with Real Madrid's focus on the situation clear (Author: Gardener)

Sergio ReguilonAccording to a report, Barcelona have made Tottenham left-back Sergio Reguilon a permanent summer transfer target alongside Marcos Alonso. Reguilon joined Spurs from Real Madrid in the summer of 2020 as Jose Mourinho's signing. In fact, current Tottenham boss Antonio Conte still seems to find his best options for the full-back positions in his 3-5-2 formation. Reguilon featured heavily early in Conte's reign but has had minutes to contend with Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty since. According to the latest Daily Mirror, Reguilon is now a firm target for Barca. The La Liga club, like Conte's side, have enjoyed something of a resurgence this season under Xavi. However, the task is far from complete and Xavi will need further investment this summer. The boss wants a new top left-back and is considering bringing former Real Madrid man Reguilon back to Spain. Madrid have a buyback clause in the deal they signed with Spurs for the left-back. However, that £27.5million option expires this summer and Los Blancos must decide whether to risk Reguilon strengthening their La Liga rivals. Your next task is to fight for the Spanish title again with Madrid. They are also targeting Chelsea's Alonso, who could also return to Spain. In any case, Conte is reportedly on the lookout for a new full-back signing. The Daily Mirror therefore add that the 25-year-old could become 'excess requirement' at Tottenham. Conte recently confirmed that Reguilon faces a struggle to play again this season due to a groin injury. Instead, he has alternately played Reguilon, Doherty, Emerson and Sessegnon. Sessegnon played on the left against Liverpool last Saturday, with Emerson on the right. This is especially true for Spurs as they battle for a top-four finish in Premier League and subsequent Champions League football next season. The article Tottenham Transfer News: Barcelona give clear signal from Sergio Reguilon, with clear input from Real Madrid appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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