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Carabao Cup: I can handle you – Crystal Palace’s Andersen warns Man Utd attacker

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Joachim Andersen, a Crystal Palace defender, has warned Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund ahead of their Carabao Cup match on Tuesday.

Andersen said he is confident that he can handle his fellow Danish international, despite Hojlund’s impressive start to his career in England.

“It is going to be fun to play against him,” Andersen said in an interview with the club’s website. “He is a young lad with a good character, a lot of energy and really good attributes. He is quick, he’s strong and he has a lot of energy.

“It’s not easy to play against a player like him and I think his start [in England] has been really good. He scored last week so I am really happy for him.

“Hopefully he will score a lot of goals for our national team… but I think I can handle him in the games we are going to play against each other.”

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Hojlund, 20, joined Manchester United from Atalanta in the summer for a fee of up to £72million. He scored his first goal for the club in the 4-3 defeat at Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The Carabao Cup match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United will take place at Old Trafford on Tuesday, September 26.

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EPL: Cole Palmer far from what we expected – Pochettino

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Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has insisted he was not expecting Cole Palmer to have a big impact at Chelsea.

Palmer joined the Blues from Manchester City in a £42 million deal in August.

The 21-year-old has now scored 20 Premier League goals and is joint-top scorer with former City teammate Erling Haaland.

When asked if he’s surprised at how many goals Palmer has scored since moving to Stamford Bridge, Pochettino responded: “We believe they can perform but it is true he is performing in a very good way; maybe above expectation. I think it’s his first consistent season playing but we need to be careful because he is still young, he is growing, he needs to develop in different areas.

“But of course, he is far away from what we expected from the beginning. I need to be honest.”

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Paris 2024: Super Falcons’ group stage schedule out

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The Nigerian Super Falcons are set to begin their journey at the 2024 Olympic Games by facing Brazil in their opening match. The match is scheduled to take place at Stade Matmut-Atlantique in Bordeaux, France, on Thursday, July 25, starting at 6 pm.

Following this, Randy Waldrum’s team will go up against world champions Spain three days later at Stade de la Beujoire in Nantes, also at 6 pm.

Their final group stage match will be against Japan on Wednesday, July 31, at Stade de la Beujoire in Nantes, with a kick-off time of 4 pm.

Having secured their place in Paris 2024 by defeating South Africa 1-0 on aggregate last week, the nine-time African champions are gearing up for the tournament.

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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua: Wembley to host ‘Battle of Britain’ heavyweight clash 

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Wembley Stadium appears to be the chosen venue for the highly anticipated all-British heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. The much-discussed bout is likely to proceed, contingent on Fury’s victory against Oleksandr Usyk on May 18 in Riyadh.

Bob Arum, Fury’s co-promoter, expresses confidence that the super fight will take place in London rather than Saudi Arabia. Arum believes that the Saudis, despite their substantial financial influence and ability to determine the location, would prefer to host the event at Wembley Stadium with a capacity crowd of 95,000, where they could act as promoters. He suggests that this choice would enhance their image more than holding the fight in Saudi Arabia.

However, Joshua may have to wait before facing Fury, as the latter might engage in a doubleheader against his Ukrainian opponent. Arum acknowledges that if Fury defeats Usyk and secures another victory in a potential rematch, it would be ideal for him to culminate his career with a significant fight in the UK at Wembley Stadium. Arum emphasizes the competitiveness of the upcoming match on May 18, recognizing Usyk as a formidable challenger who will push Fury to his limits. He also notes Fury’s dedication to training diligently for the upcoming bout.

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