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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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Europa League: England legend thumbs up hat-trick hero, Lookman

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England legend Alan Shearer praised Ademola Lookman for his outstanding performance in the UEFA Europa League final. Lookman scored a hat-trick, leading Atalanta to a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night, ending the club’s 61-year trophy drought.

The Nigeria international was unstoppable, opening the scoring in the 12th minute with an assist from Davide Zappacosta. He then dribbled past Granit Xhaka and unleashed a powerful shot for his second goal 14 minutes later. Lookman completed his hat-trick with a superb finish 14 minutes from the end.

Shearer lauded Lookman’s performance after the game, saying, “Atalanta brilliant again tonight. Lookman wow, what a hat-trick,” in a post on X.

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JUST-IN: Mauricio Pochettino Quits Chelsea  

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Mauricio Pochettino has parted ways with Chelsea FC by mutual agreement after a two-day meeting with the club’s leadership, including sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, and co-owner Behdad Eghbali.

The decision was made following the club’s end-of-season review, which began on Monday. Despite his departure, Pochettino leaves with his reputation intact and a significant compensation package.

Chelsea will now seek a young and progressive coach to replace him, with potential candidates including Sebastian Hoeness, Michel, Kieran McKenna, and Enzo Maresca. Pochettino’s departure marks the third permanent head coach to leave under the current ownership, following Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.

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EPL: Arsenal’s co-chairman, Kroenke makes promise to Arteta ahead of title decider

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Arsenal’s co-chairman, Josh Kroenke, has promised that the team will continue to grow stronger, regardless of whether they win the Premier League title on Sunday.

The Gunners are two points behind Manchester City heading into the final fixtures. Mikel Arteta’s squad can only clinch the championship if they defeat Everton and City drop points against West Ham.

In his programme notes for Sunday’s season finale, Kroenke wrote: “While we are undoubtedly proud of the progress we have made, I want to be clear that no one at the club will stand still.

“Regardless of today’s outcome, we are all working behind the scenes to push us forward – always forward.

“There is so much that we want to achieve, both domestically and in Europe, and we are focused on creating exciting new stories and chapters that build on the history of Arsenal Football Club.”

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