Reports in Spain state that the house of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro was robbed during Saturday night’s derby against Atletico Madrid.
ESPN FC cite sources close to the Brazilian international as describing how his residence was targeted by burglars whilst he played at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
The scoreless draw at the home of Los Rojiblancos kept Madrid at the top of the early La Liga table, with few clear-cut opportunities created by either side.
A number of players have had their properties robbed while living in Spain, with the repot citing Casemiro’s Madrid teammates Lucas Vazquez, Isco, Karim Benzema alongside his Coach Zinedine Zidane as being previous targets.
Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata along with Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba have also had their houses robbed, while Philippe Coutinho also suffered the same fate last season.
Casemiro’s wife and daughter, according to Football Espana, were in the property at the time but both are said to have escaped unhurt.
Reports in Italy claim AC Milan have opened talks with Ukraine Coach Andriy Shevchenko to take over from Marco Giampaolo as manager.
The Rossoneri plunged into full-blown crisis mode after a humiliating 3-1 home defeat to Fiorentina on Sunday, which saw Mateo Musacchio sent off and Gianluigi Donnarumma save a penalty, meaning they have lost four of their first six Serie A games.
According to the latest reports from TMW, the club has begun talks with legend Shevchenko, who is currently the manager of the Ukraine national team.
The 43-year-old has been on the Ukraine bench since the summer of 2016, under contract until July 2020.
The former striker had two different spells at Milan as a player, from 1999-2006 and again on loan from Chelsea in 2008-09.
Giampaolo, according to Football Italia, will be given one more game to turn things around and that is next weekend against Genoa, who are also in crisis.
Chelsea star Willian has warned his colleagues about the dire consequences of wasting chances in front of goal, saying: “If we want to stay at the top of the table we have to win points and win games.”
The Blues had 17 shots on goal in the first half but still trooped in goalless at the break.
They needed a Jorginho penalty, after Adam Webster tripped Mason Mount, to finally break the deadlock before Willian struck late on to secure a first home league win of the season.
According to the Brazilian, Chelsea have to be more ruthless in front of goal after they squandered a host of chances against Brighton.
‘We needed it,’ the Brazilian told the club’s website.
‘We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on. We have to continue in the same way.
‘The game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical.
‘We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game.
‘The clean sheet means we get confidence now. We will have more confidence in the next games and we have to carry on the same way.
‘If we want to stay at the top of the table we have to win points and win games, so we go for it. We have to keep pushing and working hard, and I think we can do that.’
Brighton came close to equalising when Dan Burn’s downward header bounced up and clipped the Chelsea crossbar.
But Burn admitted: ‘I thought Chelsea were the better team on the day and we didn’t do what we do as well as we have done in other games.
‘They had some good chances, but we were frustrated with the penalty because I didn’t think it was at the time.
‘I could have scored with that header as well, so it was very frustrating. We are creating chances and we have to take them, which is what the top teams do.’
Reports in England claim John Terry is taking delivery of a terrifying £15,000 guard dog to protect his home from raiders.
The ex-Chelsea star – now assistant boss at Aston Villa – was raided by a well-planned gang in 2017 who stole more than £400,000 valuables from his mansion.
According to The Sun, he has become the latest high-profile name to move to protect his home with a snarling dog which security experts believe are more of a deterrent than sophisticated alarms and cameras.
He and wife Toni have put their name down for German Shepherd-type breed which is finishing its final training before being delivered to their home in Surrey.
The dog is being provided by renowned Chaperone K9 who train breeds to be docile family pets that become roaring beasts when a threat is detected.
On the firm’s website, bosses reveal: “Chaperone K9 have built a strong reputation. We are renowned for supplying trained dogs to the very highest quality that offer both security and love to their new families in an often unpredictable society.”
Premier league stars Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Andy Carroll and Jamie Vardy all have guard dogs from the firm.
Frank Lampard has ruled Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger out of clash against Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The powerful German centre back slipped on a metal plate pitchside while retrieving the ball for a throw in his comeback game just two weeks ago and hurt his groin at Wolves.
‘Toni has got a recurring injury in his groin area, not the original knee injury,’ Lampard reported.
‘We are trying to find a solution because he has still got some pain. We’re hopeful it won’t be long but I haven’t got an end date for you. It’s an injury that is ongoing.’
But the Chelsea boss handed the club’s fans good news over Andreas Christensen and Olivier Giroud.
Christensen, who limped off in the first half of Chelsea clash against Liverpool last Sunday, is deemed fit to face Brighton.
Lampard said: ‘Andreas should be okay. He trained with us today. He has missed most of the week.
‘He still has a tiny bit of pain but it’s hopefully not a risk. He will be in the squad.’
Olivier Giroud has missed the last two games with a nasty illness, but Lampard said the Frenchman is over it now.
‘It’s been a difficult week for him because it was a strong illness that left him pretty weak. He’s been getting a bit of strength back this week and it’ll be touch and go to see if he is involved tomorrow.’
Lampard’s final updates regarded longer-term absentees Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and first Emerson Palmieri
‘Emerson now is going to be the other side of the international break with a hamstring injury.
‘Ruben we can’t give a date, but he’s outside jogging slowly. That’s a positive move for this week, it’s good to see him outside. We will see how that goes over the next weeks.’
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was not impressed by Callum Hudson-Odoi in the first-half of the Grimsby match at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues thrashed Grimsby 7-1 in the Carabao Cup, with Hudson-Odoi getting on the scoresheet
The 18-year-old was a little rusty in the match and missed several other chances. He, however, eventually scored after getting a half-time dressing down.
Following the win over the League Two club, the manager was asked whether it was good to see Hudson-Odoi back in action.
He said: “Yeah of course. Firstly he has signed up, so that is good so that puts to bed everything else.
“In terms of his performance, I thought first half not so sure.
“I thought him and Christian as wingers, the message was to hurt the line and run behind and end upp in areas inside the box where you’re taking people on.
“That wasn’t happening and that message didn’t get across because at half-time it had to be reinforced pretty strongly.
“In the second half, they managed to get in better positions. Callum’s talent means he has to absolutely work hard to run at people, to get in behind people, to be inside, to be outside, to work off the ball. That’s where he needs to learn because if he wants to play in the team week in, week out, that’s what he needs to do.”