Erling Haaland picks seven strikers he thinks are better than him… Chelsea striker is one of them

Erling Haaland named the seven strikers he thinks are better than him – but would back himself in a crunch tie.

The Borussia Dortmund star, 20, has burst on to the scene with a series of stunning displays over recent years. Scoring goals for fun, Haaland made his transfer to the German giants in the winter transfer window of 2020.

And in an interview with VG, the Norwegian sensation could only think of seven centre-forwards in world football currently better than him – and it is some list.

The seven is made up of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski from rivals Bayern Munich.

All of the remaining five strikers all ply their trade in the Premier League including Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as Tottenham hero Harry Kane.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Roberto Firmino of Liverpool and Chelsea new boy Timo Werner – who arrived from RB Leipzig in the summer – complete the elite group.

(Video)Players break their fast for Ramadan on the pitch during stoppage in play

Players in a Turkish football match were seen breaking their fast for Ramadan on the pitch during a stoppage in play on Tuesday evening after hearing the evening call to prayer at sunset.

A clip tweeted by broadcaster beIN Sports showed Ankara Keciorengucu players eating during a stoppage in play at Giresunspor in the TFF First League, Turkey’s second tier.

A quartet of players, according to the Mail, can be seen kneeling on the floor eating dates and bananas, while goalkeeper Metin Uçar was sipping water.

The tweet read: “When an injury occurred in the GZT Giresunspor-Ankara Keciorengucu coinciding with the call to prayer, the players broke their fast.”

By Wednesday lunchtime the clip had been viewed over three million times on the social media platform.

During the month of Ramadan, which began on Monday, fasting Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours.

Typically those participating will eat a meal before sunrise, known as Suhoor, and again once the evening call to prayer has sounded at sunset, known as Iftar.

With games commonly taking place in the evening, footballers have in the past found creative ways to be able to break their fast after Iftar while matches are being played.

In 2018, during two friendlies in the lead-up to the World Cup, Tunisia’s goalkeeper Mouez Hassen twice went down with an apparent injury at the time when Iftar began, allowing his team-mates to eat and drink.

Timo Werner branded a ‘blind horse’

Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has urged Thomas Tuchel to drop Timo Werner as he branded the Chelsea striker a ‘blind horse’.

Van de Vaart told Ziggo Sport: “If I was Thomas Tuchel I would always pick Hakim Ziyech, simply because he is the best option by far.

“He can cut inside and create chances, as can Mason Mount. That is what Olivier Giroud needs.

“Timo Werner is super fast, and maybe that is something good to have in an away game when Chelsea are under pressure.

“But all he does is put his head down and run himself to death.

“Mount is a terrific footballer, and I think he can get even better, but Werner is truly a blind horse.

“He already showed that’s what he is like when he played in Germany – and he’s doing it again now.”

Fulham join chase to sign highly-rated Chelsea youngster

There are reports Fulham have joined a number of teams interested in making a permanent move for Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo.

Ugbo has impressed while on loan at Belgian side Cercle Brugge this season with Monaco and Genk both keen on the striker.

The 22-year-old’s contract expires at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer of 2022.

Goal reports that the striker, who has scored 16 goals while on loan this term, is valued at £5million.

It has been reported that Chelsea would be happy to sell the player this summer and Fulham consider themselves top of the queue.

Ugbo is yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues since first arriving as a youngster in the academy 14 years ago.

Since 2017, the striker has also had loan spells at Barnsley, MK Dons, Scunthorpe and Roda.

Ex-Blues star tells Chelsea to sign Harry Kane as Man United and Man City circle

Wayne Bridge expects Chelsea to attempt to sign a big-name striker this summer – and admitted he would ‘love’ his former club to swoop for Harry Kane.

Tottenham ace Kane’s future looks increasingly precarious with his team faltering in their Champions League bid, potentially triggering him to seek a move away.

And Bridge is keen for Chelsea to pounce on the situation and sensationally attempt to lure Kane across the London divide.

He told “I’d love to see Kane go there, I think he’s brilliant. Sometimes money talks.

“If you look at how Tottenham are doing at the moment, I think there’s a great chance he could end up leaving if he wants to go and win something.

“I’m not sure if he would go, but I’d love to see him come in and start banging in goals for Chelsea.

“Chelsea have to be careful with who they buy but I’ll be very surprised if they didn’t bring another striker in.”

Kane is unsurprisingly highly sought after, having netted 19 goals this season for an ailing Spurs, and is said to be poised to leave in search of silverware.

The England captain is said to be ‘running out of patience’ in north London and may be willing to tell the club he would like to leave if they miss out on the top four.

Former Chelsea prime target asks Man United stars about what it is like at Old Trafford ahead of summer move

Declan Rice sounded out Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw on what it is like at Manchester United while away with England, according to reports.

The Manchester Evening News reports Rice, 22, asked his England pals some questions about aspects of life at Old Trafford during the international break last month as he contemplates his future.

A number of United players are thought to be very popular within the England group and club chiefs may hope that senior stars could help swing a deal.

United are said to have been monitoring his progress for over two years as they look to land a young defensive midfielder.

The report states the club believe Rice – who can also slot in at centre-back – could develop into more of a box-to-box style player at United.

Thomas Tuchel dedicates Champions League success against Porto to Chelsea star

Thomas Tuchel has dedicated Chelsea’s Champions League success against Porto to crocked Mateo Kovacic.

He said: “I was very sad yesterday to see him after twenty minutes in training to have this little muscle injury more or less out of nothing.

“We played little boxes after training just to have a little sweat and he felt his hamstring.

“So he is for sure out of the game against City as well, which is a big loss.

“I was very sad for him because we don’t have so many experienced players that have played Champions League many times.

“So if you see him when the anthem is playing and he stands there that he’s relaxed and he’s a hard fighter – everyone is happy to have him around. So we did it for him.”