Jorginho warns Chelsea over Palmeiras plot in Saturday’s Club World Cup final

February 11th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Jorginho has warned his Chelsea team-mates that Palmeiras will be desperate to claim a European scalp when they meet in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The Blues, who qualified for the Abu Dhabi showpiece by winning the Champions League last season, picked up a narrow 1-0 win over Asian champions Al-Hilal on Wednesday night to book their place in the final.

As for Palmeiras, the Brazilian club who won last year’s Copa Libertadores, they ran out 2-0 winners in their semi-final showdown with African kings Al Ahly on Tuesday.

The Italian international said: “They are going to play for everything. This is very important for a team in Brazil.

“I think probably [they want to prove they are better than European teams].

“It is the opportunity for them to play against a team from Europe. For them, that’s a big thing. They are going to come for us. We need to be prepared for that.

“It is the same for us but definitely we are going to give everything in this final and we need to be prepared.

“It is always good to be in a final. It is another trophy and it is important for us. We have never won this cup. It’s important and we will give everything to bring the trophy home.”

The 30-year-old added: “It means a lot to me personally and I’m sure it means a lot to the club, because we’ve never won this trophy and this is the right time to bring this trophy home.

“We need to stay humble because if you underestimate your opponents, you can be in trouble. You need to be prepared, train well, sleep well, eat well, do everything as professionally as you can to arrive in the game and be able to win.

“It’s what we want to do, it’s what we like to do. We don’t like losing games and we want to bring this trophy home.”

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Police arrest man accused of stealing Neymar’s money

February 11th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Police have arrested a man suspected of stealing £30,000 from Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.

The 20-year-old has been held in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo on suspicion of targeting the star forward and other celebrities through fraudulent instant bank transfers known in Neymar’s homeland as PIX.

Police say more than £30,000 was taken from the Brazil international in small amounts during different online transactions, although the account targeted is believed to be managed by the footballer’s dad.

Sao Paulo chief Fabio Pinheiro Lopes told local media: “He used the log-in of a colleague and allegedly began to steal small amounts of money from the accounts of famous people with high purchasing power.

“These people didn’t realise at all. He did one for £1,400, another for £2,800 and afterwards £7,000.

“Neymar’s case has a peculiarity because the person who transferred the money was a bank worker, someone who was employed by an outsourced firm hired by the bank”

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