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Abraham: Chelsea new boys need time to find their best form

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Chelsea’s striker Tammy Abraham has stated that new recruits need time to develop an understanding with the rest of their teammates and a congested fixture list amid the COVID-19 pandemic has not helped the process.

Chelsea spent heavily in the close season to bring in the likes of midfielder Kai Havertz, forward Timo Werner, defender Ben Chilwell, and winger Hakim Ziyech, but the London club sit ninth in the Premier League with 26 points from 17 games.

Germany international Werner is among those who have come in for sharp criticism due to a dip in form after failing to score in his last 12 games in all competitions, but Abraham said all of Chelsea’s new signings need time to settle.

“We have hardly had any time to train together and to work out how each other play so we’re just taking every day as it comes at the moment,” Abraham told Chelsea’s website.

“Every game we play, we’re learning new things about each other. I’m starting to understand them more and they’re starting to understand me more so hopefully we drive each other and be the best we can be.”

Chelsea, who have lost four of their last six league games, take on Morecambe in the FA Cup third round on Sunday before a league trip to Fulham on Jan. 15.

 

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Germany beat Hungary 2-0 to reach Euro last 16 

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Hosts Germany on Wednesday became the first side to qualify for the Euro 2024 last 16 after Jamal Musiala’s controversial goal and an Ilkay Gündogan strike in a 2-0 win over an enterprising Hungary.

Croatia’s draw with Albania earlier and the situation in Group C means there will be at least two third-placed sides who cannot match Germany’s six points.

The four best third-placed teams out of six groups would qualify for the knock-out stages alongside each top two.

Germany’s 5-1 thrashing of Scotland lit up the opening of the tournament and Julian Nagelsmann unsurprisingly kept the same starting line-up.

Hungary, who lost 3-1 to Switzerland in the first match, started brightly but Germany got the opener midway through the first half.

Musiala rifled home his second of the tournament after good work from captain Gündogan.

Hungary appealed for a foul by Gündogan in the box before he pulled it back, but a video review allowed the goal.

Hungary continued to threaten but Gündogan settled matters on 67 minutes when he swept in left back Maximilian Mittelstädt’s low cross.

Manuel Neuer was kept busy on his 17th Euro appearance as he moved level with ex-Italy icon Gianluigi Buffon as the goalkeeper with the most Euro outings.

The Marco Rossi’s side also had a goal ruled out for offside.

Hungary’s hopes of progressing are slim but they next meet Scotland, who will later play against Switzerland in the other Group A game.

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Amusan wins fourth national women’s 100m hurdles title

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World record holder Tobi Amusan raced to first place in the women’s 100m hurdles at the national trials in Benin City on Monday

It was the fourth time Amusan had won the title.

Tobi Express, as she is fondly called by her admirers, crossed the line in 12.78 seconds, ahead of Adaobi Tabugbo, who finished second in 13.33 seconds. Faith Osamuyi came in third with a time of 13.36 seconds.

The 27-year-old will be hoping for a podium finish at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Amusan came in fourth in the final of the women’s 100m hurdles in Tokyo four years ago.

She will also participate in the African Senior Athletics Championship in Cameroon later this month.

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Transfer: Nigerian-born forward signs new contract at Chelsea

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Chelsea has announced that Academy Forward, Tyrique George has signed a new contract until 2027, with a further one-year option.

George joined the Chelsea academy in 2014 as an under-8.

The 18-year-old has progressed through the Academy ranks at the club.

Last season, George played prominent roles across two Chelsea Academy sides and scored several eye-catching goals.

He made 26 appearances for our Under-21s – three of which came in the Premier League 2 playoffs – while 21 outings came with the Under-18s, who ended the campaign as Premier League South champions.

Despite representing England at the youth level, he is eligible to play for Nigeria.

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