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Super Eagles drop to 36th place in February FIFA ranking

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Nigeria’s senior national team have begun the year 2021 with a rating as the 36th best country in the world.

The Super Eagles dropped one place in February’s FIFA ranking released on Thursday morning.

The three-time African champions amassed 1474 points to remain as the fifth-best team in Africa behind Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Nigeria’s last international fixture was their double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone in November 2020 which ended 4-4 and 0-0 respectively.

The Lions of Teranga are ranked first on the continent and 20th in the world with 1558 points, while the Carthage Eagles are 26th in the world and second in Africa after amassing 1503 points.

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Europa League: Mourinho reacts to Tottenham’s draw against Dinamo

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Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho, has reacted to the Europa league last 16 draw that pitted his side against Dinamo Zagreb.

Tottenham was lucky to have avoided Manchester United and Arsenal in the draw and Mourinho believes that at this stage there is no easy team left in the competition.

Addressing the press on Friday after the draws were confirmed, Mourinho said, “When you are in this competition and you get to this stage you don’t get easy clubs. If you want to win it, sooner or later you have to play against the best clubs or the ones who go through the different stages.”

The Portuguese said his team’s objective at the moment is to win against Dinamo and prepare to meet Arsenal and Manchester United later in the competition, adding, “we have always had to face them.

“I think, yeah it happened in the Champions League final, two English clubs, happened in the Europa League with Arsenal and Chelsea too.

“It’s something that can happen and if it does, wonderful for us if we are one of the two teams and wonderful for English football to have two teams in the final.

“But at this moment 16 teams, everybody wants the same so it’s very premature to think about it. Dinamo, they beat Krasnodar twice.

“I played against them with Real Madrid in the Champions League. Croatian football is Croatian football, with lots of talent. It’s a football country.”

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Europa League: Nice birthday gift – Solskjaer reacts to Man United draw against AC Milan

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Friday reacted to his side’s Europa League last-16 draw against AC Milan.

Man United will face the Serie A giants in the Europa round of 16 fixtures next month after eliminating Real Sociedad in the last-32.

Reacting, Solskjaer described the draw as a nice ‘birthday gift’.

“It’s a nice birthday gift, isn’t it? To watch that draw!” Solskjear told Man United’s official website on the day he turns 48.

“We do have the tradition of making it hard for ourselves in draws. It is one of those draws again that you feel it could be a Champions League game.

“It is good for us to have these games to look forward to. This team needs challenges, and we enjoy challenges, and we embrace them.

“The tradition and history of AC Milan, it is a great club that we welcome, and it is a great stadium that we go there, and we are looking forward to it.”

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EPL: Tuchel names player to miss Chelsea vs Man United match

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Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that centre-back, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge.

Silva had missed Chelsea’s last five games because of a muscle thigh injury.

The Brazilian international sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel revealed that the 36-year-old would return to his squad next week.

“He [Thiago Silva] did an individual session today, on the pitch, and felt it was big progress,” said Tuchel.

“It’s a big step ahead for him, so I hope he will join the group next week.”

Chelsea head to the game after beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The kick-off time for Chelsea vs Man United is 5:30 pm.

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