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    Watch Masuaku’s ‘freak’ winner for West Ham against Chelsea as Cole insists Mendy is not to blame

    WEST HAM produced a famous win over Chelsea thanks to a “freak” winner from substitute Arthur Masuaku.In the 87th minute the 28-year-old wingback attempted to cross the ball into the middle but a deflection off Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek saw it swerve towards the near post.
    Masuaku admitted after the game that he intended for it to be a crossCredit: Rex

    Mendy could not keep it out despite leaping to his near postCredit: Getty
    And, despite the best efforts of Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy, he could only parry it into his own net for what turned out to be the winner.
    Some fans were left debating whether Masuaku meant it or not, but the Congolese player cleared things up on social media after the game.
    Speaking on Twitter, he said: “So, was it a cross or was it shot ??!? 😂😂 (hint : I was as surprised as you 🤣) 👑⚒ #londonderby.”
    Prior to his tweet, BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand predicted that Masuaku would not claim the goal as a deliberate shot.
    He said: “It is a cross definitely and it does not catch it right.
    “There is no way he comes out of the changing room afterwards and tries to speak to us here saying he meant that. Not a chance.”

    Masuaku celebrated the goal in nonchalant fashion as striker Michail Antonio leapt on himCredit: EPA
    Meanwhile, former Chelsea star Joe Cole defended Mendy for his part in the goal on a terrible afternoon for the Blues keeper.
    He had already given away a penalty in the first half when he fouled Jared Bowen after being caught on the ball.
    And then in the last few minutes of the game he was bamboozled by Masuaku’s deflected effort as Chelsea were beaten for only the second time in the Premier League this season.
    But Cole, who won three titles at Stamford Bridge, does not feel Mendy deserves the blame for the winning goal.
    “Mendy was at fault for the penalty,” he said. “That is a freak of a goal [Masuaku’s goal]. You cannot blame him [Mendy], he has been outstanding for such a long time.
    “Goalkeepers are human beings. It is a freak of a goal. It takes something like that to beat this Chelsea team.”

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    The defeat for Thomas Tuchel’s side is their first in the Prem since Manchester City beat them 1-0 at Stamford Bridge at the end of September.
    And City now have the opportunity to leapfrog them later on Saturday if they win against Watford at Vicarage Road.
    Meanwhile, West Ham’s superb win solidifies their position in fourth place, taking them four points clear of Arsenal and just six off leaders Chelsea. More

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    West Ham 3-2 Chelsea LIVE RESULT: Masuaku downs Blues with late cross into net as Mendy endures horror afternoon

    CHELSEA are on the verge of a devastating defeat at West Ham.Thiago Silva headed the Blues in front but the Hammers then levelled after a shocker from Edouard Mendy.
    The Chelsea goalkeeper gave the ball away before conceding a penalty, which was converted by Manuel Lanzini.
    However, a stunning strike from Mason Mount put the Blues back on course for a crucial win.
    But in the second half West Ham battled back to level again with a goal from Jarrod Bowen before Arthur Masuaku’s wayward cross was fumbled into the net by the despairing Mendy late on.

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    TV channel: BT Sport 1
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    West Ham XI: Fabianski, Zouma, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Coufal, Bowen, Lanzini, Antonio.
    Chelsea XI: Mendy, Silva, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz.

    THAT’S ALL FOR NOW
    If ever you wanted a better game to kick-start this round of fixtures, then this would definitely be my pick.
    Chelsea came flying out the blocks in the London Stadium and when they went 1-0 up through a brilliant header from Thiago Silva, it looked as if the Hammers were in for a thumping.
    However, Edouard Mendy decided to become Santa Clause by gifting Manuel Lanzini with the chance from the penalty spot which he perfectly dispatched.
    But then another twist in the tail happened on the stroke of half-time when Chelsea put together a well-orchestrated move which was superbly finished off by Mason Mount.
    Check that out in the blog if you haven’t seen it already.
    In the second half, the visitors continued to control possession until against the run of play, Jarrod Bowen hit a long range effort leaving the Chelsea keeper with no chance on the 56th minute.
    And then one of the strangest things you’ll see in football occurred three minutes from time when substitute defender Arthur Masuaku attempted a shot/cross which ended up beating Mendy at his near post and turned out to be the winning goal.
    He’ll probably claim it as a shot but I am not so sure about that If I am honest.
    Thanks a million for tuning in SunSport family, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    CHELSEA PLAYER RATINGS
    If you were in the blue corner this afternoon, skip this post because there are some brutal ratings being handed out.
    But if you fancy a good read of how and why certain players were rated a certain score.
    CLICK HERE FOR THE CHELSEA PLAYER RATINGS
    UP NEXT
    With qualification to the knock-outs already secured, David Moyes can afford to rest the big hitters in their final Europa League group game against 22x Prva NHL title winners Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
    However, West Ham’s scheduled becomes rapidly busy shortly after; two away trips against Burnley and Arsenal followed by welcoming Norwich to the London stadium all in six days is going to be tough.
    And then to top it off, the Hammers’ last match before Christmas is a good old London derby against Spurs in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

    COMING SOON
    Thomas Tuchel’s men will have to brush themselves down and go again because they are back at the Bridge for their next two Premier League fixtures where they’ll be hosting a struggling Leeds United and an underperforming Everton side.
    The Blues then get on their travels to the Black Country where Wolves will be waiting for them at Molineux Stadium which is followed up by a trip across London against Brentford in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
    But before all of that, Chelsea’s primary focus will be on topping their Champions League group by bettering Juventus’ result on Wednesday but to do that, the Blues need a good result against Russian giants Zenit St.Petersburg on the night.

    FEELING THE BLUES
    All those mistakes has led to Chelsea suffering their first Premier League defeat after leading at half-time since December 2018 against Wolves which ends their record of 48 league games.
    48 – Chelsea’s loss to West Ham was their first Premier League defeat after leading at half-time since December 2018 against Wolves under Maurizio Sarri – they had been unbeaten in 48 league games when ahead at HT before today (W40 D8). Slip. pic.twitter.com/uQFP4Ix4gU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 4, 2021

    TUCHELS TALKS
    The Chelsea boss wasn’t completely distraught with his side’s performance but Thomas Tuchel did emphasis that the Blues have been making far too many costly mistakes lately.
    I think the Blues gaffer likes the word ‘mistakes’.
    Below are some of the quotes from his post-match presser.
    I don’t think we did a bad match, it was an ok match where we can win with this performance.
    It’s tough to play here and we did too many individual mistakes today. We did that already against Manchester United, already against Watford and got punished for it.
    If you want a result in this kind of level you have to minimise the mistakes. We talked about it before which obviously did not help.
    This was the story.Thomas TuchelBT Sport 1
    LINEKARS ANALYSIS
    I totally agree Gary.

    LEAGUE TABLE REFRESHED
    This three points for the Hammers is huge because it opens up some breathing space between themselves in fourth and Arsenal who are still to play their game against Everton.
    As for the Blues, they remain top for now but should Manchester City and Liverpool do their jobs, then Chelsea can end up dropping to third place this evening.
    Credit: Premierleague.com
    JARRODS JUSTIFICATION
    West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen had an incredible game and it was his wonderful strike which put the Hammers level for the second time in the game.
    Here are a couple of his post-match thoughts on his perspective of the performance from his team including that freakish goal from Arthur Masuaku.
    I think this is what we are about. The team the character, the belief.
    We hung in sometimes because it was always going to be difficult but we never know when we are beaten.
    We went behind twice but we showed that reaction, showed a lot of a better performance and we got the three points.
    He’ll [Arthur Masuaku] tell you different, he’ll tell you he shot but listen, it’s gone in. Jarrod BowenBT Sport 1
    MATCH RECEIPTS
    Similar to the first half, Chelsea controlled the possession, passing and shot statistics.
    But the one big difference is that the Hammers were able to turn the game on its head.

    MADNESS FROM MASUAKU
    Brace yourselves ladies and gentleman because this is the goal which snatched the points away from Chelsea.
    Was it a cross or shot from Arthur Masuaku?
    I’ll let you decide.

    THE BUBBLES ARE BLOWING
    What a result for West Ham as they overcome the current league leaders 3-2 at the London Stadium.

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!
    THEY HAVE DONE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!
    THE BUBBLES ARE CERTAINLY BLOWING!
    BECAUSE CHELSEA HAVE BEEN BEATEN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SEPTEMBER!
    FT: WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    90+3. That is brilliant play from Michail Anotnio who has lured Andreas Christensen into committing a foul deep in Chelsea’s half.
    The Hammers are so close to a massive three points.
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    90+1. It’s backs to the wall for West Ham as Chelsea throw everything forward to try and salvage something from this game.
    They’ll know that they could end the weekend under both Manchester City and Liverpool if it ends like this.
    FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME FOR WEST HAM TO HANG ON
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    87. How that strike went in I have no idea but Arthur Masuaku won’t care and neither will the rest of the West Ham supporters.
    The defender seemed to be winding up for the cross but the ball took a swerve and dip and eventually flew into Mendy’s top corner.
    That was his first Premier League goal after having 96 attempts on goal.
    What a time to get it too.
    GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
    I DO NOT BELIEVE THISSSSSSSSSS!
    ARTHUR MASUAKU HAS HIT A FREAKISH STRIKE!
    WHICH SOMEHOW WENT IN!
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    84. It’s clear to see what David Moyes’ thoughts are towards this game because the West Ham manager has made a positive substitution.
    Not only that, but he has sent a letter onto the field for Declan Rice to put in his shorts but the England midfielder is struggling to read the handwriting.

    Manuel Lanzini – OFF
    Said Benrahama – ON

    GARY’S SPOKEN
    Legendary pundit Gary Lineker can’t get enough of watching Mason Mount in action.

    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    79. It’s all Chelsea at the moment as they send wave after wave of attacks to the hosts’ back-line.
    But you get the feeling that similar to July 2020, West Ham can put together one last counter attack and snatch the victory.
    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    76. OOOOPHHH I THOUGHT THAT WAS ROLLING IN!
    Jorginho hit in what was a soft spot in truth but it somehow manged to roll through everyone’s legs and almost crept inside Lukasz Fabianski’s near-post.
    The keeper would have been fuming at himself had that gone in.
    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    74. In the aftermath of all that, Thomas Tuchel has made another roll of the dice.

    Marcos Alonso – OFF
    Christian Pulisic – ON

    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    74. SO CLOSEEEEEEEE!
    Michail Antonio bullied his way through the Chelsea defence before picking out Jarrod Bowen on the stretch at the back-post.
    But unfortunately for the winger, he couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball.
    KURT CAN’T CONTINUE
    Looks painful.

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    Devin Haney vs JoJo Diaz: UK start time, live stream, TV channel, and undercard for TONIGHT’S lightweight title fight

    DEVIN HANEY defends his WBC lightweight world title against JoJo Diaz in a big Las Vegas main event. Haney last overcame seasoned veteran Jorge Linares in May, while Diaz beat Javier Fortuna on points soon after.

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    Devin Haney takes on JoJo Diaz in a huge lightweight title fightCredit: Getty
    Diaz was touted to be fighting Ryan Garcia at the end of this year, but the 23-year-old injured his shoulder, leaving a space open for Haney.
    The 135lb champ jumped at the chance to challenge Diaz, who signed on the dotted line just two weeks after Garcia’s withdrawal.
    Haney will have a huge undisputed title fight with George Kambosos Jr on his mind after the Australian’s big win over Teofimo Lopez last weekend.
    But The Dream will need to stay focussed on Diaz, or he could suffer the same fate his rival Lopez did, putting a clash with Kambosos at risk.
    When is Haney vs Diaz?

    Devin Haney’s massive clash with JoJo Diaz will take place on Saturday, December 4 – TONIGHT.
    The fight will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    There will be a full capacity crowd in attendance at the event.
    For UK fans, you can expect ring-walks to begin at around 4am GMT in the early hours of Sunday, December 5.

    What channel is it and can it be live streamed?

    Lopez vs Kambosos Jr will be shown live on DAZN in the UK.
    You can live stream the action from the DAZN app, which is available for
    download onto your mobile device, tablet or Smart TV.
    To subscribe to DAZN, head to their website and sign-up for £7.99 a month.

    Haney vs Diaz FULL CARD

    Devin Haney vs JoJo Diaz Jr (12 rounds – lightweight, WBC title)
    Jessica McCaskill vs Victoria Bustos (10 rounds – welterweight, WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA titles)
    Filip Hrgovic vs Scott Alexander (10 rounds – heavyweight)
    Montana Love vs Carlos Diaz (10 rounds – super-lightweight)
    Austin Willams vs Quatavious Cash (8 rounds – middleweight)

    What have they said?
    “JoJo wasn’t in a rush to fight me, I feel like we had to corner him to make him take the fight, all these other guys it’s the same thing,” Haney said.
    “They know my skills set, how much I bring to the table, if JoJo didn’t take this fight the world would have known what it really was. December 4, they’re going to see.
    “I do feel like his [Joseph Diaz Jr.] style will be tailor made for me, there’s nothing that he can do to win.
    “He can’t outbox me, I’ll show him he can’t out bang me, I have the size advantage, all the tools to win.”
    Diaz said: “If he wants to try and box, I’m just going to hunt his a** down,” Diaz said.
    “If he wants to come and bang, I’m just going to bang it out as well. Whatever he wants to bring to the table I’m going to bring it.
    “I feel like I’m at my prime, I feel like I’ve already took all the steps I needed to take to be at this point in my life and my career. As far as taking fights with Jesús Rojas, Tevin Farmer, Gary Russell Jr., Javier Fortuna, I’ve already fought those top tier contenders.” More

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    Chelsea player ratings: Mendy has horror show with two huge blunders with Silva one of only players to put in a shift

    EDOUARD MENDY suffered his first horror show in Chelsea colours as he cost them the game at West Ham. Firstly, the keeper brought down Jarod Bowen on 40 minutes after failing to just clear the ball.
    Mason Mount looks on in defeatCredit: AP
    And then his day went from bad to worse as Arthur Masuaku’s hopeful effort with three minutes to go was palmed into the net.
    Mendy was not the only underperformer on the day, as Jack Figg runs down Chelsea’s ratings.
    Edouard Mendy – 5
    Rare mistake from Mendy after a poor back pass from Jorginho as the keeper brought down Jarod Bowen and failed to save Manuel Lanzini’s penalty.
    Had little chance of stopping Bowen’s equaliser at range but was completely caught of guard for Masuaku’s winner, which he was wrongfooted for.
    Edouard Mendy’s mistake before taking Jarod Bowen downCredit: Rex
    Thiago Silva – 8
    Excellent header to put Chelsea in the lead and just moments later he used all his experience to cover and clear off the line.
    Will feel his team-mates were not up to his high standards.
    Thiago Silva heads Chelsea in the leadCredit: AFP

    Andreas Christensen – 6
    Had a battle throughout with Michail Antonio but was the most quiet of the back line.
    Credit: Rex
    Antonio Rudiger – 5
    Had a tendency to bomb forward much more in this match, joining attackers in the box.
    Did not do much in the way of defending Bowen’s finish to level the game at 2-2 and just watched as the winger fired home.
    Antonio Rudiger battling with Jarod BowenCredit: Alamy
    Reece James – 5
    Constantly a threat whenever he gets on the right flank but had no one on the end of his delivery.
    The wing-back could not get into shooting positions like has been the case in prior matches.
    Reece James during Chelsea’s lossCredit: Alamy
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7
    Much more impactful in midfield, winning the ball back and being aggressive in possession.
    His interception set up Mount’s wonder strike having laid it off to Ziyech, who got the sublime assist.
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a much more impactful game in midfieldCredit: AP
    Jorginho – 4
    Stitched keeper Mendy up with a needless and weak back pass leading to West Ham’s penalty.
    With N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic still sidelined, and Loftus-Cheek in better form, the Italian will know his place in the squad is far from certain.
    Jorginho’s bad back pass led to West Ham’s equaliserCredit: Reuters
    Marcos Alonso -4
    Chelsea will be counting down the days until Ben Chilwell is fit, with Alonso well off the pace on the left.
    Wasteful in possession and rightfully taken off for winger Christian Pulisic, having offered Chelsea next to nothing.
    Mason Mount – 6
    Stunning volley for Chelsea’s second goal as he beautifully side footed a volley past Lukasz Fabianski.
    Looked the most likely to get Chelsea back in the lead but could not manage it on his own.
    Mason Mount’s incredible volleyCredit: Reuters
    Hakim Ziyech – 6
    Remarkable cross field pass to assist Mount, proving the Moroccan is far more comfortable with the ball at his feet with space to work his magic.
    Far less impactful in the second half and despite his assist, the massive squad depth amongst the Blues ranks means his place in the starting 11 is not guaranteed.
    Hakim Ziyech set up Mason MountCredit: Prime Media
    Kai Havertz – 6
    The German is starting to use his 6ft 2in frame to good use when leading the line, making smart runs in the box and putting himself about.
    Was taken off for Romelu Lukaku at half-time and could be happy with his 45-minute performance.
    Kai Havertz is starting to use his physicality wellCredit: EPA
    SUBS
    Romelu Lukaku (for Kai Havertz, 45 mins) – 5
    Looks off the pace following a sustained period out injured. The striker will be hoping with more minutes, his form will pick up.
    Callum Hudson-Odoi (for Hakim Ziyech, 64 mins) – 6
    Offered some energy on the left in a period the Blues were desperate for it, but never looked like threatening on goal.
    Christian Pulisic (for Marcos Alonso, 72 mins) – 5
    Barely made an impact despite having the pace and finishing ability to turn a game on its head.
    Christian Pulisic came off the bench against West HamCredit: Rex More

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    El-Selhadar dead at 53: Football coach dies of heart attack while celebrating team’s last-minute winner

    AN Egyptian football coach has died at the age of 53 after suffering a heart attack while celebrating his team’s stoppage-time winner.El Magd manager Adham El-Selhadar watched on as his side scored in the 92nd-minute to grab a 1-0 victory against El Zarqa in an Egyptian Second League match on Thursday.
    Tributes have poured in for El-Selhadar following his tragic deathCredit: Twitter
    The football manager was quickly rushed to hospital but later pronounced deadCredit: Twitter
    But the mood quickly turned sombre as El-Selhadar was rushed to hospital after having a heart attack during the celebrations.
    And now, after the announcement of his death, Egypt’s top clubs Al Ahly SC and Ismaily SC – who El Selhadar used to manage – have sent out heartfelt tributes to the coach.
    A statement from Al Ahly read: “Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, president of the club, and the members of the board of directors, mourn with great sadness and sorrow, Coach Adham El-Selhadar, the former Ismaily player, who passed away on Thursday, praying to the Almighty to cover the deceased with his vast mercy and enter him into his vast gardens.”
    And Ismaily added: “The Ismaily Board of Directors, headed by Engineer Yahya El-Komy, mourns the death of Adham El-Selhadar, a star and former coach of the team, who passed away as a result of a sudden heart attack, following his follow-up to the match of his team, “El-Majd” Alexandria, in the second division league competitions.
    “Against this background, the Board of Directors declared 3 days of mourning for the soul of the late.”
    El Magd have announced a six-day period of mourning and suspended their next fixture.

    As well as being a celebrated manager, El-Sehadar also enjoyed a fruitful career as a player.
    He won the Egyptian Premier League with Ismaily in the 1990s and also claimed the cup with the club.
    He would later return as a manager and built a reputation as a well-respected coach in the country.
    El Magd climbed up to seventh in the second division with their victory on Thursday and now have 14 points after nine games. More

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    Lionel Messi ‘deeply regrets’ 2006 Champions League tantrum after refusing to go out and celebrate win over Arsenal

    LIONEL MESSI has revealed he “deeply regrets” not going out and celebrating Barcelona’s 2006 Champions League victory with the rest of the squad.The Argentine, just 18 years old at the time, suffered an injury against Chelsea in the round of 16 and missed the rest of the Catalan giants’ run to the final.
    Messi did not play in Barcelona’s Champions League triumph after the last 16 due to injuryCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Despite being without the prodigious teenager for the remainder of the competition, Barcelona still went on to lift the trophy after beating Arsenal 2-1 in Paris.
    But Messi, who would go on to win three more Champions Leagues with Barca, refused to join his teammates for a celebration that evening.
    And he now admits that is a decision that he does not look back on fondly.
    Speaking to AS, he said: ‘I’m sorry I didn’t [go out].
    “I didn’t realise what was happening. At that moment I was thinking about not having played. 
    “At least I would have liked to be on the bench that night. Until my injury (tear against Chelsea in the round of 16), I participated in every Champions League in my career. 

    “I was disappointed. I deeply regret that episode. We won that Champions League and I was not sure what would happen again because it is a difficult competition to win.
    “Fortunately, I had the opportunity to enjoy it.”
    Three years later Messi would win the Champions League with Barcelona again, this time with a far more instrumental role in the team.
    The little South American scored a rare header in the final as the Spanish side beat Manchester United 2-0 in Rome.
    And two years later Messi was on the scoresheet again as they outclassed the Red Devils once more in a 3-1 victory at Wembley Stadium.
    A third European crown in six years came Barca’s way in 2015 when Messi linked up with Luis Suarez and Neymar to beat Juventus 3-1 on their way to lifting the trophy.
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    But a fifth Champions League alluded the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner during his final years at the Nou Camp.
    Barca have only been beyond the quarter-finals on one occasion since 2015 – a campaign which saw them beaten 4-3 on aggregate by eventual winners Liverpool.
    And, following Messi’s departure in the summer, Barca now look in danger of being knocked out in the group stages for the first time in 20 seasons. More

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    Frank Bruno forced to deny claims he has died aged 60 and shocked after report is published on his ‘death’

    BOXING legend Frank Bruno was forced to take to social media on Saturday to reassure people he wasn’t dead.The former world heavyweight champion said he was left shocked by an online report he’d passed away.
    Frank Bruno took to Twitter on Saturday morning to deny reports he had diedCredit: Twitter
    An article was published on December 2 saying the British icon had passed away aged 60Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    The fake report led to several calls into the manager of the 60-year-old who is due to appear in Sheffield on Saturday night for an event with fans.
    Much to the relief of Frank’s supporters, he took to social media to reassure them he was safe and well.
    In a Twitter post shared Saturday morning he said: “Morning, I was bemused to see this yesterday suggesting I had died!”
    He later said: “Chill. I’m alive and well and writing my Christmas cards and working tonight and looking forward to meeting my fans in Sheffield.”
    Last month Bruno told the Sun how he was celebrating hitting the landmark 60th birthday.
    In it he revealed he regards Tyson Fury as the most inspirational sports star on the planet.

    He told how the Gypsy King was now following in his own legendary footsteps – both in and out of the ring.
    In an exclusive interview to mark turning 60, Frank said Fury has taken on the mantle of being Britain’s best heavyweight boxer, but deserves even more credit for his work championing mental health awareness in troubled youngsters.
    And Frank told how his friendship with the Gypsy King was even helping him to win his own battle with mental health problems after years of trying to overcome his demons.
    Frank told The Sun: “I’ve seen a lot over my 60 years but witnessing the way Tyson has turned his life around may well top the lot.
    “Nobody has done more in the past few years to raise awareness of mental health problems than Tyson.
    “He’s the most inspirational sports star on the planet in my book.
    “We’ve both had difficult days but it has made us great friends and I am now seeing first-hand how Tyson is truly on a mission, inside and outside of the ring, to help others.
    “Tyson has told me he even wants to try and find a cure for mental health problems one day so others don’t go through what we have.
    ‘I’D BACK FURY’
    “And I’d back him to do it. I’d trust Tyson more than most of the politicians around these days.”
    In 1995, the year before he quit the ring, Bruno defeated Oliver McCall at Wembley to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship, which is still ranked among British sport’s greatest moments.
    As well as a glittering career which saw him win 40 out of 45 fights, he has also become a national treasure for his career on stage and screen.
    A poll in 1996, the year he retired, ranked him the second most popular Briton, behind Princess Diana.
    But five years after retiring, Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his life unravelled.
    The illness has since seen him sectioned – detained as a psychiatric hospital inpatient – four times, most recently last summer.
    Now he is planning to open a string of mental health centres to help those who have gone through similar struggles.
    ‘HARDEST 12 MONTHS OF MY LIFE’
    Frank said: “The last 12 months have been probably the hardest in my life.
    “Last summer I couldn’t have put my hand on my heart and said I’d have been out of hospital to celebrate my birthday.
    “I thought I had things under control but Covid and lockdown just pulled the rug from under my feet.
    “I struggled to cope with being locked down and losing friends from Covid. I had to reset and get better. And I did.
    “But if getting my freedom back and turning 60 has shown me anything it is that there is still so much to be fighting for.
    “I’ve got a lot I still want to do. But it is not about belts or titles now. It is about supporting others.”
    Bruno has just released his new book 60 Years A Fighter – which tells the story of his remarkable life.
    Frank Bruno shows off his incredible body as he works out with punching bag More

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    The TV interview from 1998 that put Rangnick on course for Man Utd job but was dubbed ‘nonsense’ by Beckenbauer

    RALF RANGNICK’S 1998 TV interview set him on his way to becoming Manchester United manager.But it was dubbed as ‘nonsense’ by German legend Franz Beckenbauer.
    Ralf Rangnick did a compelling TV interview in Germany in 1998Credit: YouTube
    The then-40-year-old Ulm boss was working wonders in the Bundesliga 2Credit: YouTube
    He outlined the revolutionary way he wants his teams to play footballCredit: YouTube
    Rangnick was appointed United’s interim boss until the end of the season this week.
    But he appeared on ZDF Sportstudio in December 1998, offering fresh tactical ideas after years of sweepers and wing-backs had delivered success for Germany internationally.
    Then 40 and managing relegation-favourites SSV Ulm 1846 at the top of the Bundesliga 2, the German was using a back four and zonal marking.
    And his explanation of how he wanted to play football, including ‘extremely pronounced pressing’, helped shape coaches’ thinking in Germany and now around the world for years to come.
    Rangnick, who started his managerial career in 1985, told presenter Michael Steinbrecher: “The back four is really just a means to an end for us, because what we actually want to play is extremely pronounced pressing.
    “We want to try to always attack and outnumber the opposing ball-owner with at least one man, and it is simply important that the players also have a basic structure where they know that every player really has his back covered.”

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    Rangnick went on to explain the tactical details of how he sets his teams up, especially defensively to win the ball back quickly and high up by setting traps.
    The former Schalke and RB Leipzig mastermind added: “First of all, we try to lure the opponent out a bit. That means we don’t want to give everything away from the start.
    “I think we have a problem in Germany and that is why it may take a little longer to convey this kind of football to a team, as many players have been trained in a completely different way.”
    The Saturday night interview received a mixed reaction, with some – including those in the studio – compelled by the new ideas but many rejected Rangnick and his ‘theories’.
    That included Beckenbauer, who said: “All this talk about the system is nonsense.
    “Other players can do more with the ball, our players cannot. Four at the back with zonal marking or a sweeper, it doesn’t matter. Four at the back can be fatal.”
    Germany head coach Erich Ribbeck added: “I’m disappointed about the overblown discussion about tactical systems, like a colleague of mine pedalling banalities on ZDF Sportstudio as if the coaches in the Bundesliga were all total idiots.”
    But Steinbrecher grasped the magnitude of what Rangnick was explaining, describing it as a ‘revolution’ in front of his very eyes.
    ‘NEED A PHILOSOPHY’
    He told The Independent: “People said, ‘He can’t stand there and talk like this.’
    “I think they meant, ‘I don’t want this kind of football to be my football.’
    “You win games with your attitude, your fighting spirit and not with tactics – that was the conservative way of thinking about football. That’s true and it’s still true.
    “That’s what Roy Keane tells you in every TV show I watch and he’s right! You need personalities on the pitch.
    “But you also need an idea of how to play football, you need a system, you need a philosophy for your club.
    “For other coaches, it was an inspiration and they are the ones that embraced change, who embraced that modern way of football.
    “Who rules modern football today? That’s why we’re talking about him now.”
    Rangnick takes over with his new United team seventh in the table, 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea, and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
    They face Crystal Palace at home in his first game in charge on Sunday afternoon – but as revealed by SunSport, the German could be without Cristiano Ronaldo who is believed to have injured his knee celebrating in the 3-2 win over Arsenal.
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