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Mourinho has turned me to a monster – Tammy Abraham

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AS Roma striker, Tammy Abraham, believes the club’s manager, Jose Mourinho, has turned him into a ‘monster’ and a more aggressive player.

Abraham left Chelsea to join Roma in the summer transfer window.

The England international has so far scored five goals for the Serie A side this season.

Asked what Mourinho had taught him at Roma so far, Abraham said at his post-match press conference following England’s World Cup qualifier’s 5-0 win over Albania at Wembley: “Just be a monster really!

“I think one of the things he said was I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as you’re getting older as a striker.

“It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.

“It’s always tough, moving and going to experience a different country and different culture.

“I felt the sooner I settled in, the better and started learning different types of football and different styles. I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully, I can keep up the level of performance I need to stay in the team.

“Of course (the World Cup) was in the back of my mind, but really I just wanted to play football. For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels and hopefully, I can keep striving on.”

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EPL: Ex-Chelsea assistant coach questions Tuchel’s late substitutions against Man United

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has questioned Thomas Tuchel’s use of his substitutes during their draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea managed a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League clash on Sunday with Jadon Sancho pouncing on a poor touch from Jorginho to put the visitors ahead.

Jorginho then made amends for his blunder 20 minutes later when he equalised for Chelsea from the spot.

Tuchel waited until the 78th minute to introduce the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic from the bench.

And Morris, who was Frank Lampard’s assistant, criticised the Blues boss, insisting that the German could have made his substitutions earlier and killed the game off.

He told Stadium Astro: “From a fan’s perspective, I would definitely have liked a couple if not all three changes at the top end of the pitch a lot earlier.

“I just felt that with the amount of dominance Chelsea had they weren’t creating enough real good chances.

“The fact you have the level of bench that Chelsea had, there was no reason why at least two of them could have been brought on a lot earlier.

“I thought Lukaku was the perfect addition but that’s without knowing the physical capabilities he has right now. He might not have had more than the manager gave him.

“It’s always easier to say after the game but we were slightly surprised that Tuchel didn’t make changes earlier.”

Chelsea face Watford in their next Premier League game while the Red Devils welcome Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side at Old Trafford.

Chelsea still maintained their lead in the table on 30 points just one behind Manchester City who defeated West Ham 2-1 to leapfrog Liverpool at the weekend.

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EPL: Why Ralf Rangnick may not take charge of Man Utd against Arsenal

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Manchester United’s new interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, might not take charge of the team when they host Arsenal in the Premier League this Thursday.

The German was officially confirmed in the role on Monday afternoon.

However, he will only be able to work in England, when his British work permit is finalized.

Rangnick has previously managed Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

The 63-year-old replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked after a 4-1 defeat at Watford on November 20.

Former midfielder, Michael Carrick, will remain as caretaker manager until Rangnick’s work visa is completed.

Carrick has been in charge for the 2-0 win at Villarreal to secure a place in the Champions League knockout rounds and the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

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Taraba NUT crisis: New faction supported by govt emerge

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The wrangling in the Taraba State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has taken a different dimension as the union has been factionalized into two groups.

This comes after the union’s election which took place in Donga local government council of the state.

The new group, reportedly backed by the government, has been named the Association of Basic Education Teachers.

The faction was said to have been gifted an 18-seater bus and a Hilux van.

The refusal of the union members to allow the government to impose on them an unpopular candidate as the chairman of the union was said to have led to the emergence of the new group.

Speaking, the union’s newly elected chairman, Comrade Nathan Solomon accused the state government of causing division in the union.

He alleged that the state government encouraged the breakaway in the union by supporting those who lost the election to form a parallel body.

Stressing how the election, in which he was elected along with his new exco, was free and fair with representatives of the National President of the union in attendance, he expressed sadness at the way and manner the government had gone ahead to create division among the members by sponsoring the creation of another body.

“The election held in Donga was free and fair and supervised by a representative of the National President of the union, representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress and state government were also present,” he said.

Solomon, who said the new leadership of the union led by him will never be in confrontation with the government over issues affecting its members, however, vowed to tread the path of dialogue.

The chairman, who noted that the new exco of the union has the support of all members in the 16 local government councils of the state, expressed sadness at the involvement of the police whom he also accused of allowing themselves to be used by the state government in issue bordering on labour dispute.

The Chairman of the factional group, Comrade Asoushi Bulus, who described NUT as a union of “unscrupulous elements that were out to discredit Governor Darius Ishaku and his administration” reiterated the determination and readiness of the new association to be loyal to the government.

The new group under his leadership, he vowed “will never be a party to incite the Teachers and teaming population against the state government.”

Aligning its weight to that of the new association, the state government through the State Universal Basic Education Board (TSUBEB), expressed sadness over the alleged inability of the NUT “to reciprocate the gestures of the Board and that of the government ” adding that “but went ahead to disrespect the board and teachers from the state. ”

The board who spoke through its chairman, Yakubu Agbaizo, while inaugurating the leadership of the new association, charged the new leadership of the association whom he said the government would work with to go ahead and mobilize the teachers in doing the right thing

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