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Giacomo Bonaventura scored the winner as in-form AC Milan recorded a third successive Serie A victory by beating high-flying Lazio 2-1.

Midfielder Bonaventura settled a tight contest at the San Siro with a bullet header past Thomas Strakosha a minute before the break.

Italy Under-21 forward Patrick Cutrone had earlier nodded Milan ahead before they were quickly pegged back by a fine finish from Lazio midfielder Adam Marusic.

Milan, on the back of victories over Cagliari and Crotone, dominated the play in the opening stages and Hakan Calhanoglu threatened an opener with a 25-yard drive which was tipped around the post by Lazio’s Albanian goalkeeper Strakosha.

Turkey international Calhanoglu continued to cause the away team problems and he created the breakthrough goal with a quarter of an hour played.

Milan were awarded a free kick on the left-hand side of the box and midfielder Calhanoglu whipped in a cross for 20-year-old Cutrone to powerfully head home his seventh goal of the campaign in all competitions.

Lazio, the top-scorers in Serie A, were without injured 26-goal top-scorer Ciro Immobile and they had struggled to create anything until they levelled through Marusic five minutes after going behind.

The Montenegro international collected a pass from former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, cut inside his man just inside the area and then stroked a calm finish beyond Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and into the bottom left corner.

Third-placed Lazio were six games unbeaten in the league going into this one and they almost turned the game in their favour 12 minutes after their equaliser.

Forward Luis Alberto was given space 25 yards from goal and his powerful drive from distance clipped the top of the crossbar and flew behind.

Milan’s first goal had come after Lazio failed to deal with a ball into the box and the second – which proved to be the winner – came in similar style.

Full-back Davide Calabria received the ball wide on the right and, from a deep position, bent a cross into the path of Italy international Bonaventura for him to emphatically nod home.

Simone Inzaghi’s visitors were last defeated in the league at home to Torino on December 11 and they pushed hard to salvage something from the game in the second half.

Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic threatened on a couple of occasions, seeing an attempt blocked by Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, before his header was later repelled by Donnarumma.

Wing-back Senad Lulic then arguably had the best chance to ensure Lazio took a point back to the capital with five minutes remaining.

Substitute Felipe Anderson worked some space on the right and drilled across the six-yard box but, with the goal gaping, Lulic appeared to be caught unprepared and the ball struck him and rebounded into the arms of Donnarumma as Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan held on to climb to seventh in the table.

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Arsene Wenger is convinced Arsenal can cope without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if they are unable to secure the striker from Borussia Dortmund.

A delegation of senior Arsenal officials led by chief executive Ivan Gazidis travelled to Germany over the weekend in a bid to secure Aubameyang’s signature, though as it stands there has been no bid accepted by Dortmund.

Though there is cause for optimism that a deal will be completed – Arsenal can meet the selling club’s and player’s demands, Dortmund are keen to move the striker on and Aubameyang is willing to join – Wenger is convinced that should the move fall apart his side will be able to cope.

“The best is I don’t talk about that because it wouldn’t help,” the Arsenal manager said, alluding to the furious reaction from Dortmund last week after general comments he made about the importance of a player’s character were taken to be directed at Aubameyang.

“If something happens it happens. If it doesn’t we are strong enough to focus on the players we have and to focus on the job with the players we have.

“I’m perfectly happy with the players I have, we got [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan in. We have a strong squad.”

Wenger was asked if those comments also applied to their pursuit of West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans, to which he replied: “Look if we sign somebody we’ll tell you very quickly, but at the moment we are open to strengthen the team and squad but not close to signing anybody.”

A sticking point in Arsenal’s pursuit of Aubameyang has proven to be the future of Olivier Giroud, who Dortmund want on loan as part of the deal but Wenger has said he is reluctant to lose.

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Chelsea have reportedly agreed a fee with Roma to sign Edin Dzeko.

The Premier League champions are searching for a new striker to provide competition for Alvaro Morata, who is without a goal in his last six appearances.

Dzeko is in is third season at Roma after joining from Manchester City and finished last season as the top scorer in Serie A with 29 goals.

Chelsea have been in talks to sign the 31-year-old and according to The Sun, a ‘basic fee’ of £28 million has been agreed with Roma.

Negotiations are continuing over Dzeko’s full transfer fee including add-ons but it’s expected that the deal will cost in excess of £30m.

The report also claims that Chelsea are close to securing the signing of Dzeko’s Roma teammate Emerson Palmieri.

The Brazilian full-back will compete with Marcos Alonso on Chelsea’s left flank.Speaking on Sunday evening, Roma’s sporting director Monchi admitted that Dzeko could leave this month.

‘Whatever happens will be done thinking about what’s best for the club and the team,’ he said.

‘In my mind is always the desire to strengthen the squad, which is my job.’

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An Atletico Madrid star, who has been linked with a move to FC Barcelona, has revealed he is proud to have attracted interest from the Catalan giants.

The Rojiblancos’ Saul Niguez has risen to prominence with some eye-catching displays in the UEFA Champions League in the past two seasons.

The 23-year-old has since attracted interest from the Catalan giants, although his buyout clause reportedly stands at €150 million (R2.2 billion).

“It’s always positive that teams show interest in you,” Saul told AS when asked about the Blaugrana’s interest.

“But I want to do good things at Atletico and that’s the reason for my renewal.

“I wanted to continue here and that’s why it was done. It was very simple. The idea is to grow with Atletico.

“When it looks like I’m stuck or I need a change, then we can talk about it. But I want to improve with Atletico and my goal is to compete until the end for trophies with Atletico Madrid.”

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Manchester City’s lead in the Premier League is mathematically surmountable, but that’s about it. No matter. Chelsea are well alive in three competitions, and this season can still bring excitement and silverware to Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte conceded Chelsea’s Premier League defence after the Blues dropped their fourth game of the season against West Ham. The bounce-back win over Huddersfield rekindled some hope, but Manchester City’s display against the comical Tottenham Hotspurs laid to rest any realistic hopes of Chelsea closing the gap. Yes, Spurs were Spursy. But City’s quality and intensity were at levels Sir Alex Ferguson would envy. City evinces no sign of complacency or tactical vulnerabilities other teams can exploit. Even an injury crisis would not dent their pursuit – not when they had Gabriel Jesus start on the bench and David Silva out of the lineup on Saturday.

Winners never want to concede, and Chelsea and Antonio Conte are most certainly winners. But winners do not become so by evading or denying reality, and the reality of the Premier League title chase is draped in sky blue ribbons.

No matter. Chelsea are on to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, are one round further than last season in the EFL Cup and will soon start their FA Cup campaign. The Champions League is a distant challenge, and a pair of domestic cups do not equal a Premier League title. But winners want trophies, and Chelsea still have three to play for.

Since Roman Abramovich bought the team and installed Jose Mourinho in 2003, Chelsea have had only six seasons where they did not win at least one of the Premier League, FA Cup or League Cup. In one of those years the Blues won the Europa League.

Chelsea have won some form of domestic double four times – five if you count the Community Shield. Their most recent FA Cup win came two weeks before the Champions League win.

The television commentators for Saturday’s game remarked how quiet Stamford Bridge was for long stretches, and noted a similar trend at Old Trafford. They attributed it to the fans’ recognition of Manchester City’s incipient title and how, with the league no longer contested, Chelsea’s and Manchester United’s games were unimportant and anti-climactic.

Well. Antonio Conte and Roman Abramovich would not accept that assessment. Sir Alex Ferguson certainly would not, either. And if any Chelsea fans believe it, they should find their way to north London where that attitude would be more at home.

One of the more absurd yet enlightening statements of this season was from Mauricio Pochettino when he said he was only interested in winning “real trophies.” The Tottenham boss said the Premier League and Champions League were “real trophies,” implied the FA Cup was a pleasant after-thought and said the Carabao Cup “will not change the life of Tottenham.”

Prioritizing competitions is one thing, particularly as it relates to squad rotation. But dismissing competitions so casually is a signal to your players – from the debutantes to the stars – that they can shut off for a game or two.

Tottenham’s dramatic dip in performance after Pochettino conceded Spurs’ title chase was one more illustration of the mentality at White Hart Lane. Clubs and teams spend years building a culture of winning and excellence. Not that Tottenham have ever done so, but if they had, Pochettino made the mistake of thinking it could be turned on and off at will. It cannot. It must be sustained every day, in all competitions and the training in between.

That quality is the most dramatic sign of Manchester City’s excellence and ambition. No matter how strong their lead, they always want more goals.

And that is why it is so important to see Antonio Conte’s trademark celebrations for Chelsea’s goals and hear him shouting instructions into stoppage time when up 3-1 against Huddersfield. He cannot and will not diminish his passion for this game or the club. Even if he can’t win the league he still wants to win the games. And if he can’t win the games he still wants to score as many goals as he can. And if he can’t score goals he still expects his players to make life as difficult as possible for the opponent.

Most importantly, Conte knows the passion and desire his Blues bring to one competition carries over to the others. He cannot mope through the Premier League and muddle through the Carabao Cup and then hope his players bring their best game to the Champions League.

Winning the Carabao Cup in February would not be a consolation prize. It would be fuel for the remaining competitions. If, at the end of May, the Carabao Cup is all Chelsea have to show for the season, at least they added something to their trophy case. It will be one more trophy than they had before, one more season with something to show and one more example of what it means to be a winner.

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FC Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will miss Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting with Sporting Lisbon, the Catalan giants confirmed on Sunday.

Iniesta asked to be replaced early in the second-half of Barca’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday, but he could return as early as next weekend for a testing La Liga visit to Villarreal.

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“Tests have confirmed that Andres Iniesta has a strain in the calf of his left leg. The player will be out for the next game,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Iniesta is unlikely to be the only Barca star left out for the visit of the Portuguese side with Ernesto Valverde’s men already guaranteed top spot in Group D with a game to spare.

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However, injury problems are mounting for Valverde with influential centre-back Samuel Umtiti ruled out for two months after tearing his hamstring on Saturday.

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Bayern Munich pushed their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to six points by thumping Augsburg. Not much to see here; it was one-way traffic and Robert Lewandowski bagged two goals, bringing his seasonal total to 17. If you want to nitpick, the one concern under Jupp Heynckes is that Lewandowski has no obvious understudy.

Beyond that, Bayern’s manager continues to shuffle his deck. Juan Bernat made his first appearance of the season, Rafinha gave David Alaba a breather at left-back and the great James Rodriguez experiment continued as he made his fourth-straight start in all competitions.

Heynckes is looking for alternatives because it’s becoming obvious that, like last year, the season will be decided in the spring and in Europe. Of course, the one alternative he doesn’t have is up front — and all he can do there is keep his fingers crossed that Lewandowski stays fit.

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Borussia Dortmund have not ruled out making changes to their squad in the winter window after a poor run of form.

Dortmund are all but out of the Champions League and have lost the Bundesliga leadership to rivals Bayern Munich.

They have picked up only one point from their last four league matches and were beaten 3-1 by Bayern to fall to third in the table.

The run has seen concerns voiced about head coach Peter Bosz and his squad, with the defence looking vulnerable and kicker saying there was no “real authority” in midfield.

On Saturday, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky: “If we believe that someone would make us better, then it’s possible.”

And sporting director Michael Zorc said: “We will monitor our development very closely and also what’s on the market.”

But Zorc added: “We won’t debate our personnel at this stage of the Hinrunde. It would only divert from our actual problems.”

His comments came after Sport Bild linked Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt and attacker Kasper Dolberg with a winter transfer to the Westfalenstadion.

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Another spectacular Milan Derby — are there any boring ones these days? — was decided by a late Mauro Icardi penalty, the Argentine slamming home a legendary hat-trick to down the Rossoneri 3-2.

The Nerazzurri had started better and went ahead after a sensational Antonio Candreva cross found Icardi unmarked on 28 minutes. The Lazio man had also hit the bar, something Inter would rue after the break when Milan’s domination saw them equalise through a Suso curler. A brilliant Icardi lunge sent Inter ahead again only seven minutes later but Milan looked like they could pull off a coup when Jack Bonaventura levelled in the 80th, only for Ricardo Rodriguez to wrap his arms around Icardi in the box soon after.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Positives

A major bookmaker published live odds on the advertising boards during the game and had the Rossoneri as marginal favourites after Suso’s goal. Yet their strikes were answered within seven and 10 minutes respectively, which speaks to Inter’s character and composure.

Inter really needed Icardi to answer. He may not be complete but is working harder in the build-up, where he has evident limits. The midfield three may finally be settled, too, and both Vecino and Skriniar are monsters.

Negatives

Inter let their rivals score twice and take control in the second half. They are incapable of digging in and avoiding silly goals.

Manager rating out of 10

7 — Luciano Spalletti’s Nerazzurri team is coming together, alright. There are problems (Inter dipped late on, which almost cost them two points) but one can see that his schemes are working. Using Borja Valero was a huge boon; he protected Candreva (whom he shielded from the critics) and his attack looks a lot more clinical. His side wasn’t lucky to win. It sabotaged itself perhaps, but kept coming back for more.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Samir Handanovic, 6 — Really should have saved Suso’s goal. Made a miraculous save to deny Fabio Borini and can’t be blamed if his Shaolin-like save off Bonaventura then bounced into the goal off his knees.

DF Danilo D’Ambrosio, 6 — A decent game by any standards, a very good one by his. Sharp in the tackle, he helped Candreva set up the opener with a run downfield though his crossing was questionable.

DF Milan Skriniar, 7 — Made a number of wonderful steps out of defence to make key tackles. Neither Patrick Cutrone nor Andre Silva were that noticeable, which said a lot.

DF Joao Miranda, 6 — Booked for a completely unnecessary barge into Andre Silva early on. Needed to be bailed out by his centre-back partner on a few occasions. How long can this go on?

DF Yuto Nagatomo, 5 — Generally didn’t look bad but lost a massive 25 balls. A couple were good (in theory) long ones to Icardi, many others were not so inspired. Struggled to contain Borini and Suso as well.

MF Matias Vecino, 7 — Tireless worker. Should have scored when he fired an effort just wide, but completely unmarked. Later made an incredible run to set up the corner from which the Beneamata earned the winning penalty.

MF Roberto Gagliardini, 5 — Completely fell for Suso’s dummy. Perisic can be excused for trying to dart outwards but Gaglia shouldn’t have done the same. Fought hard in defence but needs to stamp his authority on the midfield.

MF Borja Valero, 6 — Faded in the second half but showed that he can play as a trequartista in the first, with a series of beautiful touches which allowed Candreva to advance (and dip inside) and kept the team moving.

MF Antonio Candreva, 9 — Who are you, and what have you done with Candreva? As a sarcastic critic put it, he would win the Ballon d’Or if he only ever played Milan. Deserved a goal for hitting the bar. Clipped those early crosses Spalletti has asked for beautifully, and should have had a second assist when he found Vecino.

MF Ivan Perisic, 7 — Not as dangerous or as involved as Candreva, but worked hard in defence and was far more effective with his crosses, finding a dangerous Miranda header early on. Was fooled by Suso’s turn, a pity for someone who set up a counter with a sliding tackle.

FW Mauro Icardi, 10 — Has the right to wear Bonucci as a coat until the next Derby. He has nine goals from eight games, yet there were those who would have sold him to Napoli for only €60 million two years ago. Still looks better at the San Siro where he doesn’t have to work as hard in the build-up play. His second goal was a work of art, his third a gutsy call mere hours after Paulo Dybala’s epic choke against Lazio.

Substitutes

MF Joao Cancelo, 5 — Responsible for Milan’s second, completely losing Bonaventura.

MF Eder, 6 — I guess this is what he does now: come on and galvanize the Nerazzurri. In all honesty, that’s probably enough for now.

DF Davide Santon, NR — Brought on to waste time, give Icardi a standing ovation and offer the security of an extra defender. Wasn’t tested.

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Manchester United are said to be interested in Dybala, with reports in Italy suggesting Mino Raiola attempted to become his agent in the summer ti engineer a move to Old Trafford.

Raiola brokered United’s deals for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sergio Romero.

But Juventus chief Marotta has dismissed claims that Dybala could join former Juve team-mate Pogba at Old Trafford, claiming the Argentina forward is more likely to pen a new deal.

“The lad is priceless, because we are not a selling club,” Marrotta said.

“I always repeat that a player has his future in his hands and Paulo just said he wants to tie himself to our club for life.

“Translated, that means we will make another big financial sacrifice to keep him.

“We will soon lock him down to a new contract – it’s what he asked us for.”

Dybala joined Juventus from Palermo in the summer of 2015 and has helped the club to two successive Serie A titles with 54 goals and 18 assists in 104 appearances.