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Gary Cahill: "The manager is very thorough"

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Chelsea's on pitch leader Gary Cahill was full of praise for Manager Antonio Conte after the Blues opened up a 12 point lead in the race for the Premier League title after dismantling Arsenal 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Cahill was on cloud nine after the game, sharing in an interview with Sky Sports, "Fantastic. It football you get opportunities to put things right. I remember walking off after defeat at Arsenal. I felt like a bit of a mug after that game. That result added a bit of desire. We are confident at home and we knew a win was vitally important. Personally I felt after that away game I wanted the chance to put thinsg right. It felt good today.

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Chelsea open up 12 point lead with clinical dissection of Arsenal

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Chelsea have opened up a 12 point lead over local rivals Arsenal, courtesy of a classical 3-1 annihilation of the Gunners, a performance that has mirrored their rise over their London rivals as the dominant side in the capital over the last decade and a half.

Gone are the days that Arsenal would strut their stuff at Stamford Bridge, and today was no exception as goals from Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard and former Gunners Cesc Fabregas put the Blues 3-0 ahead before an injury time header from Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal little more than a consolation and fantasy football fans everywhere something to moan about.

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Bundesliga: Hamburg down Bayer Leverkusen 1-0

Kyriakos Papadopoulos' winner helped Hamburg to return to winning ways after beating Bayer Leverkusen at the opener of the 19th round in Bundesliga football league. Leverkusen on Friday suffered their second straight loss whereas Hamburg snapped their two-game losing streak thanks to Papadopoulos' second-half goal.

Both sides staged a contested first-half encounter with many fouls and misplaced passes. The 45,653 spectators at the Volksparkstadion had to wait until the 11th minute to see the first chance when Mergin Mavraj's volley tested Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

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West Brom reject Chinese bid for Salomon Rondon

West Bromwich Albion coach Tony Pulis has revealed that he rejected an offer from a Chinese football club to purchase Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon during the January transfer market.

Rondon, 27, who arrived in West Brom in August 2015, scored seven goals in 25 games this season, but has not scored in the last eight matches in all competitions, reports Efe.

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USA beat Jamaica 1-0 in International Friendly

USA used Jordan Morris' 59th minute strike to defeat regional rivals Jamaica 1-0 on Friday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The win marked the first victory of Bruce Arena's second tenure in charge of the MNT.

The U.S. found its first chance of the game in the seventh minute when Benny Feilhaber hit a picture-perfect corner kick from the left to find Dax McCarty rise outside the six-yard box where he nodded a shot just over the crossbar. Twelve minutes later, Sebastian Lletget broke free up the left flank where he powered past two Jamaica defenders to center a pass for Juan Agudelo, but the striker's first-time effort scraped just wide of the near post.

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Gelson, Coates extend contracts with Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon extended the contracts of striker Gelson Martins and defender Sebastian Coates until 2022 on Friday.

Martins, who has played 30 games so far this season, will now have a 60 million euro ($64.4 million) termination clause, according to the club statement.

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Ozone FC take Honduran striker Roby Norales on loan

I-League football champions Bengaluru FC on Friday loaned Honduran striker Roby Norales to second division side Ozone FC till the end of the season.

The 26-year-old joined Bengaluru a game into the I-League season. But he failed to fit into the plans of coach Albert Roca, prompting the club to trigger a move to fellow-Bengaluru side Ozone FC.

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