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Klopp braces for test from ‘exciting’ Chelsea young guns

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp warned Liverpool on Friday to brace for a fierce fight with the Chelsea youngsters that remind him of the thrilling Borussia Dortmund sides that took Germany and Europe by storm.

Klopp, whose Premier League leaders take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, built a dynamic team in his seven years at Dortmund fuelled by gifted prodigies including Mario Goetze, Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and

Harit’s late strike moves Schalke level with leaders Leipzig

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Berlin (AFP) – Amine Harit’s superb last-minute goal saw Schalke snatch a dramatic win over Mainz and move to second in the Bundesliga on Friday, level on points with league leaders RB Leipzig.

Schalke have 10 points having played a game more than Leipzig, who travel to Werder Bremen on Saturday, and are two ahead of champions Bayern Munich before their home match with Cologne thanks to Harit’s last gasp

Guardiola hoping injury-hit City can turn to Mendy

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insists Benjamin Mendy can still be a force for injury-hit Manchester City despite the French defender’s own struggles to find top fitness.

Mendy has endured a difficult time with City since arriving from Monaco in a £52 million ($64.85 million) deal in 2017.

He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in September 2017 and has been fighting for full fitness ever since.

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Strasbourg strike late to stop Nantes topping Ligue 1

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Strasbourg (France) (AFP) – Nantes missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1 on Friday after Ludovic Ajorque’s last-minute penalty saw Strasbourg come from behind to win their first match of the season 2-1.

Ajorque struck from the spot after Jean-Ricner Bellegarde was brought down in the area, capping a powerful second-half display that also featured a smart Dimitri Lienard leveller in the 66th minute and moved Strasbourg out of

Bournemouth up to third after sinking Saints

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Bournemouth moved into third place in the Premier League with a 3-1 win against south-coast rivals Southampton on Friday.

Eddie Howe’s side took control in the local derby at St Mary’s thanks to first half goals from Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson.

James Ward-Prowse’s penalty reduced the deficit after half-time, but Bournemouth survived a late barrage of pressure before Callum Wilson sealed their third league