Manolo Gabbiadini performed brilliantly in Sunday’s EFL Cup final, but was the Southampton striker unfairly gipped of a hat-trick? Saints manager Claude Puel certainly believes so. While the back-and-forth final between Southampton and Manchester United presented a tremendous matchup, the Saints had every right to be furious with the officiating in the early going after Gabbiadini’s 11th minute finish was called off for offsides. “I would like, of course, video in the future for these situations,” said Puel. “It’s very hard when we see this game to lose. It was cruel.” Gabbiadini went on to score a pair of goals at the tail end of the first half and early in the second stanza, but Puel was pleased
Chelsea are a machine. [ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] The Blues beat Swansea City 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points as the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal are all on a weekend off due to the EFL Cup final. Facing a stubborn Swansea side, Chelsea went ahead through the excellent Cesc Fabregas and even when they were pegged back right on half time through Fernando Llorente’s header you expected them to kick on win the game. [ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ] They did just that as Antonio Conte‘s men were relentless throughout and goals from Pedro and Diego Costa late on made it 20 wins from
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has played down injury concerns over Gareth Bale after the Wales international was replaced in the 88th minute of Sunday's (26 February) 3-2 victory over Villarreal. Zidane confirmed that the former Tottenham Hotspur star "picked up a knock", but eased fears ahead of a crucial week for Los Blancos in their La Liga title race with Barcelona. Bale, 27, had only returned to action for Real Madrid in the match against Espanyol on 18 February.