Antonio Conte’s bumpy summer at Chelsea appeared to get a little smoother with a gritty victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday at Wembley. According to a report in German football magazine SportBild, Chelsea has lost its patience with Conte, who won the Premier League in his first season as a manager in English football. In the Italian’s place, Chelsea is reportedly keen on appointing Thomas Tuchel, the 43-year-old German manager who spent two years at Borussia Dortmund before leaving the Bundesliga giant in May.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona is suing Neymar for the $10 million bonus it paid the Brazil striker for signing a contract he later broke to join Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record transfer. Barcelona said on Tuesday that it wants Neymar to pay back the bonus for a contract in Oct. 2016 that tied him to the club through 2021. Neymar was able to leave Barcelona earlier this month after PSG paid 222 million euros ($262 million) to trigger a release clause included in his contract.
Celtic’s 8-4 aggregate win over Astana earlier Tuesday was just the tip of the iceberg. [ MORE: 426 world clubs, ranked weekly ] Eight more goals came calling in a quartet of UEFA Champions League playoff round second legs on Tuesday, as Sevilla, Napoli