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‘Casemiro is better than me’ – Best-ever defensive midfielder hails Man Utd star

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Former France international and Premier League legend Claude Makelele has stated that Casemiro is an even better defensive midfielder than himself.

Makelele, known for his exceptional defensive skills, won numerous titles with clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea, where he became synonymous with the defensive midfield position.

In a recent interview with Goal, Makelele was asked to remain silent until the name of a better defensive midfielder than himself was mentioned.

Despite the mention of several top-quality players, Makelele remained quiet until the name of Casemiro was brought up.

Makelele’s choice surprised many, given the presence of other outstanding defensive midfielders like Daniele De Rossi, Edgar Davids, Gennaro Gattuso, Javier Mascherano, and Roy Keane.

However, Makelele explained that he sees something special in Casemiro’s game that sets him apart from the rest.

Casemiro has been a key player for Real Madrid, known for his tough tackling, interceptions, and ability to break up opposition attacks.

Makelele’s praise further cements Casemiro’s reputation as one of the best in his position in modern football.

“Because he’s young – because it’s a new generation and reminds me of my generation.”

During his time at Real Madrid, Casemiro played alongside great players like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in midfield, scoring 31 goals in 336 appearances for Los Blancos.

Casemiro, now 32-years-old, spent nine years at the Bernabeu, winning numerous titles, including the prestigious UEFA Champions League five times, before moving to Old Trafford in 2022 for £60 million.

Now at Manchester United, Casemiro is no longer as prolific, partly due to the calibre of players that surround him and injuries.

While Makelele has made his choice, many would argue that Manchester City’s defensive midfielder Rodri and former Chelsea star N’Golo Kanté are probably better options to Makelele than Casemiro.

Both Rodri and Kanté have been standout performers in their respective teams and have won multiple titles, showcasing their defensive prowess and impact on the game.

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Palmer overtakes three-season Havertz stat at Chelsea

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Palmer overtakes three-season Havertz stat at Chelsea

Cole Palmer’s remarkable four-goal performance against Everton on Monday evening has propelled him to the top of the Premier League golden boot race.

With 20 goals to his name this season, he is now neck and neck with Erling Haaland in the race for the prestigious award.

His scoring spree also highlights his incredible impact at Chelsea, as he has now scored more league goals in his first seven months at the club than Kai Havertz managed in three seasons, tallying 19 goals.

Palmer’s outstanding form has been instrumental in Chelsea’s climb up the Premier League table, bringing them within just three points of sixth place.

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‘He’s had 48 hours’ – Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand

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'He's had 48 hours' - Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand

Bukayo Saka expressed frustration at not being awarded a penalty after a clash with Manuel Neuer during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

He confronted the referee at full-time and even followed him down the tunnel, a departure from Saka’s typically composed demeanor.

When questioned about Saka’s condition before the upcoming match against Aston Villa on Sunday, Mikel Arteta stated, “Yes, he looked fine this morning.”

“He’s had 48 hours to think about it and it’s done.”

Arteta chose not to address the incident after the game, but there was a general consensus that Saka’s contact with Neuer was minimal.

Saka faced criticism for his reaction, but given the high emotions of the game, such reactions were not uncommon.

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Real Madrid 3-3 Man City: Valverde caps off evening of stunning goals in Champions League thriller (Video)

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Real Madrid 3-3 Man City: Valverde caps off evening of stunning goals in Champions League thriller

Manchester City and Real Madrid played out an enthralling 3-3 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, setting up an intriguing second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

City took an early lead through Bernardo Silva’s cleverly taken free-kick, but Madrid equalized twice with deflected strikes from Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo, which took slight touches off Ruben Dias and Manuel Akanji respectively.

Phil Foden restored City’s lead with a superb strike from outside the box, before Josko Gvardiol scored his first goal for the club with a fine right-footed shot to make it 3-2.

However, Madrid fought back once again, with Federico Valverde’s stunning volley ensuring the tie ended level.

The result leaves the quarter-final finely balanced ahead of the second leg, with City looking to replicate their 4-0 victory over Madrid in last season’s semi-finals at the Etihad Stadium.

There was a late injury concern for City as Foden hobbled off following a late tackle on his ankle, but the extent of the injury is yet to be determined.

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