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League-Cup: Last season’s finalists Southampton defeated by Wolves

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Southampton, last season’s finalists of the EFL Cup, were eliminated from the tournament after their 2-0 second round home defeat by Championship side Wolves.

In what was Wolves’s third win against Premier League sides this calendar year, Danny Batth headed in Ivan Cavaleiro’s corner in the 67th minute and substitute Donovan Wilson made it 2-0 with three minutes left.

It also came despite the fact that the Wolves manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, fielded an entirely different roster after his team’s defeat against Cardiff City on Saturday.

“I’m very proud, it’s fantastic work from my players, the way they prepared,” said Nuno. “It’s not about building a team, it’s about a squad, and they showed there’s no starting XI at Wolves. For us it’s about creating a squad, growing their own identity and being able to perform like this.”

“We know Donovan, he’s been performing well and training with us for some time. He has scored a goal here, but he will be back with the under-23s. Nothing changes for Donovan. I’ve done this throughout my career, giving players chances, but only at the right times.”

As for Southampton, they were far outshone by their opponents after six changes were made to the squad who defeated West Ham 3-2 last weekend in the Premier League.

They also registered few chances, with right-back Jeremy Pied firing wide twice and Wolves keeper Will Norris turning Sam McQueen’s cross onto the woodwork.

Arsenal wins record seventh FA Cup under Wenger

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Arsenal won 2-1 against Premier League Champions Chelsea for Arsene Wenger to secure a record seventh FA Cup title in his 21st season as manager of the club.

The Gunners began with all guns blazing at Wembley as Alexis Sanchez scored the opening goal after only four minutes, when referee Anthony Taylor overruled his assistant after he had been flagged for offside against Aaron Ramsey, although Chelsea also complained that Sanchez had handled in the process.

While they had some right to rue that particular decision, they would have none as Victor Moses was correctly sent off by Taylor in the second half after receiving a second yellow card for diving.

As Arsenal dominated the game for long periods, they remained unable to capitalise on their chances as Danny Welbeck and Ramsey both found the woodwork, with Blues defender Gary Cahill also contributing perfect clearances that helped Chelsea stay in the game.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa then equalized as Arsenal keeper David Ospina failed to keep out his deflected shot with 14 minutes left to keep a domestic double in sight for the Premier League winners.

However, Arsenal were not one to be denied as Ramsey — who had scored the FA Cup final winner against Hull City back in 2014 — did it again with a header as Olivier Giroud’s cross found him free.

And as the final whistle sounded, Arsene Wenger would decorate a season of heavy criticism with a record 13th FA Cup win for Arsenal— and a record seventh for the Frenchman.

His team had not been favourites against Manchester City in the semi-final as well as here in Wembley — a point Wenger used to pay further tribute to his team.

“You cannot get two tougher opponents, but we produced two outstanding performances,” he said. “That is what makes me particularly proud, because no one gave us a chance at Wembley and we responded with attitude and class.”

“We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards. This team has suffered, but they’ve united and responded. They showed strength and unity and played spectacular football.”

Griezmann: Atletico star has six-tenth chance of United move

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Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann said that there is a six-tenth chance of him joining Premier League club Manchester United this summer.

The French International, who scored 26 goals as Atletico finished third in the recently concluded season of La Liga said playing in England is “in fashion” and told French TV show Quotidien a move to Old Trafford is “possible”.

When prompted further upon the probability on a scale of one to 10, Griezmann said: “Six.”

The presenter replied: “It’s the first time you’ve said that,” to which And Griezmann agreed, saying “It’s the first time”. Asked if he understood what he was saying, Griezmann replied “Yes”, but remained coy on his future destination.

“Today, if I have to move, it will not be a problem for me,” said Griezmann, but added: “It may be England, which is in fashion, Germany, China or the United States, I’m ready to go.”

“We finished third in La Liga, it was the objective of the club, but we, the players, want more. Winning titles is what I will look for this summer when deciding on my future.”

He also added that there will be a time before a decision is made his future. “I should know more in the next two weeks,” he said.

Griezmann has been consistently linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, but he will at least cost the club at least 100 million euro (£86m) — the amount slated in his release clause.

Jose Mourinho: Premier League “doesn’t care” about Europe

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed that the Premier League does not allow concessions because they “doesn’t care” about helping teams in Europe.

The Red Devils play Crystal Palace in their last Premier League game this Sunday, just three days before their Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam.

It is an important fixture against Ajax in Stockholm as the result would determine if Mourinho’s team gets a place in the Champions League next season.

Mourinho claimed that “in any country in the world,” the match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford can be played on Saturday instead because it is meaningless for both clubs, with Palace having secured their own survival and United guaranteed a sixth place place finish.

However, it is a completely different case in England however as Mourinho said there had never been any concessions to clubs that go far in European competitions.

“We are sixth, Crystal Palace are safe, it doesn’t matter,” Mourinho said. “I think after the moment Crystal Palace beat Hull City and Hull City is relegated and Swansea is safe – in that moment, our match has to be Saturday. In any country in the world, it would be Saturday.”

“I am here already seven years and I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions. I never saw that with Chelsea, I never saw that with Manchester United, I never saw that with Manchester City last year. It’s just a lost battle.”

As United approached the games ahead with an injury-depleted squad, Mourinho announced that he would play some of Nicky Butt’s academy youngsters.

“It’s frustrating for me,” he added. “I hope you don’t kill me when you see my team. I hope the fans at Old Trafford support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence. And I hope that Big Sam [Allardyce] shows he’s a good friend and he goes slow. He tells to Zaha to go slow, he leaves Benteke at home. I hope he goes soft on us.”