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Chelsea Dropped Points For The Sixth Time In Seven Premier League Matches After Drawing 1-1 At Brighton On Tuesday Night

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Brighton began the more positive of the two teams and had Kepa Arrizabalaga sprawling at Jakub Moder’s early effort, which dragged wide of the far-post.

More pressure from the Seagulls kept the Blues mooted yet Hakim Ziyech gave the visitors the lead after 28 minutes.

A speculative effort from the Moroccan flashed through two Brighton defenders and caught Robert Sanchez off guard, the Spaniard beaten at his near-post by the pace of the strike.

The hosts’ efforts continued in spite of the setback and they were rewarded early in the second-half when Adam Webster ran around the melee to slam home a header from Alex MacAllister’s corner.

As the game went on, Brighton looked the more likely to snatch a winner and Neal Maupay was found flat-footed after a cross into the box from the excellent Tariq Lamptey.

With ten minutes remaining, Thomas Tuchel finally resorted to his bench with a triple substitution. Romelu Lukaku was among those departing after a bad night which once again failed to play to his strengths.

But Brighton saw out the final pressure with a handful of openings still to come for the hosts, who took a deserved point to cement their top-half position.

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Reading take action in tug-of-war with West Brom with fresh hint on timescale

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Reading have made midfielder John Swift a new contract offer amid links to Championship rivals West Bromwich Albion but a decision is not expected imminently, according to Berkshire Live. 

The 26-year-old has been a talismanic figure for the Royals this term – with his 11 goals and 13 assists vital in keeping them in the second tier – but is out of contract and set to leave unless new terms can be agreed.

The Athletic has reported that West Brom are confident of signing Swift as Steve Bruce looks to add more creativity to his midfield but the Berkshire club have taken fresh action in the tug-of-war over him.

A report from Berkshire Live has claimed that Swift has been offered a new three-year deal to remain at Reading, which is said to be “a fair offer given the club’s current situation”.

The midfielder is on holiday so a decision is not expected imminently but it is understood that his representatives have been impressed by a recent meeting with new head of football Mark Bowen, who has outlined the Royals’ plans moving forward.

Due to a business plan agreed with the EFL, Reading must cut £4 million from their £16 million wage bill this summer and cannot sign players for fees with only free agent or loan signings on one-year deals allowed.

The Verdict

Keeping Swift looks a tough ask but it seems Reading are doing all they can to try and do so.

Their financial situation and the cuts to the wage bill needed as part of the EFL-agreed business plan mean they’re not able to offer a huge new deal in an attempt to convince him to stay.

Nonetheless, there are some positive signs with the deal said to be fair given the current situation and Swift’s representatives impressed by a recent meeting with Bowen.

With promotion hopefuls such as West Brom interested, however, it is hard to see the 26-year-old staying on with the Royals.

It seems we’ll have to wait a little while longer for a decision, with the midfielder currently on holiday following the end of the Championship season.

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Sergio Busquets Revealed His Feelings About How The Season Has Gone

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Barcelona secured a second place league finish with a draw away from home at Getafe this Sunday. After the match, Sergio Busquets revealed his feelings about how the season has gone are not the best.

Sergio Busquets, Barcelona centremidfielder, does not view the 2021/22 season in a positive light. His side have been unable to fight for silverware this campaign but he looks ahead to next season with more hope when ‘Los Azulgranas’ will have “a competitive team despite being handicapped by the economic situation”.

Barcelona played out a goalless draw at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez and in doing so secured a second place league finish with one game left of the season to play.

“We couldn’t find the final ball in the first half with them playing five at the back, and in the second half they dropped deeper, we had some chances but they weren’t dangerous”, said Busquets to the ‘Movistar+’ cameras.

With one game left of the La Liga season, Barcelona can begin to forget about a trophyless campaign.

“I’m sure the coach and board are clear on what needs to be done, but we are handicapped by the economic situation. From here, they’ll work as well as they can to build a competitive team able to fight for everything”, he said.

“I don’t feel good about the season. We’re Barcelona, we have to fight for every trophy, we have to be in the fight and do better, everyone as one. We hope to do as well as we can and fight for trophies next season”, he concluded.

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