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Thomas Tuchel to include Chelsea stars in improved Achraf Hakimi deal as Inter reject £56m transfer bid

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THOMAS TUCHEL wants £70million-rated Achraf Hakimi as his first Chelsea signing.

And to spice it up he will battle former club Paris Saint-Germain for Inter Milan’s sought-after Moroccan full-back.

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Emerson Palmieri is one Chelsea star who could be offered to Inter Milan[/caption]

Champions League winners Chelsea and PSG have both had bids of around £56m rejected by the Italian champs, who are battling debts.

The Blues may now look to swing the deal their way by offering players in part-exchange.

Left-back Emerson Palmieri has been a long-time target for Inter and came close to joining them several times when they were managed by ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Tuchel admitted he wants ‘two or three’ new players this summer to freshen things up and ‘challenge our ideas in training’.

The financial fallout from Covid and a £220m transfer spree last summer will rein in Chelsea’s spending.

But they will still go all out to land one or two marquee stars and flex their muscles as the new kings of Europe.

The Blues are among the clutch of top clubs chasing Borussia Dortmund’s superstar striker Erling Haaland — but the Bundesliga side are adamant the Norwegian will not be leaving this summer.

And Tuchel is playing catch-up to PSG in the battle for Hakimi, who won the Serie A title in his first season with Inter following a £36m move from Real Madrid.

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Sources in Italy claim the French giants are still favourites to land the player, despite Chelsea’s late entry and their new status as Europe’s top team.

Hakimi, 22, can operate at right-back or wing-back and Tuchel maybe sees Reece James playing inside Hakimi as the right-sided central defender in the future.

That would also suggest he could be open to letting Danish centre-half Andreas Christensen also join Inter to bring the price down.

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Ronaldo will be Portugal’s star man again but it’s all about teamwork if they want more Euros glory

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PORTUGAL is full of massive individual talents – but let’s hope that the team’s ability is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Cristiano Ronaldo will once again be the big star, even at 36, with his enormous quality meaning that the team revolves around him.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Portugal’s Euros campaign once again[/caption]

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Carlos Carvalhal is in charge at Braga and used to coach at Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday[/caption]

His team-mates have to accept that it is worth foregoing some teamwork from Ronaldo because they know that he is capable of making the difference at any moment.

That has been the case in the past – such as that amazing hat-trick against Spain at the 2018 World Cup – and will be once again at this tournament.

Ronaldo will offer little on the defensive side but contribute everything in the final third, so he is a luxury worth having.

But beyond the Juventus striker and the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva, there are some emerging stars in Portuguese football too.

The latest example is Pote, a young midfielder who played in behind the striker for title-winning Sporting Lisbon and finished top-scorer in the Primeira Liga.

Let’s see if he’s given the opportunity to demonstrate his great talent. He’s a rebellious and bold young player who’s not afraid of any opponent or atmosphere.

I know three members of the squad really well because they played for me in the past. I had Rui Patrício and João Moutinho at Sporting and Renato Sanches at Swansea.

Rui Patrício holds the all-time record for international caps won by a Portuguese goalkeeper so is very experienced and assured.

He rarely makes big mistakes and there’s no question that he’s a big asset to the national team.

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Portugal are in Group F with France, Germany and Hungary this summer[/caption]

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Ronaldo will hope to lead them to more glory after Euro 2016 success[/caption]

His excellent performances at Wolves have confirmed just how reliable the best goalkeeper of the decade really is.

João Moutinho is a machine! I was once asked to give my thoughts about him and I remember saying, “He plays with an antenna on his head”.

He understands the game, he plays and gets others playing, he covers for players who are out of position and is a tireless worker for the team.

He’s already in second place in the all-time appearance records for the national team, ahead of Luís Figo and second only to Ronaldo.

Having played at three European Championships and two World Cups, this will likely be his last major tournament.

Renato Sanches is an explosive box-to-box midfielder who regained his best form in France with surprise Ligue 1 champions Lille.

A player who plays with great intensity at both ends of the pitch, the French league has proved the ideal platform for him to prove his ability.

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When there are a lot of transitions in the game is when we will see the best of Renato.

Portugal are in Group F with Hungary, Germany and France. It’s going to be very difficult and very tight.

In theory, Hungary will be the team that gets left behind and the other three sides will battle for the top two spots.

Portugal have historically struggled against what, on paper, are weaker teams and excel against stronger opponents.

This is why the first game, against Hungary on Tuesday, is so important and the team simply cannot afford to drop any points.

I think that in this match the coach Fernando Santos will take risks to win the game and go with three attacking players up top who have an eye for goal.

He will set up with a four-man defence and three midfielders, two of whom are more attacking players.

He will also go with two attacking wing-backs who will have the flanks to themselves with the wingers playing more on the inside.

In the other two games, against France and Germany, I expect to see Portugal try to control the game from midfield with two holding midfielders, a more attack-minded midfielder (possibly Bruno Fernandes) and a winger who is a good all-round midfielder, such as Bernardo Silva.

This will allow Santos’s men to dominate the play in the middle third and create good attacking play to provide Ronaldo with the best supply, whilst not giving the opposition the time to launch counter-attacks.

We attack together, and we are a unit when we lose the ball.

Portugal are the defending Euro champions. The team has some really talented players, a very able and experienced coach as well as huge desire and belief to successfully defend their crown.

Everything in the group will come down to beating the big boys, France and Germany, and not slipping up against Hungary, as sometimes can happen.

We hope to see Portugal produce some great football. We want to see technical, creative football but good discipline at the same time.

That is what they showed five years ago and it took them all the way.

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Mbappe and Giroud in public spat, Denmark and Romania to release extra tickets, Benzema injury LATEST – Euro 2020 LIVE

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KYLIAN MBAPPE was reportedly left fuming after Olivier Giroud publicly criticised him for failing to pass.

The PSG star was so angry with the Champions League winner’s comments after the friendly with Bulgaria that he reportedly wanted to call a press conference to explain his point of view.

And things didn’t turn out much better for France’s other striker Karim Benzema, who went off injured.

Meanwhile Denmark and Romania are set to announce an increase in the number of fans that can attend their Euro 2020 games – to 65 and 50 per cent respectively.

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What are the lyrics to Hungary’s national anthem Himnusz?

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WHAT they lack in footballing prowess, Hungary certainly makes up for with its national anthem – the Himnusz.

The 1989 hymn is TWICE the length of God Save the Queen and quite a mouthful.


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But spare a thought for Hungarians back home – they have to listen to it at 12.10am every single day on the radio.

What are the lyrics to Himnusz

Verse 1
Isten, áldd meg a magyart
Jó kedvvel, bőséggel,
Nyújts feléje védő kart,
Ha küzd ellenséggel;
Bal sors akit régen tép,
Hozz rá víg esztendőt,
Megbűnhődte már e nép
A múltat s jövendőt!

Verse 2
Őseinket felhozád
Kárpát szent bércére,
Általad nyert szép hazát
Bendegúznak vére.
S merre zúgnak habjai
Tiszának, Dunának,
Árpád hős magzatjai
Felvirágozának.

Verse 3
Értünk Kunság mezein
Ért kalászt lengettél,
Tokaj szőlővesszein
Nektárt csepegtettél.
Zászlónk gyakran plántálád
Vad török sáncára,
S nyögte Mátyás bús hadát
Bécsnek büszke vára.

Verse 4
Hajh, de bűneink miatt
Gyúlt harag kebledben,
S elsújtád villámidat
Dörgő fellegedben,
Most rabló mongol nyilát
Zúgattad felettünk,
Majd töröktől rabigát
Vállainkra vettünk.

Verse 5
Hányszor zengett ajkain
Ozmán vad népének
Vert hadunk csonthalmain
Győzedelmi ének!
Hányszor támadt tenfiad
Szép hazám, kebledre,
S lettél magzatod miatt
Magzatod hamvvedre!

Verse 6
Bújt az üldözött, s felé
Kard nyúlt barlangjában,
Szerte nézett s nem lelé
Honját a hazában,
Bércre hág és völgybe száll,
Bú s kétség mellette,
Vérözön lábainál,
S lángtenger fölette.

Verse 7
Vár állott, most kőhalom,
Kedv s öröm röpkedtek,
Halálhörgés, siralom
Zajlik már helyettek.
S ah, szabadság nem virúl
A holtnak véréből,
Kínzó rabság könnye hull
Árvánk hő szeméből!

Verse 8
Szánd meg Isten a magyart
Kit vészek hányának,
Nyújts feléje védő kart
Tengerén kínjának.
Bal sors akit régen tép,
Hozz rá víg esztendőt,
Megbűnhődte már e nép
A múltat s jövendőt!

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Hungary are in a tough group with Germany, Portugal and France[/caption]

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What are the lyrics in English?

Verse 1
O God, bless the nation of Hungary
With your grace and bounty
Extend over it your guarding arm
During strife with its enemies
Long torn by ill fate
Bring upon it a time of relief
This nation has suffered for all sins
Of the past and of the future!

Verse 2
You brought our ancestors up
Over the Carpathians’ holy peaks
By You was won a beautiful homeland
For Bendeguz’s sons
And wherever flow the rivers of
The Tisza and the Danube
Árpád our hero’s descendants
Will root and bloom.

Verse 3
For us on the plains of the Kuns
You ripened the wheat
In the grape fields of Tokaj
You dripped sweet nectar
Our flag you often planted
On the wild Turk’s earthworks
And under Mátyás’ grave army whimpered
Vienna’s “proud fort.”

Verse 4
Ah, but for our sins
Anger gathered in Your bosom
And You struck with Your lightning
From Your thundering clouds
Now the plundering Mongols’ arrows
You swarmed over us
Then the Turks’ slave yoke
We took upon our shoulders.

Verse 5
How often came from the mouths
Of Osman’s barbarian nation
Over the corpses of our defeated army
A victory song!
How often did your own son aggress
My homeland, upon your breast,
And you became because of your own sons
Your own sons’ funeral urn!

Verse 6
The fugitive hid, and towards him
The sword reached into his cave
Looking everywhere he could not find
His home in his homeland
Climbs the mountain, descends the valley
Sadness and despair his companions
Sea of blood beneath his feet
Ocean of flame above.

Verse 7
Castle stood, now a heap of stones
Happiness and joy fluttered,
Groans of death, weeping
Now sound in their place.
And Ah! Freedom does not bloom
From the blood of the dead,
Torturous slavery’s tears fall
From the burning eyes of the orphans!

Verse 8
Pity, O Lord, the Hungarians
Who are tossed by waves of danger
Extend over it your guarding arm
On the sea of its misery
Long torn by ill fate
Bring upon it a time of relief
They who have suffered for all sins
Of the past and of the future!

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