Martin Laurence

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Name: Martin Laurence
Date registered: December 17, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/qpr

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  1. Do Chelsea really need new £34m signing Antonio Rüdiger? — July 11, 2017
  2. Who will win the Europa League? Rating the chances of the eight quarter-finalists — April 20, 2017

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Jul 11

Do Chelsea really need new £34m signing Antonio Rüdiger?

The 24-year-old German international has potential but so do Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Nathan Aké

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Since arriving in London, Antonio Conte has had one definitive wish: to sign a centre-back schooled in his homeland. In Antonio Rüdiger, to an extent, he has finally got that man. Yet, Conte would have preferred Leonardo Bonucci and there is a lingering sense that Chelsea have again had to settle for second best in this transfer window, even after winning the title so convincingly. They have stumbled over a number of targets this summer – most notably Romelu Lukaku – and the manager is unimpressed.

Rüdiger has been linked with the club for some time now but his arrival seems like a move designed to appease Conte in the short term. Chelsea needed to make a signing and, while a transfer for Monaco midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko remains close, a deal for the Roma defender has proven more straightforward.

Related: Chelsea complete £34m deal for Roma defender Antonio Rüdiger

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Apr 20

Who will win the Europa League? Rating the chances of the eight quarter-finalists

Manchester United are the outstanding favourites but Lyon pose a big threat and Celta Vigo will be keen to extend Spain’s dominance over this competition

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

After the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals all eight sides have realistic hopes of progressing to the final four. Manchester United conceded a late equaliser in Anderlecht but were the only side to get a positive result away from home. Celta Vigo take a 3-2 lead to Genk; Lyon go to Besiktas 2-1 in front; and Schalke have a little more to do after a 2-0 defeat in Ajax. We take a look at the remaining sides’ prospects of winning the trophy – and earning a place in next season’s Champions League.

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