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Chelsea Could Spring Surprise In Spain.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the English champions can do “something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League at the Camp Nou on March 14, despite blowing a lead to draw the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-1.

Willian gave reason to a bold team selection from Conte on Tuesday by putting the English champions ahead just after the hour mark, having also hit the woodwork twice before half-time.

However, Barca pounced on a very rare Chelsea mistake on the night as Andres Iniesta intercepted a slack pass by Andreas Christensen and squared for Lionel Messi to slot home his first goal in nine appearances against Chelsea.

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We must be realistic. We are talking about Barcelona. They show tonight to be a strong, fantastic team,” said Conte.

“We have showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively, but continue to have the right feeling when you win the ball when you have the chance to score, we can try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp.”

Conte named a front three without a recognised centre-forward with Willian and Pedro Rodriguez either side of Eden Hazard, while the 21-year-old Christensen started in place of club captain Gary Cahill.

And Conte refused to pin the blame on the inexperienced Dane for conceding.

“I think it was a great performance, an incredible performance,” added Conte.

“We’re talking about a player he’s only 21. It’s great that he can play this game with this maturity. I am very happy. For me he was one of the best players tonight.”

– ‘Like a handball match’ –
Barcelona enjoyed nearly 70 percent of the possession, but lacked the penetration to open up Chelsea’s well-organised defence.

“At times it seemed like a handball match, because they sat back and waited,” said Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

“It is difficult when they have eight players behind the ball.”

However, Conte defended his tactics, saying it would be “crazy” to approach facing Barcelona any other way.

“When you play against Barcelona you know very well that if you want to face them box-to-box then you are crazy and you go to lose the game, not 1-0, (but) 4, 5, 6-0,” said Conte.

“You must play with intelligence, especially if you know that (Barca) level is up on us. You must play an intelligent game, we are not stupid.”

Chelsea’s former Barca midfielder Cesc Fabregas, though, stressed the importance of going to Catalonia in three weeks’ time with attacking intent rather than just trying to keep Barcelona at bay for as long as possible.

“We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity,” said Fabregas, who played for Barca between 2011 and 2014. “It is a suicide mission.”

Messi’s goal was the first a Barcelona player has scored in an away Champions League match for six games.

And whilst Barca boss Ernesto Valverde welcomed the slight advantage gained from a sub-standard performance, he warned Chelsea possess the threat on the counter-attack to still land a knockout blow.

“It is very important to have scored here and logically both teams will respect their own style in the second leg. They have the attacking resources to cause us problems.

“It is important to have the advantage, but it is far from decided.”

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Expect sack over N30,000 minimum wage -Governors warns

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Nigerian governors have rejected the proposed increase of N30,000 minimum wage,  unless the organised labour wants its members to be sacked.



Adding that, the 36 States rejected it because they will run bankrupt if they accept to pay the workers that amount. 

On Wednesday, The chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ summon its members on emergency meeting in Abuja calling on the Federal Government to agree to their demand by reviewing the national revenue allocation formula.

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The chairman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, told the newsmen that a new committee would be raised to meet with President over this issue.

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The committee members who are nominated to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari includes governor of Enugu,Bauchi,Akwa Ibom,Plateau,Kebbi,Lagos and Kaduna.

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Yari said, he hopes the committees engagement with  President will make everybody happy if an agreement is reached.

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Police arrests 19 year old in possession of human parts.

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A 19-year-old man, Sunday Owo, was on Thursday apprehended with fresh human parts at a healing home in Awka, Anambra State.

Owo was caught with genital organs, fingers and blood-filled bottle of a child suspected to have been killed by the man.



The suspect, who was apprehended at the instance of the Proprietor of the healing home, Mrs Ifeanyichukwu Ilonzo, told reporters that he hailed from Ohaukwu in Ebonyi.

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He said he was asked by one Blessing to get the human parts and bring them to a natural healing home in Awka for money ritual.

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He said that he paid Blessing N50, 000 for connecting him to the healing home.

Owo confessed that the victim whose parts he had was about four years and that he killed him in a stream in his town and threw the head and other parts into the stream.

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