Komphela: Ajax pose a danger

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has admitted that Ajax Cape Town present a danger to his side as the Urban Warriors want to improve their lowly Premiership league position.

The Glamour Boys go into Saturday evening's league contest on the back of five wins in a row in the league and will hope to continue their winning streak as they look to maintain a title challenge.

Meanwhile, the Urban Warriors are yet to win in 2017 and will no doubt see the clash against Amakhosi as a valuable opportunity to have the chance to get back to winning ways in no uncertain terms.

As such, Komphela says that Chiefs must be aware of the threat Ajax offer. He told the club's official website: "We are always geared up for the next game, and Ajax is next. The mood remains professional and upbeat ahead of this fixture. The team is conscious of the challenges and the massive responsibility that comes with wearing this badge.

"I have noted the comments from the Ajax camp. They are uncomfortable with their league position. That can pose a danger or be an opportunity to make full use of their situation. We will give them the respect they deserve, but that will not change our objective of winning this game."

Fabregas happy to stay at Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas reveals he has no intention of quitting Stamford Bridge any time soon despite being used mainly as a substitute this season.

The Spain international's future at the club has been the subject of much speculation after rumours he had fallen out with manager Antonio Conte and the fact that he has started just five times in the Premier League this season.

He has, nevertheless, played an important role for the Blues from the bench, contributing four goals and eight assists in all competitions.

Fabregas also ended any uncertainty about his plans for the forseeable future.

"I am not thinking about anything else than challenging myself here. The situation from six months ago to now has changed massively," he told Sky Sports.

"From the beginning it has been a big challenge and there are always rumours, you cannot stop that, but I don't even care what people say. Not for one second did I want to leave.

"Sometimes it's so easy, you don't play two games, you get frustrated and upset and want to move somewhere else, but for me it's the opposite; I want to challenge myself.

"I know in my brain what I can do and if I am better than others or not. I know what I can bring to this team and by improving and listening to the manager and what he wants and doesn't want, I know myself what I can give.

"I have been proving myself every time I have had a chance and I will not stop until I play every game which is what I want."

Chiefs boast clean bill of health

Ahead of Kaizer Chiefs' clash with Ajax Cape Town on Saturday evening, the club have revealed that there are no notable injury concerns and that the entire squad is fully fit and ready for action.

After recording five wins in a row in the Premiership, confidence is high in the Glamour Boys' camp ahead of the encounter with an Urban Warriors side that are yet to win in 2017.

Chiefs are in a race with Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United, Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns for the league title and dropping points could prove costly in the final reckoning.

However, a plus point for Amakhosi is that the Naturena-based outfit have no injury concerns to worry about, and boast a full strength squad.

Head coach Steve Komphela told the club's official website: "We are happy to have Eric 'Tower' Mathoho back in the team. He missed last week's match against Highland Park due to suspension, although Daniel Cardoso came in and did well. However, it's deja vu this weekend with now Lorenzo Gordinho out on suspension. Otherwise, we have a clean bill of health from the medical room."

Saturday's match will take place at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. The action will get underway from 20:15 in the Mother City.

Wijnaldum: Foxes still a good team

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has warned his teammates not to underestimate struggling defending Premier League champions Leicester City on Monday.

After stunning the world by lifting the Premier League trophy last season, the Foxes have struggled this term and find themselves in a relegation scrap.

The poor showing this season resulted in the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday, pushing the club even further into turmoil, but Wijnaldum is wary of the wounded champions.

"Of course they have a bad run this season, they are not doing that well compared to last season. But I think they are still a good team, almost all the players stayed," he told Sky Sports.

"Kante is a big miss for them, because he was a really important player in the midfield, and he keeps everything together and he was one of the main reasons they were champions last season. And because he left, it makes it way more difficult for everyone in the team.

"But I think they still have a good team and it is still difficult to beat them. You could see that when they played Man City, they had a good game, so they can also win against big teams."

Koeman not interested in new Everton deal

Amid speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, Everton boss Ronald Koeman feels this isn't the right time to sign a contract extension at Goodison Park.

Following a remarkable 4-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks.

Koeman, a former Barcelona player and assistant manager, has emerged as a candidate to take over the reins at the Nou Camp, having only joined the Toffees on a three-year deal from Southampton at the start of the season.

Speaking to the press ahead of his side's Premier League match against Sunderland, Koeman said he isn't interested in signing an extension with Everton at the moment.

"Not now, no," Koeman said when asked if he was in negotiations with Everton.

"No, no, let's wait and see what happens in the future.

"Yeah, OK, links, that's always what happens, but I think you don't sign a new contract in your first season if you have three seasons of contract."

Mata: A final is always special

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has rubbished suggestions they might not be taking the EFL Cup final seriously because they are prioritising other tournaments.

The League Cup is often used by Premier League managers as an opportunity to give fringe squad members some game time or younger players some much-needed first team experience.

However, it remains an historic competition in English football and many teams and managers start to take it more seriously when they qualify for the later stages.

Manchester United face Southampton in the final on Sunday and represents a chance for the Red Devils to pick up their second piece of silverware under Jose Mourinho, after they beat Leicester City in the Community Shield at the start of the campaign.

Mata reveals the Portuguese mentor has stressed the importance of the competition to the squad.

"He has told us and I think everyone realises how important it is," the midfielder told Sky Sports. "It doesn't matter if it's a League Cup final…a final is a final and you never know when you will play one again.

"So you have to take advantage of the chance and try to win it. If you lose it's a bad feeling.

"A final is always a special day in your career. Obviously if you win it's much better, but playing a final at Wembley in front of lots of our supporters gives the day a different feeling."

Conte: We must be focused

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his against believing they've all but won the title, citing experiences from his own career where it has gone horribly wrong.

The Blues have an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings and look by far and away the most consistent team in the English top flight this season, leading many to believe the title is theirs to lose.

However, Conte is desperate for that attitude not to creep into his squad as he remembers a time when he was with Juventus when they squandered a similar lead late in the campaign and surrendered the Scudetto to Lazio.

"I have had two experiences. One good experience, another bad experience, against Lazio," he was quoted saying by Sky Sports.

"Lazio in the last six games recovered seven points and we lost the title in the last game against Perugia.

"I was captain of the team. I remember after this game I must go to the European Championships with the national team. I didn't sleep for six days because it was a shock for me to lose the title.

"I have experienced this. When I continue to repeat that there are 13 games, there are 39 points... there is a long time before we can say we won the title.

"We must be focused, we must go step by step."

Butland nearing Potters return

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland could finally be on the verge of being available for selection once again after spending close to a year out injured.

The England international fractured his ankle while with the Three Lions squad a full 11 months ago and has been plagued by back luck as setback after setback has continued to delay his return to action.

However, Stoke boss Mark Hughes revealed his rehabilitation is back on track and he could feature again for the club within the next few weeks.

"He's had no setbacks - touch wood - since the last operation so the feeling is we're very hopeful that he'll be back very soon," Hughes said.

"I think he's got a meeting with a consultant in a week or two's time and I think that's when he'll hopefully be given a green light to do anything he wants in terms of full integration, so we're looking forward to that.

"Once he gets that then it'll be maybe a couple of weeks more that he'll be available for selection. That'd be great."

Kane throws his support behind Alli

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane says midfielder Dele Alli feels like he let his teammates down after receiving a red card in the Europa League in midweek.

Spurs were reduced to 10 men in the 39th minute when Alli was shown a straight red card for a careless lunge on a Gent player.

The north London side went on to draw the game 2-2 and go crashing out of the tournament after losing the first leg 1-0.

Kane says that Alli is gutted with the role he played in the Lilywhites relegation from the Europa League, but is confident the young midfielder will learn from the experience and grow as a player.

"Dele will learn from this," he was quoted saying by Sky Sports. "Obviously in European football when tackles like that go in you are more likely to get a red card.

"He is obviously gutted and feels like he has let us down a bit but Dele has been great for us this season. We fought hard for him to turn it around.

"It is something he will learn from and get experience from for the future."

Liverpool need trophies, Klopp admits

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he needs to win trophies with the Reds if his long-term deal at the club is to be justified.

The Anfield club has reached two cup finals under the German since his arrival on Merseyside in October 2015, but are still looking for their first taste of success under the tutelage of the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

Following Claudio Ranieri's sacking from his post at Leicester City 10 months after winning the Premier League, Klopp admitted that continued success is a must for a club of Liverpool's stature.

"I'm not experienced in other situations where you don't get time," Klopp told the Liverpool Echo prior to his side's Premier League match at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

"I have always had this. I've always been on a long contract, as long as I wanted, and I have no idea why exactly it happened to me.

"Liverpool as a club wants to have a long relationship with its manager but as always it all depends on success.

"If we cannot win anything or even come close to big things over the next few years then it will be difficult to go for it."

Klopp signed a new, six-year deal with Liverpool last year and although he has never been dismissed from a managerial job - like his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola - feels that sometimes sackings are unavoidable.

"At this moment it is very special because it is Leicester, the champions of last year and all that stuff," Klopp continued.

"If you want a similar situation you only have to look at Chelsea the year before - champions and then the manager [then Jose Mourinho] gets sacked.

"Pep has not been sacked until now, I have not been sacked until now but there are only a few."