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Chelsea's Timo Werner looks dejected after missing a penalty on January 24, 2021
Michael Ballack tries to explain Timo Werner struggles at Chelsea
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes that the Blues' style of play is behind Timo Werner's below-par start to his Stamford Bridge career.
Feb 7, 19:27
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel pictured on January 31, 2021
Michael Ballack backs Thomas Tuchel to "shape an era" at Chelsea
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack backs his compatriot Thomas Tuchel to "shape an era" in the Stamford Bridge dugout after a promising start.
Feb 5, 12:50
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner pictured on June 6, 2020
Michael Ballack: 'Timo Werner right to join Chelsea over Liverpool'
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack expects Timo Werner to thrive at Stamford Bridge as he backs his compatriot's decision to reject Liverpool.
Jul 5, 09:34
Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca pictured in January 2020
Tuesday's Premier League transfer talk news roundup: Marc Roca, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner
Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Premier League on Tuesday, June 9.
Jun 9, 12:07
Ben Chilwell in action for Leicester City on January 1, 2020
Tuesday's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup: Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso, Timo Werner
Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Chelsea on Tuesday, June 9.
Jun 9, 08:34
Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca pictured in January 2020
Tuesday's Transfer Talk Update: Marc Roca, Neymar, Ben Chilwell
Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world.
Jun 9, 07:57
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner pictured on May 27, 2020
Tuesday's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup: Timo Werner, Adam Lallana, Harry Wilson
Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Liverpool on Tuesday, June 9.
Jun 9, 07:37
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner pictured on May 27, 2020
Michael Ballack: 'Timo Werner a perfect fit for Chelsea'
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack tips Timo Werner to be a success at Stamford Bridge once he completes his switch from RB Leipzig.
Jun 8, 13:33
Kai Havertz pictured for Bayer Leverkusen in February 2020
Tuesday's Transfer Talk Update: Kai Havertz, Dries Mertens
Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world.
May 19, 07:57
Kai Havertz pictured for Bayer Leverkusen in February 2020
Michael Ballack urges Kai Havertz to snub Man Utd, Liverpool moves
Former Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack urges Kai Havertz to remain in Germany amid reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.
May 18, 23:58
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz pictured in October 2019
Michael Ballack urges Kai Havertz to reject Liverpool, Manchester United
Club legend Michael Ballack says that Kai Havertz, an alleged target of Liverpool and Manchester United, should remain at Bayer Leverkusen for at least another year.
May 13, 18:03
Timo Werner celebrates scoring for RB Leipzig on February 19, 2020
Dietmar Hamann: 'Timo Werner is not right for Liverpool'
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann does not believe that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner would fit into Jurgen Klopp's style of play at Anfield.
Apr 30, 17:24
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz pictured in October 2019
Dietmar Hamann urges Premier League clubs to move for Kai Havertz
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann claims that Kai Havertz is the best player in Germany at the moment and believes he should be attracting more interest.
Apr 30, 17:02
General view of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge taken April 2018
Michael Ballack: 'Chelsea players to blame for Jose Mourinho sacking'
Michael Ballack says that Chelsea's players were to blame for Jose Mourinho being sacked during the opening months of the 2007-08 campaign.
Mar 24, 10:09
Brentford's Said Benrahma celebrates scoring their fourth goal on February 1, 2020
Friday's Transfer Talk Update: Said Benrahma, Paul Pogba, Odion Ighalo
Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world.
Feb 7, 06:57
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz pictured in October 2019
Liverpool's Kai Havertz hopes 'hinge on Philippe Coutinho future'
Liverpool's hopes of signing Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz this summer could depend on Philippe Coutinho's future, according to Michael Ballack.
Feb 6, 14:36
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard applauds on October 6, 2019
Michael Ballack 'not surprised' by Frank Lampard's early success at Chelsea
Former midfielder Michael Ballack says that he has not been surprised by Frank Lampard's early success as Chelsea head coach.
Oct 31, 18:27
Argentina's Diego Maradona lifts the World Cup trophy after helping his team to the 1986 title
All-time combined XI: Germany vs. Argentina
Sports Mole selects its greatest ever combined XI from the history of Germany and Argentina ahead of the international friendly between the two nations on Wednesday.
Oct 7, 17:00
Chelsea defender David Luiz during the EFL Cup final against Manchester City on February 24, 2019
David Luiz insists Maurizio Sarri retains respect of Chelsea players
The Carabao Cup final was overshadowed when Kepa declined to go off.
Feb 25, 09:53
Germany manager Joachim Low on March 27, 2018
Michael Ballack surprised by timing of Joachim Low contract
Michael Ballack admits to being 'shocked' by Germany's early World Cup exit, and questions why Joachim Low was given a new four-year deal before the tournament started.
Jun 29, 17:47
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Frank Lampard: 'Ruben Loftus-Cheek a great weapon for England'
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes that Blues academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a "great weapon" for Gareth Southgate's England side.
Jun 23, 19:28
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson waves to the crowd after the match against West Bromwich Albion on May 13, 2018
Roy Hodgson: 'Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be better than Michael Ballack'
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes that England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be a better player than Germany legend Michael Ballack.
Jun 23, 13:28
Leroy Sane in action for Germany during a friendly on June 2, 2018
Michael Ballack: 'Leroy Sane snub inexplicable'
Former Germany midfielder Michael Ballack says that he "can't explain" Leroy Sane's snub from Joachim Low's World Cup squad.
Jun 7, 10:48
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Tom Henning Ovrebo: 'I made mistakes in Chelsea, Barcelona Champions League game'
Referee Tom Henning Ovrebo admits that he made "mistakes" as Chelsea controversially lost to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals in 2009.
Feb 18, 22:29
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Michael Ballack tips Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid stay
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack backs Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Real Madrid this summer.
Jun 19, 18:11
Mesut Ozil looks relaxed on the bench during the Champions League game between Arsenal and Bayern Munich on March 7, 2017
Michael Ballack: 'Mesut Ozil running out of options'
Michael Ballack is unsure where exactly Mesut Ozil will go if he calls time on his Arsenal career, but feels he may stay for the long term if Arsene Wenger sticks around.
Mar 28, 21:30
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Michael Ballack: 'Arsenal must believe that they can beat Bayern Munich'
Michael Ballack believes that Arsenal are capable of defeating Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 tie.
Feb 15, 09:35
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil in action during the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium on November 6, 2016
Michael Ballack: 'Mesut Ozil should leave Arsenal to win major titles'
Former Germany international Michael Ballack says that Mesut Ozil should leave Arsenal for Bayern Munich if he wants to win more major titles.
Feb 8, 18:35
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Michael Ballack: 'Germany will beat Italians'
Former Germany midfielder Michael Ballack backs the world champions to beat Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 this weekend.
Jun 30, 15:33
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Guus Hiddink warns Antonio Conte of 'tough task' at Chelsea
Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink claims that the lack of an established spine at the club could pose difficulties for Antonio Conte when he takes over in the summer.
Apr 8, 20:47
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Guus Hiddink calls for Chelsea players to take the lead
Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink calls on more of his players to take a tactical lead in games, as they did in his previous spell in charge of the club.
Jan 2, 22:58
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
On this day: Jay Jay Okocha moves to Bolton Wanderers
Thirteen years ago today, Nigerian playmaker Jay Jay Okocha moved to Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer.
Jun 18, 08:00
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Michael Ballack: 'Manchester United made a mistake letting Paul Pogba leave'
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack feels that Manchester United made a mistake in letting Paul Pogba leave the club back in 2012.
Jun 5, 20:09
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Michael Ballack: 'Barcelona are beatable'
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack believes that Juventus will exploit Barcelona's "weaknesses" in Saturday's Champions League final.
Jun 2, 13:57
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Daniel Sturridge: 'Steven Gerrard is the best midfielder I've played with'
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says that Steven Gerrard is the best midfielder that he has played alongside.
Jun 1, 06:57
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Michael Ballack: 'Pep Guardiola is right man for Bayern Munich'
Michael Ballack insists that Pep Guardiola is still the right man to deliver success at Bayern Munich.
May 20, 03:06
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
On this day: Manchester United suffer Champions League exit to Bayer Leverkusen
On this day in 2002, Manchester United missed out on a place in the Champions League final after losing to Bayer Leverkusen on away goals.
Apr 30, 08:00
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Live Commentary: Georgia 0-2 Germany - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text commentary of Germany's 2-0 win over Georgia in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Tbilisi.
Mar 29, 16:30
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
On this day: Andriy Shevchenko stars in Chelsea win over Tottenham Hotspur
On this day in 2007, Andriy Shevchenko helped Chelsea to a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at White Hart Lane.
Mar 19, 10:20
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Jose Mourinho: Signing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona was "unexpected"
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he is "happy" with the speed with which Cesc Fabregas has readapted to the demands of Premier League football.
Mar 11, 06:15

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
JapanJapan82313
United StatesUnited States73414
ChinaChina65718
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia45312
Great BritainGreat Britain3317
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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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