Wednesday, September 22

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Toure Left Out By Man City Again, But Ederson Ready For Champions League Duty
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Toure Left Out By Man City Again, But Ederson Ready For Champions League Duty

Ederson has recovered enough from his clash with Sadio Mane to make Manchester City’s squad to face Feyenoord in the Champions League, but Yaya Toure has been left out once again. City’s Brazilian goalkeeper suffered a sickening boot to the face during a Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Saturday, which forced him off the field on a stretcher and requiring hospital treatment. Ederson would later play down fears that he had suffered any serious injury in the unfortunate collision, but he has been wearing protective headgear in training. It could be that he is thrown straight back into the fold against Feyenoord, but Toure will play no part after being overlooked once again. Toure was missing from the matchday squad for the 5-0 mauling of Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium. He was p...
Premier League Or Champions League? Chelsea Star Bakayoko Makes His Choice
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Premier League Or Champions League? Chelsea Star Bakayoko Makes His Choice

Tiemoue Bakayoko says he would rather help Chelsea to Champions League glory Qarabag season than defend their Premier League title. The Blues are back among Europe’s elite after recapturing the English top-flight crown in 2016-17. Antonio Conte’s side will open their group stage campaign against Qarabag on Tuesday, with the Azerbaijani underdogs paying a visit to Stamford Bridge. Bakayoko is hoping that contest will represent the first step in a trophy-winning quest for Chelsea, with the £40 million summer signing prepared to favour continental competition over domestic endeavours. Pressed to pick between success at home or abroad, the 23-year-old midfielder told the Evening Standard: “I would choose the Champions League because it is an exceptionally difficult competition. “It’s not ...
Man Utd Still Short In Champions League’ – Giggs
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Man Utd Still Short In Champions League’ – Giggs

Manchester United are still “a little short” of challenging the likes of Real Madrid for the Champions League crown, says Ryan Giggs. The Red Devils are back among Europe’s elite for 2017-18, with a Europa League triumph in Jose Mourinho’s first campaign at the helm offering them a route back to the top. They will open their campaign with a home date against FC Basel on Tuesday and are being tipped by many to enjoy a positive return to the continent’s premier club competition. Giggs believes United are heading in the right direction, having spent big once again over the summer on the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, but fears they may come up short against the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and the very best in the business. The two-time Champions League winner told...
Hector Bellerin Calls On Arsenal To Replicate Chelsea’s Title-Winning Streak
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Hector Bellerin Calls On Arsenal To Replicate Chelsea’s Title-Winning Streak

A 3-0 defeat for Chelsea at Arsenal in September seemed to suggest that Antonio Conte’s side were some way from winning the Premier League title, but the Blues followed that defeat with a 13-game winning streak that took them to the top of the table - a position they would not concede for the rest of the campaign. The Gunners have endured a mixed start to the new term, losing two of their four league games, but Bellerin hopes the visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday can give Arsenal further momentum after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth. "Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title," Bellerin told International Business Times. “It doesn't only matter how you start but to be consistent. "Check the Chelsea results at the beginning of last season. They had...
Bilic: Frank de Boer’s Sacking Was On My Mind Before West Ham Win
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Bilic: Frank de Boer’s Sacking Was On My Mind Before West Ham Win

Bilic had been under pressure following three defeats from West Ham's first three Premier League games of the season. Palace dismissed De Boer on Monday after they lost to Burnley on Sunday - their fourth successive loss. "Was De Boer's sacking on my mind? It was. I ain't going to lie," said Bilic. "But I'm 49, I've been in football since I was 18, so I know. "To be fair, I came into the zone where I didn't care about that - not in a negative way. I care about the team - but I saw them really focused. Huddersfield, who were promoted to the Premier League last season, arrived at London Stadium unbeaten and as the only top-flight side yet to concede a goal. However, they fell behind in the second half when Pedro Obiang's shot took a big deflection off defender Mathias Jorgensen to loop...
Kim Jong-un Is A Manchester United Fan
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Kim Jong-un Is A Manchester United Fan

A close friend of the nuclear tyrant revealed to SunSport how he loves the beautiful game and never misses a major football tournament. Italian senator Antonio Razzi confirmed the crackpot dictator had told him during private conversations of his love for the Red Devils. But when asked if Kim compared himself to any United heroes such as Eric Cantona or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Razzi told The Sun: “No, Kim is Kim — he is the only one.” North Korean wonderkid Han Jwang-song has come into the public domain following an eye-catching start to the season with Perugia in Italy’s second tier. And Razzi told how Kim believes he will be just the first of many players to come out of the secretive state and shine on the world stage because it is “a country in constant evolution”. And he expects the P...
Bellerin: Football Is Not Just About Spending Money
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Bellerin: Football Is Not Just About Spending Money

Paris Saint-Germain broke the £200million barrier for the first time with the capture of Neymar from Barcelona. And the Premier League’s top clubs also showed their willingness to spend big, with a number of them surpassing their previous record transfer fees. The Gunners’ summer outlay by comparison looked small, with just £46million being spent on former Lyon man Alexandre Lacazette. However, Hector Bellerin is not concerned by Arsenal’s summer spending and thinks they can achieve success without overspending. "Football is not just about spending money," the defender told website IBTimesUK. "There are some clubs paying £100m and £200m on players but I do not think that's the philosophy. “The important thing is to build a good team, a good block and get results from there. “Sometim...
De Boer The Scapegoat For Crystal Palace’s Immense Failure
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De Boer The Scapegoat For Crystal Palace’s Immense Failure

For the second time in a row, Frank de Boer has been fired less than three months after walking into a new coaching role. Almost a year after the former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands star saw his time as Inter boss cut short at just 85 days, he fared even worse in England, a league he always dreamed of coaching in, lasting just 77 days. Sitting second bottom of the Premier League with no wins from four games and no goals scored, the board may feel justified in pulling the plug so quickly. But it is Palace, not De Boer, who must take responsibility for a farcical few months. Chairman Steve Parish talked about “evolving” the Selhurst Park outfit upon De Boer’s arrival and handed him a three-year contract in June to achieve that goal. In the Dutchman, they hired a coach with clearly set ...
Cahill Says Chelsea Are Back Where They Belong
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Cahill Says Chelsea Are Back Where They Belong

Antonio Conte’s side play our first fixture in this season’s competition tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge and Cahill, who has missed our last three Premier League matches due to suspension, is pleased to be in contention once again. ‘I’m delighted to be back and available for selection,’ said the defender. ‘It was a disappointing first game for me but that’s in the past and now I’m itching to play, and looking forward to getting back involved with the squad. ‘Any footballer will tell you the most frustrating thing is not being able to play, and with the internationals it’s been a long time that I’ve been out, but all you can do is try to influence the lads and train as hard as you can because they have important fixtures to prepare for, so you’re involved in that process. It’s frustrati...
‘We Must Not Take Stupid Risks’ – Conte To Bench Hazard Again Against Qarabag
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‘We Must Not Take Stupid Risks’ – Conte To Bench Hazard Again Against Qarabag

Antonio Conte is not prepared to take "stupid risks" with Eden Hazard's recent ankle injury, meaning the Belgium star is set for the bench once again for Chelsea's Champions League opener with Qarabag on Tuesday. Hazard suffered a fractured ankle while on international duty with Belgium in June and is yet to start a Premier League match for the champions this season. The 26-year-old winger was involved in both of Belgium's World Cup qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece at the start of the month, with Conte previously revealing that he and Roberto Martinez agreed that Hazard would benefit from getting those two games under his belt. Hazard then played 12 minutes from the bench in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Leicester City, but Conte is adamant that he is going to be as patien...
Mourinho Confirms David de Gea Will Start Against Basle
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Mourinho Confirms David de Gea Will Start Against Basle

Mourinho favoured Sergio Romero in the Europa League last season, starting 12 of their 15 games as United battled on both foreign and domestic fronts during a hectic campaign. But the Portuguese has decided he will not rotate between his two goalkeepers in Europe this term, insisting he doesn't like to earmark certain players for certain competitions. Asked whether De Gea and Romero would share the duties in the Champions League, the United boss replied: 'No, I go match by match. 'I don't like that clear separation of you play this competition, I play this competition. David is really well and really confident and I go with David.' And the Spain international has reason to be confident, conceding only two goals in United's opening four games of the Premier League season. De Gea's side...
‘At The Back, Manchester Are Vulnerable’ – Shaqiri Says Utd Are Soft At The Back
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‘At The Back, Manchester Are Vulnerable’ – Shaqiri Says Utd Are Soft At The Back

Xherdan Shaqiri believes Basel can get a result against Manchester United on Tuesday if they are willing to take risks against their "vulnerable" defence. The Switzerland international set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's second goal in Stoke City's 2-2 Premier League draw with United on Saturday, a result that ended the Red Devils' perfect start to their league campaign. Shaqiri's former club Basel visit Old Trafford for their opening Champions League group game as clear underdogs, especially since their 2-1 home defeat to Lausanne at the weekend left them without a win in three games. But the 25-year-old has urged Raphael Wicky's side to be brave and try to exploit United's weaknesses at the back. "You have to play bravely," he told Blick. "It doesn't matter if you're setting up to sit ...
Roy Hodgson 1/7 To Replace Sack Race Favorite Frank de Boer At Crystal Palace
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Roy Hodgson 1/7 To Replace Sack Race Favorite Frank de Boer At Crystal Palace

Four Premier League games, four defeats and no goals scored could well be enough to condemn Frank de Boer to another very short managerial spell. Having lasted just 85 days at Inter prior to his appointment at Selhurst Park this summer, Paddy Power are just 1/7 (1.14) that the Dutchman is the first Premier League manager to leave his position. The same firm also have a market available on who could be set to replace De Boer in south London and Roy Hodgson is just 1/7 (1.14) to be the club's next permanent manager. The former England boss has been out of work since leaving the Three Lions following a disappointing performance at Euro 2016, seeing his side knocked out by Iceland in one of the shocks of the tournament. Having seemingly been in the running for the vacancy just a few months...
Crystal Palace Part Company With De Boer
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Crystal Palace Part Company With De Boer

"We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the Club. A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future. There will be no further comment at this time," the official statement said. Palace have endured the worst-ever start to a Premier League season — losing their opening four games and failing to score a goal so far — which left the club's top brass with little option but to axe the Dutchman. De Boer was appointed on June 26 and his ill-fated reign at the helm will be brought to an abrupt end on September 11
Chelsea Vs Qarabag: Blues To Set Marker With Big Win Over Debutants
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Chelsea Vs Qarabag: Blues To Set Marker With Big Win Over Debutants

Chelsea’s Champions League campaign gets underway with what should prove to be a straightforward assignment at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s men face Azerbaijani champions Qarabag, who are making their debut in the group stages of this competition and the odds compilers offer just 3/25 (1.12) that the Blues bag a win in their Group C curtain-raiser in west London on Tuesday night. Chelsea, of course, were the last English team to secure the silverware in this competition – back in 2012 - and Conte’s charges will be expected to make a bold bid to regain the trophy this term; if the west Londoners are to be considered as contenders, victory in this match is, surely, essential. Qarabag have already won three ties to reach this stage of the competition – against Samtredia, Sheriff Tirasp...
Crystal Palace To Sack Frank de Boer After Just 77 Days… But Where Does It Rank Among The Shortest Reigns In PL
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Crystal Palace To Sack Frank de Boer After Just 77 Days… But Where Does It Rank Among The Shortest Reigns In PL

Palace have endured the worst-ever start to a Premier League season — losing their opening four games and failing to score a goal so far — which left the club's top brass with little option but to axe the Dutchman. De Boer was appointed on June 26 and his ill-fated reign at the helm will be brought to an abrupt end on September 11, but where does that rank among the shortest managerial reigns in Premier League history? Here, Sportsmail compiles a list of managers who were at the helm for the fewest days in Premier League history.   10. Neil Warnock (Crystal Palace 2014) — 122 days Neil Warnock returned to Selhurst Park in 2014 for his second stint in charge after taking the reins between 2007-2010. On August 27, 2014 he was appointed following the departure of Tony P...
‘Chelsea Are Ready To Win The Champions League’ – Hazard
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‘Chelsea Are Ready To Win The Champions League’ – Hazard

Eden Hazard has said that Chelsea are capable of winning the Champions League as they return to the competition following a one-year absence. The Belgium superstar has won the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League with the Blues and also claimed Ligue 1 and Coupe de France medals at previous club Lille. However, Chelsea's sole success in the Champions League came in the season prior to his arrival and the diminutive forward has been frustrated in his quest for a winners' medal. Hazard played his first domestic match of the season in Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City after recovering from an ankle injury and is in line to face Qarabag in Chelsea's Group C opener on Tuesday. And the 26-year-old, who has in the past been linked with Real Madrid, is keen to make up for lost tim...
Guardiola: Aguero And Jesus Have A Top Relationship
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Guardiola: Aguero And Jesus Have A Top Relationship

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus offered proof they can form a fearsome strike partnership during Manchester City's 5-0 demolition of Liverpool, says manager Pep Guardiola. Aguero became the top non-European goalscorer in Premier League history when he opened the scoring in the 24th minute, before Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was sent off for a rash aerial lunge on Ederson that saw the City goalkeeper leave the field on a stretcher. Guardiola's side were merciless in making the numerical advantage count and Jesus headed home Kevin De Bruyne's cross in first-half stoppage time before Aguero teed him up for a simple finish when through one-on-one with Reds keeper Simon Mignolet early in the second period. Debate over whether Brazil international Jesus or Argentina star Aguero should lead t...
Still-Improving Kante Is The Best Player In The Premier League Insists Conte
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Still-Improving Kante Is The Best Player In The Premier League Insists Conte

Kante’s heroics were a crucial factor in bringing the title to ­Stamford Bridge last season after ­leaving Leicester, with whom he won the title too. It saw the ­diminutive ­midfielder, 26, earn the acclaim of his peers as PFA Player of the Year. But, judging by his start to this campaign, there is no evidence of the plaudits going to Kante’s head. The Frenchman’s ­legendary energy and ­ball-winning prowess is well-known – ­especially at old club Leicester. But he is now carrying a bigger threat in the ­opponents’ final third too. Leicester players stood off Kante, when he got the ball 35 yards out, in the 50th ­minute at the King Power. He confidently took a touch to stride forward, ­before firing a low, right-foot shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. The goal means Kante has a...
‘Killer’ Harry Kane Is my Gabriel Batistuta, Says Tottenham Boss Pochettino
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‘Killer’ Harry Kane Is my Gabriel Batistuta, Says Tottenham Boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino positioned his hands to make the point. Tottenham's manager was about to compare his star man with old ally Gabriel Batistuta and recognised the weight his words would carry. 'Yes, yes, yes, yes — Batistuta was a killer,' said Pochettino. 'Very strong mentality; very strong shot, great professional. You can compare. For me, OK, I put Batistuta there . . .' he said, raising one hand above the other, '. . . and Harry there,' with his other hand a little lower. 'But Harry can be better. He is a killer, Harry Kane. Look at the goals he scored the last years! Mental level? Yes. Absolutely (they are the same). Maybe they have different characteristics but I think he is in that level, with Batistuta.' To ensure the message got through, Pochettino repeated himself. 'I would ...
Swansea 0-1 Newcastle United: Sanches Shackled As Magpies Win Without Benitez
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Swansea 0-1 Newcastle United: Sanches Shackled As Magpies Win Without Benitez

Renato Sanches endured a frustrating Premier League debut as a toothless Swansea City were beaten 1-0 at home by Newcastle United on Sunday. Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles - who had earlier produced an exceptional goal-line clearance to deny Tammy Abraham - headed the winner from Matt Ritchie's 76th-minute corner to end Newcastle's run of 12 matches without a Premier League away win. The visitors had created the best of the opportunities up to that point as only Lukasz Fabianski's stunning first-half denial of Joselu prevented them from taking an earlier lead. A surprise deadline-day loan signing from Bayern Munich, Sanches struggled to gel with his new team-mates and was withdrawn after 69 minutes. Paul Clement introduced returning striker Wilfried Bony in his place but the fan favo...
Matic Warns Title Hopefuls Man Utd ‘We Have To Win Games’ Like Stoke Stalemate
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Matic Warns Title Hopefuls Man Utd ‘We Have To Win Games’ Like Stoke Stalemate

Nemanja Matic has warned Manchester United that they cannot afford too many repeats of their 2-2 draw at Stoke if they are to land the Premier League title. The Red Devils have enjoyed a positive opening to the 2017-18 campaign and continue to top the table on the back of an unbeaten start. Jose Mourinho’s side did, however, drop points for the first time on Saturday as they were held by the Potters at the bet365 Stadium. United trailed at one stage – as their run of clean sheets was ended – but also led before the hour mark and two-time champion Matic admits that they need to see out such contests if they are to emerge victorious in May. The £40 million summer signing from Chelsea told MUTV: "It was a tough game. "To be honest, it's always a tough game when you come to this stadium. ...
Lukaku Must Shine In Champions League To Be World Class At Man Utd – Ince
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Lukaku Must Shine In Champions League To Be World Class At Man Utd – Ince

Romelu Lukaku needs to prove himself with Manchester United in the Champions League in order to be considered “world class”, says Paul Ince. The Belgium international has impressed for club and country over recent years, with his prolific strike rate earning him a £75 million move to Old Trafford this summer. The 24-year-old is, however, yet to test himself on the grandest of stages, with 2017-18 set to see him turning out among Europe’s elite for the first time. Ince is looking for Lukaku to embrace that challenge and show that he is deserving of a standing alongside the very best in the business. The United legend told the Mail on Sunday ahead of an opening group stage clash with Basel on Tuesday: “It is highly unusual these days for a £75m striker not to have had previous experience...
Giggs: Renato Sanches Will Be Big Success For Swansea In Premier League
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Giggs: Renato Sanches Will Be Big Success For Swansea In Premier League

And Giggs confirmed Sanches was a player on the Manchester United radar during his time there as assistant manager. Portugal midfielder Sanches is set to make his Swansea debut against Newcastle on Super Sunday after completing a shock season-long loan move from Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old was named best young player of the tournament when Portugal won Euro 2016, but he struggled for game time at Bayern last season after making a £32m switch from Benfica. "It didn't quite happen for him last year at Bayern," Giggs said. "That can happen; a young player moving country, different language, a big club and a lot of expectation. "But he is a talent and the Premier League will suit him because he's an aggressive player. "He can tackle, he can get forward and he's going to a club that pl...
Mourinho Pleased To See Man Utd Have ‘Control’ Of Contract Situation
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Mourinho Pleased To See Man Utd Have ‘Control’ Of Contract Situation

Jose Mourinho sees Manchester United in “control” of the future of their players, with only two heading towards free agency in 2018. The Red Devils have several players entering the final year of their current deals, but the vast majority have the option for 12-month extensions. That is the case with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young, while talks are being planned with Marouane Fellaini. Only veteran performers Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be given the opportunity to dictate their own fate, with Mourinho delighted to see United avoiding the struggles which have inflicted certain Premier League rivals – with Arsenal currently paying the price for failing to tie key men such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil down to fresh terms. Mouri...
Lukaku Ready To ‘Lead’ At Man Utd And Take On ‘Big Role’, Says Martinez
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Lukaku Ready To ‘Lead’ At Man Utd And Take On ‘Big Role’, Says Martinez

Romelu Lukaku is ready to take on a “big role” at Manchester United after maturing into a £75 million striker, says Roberto Martinez. The Belgium boss claims to have noticed a difference in the 24-year-old in the short time since his big-money summer move to Old Trafford. He now sees the powerful frontman as a leader and a man ready to provide inspiration in a Premier League title-chasing side. Martinez told Radio 5 Live: "He's ready to take that responsibility. "I think Romelu's got a lead brain. "He's ready for that responsibility, he’s ready for that big role. “I've just seen a little bit of a difference in the last camp that he was thirsty to be at the right place at the right time, to take the big moment, to control the big moment in the game. "I've never seen Rom...
Aguero Becomes Top-Scoring Non-European Player In Premier League History
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Aguero Becomes Top-Scoring Non-European Player In Premier League History

With his first-half strike against Liverpool on Saturday, Sergio Aguero set the record for most goals scored by a non-European player in Premier League history. The Manchester City striker tallied his 124th career Premier League goal, breaking Dwight Yorke's mark of 123. Kevin De Bruyne sent the Argentina striker through in the 24th minute, and Aguero rounded Simon Mignolet and slotted home to give City a 1-0 lead. The 29-year-old initially joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, and has helped the Blues to two Premier League titles during his time with the club. Aguero has now scored in all six Premier League home games he's faced Liverpool.
Gianluca Vialli Believes Conte “Almost Felt It Was Easier” At Chelsea
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Gianluca Vialli Believes Conte “Almost Felt It Was Easier” At Chelsea

Former Juve and Italy boss Conte won the Premier League at the first time of asking, but Vialli was certainly not surprised. “We Italians need to feel like we’re under pressure, we need to see an enemy,” he told The Guardian newspaper. “The pressure is a combination of expectation, scrutiny and consequences. That’s why we’re so good at managing, because we grew up experiencing pressure all the time. “When Antonio came to England I think he almost felt it was easier, but exciting at the same time.” Disconcertingly, Serie A’s most dominant club barely earns as much from TV revenue as a side relegated from the Premier League. “They say the Premier League is best league in the world. Or Roy Keane says we are brainwashed into believing it. He might be right. But I can definitely ...
Conte Backs £27m Man Zappacosta To Rise To Chelsea Challenge
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Conte Backs £27m Man Zappacosta To Rise To Chelsea Challenge

New Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta is ready to meet the challenge of playing for a top club, Antonio Conte has said. The Italy international arrived from Torino on England's transfer deadline day for a fee in the region of £27million. The 25-year-old could make his debut on Saturday, when the Premier League champions travel to Leicester City looking for a third win in a row since their shock opening-day loss to Burnley. And Conte believes Zappacosta has the right mindset to hit the ground running for the club. "Davide is a good player, a young player and, for this reason, he has a lot of space to improve," the Chelsea boss said. "He makes good runs during the game, has good quality. He's a wing-back and usually prefers to play on the right, but can play on the left. He is...
Louis van Gaal Claims Manchester United Put His ‘Head In A Noose’
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Louis van Gaal Claims Manchester United Put His ‘Head In A Noose’

The Dutchman was in charge at Old Trafford for two seasons, winning the FA Cup in his final match, but it ended badly when the hierarchy eyed up Jose Mourinho as their next manager. In an explosive interview with Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Van Gaal said: 'The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and they went right behind my back. I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January. 'I do understand that choice of United to get Mourinho. Suddenly, Mourinho was out after one-and-a-half years of my contract and I knew United wanted him one day.' Just over one year on, Van Gaal appears to still hold some ill feeling towards his former club, and he admits he has tried to get every penny he can from them. 'They to...
Urbano Cairo: Why Not Play Torino-Juventus In Beijing
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Urbano Cairo: Why Not Play Torino-Juventus In Beijing

The idea of hosting some Premier League, Liga or Serie A matches in the Far East has been suggested several times, while the Italian Super Cup is already regularly played abroad. “Why not play Torino-Juventus in Beijing? Now everything is possible, it’s all feasible, there’s no need to be scandalised by anything,” Cairo told Radio 24. “Football is global now, but clearly you also have to look after and preserve the fact that most Toro fans want to see their team in their stadium. “Perhaps there could be a less important fixture played abroad, one that doesn’t mean quite so much to the fans. “We must be open to solutions that could be advantageous, while maintaining respect for the fans who have been tied to the club for decades. “It’s important to keep everything open to give a real p...
Sadio Mane Wins Premier League Player Of The Month Award For August
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Sadio Mane Wins Premier League Player Of The Month Award For August

The Senegal international has hit the ground running this season, scoring three goals during a goal-laden start to the Premier League for Jurgen Klopp's men. Mane beat off competition from Manchester United trio Phil Jones, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and fellow Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah. The 25-year-old tops the Premier League's top-scorer list so far this season, level with United marksman Lukaku. He has stepped up in the absence of Philippe Coutinho, and provided both creative and explosive attacking options for Klopp's men. Mane and his Liverpool side will travel to the Etihad Stadium this weekend to face Manchester City as the Premier League returns following the international break. Both Mane and Live...
Charlie Daniels Wins Premier League Goal Of The Month Award For August
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Charlie Daniels Wins Premier League Goal Of The Month Award For August

Daniels, who is the most adventurous of the Cherries' backline, scored four league goals and provided three assists last season and he got up and running in style against Pep Guardiola's side. The left-back signed a new three-year contract with the south coast club on Thursday, putting pen to paper on his 31st birthday, and he has capped a fine start to the month by earning the accolade for the best Premier League goal in August. Daniels beat off competition from Burnley defender Stephen Ward for his brilliant effort in the 3-2 win over Chelsea, while Sadio Mane also missed out for his strike on the opening day against Watford. Mane had a second nomination for his effort against Arsenal in the 4-0 win for Liverpool at Anfield, but the Senegal star was overlooked by a panel of experts an...
Could The Premier League Transfer Window Change Create More Problems
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Could The Premier League Transfer Window Change Create More Problems

The window will now close at 5pm on the Thursday before the opening weekend of the campaign. It's a move designed to end disruption and allow clubs to focus on their football, but are there potential drawbacks? We take a look... Players can still be sold Premier League clubs will no longer be able to make signings when the season gets underway, but the change does not apply to other leagues, meaning Premier League players will still be able to move abroad - or to EFL clubs - up until August 31. That means transfer sagas such as Barcelona's pursuit of Philippe Coutinho this summer could still drag on into the season, creating the same kind of unwanted distractions for Premier League bosses. Premier League clubs will be in a position to charge a premium from foreign clubs after the...
Time For Monaco to Move On From Mbappe Saga – Monaco’s Vice President
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Time For Monaco to Move On From Mbappe Saga – Monaco’s Vice President

Vadim Vasilyev is keen to move on from the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga and focus on the future of Monaco under Leonardo Jardim. Mbappe was linked with a move away from the Stade Louis II throughout the window, with  Real Madrid  ,  Manchester City  and  Arsenal  among those highly interested in his signature. He opted to stay in Ligue 1, though, after signing with rivals Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan which is expected to be made permanent for €180million. The Mbappe saga rumbled on until deadline day, but Monaco vice-president Vasilyev is keen to consign it all to the history books and look forward. "At the beginning, the idea was that he was staying at Monaco," he told a media conference at the presentation of new signings Keita Balde, Stevan Jovetic, Adama Diakhaby and Rachi...
David Wagner Admits Luck Has Helped Huddersfield Make Stunning EPL Start
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David Wagner Admits Luck Has Helped Huddersfield Make Stunning EPL Start

The Terriers occupy the dizzy heights of third place in the table after taking seven points from their first three games and they will head for the capital chasing a fourth straight clean sheet. Wagner's side are only the second newly-promoted team not to concede a goal in their first three Premier League matches. Only five sides have done so in their opening four games of the season. 'I will let the players know that they can write history in the Premier League at Huddersfield Town,' Wagner said. 'We know how difficult it is to get one clean sheet in the Premier League and now we have three in a row. 'This is fantastic, of course it is. They've done a lot of things right, but on the other side we know exactly - and first of all we have a great goalkeeper - but we were lucky in some si...
Liverpool Have An Array Of Options With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arrival
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Liverpool Have An Array Of Options With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arrival

The England midfielder has  acknowledged that he has work to do before he becomes synonymous with a specific position at Anfield. 'I've spoken about this for about six years - my whole career - where I'm going to be playing or where I'd like to play,' Oxlade-Chamberlain said. 'I just say I'd like to be an attacking midfielder. I've spoke to the manager about this, there's going to be a lot of positions (available) in this team: up-front, because the wingers play a bit more inside, or the midfield.' Liverpool have seven matches in 24 games until the next international break, so rotation will be key to maintaining the high-octane pressing game Klopp oversees. With that in mind, Sportsmail assesses where Oxlade-Chamberlain can break into Liverpool's squad. OPTION 1: 4-3-3 In the five g...
Mourinho Arrives Back At The Lowry As He Gears Up For Man United’s Trip to Stoke
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Mourinho Arrives Back At The Lowry As He Gears Up For Man United’s Trip to Stoke

The Manchester United boss has enjoyed a perfect start to the new season, and he was all smiles as he greeted the door staff upon his arrival home on Wednesday. It has been a busy few days for the Portuguese, as he headed down to London for the Game for Grenfell on Saturday, before returning north to get back to work. He has been taking training sessions at Carrington all week, as he prepares his squad for a trip to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday. Stoke is a notoriously tough place to go, but Mourinho will take solace from his side's excellent start to the Premier League season. United are yet to concede a goal and have scored 10 in their three matches so far, so Mourinho has every right to be delighted with the club's run. Despite this, Ander Herrera is one player not taking things f...
Bailly And Aurier Fly Home from Ivory Coast Duty As Tottenham New Boy Says He Snubbed PSG…
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Bailly And Aurier Fly Home from Ivory Coast Duty As Tottenham New Boy Says He Snubbed PSG…

Tottenham new boy Aurier and United defender Bailly have made the long journey back following their World Cup qualifying duties with Ivory Coast. The Ivorians came up against Gabon in two World Cup qualifiers during the international break, winning the first game 3-0 but losing the second 2-1. But despite their slip-up, Ivory Coast currently sit top of their group, with seven points from their opening four fixtures and will be confident of progressing to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Aurier and Bailly were joined on their flight back by ADO Den Haag centre back Wilfried Kanon and the former PSG right back uploaded a photo of the trio on Instagram, with the caption: 'La famille'. Aurier will get his first glimpse of what the Premier League is like on Saturday when Tottenham face Everton...
Several Premier League Clubs Reluctant To Vote For Transfer Window Changes
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Several Premier League Clubs Reluctant To Vote For Transfer Window Changes

Ahead of Thursday's meeting to decide whether to stop top-flight teams buying players once the campaign is under way, Telegraph Sport can reveal at least five sides are considering joining Crystal Palace and Watford in opposing the proposal, despite being in favour of it in principle. Manchester City, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City and promoted Newcastle United all confirmed they wanted the transfer window closed before the start of the season but may not formally endorse moves to do so unless the other major European leagues did the same. Seven votes against the plan would be enough to bring it down, with such a change requiring more than a two-thirds majority to pass. Telegraph Sport has canvassed Premier League clubs on where they stand on closing the window befo...
Wenger Reveals He Hopes To Have Cazorla Back After Christmas
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Wenger Reveals He Hopes To Have Cazorla Back After Christmas

Fears had been raised over the long-term fitness of the Spaniard after he was left out of the Gunners Europa League and Premier league squads. The 32-year-old has not kicked a ball in over a year, with his last appearance comeing against Ludogorets in the Champions League in October last year. But despite undergoing eight operations in that time, Wenger revealed that he hopes to welcome the player back into the fold in 2018. Asked if Cazorla's injuries were career-threatening, Wenger said: 'No, he is having his first run today, so that’s quite positive. 'The flexibility of his ankle and his mobility looks good. It’s now about getting back to full fitness without having any setbacks. 'It’s very difficult not to set a time before before Christmas that’s why I didn’t involve him in the E...
Terry Show Off His Yoga Moves As Instructor Puts Him Through His Paces… Right In The Middle Of Media Room!
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Terry Show Off His Yoga Moves As Instructor Puts Him Through His Paces… Right In The Middle Of Media Room!

For John Terry it is no different, and the Aston Villa captain has shared some snaps of him practising his yoga moves... in the middle of the club's media room! Just metres from where Steve Bruce takes his weekly press conference at the training ground, the tables and chairs were moved aside as Terry was joined by yoga instructor Ambra Vallo. The well-known coach, who herself has nearly 11,000 followers on Instagram, put Terry through his paces, with the 36-year-old posting five snaps from the session. Last season, the former England captain only played a bit-part role at Chelsea, watching on from the bench as his team-mates secured the Premier League title. This time around, he is front and centre and has already played five games in the Championship, starting every one of Villa's lea...
Ronaldo And Neymar Can’t Match Pogba And Lukaku In UK Summer Shirt Sales
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Ronaldo And Neymar Can’t Match Pogba And Lukaku In UK Summer Shirt Sales

Manchester United dominate UK shirt sales at retailer Sports Direct this summer, with mega stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar unable to come close to their top stars. Newcastle United and Scotland star Matt Ritchie might not have broken any world transfer record, but the firm, which sponsors Newcastle’s St. James’ Park ground, claim that he is the 13th-most popular shirt name in the UK. Man Utd stars Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku lead the way, with club-mate Marcus Rashford just sneaking into the top five. Eden Hazard of Chelsea is ranked third while Arsenal’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette comes in fourth. The highest player who is not currently playing in the Premier League is Lionel Messi in eighth, while Ronaldo and Neymar come in 15th and 18th position respectively...
Herrera: United Must Match Stoke’s Attitude
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Herrera: United Must Match Stoke’s Attitude

Last season's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year is aware of the hostile atmosphere that will greet the Reds at the Bet365 Stadium with Stoke buoyed by their victory over Arsenal ahead of the international break. Any trip to the Potteries is always a difficult one, and United have not won a league fixture at the venue since April 2013, when Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie scored in a 2-0 triumph. "The Premier League is very long and every team can beat you," Herrera told MUTV. "Now we have to face Stoke, and we've had four seasons without winning there. It's been a good way to start [the campaign] but we cannot relax. "We are ready to face them and, hopefully, the weather is not so bad there because, when it is bad, it is very difficult to play. We are ready. No excuses - let's try ...
Eden Hazard Says He Is Worth €1 Billion If Neymar Is Worth €222 Million
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Eden Hazard Says He Is Worth €1 Billion If Neymar Is Worth €222 Million

Eden Hazard appraised his worth at a Nike event recently and said, "they paid 222 million for Neymar? Then I am worth 1 billion" according to Di Darzio. The Chelsea and Belgium midfielder accepted that he was joking but added, "I don't know how much I am worth. I have to concentrate on my work, on my training and my matches for Chelsea. Every year there are rumors about me changing shirts, but then the facts are what count. And I am always here to give my best." The Red Devil has been linked with a move away from Chelsea now for the last couple of summers with Real Madrid reportedly interested in eventually working with the attacking midfielder. He won the Premier League Player of the Year two years ago and said at the same event that the English league is the best in the world. Having r...
Monaco Make The Biggest Transfer Window Profit As PSG Post Biggest Losses
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Monaco Make The Biggest Transfer Window Profit As PSG Post Biggest Losses

Monaco made an astonishing €289 million in profit from their transfer activity in the last window, with Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain the biggest spenders as the world record transfer for Neymar saw the club post highest negative balance at -€343m. The CIES Football Observatory has released analysis of the transfer activity in Europe's top-five leagues and found Monaco generated €394m in player sales, while only spending €105m of that on replacements. The Ligue 1 champions allowed Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva to leave in lucrative deals. Monaco's net balance would have been even higher had Thomas Lemar joined Arsenal on deadline day, Arsene Wenger having confirmed the Gunners made a €100m bid. Borussia Dortmund made the second biggest profit f...
Liverpool Could use Philippe Coutinho For Manchester City Trip
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Liverpool Could use Philippe Coutinho For Manchester City Trip

The Brazilian is yet to appear for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, having been at the centre of a summer transfer saga which saw Barcelona make a series of huge bids worth up to £138million. At one stage, Coutinho handed in a transfer request, amid strong interest from the Nou Camp. But Liverpool’s Boston-based owners, Fenway Sports Group, made it clear in a statement that they would not be selling the player. And the American owners held firm, with no move forthcoming before the closure of the transfer window. Coutinho, 25, missed the first three Premier League matches and Liverpool’s Champions League play-off with what was described as a back injury, keeping him out of action while the issue rumbled on. However, he came off the bench twice in the space of five days for his native Br...
‘I Had A Lot Of Options’ – Karamoh Delighted With ‘Dream’ Inter Move
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‘I Had A Lot Of Options’ – Karamoh Delighted With ‘Dream’ Inter Move

New Inter Milan signing Yann Karamoh says he spurned widespread interest on transfer deadline day to join what he ranks as one of Europe's "leading teams". Premier League sides Newcastle, Southampton and Tottenham were all linked with the 19-year-old winger before he agreed to join the Nerazzurri from French outfit Caen. The deal is an initial two-year loan, with Inter required to make the move permanent for a reported fee of €6million. Karamoh, who scored five goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances last term, revealed he jumped at the chance to join Luciano Spalletti's side. "I had a lot of options and I was trying to figure out what they were, but when I heard about Inter I blocked everything else right away," Karamoh told Inter Channel. "Inter was my dream. I did not hesitate. "I would s...
Mourinho: My Chelsea Played Better Football Than Conte’s And Ranieri’s Leicester
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Mourinho: My Chelsea Played Better Football Than Conte’s And Ranieri’s Leicester

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that his title-winning side was the most entertaining team of the last three seasons in the Premier League. The current Manchester United boss guided the Blues to the title in 2014-15 with Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City lifting the trophy the following year. The Premier League was back at Chelsea in 2016-17 under Antonio Conte, but Mourinho does not think his successors' teams lived up to the quality of his outfit. “For me, let’s be honest and objective," Mourinho told the Times. "The last three Premier League champions, Chelsea with Mourinho, Leicester with Ranieri, Chelsea with Conte, which of these teams was the most offensive one? Which played more quality football? It was mine. But nobody says.” The campaign was Mourinho's third Pr...
Manchester United Stars Dominate Premier League Replica Shirt Sales
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Manchester United Stars Dominate Premier League Replica Shirt Sales

It's always an exciting time when your team releases a new kit.But there’s always the age-old dilemma of whose name to get on the back.With more and more players opting to move on from club-to-club with regularity, it’s always something of a gamble.But a new signing is a good option, given that the player is less likely to move on soon.That certainly appears to be the case this summer, based on shirt sales from Sports Direct.Manchester United new-boy Romelu Lukaku for instance has seen his jersey reach No2 in the sales chart, only behind team-mate Paul Pogba.In fact, Jose Mourinho‘s men utterly dominate the list, with Marcus Rashford a surprise inclusion at No5.Coming in at No4, behind Chelsea star Eden Hazard, is Arsenal‘s biggest summer signing – Alexandre Lacazette.Other big selling jer...

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