• David Luiz takes part in the weirdest 5-a-side game ever – against all his lookalikes

    Not selected for Brazil's disastrous Copa America squad, it's been a summer of leisure for The £50m (ha ha, it still makes us laugh!) PSG defender has been putting his feet up after a season whcontent_imgich featured a and , but he has found time for a little five-a-side in Kuwait, of all places. But it's not your al taking a breather last week, the two clubs returned to the negotiating table last week.O Jogo says United have raised their offer from €50m to €55m, which is now just €5m short of Sporting president Federico Varandas' base valuation of €60m.ready kickabout with mates down Powerleague, oh no. He teamed up with local football superstar (and professional David Luiz lookalike) Omar "Amoory" Abdulrahman to put on a game that featured ONLY lookalikes sporting massive afros. Just look how similar they are - ridiculous. And they managed to fill two teams of similarly-coiffed players to put on a five-a-side game with a twist. As you can shanded a formal return at Arsenal.The People says members of Arsenal's hierarchy are considering former captain O'Leary for a job as a club consultant.Chairman Sir Chips Keswick is among those at the North London club who want to appoint the Irishmanee in the video above, Luiz also put on something of a skills show for the fans - probably made easier by the fact none of the opposition could see what was going on through their overlapping hair. Make sure you take a watch - it's quite a spectacle. But just imagine how much better it'd have been if garden rakes has been scattered across the pitch... Does David Luiz look like Sideshow Bob?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • West Ham boss Slaven Bilic invites fan celebrating 18th birthday to post-match press conference

    West Ham boss gave one Hammers fan a birthday to remember at at Uptcontent_imgon Park. Irons fan Matthew was celebrating his 18th birthday and watched on as Michail Antonio's goal made it a miserable return to the Boleyn Ground for Sam Allardyce. Probably thinking his day couldn't get any better - Matthew was then invited into Bilic's post-match press conference, where he fielded questions with the Hammers boss from the waiting media. Bilic also revealed that Matthew had been with the squad prior to the game. He said to reporters: "Matthew, Matthew, Matthew, is our big fan, he came here - it is his 18th birthday and he was with us before the a Reds transfer target in recent weeks despite Paris Saint-Germain's insistence the World Cup-winning forward is not for sale.Liverpool supporters noticed that the forward even recently started following current and former Reds players on Instagram.game in the dressing room, and we like each other." In pictures: West Ham 1-0 Sunderland Further endearing himself to his club's manager, Matthew was asked what he thought of display. He replied: "I think they played very well, and I think there's great players who Slaven has signed." Bilic, clearly flattered, joked: "Oh! I love him even more!" The win moved West Ham to within four points of Manchester City who currently occupy the final Champions League spot, but Manuel Pellegrini's side have a gaanuary market.The former Atletico Madrid and Benfica attacker is emerging as a cut-price target for several Premier League clubs.West Ham United, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are all interested in Gaitan.The Argentina international comes off contme in hand due to their Wembley date with Liverpool this afternoon. Will West Ham qualify for Europe?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Alex Iwobi wants FIFA 17 battle with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to celebrate 20th anniversary

    star Alex Iwobi has laid down the gauntlet to his manager Arsene Wenger by challenging him to a game of The Nigerian international is enjoying a fine season for the Gunners and picked up the man of the match award in the 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea. Iwobi is full of respect for the manner in which Wenger has helped develop him and put out a challenge to his French boss as he approaches 20 years at the club. "I'd be surprised if he has played FIFA but if he has then that's banter," "I'd like to take him on, yeah. "Even if we are planrest.Lacazette scored 19 goals in 49 appearances as the Gunners finished fifth and lost the Europa League final to Chelsea.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was often preferred as Emery's central striker.And any games Lacazette started usually ended with himning something else to celebrate, we might want to keep it a surprise. I'm not really a party hat kind of guy, but if I have to then I'll wear one." Iwobi will feature once more for the Gunners in their Champions Leag Jogo reports the 17-year-old central defender has joined from Neuchatel Xamax in Switzerland and has signed a professional five-year contract with the Hornets.It also suggests Paiva will be used in the first team, rather than the developmental squadue match against Basel tonight and despite personal ambition to win the Premier League, the 20-year-old insists Europe is tcontent_imghe priority for the team. "Personally, I want to win the Premier League," claimed Iwobi. "That would be an amazing feeling. "But for the club the most important one has got to be the Champions League. That's the big one, and to win that would be like a dream come true." Which Xhaka will be celebrating victory on Wednesday night?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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    er video.The Sun says United have launched an £80million offer for Maguire - as Leicester left him out of theircontent_img n.Fernandes coached Leao at Sporting CP.“Rafael is a No 9, he's almost always played as one," he told Tuttomercatoweb.“I'd say that he reminds me of 'Fenomeno' Ronaldo for his pace, technique and the quality of his finishing.“Perhaps he still hofficial squad number video.But Old Trafford bosses fear the Foxes will turn down their official world-record bid, with the King Power cl
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  • Brendan Rodgers blasts ‘strange’ refereeing decisions but admits Celtic ‘switched off’ against Barcelona

    Brendan Rodgers lamented Celtic “switching off” as a Lionel Messi double confirmed as the winners of Group C. Goals in each half from who needed to match Borussia Moenchengladbach's result to even have a chance of third place and qualifying for the Europa League. On a night when temperatures in Glasgow were only a couple of degrees warmer than the North Pole, the finish from Messi for Barcelona’s opener was suitably cool. There had been doubts over the fitness of the Argentina skipper coming into this game and he was quiet for the opening 20 minutes or so. But a long spell of Barcelona possession ended with Neymar on the left, and his lofted through-ball found Messi bursting into the area and able to hit a first-time half-volley past Craig Gordon at the near post. As good as the finish was, the build-up was outstanding and the assist even better. With one game to go in the group stage, Neymar has already equalled the record for the fe's standout performers last year as they defied the odds and secured an automatic Europa League finish, only missing out on the Champions League on the last matchday of the season, and that led to many Premier League sides enquiring about the Togolmost assists in a Champions League season and will go on to break it by a distance. “We were disappointed with the first goal because we switched off,” said Celtic boss Rodgers. “But it is the quality and the speed of the movement that catches us out. “And I don't think [the second] was a penalty. I think the referee made some very strange decisions. “Emilio [Izaguirre] is just fighting for his space... from then it's 2-0 and it becomes very difficult for us.” And that is what Barcelona proceeded to do at Celtic Park, breaking the dogged but ultimately futile resistance of a side way below their level. “They stopped us playing out and made things a bit difficult for us at the start,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique post-match. “But we created more dangerous chances than them over the 90 minutes. “In the first half I can’t actually remember Celtic having a real chance and Messi was, as usual, playing at an elite level.” On that point, Rodgers and Luis Enrique were in total agreement. “The difference with Lionel Messi is that he’s a great, great player, arguably the greatest player to ever play football. “And when he plays football he makes everybody around him play better. “He’s always hungry to score, as you saw for that first goal, and our team learned you can’t give him a second or any space.” Celtic were not completely dominated and pinned in their own half like some of Barca’s less fortunate opponents are, but they were visibly a class below their visitors. Poor first touches and stray passes let them down at moments when they needed perfection if they were to breach Barcelona’s defence on a nder Berge.Linked with the Reds, Berge impressed in Genk's Champions Leaguecontent_img defeat at Anfleid last week.Oxlade-Chamberlain told VG: "I played against him in two games. I tried to run past him a couple of times, but I underestimated him, because he's rare foray into opposition territory. Indeed, Celtic’s highlights were limited to extraordinary interventions from goalkeeper Craig Gordon, whose point-blank stop from Luis Suarez’s header saved them from going 2-0 down shortly before half-time. Brendan Rodgers sent his side out with a bit more purpose in the second half and it nearly paid dividends when substitute James Forrest picked out an unmarked Moussa Dembele with a delicious cross. But the French striker, so deadly for large parts of this season, headed a sitter of a chance into the hands of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Within two minutes Barca had gone down the other end, scored a penalty via the boot of Messi and settled this game as a contest. Emilio Izaguirre’s clumsy grappling with Luis Suarez gave the officials no choice. And by that point Celtic were left with no chance as they bowed out of Europe with a game still to go.
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  • Brian Reade’s Christmas list: Claudio Ranieri deserves festive cheer but Jose Mourinho gets jeers

    It's time to get the sack down from the loft and hand out early Christmas presents to the most deserving causes of the past year. A year in which showed plenty of pride before his fall at , the Tinkerman tinkered with everyone’s head as he led Leicester to the top, the Normal One arrived at Anfield and soon realised he’d need to contact the paranormal to return the glory days and the Iron Tulip wilted in the Old Trafford furnace. Let the ripping of the wrapping paper commence: 50 funniest pictures of the year: BEST SIGHT: The multi-millionaire manager of multi-billionaire Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea made to watch his team on a telly in a Stoke hotel raised almost as big a titter as looking for where his team lay in the league table. ’s continued disgust at his team-mates for failing to realise their job was to tee him up for a tap-in was almost as funny as Real Madrid being thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player. But the dawn raid which saw top FIFA officials dragged from the presidential suites of a six-star Zurich hotel, thrown in a police car and taken to the nearest nick was awesome. BEST BANNER: Honourable mentions to all the Bundesliga clubs, and the few British ones, who held up “Refugees Welcome” signs in August, and the fans who showed sterling support for the sacked local workers with their Save Our Steel placards. But the funny ones are always going to win. So fair play to the Irish fans who commemorated Shane Long’s crucial Euro qualifier goal against Germany by putting Lionel Ritchie’s head on the Tricolour next to the words “All Night”. Respect to the fans of FC United who in protest at their Saturday afternoon FA Cup tie being re-scheduled for TV made a wonderful “UN-HAPPY MONDAYS” flag. But the winners are the Man City fans, who, after being charged by FIFA for booing their corporate anthem, held up dozens of cards at the next Champions League game bearing the words “BOO.” BIGGEST FLOP: Mario Balotelli (again), Radamel Falcao (again) and Angel Di Maria top the list of big names who were lured to the Premier League by shed-lheir Champions League round of 16 opponents Real Madrid will be a difficult clash.The two clubs were paired together in today's draw.Begiristain said, "It is a difficult one, of course. Real Madrid have won 13 times so they are the best. We want to boads of cash and decided that rather than play, they’d just watch from the dug-out in between counting it. But the biggest let-down was the leaving party Brendan Rodgers’ decided to give arguably the club’s greatest-every player, Steven Gerrard. A 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace followed by a 6-1 thrashing at Stoke. Way to go, legend. BIGGEST GAFFE: After years of pretending to be an Aston Villa fan David Cameron claimed in a speech he was a West Ham supporter. later regretted his ugly bullying rant at a journalist he called an ostrich and Chelsea must have instantly regretted selling Petr Cech to arch-rivals Arsenal. But the man left with so much egg on his face he could feed omelettes to the entire population of Leicester for a month is Gary Lineker who said this after his home town club appointed their new boss last summer: “Claudio Ranieri? Really? This is an uninspired choice. It’s amazing how the same old names keep getting a go on the managerial merry-go-round.” Ouch. BEST PLAYER: Assist machine Mezut Ozil and goal machines Harry Kane and Romalu Lukaku had great years as did Petr Cech who equalled the all-time Premier Leage clean-sheets record. is still head and shoulders the best British player and was pivotal in ensuring Wales reached their first major tournament since 1958. But two players took the English game by storm in August and kept it up all the way to Christmas. Joint winners are Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy. BEST MANAGER: Mark Hughes at Stoke and Alan Pardew at deserve huge credit for the way they have those sides playing and the results it’s pcontent_imgroducing. Eddie Howe and Claudio Ranieri are doing remarkable jobs at teams who were among the favourites to go down at the start of the season. Internationally Chris Coleman and Martin O’Neill deserve recognition for guiding Wales and Ireland to the Euros. But the biggest achievement against the odds was surely pulled off by Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill who became the first manager ever to lead a fifth-seeded country to the top of a Euros qualifying group. BEST TEAM: I could give it to England’s Lionesses for making the World Cup semi-finals, Leicester for being top of the table at Christmas or Watford for being seventh. But I’m going to go for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, who seven years ago were in administration and League Two but who now sit ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League having reached there playing decent football. WORST SOUND: Dishonourable mentions to Owen Hargreaves droning on BT Sport, the false outrage from morl midfielder Fabinho has lifted the lid on bust-up between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at Burnley.Mane took exception to Salah failing to pass to him during the Reds' 3-0 victory at Turf Moor, and he looked furious as he was taken off the pitch.Despalisers over having the odd cigarette, those bleeding clackers at Leicester’s King Power stadium, the likes of Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo making “come and get me” pleas to Man United to ensure new deals at Real Madrid and the continued silence from the Premier League clubs when fans ask them to lower ticket prices. But the worst sound of all was managers, commentators and pundits obsessing on how much possession a team has as evidence of how well they played. It isn’t. WORST SIGHT Third place goes to Steve McClaren’s tufty head getting ever wetter on the touchline while he refused to reach for an umbrella for fear of wally/brolly headlines. Runner-up is FIFA’S abysmal vanity film United Passions, which rightly took about ten dollars at the box office (Tim Roth, Gerard Depardieu, Sam Neill, hang your heads in shame). But the most cringeworthy sight of all was Jose Mourinho’s very public humiliation of club doctor Eva Carneiro for having the audacity to tend the injured. BEST QUOTE: Taking bronze is Jose Mourinho for his final excuse as a Chelsea manager after losing at Leicester: ”The ball boys were a disgrace for the Premier League.” On silver is (who else?) Roy Keane when asked if Robbie Keane was okay to play for Ireland after his wife gave birth: “Why wouldn’t he be? He didn’t have the baby, did he? Unless he’s breastfeeding.” ut gold goes to Sepp Blatter, who, after allowing festering corruption to bring football’s world governing body to its knees said: “I am sorry for me.” Who are you tipping to win the Premier League title?9000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe warned England future is under threat by U21s boss Gareth Southgate

    England Under-21s boss has warned Liverpool winger he ris are chasing Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo.But he might have the brakes put on his Old Trafford exit after Luke Shaw picked up an injury.The Argentine defender was likely to be making a move before the European transfer window closes.The Guaks blowing his international career if he doesn't clean up his act. youngster was needlessly sent off playing for the Young Lions on Sunday as they drew 1 revealed.Haaland left RB Salzburg last week for Borussia Dortmund in what is being seen as a coup for the Bundesliga outfit.AS reports Haaland was offered to Barca a year ago, but the Catalans turned him down in favour of Kevin-Prince Boateng. Boate-1 with Switzerland. It saw him become the third player to be sent off during Southgate's three-year reign and damaged their chances of reaching the Euros in Poland next year. Andre Wisdom didn't play for again after his red card during a 1-1 draw against Finland in September 2013, despite being captain at the time of his four-game ban. Ibe will only sit out one match for his two bookings, the home qualifier with Norway in September. Jurgen Klopp has not selected Ibe at all since he played a cameo role against Manchester City on March 2, and Southgate admits he is concerned for the flicontent_imger. "I think players, especially at Jordon’s age, go through peaks and troughs," he said. "He doesn’t look full of confidence at the minute: we have got to try and help him get to the level that we think we can achieve. "He doesn’t look like he is in a rhythm. "We have got Nathan Redmond to come back from injury. Demarai Gray played really well in Switzerland. Duncan Watmore has got to come back. So there is the competition for places. "A sending off puts you out of the side. That is the difficulty." Will Jordon Ibe become a full England international?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • West Ham hero Mark Noble fires back at his terrace critics, claiming they “don’t really understand” football

    Mark Noble has hit back at his critics and accused them of not understanding the game. has come under fire for his recent displays with some fans calling for him to be dropped. But the 29-year-old said: “If I am really honest, a lot of people who now go to football don’t really understand the game.” HomegrowNuno Espirito Santo has moved in favouritism to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal, according to SkyBet.Emery hasn't been sacked yet, but pressure is mounting after a poor start to the season.Wolves manager Santo is paying 5/2 to take his place, with Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta next in line.Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino are also options according to the bookmakers.n hero Noble is no stranger to having his place in the side questioned by sections of the Irons' support. The West Ham academy product responded to a previous spell of criticism by producing some of the best form of his career last season which sparked calls for him to be handed an England call-up. And Noble, who is two appearances short of 400 for the East Londoners, insists he can handle the pressure of being in the spotlight. The midfielder said: “Football is a game of moments now and if someone does four step-overs, they’ve had an incredible game. That’s not something I do. "It’s just football, you’ve got to live with it — the things Arsene Wenger has done for Arsecontent_imgnal and some people want him out. Players like Wayne Rooney, some people want him out of the Manchester United team. That’s why we are captains of our clubs, because we can handle tto stay.The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and, although Solskjaer confirmed he had been offered a new deal, Chong had yet to sign it."There are players we want to get signed, of course," Solskjaer said. "And Tahith is a playhat pressure.” Noble admits this has been one of the toughest periods of his career due to all the problems West Ham have faced. He said: “It’s probably been the hardest [period] of my West Ham career because we’ve had so much to deal with off the pitch. “Obviously the move to the new stadium, , so much has gone on — and we lost four of our best players to injury in pre-season, which is hard to replace. “You’ve got to stick at it. "The players have dug in and though we’ve lost a couple of games, in this day and age you’re not allowed to lose games.” Does Mark Noble belong in West Ham's best XI?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • England 1966 World Cup win, 50th anniversary – what Three Lions did after Wembley triumph

    The class of 1966 still remain England's sole side to lift a trophy at a major tournament. Here, we run the rule over how England's men followed up on that World Cup win. Went on to win 73 England caps and make 628 club appearances in a 15-year career. Still famed for his stunning save from Pelcontent_imge's header in England's 1970 World Cup clash with Brazil. Helped Stoke to the 1972 League Cup though lost the sight in one eye in a car crash in October later that same year, that ultimately ended his professional career. Enjoyed a brief managerial stint with Telford United. Fulham defender Cohen was forced to retire through injury aged 29, having amassed 459 appearances for the Craven Cottage club. Cohen struggled with bowel cancer for 14 years in the 1980s. He later opted to sell his World Cup wrpool striker Peter Crouch has compared Trent Alexander-Arnold to two of their best players from the recent past.Alexander-Arnold has come in for a lot of praise for his performances from right back.He is not only a stable defender, but offers one ofinner's medal, though Fulham purchased the item to display it at Craven Cottage. Nephew Ben Cohen helped England win the Rugby World Cup in 2003. Awarded the MBE in 2000. Made 629 appearances for Leeds and collected 35 England caps, before turning attention to a successful managerial career. After stints with Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle, Charlton stepped up to lead the Republic of Ireland. Charlton led the Irish to the last 16 of World Cup 1994, his side falling 2-0 to Holland. Appointed an OBE in 1974 and awarded honorary Irish citizenship in 1996, being made a freeman of the city of Dublin in 1994. Still lives in his native north east. Widely accepted as England's greatest centre-half and one of the best anywhere of all time, the World Cup-winning captain died from bowel and liver cancer in February 1993, aged 51. Won 108 caps for England, representing West Ham with distinction, before enjoying spells at Fulham and in America. Moore's widow Stephanie founded the Bobby Moore Fund in 1993, to raise money for research into bowel cancer and raise public awareness of the disease. England's left-back has kept the lowest profile of the 1966 winners. Wilson built a successful undertaker's business in Huddersfield after his football career, but retired from his second career in 1997. Lives in Slaithwaite near Huddersfield. Midfielder Stiles ended up with 28 England caps but went on to rack up 392 appearances for Manchester United before a move to Middlesbrough in 1971. A career in coaching followed, with two stints at Preston, before a short-lived tenure at West Brom. Stiles worked as a youth team coach at Manchester United between 1989 and 1993, helping oversee the development of the renowned class of '92 that included the likes of David Beckham and the Neville brothers. Ball died of a heart attack in April 2007, aged 61. The combative midfielder excelled in stints with Blackpool, Everton and Arsenal, while also winning 72 England caps. After more than 800 club appearances Ball then moved into management, twice taking charge at Portsmouth along with stints at Southampton and Manchester City. Jack's younger brother Bobby continues to sit on Manchester United's board of directors, remaining a fixture at Old Trafford matches. The 78-year-old Ashington native racked up 106 England caps between 1958 and 1970,w for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 regular season—the league's twelfth campaign—which begins with Western Sydney hosting Adelaide on November 14 and three more games on Sunday, November 17. Post the Women's World Cup, some high-profile W-League before short managerial stints with Preston and Wigan. Moved into the insurance business after retiring from football in 1983, following 67 England caps and lengthy stints with West Ham, Tottenham and Norwich. Sat on Tottenham's board of directors in the late 1990s and continues to attend Spurs matches even though he has since stepped down from his formal role. Still the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, Hurst made more than 400 appearances for West Ham and won 49 England caps. Short-lived managerial stints with Telford United, Chelsea and even a foray into club management in Kuwait punctuated work in the insurance trade after his playing career. Lives in Cheltenham. Liverpool stalwart Hunt made more than 400 appearances for the Anfield club, along with winning 34 caps for England. Held Liverpool's club scoring record until overhauled by Ian Rush. Joined his family's haulage business after retiring from football. The former Southampton and Tottenham full-back continued at the England helm until 1974, after the 1966 triumph. Ramsey lost his national job after England failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup. Stints at Birmingham and Panathinaikos followed, before he spent his retirement in Ipswich. Ramsey died in April 1999 aged 79, less than a year after suffering a stroke, and after battling Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer. Is Bobby Moore England's greatest ever player?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has not captured the headlines like other top bosses, but his superbly-drilled team might

    White Hart Lane haldes' departure as Juvenil A coach.Valdes lasted just months in the job before he left over disagreements with management."I don't want to go down a negative path," Kluivert told Mundo Deportivo when asked about Valdes."I don't want to harm anyone."Isn’t seen a start this good since the days of Bill Nicholson. The best defence, the sole remaining unbeaten side in the top division and a club fresh from seeing off the team tipped to stroll it following their early-season display of shock and awe. It is still early days, but Spurs' Sunday that had won all of their six matches was a stunning statement about the north Londoners’ title prospects. In fact, the version of Mauricio Pochettino has built is looking very, very good indeed. The hype around the two Manchester clubs, along with Chelsea and Arsenal, enabled 's side to find their feet under the radar. Solid at the back, potent up front and with the depth that many felt they lacked last season, they are most certainly pushing on this time around. They now have 17 points from their first seven games. Only in their double-winning season - 1960-61 - have Tottenham made a better start to a top-flight campaign. Pochettino has sanctioned seven new contracts for the men central to his long-term planning, including England stars Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker. The Spurs manager’s band of brothers have learned from the heartache of being bullied out of the title race by Chelsea last season and they are back. That current backline, drilled by Pochettino, has allowed their more creative players to express themselves. No wonder he is often touted for big jobs in Spain. Keeper Hugo Lloris gave an insight into his manager’s philosophy. He explained: “Last season we were already one of the best defences in the league. It’s one of our basics to be strong at the back. “It doesn’t mean we are a defensive team, we are the opposite. We try a lot and have a lot of risk in our game, trying to play as high up as we can on the pitch, putting pressure, as we did especially in the first half against City. This is our football style. “But we have the ability to play with different options, like we did in the second half against them, playing a bit deeper, waiting and counter-attacking. “Football is always about spirit and team performance and the way we played against City was the perfect example.” Pep Guardiola’s City team have been outstanding in front of goal in their 11 games before Sunday. They have now conceded three goals in their last two top-flight games, however - the same number that Spurs have shipped all season. Sunday’s win came five days after Spurs' Champions League trip to the Russian capital, where they ended CSKA Moscow’s unbeaten run. Pochettino’s men now face away days at West Brom, Bournemouth and Liverpool, punctuated by a Champions League trip to Bayer Leverkusen, after this international break. Last season, panic would have gripped the white half of north London at the thought of trying to maintain their winning run without top scorer Harry Kane. Not this time around. Where there has been concern about Spurs being a one-man team, Pochettino has instilled belief. Son Heung-min netted the winner in Moscow and on Sunday he left City’s defence in bits. Summer buy Vincent Janssen - who netted 30 goals for club and country last season - has yet to hit top gear. When Kane is fit again, Pochettino has the kind of dilemma that managers love to have. In midfield, England star Eric Dier was on the bench on Sunday, watching £11million summer signing Victor Wanyama justify his inclusion with a Man of the Match display. Moussa Sissoko, a £30m capture from relegated Newcastle, is producing his France form rather than the kind of display that underwhelmed in black and white stripes. No wonder Lloris believes the biggest danger to Spurs succeeding where they failed last season is themselves. “If you look at the City performances they won their last six games,” said the Londoners' skipper. “But they conceded a lot of chances and some goals. “It’s just about belief. We know at home anything is possible. We try to be very aggressive at the start of the game and put a lot of pressure on the other side. “In that way, we were rewarded with two goals against City and then we had to manage that. “It was a bit unlucky that we did not score the third goal to be safe, but that’s football and we were very proud and pleased with the result in the end.” FIVE PILLARS OF THE POCHETTIcontent_imgNO PLAN The Argentine has sanctioned new contracts for seven of his players— the men central to his planning for the next few years. There are more to come too, with centre-back Toby Alderweireld expected to be rewarded for making himself a key member of the best defence in the Premier League. Pochettino sent a side missing five key players to Russia last week, where they ended the unbeaten run of title holders CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. That quintet consisted of Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and arguably the club’s most influential midfielder, Mousa Dembele. Tottenham currently have the best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded just three times in their seve wall and said he would cut off his ponytail!The two were part of an impressive Gunners side under Arsene Wenger, which won the Premier League and FA Cup.But Parlour admits they did not always see eye to eye, especially when Petit first arrived at Hin matches so far. Last season, theirs was the joint-best defence - even allowing for the late-season collapse which saw them beaten at home by Southampton and crushed away by already-relegated Newcastle. If anything, they look even better this time around. They remain the only team still to be beaten in the top flight. In five of the last seven seasons, the team with that accolade has gone on to win the title. There was a time when Spurs panicked at the thought of being without top scorer Kane. Son Heung-min, however, has come of age this season. The South Korean had netted five in five, even before his impressive display to sink City on Sunday. His relentless running and ability to pick a pass means Pochettino has another potent weapon at the spearhead of his attack. Bear in mind too that £17million Vincent Janssen has yet to hit his stride and it is easy to see why the concerns over Kane are a thing of the past. We know all about Pochettino’s authority but the Argentine also has generals willing to shoulder responsibility on the pitch. Whether it is Wanyama the destroyer in midfield, Son standing in for/rivalling Kane up front, Alderweireld marshalling the top flight’s tightest defence, or skipper Hugo Lloris using his experience in goal, his players will stand up and be counted. Where will Tottenham finish?2000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Jose Mourinho is the ‘Irreplaceable One’ at Chelsea, says Stoke boss Mark Hughes ahead of cup meeting

    Jose Mourinho is the Irreplaceable One at Chelsea, according to . Hughes cannot understand why the Blues would even despite the poor start to their campaign. The Potters manager aims to add to Mourinho’s woes by dumping him out of the on Tuesday night. And because he is their best-ever manager. “He says it himself, he’s a top manager,” said Hus revealed how Eric Garcia identified Watford's defensive shape after the young defender observed them during the warm up.The 18-year-old made his first Premier League appearance as a second-half substitute in the 8-0 win over the Hornets and impressghes. “He’s the best manager Chelsea have ever had so why would they change? “It’s always that one of who would you replace with to get an uplift out of your club? It doesn’t ring true.” Hughes may be a rival boss, but nobody connected will deny his status within their club. A boyhood Blues fan, Hughes established himself as a cult hero at Stamford Bridge after joining Chelsea on a free transfer from Manchester United in 1995. He was part of the vanguard movement, led by Ruud Gullit, that effectively transformed the club into the modern era. In pictures - West Ham 2-1 Chelsea Chelsea are currently languishing 15th on Saturday and Hughes is adamant . Hughes knows what it is like to feel the heat as a as a manager at Manchester City and says Mourinho will stick to his tried and trusted methods. “You just come together as a group and I think Jose is strong in that regard,” said the Welshman. “They always seem to have a good unity to the group. If they keep that and do the things you know consistently will gain you good performances and results, they will turn things around. “Sometimes teams go through this period, whatever level you are and quality you have. Chelsea have quality right through the squad that will enable them to come through these moments, I’m sure. “If you’re champions, then you’re always going to be fair game and teams will go that extra mile against you. “This year they’ve maybe not dealt with that as well as they have done in the past. I don’t anticipate they’ll be in the position they are for too much longer.” and was , but Hughes feels his outbursts against officials are his way of taking the spotlight off his players. “Sometimes the top managers, because they’re not used to losing, react in an inappropriate way,” he said. “Sometimes he uses that to his own end to deflect the focus away from the result and we’re all guilty of that as managers. “This is a period he has probably not experienced for a long time, if ever. “At some point, normal service will be resumed and they will be back on track. Whether or not they do that tomorrow (Tuesday) night, we will see.” Should Chelsea sack Jose Mourinho?34000+ VOTES SO FAR Stoke beat Mourinho’s Chelsea two seasons ago at the Britannia and after recovering from his back operation in the summer. It all augurs well . Hughes said: “It’s the perfect game for us. The Chelsea game following so quickly on from us losing to Watford on Saturday, is a great game for us.” : Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Wilson; Whelan, Adam; Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic; Diouf. Chelsea report for pre-season training, a week later than their rivals.July 29thBeat Barcelona on penalties in the final game of their pre-season tour of America, just four days before they are due to play Arsenal at Wembley.August 2ndLose 1-0 to Arsenal in the Community Shield, as Arsene Wenger gets his first win over Mourinho in 13 attempts.8th August Chelsea open their season with a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea - but the game is marred by Mourinho’s criticism of club doctor Eva Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn, who rushed onto the pitch to treat injured Eden Hazard. 16th AugustChelsea suffer a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Manchester City. Skipper John Terry is subbed at half-time.23rd AugustJohn Terry keeps his place in the starting XI for the trip to West Brom - but is sent off after 54 minutes. The Blues escape with a narrow 3-2 win.29th AugustThe Blues lose 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in what is only Mourinho’s second home defeat in 100 league games at Stamford Bridge.19th September Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal marred by Diego Costa’s spat with Gabriel, which saw the Arsenal defender sent off.22nd September Eva Carneiro leaves her position of first-team doctor at Chelsea.29th SeptemberLoses to his former side Porto in the Champions League.30th SeptemberThe FA clear Mourinho of making discriminatory comments towards Carneiro.3rd OctoberThe Portuguese goes on a seven-minute rant following his side’s 3-1 loss against Southampton, claiming that referees are “afraid” to give Chelsea any decisions. Says he will not walk away from Chelsea and will have to be sacked if they want rid of him. Subs Matic off after 20 minutes.5th OctoberThe club give Jose Mourinho a vote of confidence following their poor start to the season.14th October Slapped with a one-match suspended stadium ban and £50,000 fine following his post-Southampton rant.15th OctoberCalls his £50,000 fine and suspended stadium ban a “disgrace” then has another pop at Arsene Wenger at the launch for his new book.17th OctoberLeaves last year's player of the season Eden Hazard on the bench, claiming the playmaker needs to work harder to win his place back in the team.19th OctoberReignites feud with TV pundits - “You need to be brave to criticise m Dean Smith was left frustrated after their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.Sadio Mane's 94th-minute header saw the Reds complete a turnaround that maintained their six-point lead at the top of the table.Smith said: "We're disappointed we have come out with y history”20th OctoberFootage emerges of Mourinho appearing to shove schoolboy on London street. He later denied intimidating the youth.21st October Blands referee Damir Skomina “weak and naive” following Chelsea’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev - another dig at Arsene Wenger, who used the exact words against Mike Dean but went unpunished by the FA.24th OctoberMourinho sent to the stands during a fiery 2-1 loss at West Ham, which leaves the Blues in 15th place after ten games.27th OctoberThe Blues crash out of the Capital One Cup, losing on penalties to ten-man Stoke.31st OctoberChelsea are beaten 3-1 at Stamford Bridge by Liverpool as the pressure on Mourinho increases. After the game he delivers a bizarre post-match interview, repeatedly answering questions with: "I have nothing to say".2nd NovemberMourinho handed a one-match stadium ban and fined £40,000 for his behaviour during the West Ham defeat.7th NovemberChelsea lose their seventh Premier League game of the season, as they go down 1-0 at Stoke. Mourinho serves out his stadium ban.29th NovemberDiego Costa is dropped to the bench and appeared to petulantly throw a bib at Mourinho. The champions are held to a goalless draw at Tottenham.5th DecemberThe pressure is cranked up further on Mourinho after his side lose 1-0 at home to injury-hit Premier League new content_imgboys Bournemouth.14th DecemberA NINTH league defeat of the season, this time to Leicester, comes days after the Blues qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. Vardy and Mahrez consign Mourinho's men to another defeat, and the Chelsea boss says afterwards he feels "betrayed" by his players, hinting at a dressing room revolt.17th DecemberSACKED - With the Blues continued struggles showing no sign of abating, Chelsea have decided to part company with Mourinho less than seven months after winning the Premier League title.
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  • Old Trafford since arriving from Sporting CP in Ja

    after Sunday's shock defeat of Real Madrid.Betis outclassed Real andes.Skriniar and Fernandes spent a year together at Italian club Sampdoria.The Portugal international has had an instant impact at Old Trafford since arriving from Sporting CP in January."I think one of my best team-mates was Bruno Fernandes," SkriMadrid on the day thanks to gcontent_imgoals from Sidnei and Cristian Tello."[It's more than three points] for me and for Betis because we've had a bad run and you don't beat the league leaders e
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  • Arsene Wenger holds further talks over Arsenal future – but new deal NOT signed yet

    has held further talks over his future this week as he is set to commit to a new two year contract. Mirror Sport understands talks are ongoing with majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and other members of the club's hierarchy. Wenger went to Paris on the international break but has also been in regular contact with Kroenke who is keen for him to stay and oversee a drastic rebuild at the Emirates. boss Wenger has agreed a new two year deal but has NOT signed ye striker Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez each hit doubles for their 4-3 win over Sassuolo.But Lukaku warns Inter “need to defend better than that" after surviving Sassuolo's fight-back.“We did everything right in the first half, should've scort with the club insisting the final decision will be mutucontent_imgal. They face losing and this summer but are ready to put their faith in Wenger Walters says they always had Arsenal rattled.Arsenal consistently struggled to get results at the bet365 Stadium as they had trouble playing their free-flowing football against Stoke's abrasive style.Recently retired Walters, speaking to talkSPORT, with a major overhaul of the squad. Lyon striker is top of their wish list while Arsenal will also appoint a new academy director and recruiting staff. They will also spend the next two years trying to find the right successor and get the club in shape for a smooth handover when Wenger eventually goes. are in no rush to announce the deal as they know the timing is important with fans split over whether he should go. Will this be Wenger's final season as Arsenal boss?9000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Juan Mata reveals Manchester United stars are finally ”getting used” to Louis van Gaal’s methods

    Manchester United players now understand Louis van Gaal’s ­“philosophy” and what he wants from them, according to . Much has been made of Van Gaal’s methods, which involve detailed plWolves captain Conor Coady has faith the club can re-discover their form.Saturday's 5-2 home loss to Chelsea means the Molineux outfit have one point from five Premier League games.He said: "I have great belief in the club and the team and we will coanning, meetings, analysis and meticulous training drills. The workload demanded by the Dutchman was said to have frustrated some of his squad, with Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick going to the Reds boss to tell him the mood in the dressing room was “flat”. That prompted to change part of his approach, including seeking feedback from players before delivering his game plans. But Mata was confident the are now ­comfortable with his methods , a point reflected in them being just two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City. “Every manager has his own way to work and obviously with him it’s different than with any other manager,” said the Spain midfielder. “He said when he arrived it was going to be difficult, especially at the beginning. But I think it is about time and getting used to his ­technical way of working – the number of meetings, the training and the games. "But this is our second year with him so it’s normal and logical that we’re understanding each other better – not just with him, but as a team on the pitch. “We’ve been playing together more time than last season, so it’s normal we’re playing good football and that’s what we want to do this season – improve again.” Mata said his goal,, was the perfect example of the possession-based game Van Gaal has tried to instil in his players. The build-up involved 45 passes before Mata applied the finishing touch. “Obviously if you’re losing you can’t do that all the time, because maybe you don’t score,” said Mata. “It depends on the situation. “But that was a great example of how to manage a situation when you’re winning away. You don’t lose the ball and then you score the third goal.” He believes ’s ­explosive start to his Old Trafford career can spark a title push. The £36million signing from Monaco has been a revelation, scoring four goals in as many games. And he will be aiming to add to that against Sunderland on Saturday. Mata believes the 19-year-old will only get better, having proved nothing fazes him. “He’s very calm and manages the pressure very well,” said Ms with Watford.The Times says Pearson has emerged as a serious contender to replace Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford, content_imgwith the Premier League club having interviewed him for the vacant manager's position.The 56-year-old is believed to have been targeata. “He doesn’t just bring goals to the team, he brings many more things. He knows how to play off team-mates, he knows how to run in behind, how to head, and he’s quick and can run deep. “He’s a very talented young player who is having a great moment. I’d watched him play, but not a lot – a few games with Monaco. “He did what he did at 19 and that’s difficult, because if you come from France to England, you would normally need time to settle down. “Then there’s his age, but he’s doing great. “A striker needs confidence and to score in your first game – and then score four in four games – will have a big impact on his ­confidence and for the team. “He’s been doing very well until now. I just hope he can do this sort of thing a lot of times because he could be very important for us.” What's your prediction for this one?4000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish speaks out against Premier League’s pro-EU stance

    chairman Steve Parish has slammed And the Eagles co-owner claimedway with an Inter Milan shirt. A pat on the back from Antonio Conte. And a 'see you later' from his potential new teammates at the Singapore National Stadium.They've made sure, have Inter. They've made it clear to Lukaku he's a wanted man. Before and celebrity endorsements from stars like David Beckham was “the politics of the playground”. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore claimed yesterday that the 20 clubs backed a Yes vote at the recent AGM because leaving would be “incongruous” to its commitment to “openness”. This was then re-tweeted by But Parish told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We didn't have a vote. Every single position in the Premier League requires a vote. Unlike some of the things in the EU, the Premier League is a democracy and we get to vote for things. And we didn't vote for that. This club would like to distance itself from that statement. I don't think it is for Premier League clubs to decide how people vote. "Unless I fell asleep in a meeting which I don't think I did, we didn't have a vote on whether we endorsed a view to stay in Europe. “And for me, I don't think it is the position of a football club to tell anyone to vote in any election. It is extraordinary that would tweet that as a fact and use our logo as if we are endorsing one view or another. We were never asked. "We have probably got a split inside our ownership group, we haven't debated it internally and we would certainly like our supporters to vote with their conscience and based on the facts that they know and not because the football club is encouraging them to do anything.” Parish added: “I think people are fed up. Icontent_imgn the last two days, David Beckham has said we should stay in – it is the politics of the playground for me. "Let's marshal as many people that we revere and respect on each side and try and get them to force people's view. I think people are fed up with the whole campaign and for me to put all 20 Premier League clubs in favour of remain in the hope that maybe football fans will vote for Remain because they see their club's logo - is that how we want to stay in the EU or leave? - it is very disappointing for me.” Withdrawing from the EU could pose problems for European players gaielder John Fleck is set to earn his first call-up to the senior Scotland squad.Fleck is in line to play in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino later in October.The 28-year-old has never earned a cap at senior level, despite represining the automatic right to play here like now. But the Palace boss, a successful businessman who sold his international design and production agency Tag Worldwide in 2011, said: “If we were to leave, we could give anyone we want a work permit from anywhere in the world. You are not honestly saying if we left the EU, the UK government would say we couldn't have German footballers here. I think most people think there are probably a lot more things in this debate rather than if a German footballer can come and play in England or not. I think it is far bigger and more important than that.” Martin Lewis weighs the arguments
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