Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Celtic vs Bayern Munich live score: Latest goal updates from the Champions League clash

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Celtic vs Bayern Munich live score: Latest goal updates from the Champions League clash

CELTIC take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Hoops Brend Rodgers felt his side weren’t at their best during the 3-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena and they desperately need a win to get their campaign back on track.

It was always going to be a big struggle to get out of a group with Bayern and PSG, but Rodgers knows that he has to record a win over one of them to stand any chance.

Kick-off 7.45pm.

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Mile Jedinak, Jimmy Jeggo included in Australia squad to face Honduras

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Mile Jedinak, Jimmy Jeggo included in Australia squad to face Honduras
The FC panel caution Australia not to underestimate a gritty Honduras side in the intercontinental playoff. Ange Postecoglou has named a 25-man squad that will seal Australia's World Cup qualifying fate, and with it his legacy as Socceroos coach. Returning skipper Mile Jedinak headlines three inclusions for next month's World Cup qualifying playoff with Honduras. The 33-year-old's weekend runout with club Aston Villa was enough to earn him a seat on the plane to Central America, the last away trip on the road to Russia. Jedinak is joined by Jimmy Jeggo and Alex Gersbach in the squad, which has been extended...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Jose Mourinho is moaning, Pep Gurdiola is right about Tottenham and is Sam Allardyce the man to save Everton?

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Jose Mourinho is moaning, Pep Gurdiola is right about Tottenham and is Sam Allardyce the man to save Everton?

ANOTHER action packed weekend has come and gone in the Premier League with plenty of talking points.

So lets take a look back at the winners and losers as we hit double figures for games played.

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are strugglingGetty Images - Getty Down in Dorset

It’s not looking good for Bournemouth. Losing to the champions Chelsea can be forgiven but the fact that they only mustered one shot on target in the whole match is very worrying, especially as they’ve only scored six goals to date this season.

The next six games will, in all likelihood, define their season. The Cherries face Newcastle, Huddersfield, Swansea, Burnley, Southampton and Crystal Palace, matches where they’ll need to pick up some much needed points.

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Why? Because they face Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City after that.

Home comforts Arsenal have continued their fine form at the EmiratesRex Features Arsene Wenger was celebrating his 800th game in charge of ArsenalRex Features

For all the doom and gloom that surrounds Arsenal on any given day of the week, it’s worth remembering just how good they are at the Emirates.

It’s 11 years since the Gunners moved into their new stadium and on the occasion of Arsene Wenger’s 800th game in charge, Arsenal came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1.

So what? Well, get this. It was their 13th game on the spin that they’ve won at the Emirates and that’s their longest ever run at the stadium.

It’s the kind of home form that wins titles. Get the away form right and who knows what they might achieve this term.

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“I never speak about injuries. Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when some player is injured. I don’t cry.” These were the words of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho less than two weeks ago.

Fast forward to Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off with Spurs and the Portuguese miserabilist shoehorned four grade-A grumbles about his team’s injury woes into the space of a two-minute interview with Sky Sports.

At least he’s consistent in his inconsistency.

Even more from Moan-inho

Anybody else catch Jose’s shush gesture at the end of the win over Spurs? When he was asked what he meant by it, Mourinho offered the following explanation:
“Some people speak too much. You know, calm down, relax. Relax a little bit. Don’t speak too much – speak, speak, speak. You know, relax.”

Funny, that’s just what I think whenever I hear Jose.

Kane not able Pep Guardiola has so far been proven right about TottenhamPA:Empics Sport

It was Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that jokingly referred to Tottenham as the ‘Harry Kane team’ recently but it seems he may just have had a point after all.

Without their star striker Spurs really were a shadow of the side that we usually see, so much so, in fact, that they didn’t manage a single shot on target in the second half.

Of course you’re going to miss a player of Kane’s calibre but the reliance on him and, for that matter, the lack of options to replace him continue to be one of the key issues that Mauricio Pochettino or, more pertinently, Daniel Levy, needs to address.

Will the Spurs chairman green light reinforcements in January? Or will he cash in on Kane? It’s an issue that’s going to come to a head in the not too distant future.

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If I were a bookie I’d pay out on Manchester City winning the league right now.

Yes, rivals United are scraping wins and boring everyone to tears but they’re several furlongs behind City.

The stats say it all.

City have made the best ever start to a Premier League season after 10 games, amassing 28 points with a goal difference of +29. They’re unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions – their longest run without defeat in their history – and they’ve won their last eight Premier League games by a margin of 32 goals to just five.

It’s a frankly awesome set of numbers that, unlike last season, shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

Not so Good-ison Sam Allardyce could be the man to save EvertonGetty Images - Getty

When Everton splashed out over £150 million in the summer they were many observers tip for a top four spot. Ten games in and they’re languishing in the bottom three with their proud record of never having been out of the top flight since the 1950s at real risk.

After another defeat this weekend, it’s fairly safe to say that David Unsworth isn’t likely to get the manager’s job on a permanent basis but who is the right man to save them now?

Well, you can forget about Ancelotti and Mancini. Disregard Dyche too.

There’s only one man who can turn this team round.

Sam Allardyce, it’s over to you…

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Manchester United, Ajax Squeeze Into UEFA Europa League Final

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Manchester United, Ajax Squeeze Into UEFA Europa League Final
Marouane Fellaini's 17th-minute header put Manchester United 2-0 up on aggregate, but Celta Vigo hit back late on through Facundo Roncaglia, who was then sent off along with United's Eric Bailly following a centre-circle shoving contest.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Premier League: Cesc Fabregas Condemns Middlesbrough As Chelsea Close On Title

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Premier League: Cesc Fabregas Condemns Middlesbrough As Chelsea Close On Title
The win over Middlesbrough left Chelsea seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur at the summit and means they will be crowned Premier League champions for the second time in three seasons if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

Tottenham needn’t worry about Harry Kane’s hamstring injury ahead of Manchester United clash… they didn’t lose a single game without him on the pitch last season

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Tottenham needn’t worry about Harry Kane’s hamstring injury ahead of Manchester United clash… they didn’t lose a single game without him on the pitch last season

TOTTENHAM were dealt a sore blow on Friday as they confirmed Harry Kane was struggling with a hamstring injury and would miss the Manchester United game.

Spurs will now make the long trip to Old Trafford without their star man, who is the Premier League’s top scorer with eight goals this season.

Harry Kane is set to miss Tottenham's clash with Man United on SaturdayHarry Kane is set to miss Tottenham’s clash with Man United on SaturdayPA:Empics Sport

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side.

After all, Spurs failed to lose a SINGLE game last season when taking to the pitch without Kane.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Tottenham won five and drew three of their eight games whilst Kane was sidelined through injury.

The England star’s first knock came early in the season, between September and October.

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While the initial stats look good on paper, it is around this time Tottenham began to drop crucial points.

Having kicked-off their Kane-less run with two wins – 2-0 vs Middlesbrough and 2-1 vs Man City – they then drew THREE games in three weeks.

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A 1-1 draw with West Brom was followed by a goalless stalemate with Bournemouth and another 1-1 – this time against Leicester.

Fortunately for Pochettino and Co, Kane returned following that frustrating spell in the season.

Tottenham without Harry Kane - 2016-17

Sep 24 – Middlesbrough – 2-1 (W)
Oct 2 – Man City – 2-0 (W)
Oct 15 – West Brom – 1-1 (D)
Oct 22 – Bournemouth – 0-0 (D)
Oct 29 – Leicester – 1-1 (D)
Mar 19 – Southampton – 2-1 (W)
Apr 1 – Burnley – 2-0 (W)
Apr 5 – Swansea – 3-1 (W)

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However, Kane suffered another knock towards the end of the season… not that Tottenham seemed to notice.

Spurs beat Southampton 2-1, before following that up with a 2-0 win over Burnley and a 3-1 win over Swansea as the finished the season strongly.

Tottenham finished the season in second place, eight points above Manchester City, but seven points shy of Chelsea’s tally.

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While Spurs went unbeaten without Kane, those three draws around this time last year could have been the difference between coming second and being crowned champions.

With the North Londoners currently level on points with Manchester United – both on 20 – going into Saturday’s game, they’ll hope to be able to perform without Kane.

As they learnt just a year ago… dropped points at this stage of the season can be debilitating for a team with title aspirations.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mesut Ozil insists he will ‘always give everything for Arsenal’… but is not enjoying playing out of position for Arsene Wenger

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Mesut Ozil insists he will ‘always give everything for Arsenal’… but is not enjoying playing out of position for Arsene Wenger

MESUT OZIL has hit back at critics, claiming: “I’ll always give everything for Arsenal.”

The Gunners contract rebel looks increasingly likely to walk away on a free next summer after snubbing a mega-bucks new deal.

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And unsettled Ozil — linked with a January switch to Manchester United — has been accused of downing tools this season.

But his man-of-the-match display in their 5-2 win at Everton earned a thumbs-up from majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.

And Ozil, 29, said: “It’s very nice to hear Kroenke’s comments.

“I’m happy here and do my job to 100 per cent, as I always have.

“I give everything and leave it all on the pitch for the team.

“As for whatever else happens, we will see in the future.”

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German World Cup-winner Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have moved into the final year of their Emirates deals.

And Ozil hinted at being unhappy with his current role in the team under boss Arsene Wenger.

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Talking to Sky Sports, he added: “I’m someone who needs to have fun on the pitch.

“Everyone knows my favourite position is the playmaker — the No 10.

“At the moment the coach plays me on the right and it’s a thing I need to accept.

“I’m happy to give good displays, yet it’s more important we do that as a team.

“We have quality, but must believe in ourselves. If we can do that, I am certain we will go on and win things.”

Jose Mourinho laughs off drama surrounding his attempt to sign Eric Dier as Nemanja Matic was always his favoured target

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Jose Mourinho laughs off drama surrounding his attempt to sign Eric Dier as Nemanja Matic was always his favoured target

JOSE MOURINHO laughed off the tapping storm over Eric Dier and insisted: “I got the player I wanted in the end anyway.”

Mourinho had been accused of unsettling Dier by Mauricio Pochettino, both last December and in the summer, in the Spurs boss’s new book.

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He ultimately landed Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a stunning £40 million raid, and the Serbian has been one of the stars of Manchester United’s season.

Matic’s sparkling start to life at Old Trafford has certainly dimmed any regrets Mourinho have had at failing to sign Dier – although he insists there are none of those.

Mourinho, whose side face Spurs tomorrow, claimed: “I have the player I want to have – probably the one I didn’t think was possible to have, but in the end I got the one I really wanted.”

Tottenham have suffered a mighty blow with the loss of Harry Kane because a tweaked hamstring.

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Yet Mourinho refused to be drawn on his absence, pointing instead to the vast number of United crocks.

He added: “I don’t speak about injured players so don’t ask me about Harry Kane, because I have to speak about Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and  Michael, Carrick.”

But United should have Eric Bailly back again after groin trouble, while Phil Jones – on the bench for the midweek League Cup win – is also available.

One man still missing, though, is Luke Shaw – although Mourinho insists the injury-plagued left back can still have a future at Old Trafford.

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Shaw had openly spoken about his own admiration for Pochettino – his old boss at Southampton – and how he would love to play under him again.

Mourinho had no problem with that and insisted: “Luke Shaw was just honest. He has a future here but the situation is not easy because he comes from injury after injury after injury.

“He needs two, three, four, five or six matches in a row to play, to make mistakes, to get condition, to get match fitness and I cannot give him that.

“If he was a central midfielder then yes, as we only have two but at left back we have so many options. The situation is not easy, but he’s in the squad, he works and maybe the opportunity will come.”

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