2018 August

A Hollywood World Cup draw but without the horror plot for England who CAN qualify from Group D

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If England are worried about playing their World Cup opener in the jungle, then how do you think the Amazonians are feeling? There will be enough scare ­stories printed about this ­supposed Group of Death to ­account for an entire rainforest. , the next day his boss Greg Dyke, who had already written us off until 2022, is slitting his throat at the sight of a fixture list. And the FA tell us it’s the press who ‘build ’em up to knock ’em down!’ Still it’s not as if Dyke is a former TV mogul who would have known there would be ­cameras trained on his every move… . Ratotti was delighted for Moise Kean after he scored in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.It marked the Italy international’s first goal in the Premier League.On top of his goal, Kean produced a performance with plenty of hard graft and threat on theher than Geoff Hurst handing a ball to a FIFA blazer, a movie agent should have told Hodgson England’s fate as if he were casting for a Quentin Tarantino blockbuster. “So, Roy, your opening scene is in the Amazon. Dead of night. Mosquitoes, humidity, the works. There’s thicontent_imgs maniac guy on the loose. Loves setting off ­fireworks. Drives into women’s ­prisons. Throws darts at kids. Total fruit-loop. Wears real kooky T-shirts saying, like ‘Why Always Me?’ We’ll call him Mario. “But Mario’s not the big ­villain. Oh, wait til ya hear about Luis. This guy, he’s got a taste for ­human flesh. But the best bit is he has a pathological hatred of Norwich! He goes on these ­frenzied shooting sprees. Proper psycho. He’d even like your space monkey gag ….” Yet beyond the silver-screen plotlines, England are capable of qualifying from Group D ahead of Italy or Uruguay, guaranteeing a half-decent last-16 tie. It may be a group which ­contains three of the eight ­countries to have won a World Cup but ancient history is bunk. If there is trepidation in ­England, they will not be gleeful in Uruguay or Italy either. The Italians went to the last World Cup as champions and finished bottom of a group ­containing Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia. They will not be swaggering into Manaus like they own the place. England have played Italy twice under Hodgson – won one, drawn one. , which Italy won on penalties after a 0-0 draw, has became the stuff of myth. Sure, Andrea Pirlo was outstanding but how mmidfielder Scott McTominay says he’ll always be grateful for the break former manager Jose Mourinho handed him.McTominay says he never felt comfortable, however, when playing for the Portuguese.“Jose Mourinho is a top man and the way he looked afteany goals did he create? England were out-passed and Italy had almost two-thirds of possession but Hodgson’s team ­suffered a midfield injury crisis, leaving Scott Parker to play 93 minutes with an injured achilles, that put him out of the game for six months. And for as long as possession stats have been ­recorded, England have been ­outdone on this criteria by all major nations. England had only 39 per cent when they trounced Germany 5-1 in Munich. When they defeated Argentina at the 2002 World Cup, they had 35 per cent. Watch the highlights of England 4 Holland 1 at Euro 96 and you’ll realise the Dutch had more of the ball then, too. So it might have to be a ­pressure-soaking job against Italy. Rope-a-dope. Perfect for a rumble in the jungle. Passing opponents to death is not the English way. Twenty years of quality coaching from the grass roots up and maybe that could change, but not before June. Yet England still win a lot of football matches. Largely through organisation, set-pieces and ­defensive fighting spirit. Hodgson is no route-one ­neanderthal, but he has a fine record of getting limited teams to punch above their weight and remains ­unbeaten in 14 competitive matches with England. Uruguay reached the last World Cup semi-finals – but needed a play-off to make it to Brazil. They possess one of the world’s most fearsome strike partnerships in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who will threaten England’s ­suspect central defence, but they are fragile at the back themselves and were trounced 4-1 by Bolivia in qualifying. They will start as group favourites but will not ­relish facing England. Costa Rica must not be written off, having qualified well clear of Mexico. Although their star ­player, Bryan Ruiz, never plays above walking pace at Fulham. But while there should be no cheeky tenners on England, there is no need to commit hara-kiri either. Strike up the Pearl & Dean music, tuck in to a bucket of popcorn, because England are going to the greatest show on Earth. We might as well try to enjoy it.

This season’s Champions League performances show the top Premier League clubs are in rude health

All the pessimists who said English teams were finished after none made it to last year’s Champions League quarter-finals have gone quiet. Maybe they’ve looked at this year’s group tables and realised they are the best combined set of English results in any Champions League campaign. Which is why, despite finishing second in their groups, Arsenal and Manchester City need not fear too much in Monday’s draw. They were the two best English performers in the group stages, their results were much better than last season, and their victories at the grounds of last year’s finalists resonated around Europe. Indeed should act as a huge confidence boost for what will inevitably be a tough draw, because they know they’re capable of achieving victory in the away leg no matter where they go. Don’t be surprised if both provide big upsets in the next round. Ho, ho, ho Despite Napoli getting knocked out of the Champions League, the most popular Christmas tree decoration being sold in Naples is a plastic figurine of Rafael Benitez. What a difference a year makes. Last December the only tree Chelsea fans wanted to see him hanging from was one that had been cut down and turned into gallows. Fact. A familiar tale It didn’t take long for Arsene Wenger to revert to whinging mode. Instead of gracefully admitting that was a fair result, he spat out his dummy over Everton being “too physical”.ck Ribery.Off contract at the end of the month, Ribery is fielding offers from around the world after deciding to leave Bayern.Western Sydney Wanderers of Australia and interest from Qatar has been considered, however Kicker says Ribery could now sta Ah yes, that classic Wenger defence mechanism whenever teams don’t stand back and applaud Arsenal passing them to death. Icontent_img loved it. In fact, I got so nostalgic hearing that old chestnut I’m hoping for more dropped po Diop, according to reports.With the Blues’ having their transfer ban reduced, Frank Lampard is keen on bringing in a defender.Chelsea-Transfer-News-Issa-Diop-Top-Target-Frank-Lampard-Imminent-40m-Bid-West-Ham-Spurs”>The Express says 22-year-old Diopints. Andy Murray is alright by me Andy Murray's decision to miss the Sports Personality of the Year Awards is the clincher for me. Winning Wimbledon proved he was top at sport. Swerving an event that’s about as riveting as giving your U-bend a good scouring with a tooth-brush, proves he’s finally developed a personality. A worthy winner indeed. Actions speak louder than silence As laudable as it is for FIFA to sanction a minute’s silence before the next round of internationals to honour Nelson Mandela, a more fitting tribute would be to act decisively the next time they hear a set of fans hold a minute’s monkey-grunting to dishonour a black player. If Sepp Blatter believes half the stuff he spouted about his “dear friend” Mandela then closing, for three games, the next ground that allows racism to fester, would be the ideal way to mark his passing. Good luck with that. Peas in a pod? Not quite Sympathetic comparisons are being drawn between David Moyes and Bob Paisley in an attempt to show it can all come good for . Paisley, they say, like Moyes, took over from a legendary Scot in Bill Shankly and was so burdened in his first season he won nothing. But he went on to win three European Cups and six titles. Which is true, but there are also some subtle differences. Moyes took over league champions, Paisley didn’t. Moyes had 14 years of managerial experience, Paisley had none. Moyes was so desperate to take the United job he was having cosy meetings with Fergie while still Everton manager whereas Paisley begged Shankly not to retire because he felt it was a bad move for both him and the club. Not forgetting the biggest difference of all. If Moyes goes on to do half of what Paisley did at United he’ll be knighted.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil given ‘lowest possible rating’ by German paper after lacklustre display in Dortmund

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was given the lowest possible rating by Bild after his performance in last night's defeAncelotti after victory over RB Salzburg.The captain came off the bench to score the winner after Dries’ Mertens brace for the 3-2 Champions League victory.“I was relaxed, as I accepted the decisions of the coach and knew we needed everyone to giveat to Borussia Docontent_imgrtmund. moved to the Emirl van Dijk might never win the Ballon D’Or.The centre-back was pipped to last year’s award by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.”The message of the Ballon d’Or was, he’s never going to win it again,” Gullit told JOE of his fellow countryman.Pressed onates for £42.4million last summer and after a fine start, endured a frustrating end to the previous campaign. The new season has started equally as disappointingly and he was anonymous last night And German newspaper Bild have hit out at Ozil in their match ratings. He was given a rating of 'Picture Note 6' – the lowest possible score that could be given, while it was claimed he "didn't earn his money". It comes as Arsene Wenger faces pressure from fans to deploy Ozil in his preferred number 10 position. And Arsenal legend Ian Wright has also had his say and believe the Gunners will get no success unless they switch his role. He tweeted: "Arsene get Ozil in the middle, get the team to play around him! He's 42 mill worth of player for a reason. Do something with him PLEASE." : Will Ozil prove worth the money this season?9000+ VOTES SO FAR In pictures: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

Everton prepare January swoop for Marseille striker Andre Ayew

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Everton are set to swoop for Marseille striker Andre Ayew. is a free agent at the end of the season. That means Everton can sign him on a pre­-contract agreement when the winter transfer window opens next month. He would then join Everton next summer. Ayew, who is 25 on Wednesday, can play either as a wide man or as a second striker. His arrival would increase the options of in the front line posiight against Chelsea in the Europa League ficontent_imgnal.The Arsenal.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says the final would be worth at least £90m to Arsenal – even if bust-up with Joe Gomez.The Telegraph says they had to be pulled apart by stunned team-mates following the altercation at St George’s Park.It came just hours after the pair clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon a they don’t advance beyond next season’s Champions League group stage.In an illustration of tions. Martinez has Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Arouna Kone and Samel Eto’o as his strikers. And Ayew – who as attracted interest from Liverpool in the past – will be a player of proven experience and quality to supplement the attack. Everton fans! Would you like to see Andre Ayew at your club?0+ VOTES SO FAR

El Diego: Mancini’s not daring enough to win the title

Diego Maradona claims Manchester City could blow the title because Roberto Mancini is "too defensive". Maradona feels Mancini has become too negative in recent weekill not risk its future by gambling with big money signings.The Blades are sitting pretty in sixth position on the table, despite only being promoted from the Championship last summer.They splurged £22m on Sander Berge last month, but Wilder insistss after making a flying start to the campaign with City. The Blues banged in 39 goals in their first 11 league games to take 31 from a possible 33 points. But they have managed just 16 goals in their last 11 matches, dropping 11 points. Maradona, who has been in Manchester this weekend visiting his son-in-law Sergio Aguero and his family, saysReal Madrid striker Borja Mayoral is returning to Levante.The Spain U21 is moving to Levante on-loan after last season’s success.Mayoral was also in talks with Real Sociedad, but after their deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Alexander Isak he has decided to return to Levante.Last season, Mayoral played 33 games and scored five goals.The striker helped Spain win the U21 Euros this summer. Manchester United could win the title race because of Mancini's negativity. &content_imgquot;My heart says Manchester City, but I believe Mancini with all the players he's got, is not daring enough," the Argentine legend told Sport360. "He's a bit too defensive. Maybe because he is Italian." Maradona prefers United's style under Sir Alex Ferguson and said: "As an organisation, and with their style of play, I think United are more aggressive. But if I have to support one team, I'll be a fan for my son-in-law." Maradona wishes Aguero were still at Atletico Madrid, but feels he made a great move in joining City last summer. "I think today, watching from my home in Dubai, seeing Aguero in Madrid would make for much more interesting matches than Kun Aguero at Manchester City," said the Al Wasl coach. "I talked to the president of Atletico Madrid and I told him that Aguero had amazing potential, and that he should surround him with good players so that Atletico could make history with him. "As you know he did not listen to me. He didn't listen. He sold Kun and I, as his father-in-law, think he chose well.

Arsenal vs Chelsea team news: Arteta out for the season, Drogba missing with knee injury

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Arsenal will have midfielders Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin back from hamstring injuries for tomorrow's Barclays Premiecontent_imgr League clash against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium. Defender Laurent Koscielny returns from a two-game suspension, but on-loan midfielder Yossi Benayoun is ineligible against his parent club. Mikel Arteta will not recover from the ankle injury sustained against Wigan in time to feature again this season, while England midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) has already been ruled out along with German centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle). Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky, Gervinho, Walcott, van Persie, Fabianski Djourou, Santos, Jenkinson, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Chamakh. *** Didier Drogba will miss Chelsea's Barclays Premier League game at Arsenal tomorrow. The striker picked up a knee injury in Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Barcelona and will be reassessed ahead of Tuesday's second leg. David Luiz is out with a hamstring injury, while Branislav Ivanovic serves the second instalment of his domestic three-game ban. Provisional squad: Cech, Ferreira, Bosingwa, Terry, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Meireles, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Malouda, Drogba, Torres, Sturridge, Kalou, Turnbull. VIDEO: Click here to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea before it's even happened with CPU v CPU!  Simon Bird's Premier League previews ustrated with defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won the Champions League tie 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal. “A messy game, it was waiting for a mistake or lack of attention from a team. Ultimately, it fell to us,” Veltman told NOs signed free agent Gary Cahill on Monday, but Hodgson is desperate for more arrivals by Thursday’s transfer deadline.”We wanted four and then we sold [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, so that meant five really and that’s not counting the goalkeeper,” Hodgson tolS. “We were sloppyand predictions (Week 35)

Mackie: QPR boo-boys better back Barton

QPR goal hero Jamie Mackie admits he was disappointed to hear Rangers fans boo Joey Barton last night. Mackie scored deep into injury time to complete a remarkable comeback from Mark Hughes' side, who recovered from 2-0 down to secure a highly-fortuitous yet valuable victory. Knockers won't break me, insists defiant Barton  The win – just their second in 17 Barclays Premier League matches – moved the Londoners out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and they are now two points clear of danger ahead of Saturday's game against Sunderland. The gloss was taken off the victory somewhat by a large section of the home crowd opting to boo captain Barton when he was replaced by Mackie with the Reds 1-0 up and in firm control of the game. Barton, who has been dogged by controversy throughout his career, admitted last night that he was disappointed at the crowd's fury towards him and Mackie echoed those sentiments this evening. "You don't like to see that, especially towards your captain," Mackie said. Barton conceded last night that he had put in the worst performance of his career and many of the 18,000 inside Loftus Road clearly agreed with him. The midfielder, who signed from Newcastle on a free transfer last summer, gave the ball away on a number of occasions in the first half, his tackling was clumsy, and one shot at goal he had almost ended up in the second tier of the School End at the west Loing to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda revealed: “Mbappé met at the Formula 1 GP witpenalty was legitimate.A hand-ball awarded against Moussa Sissoko saw Mohamed Salah convert his spotkick and set Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win.Writing for The Sun, Halsey insisted: “Moussa Sissoko made it very easy for referee Damir Skomina to h a Spaniscontent_imgh player and told him the following sentence: ‘I want to play in the Spanish Liga’.”While PSG are insisting Mbandon ground. Mackie insists the 29-year-old will not be affected by the booing, however, and is confident that his skipper will bounce back from the poor display. "Joey is an immensely strong character, so I don't think we need to worry about him," Mackie said. "He was probably the happiest lad in the changing room after the match. He is the team captain and he wants us to win games whether he is banging the goals in or not and we are lucky to have him. "He is our captain and he has probably got the biggest part to play in the run-in." QPR may have edged out of the bottom three with last night's win but they still have a huge mountain to climb if they are going to avoid relegation. Despite possessing arguably the strongest squad of the five teams scrapping for survival, the Rs have by far the toughest run-in. Their nine remaining games include fixtures against the top five teams in the league and Mackie knows the club must not get carried away despite yesterday's thrilling win. He added: "We're under no illusions. We've got a very tough run-in, we're right in the mix at the bottom, and there is still the possibility we could get relegated. "But we've put ourselves in that position, and we're the only people who can get ourselves out of that position. "The Liverpool win has to give us massive belief. We are not talking about an average side here. We played against a team packed with quality." ** QPR announced today that Hogan Ephraim and Rowan Vine have joined Bristol City and Gillingham respectively on loan until the end of the season.

Mou-tang clan: Watch hilarious parody video of Jose Mourinho DJing

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Spanish Pay-TV chanNice coach Patrick Vieira has left the door open to a return to Arsenal.Vieira is being linked with the Gunners after the sacking of Unai Emery.And he said yesterday: “I never said that I wanted to leave OGC Nice. “There are things that I do not control. Maybe one day, I’ll be fired. But as I do not control what is said, I prefer to focus on my team and the game.”Vieira is tied to Nice until 2021.nel GolTV has parodied the movements of Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka on the Real Madrid bench with this brilliant video. It's not yet known what Karim Jay-Zema makes of his manager and assistant being pictured like this, nor winger Jose Kanye-jon or left-back 50 Coentrao. Having collaborated with Mou at Chelsea, Michael Essieminem is already well aware of his boss&acontent_imgpos; secret talents, but it is said that Angel Dre Maria was more surprised. Former players have queued up to laud the video, with Steve McMethodManamanan, the Raúl Slim Shady and The Notorious FIG(o) all posting it from their Twitter accounts. Mourinho is rumoured to be leaving Madrid this season, and Manchester United fJuventus are closing on a deal for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.With PSG discarded and Barcelona refusing to meet his personal demands, De Ligt is now discussing terms with Juve.Sky Italia says De Ligt has agreed the outline to a contract with Juve.And the Bianconeri have offered €55m up front with a further €10m in bonuses. However, it falls short of Ajax’s valuation of €75m.Juve are expected to return with an improved offer in the coming days.orward Little Wayne has publicly stated that he would be keen on featuring on any single with the Portguese manager (or even a double or a treble). (To skip the advert, click the 'x' in the top-right of the video)

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva takes to Twitter to confirm knee injury not as serious as first feared

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Liverpool's Lucas Leiva has revealed his knee injury will not keep him out for as long as expected. The 27-year-old suffered the problem in on Saturday and a The recovery period for such an injury is usually between six to eight weeks, which would have come as a bitter blow to boss Brendan Rodgers. However, last night Lucas took to Twitter to confirm the problem is not as serious as first thought and promised to be back within a month. His post reacontinue to give opportunities to his young players.Academy graduates Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood, James Garner, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes have all featured multiple times for the first-team this season.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s win over d: "I would like to let you know that my injury isn't serious and I will be back in a few weeks. Thanks #relieved #thedreamstillalive." Despite the positive news, will still miss Tuesday's Merseyside derby and most probably the visit of Arsenal on February 8. Rodgers started with Jordan Henderson in a deeper position against Villa on Saturday but decided to bring on Lucas at half-time, with the visitors running riot at Anfield. However, his appearance only lasted 20senal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup third-round was a “step in the right direction.”It was an invigorating and flawless performance from the Gunners against a side who hadn’t lost all season, with new signing Kieran Tierney shin minutes as he was replaced by Joe Allen, who could stake his claim for a regular spot in the FA Cup against Bournemouth this weekend. Meanwhile, the Reds' boss has claimed recent results against Stoke and the comeback against Villa, are Rodgers said: "This season has been very important because we've been able tocontent_img do a lot of work on the training field and a lot more work behind the scenes on that mental fitness. "I think you've seen the benefits of that in the confidence and belief of the players, especially if we're ever down in games or in difficult moments. We've definitely improved in that aspect."

Romelu Lukaku desperate to prove himself at Chelsea following impressive pre-season

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Romelu Lukaku has revealed he always knew he would become one of the Premier League’s most wanted youngsters. But he is now ­desperate to prove himself at ­Chelsea, ­instead of ­becoming a loan star once again. Lukaku outscored his Chelsea colleagues in the Premier League last ­season, despite being on loan at West Brom. netted 17 times at the Hawthorns, alerting a host of European clubs. Every Premier League side outside the top four woBryan Cristante has signed a new deal with AS Roma.The midfielder has signed terms to 2024.Cristante has made 54 competitive appearances for the Giallorossi, scoring five goals.“I’m delighted to renew my contract,” Cristante told the Roma website.“This is where I want to be, to keep ed Paul Pogba has suffered another injury that will keep him sidelined for a “few weeks”.Pogba has only played seven times for United this season, with two cameo appearances coming over the festive period.But he was left out of the squad to face Burnon improving; I believe in the project we are building here and I think it can be very successful.”uld love to take ­Lukaku on loan. Liverpool will even ask abcontent_imgout him if they are forced to sell star ­forward Luis ­Suarez. However, Chelsea have been adamant Lukaku will start the season at Stamford Bridge and the Belgium international is aiming to ­outperform his ­team-mates again – but this time for the Blues. Asked how it feels that so many clubs want him, Lukaku replied: “It feels good. I knew that, if I ­performed well, people would make a lot of ­requests for me. But I’m a Chelsea player and happy to be here. It’s up to me. If I do well, I will play. “I have always felt like a Chelsea player, even at West Brom.” , but admits life is much tougher than at The Hawthorns. It will get even harder if Jose ­Mourinho lands top target Wayne Rooney, but Lukaku is determined to rise to the ­challenge. “It’s not easy at Chelsea, it’s not easy at all,” said ­Lukaku. “You have to show yourself every day ­because you know how big the competition is and, if you don’t do well, there is always a player that can take your place. “Of course, I think I can get into the first team at Chelsea. But there is still room for ­improvement.” Another motivation for him is to ­regain his starting spot for Belgium ahead of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke in time for next year’s World Cup. “I want to play everywhere,” said Lukaku. “I want to be back in the starting XI in the national team, I want to be in the starting XI of Chelsea.”

Wait for it! No Moyes contract talks until after the January transfer window

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David Moyes will wait to see how the January transfer window plays out before opening talks over a new Everton contract. Bute opener.United are less than two weeks away from facing Chelsea at Old Trafford.But Solskjaer still has to make his mind up on his best line-up following a strong preseason.Speaking after Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Kristensunds, the Norwegian said: “It’ even though the Toffees boss wants to assess the direction his club is ready to take in the long term before committing long-term, he still believes he has one of the best jobs in football. Moyes has barely six months left on his current deal, but as – who with Sir Alex Ferguson are the only two managers to still be serving at their club longer than Moyes – on Wednesday, he insisted he is comfortable with the position. “I would probably wait until we have got over January and see how things go. I want to see what we’re going to do, where the club are looking to move to in the future,” he explained. “And that’s what I’m really looking for as well. It’s probably going to be after the New Year before we spelum Hudson-Odoi has provided fans with a positive update after posting footage of himself training on social media.The 18-year-old ruptured his Achilles against Burnley in April.He posted a 30 second video undertaking drills with a member of Chelsea’ak.” Moyes has been at Goodison for 10 years, and in Wednesday night’s opposite number Wenger he will see a manager who can show how it is possible to continue to motivate players over an even longer period. But when asked if he would seek advice from the man who has been at Arsenal for morcontent_imge than 16 years, the Blues boss admitted it is difficult to speak to rival managers about his own club. “It’s very hard to go to people to talk to about the job here. I think most people would look and say the Everton job looks as though it is a good job,” he explained. “We’ve got a good team, but what we’re looking to do at Everton is see if we can get to the point where it’s easy to keep all your good players. That obviously means getting to the summit or getting around the summit.” Moyes also accepts that – as – he could well face the anger of fans, who he suspects simply grow bored of the same face at the helm year-in and year-out. “I think supporters do get bored when a manager has been in a job a long time. Supporters might decide they are getting bored and they want a change,” Moyes admitted. “But I think that’s wrong, because you are not going to get any stability at the club and will probably waste a lot of money chopping and changing all the time. “Look at what Arsene has done, it’s a remarkable job. Of course their supporters want trophies, but look at the money he has raised by being so consistently in the Champions League. “He has probably financed their stadium and it is unbelievable. Only one or two clubs in the country would not be envious of that stadium, so he has put down something that is going to be there for a long, long time. “I don’t know how much you get for winning the League Cup, but it’s not going to be much, is it? “You get the silverware which we all want but if you asked do you want to win the League Cup with no dough or is it better to be in the Champions League with the cash, I bet you it’s a question a lot of supporters might find difficult to answer. “The Champions League money keeps you at that higher level, keeps you in there, so is it better to win a trophy or to be so consistent and keep the finances at the level you want?” Moyes will have Marouane Fellaini back from suspension against Arsenal and there is a chance Darron Gibson will be on the bench, but Kevin Mirallas is still suffering from a hamstring injury. Simon Bird gazes into his crystal ball ahead of Everton vs Arsenal and the rest of the top flight's midweek fixtures

Manchester United star Juan Mata bidding to prove Chelsea wrong on first Stamford Bridge return

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is out to show Chelsea boss hehe cucontent_imgrrent Reds manager welcomes his predecessor back to Anfield at the weekend as they host Leicester City.“Only in public when a manager gets the sack that people think he lost his football brain or something. That is not how it happened,” he exp made a major mistake letting him go. Mata on Saturday for the first time since Mourinho sanctioned his £37.5million move to Manchester United 15 months ago. Spain midfielder Mata has been in inspired form scoring three goals in as many games to help Louis van Gaal’s side to six straight wins in the Premier League. United can move to within five points of league leaders Chelsea with a seventh successive win, with Mata confident they can do that to blow the title race wide open. Mata has extra motivation to beat Chelsea, after Mourinho deemed him surplus to requirements last January and decided to offloaded him to United. Although Mata said he has great memories of his time at Chelsea, where he won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League, he will be out to prove a point to Mourinho. Mata, who scored in United’s 4-2 derby win over Manchester City last weekend, said: “We are already thinking about our next ‘final’ – a visit to the leaders of the Premier League. “Needless to say that for me. I already played against Chelsea in the e created the confusion for their 2-2 draw at Watford.At the key moment, Sokratis Papastathopoulos collected the ball from Leno in the box from a goal kick, before his pass was snatched by the grateful Gerard Deulofeu.Tom Cleverley then thumped the bfirst half of the championship, but going back to Stamford Bridge for the first time will bring me plenty of good memories. In pictures – Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City: “The day I arrived to this great club [United] I wrote, ‘Gratitude is the memory of the heart’ – and I keep thinking the same. “At that time I had the chance to thank everybody who helped me in London during those two-and-a-half-years. “It will be nice to meet former team-mates, fans and friends. I keep good memories of them and I wish them the best. “But obviously, our intention is to get the three points again and we will try from the kick-off until the final whistle. “The best thing is that we go to this game with confidence, but we are aware that we must perform at our best level if we want to beat Chelsea.” Robin van Persie, who has been missing since February 21 after picking up an ankle injury in a defeat at Swansea, is expected to to named in United’s travelling squad. But the Dutch striker, who is facing up to the prospect of being sold this summer, will make the bench at best as Van Gaal sticks with his winning side. Was Jose Mourinho right to sell Juan Mata?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Edgar Davids sent off for flooring rival with flying elbow in stormy Barnet match

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Barnet player/manager Edgar Davids was sent off in their bad-tempered Conference Premier draw with Wrexham after his s jealousy over the Premier League’s new winter break.The midfielder spent the majority of his career in England with Arsenal and Chelsea.Posting via his Twitter account, Fabregas joked: “17 seasons ago I started to play in the Premier League, never swinging elbow sent an opponent crashing to the turf. The North Londoners were hanging on to a 1-0 lead when the visitors were awarded a free-kick just outside the Bees' area. Davids picked up the ball and, as far as Wrexham's ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Wright was concerned, didn't hand it over anywhere near quickly enough. As just about every outfield player from both sides piled in, Davids clung grimly to the ball and, suddenly, Wright was on the deck. Action replays showed that the former Holland international – nicknamed the Pit Bull during his heyday with clubs suc does not want former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez at his club.Marco Silva is under extreme pressure to keep his job with the Toffees.They put in a spirited display against Leicester City on Sunday, but lost 2-1 after conceding a last-minute goal.Benih as Barcelona, Juventus and both Milan teams – had caught him with his left elbow amid the mayhem. When the dust settled, referee Nick Kinseley decide to send off both Davids, who plays centre-back these days while wearing the No.1 shirt, and Wright. There was more drama as Wrexham equalised direct from the free-kick, and then had substitute Johnny Hunt dismissed in stoppage time for an eye-watering, high challenge on Barnet's Curtis Weston. Wrexham manager Andy Morrell was critical of the 40-year-old Dutchman: "Wrighty has gone in and tried to get the ball back, there's nothing in it – he's not tried to punch him to get the ball off him or anything like that – and Davids has reacted to it and belted him in the face. "I think he's [Davids] a straight red, and if Wrighty gets a yellow I'm disappointed. We'll definitely have a look. I think we'll have an appeal there for us." It's not the first controversy Dcontent_imgavids has courted since his surprise appointment in 2012. Here he is dropping the F-bomb live on Sky Sports:

Arjen Robben: ‘I was bitten by a CROCODILE’ says Dutch star as he explains latest injury

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Bayern Munich and Holland winger Arjen Robben claimed to have picked up the strangest injury of his career – after being bitten by a CROCODILE. has been known to drop like the proverbial fly at the merest hint of contact with an opposing defender. But during in Qatar, the Dutchman would have had every reason to hit the deck as he went to retrieve a stray ball – only to be met with a crocodile. "When I got a ball from the hole by the pool, a crocodile bit me", jested Robben. Unfortunately the wideman was indeed joking, and his injury was a run-of-the-mill strain sustained during wistas de Salamanca.Zinedine Zidane did not pull any punches and rolled out a starting XI that included heavy hitters Karim Benzema and Bale in attack, along with the little-used James.Casemiro and Fede Valverde also started in midfield, while Nacho aeights and resistance training. According to German tabloid content_imgBild, the Dutchman is now wearing a bandage around his "huimaraes for defender Edmond Tapsoba.The Vitoria-Guimaraes-star-Edmond-Tapsoba-defensive-cover.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers wants cover for Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu while Filip Benkovic is wanted on loan beavily bruised thumb, middle and ring fingers" after his meeting with 'the reptile'. At least he'd be going down with good reason for once… Do you reckon the croc got him, or did Arjen Robben dive?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Everton boss Roberto Martinez not giving up on top four despite Southampton loss

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is refusing to give up on his side's Champions League aspirations – despite seeing them self-destruct in . could have moved above Arsenal and back into the top four with a win on the south coast, but endured a miserable afternoon, encapsulated by own goals from both Antolin Alcaraz – after 53 seconds – and Seamus Coleman. The Spaniard's side remain one point behind the Gunners, but Arsene Wenger's men have a game in hand – against Newcastle on Monday night. A win at the Emirates Stadium would put Arsenal four points clear with just two games remaining but isn't giving up hope yet, despite a limp display at St Mary's. He told BT Sport1: "Not at all, from our point of view it doesn't change at all. We have had eight wins in 10 games, that's a phenomenal return and allows us to go into the next two games trying to get maximum points. "We are working towards the biggest points tally that we can get and at the end of the season, we will see where that takes us. "You cannot underestimate the good run that the team has been in. Today was a real setback, but we'll learn from this. We're still a very young group, the amount of changes we had to make made it extra difficult today, but we'll be ready for next Saturday." The Toffees defence had a makeshift look about it, with Alcaraz partnered by promising youngster John Stones, with both Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka unavailable. And after suffering their early set-backs, Martinez admitted his players lacked their usual "confident look" as they sought to fight back. "I think it's quite clear the two goals we gave away were very, very rare to see in a game. From that point on, we got a affected a littuestioned how serious Juventus are in their pursuit of Paul Pogba.According to ESPN, sources inside of Old Trafford are uncertain whether Juventus can afford the money that will be required to prise Pogba away from Old Trafford.The Italian champions le bit. We got a bit frustrated, we weren't our normal selves," the Spaniard added. "We came a little bit stronger in the second half, but we never had that confident look that we normally have to get that goal that would have been a good opportunity to get back into the game. "Everything that could have gone wrong defensively, it did, and content_imgit was v a fan of Everton.But Liverpool’s victory in the 1986 FA Cup final against their bitter rivals ensured Gerrard would become a Kopite.The club legend told BT Sport: “The cup final between Everton and Liverpool in 1986 swayed me to be a red.”Everton scery difficult from that point on." The result meant that Southampton moved to 52 points – best ever Premier League points tally – and manager Maurucio Pochettino was delighted with their latest three points. "There were many positives aspects from the win today," said , who refused to discuss the futures of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. "In the overall analysis, we just followed our style; we played in the way we know how to play, it worked for us to play a team that is fighting to get into the Champions League as well. "I want to thank the players, the medical staff and overall the entire club because we matched our record in the history of the Premier League."