2019 August

Asteras 1-2 Tottenham: Recap of 10-man Spurs’ vital win in Greece

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42-year old is under increasing pressure after Everton dropped into the bottom three at thh City captain Grant Hanley says they could’ve done more in defeat to Wolves on Saturday.Hanley felt Norwich City deserved more from their 2-1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.“We’re disappointed with the result because we coule weekend and dicontent_imgsgruntled fans have been calling for change, says the Everton-boss-Marco-Silva-expected-remain-charge-Premier-League-clash-West-Ham.html”>Daily

Mersey dash: Liverpool’s Gerrard eyes scrap with Everton for Champions League spot

Steven Gerrard had the last laugh as "toothless" Liverpool set their hearts on a shoot-out with neighbours Everton for a top-four spot. Skipper Gerrard's own goal left the men from Anfield 2-1 down at West Ham on Sunday, in a game where they were without 13-goal Luis Suarez – their only recognised striker – through suspension. But the England captain was at the heart of a stirring late fightback as improving , stretching their run to just one defeat in 11 games. And after recording back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time under first-year manager Brendan Rodgers, Gerrard has eyes on the Champions League places – the Reds are four points behind fourth-placed Evoted Villa took their summer spending to £80million yesterday with the capture of centre-back Konsa from Brentford for £12m.Konsa, 21, said: “I can’t wait to get started with Dean again and especially John Terry. Me and Dean had a good relationsherton. Gerrard said: "Before the game, people were doubting us and thinking we would be a bit toothless in the final third without our top striker, but we've gone away from home, scored three and taken the three points we came for. "We are building slowly towards where we want to be, and now we have home games coming up against Aston Villa and Fulham. "If we can capitalise on our last two wins, and make it 12 points out of 12, then we will find ourselves a lot closer to fourth and it's a platform to build on. "For nowcontent_img, we just need to focus on Villa, but if we can keep the momentum then come the end of December we are really going to be looking to be close to that fourth position. "We showed character and determination to come back and win at West Ham the way we did. "Every win does a lot for the confidence of this group – and this time we did it without our leading striker and a defender Ethan Ampadu is a target for RB Leipzig.The Sun says RBL are the frontrunners in the race to land Ampadu on a season-long loan.The Wales international, 18, stayed behind from Chelsea’s pre-season tour in Japan to sort out a deal.And the Geone of the top scorers in the Premier League. "People will always doubt you – for years some have said we are a one-man team or a two-man team, but we have a lot of good players here. "If we play the right way, and in the manner the manager asks, we will win more games and who knows where that will take us." Liverpool's Sunday win at Upton Park came in no small measure thanks to the contribution of their East End refugees Glen Johnson, Joe Cole and Jonjo Shelvey, who performed manfully as stand-in for Suarez. Johnson fired the opener from long range, fellow former Hammer Cole scored his first Premier League goal since April 2011 and Charlton old boy Shelvey harassed James Collins into conceding Liverpool's own-goal winner. Cole admitted he has done little to justify his £100,000-a-week wages since forsaking the Thames for the Mersey two years ago, and admitted: "It was a good feeling to score again, and an even better one to win for our fantastic supporters. "When I came off the pitch last month, considering I haven't done much for Liverpool, the reception I got from the fans was amazing and it meant a lot to me. "I think the supporters can see I really want to do well for this club, and I genuinely believe this team is making a good progression. "The players are responding to what the manager wants us to do, and it's great to play with young lads who have the talent and enthusiasm to put his ideas into practice." Manager Rodgers believes Liverpool are well-placed to climb the table after breaking into the top half at West Ham's expense. He joked: "We've supposedly had an unbelievably bad season up until now, so once we really hit form we'll be all right."

Robbie Savage on Arsenal: Arsene Wenger is to blame for ALL of their transfer woes

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Why does Arsene Wenger always seem to make life difficult for himself? The Arsenal manager has put himself under ludicrous ­pressure by failing to spend the war chest available to him in the summer. I shudder to think what the fans’ reaction might have been had it all gone pear-shaped for against ­Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifying round on Wednesday. But not for the first time, Le Professeur played his get-out-of-jail card in the nick of time – and has papered over the cracks of Arsenal’s problems at home. I have always been a Wenger fan. His Arsenal team was the best I ever faced as a player, and I’m still dizzy from chasing all the shadows. He has done an amazing job, and when I feared his reign was coming to an end last season, I was sad that many Gunners fans seemed to agree with me. Wenger oversaw the move from Highbury to the Emirates, which will be his legacy, but it’s also become a symbol of his failure to win a trophy. Since the club moved into their swish new home, Arsenal have won nothing. Yes, they have all but qualified for the Champions League group stage and what would be their 16th year running in the competition, which is a fantastic achievement, but their top-four status in the Premier League is under serious threat. Just down the road, Tottenham have raised the stakes by spending huge money. Spurs will be well-prepared for life after Gareth Bale – if and when he moves to Real Madrid – thanks to an ­expensive £90million refit. But while their rivals have been making waves in the transfer market, Arsenal have dithered. The stadium is paid-for, and big money has been available for him to spend, so where are the big signings, Monsieur Wenger? One decent win in Turkey will keep the wolves from the door until this weekend’s trip to Fulham, butrcelona.Griezmann has refused to attend preseason training as he waits to leave Atletico Madrid for the Nou Camp.Menes told Yahoo Sport: “At the level of Griezmann and his image, all that, it’s not terrible. There was already the video last year, ‘Th we have been here before. The last time Wenger left his transfer window shopping until the last minute, he bought four players oncontent_img the same day – including Brazilian Andre Santos, one of the worst players ever to wear the Arsenal shirt. Santos’s only memorable contribution to the Gunners’ cause was to swap shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time against Manchester United last season. Why has he let the whole summer pass him by without making a bi senior players following their relegation.Laurent Depoitre is one of five players who will be released by Huddersfield.Depoitre made 23 appearances during the 2018-19 Premier League season but failed to score a single goal and registered just one asg hole in that transfer fund? If last year’s squad wasn’t good enough to end an ­eight-year wait for a trophy, what made him think it would be a different story in the ninth year? That’s why he was pleading with him to ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’, after the home defeat to Aston Villa. I still believe Wenger is a class act, but like I said at the top, he has put himself under ludicrous pressure through his stubborn refusal to spend the money available to him – and he has only got himself to blame. One result against a poor side in Turkey does not camouflage the huge challenges he faces on the home front. I hope his response is not another rash of last-minute panic buys. Now they have one foot and a few toes in the Champions League, Arsenal should be an attractive proposition to some of Europe’s best players. Don’t let the grass grow under your feet any longer, Arsene. Spend that money! .

Fatigue a problem but Arsenal not good enough in 6-3 defeat at Manchester City says Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger felt his team were mentally fatigued following their run of three games in six days but stressed that did not justify the nature of their . struggled for long periods to stem the tide of City's forceful attacking raids, who in the end appeared to be scoring at will. And although Wenger reckons the referee made a trio of ercontent_imgrors and his side's fatigue played a role in their performance, he also admitted that were the better side. "The concentration level we had given on Sunday and Wednesday night we had not completely recovered," he said. "It hurts to lose like that but we made too many mistakes today in the middle of the park. "I feel as well that three wrong offside decisions today from the referee did not go very well for us. "Overall they deserved the win. We have to go home and recover and come back for the next time. We made too many technical mistakes today." He added: "It's for sure that our schedule is not ideal. Is that the only explanation? I'm not sure." Wenger also refused to be drawn on an incident at the end of the game between Mesut have identified five new transfer targets for 2020.The London Evening Standard says Scott McTominay has been identified in a report as the type of player and character that United need to acquire more of. With the club also said to be targeting playeOzil and Per Mertesacker, as the former walked straight off the pitch at the final whistle without applauding the visiting fag in at centre-half against Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi final.The Reds had to make an adjustment after Virgil Van Dijk was not fit enough to start the game.And captain Henderson is the one who stepped up and played in defence, despite being ns. "We want to win and we are very sad tonight because we lost a big game," he said.

Pep to quit? Guardiola to leave Barcelona at the end of the season – report

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Pep Guardiola is set to quit as Barcelona boss at the end of the season, according to his game on two Brazilians.Lampey left Chelsea for Brighton last week.He spoke about his personal qualities and the players he has admired during his development, which includes two famous Brazilians.Lamptey said, “I’m very hardworking and will givreports. The Spaniard is reportedly ready to walk away from the club after he tries to win them one more trophy – the Copa Del Rey on May 25 against Athletic Bilbao. Reports in Barcelona this morning claimed Barca boss Guardiola had already held a meeting with club president Sandro Rosell, at which he revealed his intention to quit. He is understood to have told bosses he was mentally and physically drained after four pressurised ys boss Frank Lampard has failed to honour a verbal agreement between the pair – which would have ensured Kepa remained first choice.The 25-year-old is even prepared to walk away from Stamford Bridge but fears being priced out of a move.Lampard insistears at the Nou Camp, and thinks he has taken the team as far as he can. He is ready to tell the players when they reconvene for training tomorrow ahead of Sunday's trip to Rayo Vallecano with the club then expected to reveal his decision. One Spanish newspaper claims the Football Association have made Guardiola their top target to take the England job, in light of his wavering commitment to Barcelona. Mundo Deportivo, which has close links with Barca, says the FA have set up a three-man committee tasked with convincing the Spaniard to take the job, and are ready to offer his right hand man Tito Vilanova a role any new set-up. Guardiola, 41, has operated on short-term deals throughout his time at the Barca helm and his latest deal expires in the summer. But the manner of their defeat to Real Madrid last weekend – a defeat which effectively saw them relinquish their Primera Division title to Jose Mourinho's men – and the midweek exit to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals appear to have prompted Guardiola to walk away after four trophy-laden years. Speaking after the game with Chelsea on Tuesday, Guardiola said: "I will speak with Tito [Vilanova, assistant manager] and see what we have to do. "Right now, we need to talk more about the emotion of our players and how they recover because there are many players that have been playing a long time. "We have to go to Rayo Vallecano [this weekend], we are still Barca, we have to continue doing things as we usually do them. "So we will talk to the president as well and we will talk about everything – the situation what happened in these days and of course we will take a decision because it is time to take a decision now." Guardiola stepped up from Barca B manager to first-team boss in 2008 and has gone on to become the most successful coach incontent_img the club's illustrious history. He has led the azulgrana to two Champions League crowns, three La Liga trophies, one Copa del Rey, three Supercopas, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Liverpool news and transfer rumours: Alan Hansen says inspired Steven Gerrard will lead Reds to title

Liverpool's thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester City, which was played amidst an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, has got the football writers salivating today. With four games to go, the Reds are two points clear of second-placed Chelsea, who they face in a potential title decider in a fortnight's time. Here's our round-up of all things Liverpool from today's papers and around the web. Liverpool stories from the Mirror Chief sports writer Oliver Holt was yesterday. "Something is happening here on Merseyside that has unleashed a fervour thrilling in its intensity," he writes. "It is th against Tottenham will pile pressure back on the Portuguese boss, with Everton hovering ominously above the drop zone. But Gray told the Mirror: “I don’t want to see the club changing manager every 18 months, that’s not what we should be doing at e kind of fervour that is a beautiful, passionate, raw antidote to the prawn sandwich era that is threatening to emasculate the Premier League. "It is the kind of fervour that makes Liverpool’s players feel as if they are superhuman and which left their veteran captain, Steven Gerrard, in tears at the end of the match." Liverpool skipper admits the game was Liverpool's biggest of the season and proved their credentials. Yet he says the . “Now we’ve got four big cup finals left," Gerrard says. "People say that was the biggest one but I disagree – the biggest one is Norwich. "Nothing is ours yet. I think the important thing now is not to get carried away by that result. We need to stay clam, focused and we’ve got all week to prepare for Norwich. “The scenes are great today and obviously the fans are very happy. But nothing is ours yet.” Liverpool stories from other newspapers and websites Alan Hansen is the last Liverpool captain to have lifted the league trophy, having skippered the Reds to glory in 1990. The BBC pundit this year. And he says the midfielder reminds him of one of one of Liverpool's all-time greats now he has switched to a new holding role. "When he played further forward he used to rush from A to B to C and then back to A again," Hansen writes. "But now he has taken a more disciplined role, sitting in the hole in a similar position to the one where Graeme Souness played so well. &qhe joined up with the first team.The 18-year-old emerged as an option for Pep Guardiola’s City side after injuries to several key defenders early in the season.It has taken him time to settle, since arriving from Barcelona three years ago.But Garcia uot;[The Chelsea match] has the look of a title decider about it but with Gerrard in this sort of form, Liverpool could take a massive step towards ending their 24-year wait."         Hansen's Match of the Day colleague Alan Shearer agrees that the upcoming match between Liverpool and Chelsea will decide the destiny of the Premier League title – and he . "I would say Liverpool now have the advantagcontent_imge. Just. Their victory highlighted their title credentials and all that’s good about English football, on and off the pitch." Who will win the Premier League title?24000+ VOTES SO FAR

The Chelsea column: Why Di Matteo deserves credit for keeping his head when all around him are losing theirs

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Victories are probably the only currency that counts for most football fans. But only the most one-eyed of Cheslea supporters would try to clam the past week has been good for the club. Roberto Di Matteo's team may be finding a rich vein of scoring form, even if they were decidedly unimpressive for long periods of their win over Danish minnows Nordsjaelland. Yet the damage done to the club with the publication of the written reasons of the FA's Independent Regulatory Commission explaining why it found John Terry to have racially abused Anton Ferdinand was, by any standards, spectacular. , although probably what was expected once Terry's four-game ban and record £220,000 fine was announced. Then having both your left-back and club secretary accused of colluding in an attempted cover-up designed to try to exonerate Terry, hardly made things easier. But for Di Matteo's press conference to then be ambushed by . Di Matteo could have been forgiven for losing it. For bringing things to a swift conclusion, marching out and allowing others to face the flak. That, though, is not in the Italian's nature. Chelsea may have significant questions to answer over their part in the whole saga – it was the club, remember, that urged Westminster Magistrates to delay Terry's trial until July. The club, too, knows it has to make a clear and unambiguous statement at the stage – presumably soon – when the process has run its course, one that may be even more embarrassing for the club. Yet through it all, as he was throughout the never-ending flood of stories suggesting he was going to be kicked into touch last season, as he did when it seemed Roman Abramovich was looking for anybody else to take his job even after the Champions League triumph, Di Matteo has simply got on with his job. The stoic nature of his resolve has been tested. Sorely tested. Indeed, in the aftermath of "Cole-gate" on Friday, Di Matteo did appear near to breaking point. "It would be nice to talk about football," said Di Matteo. "We talk three quarters of every press conference about other stuff. "I know I need to answer the questionsol City defender Lloyd Kelly is desperate to make his Premier League debut with Bournemouth.Kelly has been part of the Dorset club’s matchday squad for their past three top-flight contests – he has been an unused substitute against Arsenal, Norwich but is anybody interested in Chelsea v Norwich? In the line-ups? In the form? In the result?" Read Mirror match report: The rest of football may not be. But one man is. Di Matteo himself. "I can focus on the football on the game," he insisted. "For me it's not an issue. The most important aspect is 3pm and the game. "I'm not sure if, for the players, who can use work as a relief, it makes it easier. That's the honest answer. Personally I could do without it." Questioned again, if the chaos he had been thrust into was not further evidence that managing Chelsea is the hardest job in football, Di Matteo replied: "Maybe I can answer in 20 years' time. "I'm going through this experience with this great club. I try to focus on the football side. For me, it's what I do. "Is it easy? It's what I do. It's what I love doing. It's difficult to relax. There's no real switching off." There is not. None at all. Yet through it all, Di Matteo has produced. Produced a side to win the FA Cup and Champions League last season. Produced a team that is looking like the one to beat this time round, full of attacking options, strong in resolve – and more durable at the back than had appeared likely. That is not easy, by any means, especially with the knowledge that whatever he does is in the shadow of Pep Guardiola, the man Abramovich really wants, who remains in New York. But Di Matteo is simply getting on with it. It is far from easy. Even the win over Nordsjaelland took its toll, Di Matteo's post-match – and post-press conference – cigarette a necessary way of coping with the intensity of the pressures he is under. Yet Di Matteo has found a way of getting Frank Lampard to buy into the reality of the dimming of his powers, the one-time "untouchable" now just another squad member, started to get Fernando Torres scoring. More importantly, developing a style of football that is much more like the one Abramovich envisages, the deft footwork of Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard making Chelsea look vibrant and exciting, no more a sophisticated long-ball team, as they at times appeared when everything went through Didier Drogba. Di Matteo does not make for easy copy. He is cautious, closed, reluctant to offer any hostages to media fortune. But he is doing his job, superbly well. In that regard, the table does not lie. And given the background, the baggage, the madness of Chelsea, the job he is doing looks even better. Who knows, if they actually do win the lt Valencia.Real needed an injury time equaliser from Karim Benzema to cancel out the opening goal from Carlos Soler.Zidane said afterwards: “I would have liked to score the first. We could not, but you have to be proud of the game. When in such a difeague this year, he might even starcontent_imgt getting some credit…… Read Martin Lipton on Chelsea every Monday exclusively on MirrorFootball

Take it to the Bridge: Ryan Giggs is desperate to play against Chelsea

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Ryan Giggs gave boss Sir Alex Ferguson a nudge last night by declaring: “I’m not ready to give up on playing in the big games just yet.” The Old Trafford midfielder, 39 next month, has been used sparingly so far this season starting justwcastle United boss Steve Bruce admits he feels for the players he couldn’t register to their Premier League squad.Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Jamie Sterry all missed out.While Aarons and Lazaar have since secured lo three games, writes Thecontent_img People. Click here to read more stories from But Giggs is desperate for a role at Stamford Bridge today – with the big occasions running out for the Welsh veteran. Giggs admitted: “I’d love to play in this game. I have started the last few games we’ve had at Stamford Bridge and have enjoyed every minute. “I am sure that when players finish, it’s the games like this that they miss most of all, so I want to make the most of these occasions. “But I know it’s hard for the manager, there’s a loan Rice has emerged as a 2020 priority target for Manchester United.Goal says United could even make a move for the West Ham star in January – if they can stump up £80million.United are already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of stars they wantt of players in good form. It’s not a new thing for me, not getting in the team every week. I have got used to it. I don’t worry too much because I know that come the business end of the season I’ll be ready, I’ll be fit and the manager will use me. “I’ll bide my time. I know I’ll play enough games come the end of the season. I think I provide a bit of experience, but I still do what I’ve always done – providing goals and trying to score a few.” Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has stoked the fires of today’s summit meeting at Stamford Bridge by telling Chelsea: Read the top three stories from The People:

Alex Ferguson agrees to long-term teaching position at the prestigious Harvard Business School

Even in retirement Sir Alex Ferguson is still getting one over his rival Arsene Wenger after becoming a 'real' professor. has long enjoyed the academery in Germany.BILD says Sane has headed to Germany as disappointed by the sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde was dumped over the New Year, despite Barca being top of the LaLiga table and qualifying for the round of 16 in the Champions League.Lenglet told L’Equipe: “I was disappointed for the to step up his rehabilitation from the nasty knee injury he picked up during the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.Sane is now undertaking part of his rehab with the preferred doctor of Germanic nickname because of his analytical approach to the game. But the Frenchman found his chances of turning his chalkboard tactics into trophies limited by his former rival at Manchester Unitecontent_imgd overseeing the most successful period in the club's history. And now who retired from management last summer after 26 years in charge, is set to join the eggheads at Harvard after agreeing to a long-term teaching position at the Ivy League university. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence,” Ferguson told the Telegraph. “The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.”

Juan Mata sends a warning to Chelsea’s rivals: The best is still to come

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Chelsea's Spanish star Juan Mata has sent out a warning to the Premier League, telling rivals that the Blues are only going to get better as they acclimatise to the methods of Jose Mourinho. An indifferent start to the season has seen the win three, draw two and lose one of their opening six league matches, scoring just seven goals in the process. Additionally, they were beaten on penalties in the European Super Cup by Bayern Munich and lost their Champions League opener to Basel at Stamford Bridge. However, following their on Tuesday evening, coming on the back of a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Saturday – from which there were plenty of positives after a vastly-improved second content_imghalf – Mata reckons that their campaign is only going to get better as they adapt to Mourinho's demands. "I'm sure the best is still to come from the team," said Mata, speaking to the Evening Standard. "I think we have a good squad and have signed young players this season. We will get even better in the future. Tfor Newcastle United this summer. The 28-year-old has been limited to just eight appearances this season.Mills told Football Insider: “Phil Jones needs to get out of there and sign for a team like Newcastle. He needs a change.”It has never really haphe last few games have been good and we are building momentum. "I think it’s normal that we needed time (to adapt to the new manager), but we are doing that. Now we have to keep going and take advantage of this victory, to keep winning." Mourinho's men came in for criticism for their performances in early September – following the defeats to Everton and Basel which came in the space of four days – while Mata's role has also come under close scrutiny. The 25-year-old started in the defeat at Goodison Park and having been a substitute in the Basel loss was dropped from the match day squad for the next game against Fulham, with Mourinho . However, having been handed his fourth start of the campaign in Bucharest on the back of an impressive 45-minute showing against Tottenham, Mata appears to now be back in favour and his performance on Tuesday evening left Mourinho positively purringEverton striker Moise Kean has hit out at his doubters.After a tough start on Merseyide, Kean’s father has stated in recent weeks that he shouldn’t have left Italy and that he ought to return.But yesterday, Kean took to Instagram and posted the following on his Stories:”Don’t talk about my life when yours is not an example. I don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from there. “Thank you.”. "He played No 10. He played No 7. He played very well with the ball, as he always does. But he also played very well without the ball, which he never did (previously). "Yes, he's coming closer to me. Very much closer." And the insists that there is no problem between he and Mourinho and that he has used his predicament as a motivational tool. "I’m not the kind of man that gets down," added Mata. "I always believe in myself and train really hard. This is my way to behave, to be positive as much as I can. "I have really enjoyed playing for this club in the last two seasons. I know what I can give to the team and I’m just trying to do that. "I have to do this (adapt to what Mourinho wants). I try to do my best in every game and I think I’m doing that. I enjoyed playing against Steaua, we all did, and I’m calm."

Cech: Spurs can’t handle the pressure like us

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Petr Cech has thrown down the gauntlet to Tottenham by claiming resurgent Chelsea are better equipped to handle kos defender Bjorn Engels. The Belgium international, reports HLN, is the subject of an approach from Villa.Villa boss Dean Smith has been watching Engels since his time with Club Brugge.Engels has long admitted an ambition to play in England.While wthe pressure of finishing in the Barclays Premier League top four. Spurs looked a shoo-in for Champions League qualification just over three weeks ago, with Harry Redknapp's third-placed side on course to move 10 points clear of the Blues just before half-time of last month's north London derby. But a spectacular reversal of fortunes since means that, come Saturday afternoon, Chelsea could leapfrog Tottenham and become firm favourites to finish best of the rest behind the Manchester clubs. To do so, they must better Spurs' result on Wednesday night when the two sides play Manchester City and Stoke, respectively, before beating Redknapp's men in Saturday's derby showdown at Stamford Bridge. On current form, you would not bet against the latter result, while history shows Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League every season since 2003, with Tottenham having done so just once. Asked if that gave his fifth-placed side the advantage, Blues goalkeeper Cech said: "I think, yes. We have been together through so many situations in eight years and a lot of people here remember those, so we have the benefit of the experience of that. "We seem to cope with the difficult situations quite well so, hopefully, this experience we've got throughout the years will help us reach our targets. We are approaching these next two games with confidence now." Things could have hardly gone more Chelsea's way since they sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas just over two weeks ago. Four successive victories have catapulted them into the Champions League quarter-finals and FA Cup semi-finals, while keeping them in the top-four hunt. They are suddenly injury-free and Fernando Torres has finally found his shooting boots after breaking his agonising goal drought against Leicester yesterday. Cech said: "We know that this could be a fantastic two weeks of the season for us – last week and this week. We have already qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, we're now in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and, after these two League games, we could be third." Caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo must take much of the credit for giving Blues fans hope of a fairytale finish to the season. Cech said: "He understood quickly what he had in the team. He is a Chelsea legend and you can see the reception he gets around here – it makes a difference. The atmosphere at the stadium is a lot more positive. When you get results, the mood around the camp changes." Cech revealed it only took one win to spark the content_imgturnaround. "The important one was the first one when we won the replay against Birmingham," he said. "That gave us confidence and got us through to the next round of the FA Cup. "We followed it up by beating Stoke and we had two consecutive clean sheets. It gave us more confidence and obviously we wanted to show that we could play better than we were doing before. &rcumstances. The reputation. For what now looms on the horizon, is the name of Chelsea enough to convince any top drawer manager to gamble his career with them…?It was a month ago. Actually just a little longer. When Dutch pundit Johan Derksen let quot;You can see everybody is trying to change things around and, suddenly, we're getting a bit of luck as well." Torres can testify to that, having ended 25 hours and 41 minutes without scoring yesterday. Cech said: "He must be delighted because, as a striker, you want to score goals and this will be great for his confidence. "We need him because we have some massive games coming up and it will be great if he can score." Cech also took time to reflect on the events at White Hart Lane on Saturday that left Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba fighting for his life. Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest, benefited from the changes to medical procedures that were implemented after Cech fractured his skull during a match five and a half years ago. "I was watching the game," Cech said. "I was looking for the news all the time. I knew we had an important game the next day but the life of a person is more important than football. "Our thoughts are with his friends and family."

Under-pressure Brendan Rodgers must remember what got him Liverpool job in the first place

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What now for Brendan Rodgers? What now for a manager who no longer seems to trust his own attacking instincts? Or, more pertinently, no longer feels he can trust his players. Rodgers built his reputation at Swansea, tapping in to the Welsh club's well-established passing principles, leading them to the Premier League, then thriving there as the princes of possession football. it was thrilling, seat-of-the-pants stuff – a hefty 50 goals were conceded but 101 were scored thanks to a buccaneering mentality reminiscent of Kevin Keegan's much-loved runners-up at Newcastle. So when Rodgers' side faced a must-win Champions League clash with Basel on Tuesday, And why the emphasis on long-established players, rather than those bought in by Rodgers, especially from the post-Suarez trolley dash of last summer? The truth is that Liverpool's players, collectively, are not good enough – and Rodgers knows it. Rodgers is part of that committee, but is believed to have felt restri-talks-scheduled.html”>Daily MailArsenal-step-Basle-defender-Eray-Comert-talks-scheduled.html”> says Comert is keen on a move to London and the 21-year-old could be prised away from Basle for less than £7million.Unai Emery has limited funds to spendcted by it. Of the summer's recruits, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno were not trusted to start against Basel, while the Mario Balotelli experiment has been a farce. Philippe Coutinho, along with Daniel Sturridge the only confirmed success of the Rodgers-era signings, was also benched against the Swiss. The result was a team stymied by fear, which did not know whether to stick or twist, despite having the 'advantage' of knowing what was needed to progress. Liverpool v Basel: Best pictures Liverpool only became a threat to an accomplished Basel side once they had been reduced to ten men and The Irishman has been in charge at Anfield for two and a half years – longer than at any of his three previous clubs – and yet Liverpool look less and less like a true Rodgers team. While the hole left by the departure of Luis Suarez and injuries to Sturridge is glaring, the problems go deeper. Liverpool, and Rodgers, are experiencing a crisis of confidence. The manager has never previously seemed a shy sort of bloke. From the vast portrait of himself on the wall at his home in the unintentionally hilaricontent_imgous 'Being: Liverpool' documentary, to his expert handling of Suarez, there has always been a supreme self-confidence about Rodgers. But the Champions League seems to have spooked him. The largely second-string team sent out at the Bernabeu damaged not just his club's reputation but his own. He speaks Spanish and believes he may manage Real Madrid or Barcelona one day. Such lofty ambitions require a sense of adventure not uncertainty or surrender. Did you know we have our very own Reds Facebook page? After last season's over-achievement, Rodgers is finding expectation management a tough old game. And while John W Henry's Fenway Sports Group are no Hicks & Gillett cowboys, they have been quick on the trigger when things went backwards under Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish. There are those who hanker after a Rafa Benitez return – but Liverpool cannot indulge their tendency for nostalgia. Last season's achievements should still leave Rodgers in credit. He must be backed in January and allowed to sign the players HE truly wants. Yet how many players do Liverpool need? A striker and a goalkeeper, clearly, but also a new midfield driving force, – Tuesday&aposa date on the returns of injured pair Alisson Becker and Naby Keita. Alisson damaged his calf muscle when kicking the ball in the Premier League opener.”He looks in good shape, in a good mood, but no date in my mind,” Klopp said of Alisson.”We will g;s vain, late rally proved Liverpool still rely far too heavily on their 34-year-old captain. And can Rodgers find a settled, consistent back four from his current squad? Perhaps a specialist defensive coach would be the best signing of all, even if pride needs to be swallowed. Yet should Liverpool lose at Manchester United on Sunday, Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Bournemouth will take on huge significance. Rodgers needs a trophy but Bournemouth are a wonderful footballing side, exceeding all expectations under a bright young manager in Eddie Howe. Indeed, Rodgers might look towards the opposition dugout and recognise something of his former self. If he is to remain as Liverpool manager, he needs to remember what got him the gig in the first place. Is Brendan Rodgers still the right man for Liverpool?4000+ VOTES SO FAR

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert concerned Benteke return could be jeopardised by Belgium duty

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After enduring this no-score bore, it’s obvious why Paul Lambert is so anxious Belgium do not jeopardise Christian Benteke’s comeback. fears the Belgians may rush Benteke back from his hip injury and coach Marc Wilmots has pencilled him in for their final World Cucontent_imgp qualifier against Wales next Tuesday. Lambert has earmarked Villa’s next game against Tottenham five days later for Benteke’s return and is worried Wilmots could wreck the ­striker’s recovery. Belgium need just a point against Croatia on Friday to make it to Brazil and Lambert trusts not to take any risks. “I totally understand Belgium’s point of view,” he said. “They’re a point away from the biggest tournament at national team level. But you’re hoping they understand our point of view. The guy’s got injured for us and might play for us. “Christian will know himself how he’s feeling, but at this moment in time, I would say he’s not fit. “But in seven to 10 days’ time, it’s hard for me to say whether he will be or not. “I won’t be happy if he plays and comes back to me injured after doing ever so well.” , but they clearly missed the forward here. Despite the endeavours of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Libor Kozak, Villa lacked a cutting edge without their top scorer, who has netted five times in his six games. “Obviously Christian is a massive player for us,” said Villa’s ex-Hull keeper Brad Guzan. “We’ll continue to stick together. If someone gets injured, the next guy steps up and takes the chance that’s given to him. While he’s out, we’ll keep fighting and trying to get as many points as we can.” Agbonlahor forced a good save from Allan McGregor and shot wide from a decent opening in the game’s rare exciting moments. This was a day for defenders and Steve Bruce hailed his Hull skipper Curtis Davies for playing on after suffering a head injury. Hull’s paper Tigers, badly missing Robbie Brady’s goals and creativity, offered virtually nothing at the other end as Villa registered only their second clean sheet since December. Still, Stephen Quinn was delighted with Hull’s first point against Villa in 26 years. “I’m most definitely happy,” said the Irish midfielder. “Villa are a good side and we just cancelled each other out. “It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but it was a point for each team and I think maybe they’ll be happy with it as whe Ivorian’s season form.Pepe, a target for the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, has produced 22 goals and 11 assists this campaign.Drogba told France Football: “Big big big season … Coo Capello has likened Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo to Dejan Savicevic.Zaniolo struck twice for Italy in their Euros qualifying victory over Armenia – making him the youngest Roma player to do so.”Zaniolo has understood what it means to be an importme from Angers then arrive in Lille and do that … In hell.”

7 reasons Manchester United or Liverpool NEED to sign Memphis Depay

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In case you're unaware, PSV's 21-year-old winger Memphis Depay is set to become this summer's most lusted after Premier League target. Although Manchester United remain the bookies favourite to lure Depay to the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers has remained typically coy over the Holland international, who he describes as With Dutchman Louis van Gaal at the helm at are undeniable. On the other hand, Depay's style of play would fit perfectly into Brendan Rodgers' fast, counter-attacking Liverpool scontent_imgide. But enough of all that technical, tactical stuff. We have a more important question: What else does Depay have in his locker – and what sort of Premier League superstar would he be? 1. He has all the skills Is that Thiago, Dani Carvajal AND Gerard Pique all being made to look incredibly silly? Yes, yes it is. 2.AC Milan have made an offer for Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa.Corriere dello Sport says Milan have offered €35m plus €5m in bonuses. Also included is a 30 per cent sell-on clause.Atletico are willing to sell – but not on the cheap.The Madrid giants need the cash to fund a bid for Valencia striker Rodrigo.Los Che are demanding €60m to sell the Spain international. Memphis De-hipster If Liverpool sign him, Depay and Daniel Sturridge would instantly become the ultimate hipster strikeforce. 3. He's a dead ball specialist 4. He's not bad at selfies either… 5. He's got some Sturridge-like moves We've had Oxlade- AND try to pull off the Sturridge dance… guess who's next: 6. He's delightfully old school By now you should know that we celebrate players who don all black boots. Memphis Depay, welcome to the gang: 7. He's more than just a footballer , then the – but nothing can EVER compare to the Memphis Depay rap: Confused? Us too. Who should Menko is facing a spell on the sidelines after having knee surgery.The 22-year-old Ukraine left-back, who has played seven times for City this season, has had treatment in Spain.It is another blow for City, who are already without centre-back Aymeric emphis Depay sign for?21000+ VOTES SO FAR

Victor Valdes set for Man United debut as Chris Smalling reveals goalkeeper is answering questions on his Barca days

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Chris Smalling claims Victor Valdes is far from being finished as prepares to make his Manchester United debut. Louis van Gaal plans to give Valdes his first run-out against Cambridge in the FA Cup on Friday after handing him an 18-month deal to become David De Gea's understudy. Valdes, 33, has been on the bench for last two games and van Gaal is keen to give him his first competitive action since he ruptucontent_imgred his knee ligaments 10 months ago for Barca. Smalling has been impressed by Valdes in training and says he has plenty left in the tank, even though he has been out for nearly a year. In pictures: QPR 0-2 Manchester Unite race is far from over with still more than half the season to go.Leicester travel to current champions Manchester City on Sat.Pepe, who became Arsenal’s club-record signing when he joined from Lille in the summer in a deal worth £72million, has struggled to establish himself.But Arteta says belief is a two-way street.The new Gunners boss said: “The problem with his confurday knowing that a win would cut the gap to league leaders Liverpool to seven points ahead of their Boxing Day clash at thd "He is someone who we all look up to through what he's achieved already in his career, but you can see that he's nowhere near done yet," said "On the training field he's so sharp and you can see that he's very agile. He's such a great addition and is a name that really belongs here at Manchester United." The hugely-decorated Valdes won 21 major trophies at including three Champions Leagues, and Smalling says the players have been quizzing him about his experiences. "We've heard a few stories from him and quite a few people here have asked him questions," he told MUTV. "Barcelona is another great club and you want to get some insight of what happens abroad as well." Will Victor Valdes be a good signing for Manchester United?2000+ VOTES SO FAR