2020 January

Spurs reunion will be “extra special” for Jol

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Martin Jol has no hard feelings about being sacked at half-time by Tottenham – but he regrets his brief encounter with their new Van-ity project. Fulham boss Jol locks horns with Spurs for the first time since he was issued his P45 midway through a UEFA Cup tie with Getafe at White Hart Lane four years ago. But when Tottenham arrive at Craven Cottage, Jol will be more preoccupied with finding a way to stop Rafael Van der Vaart extending the streak which has yielded six goals in five games. Van der Vaart equalled Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham’s club record of scoring in five consecutive Premier League games against QPR last weekend, and settling old scores is way down Jol’s priorities. He said: “It will be extra special because it’s Tottenham – it will be the first time I see the fans again – but the main thing is we take three points. “Many of the players I worked with are still there – like Ledley King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, ­Huddlestone, Dawson, Defoe, Lennon – and I still love watching them play. “And I’m looking forward to seeing Van der Vaart again because I was ­unfortunate with him. When I went to Hamburg, he was there for only two weeks before he moved. “At Arsenal’s pre-season tournament (the Emirates Cup), on the Saturday we were over here with Real Madrid and he told me, ‘I will probably be playing for the opposition tomorrow.’ “I thought he was jo.Maldini insists they’re happy with Pioli’s work.“We are happy with Pioli, he took over in a difficult situation, in a team that was not doing well,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.“The squad is made up of young players, he gave the team an identiking, but the next day he was sold to Real Madrid. “He has gone on to prove he is a top player.” Fulham v Tottenham preview: Gallacontent_imgs could return for Spurs Other teams are scared of Tottenham – Cudicini  Simon Bird's Premier League previews and predictions (Week le Hojbjerg is a target for Everton.Sky Sports says Everton have identified Hojbjerg as a priority transfer target.The Blues are looking to strengthen their midfield options and are interested in the Southampton captain, who is out of contract next s11) Recovering Redknapp thanks well-wishers

Kalou won’t commit as Blues contract runs down

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Chelsea's Salomon Kalou was coy when asked about extending his contract past the end of the season after his match-w swap proposal now being put together.Globoesporte says Barca are now in advanced negotiations with Neymar about a sensational return to the Nou Camp.And the process is at such an advanced stage that Barca’s board have approved an offer being tabled inning performance in the Champions League victory at Benfica. The Ivory Coast international scored the decisive goal in the west London side's 1-0 win in Portugal last night, prodding home in the 75th minute of the quarter-final first leg. Kalou has been with the Stamford Bridge outfit since joining from Feyenoord in 2006, but could leave at the end of the campaign when his contract expires. Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed he had been offered a new deal before he was sacked and the 26-year-old laughed off speculation about his future after the game. "I know my contract ends at the end of the season," he said. "For me the most important thing is not to fight for a new deal, it is just to enjoy myself with the team and play the best I can and help the team win the games we have left to play. "As long as I do that, I am fine and I am happy with myself." Last year Kalou said he wanted guarantees of more game time from Chelsea before penning a new deal. The winger was little more than a bit-part player under Villas-Boas, although he has been given a more important role under interim manager Roberto content_imgDi Matteo. The Italian has overseen an impressive turnaround in his short time at the Chelsea helm and Kalou has praised the new attitude at the club. "I think the idea is to give an opportunity for everyone to show that they want to play for thece is eager not to lose Dwight Gayle next month.Bruce insists he doesn’t want to sell £15m striker Gayle in January.“He’s been knocking on my door constantly,” said Bruce. “He is in my plans. He is the most natural goal scorer at the club.”“I club and give 100%," he said. "That is how you get everybody behind you and that is how you get the team to work together." Such has Di Matteo's impact been that Chelsea are on the brink of the Champions League semi-finals just weeks after their European campaign seemed in tatters. Kalou was proud to net last night's all-important goal and believes anything is possible in this season's competition. "It means a lot to me to score," he said. "I am happy to be in the team, playing games and to score. I still think I can improve and if I can help teams to win games, I'd be delighted to do that. "Anything is possible. We have the team for it, we have the players for it. I believe there is no reason why we could not win the Champions League." Jesus: It's a miracle Chelsea beat Benfica

UEFA to rule on Terry ban on May 31

John Terry will find out how long he will be banned for on May 31, following his red cwith the performance of the players.He watched the Gunners draw 0-0 with Everton on Saturday from the stands before officially being handed the reins on Sunday – where he held his first training session ahead of a busy Christmas period.One of Arteta’ard in last night's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona. The 31-year-old centre-back was sent off in the 38th minute for violent conduct after kneeing Barca forward Alexis Sanchez, and his automatic one-match ban will mean he misses the May 19 final against Renited host Astana from Kazakhstan in their Europa League opener on Thursday, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to rotate his squad and bring in some youngsters.Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner are among those expectedal Madrid or Bayercontent_imgn Munich. European football's governing body have the power to extend the punishment, which would apply to next season's European Super Cup and possibly early Champions League or Europa League matches. "The UEFA control and disciplinary body will decide on the suspension on 31 May 2012," read a UEFA statement. Chelsea's 10 men battled back from 2-0 down without their skipper at the Nou Camp, thanks to goals from Ramires and Fernando Torres, to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory over the defending champions. Terry will be joined on the sidelines in Munich next month by Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic, who will all serve one-match bans after picking up their third bookings in the competition last night.

The lowest form of wit? John Terry claims he was being sarcastic towards Anton Ferdinand, NOT racist

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let rip at with a volley of foul-mouthed and racist abuse because he taunted him about a fling with another player’s girlfriend, . The captain is said to have torn into the QPR defender after he had yelled “you s*****d your team-mate’s missus” during a bad-tempered London derby. It was a reference to Terry’s alleged fling with Vanessa Perroncel who was seeing former Blues star Wayne Bridge. The former England skipper told ­Ferdinand to “f*** off, f*** off ‚ f*****g black c***, f*****g knobhead”. Terry admits he used racist language but insists he was being “sarcastic” and was only repeating the phrase after his 27-year-old rival had uttered the phrase first. The 31-year-old centre back is said to have called Ferdinand into the away dressing room after the clash at Loftus Road in West London said: “It’s handbags innit, it’s what happens on the pitch.” The comments were made in the dying moments of a 1-0 victory over Chelsea watched by two million TV viewers and 20,000 fans at the ground. Ferdinand admitted he never heard them and only became aware about what had been said when his girlfriend showed him a YouTube clip of the incident two hours later. But he told from the witness box, as Terry looked on, how he would have been “livid” had he heard what Terry said. He added: “I would have been obviously very hurt and I ­probably wouldn’t have reacted at the time because, being a professional, you can’t do that. When someone brings your colour into it, it takes it to another level and it’s very hurtful.” Ferdinand said Terry had asked him to come to the Chelsea dressing room an hour after the final whistle. Accompanied by Blues team-mate Ashley Cole, he asked: “What happened out there geez?” Terry then said he had been told by Cole that Ferdinand was claiming he had racially abused him. Ferdinand explained: “I said, ‘No that never came out of my mouth.’ Ashley Cole then put his head around the door and said, ‘Yes. Didn’t you say that to me?’ And I said, ‘No I didn’t say that..” He said he was puzzled about the claims and shook hands with his rival. Terry’s George Carter-Stephenson QC accused Ferdinand of going into the dressing room because he felt guilty about alleging Terry racially abused him. The player denied this and told ­Westminster magistrates court if he thought he had been racially abused it would have resulted in a fight. Mr Carter-Stephenson said Cole asked Ferdinand during the discussion: “Did you think JT called you a black c***? You know he isn’t like that.” Mr Carter-Stephenson said Cole asked Ferdinand during the discussion: “Did you think JT called you a black c***? You know he isn’t like that.” The barrister also accused Ferdinand of only going to police when persuaded by his agent Justin Rigby. But the player rejected the claim. He said: “No, I made up my own mind, I wanted to do it.” However, he told the court he was initially reluctant to talk to the police because it was a sporting matter. Ferdinand added: “This is a footballing issue that happened on the ­football pitch where we work.” Terry had said he was not offended by the taunts about the alleged affair, because “it’s not the first time I’ve heard it, so it’s with a pinch of salt now”. In a statement to the FA five days after the incident he claimed he had made a gesture to imply Mr Ferdinand had bad breath. Chief magistrate Howard Riddle watched footage of the players exchanging insults inside the QPR penalty box in the 84th minute of last October’s game. Terry raced back to his own half after the row. Prosecutor Duncan Penny said: “He, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr ­Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the ­well-phe exclusive worldwide rights to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the top flight of women’s soccer in the US, reports, /.ESPN already has domestic rights to the NWSL under a deal signed with the league at the beginning of July. The new agreublicised ­allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team mate’s (partner), shouted at Mr ­Ferdinand. Terry does not deny that ‘f*** off, f*** off’, ‘f****** black c***’ or ‘f*****g ­knobhead’ were among those words which passed his lips that afternoon. “The words demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand’s ­membership, or presumed membership, of a racial group.” Terry, who spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth, denies a racially aggravated public order offence which carries a maximum fine of £2,500. Both television clips of the incident and unbroadcast footage, that would normally be used for training purposes, were shown to the court. Cole and Chelsea team-mate John Obi Mikel were nearby at the time but neither will be called as ­prosecution witnesses. Cole is expected to give evidence for the defence later this week. Freelance lipreading expert Susan ­Whitewood gave evidence. She told the court tcontent_imghe subject was not an exact science and is and is guess work “to a degree”. But she added: “I wouloached Liverpool about Harry Wilson.The Sun claims Eddie Howe wants to sign the Wales international on loan for next season.22-year-old Wilson has been instrumental in helping Derby make the Championship play-off final, which will take place next Mond not write something down that I have not seen.” She and a defence lip reader agree on most of the words used by the two men including Terry’s foul-mouthed outburst. Wearing a grey suit and pink tie, he had earlier been whisked past a long queue of people wanting to watch the case. Among them was Doreen Lawrence, whose 18-year-old son Stephen was knifed to death by racist thugs in 1993 at Eltham, South East London, near Ferdinand’s childhood home in Peckham. Mrs Lawrence sat next to the player’s mother Janice Lavender in the packed public gallery. Also watching was Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck. Ferdinand’s brother, Manchester United defender and Terry’s former England team-mate Rio, was not in the court but Tweeted his support with the message: “Head high bruv.” The five day trial continues today when Terry is expected to give evidence. Now read more

Norwich 0-2 Tottenham: Daily Mirror match report

Harry Redknapp's bold title ambitions are growing increasingly credible as Spurs emerge as the main rivals to the Manchester superpowers. Redknapp hails "unstoppable" Bale  Tottenham cruised to victory at Carrow Road with a totally dominant display as Gareth Bale notched twice. And while Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool could all only draw this week, Spurs endured no such problems. The only surprise was that it took third-placed Tottenham until the 55th minute to open the scoring. Bale ensured three points with a dazzling solo goal in the 67th minute in front of the live TV cameras to make it 2-0. And with Spurs possessing a game in hand just seven points behind both City and United, they are definitely title contenders as the halfway mark approaches. Redknapp's squad boast a wealth of talented midfield options with the likes of Bale, Scott Parker, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart who are the envy of the Premier League. And in Bale they have a brilliant lightening quick match-winner capable of shredding the meanest defence, as Inter Milan discovered in the Champions League. The Wales international was far too hot for promoted Norwich to handle and he might have scored more than twice as Spurs controlled the match. Van der Vaart and Bale both had efforts on target early on as they set the tone for the one-sided contest. The visitors quickly forced a succession of corners from which Norwich only just emerged unscathed. The Canaries tried harder to close Tottenham down and allow their stars less time to dictate play.But Bale should have put Redknapp's side ahead in the 32nd minute when he seized on Russell Martin's mistake, only to shoot over. The Welshman went even closer to scoring in the 35th minute when keeper John Ruddy denied him with a superb save. At the other end, Steve Morison curled a right-foot shot wide for the hosts, but Spurs remained the better side as Van der Vaart rifled a low shot just wide from distance. They were also unlucky not to get a penalty before the break when Morison appeared to trip William Gallas at a free-kick. Spurs continued to be the more dangerous side after the re-start as Bale and Sandro shot over. City got a rare sight of goal when Andrew Surman was brought down by Gallas on the edge of the area.Surman picked himself up and curled in a left-foot free-kick but his effort went just wide. Tottenham promptly went and scored in the 55th minute through Bale's seventh of the season. Adebayor teed him up but Ruddy should have done better with Bale's left-foot effort from 10 yards which went under his hand. However, there was nothing Ciayers need to take on more responsibility.As they wait for a first win of the season, Emerson admits they need to protect their young teammates.He content_imgsaid: “Sometimes you have to give more responsibility to the more experienced, we are a very young grouty could do about brilliant Bale's second of the night. He was in his own half when Modric got the ball but sprinted clear to in at Celta Vigo.Bale contributed to Los Blancos’ first goal which was finished by Karim Benzema, before the team went on to win 3-1.”He [Bale] has given us titles, he’s scored in finals and he has a lot of respect from us all,” Casemiro said.”He haslatch on to the Croatian's pass. Bale's pace took him clear of two Norwich defenders and he finished with a sublime chipped finish over the despairing Ruddy. Every time Bale has scored for Spurs this season, they have gone on to win. That outcome never looked in doubt from the moment he struck his first goal of the night. That said, the promoted Canaries have had a highly-promising first half of the season and have banked 21 points already. A similar showing in the second half of the season will certainly ensure survival, which would be mission accomplished for boss Paul Lambert. Tottenham have loftier ambitions ahead of January games with Swansea, West Brom, Everton, Wolves and Manchester City. And on this evidence, they certainly have a genuine chance.

What more can he do? Di Matteo is still only THIRD choice to be Chelsea’s next full-time manager

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Triumphant Roberto Di Matteo is still only THIRD choice to be the next Chelsea manager despite his Champions league heroics. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and Germany national-team boss Joachim Loew are believed to be ahead of Di Matteo on Blues owner Roman ­Abramovich’s wish-list, despite the Italian steering the west Londoners to next month's European Cup final. Guardiola has pledged to tell Barca president Sandro Rossell within the next 72 hours if he plans to stay on for a fourth season at the helm. If not, Abramovich is poised to throw everything at the architect of the best footballing side on the planet in a bid to entice him to Stamford Bridge. It all means Di Matteo will lead the Blues out at the final in Munich on May 19 not knowing if it will be his last game with the club. Chief executive Ron Gourlay said: “Robbie has done a fantastic job but we will stick to our word and wait until the end of the season. “We will take it one game at a time and see where we are. That’s the best thing for everyone. So we need to wait. We’ve got a number of big games before the Champion League Final.” Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and Avram Grant, sacked as Chturn to Italy.Moucontent_imgrinho has not had a job in football since he was sacked as Manchester United’s chief last December.The three-time Premier League winner enjoyed one of the most impressive two seasons of his career at Inter Milan.”My future? I don’t telsea manager after losing the 2008 Champions League Final, all believe Di Matteo deserves to be appointed full-time. Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp is the outsider of the field after winning back to back German titles, but his lack of European experience counts against him. Di Matteo could still end up wiss Frank Lampard says Mason Mount could make their clash on Sunday against Liverpool.Mount, who has scored three goals in Chelsea’s opening five league games, was forced off early in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Valencia.”He’s got a chance,” th the job, perhaps working alongside a newly-appointed Director of Football. The backing for the interim boss to get the job full-time has intensified in the wake of Tuesday’s remarkable performance in Barcelona. Zola, a former Blues team-mate, echoed Redknapp and Grant as he said: “Robbie is a friend but I say he deserves the job because of what he has done on the pitch. That’s quite remarkable. “We have to respect the club, which has its own policies and thinking, but I know Roberto Di Matteo has Chelsea in his heart and can only do good for the club.” That view was reflected by Di Matteo’s players. Branislav Ivanovic, one of those to miss next month’s final through suspension, said: “The manager has done a great job. “He changed everything. He changed our minds and he gave us support, trust. Everybody is happy with Robbie Di Matteo. We feel together and we feel great.” Frank Lampard added: “It’s a hard call for me to make because it’s a club decision. What I can say is that what he’s done is no coincidence. “He’s created an atmosphere, he’s got players playing, the camp’s very happy and you can see that. The results don’t lie and I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s been incredible.”

HT AC Milan 2-0 Arsenal: Prem old boys stun Gunners

Arsenaleason.Last term, the Partenopei finishedcontent_img runners-up in Serie A, but were a full 11 points off the Scudetto winners.“The previous season we were very close to Juventus, this year, however, we were further away,” said Fabian. “We are growing and I th trailed 2-0 to AC Milan at half-time in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at the San Siro. Former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng fired the Italians ahead on 15 minutes with a sublime strike, before ex-Manchester City frontman Robinho doubled the hosts' lead in the 37th minute. The Gunners never really settled and were punished for some careless possession. Thierry Henry was on the bench for the final game of his loan spell at Arsenal. The former Gunners skipper, who netted a stoppage-time winner in the Barclays Premier League at Sunderland on Saturday, will return to New York Red Bulls tomorrow. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also among the substitutes, as Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny paired up in central defence, with Per Mertesacker out because of an ankle injury. Aaron Ramsey came into midfield, with Theo Walcott offering support to captain Robin van Persie in attack. Serie A leaders AC Milan had experienced Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic available despite his domestic ban, and he partnered former Manchester City frontman Robinho in attack. Fit-again Alessandro Nesta and Pato were among the substitutes. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had complained about the state of the pitch in his pre-match presXherdan Shaqiri insists he’s staying with Liverpool next season.The Swiss star was used as a bit-part player by Jurgen Klopp, rarely getting a start.The lack of game-time in the closing months of the season led to thoughts that Shaqiri may leave Liverpool this summer.“Is this why I came to Liverpool? Yes,” he said. “This club needs to win titles, and it’s a good start to win this one, no? Now next year we are going to go again and try to win the Premier League.“That’s my big dream, to win the Premier League with this club.“It just feels amazing. It’s been a long time since Liverpool won this title, 2005.“It’s amazing to give the fans what they deserve.“This club deserves everything, the staff, everyone involved. I think we’re going to have a big, big party!“Of course if we didn’t win it, we’d have been very disappointed.“We played such a good season, and we deserved to win at least one trophy.”s conference, the turf down the flanks at the Stadio Guiseppe Meazza having only just been relaid. Arsenal soon went on the offensive as Tomas Rosicky flashed a 25-yard drive wide. Milan, though, were also quick on the counter, as veteran Dutchman Clarence Seedorf drilled a low effort into the side netting. The home side, who remain just ahead of Juventus at the top of the Italian league, maintained their pressure, forcing a couple of corners. Seedorf, a European Cup winner with three different clubs, looked to have picked up a hamstring injury and was replaced on 12 minutes by compatriot Urby Emanuelson. Boateng fired the Italians ahead with a sublime strike. He collected a chip to the edge of the penalty area on his chest, before turning to fire the ball over Wojciech Szczesny and in off the underside of the crossbar. Arsenal needed to settle, and were composed when on the ball in midfield. Van Persie's cut-back was blocked as the Gunners captain got clear down the left. Antonio Nocerino drilled over with an angled drive from 25 yards as the Italians probed again. Ibrahimovic got ahead of Vermaelen, his old Ajax squad mate, but then bundled over the Belgian and Szczesny as they all challenged for the loose ball. Koscielny's flicked header from a floated free-kick on 25 minutes was straight at keeper Christian Abbiati. Arsenal were giving possession away far too easily, inviting the hosts on. However, despite having plenty of the ball in the final third, Milan were struggling to carve out any real openings. Vermaelen lost out to Robinho, who darted clear but the Brazilian then failed to cross for Ibrahimovic, who was clear in the middle, as Koscielny made a saving block. It was, though, 2-0 soon after when Ibrahimovic charged down the left channel and squared for Robinho to nod in from six yards. On 43 minutes, Koscielny hobbled off and was replaced by Johan Djourou. There was a stoppage at the end of the first half when Luca Antonini collided with the Arsenal keeper – and the Milan man then shown a yellow card for his troubles.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson sees bright future for the Reds without Luis Suarez

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Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool will get over the disappointment of missing out on the title – and losing Luis Suarez. Henderson admits he and his team-mates were distraught after Manchester City pipped them to the Premier League last season. are also having to cope with in a £75million deal. But boss Brendan Rodgers has moved on quickly and has already spent £60m on signing Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovicester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern have not kept their pursuit of the Man City winger quiet by any means after embarking on an intense charm offensive this summer to try and capture Sane, reports the Manchester Evening News.But City are now waitin, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can. Henderson is impressed by the new arrivals and reckons they will help Liverpool make a flying start to the 2014-15 campaign. “A lot of the players, the whole team, can take great confidence from last season,” saard plans to shake-up his line-up for their Carabao Cup tie with Manchester United.Lampard admits several players need to rest.He said, “As a player, I wanted to play every game but the beauty of sitting on this side is you do see things slightly difid the England World Cup midfielder. “We’re disappointed we didn’t win the title, but at the same time I thought we were outstanding. A lot of confidence will be taken from last season, but we’ve got to start afresh. “We’ve got a lot of new, quality players in, so hopefully they can bed in well and help us have a great start.” Henderson was speaking in Boston ahead of Liverpool’s first US tour match against Roma on Wednesday. The 24-year-old is happy to be back in New England. He thinks he has progressed in the two years since Liverpool last visited the home city of the club's principal owner John W Henry, and believes he can continue to improve. “We came here a couple of years ago, so I’m quite familiar with the place,” said Henderson. “It’s got great training facilities, it’s good for the weather and makes us work even harder. I feel I’ve developed a lot since I was last here. “Two years is a long time. I’m more mature, I’ve experienced a lot over the two years. Hopefully I can continue to improve and keep working hard. I hope the next two years can be even better for me.” Henderson will be joined in Boston by France striker Loic Remy, who is becoming Liverpool’s fifth summer signing in a move from Queens Park Rangers. And the Reds are also set to complete Divock Origi’s £10m capture from Lille. Origi’s dad, Mike, claims another content_imgclub are interested in the Belgium international forward, but added: “Liverpool is still the most concrete option.” Rodgers also wants Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo on loan, with a view to a permanent move. Will Liverpool be better off without Suarez?21000+ VOTES SO FAR

Condemned man: If you do what Rafa Benitez did last night you cannot expect to stay in your job

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You know it's bad when the club's own website doesn't carry a word of your post-match interview until nearly four hours after the final whistle, and then only cherry-pick the in-house television station. You know it's fatal when you condemn the men who are paying your wages. And last night, for no good reason, Rafa Benitez talked himself had not been impressive but it had done the job. There was even – although the Spaniard knew precious little about it – a goal from Fernando Torres. In his initial post-match comments, to ESPN and ITV, had concentrated on the game. Then, speaking to the Middle East network Al Jazeera, the mood changed. Benitez went on the offensive, although at this stage it was the fans who were in his sights. Within a few minutes, speaking to Radio Five Live, the target list had been broadened. Appointing a long injury lay-off.The England international did not feature in the Premier League at all last season after injuring his shoulder in May 2018.He started in Saturday’s win over Southampton and was happy to be back in action.”I watched nearly all ofhim as “interim manager” was a “massive mistake”. In truth, by this stage the cat had been let out of the bag. By criticising Roman Abramovich, Benitez had surely made his position untenable. But he had the chance to stay cool and calm when he mounted the stairs for his full press conference. Had the opportunity to row back. Instead, for 13 minutes, Tcontent_imghe complaints about his treatment by the Chelsea fans might have had some at the top of the club hierarchy nodding their heads in agreement. Such has been the scale of the vitriol directed at them, too, that there may have been some sympathy. Certainly, his suggestions that the continuing negativity could end up costing Chelsea the Champions League place which was, as he conceded on Tuesday, his prime remaining target, will have been echoed up the chain of command. Abramovich may not say anything publicly but he will not have enjoyed hearing and seeing his managerial appointment decisions questioned, condemned and castigated over such an elongated period. But as the Spaniard increased his complaints about Abramovich, the board and the way he had been handed the poisoned chalice in November, Benitez was adding personal insult to the injuries he had dealt out. Suggesting that the “interim” title was deployed purely because of his past associations with Liverpool was just one element. The reality is that Benitez was the one who signed the contract until the end of the season. Nobody at Stamford Bridge forced his hand on that one. Until last night he had not at any stage suggested the title was a problem, an issue, even a concern. It was just what it was. So why, suddenly, make that into a major point of principle? It seemed that nobody at the club had any real idea. Nor had they seen it coming. It would have been digested overnight, discussed and considered this morning. And it seems, already, only a matter of when the decision is made to part company. If you do what Benitez did last night, you cannot expect to stay in your job. Which the Spaniard must have known at the moment he opened his mouth. Maybe we should not have been surprised. Chelsea, eventually, gets to everyone. Jose Mourinho's Messiah complex was always going to see defender Gerard Pique says he thrives on the controversy he generates.Pique has made some enemies with his sporting and political stances and was frequently whistled while playing for the Spanish national team.”Normally I’m aware of the mess that I him go the way of the first Dead Man Walking at the Bridge, Claudio Ranieri. Lasting more than three years under Abramovich, it might be argued, truly made the Portuguese the Special One. Even Carlo Ancelotti, who worked for Silvio Berlusconi for eight years, cut a weary figure in the dying days of his reign. Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas went to war with the dressing room, and lost, while Roberto Di Matteo was worn down by the reality of knowing he was never the man the club wanted to be in the dug-out. None of them though, set out to bring themselves down. Benitez has founded yet another Chelsea sect. Quite what he was playing at, only he will know. When Rafa does go, who will be next in the hottest of football hotseats?

Team news: Guthrie back but Sparky missing stars for Toon trip

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Midfielder Danny Guthrie has returned to the Newcastle squad ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with QPR. Guthrie has been sidelined by a groin injury since the beginning of December and will provide manager Alan Pardew with a fresh option in the wake of Cheick Tiote's departure for the African Nations Cup. However, striker Peter Lovenkrands (calf) is unlikely to make the game, and Sammy Ameobi (knee) has joined fellow midfielder Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and defender Steve Taylor (Achilles) on the list of long-term absentees. Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, R. Taylor, Santon, Ferguson, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Cabaye, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Gosling, Abeid, Vuckic, Best, Shola Ameobi. ** Mark Hughes will be unable to call upon several of his biggest names for his first game in charge of QPR at Newcastle on Sunday. Captain Joey Barton remains suspended for the Barclays Premier League trip to his former club, while Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are on African Nations Cup duty. Alejandro Faurlin (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the season and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is keeping his fingers crossed he does not suffer a recurrence of the hip ad scouts posted at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel in Cordova, where they checked on Chabot in action for Germany U21 against Spain. The defender was outstanding in the friendly, outshining Spain star Dani Olmo, of Dinamo Zagreb.Chabot only moved to Sampproblecontent_imgm that has dogged him recently. Provisional squad: Kenny, Cerny, Murphy, Gabbidon, Connolly, Hill, Bothroyd, Orr, appy with their transfer policy.United have restructured their recruitment department, adding 45 scouts since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, while greater forward planning means next summer’s transfer targets will be identified by January.If any of thoseDerry, Buzsaky, Young, Smith, Mackie, Helguson, Wright-Phillips, Hulse, Campbell, Macheda.

Cristiano Ronaldo signs woman’s chest – and she’s moved to tears

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made this female fan burst into tears of joy – by signing his name on her chest. The Portuguese forward is in Turin with his Real Madrid teammateton has quickly been content_imgimpressed by on-loan Everton defender Lewis Gibson.Gibson went straight into the side to make his debut on Saturday in their 2-1 win over Doncaster.Barton, who also praised Gibson’s fellow Blue Callum Connolly, told the Blackpools ahead of their clash with Juventus on Tuesday night. He was approached by a hysterical fan as the players made their way touth youngster Alex Dobre has completed a loan move to Wigan Athletic.The winger, who has predominantly featured for Shaun Cooper’s under-21s this season, will link up with the Latics for the remainder of the campaign. Dobre recently became the first the team coach after arriving in Italy. The woman mobbed Ronaldo, shoving a pen in his hand for him to sign her shirt. Being , he duly obliged. Clearly overwhelmed by the occasion, the supporter proceeded to break down in tears of joy at meeting her hero. Ronaldo goes into the Champions League clash with Juve in blistering form having netted a hat-trick in on Saturday night. Who will win the Champions League?4000+ VOTES SO FAR

Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City: Super-sub Aguero seals City win

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Sergio Aguero provided a £35m sting in the tail as Manchester City's millionaires broke Arsenal's young hearts. Aguero rounded off a lightning counter attack with a stunning 83rd minute finish to highlight the difference between the clubs. Arsenal's mix and match of young and fringe players did themselves proud, bossed the game and yet could not find the finishing touch. City had one clear cut chance, supersub Aguero took it and the Argentinian forward's ruthlessness proved that money can buy success after all. It was cruel on Arsenal and the late, late drama explains why tempers flared and spilled over in the tunnel afterwards as public enemy number one Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Frimpong became embroiled in a heated row afterwards. Frustration, anger and disappointment was etched over the faces of the Arsenal players and Arsene Wenger looked in utter despair at the final whistle. Wenger had claimed that Arsenal cannot compete financially with City but will always compete on the pitch. They competed but ultimately fell short and it is little wonder as there was around £100m difference in cost between the two line-ups. Arsenal's side cost £27m while City's was more than £120m and for much of the game it did not matter as Wenger's second string outplayed their big spending rivals. But when it came to the crunch, City delivered a stunning knock-out blow which floored Arsenal and they did not have enough time to recover. Arsenal came so close and even had another chance in the last minute when Gervinho's cross just evaded Marouane Chamakh with the goal at his mercy. Gunners captain Robin van Persie, rested and watching from the bench, jumped up and screamed in anger and frustration as the late chance went begging. The Dutchman would surely have put it away. That summed up Arsenal's annoyance as they did everything but score and yet that has cost them another trophy. City fans were chanting all night about Arsenal being a "feeder club" and the worry is that if they do not get van Persie next then it may only be a matter of time before they get the next star off the production line. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin and Frimpong were all outstanding as City struggled to get a foothold on the game. City boss Roberto Mancini had complained of fatigue before the game but he rang the changes and still managed to start with ten full internationals, England under-21 right back Nedum Onuoha being the only exception. Arsenal went much younger with a few experienced heads dotted throughout and that left the home faithful fearing it could be an uncomfortable night. But the Carling Cup seems to bring the best out of Arsenal and they dug deep in terms of spirit, determination and quality to make City look second best. Arsenal came desperately close to taking an 11th minute lead as Coquelin's right wing cross found Ju Young Park and his effort was brilliantly saved by City's Romanian keeper Costel Pantilimon. And if you thought the one weakness in City's squad was decent back up for Joe Hart, then think again. Pantilimon then tipped over a pile driver from Oxlade-Chamberlain. Mancini was forced into a change as Aleksandar Kolarov was injured and replaced by Aguero while Nasri – his every touch booed by the Arsemal faithful – went across to the bench desperately trying to find out what he should be doing. Oxlade-Chamberlain carried on Arsenal's dominance after the break as he cut in from the right, hit a fierce shot alon D’Or.The Dutchman was integral to Liverpool’s Champions League final triumph, which included beating Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-finals. And Barnes thinks van Dijk has done enough this season to be crowned as the world’s best player.Askend Pantilimon beat the ball away again. City were disappointing and former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves was booked in the 53rd minute as frustration seemed to be getting to him. Arsenal pushed and pressed and were going all out for the winner when City finally found a breakthrough. Edin Dzeko, who worked hard all night with little reward, combined with Adam Johnson and they set up Aguero whose pace took him through. Aguero latched onto the ball, fired low past Lukasz Fabianski and City's travelling fans celebrated wildly as Nasri ended up having the last laugh. Arsenal kept going until the end as Chamakh came within inches of getting an equaliser and substitute Andrey Arshavin fizzed in a long range effort. But wholing off period last month, BILD says Bayern have now returned to the negotiating table for the Germany international.Indeed, talks have entered a new stage with Bayern now optimcontent_imgistic an agreement is close.And despite City’s €100m valuation, Bayerile Arsenal huffed and puffed, City's extra quality blew the door down. The title is already out of reach for Arsenal and now, so is the Carling Cup. Why Nasri-bating Arsenal fans need to look to the future not back in anger Tweet my Goal! The best gags from Tuesday night's Carling Cup games

Arsenal teen Gedion Zelalem will go straight into USA team if eligible, says Jurgen Klinsmann

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Arsenal midfielder will go straight into the US national team if FIFA grant him eligibility, according to coach Berlin-born Zelalem has played for Germany at youth level, but was granted US citizenship after living in the country between 2006 and 2013. He is also eligible to pl.BILD says Arsenal will let Xhaka go in January for somewhere between £17million and £25million.A loan with an option to buy is also thought to be an option.Hertha had a tricky start to the Bundesliga season, but their form has picked up recently uay for Ethiopia through his parents, but Klinsmann is keen to get him on "He is a special case. I think he ise Year.It is the first time the Liverpool star has won the award.Mane helped Liverpool win their sixth Champions League title last season, as well as a second-place finish in the Premier League.He also led Senegal to the final of the African Cup of N already at a level that he can definitely play with the senior team," the German World Cup winner told a small group of reporters. Zelalem has not yet played a Premier League game for making just one substitute appearance in the Capital One Cup and the Champions League. However, he is thought of as one of the club's hottest youth prospects, and Klinsmann is keen to fast-track him into the US first team. "Definitelycontent_img I would like to see him with me first. I want to see how he interacts with the whole group and what level he is in. For the next dates, I am totally open to have him in the Under-23s," he said. FIFA rules state that players must live in a country for five years after their 18th birthday before they are eligible. This is designed to stop players being granted citizenship for entirely football reasons, but the US are hopeful of Zelalem being allowed to play for them due to his move to the country as a schoolboy having nothing to do with football. Will FIFA allow Zelalem to play for the US?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Bendtner’s facing long lay-off

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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed striker Nicklas Bendtner's facial injuries are worse than was first thought. The Denmarcontent_imgk international suffered a broken nose when nterest ahead of the summer market.Despite Real’s dismal season, Nacho has shone and is on the radar of major Italian clubs.AS says his versatility is attracting interest from Inter Milan, while AS Roma and Napoli are also keen.Napoli coach Carlo Anche was caught in the face by Swansea defender Angel Rangel's boot during Saturday's 2-0 Premier League victory over the Welsh side. However, O'Neill has revealed that the damage is more extensive and as a result, Bendtner is likely to miss several games, starting with Sunday's FA Cup fourth round clash with neighbours Middlesbrough. He told the Sunderland Echo: "He's got a bit more than a broken nose. "It's difficult to put a timescale on it, but it's going to be lengthy. "We thought at one stage he might be okay. The early signs, even on Sunday morning, were that it looked as if it might be okay. "But he's going to be out for a number of weeks now, which is definitely a blow to us. He has a few cracks and we just have to bide our time with that. "That's a big blow to us and to the lad himself, who was beginning to enjoy a decent spell of football for us." Teenagster United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the performance of Daniel James in victory over Brighton.James was outstanding for the 3-1 win.Solskjaer said, “He’s had a great impact both on and off the pitch, behind the scenes and on the training fier Connor Wickham took Bendtner's place against the Swans, while Ji Dong-won was among the substitutes and Fraizer Campbell is close to a return after his latest knee injury. However, O'Neill is understood to have an interest in Bolton's Kevin Davies as the winter transfer window enters its final few days, although the Trotters have indicated they are not interested in a loan deal. Frazier Campbell: My 18-month injury nightmare is over Battered Bendtner may wear mask against Boro Sunderland 2-0 Swansea: Sunday Mirror match report

Hughes set to make first QPR signing

Mark Hughes is expected to make his first content_imgQPR signing in the next couple of days as he bids to drag the club clear of relegation. Draws! Santa Cruz! Shouts of Leslie! Top 10 things QPR fans can expect under Mark Hughes Warnock: I would have kept Rangers up  With only 21 days of the transfer window remaining, Sparky has little time to act in the market and even less ahead of Rangers' trip to Newcastle on Sunday, before which they could drop into the bottom three. Chief executive Philip Beard later confirmed negotiations with Hughes had focused heavily on potential transfer targets and said he would attempt to bring in at least one new face before the Newcastle game. "We're trying and there are one or two players that we've had discussions about," he said."I can't promise that there'll be new players for Sunday." Beard suggested the priority might be finding a replacement for midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, who was ruled out for the rest of the season on Sunday after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament. Hughes, who took charge of first-team training for the first time this afternoon ahead of his formal unveiling at 3pm tomorrow, will be joined at QPR by assistant manager Mark Bowen, first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki and goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock. A raft of players have been linked with Rangers, including Didier Drogba, Alex, Christopher Samba, Nedum Onuoha, Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Bridge and Brazilian striker Henrique. They have already seen a reported £1.5million-£2million bid rejected for Fulham forward Andy Johnson, who like Blackburn defender Samba has played unfident people are supportive of him taking this new job.Mourinho has rejected the idea he was perceived as a Machiavellian figure some people want to fail.“I’m a good guy,” he said. “Come on. People cannot wish that I fail. If you are a fan of ander Hughes. QPR&apos Vigo have signed Santa Mina from Valencia.Mina has completed his return to Celta Vigo after agreeing to a five-year deal, having spent four years away from his hometown club.The former Valencia man will be presented in the afternoon of Friday, July ;s announcement of Hughes' appointment even identified Samba and Manchester City pair Nigel de Jong and Vincent Kompany as players he had previously signed. Beard said: "Having spoken at length with Mark, I know he is brimming with enthusiasm and anticipation about the challenge of taking QPR forward and I believe he is the perfect choice to deliver the success we all desire."