Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

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He’s the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta held productive talks with Arsenal on Tuesday about succeeding Arsene Wenger and floated appointing Santi Cazorla as his assistant, according to reports.

The north London club are pushing ahead with their search for a replacement for Wenger, who has ended his 22-year association with the club, and want a new manager in place before the start of the World Cup.

Although experienced coaches likes Juventus boss Max Allegri and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique have been linked with the post, Arteta is now emerging as the favourite.

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Arsenal’s hierarchy are believed to be leaning towards a ‘rookie’ coach and Arteta has a growing reputation thanks to two years learning under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

And now The Independent report that Arteta’s chances of replacing Wenger have progressed after fresh talks with the club, while he is already thinking about his backroom team.

The Spaniard is considering compatriot Cazorla – who he played alongside at Arsenal – as an assistant, and the playmaker could be offered a player-coaching role.

Arteta will also weigh up including Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould in his staff, though the former centre-back is undecided about remaining at the club.

Arteta snubbed the chance to coach at Arsenal under Wenger and instead joined Guardiola (Getty)

The Gunners have already axed a number of Wenger’s old support staff, such as right-hand man Boro Primorac, and Arteta wants to bring in at least three of his own appointments.

Although Arteta is now Ivan Gazidis’ preferred choice, Arsenal’s hierarchy are still expected to meet with other candidates and want to complete a thorough search before finally settling on Wenger’s successor.

via Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

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Man United clinch 2nd place in PL with 0-0 draw at West Ham – AP

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pdj136-ap.jpgLONDON — Manchester United clinched second place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at West Ham on Thursday.

In a dull game with few quality chances, United defender Luke Shaw came closest to scoring when he had a shot turned onto the post in the first half.

The point means United are ensured of finishing second behind runaway champion Manchester City, while David Moyes’ West Ham remained in 15th place — but just two points from 10th with one game remaining.

United manager Jose Mourinho reacted to Friday’s 1-0 loss at Brighton by making eight changes, introducing a back three and utilizing fit-again Alexis Sanchez as his main striker.

West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic hit an early strike straight at David De Gea before the Austria international could only head over from six yards after Chris Smalling made a mess of clearing Aaron Cresswell’s cross.

Jesse Lingard forced West Ham goalkeeper Adrian into his first save as the visitors started to take control of the contest, with Sanchez drawing another stop before the Spanish keeper turned Shaw’s follow-up strike onto the post.

It was the closest either side came to scoring, although the match flared up toward the end Paul Pogba’s foul on West Ham skipper Mark Noble led to a fracas.

Both players grabbed hold of one another but it was Noble who was arguably the luckier of the pair to only be booked following his angry reaction.

The away supporters in attendance paid near-constant tributes to former manager Alex Ferguson, the 76-year-old now out of intensive care having had an operation on a brain haemorrhage over the weekend.

 

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Why I Dedicated My Goal To David Luiz – Giroud Opens Up

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Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud has opened up on why he dedicated the goal he scored against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday to fellow teammate, David Luiz. Giroud headed in the only goal of the game, as Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the Stamford Bridge. The Blues came into the game, needing a victory […]

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I will gladly Welcome Martial to Arsenal – Pires

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‘I would welcome him at Arsenal!’ Robert Pires urges former club to sign Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

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Robert Pires has urged his former club Arsenal to attempt to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United.
France international Martial joined the Red Devils in 2015, becoming the most expensive teenager in history when he left Monaco for a fee of over £50million.
The 22-year-old has struggled to live up to his price-tag, however, failing to nail down a place in United’s team under Jose Mourinho.
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Antonio Conte responds to Jose Mourinho’s claim that it was Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah — Metro

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The Egyptian has been a revelation since leaving Roma for Liverpool last summer (Picture: Getty)Antonio Conte insists he sympathises with Jose Mourinho following the criticism he has received for overseeing Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah. Salah endured a troubled 18-month spell at Chelsea under Mourinho and was loaned out to Fiorentina before sealing a…

via Antonio Conte responds to Jose Mourinho’s claim that it was Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah — Metro 

Antonio Conte insists he sympathises with Jose Mourinho following the criticism he has received for overseeing Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah.

Salah endured a troubled 18-month spell at Chelsea under Mourinho and was loaned out to Fiorentina before sealing a permanent move to Roma.

The Egypt international rediscovered his confidence and rebuilt his reputation in Serie A before returning to the Premier League in the summer following a £38million transfer to Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah Named PFA Player Of The Year Ahead Of Rival Kevin De Bruyne As Liverpool Ace Beats Man City Star To Top Prize

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DELIGHTED Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year.

A delighted Salah said: “It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it.

“[The first Egyptian to win?] Hopefully I’m not the last one! I’m very proud to win and I’ve worked very hard.

“You’re comparing you name with some great names. To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world.

“There are still three games to go. I want to break this record and also break the one for (42-game season). Let’s see what will happen.”

Salah added: “It’s an honour to win this as Player of the Year in the Premier League and especially because it’s voted by the players. So I’m very happy and very proud to win it.

“From day one I left the Premier League I wanted success here … I think I left and I came back as a different person … I didn’t have my chance (at Chelsea).”

The Egyptian fought off competition from Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne to scoop the prestigious individual prize on Sunday night.

Salah has scored an incredible 31 Premier League goals during his first season at Anfield, and has also helped himself to nine assists.

The former Chelsea man has been instrumental in Liverpool’s top four push under Jurgen Klopp.

Salah joined the Reds from Roma last summer for £37million and has quickly established himself as a club icon.

The 25-year-old has also been banging in the goals in Europe, leading Liverpool to a Champions League semi-final clash with Roma.

De Bruyne finished runner-up to Salah, with the Belgian sure to be disappointed at missing out on English football’s top individual accolade.

He has been the main man in City’s incredible title win, scoring eight goals and 15 assists this season.

The other players up for the award were Manchester United’s Davd De Gea, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester City duo David Silva and Leroy Sane.

Sane was named Young Player of the Year.

Liverpool vs. Stoke City: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Jurgen Klopp manager / head coach of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Liverpool and A.S. Roma at Anfield on April 24, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

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Liverpool and Stoke City have very different priorities heading into the final weeks of the 2017-18 season.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have just about wrapped up a top-four finish in the Premier League and are unlikely to be fully focussed on Saturday’s home clash against the Potters given they have the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Roma just four days later.

Stoke, meanwhile, are fighting for their lives in the relegation battle and must win at Anfield given they are four points from safety.

Saturday’s clash on Merseyside should then be an intriguing contest. Read on for a preview of the contest, along with scheduling and viewing information.

Date: Saturday, April 28

Time: 12:30 p.m. BST, 7:30 a.m. ET

TV Info: Live on Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go, NBC Sports App

Preview

Liverpool were devastating as they routed Roma 5-2 in their semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

Per Squawka, Mo Salah netted twice to continue his incredible 2017-18 season as the Reds put one foot in the final:

Were Stoke to come up against a Liverpool side in that kind of form on Saturday they would be blown away.

However, it seems likely Klopp will rest some of his key players so they are ready for the return leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

Given the circumstances, it also seems unlikely Liverpool will be as motivated to perform as they were against Roma.

The Anfield outfit have little left to play for in the English top flight this season, while Stoke can only afford a victory.

The problem for Paul Lambert’s side, though, is they are winless in 11 Premier League games.

They need to remember how to win, and fast.

It is not guaranteed that Klopp will rest his key front men for the Stoke clash, although he will have no option to play Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was stretchered off against Roma, per football broadcaster Melissa Reddy:

Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have the ability to seal the three points with early goals should they start, after which they could then be substituted.

But there is also the chance that one of them could pick up an injury.

Liverpool’s top-four spot is not guaranteed, but it is also not in any immediate danger.

It will be a balancing act for Klopp to decide what team he puts out, as even a second string XI could likely claim all three points against an out-of-form Stoke.

But the Potters are in a brutal relegation scrap and that means they will pose Liverpool some danger, as West Bromwich Albion did last time out in claiming a 2-2 draw against the Reds.

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Wembley deal ‘could take eight to 12 weeks’, says Fulham owner Khan

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Wembley deal ‘could take eight to 12 weeks’, says Fulham owner Khan

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Shahid Khan bought NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011

Fulham owner Shahid Khan says he hopes a deal to buy Wembley Stadium from the Football Association will be completed in eight to 12 weeks.

Khan, who also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars, has made an offerthought to be worth £900m.

It is understood he would pay £600m for the stadium and the FA will continue to run the £300m-valued Club Wembley hospitality business.

“This offer makes a lot of sense for us,” he told BBC Sport.

“When I say us, I’m talking about the Jaguars, NFL, Wembley, and I think it also makes a lot of sense for the FA and the English football team.

“I’m pretty confident – that’s why we’re putting our name, our reputation on the line to get it done.”

Khan said England games would remain at Wembley and he would retain the stadium’s name.

BBC Sport understands selling Wembley would allow the FA to make a major investment into football at grassroots level.

Pakistan-born Khan has a current net worth of $7.2bn (£5.2bn) and is the 217th richest person in the world, according to the 2018 Forbes rich list.

He said he understands fans’ concerns over his offer for the 90,000-seat stadium, which is the largest in the United Kingdom.

“I think they have to understand the value and the attraction for myself,” Khan added.

“We’ll leave the tradition and the stadium itself. Even though this is a new stadium, it does need upgrades.

“Under this arrangement the FA retains the right, the revenue, and that is really the most positive part of Wembley for the FA. So they will be retaining it and obviously we want it to be there.”

The 67-year-old added that the deal would make lead to “more meaningful discussions” over a permanent NFL franchise in London.

“NFL has been playing in London since 2007,” he said. “Until now, NFL doesn’t have a stadium solution or have a home. And it can’t work with a Premier League club, because of the schedule. It does work very well with Wembley, so I think it makes it closer.”

According to the FA’s latest financial results, it still owes £113m to public bodies such as Sport England, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, plus the London Development Agency, which helped pay to build the stadium, which cost £757m and opened in 2007.

In January, the FA said it would finish paying for the ground by the end of 2024.

In a statement, Sport England said it had invested £120m of National Lottery money into the development of Wembley and it looked forward to “hearing more detail about how such a deal would work and whether it would benefit grassroots sport”.

‘It could be a positive move’ – reaction to Khan offer

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman: “This process is at an early stage and it’s ultimately a decision for the FA. But Wembley is the historic home of English football and holds a very special place in the hearts of fans up and down the country and I’m sure the FA will want to strongly consider the views of these supporters before deciding what to do next.”

Labour Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan: “The FA should not rush into any deal to sell and any deal must guarantee that England continue to play at Wembley as well as around the country; that major tournaments, cup finals and play-offs for multiple sports are still held at Wembley; and that ticket prices for England games are frozen for 10 years. The FA needs to guarantee that profits of the sale will be put into grassroots football to ensure that future generations will benefit.”

Hodgson would be ‘disappointed’ if England stopped playing at Wembley

Crystal Palace boss and former England manager and Roy Hodgson:“I am a massive supporter of Wembley as the national stadium and England playing there but I also have great faith in the FA that they won’t be making decisions lightly. If they think that is a good deal, a deal that will bring in money that they can spend in a better way, then I would be behind that.”

Former England captain and BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: “If the money goes towards grassroots football, most importantly on pitches, artificial and otherwise, for youngsters to play then it could be a positive move.”

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal, who guided Sheffield Wednesday to the 2016 Championship play-off final:“I think they are monuments and we can’t sell them in my opinion. If you sell Wembley you can sell Big Ben and Buckingham Palace? We can’t sell monuments, it is culture, and you can’t sell culture.”

Chairman of Matchroom Sports and former Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn: “Unless there’s a very good reason why it shouldn’t be sold, frankly the laws of commerce take over. It’s he who has most will win. I would be saddened but I would be realistic enough to say it’s life in the current system.”

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Wembley sold: What does it mean for England, Tottenham, Chelsea and the NFL? — The Sun

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WEMBLEY is set for an incredible £1billion sale to Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan. SunSport answers all your questions on what it means for England, Tottenham, Chelsea and the NFL… Wembley is set to be sold for £1bn to Fulham owner Shahid KhanGettyWhen could the sale be done? The FA Board only received details…

via Wembley sold: What does it mean for England, Tottenham, Chelsea and the NFL? — The Sun

When could the sale be done?

The FA Board only received details of Shahid Khan’s offer this morning and the process will take weeks and possibly months. In the short-term, nothing will alter.

Will things change swiftly?

The FA Cup Final next month will still be played at Wembley, as will England’s World Cup warm-up game with Nigeria on June 2.

The FA have already scheduled the November 15 friendly with the USA for the National Stadium but have yet to confirm the venue for the September friendly with Switzerland or the home games against Spain and Croatia in the new Nations league that starts in September.

What does it mean?

Wembley chief executive Martin Glenn believes the proposed deal is a game-changer for English football, releasing funding for grass roots development that would otherwise be inconceivable.

The endowment fund for future grass roots projects will bring £500m into the development of the game at all levels, allowing better facilities, more coaches and opening up more opportunities for girls and women to play.

Are we going to get “McDonald’s Wembley”?

The FA have demanded that Khan agrees the ground remains known as “Wembley Stadium”, at least for now.

That suggests naming rights are not immediately on the agenda, although it keeps alive the possibility of “Wembley Stadium, sponsored by Panasonic” or whomever.

Will the FA Cup Final be moved away from Wembley?

Absolutely not. Khan is keen to ensure the marquee events held at the ground will continue to be staged there.

That includes the FA Cup Final and presumably the EFL Cup Final and play-off finals, as well as the majority of England home games.

But it could see the semi-finals reverting to “neutral grounds” like Old Trafford, the Emirates or Villa Park in the future, preserving Wembley for the Final.

One factor against that is that only Wembley can house 90,000 supporters.

Does this mean an NFL franchise in London?

It certainly looks that way, especially as the FA are preparing to send the England team “on the road” round the country for the autumn games if fixtures clash with Jaguars home games in the NFL schedule.

Khan will presumably have already have consulted with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about his plans but any relocation of the franchise would still need to be approved by a vote of the 32 NFL team owners.

Taking a franchise out of the USA for the first time will be a big and controversial call, although it would open up the entire European market given the easy transport links to London.

But aren’t the NFL moving to Tottenham?

The NFL have certainly funded part of the cost of the new Spurs stadium at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy signed a 10-year deal to play two NFL matches per season at the new stadium last year, separate NFL-sized dressing rooms are being built in the East Stand of the 62,000-capacity ground and the grass pitch will be rolled out to allow NFL matches (and concerts) to take place on the artificial turf below.

From Twin Towers to the Arch for £757m

Dec1996
Wembley selected as preferred site by Sport England for new national stadium.

Nov 1998
Project handed £120m lottery funding by Sport England.

Sept 2002
Old stadium demolished as government stumps up £20m in return for more control. WSNL secures £433m in bank loans for a project with revised cost of £757m.

Oct 2002
Construction finally begins on new Wembley Stadium.

March 2007
Work is finally completed at total cost around £1billion – over twice the £458m price quoted. Multiplex make £150m losses, later suing engineering consultants.

May 2007
Football returns to Wembley after almost seven years. Didier Drogba’s extra-time winner gives Chelsea 1-0 victory over Manchester United in FA Cup final.

Whether this means more games in London in addition to Jacksonville’s home matches is less clear but Levy will have signed a deal with cast-iron financial guarantees.

What about Chelsea – aren’t they going to move to Wembley?

Wembley was certainly the most likely option for the Blues as they embark on the £1billion-plus revamp of Stamford Bridge, although that is now now expected to start until at least the 2019-20 season, if not a year later.

Chelsea need to find a home for four seasons but the demands of the NFL fixtures from September through to the end of December – and beyond if the Jags secured home advantage for the play-offs – would appear to scupper that possibility, adding problems for Roman Abramovich and his board to overcome.

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: MATCH RECAP — The Sturridge Dance

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Well, we have had a very entertaining international break, but I for one am thrilled to have club football back! I will recap all the major events of this weekend in club football once it is all wrapped up, but let me dive into my first matchday analysis of my beloved Reds, as they took […]

Well, we have had a very entertaining international break, but I for one am thrilled to have club football back! I will recap all the major events of this weekend in club football once it is all wrapped up, but let me dive into my first matchday analysis of my beloved Reds, as they took on Southampton at Anfield today.

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I must admit, when I first saw the teamsheet, I was scared to death. Yesterday, when I heard that Joel Matip had gone out with an injury, I thought “Ok that is bad, but we will be fine. Joe Gomez has been brilliant at center back for England, it is time for Jurgen Klopp to play him in his natural role” However, when I saw the teamsheet I did not see Gomez next to Ragnar Klavan, but Dejan Lovren instead. It was at that very moment that I thought, Southampton are gonna win this aren’t they? Lovren is so mistake prone I doubt he can even get out of bed without falling on his arse.  I was also dissapointed to see the in form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left on the bench, in exchange for our “Captain”, the backwards passing extraordinaire Jordan Henderson, who at this point I think we can all agree, the only time his name should ever be in the same sentence as Steven Gerrard’s is “Jordan Henderson is not in the same stratosphere as Steven Gerrard as a player and captain for Liverpool”. I was happy to see Philippe Coutinho back from injury, but overall, at kickoff time, I was very nervous, and expecting to be filled with rage.

The first half hour of the game went about as I expected, Liverpool had a lot of the ball and did nothing but piss about with it, Southampton stayed back and defended and largely stopped us from creating anything, with Virgil Van Dijk winning lots of balls in the air and snuffing out attacks (cue “Welcome to Heartbreak” by Kanye West). Then, in the 31st minute, Dusan Tadic was robbed in his own half by Roberto Firmino, who then found Klavan, who passed to Gini Wijnaldum, who squared it to MOOOOOOOO SAAAAALLLLLLAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Salah curled it into the net from outside the box. Ten minutes later, Salah ran onto an absolutely amazing through ball from Coutinho and finished, to give the Reds a comfortable 2-0 lead at halftime. Liverpool did not let up, and absolutely dominated the second half. They got their well deserved third goal in the 68th minute, when Firmino’s shot was parried right into the path of Coutinho by goalkeeper Fraser Forster (yes, sometimes when I curse the very existence of Simon Mignolet I realize things could be much worse), and Coutinho tapped it into the open net for an easy goal for himself.

The rest of the game was largely just a formality, two teams going through the motions waiting for the final whistle, and I was thrilled at what turned out to be a dominating win. Lovren didn’t even make a single mistake for once, besides almost injuring our future defender Van Dijk. I did not have any criticisms for once, except for the second coming of Christ Daniel Sturridge getting no playing time. Well in REDS!

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Three things I learned from the match today

  1. Liverpool are starting to find their form

Since our nightmare 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham, in which I decided I would take 4 more years of Donald Trump if it meant never having to endure the waste of a human being that is Dejan Lovren trying to defend again, Liverpool have played very well. They have now won their last 4 games 3-0, 3-0, 4-1, and 3-0. That is 13 goals scored to only one conceded, and we are now only a point off the top 4. We are finally starting to finish all the chances we missed at the beginning of the year, our defense has looked improved (KNOCK ON WOOD), and we are quietly going about a very good period of momentum. Granted, Huddersfield, Maribor, West Ham, and Southampton are not the most daunting opponents, but it is good to get back to winning ways. There is still work to be done, our defense still needs work (YOU DONT HAVE TO GET ON THE BUS BACK TO SOUTHAMPTON VIRGIL), and the games against Sevilla and Chelsea next week are a real test of how much we have learned, but I am quietly optimistic. We are winning games in a dominant fashion, and Klopp can now finally unleash his big 5 of Salah, Coutinho, Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Adam Lallana for the first time this year. Things are looking up Reds!

2. Southampton are awful

I like Mauricio Pellegrino a lot. He is a former LFC player and coach, and I truly believe he is a good manager, but he is in the wrong job. Appointing a very defensive minded coach to a club which already has a good defense, but needs work on the attack is a bad idea. His ideas can work well at clubs suited to his style, but someone so keen on defending is not the man to fix such a stuttering attack. Southampton didn’t even get a single shot on target today against OUR DEFENSE, and it says something when their starting striker today hasn’t scored a goal since February. Their attack just looked completely out of ideas, and things need to change fast. I think now might be the moment when the Saints realize their model of selling anyone at the right price, because there are always cheaper alternatives, is just not sustainable in the Premier League. Sad!

3. Mohamed Salah is the King of Egypt

What more can be said about this guy. He has now scored more goals to start his Liverpool career than anyone in LFC history, beating the record of Robbie Fowler, a man so good the Kop literally nicknamed him “God”. He has scored more goals than any LFC player since Luis Suarez left us, and it is only mid November! He is the top scorer in the whole Premier League!!! This man is just out of this world. To think we only needed to spend 32 million pounds on him! The gods Isis and Osiris built a pyramid in his honor. King Tut has a framed picture of Mohamed Salah in his tomb. Cats bow down at the feet of Salah. He is the best signing this club has made since Suarez, and I can only hope his insane goalscoring continues. Long Live our Pharoah, MOHAMED SALAH!

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Liverpool Lineup

GK: #22 Simon Mignolet

RB: #66 Trent Alexander-Arnold

CB: #6 Dejan Lovren

CB: #17 Ragnar Klavan

LB: #18 Alberto Moreno

CM: (captain) #14 Jordan Henderson

CM: #5 Georginio Wijnaldum

CM: #10 Phillipe Coutinho

LW: #19 Sadio Mane

RW: #11 Mohamed Salah

ST: #9 Roberto Firmino

Substitutes:

#1 Loris Karius (GK)

#7 James Milner

#12 Joe Gomez

#15 Daniel Sturridge

#21 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

#23 Emre Can

#29 Dominic Solanke

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

 

Southampton Lineup

GK: #44 Fraser Forster

RB: #2 Cedric Soares

CB: #17 Virgil Van Dijk

CB: #6 Wesley Hoedt

LB: #21 Ryan Bertrand

CDM: #14 Oriol Romeu

CDM: (captain) #8 Steven Davis

LAM: #11 Dusan Tadic

CAM: #19 Sofiane Boufal

RAM: #22 Nathan Redmond

ST: #7 Shane Long

Substitues

#13 Alex Mccarthy (GK)

#3 Maya Yoshida

#10 Charlie Austin

#16 James Ward-Prowse

#20 Manolo Gabbiadini

#23 Pierre-Emilie Hojbjerg

#33 Matt Targett

Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino

Man of the Match Award: MOHAMED SALAH!

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Does anybody want to Coach Arsenal? — INKLING LEAGUE

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25 April Arsenal could be running out of candidates to take over from Arsene Wenger, if the Times are to be believed. The North London side will be without the Frenchman next season, as he announced his retirement last week. Yet one of the prime names to take over, Jogi Low, is likely out because […]

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West Ham vs Man City: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Premier League clash — The Sun

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WEST HAM need to beat this season’s champions to continue their push for Premier League survival. The Hammers will be looking to get things back on track after a devastating 4-1 defeat to Arsenal last weekend. But Pep Guardiola’s side still have a job to do, despite already securing the silverware. The Blues are chasing […]

What time is kick-off?

THIS match will take place on Sunday, April 29.

It will kick-off at 2:15pm.

The London Stadium will host the showdown.

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Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

THIS match will be available to watch on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD.

Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action on the SunSport live blog.

What is the team news?

Pep Guardiola confirmed earlier this week that City talisman Sergio Aguero will be out for the rest of the season.

The Argentina international, who has scored 30 goals in all competitions this season, has undergone a minor knee operation.

He will now be facing a race against time to get fully fit for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

John Stones, who has not featured for City since the start of March, is set to continue his stint on the sidelines.

But Guardiola hinted earlier this week that he should be back in the squad before the end of the season.

The Hammers could welcome back James Collins, who has been out of action after damaging his thigh.

Pedro Obiang, Michail Antonio, Winston Reid and Sam Byram will all miss out through injury.

via West Ham vs Man City: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Premier League clash — The Sun

Eden Hazard identifies one advantage Chelsea have in the FA Cup final compared to last year — Metro

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Eden Hazard during the FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton (Getty)Eden Hazard believes the addition of Olivier Giroud could see Chelsea win the FA Cup final following defeat last year. The Blues are through to next month’s final after they beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday. Giroud, who joined from Arsenal in January, scored the opening…

Eden Hazard believes the addition of Olivier Giroud could see Chelsea win the FA Cupfinal following defeat last year.

The Blues are through to next month’s final after they beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday.

Giroud, who joined from Arsenal in January, scored the opening goal before his replacement Alvaro Morata secured the win late on.

 

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Mohamed Salah equals Shearer, Ronaldo & Suarez’s Premier League goal record- Metro Sport

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The Egyptian’s stellar season in front of goal continued away to West Brom (Picture: Getty) Mohamed Salah has equalled the Premier League record for most goals in a single Premier League campaign thanks to his 72nd-minute goal against West Brom on Saturday. The Egyptian has been in incredible form this season, scoring 41 goals in all competitions, and has now notched his 31st goal of the Premier League campaign to tie the record for a 38-game season.

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Alan Shearer (1995-96), Luis Suarez (2013-14) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) all shared the record and now Salah has joined them – though they may not be tied for much longer. Salah is the only player to win three Player of the Month awards in a single season (Getty) Salah is not only targeting one final goal to claim the record outright, but he also wants to break the record for a 42-game season. Shearer (1994-95) and Andy Cole (1993-94) both netted an astonishing 34 times with Blackburn and Newcastle respectively.

 

TICK TOCK  Arsene Wenger leaves:

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Arsenal ticket box office crashes as fans scramble to watch Wenger’s last matches in charge. Wenger’s final game in charge against Burnley has now sold out with supporters desperate to be part of the Frenchman’s big send-off on May 6  

ARSENAL’S ticket site crashed with fans scrambling to watch Arsene Wenger’s final games in charge.

The Gunners’ site went into meltdown briefly – with his last home game in charge to Burnley on May 6 having now SOLD OUT.

Wenger today announced that he will stand down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

trust.jpgThe Gunners face West Ham, Atletico Madrid and Clarets at home, with away trips Manchester United, Atleti, Leicester and Huddersfield in Wenger’s final three weeks in charge.

And the club will almost certainly sell every seat made available for Wenger remaining games.

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Piers Morgan reveals Arsenal should rename the Emirates to the ‘Arsene Wenger Stadium’ in the future

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apierPIERS MORGAN has sensationally claimed he would be happy for the Emirates to be renamed the ‘Arsene Wenger Stadium’ in the future.

The 53-year-old has spearheaded the #WengerOut brigade in recent years, and has finally got his wish after Wenger announced earlier this morning he would leave his role at the end of the season.

Morgan has long campaigned for the 68-year-old to leave the Emirates, as Arsenal have have consistently fallen behind their rivals, and haven’t won the Premier League in 14 years.

The Gunners currently sit in sixth place in the top-flight – just two points above Burnley – and are in danger of missing out on Champions League football yet again.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Arsenal supporter Morgan spoke of how although he’s not his biggest fan, he will be singing his name against West Ham on Sunday.

He said: “I’ve led the Wenger Out campaign on social media, but I don’t feel gleeful.

Morgan, 53, has been heavily critical of Wenger in recent years as Arsenal continue to fall behind their rivals
Arsene Wenger has been in charge of the North London side since 1996, where hehas won three Premier League titles.

“I’m not gloating about it today – I just wish he’d done it years ago. He lost me when he sold Robin van Persie to Man United. That did it for me.

“Last year was Wenger’s worst ever year, this year is even worse. It’s time to go, I’ve known that for the last eight years.


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“It’s a good day for Arsenal, but it’s also a sad day for Arsenal. I’ll be singing ‘one Arsene Wenger’ on Sunday – he’s done the right thing.

“I would honestly be very happy to call the Emirates Stadium the ‘Arsene Wenger Stadium’ in the future.”

Morgan was quick to take to Twitter after learning of the news earlier today, simply commenting “Wenger out” as footballers and pundits praised the excellence of the Frenchman.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has emerged as a favourite to replace the ex-Monaco boss in the summer.

Twitter Reacts to Arsene Wenger Departure Announcement

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Arsenal dropped a bombshell on Twitter on Friday morning.

An article headlined “Merci, Arsene” hinted as to its contents and it confirmed that manager Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the 2017-18 season after nearly 22 years in charge at the club:

Comments from the Frenchman included gratitude to the club and a message for Gunners fans: “To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”

The 68-year-old will leave his post with a year still remaining on his contract, and, as a result, the announcement came as a shock to many:

The Wall Street Journal‘s Joshua Robinson shed some light on how Wenger came to the decision:

He will depart the Emirates Stadium as a three-time Premier League champion and seven-time FA Cup winner.

Wenger also still has the chance to bow out on a high by claiming his first-ever European trophy, as Arsenal are still in the UEFA Europa League and face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

Despite Wenger’s Arsenal having struggled in the second half of his tenure—they last won the Premier League in 2004—the reaction to the announcement was largely positive.

Many, including Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News and the Guardian‘s Sachin Nakrani, acknowledged the huge impact he had on the English game from his appointment in 1996:

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville outlined his experience of playing against Wenger’s best teams:

Others expressed their admiration for a man who has been part of the Premier League furniture for over two decades:

Duncan Alexander of Opta provided some statistical context for Wenger’s time at Arsenal:

As noted by BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, there is recent precedent for a departure of this magnitude given it was only five years ago that Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day at Manchester United:

Unsurprisingly, suggestions of all kinds flooded in for who should fill Wenger’s shoes in the Arsenal dugout:

Wenger has five Premier League games left to oversee as Arsenal manager, the first of which is a home clash against West Ham United on Sunday.

His relationship with many Gunners fans has soured in recent years as Arsenal have slipped down the domestic and European pecking order.

But he will surely receive a rapturous and grateful farewell from the Emirates faithful as he calls time on a remarkable tenure in north London.

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I Am Very Happy At Manchester City – Ederson

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PepEderson has said he had “almost a perfect year” after Manchester City clinched the Premier League title.

Ederson made his debut for Brazil in October, while the 24-year-old has been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award.

City have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League and the former Benfica player is one clean sheet behind Manchester United’s David De Gea in the race for the Golden Glove.

“I am very happy,” he told the club’s official website. “Everything happened very quickly. My two first years at Benfica, I was able to play, and now being a regular for City in the Premier League is a dream for me.

“And to win the title, be shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year and be able to be part of the team that conceded the least number of goals this season … I can assure you with that this has been almost a perfect year.

“I am extremely happy at the club. My family is also very happy and is growing as well. We are over the moon.”

City went out of the Champions League to Liverpool, but Ederson feels they will learn from that disappointment.

“I believe going out of the Champions League can be a good lesson for the next season,” he said.

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Victor Moses overtakes Alex Iwobi to become highest-scoring Nigerian in Premier League

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Victor Moses’ second-half strike against Burnley has seen him leapfrog Alex Iwobi to be Premier League’s highest-scoring Nigerian this season.

The Nigeria international, who returned to Chelsea’s starting XI after making a cameo appearance in the Blues’ 3-2 victory at Southampton, struck in the 69th minute at Turf Moor, his third this season and 20th in England’s top flight.

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That strike moves Moses ahead of and fellow Super Eagles teammate Alex Iwobi, who has hit two goals in the Premier League during this term.

Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho is third with just one goal with four games to the end of the season.

Iheanacho was the highest-scoring Nigerian last season with four goals, while Moses, Iwobi and Victor Anichebe got three apiece.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni leads the all-time chart with 95 goals AS Nwankwo Kanu (54) and Efan Ekoku (52) are second and third respectively.

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‘Victor was the star man’ – Conte heaps praise on Chelsea hero Moses

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Moses received special commendations from his manager after his goal and assist helped the Blues get a victory at Turf Moor

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lauded an awe-inspiring performance from Victor Moses after his side’s Premier League victory against Burnley.

The 27-year-old capped a beautiful display with an assist and a goal as the Blues cruised to a 2-1 win in Conte’s 100th match in charge of Chelsea in all competitions.

Burnley looked set to claim a point thanks to Ashley Barnes’ leveler after Kevin Long had turned in Moses’ cross in the first-half.

However, it was the Nigeria international – a threat down the right all game – who had the final say by thumping in a low drive that beat birthday boy Nick Pope.

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And the Italian manager picked Man of the Match, Moses for special praise as he revelled in the occasion at Turf Moor.

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That was a fantastic performance from the Blues and a deserved three points. Victor Moses, with an assist and the winning goal, was the star man, but everyone performed admirably against tough opposition. Back-to-back wins is the perfect preparation for Wembley on Sunday.

“That was a fantastic performance from the Blues and a deserved three points,” Conte told Chelsea media after the game.

“Victor Moses, with an assist and the winning goal, was the star man, but everyone performed admirably against tough opposition.

Cagliari president warns Tottenham and Liverpool over star duo — INKLING LEAGUE

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17 April Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini released some interesting transfer updates about Tottenham and Liverpool targets Nicolò Barella and Kwang-Son Han. ​They are both among the most exciting prospects in Italy at the moment and both Inter and Juventus are also reported to be monitoring the talented duo: “There have been no more contacts with […]

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Is Raheem Sterling as good as Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo?

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Raheem Sterling netted in Manchester City’s title-winning display at Wembley Stadium, for his 17th Premier League goals whilst aged 23-year-old.

The former Liverpool winger has now scored as many league goals as Arsenal legend Thierry Henry managed at the same age, according to Sky Sports Statto.

Sterling has now equalled or bettered Henry’s goalscoring, between the ages of 18 and 23, on four occasions and he is currently enjoying the most prolific year of his life.

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This season under Pep Guardiola, Sterling has flourished transforming into one of the Premier League’s best performers and showing every reason as to why City shelled out £50m to acquire his services back in 2015.

Incredibly, Sterling turns 24-years-old in December and is already halfway towards reaching Cristiano Ronaldo’s most prolific goalscoring age in England’s top flight, already matching Henry’s number of goals scored whilst aged 23.

The winger has played an integral role in seeing City crowned champions of England and his impressive goalscoring record pays testament to Sterling’s development under Guardiola.

Manchester City crowned champions

City romped to victory at Wembley on Saturday evening, comfortably seeing off a lacklustre Tottenham side 3-1 to achieve the three points needed to place the pressure on Manchester United who played the following day.

United were unable to follow up their win in last Saturday’s Manchester derby as they slumped to shock defeat at home to bottom-side West Bromwich Albion to hand their bitter rivals the title.

Guardiola’s side are now going in search of six Chelsea records achieved in a single season which include; highest Premier League points tally, most Premier League wins, most Premier League away wins, most Premier League goals, highest Premier League goal difference and most Premier League home goals.

 

Homage to Guardiola: How Catalonia See’s Pep’s Manchester City

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Homage to Guardiola: How Catalonia See’s Pep’s Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola has done it again. In his ninth campaign as a top-flight manager, Guardiola has won his seventh league title. His club Manchester City were crowned champions on Sunday night after Manchester United’s shock 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford to bottom-placed West Brom. Back in his Catalan homeland, Guardiola’s achievement, in becoming the first Spanish coach to win the English Premier League title, has been celebrated.

“Here’s a guy who has spent many years in the front line,” says Josep Maria Minguella, who worked as Guardiola’s agent when he was a player. “When Pep played, he was a champion with Barcelona—he won leagues, cups, European Cups. As a trainer, he has spent a decade training the best teams in the world. In Catalonia, we’re very pleased with this situation—to have a man from here who has had so much success, to be so appreciated around the world.”

Catalonia’s newspaper of record, La Vanguardia hailed the “coronation of Guardiola”. Writing in Diario Sport, one of Catalonia’s two daily sports papers, Albert Masnou welcomed his triumph in a hostile footballing world: “The coach from Santedor [Guardiola’s hometown] has imposed himself in the English Premier League with mastery, having achieved what many predicted would be impossible: imposing his ‘tiki taka’ style in a football culture accustomed to other ways of understanding this sport.” El Periodico used some sarcasm to drive home its message on a related theme, suggesting Guardiola had emphatically answered his critic’s question: “Could [a Guardiola team] do it on a cold and rainy night at Stoke’s ground?”

The verve of Guardiola’s Manchester City side has enchanted this season, playing an often brilliant, attacking style of football, averaging almost three goals a game. It has wrapped up the championship with a month to spare, which includes a record 18 wins on the bounce, and with five games left to play—against five sides in the bottom half of the table—it could obliterate Chelsea’s 95-point haul in 2005 and finish the season with 100 points or more.

“It’s probable that Man City will finish the season having won around 85 percent of their matches,” says Marti Perarnau, a Barcelona-born former Olympian and author of two behind-the-scenes biographies of Guardiola. “This is an extraordinary ratio, which makes it one of the greatest teams in the history of the English Premier League without the slightest doubt. He has broken many records in the history of the league and, above all, the manner of the team’s play has been spectacular, and has created a great identification between the team and its fans.”

Aitor Lagunas, editor of Panenka, the acclaimed Spanish football magazine which is based in Barcelona, says that Guardiola is one of only three managers in more than a generation who has changed the nature of the game, alongside Arrigo Sacchi at Milan and Guardiola’s mentor, Johan Cruyff who plucked Guardiola from obscurity as a skinny 19-year-old to become the fulcrum of Barcelona’s “Dream Team” in the early-1990s.

Guardiola’s conviction in supporting Catalonia’s push for independence—including a publicised decision to wear a yellow ribbon during Manchester City’s matches this season in solidarity with several imprisoned Catalan agitators, which incurred a £20,000 fine and warning for “wearing a political message” from the English FA, per Guardianhas burnished his reputation beyond the fields of football for many in the region.

“You will find a lot of Guardiola lovers in Catalonia because of what he achieved as a player but mainly as a coach,” says Lagunas, “and as a political guy—someone who is making political statements in a difficult moment in Catalonia where the society is almost split in two halves. He’s the greatest and the biggest ambassador for the Catalan cause right now.

“No one has more power in terms of echo from the press and social media than Guardiola, much more than Carles Puigdemont, who is the current president-in-exile. It’s why in parts of Catalonia, but predominately around the rest of Spain, people have made Guardiola into a figure of ridicule. For example, one Spanish TV journalist tweeted ‘Liverpool 3 Yellow Ribbon 0′ [after Man City’s first-leg Champions League quarter-final defeat]. For a guy like Guardiola to be brave enough to make political statements about what’s going on in Catalonia has made him enemies.”

Guardiola has been caught in the crossfire of some serious political games. Per the Times, Guardiola has twice had his private plane searched by Spanish police in a hunt for the fugitive Puigdemont, who was released on bail from a German prison in early April. On the same day Puigdemont was freed from prison, El Pais, one of Spain’s newspapers, published an opinion piece in which it criticised Guardiola for spreading “lies” about the Catalan separatist cause on the international stage, comparing him to Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Party’s notorious propagandist.

“It’s not Pep’s fault he is unpopular with some people in Spain,” says Minguella. “Catalonia is a region that historically has had problems with the rest of Spain, particularly with the centre in Madrid. There’s no middle ground. If there is someone Catalan who stands out like Guardiola, there will be people who don’t like it, but if you like football, I believe you’ll like the football of Guardiola no matter what the colour of your shirt.”

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It perhaps isn’t surprising that Guardiola has so many detractors in Spain because of his public support of Catalan independence. What is curious, however, is how unpopular Guardiola is within Catalonia with a large section of Barca’s fanbase, the club that historically is so identified with Catalan separatism and where, of course, he first made his mark as a coach, becoming the youngest man to win the Champions League at the end of his first season in charge, May 2009. Something is broken between himself and a cohort of the club’s fans because of his abrupt departure from the club—in which he cited exhaustion—in 2012.

“There are a lot of Catalans who don’t forgive Guardiola because of his ending after four seasons at the Camp Nou as a coach,” says Lagunas. “The last time he returned to the Camp Nou—as coach of Bayern Munich in 2015—it was not unanimously applauded and welcome. In Catalonia, there are people who don’t like Guardiola.

“The hope amongst Barca fans was that Guardiola would become the Catalan Sir Alex Ferguson, although I think you have no less than 1,000 differences between Guardiola and Ferguson. Guardiola left Barca in the best moment of its whole history. It left a lot of people angry and sad. Now a lot of people are saying it wasn’t ‘Pep’s team’, which was the main nickname of that team in those days, but ‘Messi’s team’ because Barca has kept winning things after Pep left the Camp Nou, which is true but Guardiola was the first coach to build the team around Messi.”

After an underwhelming first season in charge at Man City, Guardiola has picked up two trophies this season. He has, however, come up short again in the Champions League, going out in the knockout stages for his sixth season in a row as a manager, which includes three semi-final defeats with Bayern Munich. It has given his critics another stick to beat him with, a blot on an otherwise incredible CV—he has amassed 23 trophies during his managerial career, according to Diario Sport.

Perarnau says it is mistake to judge Guardiola harshly for failing to win—often with fancied squads—the Champions League since 2011. “Football is the most uncertain sport there is—the one that admits the least amount of assurances and certainties,” he says. “In a league competition, the high number of matches moderates this factor, but in the Champions League it is always a toss-up and any small detail changes your destiny. Why has Barcelona, with Leo Messi in its ranks, not managed to win the Champions League every year? For the same reason: because successes or individual errors in the Champions League are uncontrollable. No coach has been able, can or will ever reduce those errors to zero.”

It is a call for reason that is endorsed by Lagunas. He cites Roberto Di Matteo’s improbable Champions League victory as coach of Chelsea in 2012, a glorious interlude in an otherwise inglorious managerial career.

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“In 50 years, no one will remember Di Matteo,” he says. “I don’t know if Guardiola will win another Champions League trophy, but if someone is writing a book about the history of football in 50 years, Guardiola will have to be mentioned in it. In the same way that today, we still remember the Hungary team from 1954 or the Holland team that didn’t win the World Cup in 1974.

“When I was young, you counted the titles that managers won, not the titles that managers lost. Of course, Guardiola was coaching Bayern Munich, which was a favourite for the competition, as a five-time winner of it, but he was always in the semi-finals; last year, Bayern was not in the semi-finals.

“Manchester City is a different story. How many players have won the Champions League and are right now in the Manchester City squad? What’s the record of Manchester City in European football over the last 30 years? You have to change a lot of things at City, and he’s changing a lot of things. He changed a lot of things before at Barca and in Germany, which was a country unused to the footballing culture of Pep Guardiola. So in England, pay attention.”

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Dele Alli tells Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane to focus on himself and ignore critics

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Dele Alli says Harry Kane must ignore the detractors after the England striker was the subject of negative headlines this week.

Premier League Golden Boot hopeful Kane was the subject of widespread criticism after claiming Tottenham’s second goal at Stoke last weekend, when it was originally awarded to Christian Eriksen.

Alli said: “Harry is an unbelievable striker. To be honest he touched it so it’s his goal and every striker would and should claim it if it is their goal.


Tottenham striker Harry Kane talks exclusively to Sky Sports about his desire to claim the Premier League Golden Boot award.

“He has just got to ignore what everyone else is saying, he knows how good he is and I am sure everyone else knows how good he is.

“Everyone is different, I don’t know how H is going to take it, but I think it gives some people a chance to put him down.

“But playing with him every day in training I can see how hard he works, he wants goals, he’s a striker, every striker wants goals, so he has just got to ignore it and focus on himself which I am sure he will do.

“He is an unbelievable player and he is a great person as well. If it was me and I touched the ball I would try and claim it as well.”

Kane is five behind Salah, who struck his 30th Premier League goal in Liverpool 3-0 win against Bournemouth at the weekend.

Alli says Kane cannot be written off in the race for the Golden Boot
Alli says Kane cannot be written off in the race for the Golden Boot

He now has five games left to try and overhaul Mo Salah’s tally and Alli is not writing his friend off, though says securing Champions League football next season is everyone’s primary aim.

“I wouldn’t put it past him, we have seen what he has done before. Last year against (Romelu) Lukaku it was a tough competition and he finished the season really strongly with the amount of goals he scored.

“Salah is in great form. That can’t be H’s main focus, we are a team and we have got to play together and if he does it he does it and we will all be happy for him, but I don’t think we are going to focus too much on it.”

Mohamed Salah reveals how much he wants to beat Harry Kanes

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was again on the scoresheet for Liverpool over the weekend.

Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday night in the Premier League.

Salah scored the second of the game to move onto 30 Premier League goals for the season.

As for Tottenham, they were beaten 3-1 by Man City at Wembley on Saturday.

Harry Kane failed to add to his goals tally against the Sky Blues.

Kane has 25 Premier League goals this season.

Salah: I want to beat Kane

So how important is it for Salah to beat Kane to be the Premier League top scorer?

The Egyptian has spoken to the press following the Bournemouth game to discuss what being the Premier League’s top marksman would mean:

Of course it is in my mind. Of course I cannot lie – it is in my mind.

But you know, you can see (on Saturday) with the team everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me.

I am also sure that Tottenham’s players try to help Harry Kane, and also Manchester City’s try to help Sergio Aguero. It’s like that, but in the end we play as a team.

Do I want my team-mates to pass the ball more? Yes, but they pass the ball anyway!

Now we still have four (Premier League) games and they have five or six games so I have to think about my games and we see.

Top goalscorer odds

Following his goal against Bournemouth, the bookies have reacted by slashing odds on the Liverpool star topping the scoring charts.

In a clear sign that the bookies want to deter punters from betting on Salah, the Egyptian is now priced at 1/10.

As for Harry Kane, his blank against Man City has pushed the bookies to extend his odds.

Punters can now back Kane to catch Salah in the scoring charts at 13/2.

Also see: 2018 Ballon d’Or: Mo Salah’s odds crash, Cristiano Ronaldo the favourite.

Champions League winners: Liverpool odds slashed, Real Madrid favourites.

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