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Hull boss Steve Bruce backs Gedo to get goals this season

Steve Bruce is backing Gedo to Ged ’im the goals that will keep . Tigers boss Bruce snapped up the Egyptian hit-man on a season-long loan from ­Al-Ahly just minutes before the transfer window slammed shut six days ago. after initially hiring him on a temporary ­transfer last January. The 28-year-old notched five goals in 12 outings to help the Tigers clinch their top flight return after three years in exile. But he missed out on City’s promotion party with a foot injury, which required an ­operation to put right. Despite pennice says they need to buy goalscorers.Newcastle have already broken their club record with the signing of Joelinton from Hoffenheim for £40m, but Bruce wants more firepower up front before the start of the new season.The former Sheffield Wednesday bong a new three-year deal this ­summer, Gedo is keen to clinch a permanent switch to the KC Stadium. And City are ready to sign him for £1.8million if he proves to be a success. Bruce enthused: “This boy has got class. He is an ­international who has scored 17 goals in 33 games for his country, so we know all about his quality.content_img “We needed somebody to come in and giv talks with Real Betis for Giovani Lo Celso.AS says Spurs are today thrashing out terms with Betis about the Argentine.The LaLiga outfit are willing to sell for €60m, having signed him outright from PSG just a month ago.And if Spurs can settle terme us some extra firepower, and Gedo provided that when he joined us on loan for the first time last season. “He can do that again and be a big player for us this time around. “Gedo will be able to cope with the ­Premier League – he just oozes class.”

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Manchester United press conference recap: Louis van Gaal speaks ahead of final day clash at Hull

aeme Souformer Gunners midfielder made the return earlier this week.Edu told arsenal.com, “Of course it’s a pleasure to be back home because as you know, I was here for five years and had such nice and beautiful moments, and beautiful memories as well. It’s ness has scoffed at Paul Pogba’s commitment to Manchester United.Pogba has made just eight appearances in all competitions this term after missing the bulk of the season with a mystery ankcontent_imgle injury. The France international, who continues to

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Chelsea 2-1 Man City: Leaders get Lamped

Invincible, no more. Unbeatable, no longer. Mortal, like the rest. Still top, but with that sense of invulnerability obliterated. Tweet My Goal: City's unbeaten record goes the way of Lampard's uneaten record Oliver Holt's verdict: Why Lamps' winner in The Cashico can lead Andre Villas-Boas out of the darkness Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City: Daily Mirror player ratings Lampard: I had a sneaky feeling this would be our night  And now the real test of Manchester City's nerve and courage awaits. For four months, everything had turned to gold for Roberto Mancini and his men. Everything had gone right. But six days after being evicted from the Champions League, City were sent spinning to a first Premier League defeat of the season, left fuming and flailing by the penalty that never was, far more than the one that Frank Lampard smashed home to send Stamford Bridge wild with delight. You could understand Mancini's frustrations, too. A goal up, as Mario Balotelli profited from the brilliance of Sergio Aguero and the trapeze wire of Chelsea's higen Klopp and his players have already written off their Champions League campaign for another.After the 3-0 first-leg semifinal defeat at Barcelona, Sport reports Liverpool accept the tie is over.While publicly they were positive, the players and thgh defensive line, and in total control, the match – perhaps the entire season – turned on Mark Clattenburg's 14th minute decision. Receiving from Balotelli, David Silva twisted inside, inducing a reckless leg stretch from Jose Bosingwa, contact clear to all inside the Bridge. Yet not, crucially, to the man who mattered. Clattenburg was three yards away, with an unobstructed view. Incredibly, to the utter and righteous disbelief of Mancini and his men, he waved play on. It was, unquestionably, pivotal. Had that been given – as it doubtless should have been – and converted, there would have been no way back for Chelsea, and City would have killed off one of their challengers. But it was not and as City started to nurse a sense of grievance that they have to dispel soon, they allowed Chelsea to first clamber off the floor, next gain parity, then deliver the knock-out blow, kick-starting their own campaign in the process, and possibly giving us the sort of title race we have craved for years. City had done so much right, their one-touch football a joy to behold as Silva and Aguero tormented the Chelsea back-line. The opener was a perfect embodiment of that subtle, penetrative passing football. There seemcontent_imged little on as Aguero received from Pablo Zabaleta, with John Terry parked up his backside, just inside the Chelsea half. His half-turn was sublime, the pass with the outside of his right foot even better and Balotelli was away like a hot knife through melted butter, leaving Branislav Ivanovic trailing in his wake as he walked past Petr Cech to pass nonchalantly into the net. Less than two minutes gone, in control – and City looked for more. Silva, found by Aguero, shrugged aside Bosingwa's woeful attempt at a tackle but then dragged wide with the goal at his mercy and even after the penalty shout there were moments when Chelsea looked on the brink of destruction. Yet City, strangely, lost their way, Chelsea started to get a grip in midfield and Juan Mata, utterly overshadowed by former Valencia team-mate Silva in the opening stages, gradually became the most influential Spaniard on the pitch. Mata's pass saw Didier Drogba test Joe Hart and from Chelsea's next atten fullback Guillermo Varela has no regrets over his time with Manchester United.The Uruguay international admits he had to leave to establish his career.He told The Sun: “(Louis) Van Gaal gave me the chance to play so I have to say thank you. He iack, they levelled. Clichy was culpable, standing off Daniel Sturridge – who providing plenty of evidence for Mancini's contention that City erred horrendously in letting him leave for just £5million – and letting him twist round the outside. The delivery was excellent and Raul Meireles, who had drifted off the back of a sleeping Yaya Toure, smashed home on the volley from six yards. Now the game was in the balance, before Clichy's double folly – first bringing down Sturridge, then a wild lunge on Ramires – pitched the equilibrium in Chelsea's direction. Chelsea now had all the initiative, City were hanging on grimly, hoping the final whistle would come to their salvation, but it was perhaps inevitable that Lampard should be the man to send them to defeat. Dropped against Valencia last week, omitted again from the starting side here, Lampard remains the man for the big occasion. When Villas-Boas turned to him with 17 minutes to go, the script was there to be written. Lampard found Sturridge, whose shot was stopped by Joleon Lescott's raised arms and while Mata initially wanted the ball, Lampard pulled rank. His finish demonstrated why: drilled down the middle as Hart dived to his left, setting off wild celebrations – probably echoed in front of a certain Scot's fireplace in Alderley Edge – casting the first seeds of doubt in the blue half of Manchester. Only once before this term, down the road at QPR last month, had City trailed in a league game but this time there was no response. Suddenly, the plain sailing has been transformed, choppy waters ahead, Arsenal on Sunday another potential iceberg. City remain the team to beat but with their remorseless momentum stopped in its tracks. Game on. For everyone.

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Patriot games: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has ambitions to manage England

Alan Pardew is committed to Newcastle for the next eight years, but admits ultimately his 20/20 vision will focus on the England job. Pardew has admitted –Le Mans winger Stephane Diarra is attracting big Premier League interest.L’Equipe says Newcastle, Leicester and Celtic have been scouting 20-year-old winger Diarra.Diarra has scored three times in 16 games for Ligue 2 outfit Le Mans this season and has attempted the third most dribbles of any players in the division.And it’s claimed the three British clubs have scouted Diarra ‘intensely’. but insisted he’s ready to handle the ­pressure of delivering silverware to Newcastle. The Toon boss revealed home.He believes that despite being second from bottom in the league, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will not be easy opponents.Emery suggested that Southampton were doing better away from home in the league in recent weeks.He told reporters during his preto the Sunday Mirror that, when his time is up at St James’ Park, his ambition is to have a crack at international management with the Three Lions. But Pardew insists that he has no designs on Roy Hodgson’s job as he plans to stay on Tyneside until he turns 60. Pardew said:“Can I fulfil all my ambitions with ­Newcastle? It’s hard to say. You have to gauge your ambitions to the football club, to a degree. “I do have ambitions ­internationally, I would like to do that at some point. ­Hopefully, I will see this ­contract out and then see what I’m going to do later on. “I have always felt that a ­person can be a success as England manager. I won’t change my opinion on that, but I don’t think it’s easy. “Roy Hodgson probably has a tough spell as England manager because our pool of players is not as great as it used to be. Ultimately my ambition might reach that conclusion: to be England manager. “It’s not something I would not do and it’s not something I want to do right content_imgnow. “It is difficult because Harry Redknapp came out and said he wanted to be the England manager one day and he got into a situation where he lost his job at Spurs.” Ironically, it was Spurs’ ­interest in recruiting Pardew as Redknapp successor at White Hart Lane during the close season that was a ­motivating factor in Magpies owner Mike Ashley securing his manager’s future on a ­long-term contract. Ashley made it clear that there was no way Pardew was leaving Newcastle and now hopes that the eight-year ­contract will frighten off other potential suitors. Pardew explained: “Both of us looked at the contract and felt it lacked a bit of security. So, this contract is more secure for Mike in terms of keeping me at the football club. “The eight years came from Mike. I never got to the point of talking about how long I wanted the contract for. He spoke to me about eight years – and I thought OK!” .

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McLeish determined to keep Bent at Villa

Alex McLeish is confident Aston Villa can retain the services of striker Darren Bent as he prepares to welcome back Manchester United winger Ashley Young for tonight's home Barclays Premier League clash. Bent has been the subject of speculation linking him away from Villa despite only making the £18 million switch from Sunderland in January. Young and Stewart Downing – the main creators for Bent during the second half of last season – departed Villa in the summer but McLeish is confident the former Tottenham player will remain. When asked if he faces a struggle to retain the services of Bent, McLeish said: "I don't think so. I've not heard anything. As far as I'm concerned, he's here for the long run. "We need him. He's a terrific finisher. Sometimes he only needs one chance. That's the value of someone like Darren Bent. "If we can create one or two sniffs (of a goal), then Darren will be in there." McLeish was resigned to losing Young to United shortly after he replaced Gerard Houllier in June and is not surprised at how quickly the player has made an impact with the Red Devils. Villa want Hutton to bash old boy Ash  He said: "Ashley is a great player. Reading his story was fascinating about how he was discarded as a youngster and had the determination to make himself a top pro. "It's a brilliant story that any youngster should read. He's been a real success story. He's a dangerous player and going to United has not affected him. "He's not fazed by it and he's almost taken up the gauntlet in showing the other United players how good he is." McLeish added: "Ashley staying here was never going to happen. I knew that from day one after I came here. "The club tried very hard but it's difficult when one of the top clubs in the world comes in. "If there was any chance, I would have tried because you don't want to lose the top players." Villa will be looking for their first home league win over United in 16 years and McLeish has challenged his players to have the belief to end that run. He said: "Someday a Villa team will beat United United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his players after Monday’s penalty row.Solskjaer insists Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are still sharing penalty duties at Manchester United , adding that “it’s not like there’s anarchy” at the club ove at home. I've got to believe it will be us and the players have to believe that too. "Unitedaves Everton after 18 months in the role, with the club one point from safety in the relegation zone.Assistant Duncan Ferguson will take charge for Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.”Everton Football Club can confirm that managecontent_imgr Marco Silva has left the are not unbeatable, we've seen that. They are formidable and we have to be at it, firing at 100%. "We have to have concentration levels like never before to beat them."

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United front: Fergie got thumbs up from Scholes and Giggs before buying Robin van Persie

Sir Alex Ferguson took the advice of two key people before signing Robin van Persie. The Manchester United boss sought the opinions of veteran stars Ryan Giggs and Paul ­Scholes because he wanted assurances that the £24million ­striker’s arrival from Arsenal would not lead to any problems in the dressing room. Both urged their boss to sign the Dutchman – and Van Persie has responded with a blaze of goals and emerged as the ­signing of the season. United coach Rene ­Meulensteen said: “The players at United never saw Robin as an intruder. “The boss and I tested that before we made a move for him. We dropped Robin’s name with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. “We said to them, ‘What would you think if Robin van Persie comes here?’ They both said the same thing. They both thought it would be outrageous if Robin came to United – and later so did all the other players. “The reason we discussed it with Ryan and Paul is because they stand for the culture of Manchester United in the dressing room. They keep that culture and protect it.” Meulensteen believes Van Persie’s strengths are now improving the emerging players in the Old Trafford ranks. Meulensteen explained: “Robin has a phenomenal eye for free space. I don’t know another player who creates space for himself so well. “As a coach that was one of the first challenges for me. Trying to show to the other players what kind of striker Robin is and how they have to play with him in the team.” And the arrival of Van Persie has made United feel invincible. The Dutchman has given Ferguson's side a star quality that was missing when they were pipped to the title by Mas taken a new twist after his serious knee injury.The Mirror says City have spent the lacontent_imgst 12 months trying to persuade Sane to sign a new long-term deal.And Bayern Munich used the stand-off to launch a summer-long attempt to unsettle the 23-year-olanchester City last season. And, according to Meulensteen, beating City to the signature of his countryman was a huge statement of intent by Fergie. With United five points clear at the top of the table, Meulensteen said: “Robin gives the team an invincible feeling. “All the players have that same buzz. They think ‘we’ve got Van Persie. With him we are always going to score. We can always give him the ball and he will always do something magical with it.’ “It was time for Manchester United to have a big-name player like Robin van Persie again. “In the last few seasons, we had squeezed everything out of our star players and last season we were just not good enough. “As a club we had to make sure that we would not underperform again. With Robin we have a world-class player in our ranks again. He’s a really ­world-class act. As one of the biggest clubs in the world we really needed a player like him.” Meulensteen believes that the rest of United’s squad recognised a kindred spirit in Van Persie when he announced his intention to move to Old Trafford to win trophies. United’s gain has been City’s loss. The Dutchman said: “With his ­personality, it was easy to get a warm welcome from the rest of the squad from the first moment. “Robin is not the kind of player who says, ‘Here I am’. Robin is an absy window not many people had heard of him and questioned spending a lot of money on an MLS player…He came in and undoubtedly excited the fans with his pace and trickery, and I think Joelinton could be very similar in terms of their not being a lot olute professional. He’s a fantastic trainer and he delivers on the pitch. “That creates a security for players. They feel nothing bad can happen to them because we have got Robin van Persie. We really missed that kind of influence last season.” Meulensteen added: “Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes just love football. Like ­Lionel Messi, they don’t care if they are playing in a stadium filled with 100,000 people or in the local park. "I mean this in a positive way, they are football animals. Football is the only thing that occupies their life and, since the ­beginning of the season, they have been joined by one more football-mad guy in Van Persie. “The fact that he chose United shows how much he loves the game. He is a guy who thinks about everything. He is driven by his love for the game. “All Robin is focused on is success. “He has a massive desire to win. I know because he could have earned so much more money elsewhere.”

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Manchester United launch official Twitter account with Planet of the Moyes vibe

Manchester United have launched an official club Twitter account this morning, as part of a 'new era' vibe being generated around new gafferboss David Moyes.says Stoke are demanding a staggering £23million for England goalkeeper Butland.And that has put the chase for him on hold. Bournemouth and Crystal Palace want to give Butland, 26, a Premier League move.But the price is proving to be a huge problem. The account kicked-off today with a bold tweet: "New era, same spirit. The season starts here. Let's do this. #mufc" Later United posted their eyecatching artist's impression of The Moyes. Cheer up love, it's only a game! Thecontent_imgy're going for a Che Guevara thing here I reckon, so hopefully a beret, a briar pipe and a period of armed struggle can't be far behind once the marketing gang give Davey a full makeover. If you were nitpicking, you'd say it was a bit Planet of the Apes, with all it's apocalyptic implications, but "THE BEGINNING" might equally suggest some sort of zombie cannibal movie franchise, so it's very much a case of wait and see for United fans… exciting times! United are coming late to the Twitter party – essentially last – but they've put in the spadework over the years in terms of global brand awareness so must be confident of building up a big following. Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League official Twitter tree with 2,505,493 followers this morning. Moyes' old club Everton can muster just 215,482. Manchester City boast 992,842 followers, Liverpool 1.77million, Chelsea 2.38million and Tottenham 521,890. The big daddies in world terms look to be Barcelona (9.4million followers) and Real Madrid (8.1million). With for David De Gea, the Argentine says he is fulfilling a boyhood dream of playing for the Red Devils.”When you get the chance to play for the greatest club in the world, and the chance to wear this shirt, it’s almost like fulfilling a dream – a dream 135,000 followers in just the first couple of hours, United must surely be aiming that high.

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Arsenal’s Wenger sounds Jack Wilshere injury klaxon after just two matches

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged Roy Hodgson to handle Jack Wilshere with special care. England manager Hodgson will include Wilshere on Tuesday when he names his squad for next month's crunch World Cup qualifiers at home to Moldova and away in Ukraine. Wilshere, 21, will also return to Arsenal's starting line-up against Fenerbahce in the second leg of their Champions League qualification playoff, after being rested in because Wenger admits the season is ALREADY taking its toll. manager insists he is going to be extra cautious with Wilshere – who has had three operations after a career-threatening ankle injury kept him out for 17 months – and fully expects England to do the same. Wenger said: "He's not played 90 minutes since February [until doing so this week against both Villa and Fenerbahce], so the numbers suggested he needed a breather (at Fulham). We have good communication between him and the medical department, and we will give him a breather when it's needed. "I'm a bit cautious, because he's had a few operations. I don't want to make a mistake on the medical front and overuse him, because the ankle is the most important part of any football player. "People think it's the knee. It's not, it's the ankle. All the movements come from the ankle. He's had surgery three times, so we have to be cautious. "I always take medical advice. If the ankle is not inflamed, if he has no pain, then we would not rest the player. If they say there is a little inflammation, we would say, 'Okay, let's not.' I do that with medical advice." Wilshere started Saturday's match on the bench, but came on for the final 20 minutes. Wenger continued: "I would be a bit more cautious (with him), yes. Until we feel he is completely free from any risk, of course. "If he gets through well on Tuesday he will play on Sunday [in the north London derby against Tottenham]. Between Tuesday and Sunday there are five days. "We have a good connection with the (England) medical department. They know him well. Who are England's next two games? That's the key. So don't play him against Moldova!" While Wenger's remark about resting him against Moldova was uttered with a big smile on his face, you can bet he would appreciate Hodgson sparing him for the harder trip to Ukraine on Tuesday, September 10. Hodgson knows that qualifier in Kiev is the key to qualification as victory will put England firmly on the road to the World Cup, so all of the big guns will want to play. Meanwhile, Wenger insists he will not allow Arsenal to ease up against Fenerbahce, despite and a place in the group phase being all but assured. While there may be the odd change from the team that won at Craven Cottage, with Nacho Monreal likely to play at left-back and a possible breather for Tomas Ross better recognition.The Argentine has been criticised after some questionable defensive performances this season with Pep Guardiola often preferring to use Fernandinho in the back four.Richards believes he is often used as a “scapegoat” for the clicky, the Gunners are determined to finish the job. Wenger is immensely proud of his record of qualifying for the Champions League knock-out stages and this would be 16 years in a row. Playing in Europe's elite competition is also vital in attracting big name signings. "It'll be stability in the team. Maybe one or two who are a bit injured, but 95 per cent of the team who played at Fulham will play," added Wenger. "It shows consistency and, therefore, I'm already focused today to go into the game with full commitment. Top level sport is just about consistency. "It (not resting players) shows how important it is to us. It's an important time for us. We want to be in the group stage the next day, and that demands attitude and commitment and desire to play the game with full power, like we love to do. "The first leg was not as comfortable as people saw on television. It was highly committed. I have big experience in the Champions League and, to knock someone out, you need attitude and commitment. "That's what is at stake for us." With captain Tho were ‘bought’ to deliberately lose their final match of the season against Valencia.El Mundo reported that police had intercepted conversations involving retired footballer Carlos Aranda, who has been arrested.The Spanish newspaper reported Aranda hmas Vermaelen now just and Bacary Sagna showing that he can switch from right-back to centre-back when needed, Wenger has virtually ruled out signing a new defender in the final week of the summer window. Wenger added: "We have Sagna, acontent_imgn outstanding centre-back and right -back, so he covers two positions. We have Vermaelen who comes back, on the left we have two full-backs, so maybe if we find an experienced player at the back we are not against it but it's not easy." On Tuesday's game, he said: "We have a decent advantage but we want to get over the line, so it's just about us winning the game. I feel we had two good games recently, at Fenerbahce and against Fulham, and we just want to continue that run. "We go into the game to win it, without thinking about the result of the first game." Arsenal vs Fenerbahce: Probable teams Szczesny; Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Monreal; Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla; Walcott, Podolski, Giroud. Demirel; Irtegun, Korkmaz, Bruno Alves, Ali Kaldirim; Kuyt, Meireles, Cristian, Potuk; Sow, Emenike. Arsenal vs Fenerbahce: Three to watch The Nigerian striker only came on as a substitute in the first leg. Is likely to get his chance from the start as Fenerbahce go for goals. The ex-Liverpool forward was massively disappointing in the first leg and may have a point to prove. Likely to start wide right. Vastly experienced Portuguese centre half who will be hoping to do better in the return leg. Strong and determined, he was left hurt by the first leg surrender.

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No escape? Wigan lose key defender Antolin Alcaraz for half the relegation run-in

Antolin Alcaraz has been ruled out for three weeks with a torn hamstring in a blow to Wigan's survival hopes. Paraguayan centre-half is set to miss th referred to the Brazilian as ‘Dyson’ last month to underline his importance to Liverpool following his impressive display in a victory over Tottenham. But Fabinho has now revealed that is not his only nickname.Asked about content_imgthe ‘Dyson’ tag, Fabinho toree of their five remaining Premier League fixturel Ndjoli is back at Dean Court.Ndjoli has returned to Bournemouth following a loan spell at Gillingham.The 21-year-old winger joined the League One side on a season-long loan last summer and scored three goals in 18 appearances over the first half oes, against Tottenham, West Brom and Swansea – and faces a race against time to be fit for the FA Cup Final on May 11. Alcaraz was injured in , and boss Roberto Martinez says a scan revealed a tear in his hamstring. Martinez – whose team are 18th, three points behind Aston Villa but with a game in hand and a superior goal difference – said: "We'll treat him and see how quickly he responds to treatment. "But obviously soft-tissue injuries of that type would usually take the best part of three weeks to heal."

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Chelsea’s seven-point lead over Man City is ‘nothing’, insists Jose Mourinho after win at Aston Villa

Jose Mourinho wouldn’t have it in the wake of – but this might have been the day that he clinched his third Premier League title. dismissed the idea that opening a seven-point gap over Manchester City made it a landmark result. And he didn’t encourage to chuck shirts into the travelling fans or get involved in overexuberant celebrations. “In an today.The Everton winger’s move is due to be rubberstamped in the coming days, reports BILD.RBL will pay €18m for Lookman, with another €2m due in bonuses.It marks a return to Leipzig for the England U21 international.Lookman spent the second haother country I would say a seven-point lead is fantastic but in this country it is nothing,” said Mourinho “Every game is different, everything can happen.” But when Branislav Ivanovic smashed home a stunning left-foot volley that killed a brave Aston Villa fightback while title rivals Manchester Cicontent_imgty were drawing at home to Hull it was hard not to see its significance. Last time he was here Mourinho got his side to grind out their 2005 and 2006 championships. His full-backs were never encouraged to cross the halfway line. But in this side the response after Jores Okore’s header had cancelled out Eden Hazard’s first-half goal was for Cesar Azpilicueta to work his way into the penalty area before crossing for the Serbian right-back to smash home his third Premier League goal of the season. “Our second goal showed the ambition of my team to win a game,” said Mourinho. “You see it when the left-back is in the box to cross and the right-back is in the box to score; when we are pressing hard all over the pitch not content to suffer a setback after they score. “The last time I was here? When the right-back is Paulo Ferreira and the left-back is William Gallas then you don’t encourage them to do what they cannot do. You have to use the players’ qualities the best you can.” Mourinho certainly does that with this Chelsea side. Villa Park holds bad memories for him – he was sacked weeks after losing there the last time he worked for Roman Abramovic. And there is little love lost between him and Villa boss Paul Lambert, so he started determined to go for the jugular. Villa had barely got out of their own half before Hazard gave Chelsea the lead. It began with Didier Drogba winning the ball and giving Oscar the chance to break. The Brazilian cut it inside for Willian to pick out Hazard at the far post and the Blegium winger stretched out a foot to stab home his 12th goal in all competitions this season. And when Chelsea were stunned by conceding a goal, they simply picked themselves up with Willian twice firing inches wide before Ivanovic struck the winner. For Villa there were consolations – even if the defeat left them still looking down at the relegation zone. It wasn’t just that they ended the longest goal drought in their Premier League history when Okore headed home three minutes after the break to end exactly 11 hours without a goal. In in the coming weeks.He hasn’t featured in Premier League 2 since September due to a combination of international duty, injury and first-team squad call-ups.”We have lots of games coming up,” Critchley said after victory over Southampton. “Neco (Wiln 22-year-old Spaniard Carles Gil they look to have found a player with the magic and skill to provide some inspiration and invention that has been lacking since the likes of Ashley Young, James Milner and Stewart Downing were sold. It was Gil who skipped brilliantly past Azpilicueta to cross to the far post where Danish defender Okore was left with the simplest of chances to score. Lambert said: “There were a lot of good things that came out of that for us, and I was disappointed to lose it. We deserved more. “We have a run of games now where if we play like that we will pick up more points. “My message in the dressing room afterwards was that the players have set a standard for themselves and they have to stick to it.” Will Mourinho still be Chelsea boss in 10 years?500+ VOTES SO FAR

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Tottenham 1-0 Partizan Belgrade recap: Europa League action as it happened

of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Jose Francontent_imgcisco Molina has announced the former Barcelonacomponent be included in any offer for Neymar.Real Madrid and Barcelona are both in contact with PSG for the wantaway Brazil attacker.And L’Equipe says no matter which players are included in their offers, Leonardo is demanding €100m in cash – at t coach can count on their support.Enrique will not attend Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with the Faroe Islands and Sweden in June due to an ongoing pers

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All the rage: Zabaleta defends Mancini outbursts by saying ‘everybody does it’

Roberto Mancini's cool veneer slipped twice this week to suggest the Manchester City boss is feeling the pressure of meeting expectations at the world’s richest club. Mancini , despite him having held covert talks with Monaco and admitting he had "seven or eight" other offers last season. And he lost the plot on Tuesday, after City's 2-2 draware a stronger side this season than last term.Antoine Griezmann was the big-name arrival this past summer, along with Frenkie de Jong, and their former midfielder thinks the new signings have improved the side.”I see them well,” the Vissel Kobe told at home to Ajax all but ended their Champions League hopes. But defender Pablo Zabeleta, who was caught up in the melee surrounding referee Peter Rasmussen on Tuesday, said it was not unusual for the manager to lose his temper. for his outburst, but City's players have got used to the manager letting rip wcontent_imghen thi is delighted with his move to Udinese.Okaka spent the second-half of last season on-loan.“It was a wonderful sensation, above all setting foot in the Dacia Arena,” Okaka told Udinews TV.“We had a great ending to the season and it felt like I wasngs are not going right or when feels they are not performing to the standard he expects of them. “He’s the manager and sometimes he has to shout and argue with the players,” said Zabaleta in the aftermath of City’s draw with Ajax. “It’s normal. Everybody does it. I think it’s not just Roberto. “When any manager sees you drop points in a crucial game, they get very passionate and angry. Everybody wants to find the answers.” Only Mancini knows whether he is feeling the pressure to deliver again this season after guiding City to the title last term, but the next few months will prove crucial in determing his fate at the Etihad Stadium. Despite having signed a five-year deal, continues to stalk Mancini, with City having appointed ex-Nou Camp duo Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain as their new chief executive and director of football. Mancini certainly cannot afford to let City’s poor form in Europe spill over and impact on their domestic fixtures, with them remaining the only unbeaten team in the Premier League this season. City host fifth-placed Tottenham on Sunday, the second of four successive home games for Mancini’s side, and said they must win to keep pace with Manchester United and Chelsea in the title race. “We have to keep going, work hard and focus on Sunday,” said Zabaleta. “Tottenham are a very good side. “We’re only two points behind United and we need to keep fighting.” City’s Champions League campaign looks to be over at the group stage for the second season running, having picked up just two points from four group games. Even if City win their next two games, a draw for Borussia Dortmund in Amsterdam and a home win over Ajax for Real Madrid would see Mancini’s side exit the competition before Christmas once again. “Nothing in life is impossible,” said Zabaleta. “But we have to be honest. It’s going to be very difficult to go through now.” Midfielder Yaya Toure echoed his team-mate, but said City’s players would not give up hope until it was mathematically impossible to reach the last 16. “Things can sometimes go wrong but we have to continue to believe because we have fantastic players,” said Toure. “The games coming up are tough, but we have to believe we can beat Real Madrid, even though they are a very good team. “But we can believe in our chance.” Meanwhile, .

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Leicester veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer is an inspiration to youngsters says boss Pearson

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson insists golden oldie keeper Mark Schwarzer is still top of the stops. The 42-year-old is set to make his debut for at Spurs in Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie, having joined from Chelsea on an 18-month deal. With Kasper Schmeichel injured, Schwarzer – in the late 1990s – will challenge Ben Hamer as first-choice keeper. Pearson said: “He’s been fantastic. For him to have continued to perform at the highest level is a credit to him as a person. “As a character he has always been well spoken and can be outspoken. He has high standards which I like. Itdfielder Frenkie de Jong admitted some relief after their 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad.Barcelona went behind in the encounter and De Jong admitted that the visitors found it tough to deal with their opponents to begin with.”It was an intense game, with ’s the whole packacontent_imgge.” Leicester could hand a full debut to Andrt to club management.Wenger has been linked with PSG and Olympique Lyon since leaving the Gunners a year ago.However, France’s Soccer Link says Wenger instead will accept an offer from FIFA.The world’s governing body have been speaking with Wenger foej Kramaric, who arrives with a record of 28 goals in 24 appearances for club and country this season. “He’s watched a lot of games on TV – plenty of our games, he has certainly done his homework," . “He’s very career minded and driven to succeed. I think that’s been evident in his career so far. I’m sure he will play a big part in the rest of our season. “I’d be delighted if he can continue his goalscoring run he has been on but I’m aware some players need time to adjust. If he plays on Saturday it is a good opportunity for him.” Who'll go through to round 5?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Hillsborough anniversary to be honoured by late kick-offs tribute for all fixtures

Every professional English football fixture will be delayed by seven minutes to allow for a tribute remembo Raiola is coy over his summer plans for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.The France international is expected to leave United this summer, with Juventus and Real Madrid both keen.And Raiola commented to Marca: “Paul is going through a difficering the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. for the 25th anniversary of the 1989 disaster that saw 96 Liverpool fans lose their lives, all four divisions, as well as the Football Conference matches will have their games moved back to start at 3:07pm. struck during an FA Cup semi-final clash at the home of Sheffield Wednesday between and Nottingham Forest on April 15 1989, and the game was abandoned at 3:06pm. All matches throughout the leagues across the weecontent_imgkend of April 11-14 will begin at 3:07pm, following a minute's silence. A statement on read: "As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989, all FA Cup, Premier League, Football League and Football Conference matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will kick off seven minutes later than oir accounts for the financial year ended May 31, 2019.The post-tax loss of £27.1m is a significant one for the club, who posted a post-tax profit of £56.5m for accounts from the previous year.The switch from a profit to a loss can largely be attribriginally scheduled." The first FA Cup semi-final between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal will begin at Wembley at 5:07pm on Sunday April 13.

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Manchester United players join fans at 1958 Munich air disaster memorial site ahead of crunch Champions League tie

tonight visited the Munich memorial site to those who lost their lives in the tragedy. Twenty-three people, including eight players, died in the 1958 disaster when a plane carrying the United team back from a European Ccontent_imgup tie against Red Star Belgrade crashed on take-off in Munich. Survivor and led the party that paid its respects ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. Boss David Moyes and the first-team squad were also in attendance ahead of the finely poiAS Roma and AS Monaco are chasing Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi.Mustafi has been encouraged to leave the Gunners by manager Unai Emery.Andker Paulo Dybala.The Argentina international’s future with Juve is undecided amid talk of the Bianconeri seeking to cash in so to add to their summer transfer fund.Calciomercato.com says Bayern have stepped in with an offer of €80m for Dybala.Howev Sky Sports says Arsenal are seeking €27m to sell the Germany international.The former Sampdoria defender has been linked with a return to Serie A, where Roma are keen.However, a move to Ligue 1 could also be on, where Monaco are also interested.sed second leg, with the first leg having finished 1-1 at Old Trafford. Midfielder Michael Carrick tweeted: Defender Rio Ferdinand posted a pic of fans at the memorial site as he paid his respects to those who died. The United players and staff also visited the imposing Allianz Arena, home of the defending European champions. Bayern will be without skipper and first-leg goal-scorer Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is suspended for the red card received for his late foul