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Sunderland’s Gus Poyet reveals Chelsea playing days convinced him to become a manager

Gus Poyet has revealed his playing days at Chelsea convinced him to become a manager. has not disguised his love for in the build up to tonight's clash at If he wasn't in a job, Poyet says he would buy a season ticket for Stamford Bridge and simply be a fh’s brilliant goal against Arsenal. The Egyptian evaded David Luiz on the halfway life before bearing down on goal and placing the ball calmly past Bernd Leno to make it 3-1.”[It was a] brilliant goal on the run, inside and the left-foot whip that wean cheering his former club on. And the influence of his trophy winning days at Chelsea set him on the road to being a coach – prompted by seeing swiftly promoted from being a player to boss. Poyet sidesteps queries over whether ultimate aim is to be Chelsea boss, out of respect for Sunderland where he already has a massive task in his first top flight managerial role. He said: "Chelsea was a big influence. It was the place I started preparing for being a coach. "One day Vialli was sitting next to me, very close to me. Then the next day he was sitting in the office at the opposite end of the corridor and was the boss! I though: "hello. It could happen to you, tomorrow." "Then I started paying attention to things. Asking why? Thinking about changes and rotations. About playing the game. You analyse. You get older. Slowly I thought this is something I might like. "Then I finished playing, went away for two year, and I was not thinking about coming back until (Dennis) Wisey convinced me." Poyet played 110 times for Chelsea winning the FA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup. He joined Spurs before becoming a coach at Swindon, Leeds and Spurs, then Brighton boss. He returned to Chelsea regularly for coaching advice, meeting Jose Mourinho in his first spell at Chelsea. Poyet revealed: "I went to see them and they have a system which is very good. It is unique from what I have seen and the players really enjoy it. If you are a football player and enjoy training with the ball you will love it. "Even I wanted to get involved when I was watching the sessions. I didn't want to be on the sidelines! "Mourinho knows what he wants and he has his way of getting it. It works because it wins and that is always the key. Credit to him for that. "Chelsea means a lot to me. I won plenty of trophies there. When you win trophies you get close to the club. My time at Chelsea was before Abramovich. It was more of a family back them. It was still an old fashioned family club. We knew everybody. People from many many years. "Then you go to another level and things change. Then it is different security and training grounds and all sorts. When you see the training ground you say oh my god. When you saw the old one you thought oh my god for a different reacontent_imgson! "It is a different Chelsea now but it is a much better Chelsea now. We had too many foreigners. I am saying it so I can say it. Too many. But that made us very strong because w suffered last year.Bellerin has revealed that Rob Holding broke down in tears when he suffered a serious knee injury in a game against Chelsea last season.Bellerin ruptured his cruciate knee ligament in an off-the-ball incident during the win againse needed each other a lot. We needed a family and we became a strong group led by Dennis Wise. "We were a very good team to watch but we just couldn't win the Premier League. Something was missing. Then Abramovich arrived, but Ranieri couldn't do it. Then Mourinho came and it was the perfect combination. "The money was important but it wasn't enough. Ranieri couldn't make it work. Then Mourinho won everything. You need something special to know what is needed. That team who won the first Premier league for them was incredible. "So difficult to play against. It was scary. A big part to play from the manager as well. After that they become a worldwide team and people everywhere in the world supporting Chelsea. That happens because you are champions. "If I was without a job and living in London if would be going to watch Chelsea at the weekend. "No doubt I would be there I am a fan. I will always love the club."

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Manchester United boss David Moyes full of praise for Adnan Januzaj after West Ham win

content_imgDavid Moyes believes Adnan Januzaj is progressing "really well" following the 18-year-old's starring role in their . was excellent in victory, scoring a wonderful goal and showing glimpses of his talent. "Adnan Januzaj is doing really well," remarked Moyes after the final whistle. "We are always hard on him, we always want more but he is doing remarkably well. He can score goals; he is a real talent.&quo parent club Chelsea at the end of the season.Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo will end of the campaign on the bench at Vitesse, while Clarke-Salter is reluctant to extend his stay.AD says the defender wants to pursue the next stage of his career in Engt; Throughout the afternoon United were more than comfortable against , and after Danny Welbeck opened the scoring there only ever looked like being one winner. And Moyes, whose side now sit eight points off top spot, believes that while his side are doing well, they can still kick on and achieve more.  "We played well today. I'm a wee bit disappointed we didn't take some more opportunities and I was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet but we got done on the break. "The job is to keep our head down and keep winning games. "There is confidence among the players, we are creating a he wants to build on Arsene Wenger’s legacy and make Arsenal one of the best 10 teams in world football.To start his conquest, the Spaniard will be hoping the Gunners can return to Champions League football for the first time in two seasons by beatinlot of opportunities right now. "We would like to be doing much better, we want to be right at the top but we will continue to keep going."

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Luis Suarez ban in numbers: What does the Uruguayan’s latest biting indiscretion mean?

Luis Suarez has been slapped with a hefty ban by FIFA was involved in an ugly confrontation with Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during his side's World Cup win on Tuesday. But after opening disciplinary proceedings, FIFA have decided to ban the striker for NINE games and It remains to be seen how Liverpool will react to the suspension, with Suarez set to miss a large chunk of next season. But what does the ban mean? Try and digest it here in numbers. Suarez will miss nine international matches with Uruguay. That means he will sit out their World Cup last-16 clash with Colombia and any other remaining games in the tournament, should they progres. If his side go out, Suarez will mves striker Raul Jimenez insists his struggles at Atletico Madrid had nothing to do with his age.The Mexico international is now proving his potential for club and country, though struggled previously at Atletico under coach Diego Simeone.He told Mariss any of their next fixtures, including Copa America. The striker will be banned from all football activity for four months, starting now. That means he will miss at least the first two months of the Premier League season – similarly to his suspension for – FIFA have also fined Suarez £65,000 for his latest crazy moment. Given how much he earns in a week, that sum is unlikely to make too much difference to his bank balance. – He looks set to miss 13 Liverpool games, alongside their pre-season fixtures. His ban covers key fixtures against Manchester City and Everton, as well as three Champions League matchdays. The Uruguayan's first game back will be a Capital One Cup clash on w/c 27th October, or against Newcastle on Novecontent_imgmber 1. – The number of games Suarez has missed through suspension in the past two and a half years. He was given an eight-match ban for during a clash with Manchester United. At the end of the 2012/13 season, he was charged with biting Branislav Ivanovic and was handed a 10-game ban. Alongside his major indiscretions, Suarez was banned for one-match for swearing at Fulham supporters in 2011. The Uruguayan's current salary means Liverpool will pay him £3MILLION in wages, before he plays again. Suarez penned a new long-term contract back in December, believed to be worth £200,000-a-week. – The poker firm are reviewing their relationship with Suarez following the incident in Natal. He was presented as a brad ambassador only last month te.Bosnich, who played for both clubs, believes Pogba is the type of player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be building his team around.However, he reckons he needs one of his France team-mates in Chelsea’s Kante or Juventus’ Blaise Matuidi alongside himbut he could now see numerous sponsors walk away. The striker also enjoys a commercial relationship with Adidas, which would see him lose £1million if they walk away. Despite all his controversial moments, Suarez has been sent off just ONCE in his entire career. That of course came at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when he handled a goal-bound effort against Ghana. – Ladbrokes make the Reds striker 12/1 to retain the Golden Boot next season. He missed five games at the start of last year but still managed to bag 31 goals. A repeat performance would be truly outstanding. Is Luis Suarez's four-month ban long enough?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Pizza the action: Cole and Young offered Hut TV ads

Pizza Hut are approaching England to appear in a remake of their famous 1996 advert. That commercial saw Gareth Southgate – who had just failed from the spot in the Euro semi-final against Germany – joining 1990 villains Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce in the restaurant chain and poked fun at their blunders from 12 yards. Now Cole and Young could appear in a remake after having their shot saved by Gigi Buffon and hitting the bar respectively during England's latest heartbreaking exit from a major tClubs are queuing for Lille scontent_imgtar Rafael Leao.The Portugeuse ace has attracted interest from Everton, but they’re not alone.The well-connected Soccer Link reports Valencia, Roma and Napoli are also in contact.However, Everton have stolen a mt is bidding to take over Bristol Rovers in League One.The Bristol Post claims that there is one UK-based group of investors who want to relocate the club’s stadium to a fruit market.The report suggests that talks are still at an early stage, but thearch on rivals by making a €40m bid for Leao.And Lille chiefs fear they face losing the striker in the coming weeks due to the contract tabled by the Toffees.ournament. Pizza Hut are asking for feedback on the idea via Twitter, using the hashtag #PizzaHutAshleys.

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Redknapp: Spurs’ strikers must be like United’s fab four

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has urged ory at Atletico Madrid. Messi struck on 86 minutes for the only goal of the game.”When matches are tight and [your opponents] are strong, having Messi is always a great advantage,” Valverde told the press at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.Messi’s wihis strikers to learn from the example of the forwards who fired Manchester United to Treble glory in 1999. Back then, Sir Alex Ferguson was able to call on the devastating partnership of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, but also had Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench. Redknapp believes the patience shown by the latter pair as the club sought glory on three fronts should serve as a lesson to morwich City.Tcontent_imghe midfielder put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal on Tuesday and instantly rejoined former club FC Sochaux- on loan until the end of the season.Sitti says he watched the Canaries’ 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth on January 18 and was iodern-day players who are annoyed at not getting a regular game. Tottenham’s best form has come with Emmanuel Adebayor up front and Rafael van der Vaart playing off him. Against Newcastle, however, Louis Saha came in for Van der Vaart, and helped Spurs romp to a 5-0 win. When Saha failed to score against Manchester United last week, Jermain Defoe came off the bench to grab Spurs' consolation goal in a 3-1 defeat. Three days later, Defoe netted two against Stevenage to put Spurs into the FA Cup quarter-finals. But he too failed to score in the 1-0 defeat at Everton last Saturday – and Redknapp could now go back to basics against Stoke in next Wednesday's league game. Referring to the United example, he said: “I think strikers these days realise they’re not going to play every game. "You’re going to rotate them – keep them fresh and keep them hungry. “I know they want to play all the time. "I guess if you’re Lionel Messi, you do play all the time, but he is a one-off.” Van der Vaart dreaming of Wembley debut in FA Cup

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Black and Blue: Demba Ba joins Chelsea’s long list of absentees for Wigan clash

Demba Ba looks set to miss Chelsea's crunch game with Wigan – as Rafa Benitez starts running out of players. The Senegal striker suffered a broken nose when he was kicked by Newcastle's Fabricio Colocini in Saturday's defeat on Tyneside. Ba's face is still badly swollen and he spent two hours at hospital on Monday after being ferried from Chelsea's Cobham base for treatment with the striker still suffering a huge amount of discomfort and pain. With £7million recruit Ba expected to be unable to head the ball for fear of further damage, he is on the brink of being counted out of a match tcontent_imghat Benitez must win to head off the growing Stamford Bridge crisis, leaving Fernando Torres as Chelsea's only fit striker. Benitez is still without Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel after their Nigeria side qualified for Wednesday's semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. David Luiz is a fitness doubt despite United defender Jarrad Branthwaite.The Everton-highly-rated-defender-Jarrad-Branthwaite.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says the offer is understood to entail substantial add-ons for the 17-year old who has already established himself in Carlisle’s reporting for duty with the Brazil squad to play in Wednesday night's Wembley friendly against England. And with goalkeeper Petr Cech also confirming he broke a finger at Newcastle, it leaves Benver of Newcastle United by Christmas.The Mirror says the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is understood to be remaining hopeful of reaching an agreement with Toon owner Mike Ashley.Kenyon has joined forces with US-based investmentitez short of numbers even before a raft of midweek international friendlies across the world in which most of the Chelsea squad will be involved.

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Did Angel Di Maria call referee Michael Oliver a ‘son of a b****’ in red card incident?

Shamed winger could have been in more hot bother withChe Adams says dropping into the non-league after being dumped by Coventry City was the making of him.Adams joined Saints this summer from Birmingham City.He told the Daily Echo: “I was at Coventry as a youngster and then went for the non-league ro the acontent_imguthorities on Monday night – had Michael Oliver had spoken Spanish. After receiving his first booking, Di Maria angrily attempted to confront the referee. In doing so, it has been suggested that the Argentinian called Oliver a 'son of a b****' in Spanish – 'hijo de puta'. Di Maria was sent off for United after picking up a pair of inexcusable yellow cards within seconds of each other. First, he collapsed to the ground in a heap, which Oliver correctly saw as a dive, before he was given his marching orders for pulling the referee's shirt in protest at the decision. Despite his recent poor performances for United, ahead of two games at the end of the month. Does Di Maria call Oliver a 'hijo de puta&apChampions League defeat to Valencia.Abraham – who has emerged as Chelsea’s first-choice striker for the first time this season – played down the defeat and immediately looked ahead to Sunday’s game against Liverpool.”(Sunday) is a test of character. os;?1000+ VOTES SO FAR In pictures – Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal:

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Robbie Savage on Rafa: Why I don’t blame Benitez for losing his rag with Chelsea fans

Doomed from the start, Rafa Benitez never stood a chance at Chelsea. From the moment he walked out to all those banners, and that storm of booing, at home to Manchester City in NovembeAlessio is in talks with Kilmarnock.Sky Sports says Antonio Conte’s former assistant Alessio has emerged as a strong candidate to become the next Kilmarnock manager.Alessio has been interviewed by the Rugby Park board, who are searching for a replacer, the fans were determined not to like him. Finally, he lost his rag after the Cup tie at Middlesbrough – and I don’t blame him. Roman Abramovich did Benitez no favours by giving him the title interim manager. At best, that’s a back-handed compliment. It’s like saying, “You’re the best man for the job until someone better comes along,” or, “You’re in charge until the man I really want is available.” As Benitez said himself: “I have a title. Someone decided the title would be interim. Why? Just in case?” It gave the players the ­impression he wcontent_imgould not be there for long, and left Benitez to face fan power at its worst. Large sections of Chelsea’s support turned on him at his first game in charge, and never gave him the benefit of the doubt. As a result, Chelsea have won only 13 out of 26 games under him, are 19 points behind leaders Manchester United and in danger of ending up in the Europa League next season. Look at other clubs where the supporters have had misgivings about a manager and you will see a different attitude from the poison which filtered into the stands as soon as Benitez walked through the door. Earlier this season, we had Tottenham fans calling Six-O-Six to demand the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and for Spurs to bring back Harry Redknapp. But look at them now. Tottenham stood by AVB and he could lead them into the Champions League at Chelsea’s expense. Alan Pardew was not a popular choice at Newcastle after Chris Hughton’s sacking, but they gave him a chance and he took them into Europe. Even Avram Grant, who took over from Jose Mourinho, won round Chelsea fans by guiding them to a ­Champions League final. When you support a club, I thought the idea was to stick with them and show your support for the team through thick and thin. Owners, managers and players may come and go, but the one constant presence at any football club is its fan base. Surely it is never going to help your manager, whoever he is, bring good results if he is sending out his team to play in such a bad atmosphere? I don’t think Benitez has done himself justice in the lasthock VIP guests at Wigan on Wednesday to run the rule over fullback Ferguson.French side Marseille and fallen German giants Hamburg also sent senior scouts to the clash.The Baggies babe, 19, will be out of contract in the summer — when he would als three months at Stamford Bridge, but I’m sure he will get another top job. He won nine trophies, including two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Liverpool. He is nobody’s fool, but fan power has claimed its pound of flesh in the end. Some might say Chelsea got what they deserved after the John Terry court case, sacking Roberto Di Matteo six months after he won the European Cup and the scandalous trashing of referee Mark ­Clattenburg’s reputation, c­ulminating in ­Benitez’s rant at the Riverside on Wednesday. For a great club with a world-class squad and a massive fan base, Chelsea’s season has turned into a mess. Fact. Now read who's made

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‘Flabbergasted’: Rio volunteers to help commuter’s charity after tweet

Rio Ferdinand has been the subject of widespread praise today after a story on social network Twitter emerged where he approached a random train passenger and offered to help with their charity. Eurosport journalist Tom Adams tweeted the good news story this morning, claiming that footballers tend to 'get a bad rap' and that he was attempting to redress the balance. The Manchester United defender was spotted on a train by commuter Michelle Clarke, who, surprised, immediately text her friend Laura Wilson. Unbeknown to the passenger though, her friend went on to tweet Ferdinand informing him that he was in the same carriage and asking if he'd mind talking to her about her charity. In no time, the former England man had approached Michelle, "he initiated the conversation and she was completely flabbergasted" Laura told Eurosport. "He has asked me if I could email him information about the charity and about how he can get involved, and he has been very enthusiastic about it from the get-go, presumably thanks to whatever Michelle told him." The charity in question describes itself as "a new and exciting charity that harnesses the energy of dance to transform the lives of vulnerable children" and now hope that it will raise the organisation's profile and assist with fundraising. "It could be absolutely huge," she says. "Dance Aid fundraises primarily through dance to transform the lives of orphans and poor and disabled children. As a result of the work we do, most of the endorsements we get from celebrities are fromcontent_img the dance world – the likes of Flawless and Diversity, peoo prove himself undroppable.Batshuayi will start against FA Cup opponents Hull City today.“He starts tomorrow,” Lampard said of the Belgian. “Yes, this is a chance for him.”We have seen [Abraham’s] breakthrough and the cis start to the season.The right-back has started all four Premier League matches, helping the Hammers to bounce back from an opening-day defeat by Manchester City with a draw at Brighton & Hove Albion and victories over Watford and Norwich City.onsistency of his game, but ple like that. "Rio is a more universally known celebrity and it is huge. For any charity it is all about awareness, which then facilitates fundraising, so his endorsement could be absolutely the biggest thing that has happened to the charity in its history." For more information on Dance Aid and their projects, head to http://danceaid.org

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Chelsea still interested in Rodwell…but not for £20 million

Chelsea are in pole position to sign Jack Rodwell from Everton but wancontent_imgt the starlet’s £20million price tag reduced. Boss Andre Villas-Boas would like to take the midfielder in January but believes he’s over-valued and could wait until sumll be able to train with the first team squad while he searches for a new club. Rossi asked Villarreal if he could come back so that he can be at peak physical shape for when the winter transfer window opens in January. Villarreal happily accepted Romer if Everton play hardball. Manchester United are also long-term admirers of the 20-year-old but are unlks with Inter Milan for Lautaro Martinez.For the moment, reports Sport, negotiations between the two clubs have been suspended on Lautaro’s request. The Argentina striker feels it would be better to pull back as both Spain and Italy manage the coronwilling to go beyond £10m. Goodison boss David Moyes has refused to sell Rodwell on the cheap despite the club’s bankers being keen to reduce their debts. AVB warns Ancelotti: Stay away from my Chelsea stars  Moyes warns fans not to expect miracles from Donovan

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Manchester City vs Liverpool: Supporter Q&A ahead of first heavyweight clash of the season at the Etihad

Manchester City and Liverpool go head-to-head this evening The pair finished first and second respectively last time out and will both have title ambitions this term. The corresponding fixture a year ago ended in a 2-1 win to the home side although Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was rightly aggrieved by the officials' performances. But what are supporters predicting from tonight's clash? FTBPro's Laura Scigliano and Nick Savage offer their view. Liverpool by Laura Scigliano Score prediciton Liverpool’s track record against Manchester City is not to be sniffed at. Last season, they and managed to come from behind twice during their pre-season friendly to go on and win the match on penalties. The result could go either way, however, especially if the key players for each side turn up and it will be a well-fought contest. I think there will be a few goals in it and predict a 2-2 draw. Danger man for the opposition and why? Although Liverpool have lost their top goal scorer to Barcelona, the Reds are still very potent in attack and Manchester City would be fools to underestimate players like Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, the new SAS. The pair have already shown a sound understanding of each other's game and the strike force will be ready to take the fight to their opponents. Who/What impressed you most about last weekend’s victory? Liverpool got off to an unconvincing start in their opening game against Southampton on Sunday. Although , they had to wait until late on in the game for Daniel Sturridge to clinch the winner. They were nowhere near their best and although the Reds still managed to walk away with three points, which is a huge positive, they'll have to do better against Manchester City if they hope to walk away with anyway. Jordan Henderson has definitely picked up from where he left off last season, however and the England midfielder played a key role in their victory over Southampton. It was his well-timed tackle on Morgan Schneiderlin inside his own half and precise through-ball for Raheem Sterling that helped put aised Odion Ighalo for his performance against Club Brugge. The loan-signing grabbed his first goal for the club in the 5-0 victory.But it is the attributes Ighalo offers that pleases Solskjaer.He said: “He plays up front, he can play with his back tthe home-side 1-0 up. Can you talk about your title chances this season? Is your squad strong enough, who do you think your main challenge will come from? The departure of Luis Suarez has cast some doubt over whether Liverpool have what it takes to finish in the top four this season. The Uruguayan striker was undeniably their best player last season, scoring 31 goals in 33 games and is a big loss for the club. As far as signings go, Liverpool have not done too badly over the summer. They have spent a whopping £100m so far in the transfer window and made some great signings in Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic and ncontent_imgow with they will have a chance. However, it will be between them and Arsenal to battle it out for third place and automatic qualification into the group stages of the Champion’s League. Manchester City by Nick Savage Score prediction The two Premier League games between these sides last season were arguably the best matches of the entire season and it would be expected that two heavily attacking sides are unlikely to serve up a bore draw. I'm predicting goals, goals, goals in a 3-2 victory for Manchester City. Man City danger man? If Liverpool are to stop Manchester City from scoring, then they will have to do something about the playmaking talents of David Silva. seems to drift in and out of games sometimes, but it is not because he isn't playing well, more that he is constantly attempting to find space and infiltrate the opposition's defence by playing in between the lines of midfield and defence. He is normally at the heart of City's most potent and penetrating attacking moves. Who/what impressed you most about last weekend’s victory? After a summer of constant speculation and hearsay on his future, Yaya Toure was back to his commanding best in the centre of the park. City fans would have been in a state of complete disarray had the Ivorian left the Etihad this summer as he is such a cool head in congested midfield areas. The simplicity of his movement and passes are so critical to the Blues keeping possession and it was very relieving to see that nothing had changed with his performances despite the summer's rumours. Can you talk about yThe transfer deadline for League One and League Two clubs will be extended into September.Teams in the third and fourth tiers have until 17:00 on Monday, 2 September to register permanent or loan deals.However, Championship clubs must still complete their transfer business by the same time on Thursday, 8 August, before the start of the Premier League season.our title chances this season? Is your squad strong enough, who do you think your main challenge will come from? The only team that can stop City cruising to their third title in four seasons are Jose Mourinho's much-improved Chelsea side. Pellegrini has such a calm and cool aura about him which seems to affect the players on the field and this was one of the main reasons they ended last season as champions. As other teams panic in the final weeks, buckling under the pressure and managers become embroiled in mind games, but the Chilean seems to be able to ignore all the furore and send his team out with a calm and patient approach to winning. I can see City coming from behind to nick the title again this season. Bar Chelsea, no one in the league can boast a squad that is anywhere near as complete as City's and Pellegrini's men should really be eyeing up their third title in four years. Are you happy with the current squad/who would you like the club to sign before the transfer window closes next week? City went about this summer's transfer window with one hand tied behind their back after UEFA's FFP ruling, but despite the constraints imposed upon the club's spending power, they seemingly went about their business quietly and efficiently, addressing the areas that needed strengthening. , City's summer buys were more about building the squad and bringing in some good cover players rather than strengthening the first team. Pellegrini doesn't need to conduct any more business and I don't expect him to. For more fan views visit  Who will win between Man City and Liverpool?5000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Sergio Ramos makes injury rehab fun – with a TRAMPOLINE

A torn hamstring means Sergio Ramos is currently stuck on the sidelines at . Rather than playing football with his pals – and – the Spain defender is stuck in rehab, trying to regain his fitness. Sounds boring, doesn't it? Apparently not. As this video proves, even when you&aposat at Crystal Palace.The Hornets had started promisingly, but indecision saw early opportunities go to waste before Jordan Ayew capitalised on the visitors’ failure to close him down quickly enough by curling home from the edge of the penalty area. P;re struck down with injury, life as a footballer is pretty sweet. Because then you just get to play on a TRAMPOLINE all day. We're sure there is a good, scientific reason for this exercise, which could easily explain. But to us, it simply looks like Ramos is getting to do the type of thing little kids do for fun at birthday parties. As adults, doing this sort of thing is often frowned upon, so we're not so lucky. All of which means, as well as the global adoration of fans, the squillions of euros in the bank and the beautiful wife at home, there is yet another reason top level footballers really are the jammiest sods on Earth. content_img Lucky swines. What wois start to the season.The right-back has started all four Premier League matches, helping the Hammers to bounce back from an opening-day defeat by Manchester City with a draw at Brighton & Hove Albion and victories over Watford and Norwich City.uld you give up to be a footballer?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Birmingham 1-1 West Ham: Daily Mirror match report

Sam Allardyce admitted West Ham have thrown away a chance to turn up the heat on ­Championship leaders ­Southampton. The Hammers boss had to settle for a point at St Andrews after David Murphy struck late on for Birmingham to cancel out Carlton Cole’s opener for the visitors. “It’s about us missing too many chances in the first half, that’s our problem,” said Allardyce. “We would have expected pressure at the beginning of the game, but we started well and didn’t convert our chances. “They changed the game by going direct. Unfortunately from a technical point of view our defender failed to drop on the line. There were other things in the second half that were disappointing, but we were good in the first half. “We just have to keep the ball a delighted to hear about Neil Critchley’s move to Blackpool.Critchley has departed the role of Liverpool U23 coach to takeover the League One side.”Congratulations to Blackpool and to Neil, it’s a great thing,” said Klopp.”It’s a nice challenge for hnd pass it. What we didn’t do is look after that ball and take the pressure off the back four, and we failed to capitalise on a good first-half ­performance.” Cole struck after four minutes for his 50th goal for the club, rifling a left-foot shot past Boaz Myhill after Pablo Ibanez slipped. The Hammers took control and looked likely to add to their lead. But Ibanez made up for his earlier blunder with a superb block on Cole afteAlli says it is an “honour” to have Tanguy Ndombele at Tottenham Hotspur.The France international impressed mightily on debut in Sunday’s win over Juventus, earning praise from Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino.When asked if Ndombele’s presence woulr Julien Faubert’s fine cross from the right. The Londoners had two penalty shouts in three minutes. On 24 minutes Mark Noble was bundled over by Steven Caldwell, then David Murphy appeared to handle Faubert’s header, but referee Darren Deadman was unmoved. Rob Green was forced to make an excellent save at the other end two minutes later, palming away Murphy’s free-kick. Cole could have made for an easier team talk for Allardyce at the interval but was denied by a fine one-handed stop from Myhill in first-half injury time. Both teams started the second hcontent_imgalf more cautiously, but the game kicked into life eight minutes in when Chris Burke fired just wide of Green’s post. On the hour mark, and with City putting on the pressure, Caldwell was foiled by Cole’s goal-line clearance. Nikola Zigic was in the action on 73 minutes, heading just wide following a ­goalmouth scramble. The Blues got their reward with nine minutes left when Murphy headed in for his first league goal of the season to keep intact Birmingham’s unbeaten record at home in the Championship. Boss Chris Houghton was pleased his men refused to be outmuscled. He said: “You have to be physical. West Ham have power and pace, they’re a strong physical side, and that will win points. You have to stand up to them.”

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I’m Gunner be back: Henry drops heavy hint of an Arsenal return – but only as a coach

Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is on track to hold talks with boss Arsene Wenger over a return to the Emirates. The 34-year-old striker who scored 174 goals for the Gunners currently plies his trade with the New York Red Bulls in the MLS. He said: “Eventually I’d like to go back to Arsenal. “I don’t know how, it depcontent_imgends. Seriously, I don’t know. "I just want to finish my career. I would go back to England, for sure, with Arsenal. "Coaching does interest me but I reulofeu is again being linked with a big club move away after a superb run of recent form.”You could say my career has been a bit irregular,” he admitted. “One thing is certain – I will never go back to Barcelona. You need to find calm and I haveeally don’t think about it right now.” Henry returned to the Emirates last season on a surprise short-term loan as strikers Gervinho and Marouanne Chamakh were away on international duty and scored the winner in an FA Cup tie against Leeds. He added: “I don’t plan to go back and I didn’t plan to go back and play last time. “It was only because the guys went tor Leverkusen are not interested in selling Kevin Volland in January.The German side are hoping they can hold onto their vice-captain for the remainder of the season.Volland is attracting interest from Arsenal in the Premier League.The 27-year-old is the African Cup of Nations. "They asked me if I wanted to play, and that’s it. I was there to train.” Now read more…

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Angel Di Maria hopes to live up to Manchester United’s great No.7’s

Angel Di Maria has declared that he hopes to live up to the greats who have previously worn Manchester United's No.7 shirt. The Argentine star, who has has been handed the fabled shirt, previously worn by club heroes such as George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo. says that his has made him aware of the importance of the shirt – and that he hopes to do it justice. "I was aware of the importance of the No.7 shirt," said Di Maria. "Ronaldo spoke to me at Real Madrid and told me how important it was. I wanted to wear this shirt and do as much as they [its previous incumbents] had done for the club. "The club also wanted me to wear the No.7 and I hope I can live up to that [their expectations]." Di Maria has arrive on English shores as the most expensive signing in the history of British football – trumping the £50million Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011. But the former Rosario Central and Benfica man says he has no qualms over the price on his head, and that, quite simply, he isn't bothered by it. "It does not bother me, the fact that nearly £60million has been paid for me. That is something the club chairmen have to discuss. It doesn't bother me." Much has been made of Louis van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation since his arrival at Old Trafford, a formation which proved a success for as Netherlands boss during the World Cup in the summer. Questions have been asked about whether van Gaal will seek to alter his formation having secured the arrival of Di Maria, tions beyond Paris.The striker is a top target for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.The 20-year-old forward spoke about seeking more responsibility and hinted that he might look for this away from Paris Saint-Germain.”I think I’m reaching the fbut the Argentine says he will simply p8-year-old left winger was spotted by the Blues at a “Rising Ballers” event in London, says The Sun.May, who was released by Wolves last summer, also had offers from Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester and Fulham before Chelsea stole a march for his serviclay wherever he is asked. "It [my position] depends on the manager and where he wantscontent_img to put me," added Di Maria. "I came here to work for the team. I am prepared to play in any position I am told. I wanted to come to this club to help it be successful again."