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Pochettino won’t do any favours for Spurs stars

London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham’s stars he won’t pick players out of “charity” if they don’t meet his standards. Pochettino has frozen out Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen for the opening two games of the Premier League season, while Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama is r...

Lampard says Chelsea’s misfiring strikers will come good

London (AFP) – Frank Lampard insists Chelsea’s misfiring strikers will rediscover their touch in front of goal. Lampard’s forwards are still waiting for their first Premier League goal this season after midfielder Mason Mount netted in last weekend’s draw with Leicester. Neither Tammy Abraham o...

Klopp hoping for quick Alisson recovery

Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful he will not have to cope without his commanding goalkeeper Alisson Becker for much longer with the Brazilian nursing a torn calf muscle. Alisson made a huge difference to Liverpool’s defence after a £67 million ($81 million) move fr...

Guardiola surprised by Silva’s success in England

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – David Silva is in line to make the 400th appearance of his extraordinary Manchester City career with manager Pep Guardiola admitting he never expected his star playmaker to survive in the English game. The 33-year-old will reach the landmark should he pla...

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 3

Mohamed Salah and Liverpool host Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal this Saturday, August 24 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo, highlighting NBC Sports’ Premier League action this week. Heading into the third week of the 2019-20 Premier League season, Liverpool and Arsenal are the on...

Nice set to shake up French football with Ineos takeover

Paris (AFP) – The long mooted takeover of Nice by English petrochemical billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is all but complete, and the question now is whether he can turn the club into regular challengers in Ligue 1. The 66-year-old Ratcliffe, chairman of Ineos, bought the Sky cycling team earlie...

Rangers ordered to close part of Ibrox on racism charge

London (AFP) – Rangers have been ordered to close a section of Ibrox for their Europa League playoff, second leg with Legia Warsaw next week due to “racist behaviour” of fans earlier in the competition. “UEFA has ruled that a group of Rangers supporters were guilty of racist behaviour — which...

Bale has to be the player we know he is – Zidane

Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has challenged Gareth Bale to show why he is still one of the world’s best players as he continues his reintegration at Real Madrid.  Bale, 30, was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up against Celta Vigo last weekend, when Madrid opened with an impressi...

Bayern Munich’s Sanches set for Lille move

Lille (France) (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s unsettled Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches is set to sign a five-year contract with Ligue 1 side Lille, a source close to the French club said on Friday. The 22-year-old was expected to arrive in northern France on Friday to undergo a medical bef...

Mexican forward Lozano completes Napoli move

Milan (AFP) – Mexican international Hirving Lozano on Thursday completed his move to Serie A runners-up Napoli on a deal reported to be worth 42 million euros ($46 million). The 24-year-old winger arrives from PSV Eindhoven where he won the Dutch title in 2018. “Welcome Hirving,” Napoli...

Solskjaer to give Pogba another chance from the penalty spot

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to name a Manchester United penalty taker despite the furore that followed Paul Pogba’s miss from the spot against Wolves on Monday that cost the Red Devils top spot in the Premier League. The United manager was criticised...

China World Cup boost as nine foreigners switch nationality

Shanghai (AFP) – China could soon be able to field a national team made up almost entirely of players born elsewhere after authorities said nine foreign footballers were switching allegiance. On Wednesday Brazil-born striker Elkeson became the first player without Chinese heritage to be named i...
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