Premier League

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte laughs off Diego Costa's claims of mistreatment

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:21:00 PDT

Antonio Conte laughs off Diego Costa's comments from his exclusive interview with ESPN. Sid Lowe details Diego Costa's desire to return to Atletico, and the FC crew discuss his relationship with Chelsea. Don Hutchison believes player power has gone too far after Diego Costa's demands to return to former club Atletico Madrid. LONDON -- Antonio Conte laughed off suggestions that Diego Costa is being harshly treated by Chelsea and reiterated that for him, the striker's situation is "in the past". Earlier this month Costa, who remains in exile in his hometown of Lagarto in Brazil, told the Daily Mail that he felt Chelsea were dealing with him "like a criminal," and in an interview with ESPN Brasil on Friday the 28-year-old accused the Premier League champions of pricing him out of his desired move back to Atletico Madrid. But...

Pep Guardiola wants Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus to be more clinical

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:21:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola says he has not yet seen in an improvement from his forwards after criticising their lack of ruthlessness last season. His Manchester City side kicked off the season with a 2-0 victory over Brighton, but they missed a number of chances before Sergio Aguero -- who was partnered up front by Gabriel Jesus -- and a Lewis Dunk own goal settled matters. They also missed a hatful of chances in the 3-0 preseason victory over Tottenham, and Guardiola told a news conference ahead...

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants four new signings

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:56:00 PDT

Victor Wanyama says Tottenham won't be out for revenge against Chelsea at Wembley. Wanyama was speaking at Leagoo's unveiling as Spurs' official mobile phone partner. Dele Alli hit home two goals in a span of nine minutes for Spurs against Chelsea last season. LONDON -- Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has targeted four new signings before the end of the window but refused to discuss the imminent arrival of Davinson Sanchez from Ajax. Spurs are the only Premier League club yet to make a summer signing but have agreed a deal that could be worth more than £40 million for centre-back Sanchez. They are also interested in Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, Ross Barkley of Everton and Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop. "I want four players if it's...

Man City have bid for Jonny Evans turned down by West Brom

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have made no more progress in their move for Jonny Evans but hasn't ruled out trying to buy a centre-back before the transfer window closes. City have had a reported £18 million bid for the West Brom defender rejected and Baggies boss Tony Pulis revealed that it would take a "very, very good offer" to persuade the club to sell him. The former Manchester United defender is a doubt for West Brom's game with Burnley at the weekend but Pulis told...

Premier League Predictions: Can Spurs deepen Chelsea misery?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:06:00 PDT

Week 2 in the Premier League kicks off with Man United heading to Swansea, Arsenal vs. Stoke and much more on Saturday. Antonio Conte laughs off Diego Costa's comments from his exclusive interview with ESPN. The Premier League returned with a bang last week as champions Chelsea were humbled by lowly Burnley. Can the Blues get back on the horse against Tottenham and will new-boys Huddersfield continue their fine form against Newcastle? Swansea host Man United, Crystal Palace could upset Liverpool, while Arsenal travel to Stoke before Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester with Everton to take on City on Monday night. Predict the outcome of those matches and the rest of the action by voting in our match polls...

Why Arsenal now have nothing to fear from Stoke in the Potteries

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:44:00 PDT

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger believes the transfer window should be closed before the start of the season to avoid playing the same players more than twice. In May 2017, Arsenal scratched a seven-year itch. A 4-1 victory at Stoke City was their first in the Potteries since February 2010, a torrid Saturday evening that fired a deep-seated rivalry between the two clubs. That was the night a 3-1 Arsenal win was marred by the broken leg suffered by Aaron Ramsey after a loose, dangerous tackle by Ryan Shawcross. That those two players are likely to play a part this Saturday should certainly add spice to the atmosphere but Arsenal fans already do not like...

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United's summer spending is over

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Gylfi Sigurdsson's late equaliser stole a point at Old Trafford versus Man United in their last meeting back in April. Brian McBride questions whether or not Mourinho is making the right move to hold off on any additional Man United signings. Week 2 in the Premier League kicks off with Man United heading to Swansea, Arsenal vs. Stoke and much more on Saturday. The legend that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues as the Swede has now been immortalised forever in a video game. Craig Burley goes to the tactics board to break down Nemanja Matic's key role in Man United's win over West Ham. Jose Mourinho has hinted Manchester United's summer spending could be over as his hopes of adding one more attacking player before the transfer window shuts on Aug. 31 appear to have been dashed. Sources told ESPN FC earlier this week that the Portuguese coach was prepared to wait until January to spend any more money, having held interest in Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic. With just 13 days to go before the deadline, Mourinho is not confident of landing his fourth target. Asked...

Pulis: No need to sell Evans

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:03:26 PDT

Tony Pulis says it would take a 'very, very good offer' to convince West Brom to sell Jonny Evans.

Wanyama: No thoughts of Wembley revenge

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:36:01 PDT

Victor Wanyama says Tottenham won't be out for revenge against Chelsea at Wembley. Wanyama was speaking at Leagoo's unveiling as Spurs' official mobile phone partner.

Exclusive: Diego Costa says Chelsea pricing him out of Atletico return

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:39:00 PDT

Antonio Conte laughs off Diego Costa's comments from his exclusive interview with ESPN. Don Hutchison believes player power has gone too far after Diego Costa's demands to return to former club Atletico Madrid. Sid Lowe details Diego Costa's desire to return to Atletico, and the FC crew discuss his relationship with Chelsea. ESPN's Liam Twomey discusses Diego Costa's decision to force through a move to Atletico Madrid this summer. Diego Costa has told ESPN Brasil that he believes Chelsea are pricing him out of a move away from Stamford Bridge. Costa, 28, said that Chelsea need to lower their asking price in recognition of his achievements at the club, and admitted he may have to consider transfer offers from other clubs if Atletico Madrid do not make a "big effort" to sign him this summer. The Spain international, who remains in exile in his home town of Lagarto in Brazil, was quoted by Globo Esporte on Thursday as saying...

Tottenham agree deal for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez - sources

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:26:00 PDT

Victor Wanyama says Tottenham won't be out for revenge against Chelsea at Wembley. Wanyama was speaking at Leagoo's unveiling as Spurs' official mobile phone partner. Dele Alli hit home two goals in a span of nine minutes for Spurs against Chelsea last season. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino stresses the need for more competition in the squad after Spurs' 2-0 win at Newcastle. Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal that could be worth over £40 million to sign Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez, sources have told ESPN FC. Spurs were not expecting to announce the deal until the weekend, but an agreement is in place subject to the formalities of the defender obtaining a work permit and completing a medical. Spurs will pay Ajax £27m up front for the 21-year-old, with a further £14m potentially due in add-ons depending on his appearances and success at the club. Sanchez...

Everton game offers Man City a chance to prove Pep Guardiola progress

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:34:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. After an encouraging start in the 2-0 victory at Brighton, Manchester City fans have to wait until Monday night's clash with Everton to get their next glimpse of their new-look team. Following a raft of changes in the summer, including £200 million of new players and a tactical and formation shift, there have been a number of exciting performances since the start of preseason and fans are eager for the momentum to continue. A weight of expectation followed Pep Guardiola to City. In his opening...

Nemanja Matic hails Man United as the biggest club he's played for

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:03:00 PDT

Craig Burley goes to the tactics board to break down Nemanja Matic's key role in Man United's win over West Ham. Brian McBride questions whether or not Mourinho is making the right move to hold off on any additional Man United signings. Nemanja Matic has told Sky Sports that Manchester United are one of the three biggest clubs in the world after swapping Chelsea for Old Trafford in a £35 million move this summer. Matic, who also spent three years with Benfica, won the Premier League title twice at Stamford Bridge, once under United boss Jose Mourinho in 2014-15 and again under Antonio Conte last season. He made his full debut for United in Sunday's 4-0 win at home to West Ham United, and earned the man-of-the-match award.  "Definitely,...

Less work for Ander Herrera as Man United evolve into attacking force

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:51:00 PDT

Brian McBride questions whether or not Mourinho is making the right move to hold off on any additional Man United signings. Spare a thought for Ander Herrera. While Manchester United galloped to a 4-0 win over West Ham last week, he remained on the bench, watching his teammates have all the fun. It's precisely the kind of game he would have enjoyed -- quick one-touch passing, intelligent movement, and high, unending intensity. In fact, it was the kind of game where he would have set the tempo last season. Last season, Herrera's workload was remarkable -- it stood favourably alongside that of Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. He...

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko step up recoveries in friendly

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:47:00 PDT

Sid Lowe details Diego Costa's desire to return to Atletico, and the FC crew discuss his relationship with Chelsea. Dele Alli hit home two goals in a span of nine minutes for Spurs against Chelsea last season. Huddersfield hope to continue winning ways versus Newcastle, while Spurs entertain reigning Premier League champs Chelsea. ESPN's Liam Twomey discusses Diego Costa's decision to force through a move to Atletico Madrid this summer. The ESPN FC panel are stunned by the rumours that this could be Antonio Conte's second and final season with Chelsea. Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko took another step towards returning to full fitness by playing in a specially arranged friendly behind closed doors at Cobham on Thursday. Chelsea beat Queens Park Rangers' under-20 team 8-0 in the match set up for Antonio Conte to assess the condition of his two biggest injury concerns, with Hazard scoring. Academy prospect Charly Musonda also found the net twice in a rout for the home side. Last week Conte stated that there was no timeframe for Hazard or Bakayoko...


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