Pressure on Spurs, Chelsea

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:00:00 PDT

For differing reasons, Tottenham and Chelsea need a victory on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino's men must justify their favourites' tag, while Antonio Conte's champions must end a run of disappointments. Michael Cox &#187

Europa League group stage draw 2017-18

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

The draw ceremony for the group stage of the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League is due to begin at around midday BST, 7 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug, 25. Teams will be drawn into 12 groups of four, and clubs from the same national association cannot be drawn together. All draw pots, which will be confirmed after the playoff round ties have been completed, are decided by UEFA coefficient. However, some teams are already sure to be in the top pot due to their coefficient score. Pot 1 (confirmed to include): Arsenal,...

Champions League group stage draw 2017-18

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:40:00 PDT

The draw ceremony for the group stage of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League is due to begin at around 4.45 p.m. BST, 11.45 a.m. ET on Thursday, Aug, 24. The UEFA Player of the Year award will also be presented as part of the hour-long event.  Teams will be drawn into eight groups of four, and clubs from the same national association cannot be drawn together. Pot 1 contains the champions of the top eight European leagues. Pots 2-4 are then seeded based on UEFA coefficient. Seeded (confirmed):...

La Liga: Simone Zaza gives Valencia winning start; Leganes win

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:06:00 PDT

Simone Zaza got Valencia off to a winning start in La Liga. Simone Zaza was the match-winner as Valencia started their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 home victory over 10-man Las Palmas. The former Juventus and West Ham forward struck after 22 minutes when Carlos Soler rolled the ball into his path on the edge of the penalty area. Zaza finished with a powerful side-foot which gave Leandro Chichizola no chance in the visitors' goal. Alen Halilovic should have equalised two minutes later but he fired tamely at Valencia goalkeeper Neto. It got a lot more difficult...

Tottenham signing Davinson Sanchez, a work in progress but a quick riser

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:56:00 PDT

Paolo Bandini and the FC crew react to Tottenham's signing of Davinson Sanchez and discuss the options he gives Pochettino. Mauricio Pochettino says Kieran Trippier could play against Chelsea and calls for an end to talk about Spurs' Wembley hoodoo. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino stresses the need for more competition in the squad after Spurs' 2-0 win at Newcastle. Things have all happened very quickly in the career of new Tottenham signing Davinson Sanchez. Just two years ago the 21-year-old centre-back was not even a first-team player with his Colombian club, Atletico Nacional of Medellin. At the end of 2015, after winning the domestic title, Nacional sold Oscar Murillo to Mexican club Pachuca, and Sanchez got his chance. The club knew they had a promising player on their hands. Sanchez had looked good for Colombia at Under-20 level. He...

Bayern Munich's Ancelotti baffled by reported Arjen Robben discontent

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:29:00 PDT

Bayern newcomers Niklas Süle and Corentin Tolisso led the reigning Bundesliga champs to an opening-day win over Leverkusen. Craig Burley and Paul Mariner react to Bayern's opening win over Leverkusen and discuss the club's season expectations. Carlo Ancelotti says he does not know why Arjen Robben would be angry after the Bayern Munich winger reportedly left the club's Bundesliga opener against Leverkusen in a huff after the game. Robben, 33, missed the Bundesliga champions' tour of China and Singapore last month, opting to remain in Munich during the 12-day tour of Asia to continue his recovery from a calf injury he picked up playing tennis while on holiday. He made his comeback in Chemnitz as a 70th-minute substitute in Bayern's 5-0...

Newcastle's Rafa Benitez: I can't change what Mike Ashley said

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:31:00 PDT

Huddersfield hope to continue winning ways versus Newcastle, while Spurs entertain reigning Premier League champs Chelsea. Rafael Benitez is adopting a philosophical approach after an apparent change of heart from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over transfers. The Spaniard thought he would be able to invest heavily this summer after guiding the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt, but Ashley revealed in a rare television interview last weekend that he simply could not give his manager "enough'' money. Those comments came after weeks of frustration on the summer transfer market for the 57-year-old former...

Pep Guardiola 'happy' with Man City squad with or without more signings

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:31:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why you shouldn't write off Everton's chances against Manchester City. Pep Guardiola is convinced his Manchester City squad is already good enough for the coming season, despite the continuing search for new players. City spent more than £200 million on players over the summer, with five major new arrivals for the first-team squad. Still it seems the club are not finished yet, with West Brom this week rejecting a bid from City for defender Jonny Evans. City also continue to be linked with other players, notably Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, ahead of this month's transfer...

David Sullivan, David Gold good for West Ham - Slaven Bilic

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:30:00 PDT

Slaven Bilic says he is pleased with Joe Hart's first few weeks at West Ham, praising him for being vocal in goal. Slaven Bilic insists West Ham are lucky to have David Sullivan and David Gold running the club. The Hammers are one of a dwindling number or Premier League clubs with English owners, while just this week Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao bought a majority stake in Saturday's opponents Southampton. West Ham's' joint-chairmen occasionally come in for criticism from fans over issues such as the move to the London Stadium, their transfer business and appearances in the media. But boss Bilic said: "I'm...

Antonio Conte: Tottenham's structure ahead of Chelsea despite Prem title

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:30:00 PDT

Sid Lowe details Diego Costa's desire to return to Atletico, and the FC crew discuss his relationship with Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino says Kieran Trippier could play against Chelsea and calls for an end to talk about Spurs' Wembley hoodoo. LONDON -- Antonio Conte has claimed that it could take Chelsea up to four years to build the kind of "foundation" that Tottenham have established under Mauricio Pochettino, adding that he will only stay at Stamford Bridge beyond his current contract if his "vision" is shared by the Blues' hierarchy. Chelsea take on Spurs at Wembley on Sunday with their Premier League title defence already in difficulty, courtesy of a shock 3-2 home defeat to Burnley on the opening day as well as several key injuries...

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