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This was a handsome victory for a Manchester City side facing scant resistance from Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola’s team will encounter greater challenges in the Champions League but for now they deserve to enjoy a job done very impressively.
City failed to win away from home in last season’s competition and Guardiola said: “Of course this was a perfect start. It’s important to play good.”
City offered a supreme display of attacking in their Group F opener. Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus both scored, to take the pair to seven goals in five outings in all competitions. The manager has insisted they can dovetail, and the Argentinian-Brazilian combo is certainly proving him right.
The Catalan also showered praise on the ever impressive Kevin De Bruyne. “He’s one of the best players I’ve seen in my life, in terms of [being able to do] absolutely everything,” Derek Norris Youth Jersey he said. “He’s top, top quality. We are so proud and happy he’s with us.” This is some bouquet given that Lionel Messi is among the footballers he has previously coached.
Pre-match, the City manager was eager to stop “dreaming” of Champions League success, yet his team had a fantasy first-half that ended in a 3-0 lead, the first goal coming after 100 seconds.
David Silva raced along the left and forced a corner. http://www.officialnationalstore.com/Gio_Gonzalez_Jersey What followed was simple for John Stones as he headed the Spaniard’s delivery at Brad Jones’s net. The ball hit Tonny Vilhena but squirmed over.
There had been a party atmosphere before kick-off as Feyenoord fans regaled those in attendance with a version of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, but 10 minutes in and City had doubled their lead. Kyle Walker – recruited for just this kind of right-back play – whipped in a cross from which the lethal Agüero hooked home. It was a near-sensational start for City.
Guardiola had made two intriguing selections. First was Ederson’s surprise inclusion, the goalkeeper making a swift recovery from the facial damage suffered when Sadio Mané clattered him during Saturday’s win over Liverpool. The Catalan’s second choice was of interest, Alexei Kovalev Authentic Jersey though no surprise given his attacking ethos. Out went the defender Danilo and in came the Portuguese forward Bernardo Silva, the sole change.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was without Nicolai Jorgensen, who had top-scored with 21 in Feyenoord’s 15th Dutch title season, their first since 1999. What the manager needed, though, was a far firmer defensive block. Each time City roved forward they tore the home side apart.
Feyenoord finally managed a foray towards the skull-capped Ederson on 20 minutes. Michiel Kramer took aim and Stones deflected the ball out for a corner. http://www.officialcanadiensauthentic.com/Alexei_Emelin_Jersey This was about to become a stroll for City, though. Yet again they came at Feyenoord with pace. Benjamin Mendy hit a rocket at Jones and when he saved, his team stood still. This was because Nicolás Otamendi was a postcode offside but Jesus was not when finishing and that was 3-0. By the interval it was virtually men-versus-boys. City ended the half toying with Feyenoord.
The Wembley hoodoo struck again. Borussia Dortmund simply cannot get things to go their way at the home of English football. For long spells during this Champions League thriller, they weaved their patterns and stretched Tottenham Hotspur to breaking point.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team did not crack. Harry Kane did not crack. And Spurs rode their luck, with Dortmund complaining that Kane’s goal for 2-1 should not have stood because of a foul on Nuri Sahin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seeing what would have been an equaliser for 2-2 wrongly ruled out for offside.
Tottenham did not care and in the end it was a triumph not only for Kane, who bullied the Dortmund defence and ran himself to a standstill, but also for the team’s patience and belief. They refused to wilt in the face of a slick performance from the visitors and finished the stronger. Above all, they showed a ruthless streak. It was an unusually reactive performance from them but they hit Dortmund hard when it mattered.
In a group in which Real Madrid are the hot favourites, it could boil down to a head-to-head between Tottenham and Dortmund. What a tonic this was for the north London club. Authentic #77 Ahtyba Rubin Youth Jersey Son Heung-min had put them in front and after Andriy Yarmolenko’s lovely equaliser, Kane bent the contest to the force of his will.
It was Dortmund’s second visit to Wembley; their first had been the Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich in 2013. And they were beaten on the hour when Kane ran on to Christian Eriksen’s pass to shoot low and unerringly past the erratic Roman Bürki.
From that moment they knew that this season’s Wembley jinx was about to end. Under Pochettino, http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com/12th-Fan-Jersey they had previously won only one of eight matches here. Coincidence or not, it had become a thing. Not any more. Not when they have beaten a team of Dortmund’s class.
Tottenham could relax and enjoy themselves in the final quarter, especially after Hugo Lloris had made a reflex save to deny Aubameyang in the 70th minute. The only blot came in stoppage-time when Jan Vertonghen, already booked for a foul on Yarmolenko, received a second yellow card after he flung back an arm and caught the substitute Mario Götze. The contact looked accidental and light but how Götze milked it. Vertonghen will miss the trip to Apoel Nicosia.
It had been difficult to overstate the importance of this game, although Pochettino had tried, describing it as the “most important one for us”, as a “final”. Nobody at the club wanted a repeat of the opening group game from last season when they lost here to Monaco and, to quote Pochettino, Authentic Brad Marchand Youth Jersey struggled to “change the dynamic” thereafter. Spurs were out after five games. The possibilities now seem tantalising. “This is massive, massive,” the manager said. “It’s more than three points because it’s Wembley and it’s the perception that will be changed for our future.”
Tottenham drew first blood with a glorious team goal which had started with an important interception from Davinson Sánchez deep inside his own half. He moved the ball up to Son, who nodded down for Eriksen and he fed Kane. Son continued his run, Kane found him and Tottenham felt their hearts quicken. Son put a move on Sokratis Papastathopoulos, skated around him and although the angle at the near post was tight, he smashed his shot high and hard past Bürki.
Dortmund did not panic. They enjoyed the soothing tonic of possession and they probed intelligently, making inroads up the flanks. They made their extra man in midfield count and even though the equaliser came quickly, http://www.officialbruinsprostore.com/bobby-orr-jersey-for-sale-c-18.html it had been signposted. Yarmolenko drifted in off the right, swapped passes with Shinji Kagawa and curled a beauty with his left foot into the far, top corner.
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José Mourinho feels Manchester United will be back in their “natural habitat” when they return to Champions League combat for the first time in 644 days against Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
“To be in the Champions League is just to go back to the natural habitat, season after season,
for Manchester United,” the manager said. “I look forward to tomorrow and hope Old Trafford feels it in the same way we feel it. Our motivation’s high. We’ll try to qualify and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe.”
Although last season was only the second campaign in 22 years in which United had been absent from the competition, Mourinho was not about to dismiss the Europa League, which his team won. “I enjoyed it,” he said.
“In the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level of quality, Andrej Sustr Youth Jersey of experience, of know-how and that’s what makes the difference. But there are many other teams in the Champions League with very similar qualities to teams in the Europa League.”
Accordingly Basel promise to represent a fairly gentle reintroduction to United’s favourite competition. Raphael Wicky was routinely described as “combative” during his days as a defensive midfielder for, among others, Hamburg but the 40-year-old’s new side are not yet cast in anything like a similarly formidable image.
Indeed Wicky has endured a somewhat tough induction after years of working his way through http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com/Adidas-Anton-Stralman-Jersey the youth ranks at Basel resulted in his promotion from coaching the under-21s to managing the seniors this summer.
Although the Swiss champions stand a respectable third in a Super League led by Zurich, they are 10 points worse off than this time last year and lost 2-1 at home against Lausanne last Saturday.
Basel, close to the French and German borders and bisected by the Rhine, Authentic Aqib Talib Womens Jersey is better known for its museum-studded medieval centre complete with a handsome red standstone town hall and Gothic cathedral than the local football club. Yet even in the relatively genteel context of St Jakob-Park, there seems a sense of pressure building.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes to ease it. He may have been branded a Premier League flop during an underwhelming stint with Norwich City but, on the European mainland, it is a very different story for a striker averaging more than a goal a game.
With Phil Jones and Eric Bailly suspended, their replacements, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, will need to beware of Van Wolfswinkel. “I don’t think Bailly and Jones are better than them,” said Mourinho, whose side dropped their first Premier League points during the 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday. http://www.denverbroncosauthorizedstore.com/bennie-fowler-jersey-elite “Even if Jones and Bailly weren’t suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling. For me they’re the same level.”
Nonetheless it appears an important night for Lindelof as the Sweden defender, signed from Benfica for £31m, starts his first game at Old Trafford. “I think it is easier for him to play Champions League,” Mourinho said. “It’s more comparable to the Portuguese style. He needs a little time to adapt to the Premier League but I’m more than confident about him. He’s a very good player with a very good potential. There are reasons for the other boys, Eric and Jones, to be worried because Victor’s a very good player.”
If you can meet a 5-0 thrashing and a messy 1-1 draw and treat those two impostors exactly the same; well, there is a fair chance you will be a testy, process-obsessed Catalan super-manager, my son. Six months ago Pep Guardiola described Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium as “one of the best moments of my career”. Fast forward to Saturday lunchtime and City’s 5-0 shellacking of the same opponents on the same ground left Guardiola a little restless, a little cagey in his judgments.
City’s manager was pleased and talkative but still rueful over the opening half-hour when Liverpool perhaps shaded it and when,
if you had had to bet on a player being sent off, it would surely have been Nicolás Otamendi, whose performance combined ponderousness with a blind scything violence whenever he got near the ball.
City led 1-0 in the period before Sadio Mané’s red card. The goal came via Kevin De Bruyne’s perfect fizzed through-pass, some baggy defending and a fine finish from Sergio Agüero. But Liverpool had already gouged City open three times down their left side as Mohamed Salah sprinted into space between Benjamin Mendy and Otamendi, both players struggling with defensive positioning in the 3-5-2 system.
And so the wider narrative of this game had been settled long before the final whistle was blown. Received wisdom will say Mané’s red card killed the game, Authentic Barry Larkin Youth Jersey placing an asterisk against all that followed. Liverpool’s best player was sent off for catching Ederson with a recklessly raised boot as he ran through on goal. There are plenty who will defend an attacker’s right to challenge for the ball. Sadly for Mané these do not include football’s rule-makers, who deem dangerous contact involving a raised boot to be a strict liability offence. Mané was distraught as he left the field and has since apologised profusely for injuring his opponent in an “accidental” collision.
There are two things worth saying about the game’s central incident. Firstly, this was not some entirely random occurrence divorced from the skills and match-winning qualities of both teams. Ederson was exceptionally brave in coming for the ball. His fine goalkeeping was rewarded with a goalscoring chance snuffed out, a kick in the face and ultimately Mané’s sending off.
In that moment City’s player was more decisive and better at playing within the rules. In that moment the decision to replace Claudio Bravo with the more sprightly Ederson also found a reward – good managerial judgment from Guardiola, http://www.authenticcincinnatireds.com/Billy-Hamilton-Jersey good play by Ederson, poor judgment from Mané. None of this sounds like a random event or bad luck, any more than poaching goals or winning tackles or making saves. The red card did not kill Liverpool’s game. Mané losing that duel to Ederson killed Liverpool’s game.
The second point worth making is that it was only a red card, not a mass contraction of the bubonic plague. Liverpool’s response was to collapse completely, conceding territory, possession and four more goals, two to Leroy Sané, who had only 22 touches but provided a bravura end note with a beautiful left-foot shot into the top corner as an exhausted midfield stood off him.
Red card or not, Jürgen Klopp did not have his best day. Liverpool are missing Nathaniel Clyne but exposing Trent Alexander-Arnold to an opponent and an occasion like this looked a vote of confidence too far. Authentic Bo Jackson Youth Jersey In the event Liverpool’s right-back had a brutal, exhausting afternoon. No shame there: his opposite number Mendy comes in just behind Marcelo on the list of best attacking left-backs in the world. Either one of James Milner, for his experience, or Joe Gomez, for his more specialist defensive skills, would surely have been a better option.
At the end Klopp was also strangely vague. In his press conference he seemed to think Liverpool’s next game, against Sevilla, was on Tuesday, not Wednesday, and had to be corrected. He was unsure whether his team were behind or not when Mané went off. Call them minor moments of forgetfulness but football managers, and indeed Klopp himself, tend to be razor sharp on these details – out of necessity, too. There are times you have to bristle and fib and “win” the aftermath of a 5-0 defeat. Alex Ferguson may have been a far less reasonable presence but he would have walked out bristling and full of motivating excuses. Klopp just looked drained by the day.
Similarly the best parts of City’s game may also go a little under the radar thanks to that red card. The defence did look vulnerable with Mané on the pitch. But playing against 10 men was perhaps a valuable exercise in itself, http://www.authentickansascityroyals.com/Brandon-Moss-Jersey if only because for the first time this City team looked not just like a fine attacking unit but like a Pep-issue entity. At their best his Barcelona and Bayern teams would make opponents look like this even with 11 men: depleted, exhausted, incidental obstacles to the pass-and-move game. If this felt like a training game it was still a valuable training game and a moment when some of those vital cogs began to turn, the passing rhythms to settle.
Amid all the euphoria that accompanied those wild celebrations at the King Power Stadium on the evening that Leicester City were crowned champions of England, it escaped unnoticed that one player was struggling to hold everything together. “I felt I didn’t deserve to be there, to be pictured,” Matty James says. “If you ask Danny Drinkwater, when I lifted the Premier League trophy I went to him, he had me in his arms and I was in tears. I was crying my eyes out, purely because I had no part to play in it whatsoever.”
James spent that entire season – the most famous in Leicester’s history – on the sidelines, physically unable to contribute after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the penultimate home game of the previous campaign and mentally tormented by the once-in-a-lifetime experience that was unfolding on the pitch while he was fighting to save his career.
“I was going home thinking: ‘What is going on here? The club is going to win the Premier League and I’m nowhere near it,’” James says. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want it to happen. But it was hard because I felt like I was on a rollercoaster going all the way down and the club was going in the opposite direction.”
By the time James did return to Leicester’s lineup, against Arsenal at the beginning of this season, it was 865 days since his previous start for the club – a remarkable statistic that reflects what an ordeal it had been for the midfielder to get back to where he was before the injury happened. That journey has taken in three knee operations, regular visits to a psychologist, emotional conversations with his family about finding another job, desperate attempts to win over Claudio Ranieri, and a kidney infection that left the 26-year-old in so much pain that he says he will “remember it for the rest of my life”.
James has never had any desire to speak publicly about all of this before, Jordan Adams Womens Jersey yet it is a measure of his positive frame of mind on and off the field now – he has started all three league games this season, recently signed a new four-year deal and is the proud father of a four-month-old boy – that he is happy to talk candidly for more than an hour and a half about everything he has been through.
“I am in a really good place now,” James says. “I’ll be 30 years old when that contract runs out – I didn’t think I was going to get past 25. I thought I was going to be doing something else. But it doesn’t stop here for me. I want to do more things for this club, only without setting big goals, because it’s been a devastating thing for me when I have done that, in terms of the unrealistic ones that I set with the injury. But that’s not to say I don’t have dreams and aspirations.”
Some of those ambitions are fuelled by seeing what Drinkwater, who is one of his closest friends and could line up against him at the King Power Stadium for Chelsea on Saturday, http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-1-jarell-martin-jersey.html has gone on to achieve. The pair enjoyed the best part of a decade together at Manchester United, lived across the road from one another in Cheshire and spent the past five years sharing car journeys to Leicester after joining the club in 2012. “We’re kind of joined at the hip,” says James, smiling. “I rang him the other day and said: ‘You need to get Chelsea on the phone because it’s round about six months we have apart, it can’t be any longer.’”
James is laughing, yet there is a serious point to make about him and Drinkwater, given that before his injury he was keeping out of the Leicester team the man who will be an usher at his wedding next year. Indeed, James could be forgiven for looking at Drinkwater and thinking that it could easily have been him playing for his country, winning a title medal and at the centre of a multimillion-pound transfer.
“I can’t fault what Drinky has done,” he says. “To play for England, win the Premier League and get the move to Chelsea is phenomenal. And for me to be such a good friend, I couldn’t be happier for him. At the same time, Brad Wing Authentic Jersey you do think: ‘Would I have had that opportunity?’ But it’s only now that I’m getting myself back to the level that I need to be at. Obviously I want to give more. And I think things like Drinky’s story drive me on. There’s no reason why I can’t play for England and achieve things at this football club. And I think Drinky would be the first person to say I can do it. But I’d never say I’m jealous because that’s not the case at all.”
Envy is not something that anyone would associate with James, who is a hugely popular figure among the staff and players at Leicester. Listening to him talk, there is no trace of resentment towards those who were creating history, more a sense of despair and disbelief that he was on the outside looking in, not just injured but enduring setback after setback.
It all started when he ruptured his cruciate ligament in May 2015 in what seemed like a fairly innocuous incident as he chased Ryan Bertrand. http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Brandon-Marshall-Jersey-Cheap The prognosis after surgery was that he could be out for a year, but James refused to accept that timeline. Initially he made good progress and there was a suggestion he could be involved in an FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur, eight months after he had left the field on a stretcher against Southampton. But then James suffered his first slice of bad luck.
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Match day four of our debut Premier League season at Brighton and on Saturday we’re up against what is widely known in football as a “Tony Pulis team”. For some that reference to West Bromwich Albion and their manager is not a positive one. For me, however, it’s about as great an accolade as it gets for a football coach.
Why? Last week I discussed teams changing system and identity from game to game and the lack of consistency in terms of performance you risk from that. It’s something you can never level at a “Tony Pulis team”.
I often hear negative comments made about the style of football Pulis plays and, while I understand people who complain about the way he sets his teams up – reliant on strong defensive structure and being a constant threat from set plays – as a budding young coach/player with aspirations to manage at the highest level I can’t help but admire the fact every team he has managed have a strong identity and mirror his footballing philosophy.
As a 16-year-old schoolboy I used to watch Tony’s training sessions at Bristol City, a club he managed while I was coming through the ranks and every day, Bishop Sankey Authentic Jersey rain or shine, he would go through his players’ positioning as a unit and work on detailed set plays to the finest detail until every single player knew exactly where he wanted them in every single moment of a match. He coached his own style of play and in turn made the players accountable for their performances owing to his extreme diligence on the training field. You got the odd complaint by players about the boredom of these repetitive practices but what they couldn’t say was that they didn’t know what was expected of them.
It was a real learning curve for me to discover what true coaching was about and I promise you I haven’t had many coaches or managers in my career able to organise and coach their teams with the same clear tactical ideas he has done for the last two decades. My ideas on football are not the same as his nor do I completely agree with his style of play, but what I have taken from his sessions and from watching his teams is that in order to gain consistent results you must be consistent in your process.
Whether it was Rory Delap’s long throws on a narrow pitch at Stoke or the reliance on set-play deliveries from Chris Brunt towards an extreme aerial threat of his physically imposing West Brom team, http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-CAIRO-SANTOS-JERSEY we all know when you play against his side you need to come off the pitch with cuts and bruises if you are to overcome their approach.
It doesn’t matter if you enjoy watching that kind of industrial football or not. What you can’t argue with is that throughout his career he has stuck to his footballing principles, which are the foundation of what he believes in, and in turn he has produced consistent results in the Premier League. It’s one of the great levellers of the beautiful game that from managers in the Premier League to supporters talking about the game in the pub, every one of us has a contrasting opinion on what we see as good football.
There are so many different ways to play, systems to use and playing philosophies to implement with and without the ball but it’s managers like Pulis – with his distinct style at one end of the spectrum – or Pep Guardiola at the other that allow us to analyse and compare team performance critically and analytically. Babe Ruth Youth Jersey It gives us a measure of where the game is at and how we can innovate and progress.
I truly respect the managers who defend their idea of how the game should be played and consistently coach their teams individually and collectively to play their way. We often talk about the fact there are so few British managers plying their trade in our top tier but how many teams coached by a homegrown manager can you actually watch and say their side have a clear, consistent and distinct methodology of play?
At Brighton on Saturday we know that for us to be able to get three points we are going to have to be able to compete tactically and physically against a strong, http://www.authenticyankeeshop.com/authentic-51-bernie-williams-jersey.html hard-working “Tony Pulis team”.
I hope when he hears his team described that way it’s taken as the highest compliment because that terminology denotes the fact his side are well coached and completely mirror his philosophy.
And that’s why I will always admire and respect him as a coach, regardless of style of play, and why one day I dream of my own side being labelled a “typical Liam Rosenior team”.
Arsène Wenger has lost faith in one of his guiding principles and called for financial fair play to be scrapped. The Arsenal manager says clubs have found a way to bluff around Uefa’s regulations and it has effectively rendered them unenforceable. He feels that if the Premier League is to “remain the best league in the world” the decision must be taken to revert to no financial limits.
Wenger reflected on a wild summer transfer window in which he suggested that Liverpool had most likely tapped up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before taking him from Arsenal for an initial £35m on 31 August. Four days earlier, the midfielder had played for Arsenal in the club’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield. Wenger said he did not know whether Liverpool had spoken to Oxlade-Chamberlain in the hours leading up to kick-off. He hoped they had not.
Wenger did not make his comments in an angry or accusatory fashion; they were underpinned by realism. In short, tapping up is a part of the modern game. Everybody does it. But Wenger was less willing to shrug off what he sees as the holes in FFP.
He was asked whether he had a view on the complaint made to Uefa by the La Liga president, Brian Propp Authentic Jersey Javier Tebas, about the summer spending of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. PSG broke the world transfer record with their £198m purchase of Neymar from Barcelona while they took Kylian Mbappé from Monaco on a season?long loan with an option to buy him for £166m. Uefa are investigating PSG but not City, who have threatened Tebas with legal action. Wenger did have a view and it was strident.
“Financial fair play raises new questions,” Wenger said. “I always did plead for it. Today, I am not convinced that we can maintain it. Football is maybe only at the start of a huge financial investment. It has become the most powerful sport in the world. It means do we have to open the door completely to investments? It is a question we have to raise because, aAt the moment, it looks like we have created rules that cannot be respected. There is nothing worse than when you create rules that are not respected.
“Maybe we are at the crossroads and we have to think, do we open it with complete freedom to investment for people like the Chinese and Americans, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Brayden_Schenn_Jersey who want to invest here [in England]? If you want to remain the best league in the world, that is certainly the way we have to go.
“Do I want to get rid of financial pair play? I think so because there are too many legal ways to get around it. The question, at least, has to be raised. At the moment, it looks like you can buy clubs in China and get the players there, and buy them in other clubs, then get them, after, here. You can get around [FFP]. Am I convinced that, at the moment, the rules are strong enough to make it respected? I’m not sure.”
Wenger’s remarks on tapping-up came as he explained why he was in favour of the summer transfer window closing before the start of the Premier League season. Authentic Jose Juan Barea Womens Jersey “You sit there before the games and in players’ minds, they have no clarity,” Wenger said. “Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they tapped up in the afternoon of the game by people who want to get them out?”
Wenger was asked whether any player in his dressing-room at Liverpool on the Sunday before last had been tapped up in advance of the game or on the day of it. It was clear that the question related to Oxlade-Chamberlain. “I don’t know,” Wenger replied.
Was it his suspicion? “Have they been tapped up?” Wenger said. “Of course. But on the day of a game? I don’t think so. I hope not. But it’s inevitable. http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Jose_Barea_Jersey France played against Holland on the last day of the transfer window. Do you really think that not one French player or Dutch player had phone-calls in the afternoon about do they move or not? You’re not naive enough to believe that.”
For any footballer dealing with rejection or slogging away with little reward in the lower leagues hoping one day his performances will grab the attention of someone who matters, no player is more inspiring than Jamie Vardy. He is the one who refused to listen after being discarded as a youngster; the former factory worker who defied the doubters by becoming the unlikeliest of Premier League champions and England internationals. Now he is the one who wants to give others like him a second chance.
It is Vardy’s belief too few professional clubs look hard enough in non-league football and his hope the academy he has set up with his agent, John Morris, will offer lost or overlooked players the opportunity to follow in his footsteps. The Leicester City striker speaks from a position of authority, having been released by Sheffield Wednesday at 16, and he is on a mission to prove English football’s backwaters contain a heavy flow of talent.
“I don’t have to do any of it,” he says, “but I know what I had to do to get to where I am and from playing in non-league I was playing against players who should have had pro clubs.”
The nascent V9 Academy has enjoyed early success. This summer Vardy’s scouts picked out 42 applicants to take part in a week-long programme at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus; Danny Duffy Womens Jersey four players, Danny Newton, Alex Penny, Lamar Reynolds and Blair Turgott, landed professional contracts. Newton, a 26-year-old maintenance engineer, has scored three goals in his first five matches for Stevenage after joining the League Two side from Tamworth. Because he never had an agent, he has never known if any scouts were looking at him. Newton did not rise through the academy system, despite spending time at Leicester’s centre of excellence when he was younger, and he has never had a trial anywhere. He still carries his boots to games and has heart, speed and finishing ability. Newton scored 29 goals for Tamworth in the National League North last season.
“I’ve just played non-league,” he says. “I was at Hinckley United in the Conference North when I was 17. I broke into the first team and was playing every week for three years and they went bust.”
Newton’s strike partner at Hinckley was Andre Gray, who joined Watford for £18.5m from Burnley this summer. “Luton took him and he’s progressed after getting that chance,” http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Garrett_Richards_Jersey Newton says. “I’ve just left it a bit late. I’m 5ft 11in, I’m quite physical on the pitch, so it’s nothing to do with size. A lot of it’s right place, right time.”
Vardy sank into the eighth tier of English football after being let go by Wednesday, joining Stocksbridge Park Steels. He had spells with Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before Leicester signed him for £1m five years ago. Accustomed to the robust physicality of non-league, he had to adjust to the pace of the Championship.
However his experience had steeled him, with his raw, sharp-edged style helping Leicester win the Premier League two seasons ago. Authentic Sean Taylor Youth Jersey Now Vardy surveys the money spent by Premier League clubs in the summer and argues there are smarter ways to find players. “With clubs now it is all about instant success,” he says. “They want it here and now.”
Chris Ramsey, who coached at the academy, concurs with that assessment. “Jamie’s proved a lot of people wrong coming in through the back door,” the former Queens Park Rangers manager says. “Clubs need to be more patient with regards to people who are released, how long they stay in the club. Timing is a major factor.
“If you bring in Jamie Vardy for £1m from non-league, or you get someone with an exotic name from somewhere else, sometimes fans do become a little bit snobby. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Darrell_Green_Jersey_Cheap Rather than giving one of these lads the opportunity to be developed, sometimes people want what they think will be successful straight away.
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Syria scored deep into stoppage time at Iran to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time amid an ongoing civil war at home.
With Syria facing elimination from Asian qualifying, Omar Al Soma marked his return to the team after a five-year absence to clinch a 2-2 draw and a place in the playoffs. Players, with Syria rather than names emblazoned across the back of their red jerseys sank to their knees on the turf in Tehran. From the bench, members of the back-up staff with flags streamed on to the field.
Syria will play Australia in a two-match Asian series next month. To make the World Cup, the winner will then have to beat a team from the Concacaf confederation covering north and central America, and the Caribbean. Syria will likely play their ‘home’ match against Australia in Malaysia, as they have during Asian qualifying, due to the ongoing war.
Back home, the pursuit of a place at the World Cup in Russia has provided a flicker of joy in parts of a country divided by six years of war. Brandon Brooks Womens Jersey Big screens were erected in public squares in the capital Damascus for public screenings and fans also packed into coffee shops and sports halls to watch the broadcast from Iran. Thousands of dancing fans filtered on to the streets chanting Syria and waving the country’s flags afterwards, bringing traffic to a complete halt in the city centre.
“This is the happiest day of my life,” said Bashir Rahal, a 26-year old, who was watching the game in a Damascus hotel, with the country’s flag on a table in front of him.
Outside, the skies lit up with pyrotechnics, some launching red tracers above the thousands of revellers who filled the streets, leaning out of their car windows or marching in the city centre. http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Allen_Barbre_Jersey_Cheap The upbeat news came on the same day troops reached Deir el-Zour, in eastern Syria, breaching a months-old siege on government troops by Islamic State militants.
“There are two victories today: the army entered Deir el-Zour and we equalized with Iran, which I consider a victory,” said Fayeq Shmais, a 46-year-old government employee. “Syria is witnessing a revival as large rallies roam the streets of Damascus. This is something we have not seen since the start of the crisis.”
But football is not completely unifying the country, with even a sporting success politicised. Some fans also chanted the name of the Syrian president, Authentic B.J. Upton Womens Jersey Bashar Assad, on the streets of Damascus.
Online, opponents of Assad were also vocal. Some called it a team that represents the government, while others shared pictures of athletes and footballers players who were killed during the war.
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Mark Sampson, the England women’s team manager, has said he has been through a “difficult and upsetting time” and wants to “move on” from allegations he made racial remarks to two players.
Sampson said his “conscience was clear”, denying both allegations, but said he had regrets over the Eni Aluko case and claimed he was still open to the idea of recalling a player dropped for “un-Lioness behaviour” within two weeks of reporting him to the Football Association.
In his first interview since the allegations surfaced, Sampson insisted Aluko’s 11-year, 102-cap England career had not been ended as retaliation and reiterated that he had been cleared by an internal FA inquiry as well as a separate investigation by the barrister Katharine Newton on behalf of the organisation.
However, his interview leaves the FA facing further questions about its handling of the case following the England midfielder Jill Scott’s comments – “I don’t think we are allowed to answer questions on it” – when the midfielder was this week asked for her views, Andrew Whitworth Womens Jersey having been in the meeting at the 2015 China Cup when Sampson, according to Aluko, “distressed” a mixed-race player by asking how many times she had been arrested.
The FA, which denies it has tried to silence the players, refused to let any newspaper journalists attend Sampson’s squad announcement for the game against Russia on 19 September.
Sampson, who insisted he had never thought about resigning, http://www.losangelesramsauthorizedstore.com/benny-cunningham-jersey-elite spoke to only two hand-picked media outlets as part of an FA strategy to allow him to make comments in what has been described as a controlled environment.
Asked how hard it had been for him, Sampson said: “It’s been a difficult and upsetting time for everyone involved – myself, my family, Eni, the players and the staff. This has not been a nice situation for anyone but allegations were made, they need to be reacted to, respected, and investigated thoroughly to make sure there are clear conclusions.” Of the allegation that he told Aluko to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus to Wembley, Sampson said: “I’m very disappointed the allegation has come up. I understand it; all I can say is I didn’t say that to Eni.”
Sampson also stated he had received “universal support from the players and the staff” http://www.officialauthenticlions.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_ASHAWN_ROBINSON_JERSEY.html and went on to say he would be willing to meet Aluko and that her England career could “absolutely” be revived.
He added that there was “always going to be an element of regret” but said his only focus was on picking the right players to make England successful. It was not true, he added, that one member of his staff used to talk to Aluko in a mock Caribbean accent.
Aluko has described the two inquiries as a “farce” bearing in mind that the mixed-race player at the centre of one of the allegations was not interviewed for either investigation and that the FA’s review reached its initial verdict before speaking to at least one of the witnesses.
The mixed-race player, who has asked the Guardian not to name her, has provided written evidence to back up Aluko’s story and the Professional Footballers’ Ameer Abdullah Authentic Jersey Association wrote to the FA last November to complain about “a sham” which was “not designed to establish the truth but intended to protect Mark Sampson”.
The FA maintains there will not be a third inquiry, despite Kick It Out and the PFA saying the case should be re-opened, and Sampson wants to put it all behind him. “These allegations were investigated thoroughly and now we’re in a position where I feel strongly that we need to move on and continue to work hard to bring more success to this team,” he said.
Chelsea’s difficult transfer window endured yet more frustration on deadline day after Ross Barkley became the latest high-profile player to reject a move to the Premier League champions despite a fee of £35m having been agreed with Everton.
A deal for Barkley had been struck in principle between the clubs only for the player to join Fernando Llorente, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and, earlier in the summer, Romelu Lukaku in opting against a switch to Stamford Bridge. The England midfielder, who is in rehabilitation from a torn hamstring, had been hoping to speak with Tottenham Hotspur, only for Everton to refuse to enter into negotiations with Spurs on deadline day. That left Barkley feeling he was being pressured into a move to Antonio Conte’s side, and prompted him to pull the plug at the last minute.
Chelsea, who applied for an extension to complete the £35m purchase of Danny Drinkwater from Leicester and confirmed the signing of the Italy right-back Davide Zappacosta for an initial £23m from Torino, could yet revive their interest in Barkley in January when the player will be fit again and has indicated he will reconsider his options. It remains to be seen whether Everton’s stance on discussing a move with Spurs shifts over the next four months, though Barkley is into the final year of his contract and the Goodison Park club may struggle to attract such a hefty fee from suitors in mid-season.
Everton suggested Barkley had even undergone a medical at Chelsea before the player changed his mind over the move, though those claims have been denied by sources close to the 23-year-old midfielder. “The two clubs agreed a deal of £35m, Eddie Lack Womens Jersey I think personal terms were agreed and, after the medical, we heard from Paul Martin, his agent, that he [Barkley] had changed his mind,” said the Everton majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri. “He wants to reconsider his position during the January window. He is injured, so I think technically he will be with us because he is under contract for another year. It is a big surprise, but that is football.”
The failure to secure Barkley, for all that he could not have appeared in the group stage of the Champions League as he recovers from surgery, represented the latest blow to Chelsea’s attempts at appeasing Conte after a tense summer behind the scenes. The champions had lost out in their pursuit of Lukaku to Manchester United, Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool and, earlier on Thursday, Llorente to Spurs for around £12m. Conte had made clear the need to add greater depth to his options with a European campaign as well as the title defence ahead.
Yet only Zappacosta, who was first called up into the Italy squad by Conte and now has four caps, http://www.officialcarolinahurricanes.com/Adidas-Cam-Ward-Jersey had been added to the ranks by the 11pm cut-off. “Davide is a player of international calibre who Antonio Conte knows well and we have been aware of for some time,” said the Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo. “We are very pleased to be able to bring him to the club and believe he will become an important member of the squad.”
A deal for Drinkwater was eventually struck with Leicester late on Thursday evening – apparently dependent on the Foxes securing Adrien Silva from Sporting, a deal still to be concluded at 11pm – and Chelsea filed the necessary paperwork before the deadline to earn a two-hour extension to complete that deal. The England midfielder would effectively replace Nemanja Matic, sold to United last month, and reunite with his former Leicester team-mate, N’Golo Kanté, at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League holders will resume talks with Atlético Madrid on Friday aimed at Chris Driedger Womens Jersey finalising Diego Costa’s return to Spain in a deal that could be worth £49m.
Spurs, bolstered by Llorente’s surprise arrival, missed out on the Barcelona midfielder André Gomes after the Catalan club failed to secure a replacement.
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Moshiri claimed Everton had reconsidered the need for another forward and would look again in January, a decision at odds with the manager’s request and the failed deadline day attempt to sign Lucas Pérez on loan from Arsenal. The Spaniard has rejoined Deportivo de La Coruña a year after moving for £17m.
Liverpool are on the verge of signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £40m from Arsenal and could take their spending inside a week to around £170m should Monaco sanction the sale of Thomas Lemar on transfer deadline day.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was undergoing a medical with Liverpool staff on Wednesday at St George’s Park, where he is preparing for England’s World Cup qualifiers, having spurned a move to Chelsea in favour of working for Jürgen Klopp at Anfield. The Premier League champions had agreed a £40m deal with Arsenal on Monday but the England international, wary of replicating his right-wing-back role for Antonio Conte’s team, declined to discuss the personal terms on offer at Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old’s stance enabled Liverpool to develop a long-standing interest in the midfielder and agree similar terms to what Chelsea had agreed – £35m plus £5m in add?ons. Providing there are no unforeseen problems with the medical, Oxlade?Chamberlain will become Liverpool’s second signing of the week following Naby Keïta. The RB Leipzig midfielder will move to Merseyside next summer after Liverpool paid a £7m premium on a £48m release clause to secure the Guinea international.
Arsenal initially refused to hold talks with Liverpool over Oxlade-Chamberlain with relations between the club strained by the Luis Suárez dispute of four years ago. However, Adidas Cam Ward Authentic Jersey faced with the prospect of losing the player for nothing when his contract expires at the end of this season, and the midfielder’s reluctance to join Chelsea, they entered and concluded negotiations swiftly on Wednesday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made 198 appearances for Arsène Wenger’s side after arriving for £12m from Southampton in August 2011. Arsenal’s woeful 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday is destined to be his last. The midfielder started all four competitive games for Arsenal this season but rejected repeated attempts by the club to extend his contract. Wenger had claimed Arsenal would take a financial hit by keeping Oxlade-Chamberlain until the end of his contract only to relent with Chelsea and then Liverpool meeting the club’s valuation.
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The competition may intensify this season with Liverpool refusing to concede defeat in their pursuit of France international Lemar. Liverpool have had several enquiries for the 21-year-old rejected by Monaco in recent days but will continue to pursue what would be another club record signing – in excess of £70m – until the deadline. The club’s medical staff are on standby to travel to Clairefontaine, where Lemar is preparing for France’s World Cup qualifier against Holland on Thursday, should Monaco relent and agree terms with Liverpool on the final day.
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Nathaniel Chalobah has admitted his decision to leave Chelsea this summer was “brave” but has already been justified by a first call-up to the England squad, with the Watford midfielder hoping to make his senior debut in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
Chalobah, who had entered the final 12 months of his deal at Stamford Bridge, opted to turn down Chelsea’s offer of a new contract after talks with Antonio Conte and the academy graduate moved instead to Vicarage Road for a cut-price £5.5m. The 22-year-old believed he would have been loaned out for a seventh time in five years had he agreed new terms and remained with the champions, so took the bolder decision to seek out regular first?team football with a team who finished 17th last season. He has started all three of Watford’s Premier League matches to date.
“It takes a lot [to leave],” he said. “You have to really look deep into yourself and see what makes you happy. For me I was at a top club and people were saying to me: ‘You are at Chelsea; you should stay at Chelsea, a big club.’ But that was not the problem. The problem was I wanted to play after getting a taste of it last year.
“I needed to go out and try to do better things for myself. You really have to be brave and sometimes decisions can be hard to make, especially when it is your future at stake. Andrew Quarless Authentic Jersey I had my family and friends and my agent, who is an ex-footballer himself and played a big part in it.”
Conte had reiterated his disappointment to lose Chalobah only last week in the wake of his first senior call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad, having been unable to persuade him to remain at the club earlier this summer. “I have a lot of respect for the manager,” said the player. “I had a few discussions with him and he was always honest with me, which is what I needed at the time.
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Chalobah had joined the Chelsea academy at the age of 10 but, despite impressing Conte, started only one Premier League game for the club. His tastes of senior football had come in a previous loan spell at Watford in the Championship, then with Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and even Napoli in Serie A.
“I’d been on a few loans, back and forth,” he said. “But I was never really settled, so it was more a case of trying to find somewhere to call home. Bob Uecker Authentic Jersey I was finding that difficult at Chelsea even though I was there for the whole season last year and played a few games.
“But it was still a hard decision. Chelsea was all I knew, the club I loved and supported. But I had to put myself in the best position and that was to go out there and get opportunities to play games. It’s a tough place, Chelsea, and sometimes you can get a bit carried away with being there and being on the brink, almost there [in the team]. But it’s very hard with established players ahead of you. For the youngsters it is a lot harder to get into the team. Now I can say that it was a good decision.”
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Arsenal say their position on Alexis Sánchez is unchanged – the striker is not for sale – after Manchester City finally moved for their long-time target with a straight cash offer of £50m.
Ferran Soriano, the City chief executive, spoke to his Arsenal counterpart, Ivan Gazidis, on Tuesday and after weeks of dancing around he put forward the official bid. It was not to alter Arsenal’s resolve over the player.
They are determined to hold Sánchez to the final year of his contract, even though he has made it clear he will not sign a new one and, as such, would stand to leave for nothing next summer. Moreover, it is his preference to join City before the transfer deadline on Thursday. Arsenal continue to believe he would apply himself in their colours after 1 September and give his best for one last season.
The situation is delicate and complex and there is the acceptance at Arsenal that every player has his price – even Sánchez, Bryce Harper #34 Authentic Jersey who is undeniably the club’s biggest star. Were City to come back with an offer that located the tipping point, the saga could twist again. City have the time to do so before deadline. But, as things stand, that has not happened.
Arsenal have had an interest in the Monaco attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar throughout the summer – Liverpool are also now in for him – but the French club have indicated it would cost €80m (£74m) to get him. In other words he is not for sale. It is safe to assume Arsenal’s tipping point for Sánchez would, at the very least, be equal to this figure.
During the conversation between Soriano and Gazidis, the City forward Raheem Sterling emerged as a potential makeweight in the deal for Sánchez. http://www.officialnationalshop.com/authentic-6-anthony-rendon-jersey.html City contend it was not Soriano who suggested this. The club went to great lengths to prise Sterling from Liverpool for £49m in 2015 and he has started the season with vital goals against Everton and Bournemouth. But it is unclear whether Pep Guardiola counts on him. Mixing players into deals is notoriously complicated and City would prefer a straight cash transaction for Sánchez.
Arsenal know that selling their best player to City and, in effect, getting an unwanted one back from Guardiola would not wash with their supporters. Perhaps, if they could add Lemar as well, it would be more palatable. But they are acutely aware of the difficulties, at this late stage, of the practicalities of getting a replacement or replacements for Sánchez.
The 28-year-old is in Chile preparing for his World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Thursday. Were there to be a breakthrough over his move, http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Damon-Harrison-Jersey-Cheap" target="_new" rel="nofollow">Damon Harrison Authentic Jersey City would get a doctor out to him to supervise the medical.
Arsenal are interested in the West Bromwich Albion centre-half Jonny Evans, who is also wanted by Manchester City and Leicester City, as they consider whether to move Shkodran Mustafi out to Internazionale. Mustafi wants to leave Arsenal. The club are also in talks with West Brom about selling Kieran Gibbs to them for £7m. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is primed to complete his £40m switch to Chelsea.
City have a potential problem over Sergio Agüero, with the feeling within the club being that the Argentina striker might pursue a move away in January. http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Darian-Thompson-Jersey-Cheap" target="_new" rel="nofollow"> http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Darian-Thompson-Jersey-Cheap He was dropped by Guardiola for the Premier League win at Bournemouth on Saturday and there has been tension between the player and manager. Agüero is determined to play regularly in World Cup year.
In the thick of Arsenal’s chronic breakdown at Anfield on Sunday it did not take long for football’s splurging social commentary to begin establishing just how bad this was compared with other abhorrences. How rotten exactly are things in the state of Arsenal? As bad as the 8-2 at Manchester United? On a par with the season they were dismembered by vicious scorelines at Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea? Worse than an aggregate 10-2 thumping from Bayern Munich? More embarrassing than imploding in fright at home to Swansea or Watford or Aston Villa?
Hereby hangs Arsenal’s sharpest problem. Scanning through the past five years to pick out the performances that were especially awful is instructive. This is not an exercise in recalling the common or garden soft defeats at Stoke or West Brom, but a search for the goriest of horror shows. This involves the type of ordeal to leave observers wondering how much longer, how much worse, how much more intolerable, how many times it is possible to repeat the same mistakes without wanting to smash the place up and sweep everything out to start afresh.
This was a subjective exercise but a rough count tots up 20 such occasions over five years. That tells of a damning sense of paralysis, a club constructed in such a way they cannot change the record no matter how screechingly discordant their most annoying songs sound. If Arsenal turn on their internal radio and hear a tune they loathe which taunts them by infernal repetition, they just do not have it in them to change the station. Think about it: 20 times in five years with no radical reaction.
Arsenal have managed to respond to setbacks in their own way. They usually regain enough composure to qualify for the Champions League (missing out only once, Lorenzen Wright Authentic Jersey last May) and to have earned the sweet salve of three FA Cup victories out of four attempts. But real, profound change, the kind to reset the club as one with ambition to believe in, the kind that creates a team resolve that does not look as if it is made of straw ready to be obliterated by a mere puff of wolfish intent from any opponent, remains a long shot.
The greatest concern to those who care about Arsenal is the fact that getting lacerated by Liverpool with a reasonably strong if weirdly imbalanced selection does not necessarily represent depths significantly lower than other nadirs they have skulked around in the past. If the club did not feel the necessity to address serious issues at any of the previous 19 calamities, why suddenly feel pushed to do things differently after No20?
Which introduces the other major problem. For a long time Arsène Wenger has been a lightning rod for the issues that dog the club. What Arsenal did or did not do in terms of management alone started off as an elephant in the room. But now there is an entire herd of them. http://www.authenticgrizzliestore.com/Allen_Iverson_Jersey One can hardly see the wall on the other side for doleful elephants, great big creatures squishing all their complaints against each other. They have become noisy, too, which is understandable.
The difficulties are manifold. At the top of the business the majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has never shown any inclination to take active control of goings-on. The chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, who called for a “catalyst for change” a few months ago, is unable or unwilling to challenge the status quo. The manager presides over a set of players who play as if they either do not know what they are supposed to be doing, cannot do what they are asked to do or do not wish to – a mere three games into the season. To be too tactically sunk and low in determination to perform basic tasks is a desperate recurring theme. Quite what was going on inside the heads of Alexandre Lacazette or Sead Kolasinac as they watched from the bench is hard to fathom. Quite how Jens Lehmann kept any kind of calm counsel is harder still.
Behind the scenes the scouting department and the men detailed with arranging contracts and dealing in the transfer market are failing. George Gervin Youth Jersey Numerous players are out of contract this summer or next and it has not gone unnoticed that recent purchases recommended by the StatDNA data business Arsenal bought supposedly to give them a competitive edge have struggled and are among those Wenger seeks to offload. Elsewhere the marketing and commercial gurus strain to strike deals that compare well with their rivals.
It is not as if this kind of situation was freakish. A flaky run exposing basic problems in the team’s structure and motivation was not exactly unpredictable. Perhaps the shock for Arsenal is how quickly it manifested itself this season.
Can they enforce the changes needed to turn a club that looks unhealthy into one that is radiant and positive? It will not be easy, simply because there appear to be so many departments that are underperforming, http://www.authenticspurstore.com/Dejounte_Murray_Jersey complacent, overwhelmed (or any combination of). The probability of any substantial remodelling is wafer thin. There is no reason to believe a change of management, ownership, chief executive or a wholesale shake-up of team personnel or dynamic is around the corner.
The herd of elephants have nowhere obvious to go.
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