David Unsworth has taken temporary charge of Everton and AJ McCarron Jersey wants to manage the club long term after Ronald Koeman was dismissed 16 months into a three?year, £6m-per-annum contract.
Koeman, 54, was sacked on Monday after a dismal run of form that has left Everton third from bottom of the Premier League and with two wins in 13 games. The decision was taken by Farhad Moshiri, the major shareholder, and it fell to AJ McCarron Jersey the chairman, Bill Kenwright, and the chief executive, Robert Elstone, to tell Koeman after he had taken training at Finch Farm. The http://www.authenticrocketstore.com/Clyde_Drexler_Jersey Dutchman told friends on Sunday evening, hours after a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal, that he retained Moshiri’s support.
The Everton hierarchy are considering several candidates to replace the manager lured on a lucrative deal from Southampton in June 2016. The Burnley manager, Sean Dyche, Watford’s Marco Silva, the former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas http://www.lionsshopnfl.com/Authentic-Ameer-Abdullah-Jersey Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti have been linked with the vacancy, although there had been no formal approach from Everton to their counterparts at Turf Moor by Monday evening.
Tuchel, Jürgen Klopp’s successor at Dortmund, is available but is believed to want a club in the Champions League or, ideally, the opportunity to http://www.ottawasenatorsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Bobby-Ryan-Jersey become Ancelotti’s long-term replacement at Bayern Munich next summer. Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann is likely to provide strong competition for that role.
Unsworth is another candidate to replace Koeman on a permanent basis. The former Everton defender, who has flourished as manager of the club’s under?23s, took charge of one Premier League game after Roberto Martínez’s sacking in 2016 and will reprise his caretaker role for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie at Chelsea. The under-23s coach John Ebbrell will also be in the Everton dugout at Stamford Bridge.
Unsworth, 44, is highly regarded within Goodison and, although he lacks managerial experience in the Premier League, would welcome an extended run of games to press his claims for the job. He may be given the next four matches until the international break – Chelsea, Leicester City, Lyon away and Watford – to impress.
Moshiri moved to sack Koeman after watching the Arsenal defeat on Sunday, Everton’s seventh loss in 11 matches AJ McCarron Jersey in all competitions. The former PSV Eindhoven, Valencia and Benfica coach led the club to a seventh-placed finish in his only full season in charge but, despite an investment of almost £140m in players this summer, Everton’s form has nosedived.
A club statement read: “Everton football club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club. Chairman Bill Kenwright, the board of directors and major shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”
Three weeks ago, following a home defeat against Burnley, Moshiri insisted Koeman retained his total support. Since then, Everton have needed a 90th?minute penalty to draw at Brighton & Hove Albion, lost at home against Lyon in the Europa League, thereby extending the worst start made by an English team in the competition, and been routed at home by Arsenal.
The summer’s spending increased expectations on Koeman but most of the acquisitions have struggled. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen cost almost £70m but have had minimal impact and senior players such as Ashley Williams and Morgan Schneiderlin have been badly out of form.
The humane thing to do, looking back on this exhilaratingly open 4-1 John Simon Youth jersey Wembley victory for Tottenham Hotspur against Liverpool, would be to focus on the ruthlessness of Harry Kane, the brutal speed of Spurs’ counterattack, the running of Son Heung-min.
Things are rarely that easy, though. In Germany they have a concept called Ruinenlust, which describes the irresistible pleasure of seeing a deeply distressed object in the process of falling to pieces. And for half an hour here Liverpool provided something similar as Jürgen Klopp’s team produced collectively one of the worst displays of elite-club defending the Premier League will see this season; and individually a candidate for worst half-hour on the pitch in recent memory.
Dejan Lovren has been thoroughly eviscerated by now, not just on social media and in on-the-whistle match reports, but by his own manager, who http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Guy-Lapointe-Jersey stated, rather cruelly, that he could have done better himself just wandering around Wembley in a pair of trainers.
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Nothing happens in a vacuum, however. Exactly why and how Lovren was quite this John Simon Youth jersey awful, so bad his awfulness itself feels like an event, a happening with its own sheen of beauty, is the real issue Klopp must attempt to address.
Lovren came to Wembley having played out 314 minutes without conceding a goal for club and country. Liverpool came here having kept successive clean sheets. And John Simon Youth jersey yet there was no surprise whatsoever in their defensive collapse against some high-grade attacking play, just a feeling of an axe being taken to a rickety and woodwormed http://www.authenticmetshop.com/authentic-41-tom-seaver-jersey.html fence.
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Even in real time, though, it was impossible not to feel the eyes drawn to Lovren who produced a genuinely scene-stealing piece of un-defending. Lovren did not just lose Kane, he seemed to lose all concept of what it was he was doing here, dressed in these strange red clothes, ambling about like a man recently winched up off the anaesthetist’s table, and watching on with only the vaguest curiosity as the ball floated over his head into Kane’s http://www.officialauthenticchargersstore.com/womens_matt_slauson_jersey path.
If the first Tottenham goal was helped by a horrible mistake from Lovren then, well, so was the second – albeit with the benefit of illuminating what was also a terrible goal to concede as a team. Credit to Spurs, who sent the ball the entire length of the pitch in two passes. But there was very little resistance to this as a basic idea. From a corner Hugo Lloris hurled the ball out to halfway. At which point Lovren felt the music swell, the choir begin to purr and coo and for just one tiny, fatal moment really did seem to believe he could fly.
It was a poor decision. Lovren launched himself. The ball floated in a gentle parabola over halfway. Lovren floated in a gentle parabola under the ball, Kane sped away and offered the perfect pass for Son to finish. You can only play the loopy central defence in front of you, but Tottenham had been utterly clinical. Moments later it was almost three, with another attack down Lovren’s no-fly channel. The ball floated over Lovren’s head in an eerily familiar echo of what had passed before, a case of Dejan Vu. Son spanked it on to the bar. And so it John Simon Youth jersey carried on, the white shirts seeming to treat Liverpool’s No6 as a minor piece of street furniture to be swayed around without much thought en route to somewhere else.
This was only one match but it supplied further evidence to support two convictions. Firstly, Huddersfield Town are a good bet to remain in the Premier League under David Wagner. Secondly, Manchester Bernie Parent Jersey United are a long shot to win the Premier League this season under José Mourinho.
Huddersfield’s rise from 18th in the Championship – the position they were in when Wagner was appointed less than two years ago – has been encapsulated in a two-word hashtag often used by the club Bernie Parent Jersey and their fans and inspired by the manager’s rousing discourse: #NoLimits. Mourinho’s approach, by contrast, imposes limits on United. That has been clear on their travels this season, most blatantly at Anfield last week; and when challenged to go beyond those limits at Huddersfield, they fell short.
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There are several more vaunted clubs who do not emit such powerful sense of purpose and are below Huddersfield. Indeed, the biggest risk to the team’s survival this season may be the fact their success could lead others to try to entice Wagner away. But the German has already turned down offers since arriving in Yorkshire, including from Aston Villa and Wolfsburg, and one gets the sense it would take something exceptional Bernie Parent Jersey to lure him from a club where everyone, from the chairman to the players, is on his wavelength. That is Huddersfield’s strength and it has fuelled a marvellous odyssey that reached its highest point with this deserved victory over United.
“I have no problems to work on the extraordinary but we should not take for granted extraordinary performances,” said Wagner. “There are three things why we have had this little bit of success: ambition, realistic expectations and great togetherness. If we change one of these things, we start to struggle as a football club. http://www.coltsnflofficialauthentic.com/YOUTH+ADAM+VINATIERI+JERSEY That’s why we have to make sure we keep these three things right, which are our Terriers’ identity.”
Three weeks ago Tottenham Hotspur visited the John Smith’s Stadium and became the first team to dismantle Huddersfield this season, inflicting a 4-0 defeat, albeit with the aid of uncharacteristic mistakes by the hosts. Afterwards the home team paid tribute to the wit and deftness of Mauricio Pochettino’s men. “They’re very sharp in the way they think,” Mooy said. “Their movement is very, very good and makes it very difficult for you to win the ball.” But Huddersfield also vowed to learn from that. Their first goal against United showed proof of their progression, as Mooy won the ball off Juan Mata in midfield before feeding Tom Ince, whose shot was saved by David de Gea. It rebounded to Mooy, who finished emphatically.
United could not find the cutting wit that Spurs had shown. That was partly because the Terriers suffocated them. But it was also because Mourinho’s approach, especially in away matches, is not so much about outwitting opponents but about getting them in a headlock and wearing them down. That worked at Swansea, who collapsed in the last 10 minutes to lose 4-0. But United http://www.jaguarsofficialnflprostore.com/Nike-Dawuane-Smoot-Jersey.html were fortunate to squeak past Southampton at St Mary’s and settled for draws at Stoke and Liverpool.
Huddersfield were determined it would not work here. They knew the absence of players such as Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic stripped Mourinho of much of the power and height he cherishes. The first-half injury to Phil Jones deprived them of more – and Victor Bernie Parent Jersey Lindelof proved an inadequate replacement, his weakness in the air allowing Laurent Depoitre to score a second goal for the home side.
At times in this intriguing test of Premier League aspirations it was hard to work out which was the more remarkable thing – Tottenham’s vivacious, springing attacks or Liverpool’s dozy, fluffy underbelly. Both aspects were in sharp focus as Mauricio Pochettino’s team marauded through what passed for the defensive efforts of the visitors. Diego http://www.authenticspurstore.com/Rudy_Gay_Jersey Maradona was in attendance – interviewed as part of the half-time entertainment thanks to his trusty translator Ossie Ardiles – and even at the portly age of 56 the old master might have fancied a goal or two himself.
As it was the Tottenham crowd made merry thanks to a couple from their marksman of the moment Harry Kane, plus strikes from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli. It enabled Spurs to end a sequence of 10 games without beating Liverpool, and in fine style.
It all made for a special day for Pochettino, who was so emotional to see his former Newell’s Old Boys room-mate Maradona before the match he could barely bring himself to let go to watch the game itself. But, of course, his natural focus took over and he was delighted with what he observed.
Both teams were buoyed by eye-catching European excursions and hoping to use that as a springboard to build domestic possibilities. Tottenham’s positive energy flowed. Liverpool have shown that they possess something similar on a good day. But this was a Nolan Arenado Youth jersey horrible one where the main difference between the two sides was influential. Tottenham’s solid structure and sense of team organisation is something Liverpool sorely lacked.
In conceding four, they took their goals against tally to 16 in the league this season. That is the leakiest they have been at this stage of a campaign for more than half Nolan Arenado Youth jersey a century. Jürgen Klopp confronted the statistic and looked momentarily lost for words.
After their mission well accomplished at the Bernabéu, Tottenham returned with their point and reset to their more familiar and expansive structure, intent to test out Liverpool’s main area of vulnerability. With the visitors’ back line struck by a state of severe confusion, this was a wise and rewarding plan.
It was http://www.texansproshops.com/Ryan_Griffin_Jersey_Cheap the man of the moment who wasted no time etching his attacking class on another game. Kane scored with a jewel of a strike and provided another for Son in a scorching opening 12 minutes. The subplot that linked the two goals took the form of Dejan Lovren, who looked utterly discombobulated as Tottenham’s slick play passed him by. It was like one of those mysterious illnesses http://www.bearsofficialnflproshop.com/Authentic-Kyle-Fuller-Jersey you hear about when someone wakes up from a bang on the head speaking fluent Etruscan. After half an hour playing with a disorientated defender, Klopp withdrew Lovren but by then the damage was done.
In the fourth minute Kieran Trippier’s dinked pass completely bamboozled Lovren, inviting Kane to do what he does best. As soon as he received the ball his instinctive hunger to score took over. Despite losing his balance as he swayed past Simon Mignolet, he readjusted brilliantly to steer a Nolan Arenado Youth jersey low left-footed volley into the corner of the net.
Tottenham doubled their lead when Hugo Lloris hoiked a throw up the pitch, Lovren misjudged the flight of the ball and Kane was away, hurtling up the flank before brilliantly teeing up Son to whack in the second.
As Spurs attacked in electric waves, the sharp, inventive and determined runs offered by Kane and Son were a continuous danger to Klopp’s team. Son sprinted forward to smash another superb shot against the crossbar. Kane then smacked the ball into Lovren’s legs. There were easy pickings in the air.
Leicester City’s players demanded to know the reasons behind Craig Shakespeare’s dismissal and voiced their displeasure during a meeting before Thursday’s training session that turned the focus on the club’s board and left Michael Appleton, the caretaker manager, admitting he was unable to answer their questions.
Appleton described the players as “cheesed off” and “a bit down in the dumps” when they convened at the training ground for the first time since Shakespeare was sacked on Tuesday. The decision to relieve Shakespeare of his duties only four months into a three-year contract has been greeted with a mixture of surprise and disappointment inside the club, leaving the board facing a backlash from within.
“Obviously the meeting before we went out to training was a little bit raw. People were disappointed and wanted questions answering, but I’m not the person for that,” said Appleton, who was Shakespeare’s No2 and has been asked to take charge of the team while the club search for a permanent replacement. “From my point of view it’s all the questions that are for certain senior members and not myself. I didn’t release Craig and I’m not sure of the reasons why. If there’s a million and one questions thrown at me today regarding ‘why this?’ and ‘why that?’ then you’re probably asking the wrong person.”
Appleton would be open to the idea of one of the players acting as a representative for the rest of the first-team squad and speaking to the board in order to get the answers they are seeking, but for the moment he wants everyone’s focus http://www.officialauthenticshoppanthers.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_DARYL_WORLEY_JERSEY.html to be on Saturday’s game at Swansea, where Leicester’s owners are expected to be present.
“I’m sure those conversations will certainly take place over the coming days,” Appleton said. “But from my point Bruce Carter Authentic Jersey of view, I’d rather those conversations take place not going into the buildup of a game. Whether it’s one of the senior players or not, the reality is we have got a massive game http://www.authenticsharkshop.com/authentic-8-joe-pavelski-jersey.html on Saturday, and come [Friday] I fully expect the focus to be on the game. And then if people want to raise those Bruce Carter Authentic Jersey questions, I’m sure they’re more than happy to do that at a different date.”
Mindful of the mood among the players, Appleton took the view that it was best to “change the format” of training by putting on a session that was more relaxed, and he felt the atmosphere lifted as a result. “Coming off the pitch, from lads who were a little bit cheesed off first thing and a bit down in the dumps in the meeting that we had, they actually came off with smiles on their faces because they enjoyed the session.”
Although Leicester are third from bottom with only six points from eight matches, Appleton said he had no inkling whatsoever that Shakespeare was under pressure and claimed that the “feeling within the camp is that there wasn’t much wrong”. The 41-year-old described Shakespeare as “clearly shocked” to lose his job, and said he personally has not been given any timescale for how long the club want him to act in a caretaker capacity.
Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, remains one of the frontrunners for the post and admitted he is flattered to be linked with the position. Dyche insisted, however, that there has been no approach from Leicester and said that his sole focus is on Saturday’s match against Manchester City.
The pressure on Ronald Koeman increased as Everton slipped tamely to another Europa League defeat, more or less ending their interest in this competition and leaving them stuck at the bottom of their group with just a single point from three games.
The Everton manager has possibly had enough of Thursday night football anyway, or so his team selection suggested. Whether Everton have had enough of him depends on whether his gamble of fielding a weakened side pays dividends at the weekend, when at least three or four regulars are likely to be back. http://www.authenticoaklandathletics.com/Rollie-Fingers-Jersey Koeman admitted he picked the starting lineup with one eye on the home match against Arsenal on Sunday, which might Authentic Harry Giles Jersey explain why Wayne Rooney was not even in the squad 15 years to the day since his famous goal against the Gunners announced the 16-year-old’s arrival to the world beyond Merseyside.
Perhaps his manager hopes that with a full week’s rest he might be able to turn the clock back at the weekend with another late winner.
The beleaguered Everton manager could certainly do with something going his way for a change. This game was only six minutes old when Lyon, also without a win in Group E, took the lead through Nabil Fekir’s penalty. Mason Holgate’s challenge on Marcal was http://www.minnesotavikingsauthorizedprostore.com/mike-remmers-jersey-elite undoubtedly rash and ill-timed but what had stretched the home defence in the first place was a burst of speed from Memphis Depay, a player Koeman tried to sign for Everton last season.
Everton’s attempts to get back into the game were as laboured as they have been all season. Kevin Mirallas sent a low shot narrowly wide midway through the first half, though significantly it was from outside the penalty area. Everton were finding it difficult to do what Lyon were managing surprisingly easily, getting players into forward positions within sight of goal.
It took the home side over half an hour to find a way through the Lyon defence, and when they did Anthony Lopes proved equal to Mirallas’s shot after Tom Davies had threaded a pass to allow a shot from a narrow angle.
That encouraging sign was put into perspective within a couple of minutes when Depay rattled Jordan Pickford’s bar with a long-range free-kick, Davies managing to get a possibly important headed deflection as the shot came in. Everton’s best chance of turning round level came five minutes before the interval when Davy Klaassen found himself http://www.ducksofficialauthentic.com/Customized bearing down on goal only to produce an unconvincing shot that lacked the power to Authentic Harry Giles Jersey beat Lopes. Depay was guilty of the same thing right at the end of the half, wasting a good position by shooting too close to Pickford, prompting a frustrated Authentic Harry Giles Jersey Bruno Génésio to turn in his technical area to kick an advertising board in annoyance.
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The match was held up for a couple of minutes after an hour when a rugby-type scuffle broke out at the Gwladys Street end. It was occasioned by a foul challenge on Lopes by Ashley Williams that several Lyon players deemed excessive.
It takes something unusual to create a moment of silence at Red Star Belgrade’s boisterous Marakana. Five minutes from the end of a Europa League encounter that scored higher on atmosphere than intrigue, Arsenal produced the game’s defining moment and for a few seconds the sound cut completely as the home crowd took in the blow.
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Arsène Wenger chuckled afterwards as he confessed that Giroud had come over to the dugout during the game with a special message. “He came to the touchline and told me: ‘We will score.’ He knew more than I did. That’s Olivier Giroud. He keeps belief when it is tough. That’s why he scores at moments you didn’t expect him to score.”
The Europa League is fast turning into a tonic for Arsenal. While the Premier League slips create fretful anxiety, this competition has been an escape of sorts. Giroud’s matchwinner ensured a maximum nine points out of nine and they hold a five-point lead halfway through the group stage. Next month they play the return game with Red Star. Another win would see them safely qualified with two games to spare.
Resting key players with wholesale rotation can backfire, but so far Arsenal’s B-siders have proved able to enjoy the Europa experience. All in all they handled a tricky night well. Wenger had tried to brush off the atmosphere effect, suggesting his team were used to a similar ambience in the Premier http://www.officialpatriotsnflauthentic.com/Nike-Phillip-Dorsett-Jersey.html League. But this was no run of the mill vibe.
The Marakana, packed an hour before kick-off, crackled with energy, the colourful choreography and bouncing fans shuddering behind the goal as the teams Womens Terry Sawchuk Jersey emerged and the decibels never dropped. If the Emirates is a smart and boring uncle, the Marakana was like a punk cousin Womens Terry Sawchuk Jersey turning up the attitude.
It was a night for cojones, to borrow the word of the week. Arsenal’s hotchpotch side, with a handful of kids and experienced fringe players thrown together, settled admirably enough.
The defensive compilation was on the eclectic side. Rob Holding had unfamiliar partners in Mohamed Elneny, a midfielder by trade, and Mathieu Debuchy, a full-back who has been injured for most of the past two and a half years. In the circumstances, reappearing all of a sudden after so long away from first-team football, the Frenchman found an impressive performance that potentially gives Wenger another defensive option.
“I am pleased for him, he survived 90 minutes without any setbacks,” the manager said. “He had only one half with under-23s on Monday night. Overall it’s a positive performance for someone who has been out for such a long time.”
Wenger was also particularly pleased with how the teenagers on show rose to handle the test. “They showed a lot of character. It’s not easy to express that at 18. To play in such a heated atmosphere shows how much resistance to stress they have, which is an important quality at this level.”
Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as Barcelona maintained their 100 % winning start in Champions League Group D with a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos at the Camp Nou.
A Dimitris Nikolaou own goal set the five-time European champions on their way but Gerard Piqué’s red card for two bookable offences just before half-time gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.
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Nikolaou slightly redeemed himself by heading home Kostas Fortounis’s corner for a consolation goal in injury time.
Also in Group D, Mario Mandzukic’s 84th-minute header earned Juventus a much-needed home victory over Sporting Lisbon.
With both sides having already beaten Olympiakos and lost to Barcelona, this was a crucial game in what appears a race for second place.
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Basel remain in second in Group A behind Manchester United after an excellent 2-0 away Joe Klecko Womens Jersey win against CSKA Moscow. Midfielder Taulant Xhaka broke clear of the home defence and beat veteran CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev to put Basel ahead on 29 minutes.
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Paris Saint-Germain marched on in Group B with Joe Klecko Womens Jersey a 4-0 thrashing of Anderlecht in Brussels. Their feared strikeforce of Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all scored, while Angel di María added a fourth late on.
Atlético Madrid’s poor start in Group C continued as they were held Joe Klecko Womens Jersey to a frustrating goalless draw at Qarabag, with the Azerbaijani team picking up their first point. Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann missed good first-half chances for Diego Simeone’s side, who have yet to win in the Champions League this season.
It numbers among the many construction projects at Tottenham Hotspur but, perhaps, it is the one to have drifted under the radar. The London club have committed £30m to the building of a 45-bedroom player hotel on a site adjacent to their Enfield training ground and the rationale is illuminating.
Mauricio Jacob Josefson Womens Jersey Pochettino and his staff are obsessed with marginal gains, with new angles and the creation of the optimum environment, and the private player accommodation lodge, as it is officially known, is another example of the growth that they are seeking.
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The lodge will feature a medical suite which includes hydrotherapy and rehabilitation facilities, and it will ooze five-star luxury. At the moment the players rest in the recreation room at the training centre in between double sessions. They will switch over to the lodge once it is ready.
Manchester City have something similar at their training ground and so, too, do Real Madrid – the club Spurs took on in Tuesday’s Champions League group game at http://www.sandiegochargersauthorizedstore.com/doug-flutie-jersey-elite the Bernabéu. The European champions represent the benchmark in so many areas and what thrilled Pochettino and the visiting support went some way beyond the point they gained from the 1-1 draw.
Their team needed to dig in defensively and there were at least two occasions when they could be grateful to Hugo Lloris. His second-half saves from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were world-class.
There were long spells when Real, inspired by the peerless Luka Modric, moved the ball with pace and precision, and looked Jacob Josefson Womens Jersey extremely easy on the eye. But it was no rearguard action from Spurs. They showed drive and composure in possession – nobody more so than the midfielder Harry Winks – and they asked questions of the Real defence. Pochettino was entitled to talk afterwards about a feeling of belonging at the highest level and it has to be noted that he was without a clutch of players, including Ben Davies, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembélé and Dele Alli.
Pochettino showed new angles, new structures, new depth. He described his team as being under construction. This was an occasion to inspire stability and one that highlighted his own development, too. It Jacob Josefson Womens Jersey is fiendishly difficult to second-guess Pochettino’s selections and he is absolutely delighted about that. The loss of key personnel did not restrict him. Paradoxically, it appeared to broaden his options.
“I knew you would be surprised about the starting XI,” said the beaming manager afterwards. “But it’s important to surprise our opponent, to be flexible, to have different ways to play. We can play three or four at the back, one or two strikers, two or three [central] midfielders.”
Tottenham have come to look stronger with a back three and it was no surprise when Pochettino fielded one against Real. But nobody expected to see Eric Dier – surely the symbol of his tactical flexibility – in the middle of it, while Jan Vertonghen accepted a new challenge at left wing-back. But it was up front where the real shock lay. Fernando Llorente had started only once since his arrival on deadline day – against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup – and, in truth, his performances had been sluggish and ineffective. At the Bernabéu, alongside Harry Kane in a 3?5?2, he shone.
Celtic are becoming ominously accustomed to Champions League mis-matches. The margin of defeat here may not have been as harrowing as delivered by Barcelona and Paris Saint?Germain in the past 13 months http://www.officialbrewersprostore.com/Stephen_Vogt_Jersey but the tale of http://www.authenticcapitalstore.com/jonas-siegenthaler-jersey_c-459.html a gulf in class was familiar. Bayern – this recently rejuvenated Bayern – further demonstrated the chasm between Europe’s elite and the rest; and with consummate ease.
Nonetheless, it would be remiss to ignore the failure of Celtic to do themselves justice. Whereas Brendan Rodgers had spoken before the game in wholly positive Willie McCovey Jersey terms, http://www.officialastrostore.com/Mike_Scott_Jersey his sentiment was undermined by failings in every area of the field. Celtic played as if intimidated by reputation, losing dreadful goals.
“There is no denying we are playing against a top-class side and we felt we could have done better with the goals we conceded and with some of our build?up play,” Rodgers said. Willie McCovey Jersey “You have to be a realist as well and respect who we are playing against. Of course we want to be competitive at this level but you also have to measure the level of quality you are playing against.”
To his credit, and accurately, the former Liverpool manager disputed any sense an alternative approach could have gained reward. “It’s not about being pragmatic at the goals we conceded. We didn’t defend our box well enough when crosses came in. We can do better with those. But listen, I would rather lose a game playing how we want to play and how we want to work rather than sitting in and defending for 90 minutes and still losing, if that’s the case.”
The return of Jupp Heynckes to Bayern had increased the scale of Celtic’s task even before personnel problems became apparent. Jozo Simunovic, a defender whose career in Glasgow has been blighted by Willie McCovey Jersey injury setbacks, missed the trip to Bavaria because of a hamstring problem. Rodgers had not prioritised that area of his team during the summer transfer window, meaning the deployment of a makeshift back line against one of European football’s most menacing attacks.
The problems linked to that were apparent within seven minutes. The hosts had already had a goal dubiously ruled out – the ball having been adjudged to have crossed the byline before a Robert Lewandowski cut-back – by the time they were denied a blatant penalty. Mikael Lustig, playing in Willie McCovey Jersey an unfamiliar centre?back position, clearly pulled the shirt of the marauding Lewandowski.
The opening goal was not long in arriving though. Lewandowski was left in splendid isolation to meet a Joshua Kimmich cross. Gordon saved expertly from the Poland striker, but Thomas Müller was on hand to dispatch the rebound. Rodgers, not for the first or last time, looked skyward in disbelief.
While Bayern’s talent must be recognised, the dishevelled nature of Celtic’s first-half performance should be acknowledged. Strangely, for a side so dominant domestically, the Scottish champions played without confidence. There was also generosity.
Number two arrived from Kimmich, who was completely unmarked as he headed a Kingsley Coman cross past the stranded Gordon. Coman’s level of success against the hapless Cristian Gamboa was http://www.jetsofficialsonline.com/Muhammad_Wilkerson_Jersey_Cheap a recurring feature of the opening period.
The Bayern support did not appear particularly bothered by their team’s canter, which left it open to debate as to how ruthless those in red may choose to be. What was not up for discussion was the key part Celtic were playing in their own downfall.
Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout Seattle Mariners Jersey stages of the Champions League after they were unexpectedly held to a 1-1 draw by Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday which left them third in Group H.
Peter Bosz’s men had been expected to outclass the Cypriot minnows but they are now in danger of suffering a group-stage exit as they have yet to secure victory in the group where Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur lead the standings with seven points apiece.
The lacklustre game sparked into life just Seattle Mariners Youth jersey after the hour mark when Apoel took the lead through substitute Mickael Poté following a goalkeeping error. A strike from Sokratis Papastathopoulos allowed Dortmund to draw level five minutes later but they were unable to score again. Along with Apoel, they have one point in Group H.
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Dortmund drew level when Mario Götze’s floated cross to the back post was headed in by Papastathopoulos after the Greek defender stayed up following a corner.
This appeared to wake the Germans from their slumber and just a minute later, Shinji Kagawa’s strike from the edge of the box was tipped on to the crossbar by Apoel’s substitute keeper, Raul Gudino.
Dortmund almost snatched it at the death but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s header was shovelled on to the post by Gudino before Götze blazed the rebound over with the last kick of the game.
In Group E, Spartak Moscow sliced Sevilla apart with rapid counterattacks to beat the Spanish team 5-1 and move level on points with Liverpool. Quincy Promes headed the Russian champions’ opening goal in the 18th minute, http://www.officialmapleleafsstore.com/Womens_Youth_Tie_Domi_Jersey eventually finishing with two goals and two assists.
Bernard, the former Brazil midfielder, scored twice as 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to defeat Feyenoord in their Group F clash at De Kuip. Steven Berghuis had put the home side in front, but goals in each half from Bernard turned the game in favour of the Ukrainian side, who ended the contest with 10 men after Yaroslav Rakitsky was sent off.
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Elsewhere, Monaco slumped to a 2-1 home defeat against Besiktas that left last year’s semi-finalists bottom of Group G and facing a battle to reach the knockout rounds. Cenk Tosun scored twice for the visitors, either side of the interval, after Radamel Falcao had opened the scoring for the Ligue 1 club.
The conversation lasted http://www.authenticstlouiscardinals.com/Yadier-Molina-Jersey only a couple of minutes and there was little by way of explanation when Jon Rudkin, Leicester City’s director of football, delivered the news to Craig Shakespeare that he was out of a job only four months after he had been appointed manager on a three-year contract.
It was not the sort of day that the 53-year-old had in mind when he drove through the gates at the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground earlier that morning and prepared to watch a number Womens Tre'Davious White Jersey of his fringe players take part in a friendly match Womens Tre'Davious White Jersey against a team from Nottingham Forest, totally oblivious to the fact that the best part of a decade of service was about to come Womens Tre'Davious White Jersey to an end in the blink of an eye.
The statement that was issued a few hours later, at 6pm, shed little light on the real thinking http://www.torontomapleleafsofficialonline.com/Adidas-William-Nylander-Jersey behind the decision, saying only that “the early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since” and that “a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward”.
In reality it is hard to escape the feeling that Leicester’s hierarchy never truly believed in Shakespeare in the first place, that deep down they wanted a bigger name yet felt they had little option but to give him the job on a permanent basis when he engineered such a dramatic turnaround as caretaker in the wake of Claudio Ranieri’s sacking.
That was eight months ago, when the Italian departed, and now Leicester find themselves back in the same position, knocking around at the wrong end of the table and scouring the managerial landscape for someone to satisfy the ambitions of Thai owners who are not prepared to tolerate the sight of another season of underachievement.
Shakespeare is entitled to think that it is too early to make a judgment on whether that would have been the case and could also be forgiven for citing some mitigating circumstances when it comes to Leicester’s poor early results, starting with the fact that the season is only eight matches old and he has already come up against four of last Womens Tre'Davious White Jersey season’s top six.
Another bone of contention would http://www.footballcowboysproshop.com/Tyron-Smith-Jersey be the club’s business in the summer transfer window, most significantly the shambolic handling of the Adrien Silva deal, which was completed 14 seconds late and after Leicester had already agreed to sell Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea.
Shakespeare felt that Leicester should have dug their heels in over Drinkwater, refusing to sell at any price, and his disappointment over that transfer was compounded by the farce surrounding Silva, who is unable to play for the club after Fifa refused to ratify his move. Rudkin’s own thoughts on that fiasco would make for interesting reading.
As for the case against Shakespeare and why Leicester’s owners acted, the statistics show that he had won only one of his last 11 league matches in charge – against newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion at home in August. It would also be fair to say that the flat performance against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, when Riyad Mahrez equalised 10 minutes from time to salvage a point, did not instil any confidence that Leicester were closer to getting back on track.
The players, however, remained behind Shakespeare http://www.officialnikejetshop.com/wesley-johnson-jersey-for-sale-c-75.html and had not lost faith in him in the same way as they did with Ranieri last season. He was popular as a No2 – a role that he fulfilled first for Nigel Pearson and then Ranieri – and staff as well as players were impressed with the way he adapted to the managerial role that required him to change his approach. With that in mind, players were surprised and, more than anything, bitterly disappointed when they found out via social media that Shakespeare had been sacked.
Harry Kane’s reaction said it all. It was a mixture of disbeliefand deep regret. There were 71 minutes on the clock and, suddenly, Tottenham http://www.authenticstlouiscardinals.com/Whitey-Herzog-Jersey Hotspur’s main man was in. The pass from Fernando Llorente was made to measure and, when Kane shot, all eyes followed the ball to the bottom corner of the Real Madrid net.
It squirmed agonisingly wide, Keylor Navas having got his fingertips to it and everyone seemed to take a moment to let it all sink in. Kane, who had been the pre-match story because of his explosive form and Real’s interest in him, might have made quite the statement.
As it http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-TANOH-KPASSAGNON-JERSEY was, Tottenham still made one. Mauricio Pochettino knew this match Womens Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey would be a gauge of the club’s progress. “When you come here, you feel the reality about football,” he said on Monday.
The reality was pretty sweet. Real showed their quality and there were periods when Tottenham had to dig in. Pochettino’s 3-5-2 formation was more like 5-3-2 and Real were fluent. They hogged 61% of the possession.
Tottenham were grateful that Karim Benzema had an evening when his dead-eyed instincts deserted him while Hugo Lloris bailed them Womens Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey out on a couple of occasions. His second-half saves to keep out Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were the latest illustration of his world-class ability. He was the Tottenham hero.
Yet it said plenty about the maturity of the visitors’ performance that they closed out the draw with a measure of comfort and, when it was all over, the 4,000 travelling fans celebrated wildly. They sang their songs at full volume and the result from Nicosia, where Borussia Dortmund had managed only to draw with Apoel, furthered the feel-good factor.
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Raphael Varane will carry the can and it was the most unfortunate of deflections that sent Serge Aurier’s low cross looping past Navas but Kane had forced the error. The excellent Harry Winks released Aurier and, after Kane had tried and failed to execute a flick, Varane blundered.
The goal had been advertised. Kane worked Navas with a powerful downward header in the 19th minute from a Christian Eriksen corner and then there was the penalty controversy.
The details relayed by child sex abuse victims to the Football Association’s independent inquiry are so harrowing that the barrister leading the investigation has begun seeing a counsellor to look after his own mental health.
Clive Sheldon QC and some members of his team have taken up the offer of psychological help, paid for by the FA, as part of the inquiry into abuse suffered by players from the 1970s to 2005. The inquiry, which began last December following allegations first made by Andy Woodward to the Guardian, has now met 15 survivors and will likely hear from a further 20 to 30 victims.
In many instances, survivors have not repeated http://www.authenticdevilsstore.com/cory-schneider-jersey_c-436.html their stories of abuse in full during interviews but the inquiry has still had a profound effect on Sheldon, an experienced QC who has conducted Ozzie Smith Jersey several investigatory reviews involving child protection and safeguarding issues.
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The inquiry, expected to cost around £1m, has now entered what is being called a “deep dive” phase, where millions of pages of documents in the FA’s archives are being sifted through. The chaotic nature of the archiving has further delayed the inquiry, which is now expected to return its findings to the FA around April 2018.
The scale of the job has surprised Sheldon’s team – so far, they have reviewed 1,266 boxes of documents – some containing up to 1,000 pages – with 2,092 still to be scoured for reference to child protection matters. It is understood that the archives from before the FA’s charter for quality report in 1997 are poorly documented, and finding relevant material a painstaking task.
Four county associations have yet to respond to a letter sent by Sheldon in May this year, requesting cooperation with the inquiry. Help has been enlisted from the FA to implore those counties to respond, although it is believed the delay is due to inertia in those organisations rather than any deliberate attempt to cover up abuse.
The final report, which Sheldon hopes the FA will publish in the fullest detail possible, is expected to focus on between 10 and 12 case Ozzie Smith Jersey studies of abuse. It will also include information gathered from other sources, including academic experts, and will look at how the matter of child abuse in http://www.footballgiantsprostore.com/Aldrick-Rosas-Jersey football compares with other sports.
The latest police Ozzie Smith Jersey figures, from 30 June, showed 741 alleged victims had come forward and 276 suspects identified. Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit in charge of the operation, had received 1,886 referrals.
Sheldon’s inquiry has been restricted by ongoing police investigations, which mean that some victims are unable to be interviewed for Ozzie Smith Jersey risk of contravening criminal proceedings.
Sheldon is also believed to have contacted people involved with the FA’s School of Excellence at Lilleshall in the 1980s and 90s, where some of the alleged abuse victims trained.
Riyad Mahrez chose the perfect moment to finally rediscover his goalscoring touch as Craig Shakespeare’s faith in the Algerian was repaid with an equalising goal that ensured Leicester avoided the ignominy of three successive home Premier League defeats by the skin of their teeth.
That Shakespeare has now followed a certain Claudio Ranieri in not recording Womens Tony Gwynn Jersey a victory in six league matches – a run which ended with the Italian’s sacking in February – is an unwanted statistic with his side in the bottom three, although the re-emergence of the player who did so much to inspire the famous title-winning season will be more welcome in these parts.
Having tried and failed to engineer a move away from the King Power Stadium in the summer, Mahrez has endured a torrid few months that also saw him and his Leicester team-mate Islam Slimani dropped by Algeria after some indifferent displays. But the way the pair combined after Slimani was brought off the bench to replace the £25m striker Kelechi Iheanacho – so ineffective on his full home Premier League debut – and cancel out Nacer Chadli’s brilliant free-kick will give Womens Tony Gwynn Jersey Shakespeare hope that the spirit of 2015-16 has not all evaporated just yet.
“He didn’t go away with Algeria, worked really hard at the training ground and gave me an issue over whether to start him at home,” said Shakespeare of the goalscorer, the relief evident in his voice. “He had an opportunity before that which he would have expected to score but he showed again he has that character to try and keep going and he’s http://www.officialminnesotawild.com/Adidas-Christian-Folin-Jersey got his just rewards.”
The pressure was on Leicester to show some signs of improvement after their poor run and Shakespeare responded by making three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Bournemouth before the international break, with http://www.officialhockeyusaonline.com/authentic+usa+3+cam+fowler+jersey Jamie Vardy back from a groin injury and Mahrez recalled on the right flank. Tony Pulis also made three changes, with Boaz Myhill making his first league start for 18 months in place of Ben Foster, who injured his knee in an impromptu training session with his son in his back garden, as West Brom went in search of a first league victory since the second game of the season eight weeks ago.
But other than Womens Tony Gwynn Jersey a frenetic opening in which Ahmed Hegazi – fresh from helping Egypt reach their first World Cup finals since being knocked out by England in 1990 – impeded Vardy with a variety of limbs which eventually led to a deserved booking from Mike Dean, neither side carried much of a threat during a dull first half. A brilliant free-kick from Mahrez that just eluded Iheanacho was the closest Leicester had come to breaking the deadlock until Danny Simpson’s effort from distance in the 35th minute was well saved by Myhill after a corner was only half cleared.
Given the lack of action, whether there had been any takers for the Shakespeare/Pulis half-and-half scarves on sale before the match was the main topic of discussion at half-time but Vardy ensured there was something to get the home fans off their seats within 30 seconds of the restart. A sloppy back pass from Hegazi was seized upon by the England striker and his touch took the ball beyond Myhill before the pair collided just outside the box.
After some treatment, the keeper was allowed to continue but afterwards Pulis seemed concerned by his options in goal. “I don’t know what happened with Bo,” said the manager. “I don’t know if it was his hamstring, his back or his groin. Bo was in because Ben has hurt his knee, which is an enormous worry for us.”
The free-kick given as a result of Myhill’s challenge on Vardy was headed against the outside of the post by Harry Maguire. A few minutes later, a brilliant back-heel from Vardy played in Marc Albrighton down the left and his pull-back presented Mahrez with a golden opportunity to http://www.hornetsprostore.com/Marvin_Williams_Jersey score his first goal of the season, only for his shot to sail harmlessly over the crossbar.
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