NEWS ROUND UP FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 16th October 2017
The latest FIFA world rankings have been published, revealing which teams will be seeded for the upcoming World Cup play-offs. Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark will be seeded for November’s World Cup qualification play-offs after the latest FIFA world rankings were published on Monday.
YOU NEED QUALITY AND BELIEF TO BEAT MADRID, AND WE HAVE BOTH – ERIKSEN
Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of quality and no need to be afraid of Real Madrid in their Champions League clash in Spain on Wednesday, midfielder Christian Eriksen has said. The Danish international scored the winner as Spurs beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday and Eriksen has set his sights on another good showing against the European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu.
STERLING ADMITS THAT HIS LIFE IS BETTER PLAYING UNDER PEP GUARDIOLA
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling says he is loving playing under Pep Guardiola for the Premier League leaders and admits that his life is also better for having tuned out critics on social media.
Sterling has scored six goals in five starts for City this season and has impressed with his overall contribution to Guardiola’s prolific attack which has struck 29 goals in eight Premier League games.
Tuesday 17th October 2017
FORTUNIA DUSSELDORF’S GOALKEEPER ADMITS TO SAVING SHOT WITH PENIS
Goalkeeper Raphael Wolf says his private parts came in use to save an indirect free-kick against Arminia Bielefeld at the weekend. Fortuna Dusseldorf’s goalkeeper helped his Bundesliga side to a crucial 2-0 victory over Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday – but not without some pain.Arminia won an indirect free-kick inside the penalty box, meaning Fortuna had to line all their players up on the goal-line.
TOTTENHAM’S HARRY KANE CHALLENGES RONALDO IN HIS DOMAIN
The lights are on, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are looking at each other in the eye. Desert where grass once grew, the sun replaced by flashes. The sheriff of Madrid stands in front of the young, haughty, brazen stranger, crowned the Premier League’s goal King… the former playground of the figure who now stands before him, with loaded ammunition, ready to defend his territory.
GYLFI SIGURDSSON ADMITS TO FALLING SHORT TO POOR PERFORMANCE AT EVERTON
Everton have struggled despite splashing the cash ahead of this season and Gylfi Sigurdsson acknowledges he could have been better. Gylfi Sigurdsson admits his Everton performances are falling short of what he hoped for after signing in a big-money move from Swansea City.
Wednesday, 18th October 2017
R. MADRID 1-1 TOTTENHAM: “WE CAN COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL”- POCHETTINO
Tottenham’s draw at Real Madrid was the moment they proved they can compete at the highest level, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris took the plaudits for keeping out Real’s glut of chances in either half while Madrid stopper Keylor Navas was also in inspired form in a highly entertaining game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
I AM NOT HAVING THE CHANCES I DESERVE ON THE PITCH – ADRIAN SAN MIGUEL
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel is looking for a move away from the club having lost his place to Joe Hart. The lack of playing time has also impacted on his international ambitions with Spain and he feels that he is not getting the reward that his performances deserve.
WORLD CUP PLAY-OFFS: ITALY WOULD BATTLE WITH SWEDEN
Four-times world champions Italy were given a tough draw against Sweden on Tuesday in their two-legged playoff for a place at next year’s World Cup. Italy, who last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1958, will play the second leg at home on Nov. 13 in the most eye-catching of the four ties.
Thursday, 19th October 2017
ANTONIO CONTE WARNS MOURINHO TO STOP TALKING ABOUT CHELSEA
Antonio Conte has told Jose Mourinho to stop talking about Chelsea after the Manchester United boss suggested the Italian was “crying” about his injury situation. Mourinho, speaking after United’s 1-0 win in Lisbon on Wednesday night, did not name names but it was clear he was thinking of his former club Chelsea and Conte, his successor as boss, when he talked of other managers who “cry and cry and cry” about injuries.
MBAPPE IS A GOLDEN BOY, I’LL DO FOR HIM WHAT MESSI DID FOR ME- NEYMAR
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are shining in the Paris Saint-Germain frontline with both scorings in the thumping 4-0 Champions League win over Anderlecht and the Brazilian said he wants to give his strike partner similar support to what he got from Lionel Messi. Neymar arrived at Barcelona as a youngster with plenty of potentials and he was helped by Messi who was the established star of the team.
CONTE UNSATISFIED WITH CHELSEA “I DIDN’T LIKE THE TYPE OF FOOTBALL WE PLAYED”
Antonio Conte was in no mood to wax lyrical about the virtues of free-flowing Champions League football after his Chelsea side lost the plot and threw away a two-goal lead before scrambling a 3-3 home draw with AS Roma on Wednesday.
Friday, 20th October 2017
EVERTON VS LYON CLASH: FAN ATTACKS LYONS GOALKEEPER
Everton continued their woeful start to the season as tempers reached a boiling point in the Europa League. The ugly scenes ensued after Toffees captain Ashley Willams started a mass brawl in last night’s 2-1 Europa League defeat. With the Blues trailing 1-0 to French side Lyon midway through the second half, a ruck started after defender Williams pushed goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings in front of the Goodison Park faithful.
MANCHESTER CLUBS SHOULD CONTEND FOR PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE – DE BRUYNE
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne believes his club and rivals Manchester United currently have the edge over their opponents but says it is too early in the Premier League to choose title favourites. Both Manchester clubs remain unbeaten in the league with City atop the standings on 22 points and United two points behind after eight league games, followed by Tottenham Hotspur and Watford in third and fourth respectively.
EVERTON’S COACH RONALD KOEMAN NOT RIGHT FOR EVERTON- SIMON JORDAN
Simon Jordan has criticised under-pressure Everton manager Ronald Koeman following the club’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday night. Everton remain winless in Europe’s second-tier competition after the first three group games, while the club are also languishing down in 16th place in the Premier League following a poor start to the season.