It’s too early for season defining matches but Chelsea’s trip to Wembley this weekend to face Spurs is a huge game for the champions.
The shock defeat at home to Burnley has turned the pressure back up on Antonio Conte as he takes a weakened squad to play their London rivals.
Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are suspended following their dismissals against the Clarets, meaning Tiemoue Bakayoko could make his debut following his summer signing from Monaco. France midfielder Bakayoko had a slight knee injury when he joined Chelsea. Read more... (325 words, 1 image, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho accepts Manchester United are now unlikely to sign the wide man he had hoped for this summer.
United got most of their work done early this summer as defender Victor Lindelof and striker Romelu Lukaku both arriving before the pre-season tour of the United States got under way.
Nemanja Matic subsequently joined from Premier League champions Chelsea and Mourinho accepts that a fourth acquisition is probably out of their reach.
“I don’t think we are unless something happened that puts us in the market again,” the United boss said. Read more... (542 words, 1 image, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge is fit to play for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The striker returned to full training at Melwood in the week after a pre-season injury and is likely to be available for selection against a Palace side seeking their fourth straight Premier League victory at Anfield.
“Yesterday Daniel was part of the complete session and looked really good, but always after injuries you have to wait to see how the player reacts to this intensity,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
Meanwhile, Klopp revealed there has been “no change” in Nathaniel Clyne’s condition as he continues his rehabilitation programme from a back issue. Read more... (470 words, 1 image, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
The Philippe Coutinho sale continues to haunt Inter and if the former Nerazzurri leaves Liverpool for Barcelona in a €120m this summer, Inter will not see any money from the sale because they did not include a sell-on clause when they sold Coutinho to Liverpool in 2013.
“It was a great regret for me to have to sell him — perhaps one of my greatest regrets in over 20 years at Inter,” sporting director Piero Ausilio told ESPN FC in January.
Inter believe they are only in line to receive a very small percentage of any transfer fee, if Coutinho completes a move to a club in another country, under FIFA’s solidarity mechanism. Read more... (488 words, 1 image, estimated 1:57 mins reading time)
Barcelona are facing an injury crisis up front after Luis Suarez was ruled out for up to a month with the knee injury picked up in the 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Barca are still reeling from the shock departure of Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a €222million deal earlier this month and will now face the start of the new season without their star striker.
Suarez pulled up with the knock late in the Spanish Super Cup tie, which Barcelona lost 5-1 across two legs, and was forced to see out the rest of the game with all three substitutes already used. Read more... (391 words, 1 image, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
AC Milan legend Kaka believes that his former side have the firepower to compete for the Serie A this season and return to their former greatness.
The former Milan player, who currently features in the MLS for Orlandy City, made over 300 appearances for AC, scoring 104 goals, has spoken out regarding the Italian giant’s summer spending spree.
‘I think Milan is doing really well in the transfer market,’ the Brazilian said, as reported by Four Four Two.
‘They have bought very good players with good spirit. Read more... (527 words, 1 image, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)
Zinedine Zidane continues to break records as Real Madrid manager after watching his side take apart Barcelona in the Real Madrid’s Supercopa triumph on Wednesday.
Madrid won their second trophy in a week, beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate for the Supercopa. Since Zidane took over from Rafa Benitez in January of 2016, he has lost 7 games as a manager. And he has now won 7 trophies.
After their latest victory, Zidane paid tribute to his players for their hard work and “spectacular” performance in beating their bitter rivals. Read more... (635 words, 1 image, estimated 2:32 mins reading time)
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique confesses “in the nine years I’ve been here, it’s the first time I feel inferior to Real Madrid.”
Barca were outclassed by Madrid in both legs of the Supercopa, resulting in a 5-1 aggregate victory for Los Blancos, and Pique lamented how
“we’re not having our best time as a team or a club.”
“We thought they’d play with two forwards and not three, like they did in the first leg,” he said after the game.
“They pressed very high and were better than us at the beginning. After that, it set the tone [of the match]. Read more... (334 words, 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
According to media reports, Jose Mourinho is prepared to wait until January before making further additions to his Manchester United squad, and instead will spend the rest of the transfer window trying to offload his fringe players.
It’s a curious decision by Mourinho who has insisted all summer that he needed at least four signings. United’s big target this summer was Antoine Griezmann but the Atletico Madrid striker decided to stay at the club due to their transfer ban.
In January that ban will be over and with Diego Costa heavily linked with a return to the red side of Madrid, could United be lining up a blockbuster move for the French international during the January transfer window? Read more... (315 words, 1 image, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger insists that financial implications are not important when it comes to Alexis Sanchez entering the final year of his Arsenal contract.
The Chilean star has one year remaining on his existing deal and would be able to depart the Emirates Stadium for nothing next summer if he doesn’t sign an extension.
Wenger has remained untroubled by that prospect and says the potential impact of Sanchez on the field next season will outweigh any financial losses if he leaves for free.
Asked for an update on Sanchez’s contract situation ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Stoke City, he said: Read more... (373 words, 1 image, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)