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Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Memphis Depay, Antonio Valencia and James Wilson are injured ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Depay and Wilson were both injured in the Capital One Cup penalty shootout defeat by Middlesbrough while Valencia hurt his foot in the Manchester derby last weekend.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is being lined up as an interim manager at Chelsea – should they fire under-pressure Jose Mourinho.

Alternatively, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is preparing to replace Mourinho with former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Leonid Slutsky – the current coach of the Russia national team and CSKA Moscow – is one of the options Abramovich would consider as a replacement for Mourinho.

Chelsea are planning a January move for 25-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, who has scored more goals than Robert Lewandowski this season.

Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona but the club may be forced to sell Neymar, former Barcelona president Joan Laporta said.

Christian Benteke says he is fit to return to the Liverpool side when they take on Chelsea on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp says his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho is “a nice guy if you are not a journalist or a referee” ahead of the Premier League champions’ match against Liverpool on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he sees La Liga as his next destination after the Bundesliga, rather than the Premier League.

He has scored 20 goals in 17 matches in all competitions, 13 of which coming in 10 Bundesliga games, making him the joint-top scorer in Germany alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Arsene Wenger, however, defended the club’s training methods following criticism from Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen, who also worked with Wales.

Here we go again! Ramsey, Walcott & Oxlade-Chamberlain out injured. I lost count. Has this pattern repeated itself 5 or 6 seasons already?

– Raymond Verheijen (@raymondverheije)

Arsene Wenger is considering Kieran Gibbs, 26, as an emergency winger after losing Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey to injury recently.

The Gunners are set to recall winger Serge Gnabry, 20, from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester United and Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan, 27, is ready to sign a new contract at Benfica.

Louis van Gaal has hit back at Paul Scholes by telling him to keep his criticisms of Manchester United to himself or to tell them privately to the club’s powerbrokers.

Manager Van Gaal accused Scholes of panning his former club for his own profit after the retired midfielder, who played 718 times for United, said the Dutchman’s teams lacked “creativity and risk” and said his tactics made life harder for out-of-form captain Wayne Rooney.

Jose Mourinho is set to be in the dugout for Saturday’s meeting with Liverpool despite a Football Association misconduct charge.

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has denied that he is “too serious” a coach and that he controls such things as “olive oil on the salads.”

Former France president Nicolas Sarkozy has rejected Sepp Blatter’s claim that he was a crucial factor in Qatar being awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno says he will dance the flamenco if they win a trophy under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri delivered on his promise of pizza for his squad as a reward for keeping a clean sheet against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, 23, says he suffered from an inner anger over his treatment by former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Moreno says he will dance the flamenco if they win a trophy under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester City prospect Kelechi Iheanacho, 19, says striker Wilfried Bony has been like a big brother to him at the Etihad Stadium.

Aston Villa’s hopes of securing Remi Garde, 49, as their next manager may have been hampered by the Frenchman’s former club Lyon.

West Ham chairman David Sullivan believes the Hammers can complete a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has apologised to fans for the derby defeat by Sunderland.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes hopes his club can reach agreement with Jon Walters, 32, to extend the striker’s stay at the Britannia Stadium.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says players must consider where and when they go out after striker Andy Carroll, 26, was reportedly involved in a row with a Chelsea fan in a restaurant.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri delivered on his promise of pizza for his squad as a reward for keeping a clean sheet against Crystal Palace.

A man has carved Arsenal legend Thierry Henry into a pumpkin as a wedding present for an Arsenal-mad couple.

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Chelsea forward Pedro, 28, has told friends he regrets moving to the club from Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer and would be happy to return to the Nou Camp.

Blues midfielder Ramires has signed a new long-term contract with Chelsea which keeps him with the club until the summer of 2019.

Manchester United target Neymar will be offered a new £500,000-a-week deal by Barcelona, making the 23-year-old Brazil forward the third highest paid player in the world behind team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is likely to end his career in England, according to former Sporting Lisbon teammate and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo.

But Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists neither Ronaldo nor Gareth Bale will be sold by the La Liga club.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both due to be out for three weeks with injuries picked up against Sheffield Wednesday, meaning they will miss Arsena’s trip to Bayern Munich.

Bayern are said to be in the market for a new right-back, with Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal seemingly at the top of their list of targets. Reports claim the German champions will bid around €30 million.

Reports in Turkey suggest Vitor Pereira could be shown the exit door at Fenerbahce should Jose Mourinho express interest in taking over the Super Lig side.

Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon is wanted by Toronto Police in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, claims Toffees manager Roberto Martinez says the 22-year-old Belgium international can leave if a “good offer” comes in for him. He has been linked with Paris St-Germain.

Chelsea have failed to agree a severance package with former club doctor Eva Carneiro, who left the club after she and physio Jon Fearn were demoted from match-day duties for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the opening-day draw with Swansea. A constructive dismissal claim could follow with the Blues being pursued for hundreds of thousands of pounds.

West Ham are preparing a £5m January move for AC Milan’s Japan forward Keisuke Honda, 29, but may have to see off competition from Spanish side Valencia.

Anderlecht youngster Aaron Leya Iseka, 18, is set to be Arsenal’s number one target for the January transfer window.

Angel Di Maria has admitted he never wanted to leave Real Madrid and join Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho just can’t catch a break at the moment as he lost a bet with a West Ham mascot because of his side’s 2-1 defeat by the Hammers last week.

Due to the tension between Eden Hazard and Mourinho, the Belgian could leave Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window. Paris Saint-Germain are said to have a strong interest in the winger.

Aston Villa winger Adama Traore, 19, will see his wages rise from the £40,000 a week he currently gets to around £75,000 a week when he makes a certain number of appearances for the Premier League strugglers.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says Rooney’s impact is being “restricted” by the tactics of the club’s manager Louis van Gaal.

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier claims he had to get rid of a drinking culture in his time at the club, and says the Anfield side’s current troubles are down to the signing of too many players.

Suspended Uefa president and Fifa presidential candidate Michel Platini says he is still the person “most able to run world football” and insists that there was nothing improper about the £1.3m payment made to him by outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Four of Fifa’s biggest sponsors have not ruled out ending their association with world football’s governing body unless it commits to an independent reform process.

Linda Pizzuti Henry, the wife of Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry, was happy to see the Reds beat Bournemouth in the League Cup for their first win under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Devante Cole – the 20-year-old son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole – says he left Manchester City because the club do not give young English players a fair chance.

The Football Association will investigate the directing of a laser towards Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney against Middlesbrough.

FC United of Manchester have protested to the Football Association over broadcaster BT’s insistence that their FA Cup first round tie against Chesterfield takes place on a Monday night. The club say they are willing to forego the £65,000 they will receive for the match being televised to keep it on a weekend for supporters.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano told a court on Thursday that he did not properly pay his taxes in Spain after moving from Liverpool.

Capital One Cup Draw

Southampton will host Liverpool in the only all-Premier League tie in the draw for the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup.

The two sides drew 1-1 in the league at Anfield on Sunday, and will meet again in the last eight.

Manchester City have been handed another home tie, drawn against Championship outfit Hull City.

Sheffield Wednesday’s reward for a 3-0 win over Arsenal is a trip to Stoke City.

The final tie sees Middlesbrough, who knocked Manchester United out on penalties, entertain Everton.

Fourth round ties, to be played the week of November 30.

Southampton v Liverpool

Manchester City v Hull City

Stoke v Sheffield Wednesday

Middlesbrough v Everton

Capital One Cup Results

Manchester United lost on penalties to Championship side Middlesbrough after 120 goalless minutes in their Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed spot-kicks as Boro reached the quarter-finals.

Middlesbrough had a remarkable Daley Blind own goal disallowed for offside in the 58th minute.

Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho were among the goalscorers as Manchester City eased into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Crystal Palace.

With Sergio Aguero still injured, the spotlight remains on City’s other forwards and Bony set them on the way to a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium with a fine header.

The lively 19-year-old Iheanacho then got in on the act after Kevin De Bruyne had maintained his recent scoring streak with City’s second.

Yaya Toure added a fourth from the penalty spot and substitute Manu Garcia rounded off a good night’s work with a fifth in stoppage time after a Damien Delaney consolation.

City lost defender Pablo Zabaleta to injury after a four-minute stoppage, and could face a long layoff.

Jurgen Klopp’s first victory as Liverpool manager was secured via the unlikeliest of sources as Nathaniel Clyne scored the only goal to beat Bournemouth 1-0.

The England defender, playing in an unfamiliar left-back position, netted his first goal for the club he joined in the summer to book a Capital One Cup quarter-final place.

The German handed first starts to academy graduates Joao Teixeira, Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall, making his debut and all fared well.

None of the starting XI had scored this season and only two, Dejan Lovren and Joe Allen, had ever found the net for the club

Southampton progressed to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory that added further misery to struggling managerless Aston Villa’s already sorry season.

Despite an often disjointed performance, classy goals from Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pelle proved more than enough to defeat clearly demoralised opposition and to build on the promising form of recent weeks, even amid Scott Sinclair’s stoppage-time penalty.

Liverpool 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Manchester City 5 – 1 Crystal Palace

Southampton 2 – 1 Aston Villa

Manchester United 0 – 0 Middlesbrough (Pen 1-3)

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Mourinho’s representatives are finding out about the Portuguese moving to Paris St-Germain or back to Inter Milan if the 52-year-old is sacked by Chelsea.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola’s contract does not expire until next summer and Carlo Ancelotti is expected to reject a return to Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis. However, another ex-Blues boss in Guus Hiddink may be a possibility.

Guardiola, 44, says he is “not going to answer questions” about his future anymore.

Ancelotti would consider returning to Chelsea but only if he is offered a permanent deal.

Barcelona want to offer Lionel Messi a new contract that will see the Argentine star end his career at Camp Nou. Messi’s current deal runs until 2018 and he has a €250 million release clause.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, has agreed to play in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial at Old Trafford in August.

Eden Hazard is not a priority for Real Madrid and Barcelona who are both interested in the Belgium international but are not willing to break the bank for the Chelsea star.

Keylor Navas is set to be offered a new contract for his excellent start to the season at Real Madrid, with the deal expected to be concluded by the end of the year. Madrid have not, however, ruled out another move for David de Gea.

Neymar has emerged as an alternative to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG next summer. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first choice but the French side could turn to the Bara star instead.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is very interested in David Beckham’s new Miami MLS franchise and could be the marquee signing of the Florida side. He is out of contract at the end of the season with PSG.

The agent of Paris St-Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has told Europe’s top clubs they can sign the 22-year-old if they pay £72m.

Former Juventus and New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, has ruled out a loan move to Manchester City during the MLS off-season.

Schalke’s Kevin-Prince Boateng could re-join AC Milan, particularly in light of the news Jeremy Menez is to miss four months due to injury. Suso and Keisuke Honda could be pushed out as a result.

Oscar Cardozo is not happy with his situation at Trabzonspor. Since joining the club from Benfica he has regularly been used as a substitute and could look to leave in the winter, with Ajax long-term admirers of the striker.

Aston Villa have lined up St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier, 49, should current favourite, former Lyon manager Remi Garde, stall over his chance to take over at the club.

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running for the Aston Villa job but believes the club should give a lower-division manager the job.

Isco has asked to leave Real Madrid and is keen on a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all interested.

Alexandre Pato could be set for a surprise move to West Ham with Corinthians keen to offload the Brazilian.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has Queens Park Rangers’ striker Charlie Austin on his ‘radar’ – but the 26-year-old is not targeting a move in the January transfer window.

Manchester City are keen to sign Ever Banega from Sevilla. Manuel Pellegrini was impressed by the 27-year-old during City’s clash with the Uefa Cup holders in the Champions League.

Bayern Leverkusen will refuse to sell Hakan Calhanoglu for less than £29m. Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked with the midfielder but will have to spend big to land the midfielder.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his transfer targets are keen to move to Old Trafford but that they are being stopped by their clubs.

French prime minister Manuel Valls says Barcelona could play in his country’s top division if Catalonia votes for independence and the Nou Camp club are kicked out of La Liga.

Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet, 47, is set to become the new manager of Greek side AEK Athens.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireldhas been back in his native Belgium as he tweeted a picture with the message: “Had a lovely two days in Antwerp. Always nice to see family and friends again. Now back to London.”

Sheffield Wednesday knocked Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham,who spent spells on loan with the Owls, tweeted his congratulations to the Hillsborough club.

Venezuelan footballer Cesar Martinez celebrated a goal by making the ball levitate with the help of his team-mates.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has Queens Park Rangers’ striker Charlie Austin on his ‘radar’ – but the 26-year-old is not targeting a move in the January transfer window.

Xavi believes Manchester United need to replace Wayne Rooney up front – but he reckons the England captain can play on in a deeper role.

Yaya Toure says he stayed at Manchester City this summer out of loyalty to Manuel Pellegrini.

Capital One Cup Results

Sheffield Wednesday players celebrate their 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
Sheffield Wednesday players celebrate their 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

Arsenal were unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup as Sheffield Wednesday blew them away with a stunning 3-0 victory at Hillsborough.

The Gunners, who beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Everton to briefly go top of the Premier League in the last seven days, were brought back down to earth by the Championship outfit, who deservedly progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 thanks to goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson.

It means that Arsene Wenger’s wait for a first League Cup of his lengthy reign goes on and the Gunners have not won this competition since 1993, when they were victors over the Owls at Wembley.

But what may come as a bigger cost to Wenger on a damaging night is injuries suffered to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, who both went off in the opening stages of the match.

The fortunes of the two sides in those 22 years could not have been more different, but Wednesday were every inch the worthy winners and they claim a second successive Premier League scalp following a third-round victory at Newcastle.

Chelsea’s season suffered yet another turn for the worse on Tuesday night as Stoke knocked the holders out of the Capital One Cup.

The pressure on Jose Mourinho cranked up another notch at the Britannia Stadium as 10-man Stoke claimed a 5-4 win on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Eden Hazard was the only man in the shootout who failed to convert his spot-kick, the playmaker stepping up last and seeing his effort saved by Jack Butland to increase Blues boss Mourinho’s woes.

Diego Costa was forced off injured in the first half, and they subsequently fell behind when Jonathan Walters cracked a superb 52nd-minute effort in off the bar.

The Blues snatched a leveller in stoppage time through substitute Loic Remy, moments before Phil Bardsley’s sending off gave them a man advantage.

Everton reached the Capital One Cup quarter-finals after keeping their cool in the penalty shoot-out to advance past Norwich at Goodison Park.

Sebastien Bassong’s first goal since December 2012 had given Norwich a 51st-minute lead that was cancelled out by Everton captain Leon Osman’s equaliser 17 minutes later.

The two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes in a 1-1 draw, but the Toffees converted all four of their penalties while Joel Robles saved from Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond shot over when needing to score as Everton progressed 4-3.

Hull City beat Premier League high-fliers Leicester on penalties to make the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

The Tigers needed a shoot-out to see off Accrington at the first hurdle and 11 weeks on Steve Bruce’s men stepped up to the spot once again to keep their run in the competition going.

Back-up goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was the hero, denying Riyad Mahrez – whose extra-time goal had been cancelled out by Abel Hernandez – and leaving David Meyler to strike home the decisive spot-kick against a much-changed Leicester.

Everton 1 – 1 Norwich City (Pen 4-3)

Hull City 1 – 1 Leicester City (Pen 5-4)

Sheffield Wednesday 3 – 0 Arsenal

Stoke City 1 – 1 Chelsea (Pen 5-4)

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Chelsea are preparing for Jose Mourinho’s departure following Saturday’s loss at West Ham, during which the manager was sent to the stands.

Mourinho will be given one more chance to save his job, but defeat to Liverpool next Saturday will result in his sacking.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, 44, is Chelsea’s first-choice replacement for Mourinho if the Portuguese cannot find a solution to the Premier League champions’ poor form.

Also, former Chelsea managers Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink are waiting in the wings to return to the club and replace Jose Mourinho if he is sacked by Roman Abramovich.

Alternatively, Mourinho retains the backing of Abramovich, despite his sending off and the defeat at West Ham.

Former Lyon boss Remi Garde, 49, is the front-runner to succeed Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, after the 46-year-old’s dismissal on Sunday.

But Villa are also keen to interview Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, 52, while Sherwood could be in line to manage Swindon Town.

Aston Villa are also eyeing Burnley manager Sean Dyche as a potential replacement for Sherwood.

Sherwood is set to collect around £2m in compensation after his sacking.

Arsenal want to bring former captain Patrick Vieira back to the club with a view to making the 39-year-old manager in the future.

Manchester United have made contact with Antoine Griezmann’s agent in the hope they can lure the Atletico Madrid man to Old Trafford.

Real Madrid are lining up a move for Leicester City’s England forward Jamie Vardy, 28, in the January transfer window.

Vardy, who has scored 10 goals already this season, is also wanted by Liverpool and Tottenham.

PSG are lining up a move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli. Club scouts watched the youngster in action during Spurs’ defeat to Anderlecht in midweek.

Liverpool are ready to battle Barcelona and PSG for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in striking reinforcements and worked with the striker at BVB.

Edinson Cavani has made up his mind on his next career move, with the PSG striker seemingly set on a £35 million move to Stamford Bridge.

The agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has denied there is an agreement in place for the 22-year-old France international to move to Spain at the end of the season.

Chelsea captain John Terry is a target for Qatari club Al Arabi, whose manager is the defender’s former Blues team-mate Gianfranco Zola.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis wants countries to pay the wages of players when they are away on international duty.

Louis van Gaal is “sick” of talking about Wayne Rooney and the 30-year-old England forward’s struggle for form.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says the club’s new manager Jurgen Klopp may need to sign a winger in January in order to add balance to a squad.

The form of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, 36, has prompted 84% of respondents to a vote to state he should be dropped from the starting XI.

Injured Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was clearly happy with the point his side picked up at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby to top the Premier League. The 27-year-old tweeted:”Very serious match for all the squad, with a lot of attitude. A point that matters, and much, to hold the top. C’mon, City!”

City captain Vincent Kompany, 29, tweeted:”We always go for the win but a draw was a good result today. I’m sure the next derby at the Etihad will be a great one.”

Luis Suarez posted on Instagramto show off the match ball he picked up after netting three for Barcelona in their defeat of Eibar. The 28-year-old Uruguay striker wrote: “Very happy Catalans to celebrate my first year with a very important victory … Thank you all for your support!!!”

It would appear Harry Kane has been granted a holiday after his hat-trick in Tottenham’s win at Bournemouth. The 22-year-old England striker tweeted:”Great result today! Buzzing with the hat-trick! Nice little break away with Kate Goodland now.”

Sunderland striker Ola Toivonen is clearly enjoying his loan spell on Wearside, as his tweet after Sunday’s 3-0 winover local rivals Newcastle – their sixth successive Tyne-Wear derby victory – attests: “Wow! What an atmosphere today! 3-0 and first win of the season. Fans and teammates were amazing! 6 in a row!! #Hawaythelads”

A Barnsley fan who had to be rescued by police at the club’s Oakwell ground late on Saturday night claims he was trapped in the stadium after falling asleep on the toilet during their defeat by Fleetwood seven hours earlier.

A player in this season’s Fantasy Football League is defying the odds by being placed 18th out of over 3.5 million participants despite appearing to have not made any substitutions or transfers to their team since the start of the campaign.

United are back in the frame to sign Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, though it is said BVB are working hard to have the player sign an extension.

Villa sack Sherwood

Aston Villa have sacked manager Tim Sherwood after just eight months in charge of the Premier League club.

Swansea snatched a late 2-1 win at Villa Park to condemn Villa to a sixth straight Premier League loss on Saturday and that proved to be the final straw for owner Randy Lerner.

Villa, who have not won since the opening day of the season, are second bottom of the table and will fall to the foot on Sunday if Sunderland beat Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby.

Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left, with Kevin MacDonald, who has been coaching the under-21s, placed in temporary charge.

A club statement said: “Aston Villa Football Club has parted company with manager Tim Sherwood today.

“The board has monitored the performances closely all season and believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative.

“However, the club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Tim for all his efforts during a difficult period last season and for the many positive contributions he has made to the entire football set-up during his time with the club. We wish him well in the future.

“Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left with immediate effect and do so with our best wishes.

“A search for a new manager has commenced and the squad will be managed in the interim by Kevin MacDonald.”

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Bayern Munich are said to be entering the race to sign Gareth Bale. Reports claim the Madrid winger is being considered as a long-term replacement for Arjen Robben, who is entering the twilight of his career.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 44, will be ready to move to the Premier League at the end of the season if he fails to agree a new contract with the German club, with London his preferred destination.

Manchester United will have to double their summer offer of around £20m to buy Southampton’s Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 23.

Chelsea will attempt to sign 19-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic, who has been dubbed ‘the next Nemanja Matic’, but will immediately loan him back to Red Star Belgrade.

Jose Mourinho hit out during Friday’s press conference: “You are not going to get any funny headlines out of me.”

Mourinho has told Marc Wilmots to keep his mouth shut over Eden Hazard’s future after the Belgium coach talked up the player’s chances of joining Real Madrid.

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is hoping to move to a rival Premier League club in January, according to his agent Gines Carvaja.

United manager Louis van Gaal has told Wayne Rooney, 30 on Friday, that the length of the England captain’s career will depend on “how he lives for his profession”.

Manchester United and Arsenal could swoop for Argentine forward Paulo Dybala after his former president urged him to leave Juventus.

Juventus are becoming increasingly confident that they will be able to sign Chelsea’s Colombian international Juan Cuadrado on a permanent deal

Italian reports claim Inter are considering moves for Real Madrid pair Casemiro and Jese Rodriguez.

Liverpool will resurrect interest in Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez.

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is coming to a big screen near you, with the Italian reportedly landing a cameo role in the forthcoming Star Trek film.

The Blues are looking at bringing in 22-year-old Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri in January.

Barcelona and Arsenal target Nolito has ruled out leaving current club Celta Vigo in the January transfer window. “God will decide my future. I’m not leaving in January. I’m happy in Vigo,” he said.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned captain Vincent Kompany, 29, his days of being a Manchester City “untouchable” are gone.

But Pellegrini also hinted that Kompany may return to the City starting line-up for Sunday’s derby showdown with Manchester United.

City midfielder David Silva could also be set for a surprise return at Old Trafford after missing two games with an ankle injury.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says the Black Cats have proved they handle derby-day pressure better than his former club Newcastle.

Allardyce admits he feels a “big responsibility” to the hundreds of club staff who could find their jobs at risk if he cannot save the club from relegation.

Mario Balotelli has poked fun at Manchester United fans ahead of their clash with his former club Manchester City.

The crowd disturbances during England’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania have seen the FA hit with a 15,000 euros (£10,765) fine and the hosts handed double that punishment by UEFA.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned fans he cannot create a “genius plan”, when his new side are not yet a Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

Liverpool striker Danny Ings, out for the rest of the seasonwith injury, posted a picture of himselfon crutches with the Player of the Month award for September: “First day back today, this cheered me up. Thank you to all the @LFC family.”

Tottenham’s defensive midfielder Eric Dier, 21, says the key to handling Chelsea’s temperamental striker Diego Costa, 27, is to be nice to him.

Even Premier League footballers have problems, with Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham tweeting:”Cracked alloy! Fantastic.”

QPR goalkeeper Rob Green believes he can play until he is 45, another 10 years.

The crowd disturbances during England’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania have seen the FA hit with a 15,000 euros (£10,765) fine and the hosts handed double that punishment by UEFA.

Preview: Arsenal Vs Everton

Chelsea v Arsenal - FA Community Shield

Arsenal’s disciplined and efficient performance against Bayern Munich in midweek has provided renewed optimism at the North London club. Confidence is flowing at the London club and the opening day defeat to West Ham seems like ages ago as they welcome Everton to the Emirates. Everton were well beaten by Manchester United last weekend in a game they lost 3-0. They face another difficult test when they travel to London to play Arsenal.

Roberto Martinez will hope his charges come up with a better performance in a game that they have not had too much success recently. The Merseyside club have won just once in the last 16 Premier League meeting between the sides with the Gunners recording nine victories in those meetings. Arsenal were starved of the ball for long periods in midweek against the German champions but Wenger will want his side to seize the initiative in this match. Arsenal ability to collapse and lose concentration is well documented and this Everton side will seek to capitalise on any such gifts. Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku will be the players Everton will hope turns up on the day if they are to get anything from the game.

Petr Cech has provided some much needed calmness to the Arsenal defence and already has seven clean sheets in his first 11 games. The veteran, who now has 167 clean sheets, is closing in on David James’ record of 169 clean sheets in the premier league and his recent form suggest that it is a record he is capable of beating in a matter of weeks. Olivier Giroud has found goals easy to come by in this fixture and has netted four goals in the last four meeting between the two teams. Wenger faces a selection headache and has to decide whether to bring in the French international or persist with Theo Walcott.

Team News

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey suffered injury against Bayern in midweek and will be sidelined until after the next international break. Arteta is ruled out for the game against his former side after picking up an ankle injury in training. Gabriel Paulista is available for selection while Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck all have long term injuries. David Ospina is still sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Everton

Tom Cleverly and Steven Pienaar are available for selection after recovering from injuries.

Preview: Manchester United Vs Manchester City

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Recent games involving the two sides have thrown up some significant moments in the past few seasons. Games between these unfriendly neighbours have helped to laid down markers and decide the destination of titles. This match, however, coming relatively early in the season will not decide the destination of the title as there will be lots of twist and turns. For Manchester United, it represents their second big test of the season after they failed the first one woefully at the Emirates.

United responded at Everton last weekend following their abysmal showing at Arsenal and were duly rewarded with a solid win at Goodison Park. They will hope to carry on from where they left off when they welcome City. City so far has managed to navigate the first two games following injuries to Sergio Aguero and David Silva. But make no mistake, this will prove to be a big test for Wilfred Bony and Kevin De Bruyne as they seek to provide the goals and assists in the absence of the Argentine and Spanish superstars.

Rooney’s form has largely been criticised this season and there is a belief that if this United side is to really kick on, the English captain may have to be dropped if he fails to regain the form that made him one of Europe’s most feared strikers. He will look to prove his critics wrong in a game none of the two sides will want to lose. Rooney has scored ten goals in this derby and United faithful will hope he can improve on this record in order for his side not to lose ground in the title challenge. Manchester United, under Louis Van Gaal, have an impressive home record with 17 wins in 23 games under the Dutch manager. The continuation of this record will be largely dependent on which Man United midfield turns up on the day and the selection. A repeat of the same lethargic performance that characterized their performance will most likely be punished.

City have enjoyed success in this fixture recently with six wins in the last eight Manchester derbies and are looking to notch up half a century of wins over their arch rivals in this competition.

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Manchester United

There are no new injury worries for the host. Ashley Young could be fit in time for this game.

Manchester City

City are without several keys players. Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph are all sidelined. Vincent Kompany is available for selection again.

Preview: West Ham Vs Chelsea

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West ham and Chelsea face off in this London derby with the two sides in very unfamiliar positions in the league standings. West Ham have had a fine start to the campaign and sit in 4th place. Slaven Bilic has proven to be an inspired choice with the Hammers playing some very exciting football and claiming major scalps this season.

Chelsea has had a poor start to the campaign but last weekend’s home win against Aston Villa provided the league Champions with some much-needed points and confidence. They will look to continue in the same vein but must be wary that this will be a very difficult game against a side that has claimed wins at Arsenal and Liverpool. Chelsea knows that to win this game, they need to keep Dimitri Payet quiet. The French international has adjusted quickly to life in England and has aided his team’s cause with five goals and three assists.

Chelsea have enjoyed huge success in recent meetings with West Ham, winning 13 of the last 18 and have not conceded in the last five against the Hammers. Jose Mourinho’s side have a chance to build some momentum after a poor start to the season. They face a side capable of troubling any team in the country.

Team News

West Ham

Victor Moses is ineligible to play as he is on loan from Chelsea. Enner Valencia is in line to make his first start of the campaign. Winston Reid is however ruled out with a back injury.

Chelsea

Chelsea are without Pedro, Loic Remy and Branislav Ivanovic,. First choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is still sidelined.

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Lionel Messi’s representatives have dropped the biggest hint yet that the forward will leave Barcelona. He is growing increasingly angry at ongoing issues with the Spanish tax authorities, with Chelsea and both Manchester clubs having made contact.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is more valuable than 28-year-old Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, according to a Forbes list of the most valuable athlete brands in the world.

Arsenal have joined Premier League rivals Liverpool and West Ham in pursuing Porto teenager Ruben Neves, but the Portuguese club’s president says the midfielder is not for sale.

Arsenal are hopeful of signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi from under Barcelona’s noses with the Argentine available for a cut-price fee in January.

Athletic Bilbao have told Manchester United they must pay £35 million to sign defender Aymeric Laporte, with Chelsea and Barcelona also interested.

Tottenham have twice sent scouts to watch Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard with the White Hart Lane outfit keen on the Chelsea star’s brother.

Everton are keen to open contract talks with defender John Stones after three failed bids from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho has made signing Antoine Griezmann his No.1 priority and is urging owner Roman Abramovich to break the £50m record he spent on Fernando Torres. The Frenchman could replace Eden Hazard, who is considering leaving the club.

Nuri Sahin endured a miserable time on loan at Liverpool back in 2012, the move prematurely cut short after six months, but he could be set to return. Jurgen Klopp, who coached him at Dortmund, remains a big fan of the midfielder.

Fiorentina are one of a host of sides keen on Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao, with Valencia, Villarreal and former club Porto having shown an interest in the Monaco loanee.

New York City FC are ready to replace manager Jason Kreis with Manchester City coach Patric Vieira. The Frenchman is currently in charge of the Premier League side’s youth team but could be persuaded to move to the United States.

Swansea boss Garry Monk says the journalist who wrote he had missed training on Wednesday amid speculation over the security of his job “should take a day off”.

On-loan Crystal Palace striker Patrick Bamford, 22, could be heading back to parent club Chelsea who are growing increasingly concerned over his lack of first-team football.

Louis van Gaal has said he believes in smaller squads, but admits he is “one player short”

Van Gaal says the Premier League without a winter break is “evil”

Arsene Wenger says he would “cry” if the Boxing Day games were scrapped to incorporate a winter break in the Premier League

Wenger has admitted he regrets not giving Aaron Ramsey a rest against Watford last weekend with the midfielder now facing a month out.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wore a suit instead of a tracksuit and trainers for his first home game in charge, and his choice of attire was a hot topic of discussion on Twitter as some appreciated the effort, while others would have preferred a more casual approach.

Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions he is punishing his Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany for playing for Belgium

Heather Rabbatts could be removed from the Football Association board following her public support for former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic says manager Jose Mourinho “can always count on me” despite the 27-year-old being substituted just 28 minutes after coming on against Southampton.

West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher, 31, says he was told he may never play again after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis several years ago.

Brighton are looking to step up their interest in signing Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri, 22, but face competition from Serie A side Inter Milan.

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Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 24, is seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is increasingly concerned about Hazard burning out at Chelsea and would welcome him moving to the Bernabeu.

Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho “looks like he’s begging for the sack”.

John Terry says everyone is behind Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and he would “take this squad over any” after the draw in Dynamo Kiev.

Reds owner John Henry will get his first glimpse of life under new manager Jurgen Klopp when he attends Thursday’s Europa League tie with Rubin Kazan at Anfield.

Italian reports suggest new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to push through a deal – said to be worth €18m – for Inter centre-back Andrea Ranocchia.

Klopp is said to be a big fan of Ajax’s Anwar El Ghazi and could make a January swoop for the 20-year-old winger.

Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United to go all-out to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Dutch coach is concerned by his striking options and plans to bid again for the England forward after a summer advance was rejected.

United have been handed a blow in their mission to sign Brendan Galloway, as the left-back is said to be on the verge of signing a new deal with the Toffees.

Arsenal are preparing a €45 million (£33m) offer for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.

Inter have opened talks with Valencia over a move for Sofiane Feghouli.

Paris Saint-Germain have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. United have also been linked with a swoop for veteran centre-back Pepe.

Carlo Ancelotti has been backed to be successful as manager of Bayern Munich by Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos amid reports linking the Italian with the Bundesliga giants.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has cooled speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool to be reunited with Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool and Serbia winger Lazar Markovic says he “did not have a good relationship” with former manager Brendan Rodgers although the 21-year-old is unable to cut short his loan spell with Fenerbahce and return to Anfield.

FIFA has confirmed that Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and senior vice president Angel Maria Villar have been investigated for wrongdoing and their cases have been passed to the adjudicatory chamber for a verdict by the ethics judge.

Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has accused world football’s governing body of sabotaging his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter after its ethics committee banned him for six years.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, is set to be offered the chance to end his career in America’s Major League Soccer – with their sister club New York City.

Meanwhile, City are in discussions over a potential deal for 15-year-old midfielder Victor Moura, who’s nicknamed Vitinho. from Brazilian club Corinthians.

City and Spain winger Jesus Navas, 29, has played down the possibility of a return to his former club Sevilla.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino plans to rest 22-year-old England striker Harry Kane during a hectic run of fixtures to avoid adding to his injury list.

Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed that his brother is likely to be working as a policeman at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on Thursday where Spurs face Anderlecht in the Europa League.

Tim Sherwood could be a key factor in Emmanuel Adebayor’s next move, though the Villans manager’s own future may need cleared up first.

Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish took time out from the club’s difficult start to the season to attend Disney On Ice in Birmingham. He posted a picture of the action on his Twitter account with the message “At Disney On Ice with my little sister and cousin.”

Swansea City responded to speculation that manager Garry Monk had not turned up to training by joking on Twitter that the 36-year-old’s doppelganger must have been working with the players instead.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho took his children to an indoor play centre along with the families of team-mates Lucas and Philippe Coutinho. Sakho posted a picture of himself on Twitter as he went down a slide.

Liverpool have parodied American President Barack Obama’s ‘Hope’ poster from his 2008 election campaign with their programme cover for Jurgen Klopp’s first home game in charge against Rubin Kazan.

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he holds no grudge against Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – despite being sacked after just eight months in the job at St James’ Park.

  • Jose Mourinho has been given a boost in his wish to add to his squad in January with new that Juventus could offer £16m to make Juan Cuadrado’s loan move permanent.
  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be keen to bring in Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola if the Blues part company with current boss Jose Mourinho.
  • Barcelona have no intention of selling Brazil forward Neymar, 23, to Manchester United even if they bring in Paris St-Germain frontman Ezequiel Lavezzi, 30.
  • Spanish reports claim Barcelona will sent more scouts to watch Robin van Persie play in the Europa League, but will also be keeping tabs on a total of five Ajax youngsters.
  • Former Brazil international Lucio has told “good friend” and fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho, 23, to stay at Liverpool and reject Barcelona.
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering whether to recall winger Lazar Markovic, 21, in January from his season-long loan at Fenerbahce.
  • Manchester United are watching 19-year-old Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, who is also being monitored by Chelsea
  • Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side will be at a disadvantage for Sunday’s derby with Manchester City as they are in Moscow in the Champions League, with their rivals at home.
  • Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is considering making Paul Bracewell his assistant after failing to persuade Southend boss Phil Brown to take the role.
  • Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela, 23, says he has never wanted to leave the club, despite being consistently being linked with a move away.
  • Bournemouth failed to land Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe in the summer but a loan move for the 33-year-old in January could be a possibility.
  • Raheem Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward says the 20-year-old forward should “probably” still be a Liverpool player, but adds there was an “underhandedness” and “sly remarks” during contract negotiations before his summer move to Manchester City.
  • Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has forgiven Arsene Wenger for calling him a diver, and believes the Arsenal manager is “unique” in world football given all he has done in London.
  • Bayern’s team bus was involved in a minor crash when it reversed into a parked vehicle at their London hotel during their preparations for the Arsenal game. QPR’s Loftus Road costs more than 30% more to run than neighbours Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
  • Sepp Blatter’s authorisation of a payment to fellow FIFA executive Michel Platini without a written contract was a “classic conflict of interest,” FIFA’s financial compliance head Domenico Scala told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

2015 FIFA Ballon d’or 23 man shortlist

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez head the shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, who has won the award for the past two years, is joined by teammates Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

And Barcelona’s attacking triumvirate of Messi — who is a four-time winner — Neymar and Suarez are listed along with fellow Blaugrana stars Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Ivan Rakitic. With six, Barca have the most players nominated.

Bayern Munich also have five players — Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal.

Five Premier League stars make the list, headed by Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez after he helped Chile to Copa America glory on home soil in the summer. PFA Players’ Player of the Year Eden Hazard is the only representative from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Manchester City have three players named: Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne.

Wales and Real Madrid forward Bale is the only British player named.

Juventus’ midfielder Paul Pogba is the only player from Serie A — though Vidal played the first half of the year with Juve, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic completing the 23.

The final vote for the award will be made by the captains and head coaches of each men’s national team as well as by international media representatives selected by French publication France Football.

The final three nominees will be named on Nov. 30, along with the announcement of the top 10 goals in the running for the FIFA Puskas Award.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 11, 2016.

Full list of Ballon d’Or nominees:

Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City)

Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)

Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City)

Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain)

Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)

Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)

Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona)

Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)

Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)

Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)

Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)

Paul Pogba (France/Juventus)

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona)

Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich)

James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid)

Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal)

Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)

Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire/Manchester City)

Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich)

World Coach of the Year nominees:

Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus)

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid)

Laurent Blanc (France/Paris Saint-Germain)

Unai Emery (Spain/Sevilla FC)

Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich)

Luis Enrique Martinez (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea)

Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Chilean national team)

Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid)

Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal)

UEFA Champions League Results

Kevin De Bruyne struck an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.
Kevin De Bruyne struck an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.

Group A

The clash between group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid ended in a barren draw.

Both teams had six points from their first two matches coming into Wednesday’s match, but Real leads with a superior goal difference.

Malmo picked up their first points of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Shakhtar have lost all three matches, and may even struggle to progress into the Europa League by finishing third after a goal from Malmo striker Markus Rosenberg gave the hosts a win that should have been by a wider margin.

Group B

Anthony Martial scored as Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow to keep the light on for a Champions League last 16-spot, on their return to the city where they lifted the Champions League in 2008.

United initially froze on a sub-zero night in the Russian capital, gifting CSKA Moscow a penalty when Martial handled in the box.

Seydou Doumbia converted the follow up after David de Gea had tipped Roman Eremenko’s spot-kick on to the post, but Martial ensured the match ended in a 1-1 draw with a second-half diving header.

Wolfsburg now lead the group as second-half goals from Bas Dost and Max Kruse helped Wolfsburg to a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.

Group C

Atletico Madrid made light work of Astana with a 4-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon to stay top of their group.

Saul Niguez found the back of the net with a clever back-heel to put the hosts on their way, before Jackson Martinez got on the scoresheet just a few minutes after he had seen a goal disallowed due to offside.

Oliver Torres made sure of the result with a third for Atletico, finding the back of the net after being played in by Gabi, with Denis Dedechko then firing into his own net late on to make it four.

Galatasaray came from behind to pull off a 2-1 victory against Benfica.

Benfica got off to a flying start as Nicolas Gaitan edged them ahead inside two minutes with a dinked finish.

Selcuk Inan soon equalised from the penalty spot, though, before Lukas Podolski completed the turnaround 15 minutes later.

Group D

Kevin De Bruyne’s stoppage-time goal earned Manchester City a crucial 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium.

Adil Rami own goal after Yevhen Konoplyanka’s earlier strike saving them from another possible home defeat.

But as the game moved into four minutes of added time, De Bruyne scored the winner as he guided a shot into the bottom corner.

Juventus dropped their first points of the campaign following a 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Group A

Malmoe FF 1 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Paris Saint Germain 0 – 0 Real Madrid

Group B

CSKA Moscow 1 – 1 Manchester United

Wolfsburg 2 – 0 PSV Eindhoven

Group C

Atletico Madrid 4 – 0 FC Astana

Galatasaray 2 – 1 Benfica

Group D

Juventus 0 – 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Manchester City 2 – 1 Sevilla

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Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.
Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.

Group E

Ivan Rakitic was the hero as he scored twice to guide Barcelona to a 2-0 win at BATE Borisov.

Rakitic came on for Sergi Roberto in the 18th minute.

Roma and Bayer Leverkusen drew 4-4 in a wild game in which both teams saw two-goal leads slip.

Leverkusen’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez opened the scoring with a fifth-minute penalty after Vasilis Tortosidis was whistled for handling Hakan Calhanoglu’s cross. Hernandez scored his second 15 minutes later after playing a 1-2 with Calhanoglu.

Roma got one back in the 30th minute with Daniele De Rossi to scoring. The Italian side equalised eight minutes later when De Rossi redirected a freek kick by Pjanic, and the Bosnian curled a goal with a long free kick early in the second half.

Gervinho then found Iago Falque in the box to widen Roma’s lead in the 73rd minute, but Leverkusen were not finished as Kevin Kampl scored with a looping shot in the 84th minute and Admir Mehmedi completed the comeback with a goal from close range two minutes later.

Group F

Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Emirates as substitute Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil struck late to give life to Arsenal’s Champions League ambition.

After losing their first two matches against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, Arsenal needed to take something from their clash with Pep Guardiola’s side and Giroud’s bobbled 77th-minute finish set them on their way before Ozil wrapped up the win in added-on time.

The Germans had arrived at the Emirates Stadium in imperious form following a new Bundesliga record of nine consecutive victories and leaders of Group F with maximum points from two European ties.

However, Arsenal – who had lost their first two matches to sit bottom of the table – produced a resolute display and took the lead on 77 minutes when Giroud headed in after a mistake from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who had earlier produced a brilliant save to deny Theo Walcott.

Former West Brom striker Brown Ideye scored the only goal for Olympiakos in the 79th minute as the Greek champions won 1-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb.

Group G

Chelsea’s recent struggles continued and the pressure ramped up on Jose Mourinho as the Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev.

Eden Hazard, restored to the starting XI, hit the post with an early shot, Cesc Fabregas felt he was sandwiched in the box but penalty appeals were dismissed, and Nemanja Matic beat three men before prodding wide.

Jose Mourinho spoke out about the referee after a penalty shout was waved away when Cesc Fabregas went down under a Serhiy Rybalka challenge.

Porto lead Group G after managing a 2-0 win at home against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Vincent Aboubakar and Yacine Brahimi scored three minutes apart in the first half to give Porto a two-point cushion over Dynamo Kiev and three clear of Chelsea.

Group H

Zenit St Petersburg stayed perfect in Group H, defeating Lyon 3-1 for their third win from three games.

Artem Dzyuba provided Zenit a lead inside three minutes, but Alexandre Lacazette equalised for the French side shortly after the break.

But Hulk put the hosts back in front eight minutes later with a blast from 30 yards, and Danny added a third goal seven minutes from time.

Valenica used a Stefan Mitrovic own goal to squeeze out a 2-1 win at home against Belgian champions Gent.

Sofiane Feghouli and Thomas Foket exchanged first-half goals, but Valencia took the lead again in the 72nd minute when a lobbed cross hit off the top of the crossbar and fell to Jose Luis Gaya, whose shot deflected off Mitrovic and into the net.

Group E

BATE Borisov 0 – 2 Barcelona

Bayer Leverkusen 4 – 4 Roma

Group F

Arsenal 2 – 0 Bayern Munich

Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 1 Olympiakos

Group G

Dynamo Kyiv 0 – 0 Chelsea

FC Porto 2 – 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Group H

Valencia 2 – 1 Gent

Zenit St. Petersburg 3 – 1 Lyon

Emenike retires from Super Eagles

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Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has announced his retirement from international football.

Emenike, 28, wrote on his Instagram account on Monday night that he was calling time on representing Nigeria.

“After five great years I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my national team career for the sake of national peace,” the Al Ain forward said.

Emenike: No more Eagles career! “After 5 great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my Nationa team career for the sake of national peace.” “Its a pleasure for me to have played for this great country. I never regretted it and I think its the best time to end it. Millions thanks to all the fans who have been very supportive during the good and bad times.” “I am very proud of my performance, I am proud of my team mates and I am very proud of the nation called ‘Nigeria’. My AFCON gold medal is a sign of great achievement, My AFCON topscorer award speaks a lot about my commitment and dedication to the team. Super Eagles is a camp not a family house, and it shouldn’t be a threat zone for any individual. I have done according to our national anthem. “All my dreams came true in the national team, I dreamt to win Nations Cup for Nigeria after 20-years, I dreamt to played at the World Cup as well as to make a name for myself… In the space of five years, I got them. I’m a winner! “For every dissapointing fans, maybe due to my inability to re-establish my goal scoring instinct for Super Eagles, I will like to say I’m sorry but the ones I had scored counted well for the team. As long as Nigeria remains, you and I will always remember the name ‘Emenike’. “Finally, I am happy to make a bow and continue supporting the team everytime. Up Eagles, God Bless Nigeria!

“It’s a pleasure for me to have played for this great country. I never regretted it and I think it’s the best time to end it.”

Emenike was top scorer as Nigeria won the Africa Nations Cup in 2013, but he has not scored for the country since netting against Ethiopia during qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

It was reported in Nigeria on Monday that he was due to be axed from the squad by coach Sunday Oliseh, but the manager told ESPN FC there was no truth to the story.

He said: “I don’t know where they got that information from, as my coaches and I had not even discussed the coming squad yet.

He said: “Our focus for now has been on the CHAN qualifiers against Burkina Faso. It is only after that is out of the way that we planned to decide on the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Swaziland.”

Emenike, who has scored nine times in 37 appearances for Nigeria, becomes the second player to retire from the national team this month, following in the footsteps of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Latest Football News

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract with the German champions runs out next summer, says it is “boring” to stay at one club for too long.

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he failed in a bid to sign Robert Lewandowski for Chelsea while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Ancelotti has told Goal that Jose Mourinho will not be sacked by Chelsea despite the Premier League champions’ disappointing start to the campaign.

Mourinho says he is “a lonely guy”, and admits Nemanja Matic is struggling with a crisis of confidence at Chelsea this season

Mourinho still believes his side can win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup this season, despite a poor start to their campaign.

Chelsea’s Belgium winger Eden Hazard, 24, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid – and he could be in trouble with Blues boss Jose Mourinho after appearing to ‘like’ a post on Instagram suggesting he could move to the Spanish club.

Aston Villa may consider a move for 36-year-old Swansea boss Garry Monk if they decide to replace Tim Sherwood, 46, as manager.

Villa’s 33-year-old former England midfielder Joe Cole, who has joined Coventry on loan, believes Sherwood can hold onto his job and keep the club in the Premier League.

FIFA has confirmed that it will keep its presidential election date of Feb. 26 as uncertainty surrounds Michel Platini’s candidacy.

Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira insists there is no truth in reports linking striker Robin van Persie with a shock move to Barcelona

Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed rumours concerning Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City after the Ivorian commented that he was “unhappy”

Louis van Gaal has ruled Ashley Young, James Wilson and Paddy McNair out of Manchester United’s Champions League clash at CSKA Moscow.

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta claims the Serie A club turned down an offer from Liverpool for Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio, 29, and also rejected several formal bids for France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will not move for ex-West Ham and Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan, 33, as he would prefer to sign a striker.

Callum Wilson has revealed that he is aiming to return from a cruciate knee ligament injury to first-team action for Bournemouth by April

Bastian Schweinsteiger was treated ‘like a dog’ by Santi Cazorla after Louis van Gaal got his tactics wrong against Arsenal, says Gary Neville.

Manchester City are set to challenge Arsenal for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who would cost around £21 million.

Radamel Falcao’s grandmother has criticised Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for not showing more confidence in the 29-year-old Colombia striker, who joined the Blues on loan from Monaco this summer after a temporary spell at Old Trafford last season.

After scoring Stoke’s winner against Swansea on Monday, Bojan, tweeted a picture along with the message:”Incredible performance from everyone! 3 points & 3 wins in a row. Come on.”

Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli said he would “come back stronger”after potentially suffering ankle ligament damage in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.

Chadli is set to miss “around six weeks”

Everton are obliged to reward Brendan Galloway with a new contract after the defender triggered a clause in his contract having made 10 first team starts.

The agent of Arsenal target Lorenzo Insigne says the 24-year-old Italy striker wants to stay at Napoli “for life”.

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, 52, wants to stay in charge at Real Sociedad. The Scot has been linked with Aston Villa.

Klopp believes he has the “complete footballer” at his disposal – 29-year-old England midfielder James Milner.

Klopp has total faith in striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, despite the England international’s latest injury absence.

Tottenham’s Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28, wants talks with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino over his role in the team as he competes with Eric Dier, 21, and Dele Alli, 19, for a place.

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand was told off by a guardfor putting his feet on the seat on a train.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino plans to stay on at Elland Road despite his suspension from running the club by the Football League.

Delhi Dynamos left-back and former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise, 35, has criticised Reds full-back Jose Enrique, and told the Anfield club’s striker Daniel Sturridge he will have to increase his work rate under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Louis van Gaal has ruled Ashley Young, James Wilson and Paddy McNair out of Manchester United’s Champions League clash at CSKA Moscow.

Seria A Results

Inter vs juventus Derby D'Italia ended in a stalemate 0-0.
Inter vs juventus Derby D’Italia ended in a stalemate 0-0.

Inter Milan missed the chance to go top of Serie A as they were held 0-0 by champions Juventus in the Derby d’Italia.

The result sees Inter go level with second placed Roma on 17 points, one behind Fiorentina. Juventus remain 14th after a poor start to their season.

Gonzalo Higuain struck the winner 15 minutes from time as Napoli beat leaders Fiorentina 2-1 at the San Paolo stadium to clinch their third straight league win.

Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead one minute after the re-start before Nikola Kalinic pulled the Viola level in the 73rd minute.

Napoli hit straight back two minutes later when Higuain stole the ball and played a one-two with Dries Mertens before hitting a left-footed shot past Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

The defeat in Naples, only Fiorentina’s second of the campaign, ended their five-match winning run in Italy’s top flight.

Sassuolo defeated Lazio 2-1 to end the Rome club’s three-match winning run.

Domenico Berardi ‘s seventh-minute penalty, awarded after Lazio’s Senad Lulic fouled Paolo Cannavaro, put the hosts ahead.

Sassuolo doubled their lead on the hour when Simone Missiroli pounced on a loose ball and drilled a 15-yard strike past visiting goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

Lazio reduced the arrears seven minutes later when Keita set up Felipe Anderson in the area and his diagonal shot found the back of the net.

Frosinone scored twice in the second half to down Sampdoria 2-0 and clinch their second win.

The hosts took a 53rd-minute lead thanks to Luca Paganini’s header from Danilo Soddimo’s cross and they doubled their advantage two minutes later when Federico Dionisi struck a right-footed shot from 20 yards.

Samp, who had seen Luis Muriel’s shot hit the post in the sixth minute, could not find a way back and fell to their third defeat of the season.

Udinese substitute Cyril Thereau scored an equaliser six minutes from time to deny hosts Hellas Verona their first win of the campaign in a 1-1 draw.

Hellas, after Udinese’s Molla Wague brought down Luca Siligardi in the area, took a 41st minute lead when Giampaolo Pazzini converted the penalty.

The Friuli club got back on level terms when Hellas goalkeeper Rafael failed to get a touch on Bruno Fernandes’ cross and Thereau headed the ball into the back of the net.

Substitute Panagiotis Tachtsidis struck a winner at the death as 10-man Genoa clinched a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Chievo.

Alberto Paloschi silenced the crowd in Genoa when he put Chievo ahead in the opening minute.

The Grifoni’s Leonardo Pavoletti equalised 12 minutes later with a six-yard shot before team-mate Serge Gakpe put the hosts ahead for the first time in the 17th minute with a long-range attempt.

Genoa suffered a blow when Blerim Dzemaili was shown his second yellow card nine minutes after the re-start following a late challenge on Perparim Hetemaj and Chievo took advantage – pulling level in the 77th minute with substitute Sergio Pellisier’s tap-in.

Atalanta brushed aside Carpi 3-0 to maintain their unbeaten run at home.

Mauricio Pinilla’s close-range header from Maximiliano Moralez’s cross put the Bergamaschi on their way in the seventh minute.

The hosts doubled their lead two minutes before the break when Alejandro Gomez’s hard drive from outside the area beat goalkeeper Vid Belec. Luca Cigarini all but sealed victory in the 63rd minute when he converted a penalty after Pinilla was brought down in the area by Carpi defender Igor Bubnjic.

Basement boys Bologna slumped to their seventh defeat in eight league games this season as they lost 1-0 at home to Palermo.

Franco Vazquez scored the only goal of the game in the 23rd minute, taking a touch to control Oscar Hiljemark’s pass inside from the left of the area before poking his finish beyond goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

Bologna 0 – 1 Palermo

Atalanta 3 – 0 Carpi

Frosinone 2 – 0 Sampdoria

Genoa 3 – 2 ChievoVerona

Hellas Verona 1 – 1 Udinese

Sassuolo 2 – 1 Lazio

SSC Napoli 2 – 1 Fiorentina

Inter 0 – 0 Juventus

Latest Football News

Bojan scores the only from the penalty spot as Stoke defeated Swansea 1-0
Bojan scores the only goal from the penalty spot as Stoke defeated Swansea 1-0

Bojan scored an early penalty as Stoke City beat Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium to claim a third successive Premier League victory.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign Chelsea forward Eden Hazard next summer, before the 24-year-old’s value rises even further.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants Sevilla’s 26-year-old winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu.

Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao, 29, may leave in January, ending his season-long loan from Monaco early.

Chelsea forward Pedro, 28, is finding it difficult to adapt to English football after his £21.4m summer move from Barcelona.

Thomas Muller, 26, says a move from Bayern Munich to Manchester United is “not up for discussion”.

Manchester United and Tottenham will both bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, in January.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney now has 187 Premier League goals after his strike against Everton at the weekend. After moving second on the list behind Alan Shearer, he tweeted: “Delighted to be second in all-time Premier League goalscoring charts. The league I grew up watching and loved.”

United full-back Luke Shaw, 20, is making “unbelievable” progress after breaking his leg in September, says boss Louis van Gaal.

Liverpool scouts ran the rule over PSG teenager Odsonne Edouard during a Uefa Youth League match against Malmo, according to reports in France.

The Reds are said to have made an offer for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, but were rejected. Jurgen Klopp is said to be a big fan of the Italian.

Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara, formerly of AC Milan is said to be a target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. The manager is a reported admirer of the player’s versatility.

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez offered Southampton £1m plus midfielder Darren Potter for Gareth Bale, who now plays for Real Madrid, in 2006.

Marseille would be keen to sign Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina should the 27-year-old say he wants to leave Emirates Stadium.

Reports claim the Colombian could be in line for a January switch to Besiktas.

Nishan Burkart, 15, of FC Zurich is said to be being monitored by both Arsenal and Chelsea. The youngster turns 16 – and thus eligible to move – during the January transfer window.

Chelsea are ready to raid La Liga as they look for a replacement for Radamel Falcao. The Colombian flop is set to leave Stamford Bridge in January and Jose Mourinho wants either Antoine Griezmann or Paco Alcacer instead.

Reports claim Jose Mourinho’s side have pulled out ahead of the pack in the race to sign PSG midfielder Javier Pastore on loan. Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested.

Reports in Italy claim Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi will join Barcelona once his contract at Parc des Princes runs out.

United are the latest club to show interest in signing Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez. Louis van Gaal still wants further competition up front, but faces a battle with Tottenham to sign the 22-year-old Spanish forward.

Swansea City boss Garry Monk says stories linking striker Andre Ayew, 25, with Liverpool are speculation and he is not thinking about them.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s job will be at risk if his side lose to Swansea on Saturday.

Boss Slaven Bilic says his West Ham side have been treating home games like basketball matches.

England boss Roy Hodgson says he needs help from Premier League managers if England are to win Euro 2016.

Joe Cole insisted he is not interested in Coventry’s money and joined the Sky Blues because he is desperate to play again

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been disqualified by the Football League for a second time after failing its owners’ and directors’ test

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has described team-mate and compatriot Mousa Dembele, 28, as “one of the best midfielders in the Premier League”.

West Bromwich Albion fear 26-year-old midfielder James McClean will be punished by the Football Association for sparking a post-match scuffle after his side’s win against Sunderland.

Joey Barton is pleased to see his former Newcastle team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa returning to form for Nice. He wrote:”Great to see the enigmatic Hatem Ben Arfa playing football again. Such an exciting player to watch when fully focused.”

Everton are obliged to reward Brendan Galloway with a new contract after the defender triggered a clause in his contract having made 10 first team starts.

Injured midfielder Leonardo Koutris, who plays for Ergotelis in the Greek Second Division, was dropped twice as two men tried to carry him off the field on a stretcher.

A non-league match between Abbey Rangers and Dorking was abandoned after players and supporters clashed at half-time. The Dorking board issued a statement after the match saying the scenes “have no place in football”.

Carlo Ancelotti says the Reds never contacted him directly over their vacant managerial post before Klopp was appointed

EURO 2016 PLAY-OFF DRAW

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The draw sees Republic of Ireland face Bosnia- Herzegovina in the play-offs for a place at next summer’s European Championship in France, while Sweden will take on their Scandinavian neighbours Denmark.

Another Scandinavian country Norway are drawn with Hungary while Ukraine meet Slovenia.

The first leg will be away from home on 13 November, with the return leg taking place three days later on 16 November.

Republic of Ireland missed out on automatic qualification after losing to Poland in the final game of the group stages.

While, Bosnia-Herzegovinia finished third in their group behind Belgium and Wales.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden face Denmark, after missing out on one of the top two places in the group stage.

Ibrahimovic said the tournament without his representation is unimaginable.

“I don’t want to miss the European Championship, it’s unlikely and unthinkable for me to see this tournament ongoing without me,” he said.

“We didn’t go in the classical way, so we will find out another one to go. Whoever will be our opponent in the play-off, it will be tough.

“In these kinds of games, each team give its 200%. It’s an all-in. But I’m sure we will qualify.”

Sweden will host the first leg on 14 November, with Denmark then the venue for the determining leg on 17 November.

Norway, were paired with a Hungary side who came within minutes of qualifying automatically.

They were all set to go through as the best third-placed finishers, only to be usurped by a last-minute Turkey win.

Slovenia, who find themselves at this stage having finished behind England and Switzerland, will take on Ukraine for the final spot.

Ukraine v Slovenia

Sweden v Denmark

Bosnia-Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland

Norway v Hungary

Latest Football News

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Antoine Griezmann

Arsenal want to sign Atletico Madrid’s France forward Antoine Griezmann, 24, before Euro 2016.

Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United all seemingly interested.

The Gunners are also interested in signing Russia forward Aleksandr Kokorin from Dynamo Moscow in January, having failed with a loan bid for the 24-year-old this summer.

Chelsea are set to move for Real Madrid’s Jese Rodriguez despite interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Chelsea scouts have been watching Valencia’s 22-year-old striker Paco Alcacer, with manager Jose Mourinho keen to sign the Spaniard in January.

Besiktas are reportedly still interested in signing Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi and will test the Blues’ resolve with a January offer.

David Moyes, currently at Real Sociedad, would find it hard to turn down an approach from Aston Villa.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood says Chelsea were “fluky” in their 2-0 victory over his side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Bayern Munich are targeting former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti as they fear will lose Pep Guardiola to Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp says he wanted to sign striker Divock Origi during his time as Borussia Dortmund coach but the 20-year-old chose the Reds instead.

Dortmund and Germany defender Mats Hummels, 26, says he is “convinced” his compatriot Klopp can win the Premier League with the Anfield club.

Reports suggest Liverpool are leading the pack in the race to sign young midfielder Ruben Neves, with Barcelona and Chelsea also interested.

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly told Liverpool to end their pursuit of Barcelona-owned Martin Montoya.

Liverpool will bid for Juventus and Italy star Claudio Marchisio, according to reports in Italy.

Klopp has restricted the visits of his squad’s wives and girlfriends to training complex Melwood.

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is not interested in taking over at Aston Villa should Tim Sherwood be sacked at Villa Park.

Report in England claim Spurs have made a formal offer for Valencia attacker Sofiane Feghouli.

Barcelona are said to be willing to part with forward Sandro Ramirez for a fee of around £8 million, with Tottenham and Newcastle reportedly interested.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren says it will take three “transfer windows” for the club to start to be successful under his stewardship.

McClaren wants Manchester United misfit Victor Valdes to solves his goalkeeping crisis.

David Ospina could consider his Arsenal future if he is dropped from the Champions League line-up against Bayern Munich this week

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce wants to sign QPR midfielder Sandro, 26, and plans to move for striker Carlton Cole, 32, along with the West Ham defensive pair of James Collins, 32, and Joey O’Brien, 29.

Manchester United’s Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 27, has had an apparent dig at Mourinho, his former boss at Chelsea, claiming: “If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I’m happy to be a luxury player.”

West Brom manager Tony Pulis said his midfielder James McClean, 26, was “not the sharpest tool in the box” after becoming involved in a post-match melee against former club Sunderland.

Manchester City are hoping to re-sign Spanish youngster Jose Angel Pozo and add Sevilla’s 17-year-old centre-back Jose Maria Amo in January. Pozo, 19, was sold to Almeria this summer but City have a buy-back option.

West Ham have been linked with a swoop for Oostende striker Gohi Bi Zoro Cyriac.

Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle apologised to his team-mates and the club’s fans after being sent off in his side’s 3-1 Premier League loss to West Ham.

Romeo Beckham, 13, is expected to follow older brother Brooklyn in leaving Arsenal’s Academy.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wrote”thanks team-mates and Real Madrid fans for this beautiful moment” after becoming the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer in his side’s 3-1 win over Levante.

After a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace saw his side go fourth in the Premier League, West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna said:”We really are the Hammers! Four away wins, 10 scored, one conceded. Surprise package they say? We’re comfortable up near the top!”

Wayne Rooney paid tribute to former Everton manager Howard Kendall after his side’s 3-0 victory at Goodison Park and added a further message on Twitterlater on Saturday. “Great man, player and manager,” the 30-year-old former Toffees forward wrote. “RIP Howard.”

United midfielder Ander Herrera said”this is the way we have to react after a defeat” having scored in Manchester United’s win 3-0 at Everton.

After scoring twice from 2-0 down to earn his side a point, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy said:”Once again the fans were amazing! Thank you! #foxesneverquit”

Referee Keith Stroud had to go off injured after colliding with Hull City’s 20-year-old on-loan striker Chuba Akpom during a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Ligue 1 Results

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at Bastia to keep their confidence high ahead of a Champions League meeting with Real Madrid.

PSG didn’t have a shot on target in the first half but Ibrahimovic, who had an earlier goal rightly disallowed for offside, struck in the 72nd and 83rd minutes.

PSG were without five regular starters through injury and suspension, while Thiago Motta spent the first hour on the bench.

Ibrahimovic also appeared to be offside for the opening goal when Javier Pastore found Edinson Cavani on the right and he crossed in for the Swede to tap home.

Angers maintained second place with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Toulouse.

Stephane Moulin’s side had to do it the hard way, though, when they fell behind to Oscar Trejo’s 24th-minute opener following some neat interplay with Martin Braithewaite.

That lead lasted just three minutes as Cheikh Ndoye headed Vincent Manceau’s delivery beyond Ali Ahamada to silence the home crowd.

And, when Abdoul Camara beat two defenders before despatching a clinical 18-yard effort beyond Ahamada, that proved to be enough for Angers to claim their sixth league win of the season.

Caen secured a third straight win to maintain their impressive start to the season with a slender 1-0 victory at Reims.

Johnny Placide had to be alert in the Reims goal and denied both Alaedinne Yahia and Ronny Rodelin with smart reflex saves as Caen looked to grab a foothold in the game.

Julien Feret, who finished with ease to send Patrice Garande’s side third in the table.

St Etienne bounced back from two straight defeats with a routine 2-0 win against bottom-club Ajaccio.

Robert Beric set about changing the record when he converted Valentin Eyserric’s corner on 20 minutes.

But the hosts had to wait until the 70th minute to double their advantage when Kevin Monnet-Paquet.

Ten-man Lille’s inconsistent start to the season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Guingamp.

Both goals came during a three minute spell in the first half, Sofiane Boufal opening the scoring in fine style on the half hour mark, beating Lars Jacobsen before sending a sublime finish beyond Jonas Lossl.

Lille boss Herve Renard did not have to wait long for a response from his side as Jimmy Briand levelled just three minutes later, finishing well after some great work from Yannis Salibur.

Stoppila Sunzu wash shown his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Nicolas Benezet.

Nantes avoided a third successive home defeat with a 3-0 win over struggling Troyes.

Valentin Rongier netted his first goal of the season in stunning fashion when his 25-yard rocket flew into the top corner to hand Les Canaris a half-time lead.

Shortly after the restart the hosts added a second when Troyes goalkeeper Denis Petric allowed Youssouf Sabaly’s hopeful shot to creep in at his near post.

And, just after the hour mark, Yacine Bammou wrapped up the points with a third Nantes goal, pouncing on a loose Chris Mavinga pass to get past Petric and score into an empty net.

SC Bastia 0 – 2 Paris Saint Germain

Guingamp 1 – 1 Lille

Nantes 3 – 0 Troyes

Reims 0 – 1 Caen

Saint-Etienne 2 – 0 GFC Ajaccio

Toulouse 1 – 2 Angers

Bundesliga Results

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Moenchengladbach players celebrating in their 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt

Bayern Munich made history by becoming the first club to start the Bundesliga with nine victories, as Thomas Muller’s 24th minute goal -his ninth of the season- earned the Bavarian giants a 1-0 victory at Werder Bremen.

Bayern restored their seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund — who had beaten Mainz 2-0 on Friday — with their 999th Bundesliga victory.

Max Kruse scored his first Bundesliga hat trick as Wolfsburg got back to winning ways by beating Hoffenheim 4-2.

Bas Dost was also on target as they gave Wolfsburg the lead, but Jeremy Toljan and Jonathan Schmid to get the visitors back on level terms.

But Kruse then took matters into his own hands with two more goals to earn the hosts all three points and a much-needed fillip.

A late Max Meyer goal earned Schalke all three points in a 2-1 win against Hertha Berlin, who played most of the game with only 10 men.

Benedikt Howedes headed Schalke in front in the 27th minute, 10 minutes after Vedad Ibisevic had been dismissed for the guests.

Salomon Kalou punished Schalke for failing to add to their lead, but Meyer popped up in stoppage time to earn the hosts all three points and take them back to within a point of second-placed Dortmund.

Hamburg had Rene Adler to thank as they held Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw at the Volksparkstadion.

The former Germany international, making his return between the posts after injury, kept Leverkusen at bay with a series of excellent saves as the northern Germany side picked up a precious point at home to the Werkself.

Darmstadt won 2-0 at Augsburg. Sandro Wagner gave the visitors the lead with his third goal of the season, a far-post header from a corner which Marwin Hitz was only able to help on its way in.

Peter Niemeyer made it two from another corner, after Luca Caldirola’s shot was parried by Hitz.

Borussia Monchengladbach made it four wins out of four under the guidance of caretaker coach Andre Schubert, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 at the Waldstadion to continue their rise up the Bundesliga.

Raffael gave the Foals the lead in the 16th minute when he was on hand to turn the ball in after Lars Stindl’s shot was only parried by Lukas Hradecky.

Frankfurt levelled on the half-hour mark when Yann Sommer fouled Luc Castaignos inside the penalty area, and Alexander Meier slotted in his fifth of the season from the spot.

Mahmoud Dahoud restored Gladbach’s lead five minutes into the second half with a shot which took a wicked deflection off David Abraham to leave Hradecky with no chance in the Frankfurt goal.

Fabian Johnson hit the post and Lars Stindl sent the rebound wide with the goal gaping, but Raffael showed them both how it should be done to double his side’s lead in the 57th minute.

Andre Hahn then completed the scoring with a late brace, first netting from the penalty spot after Dahoud had his route to goal blocked unfairly and then scoring from the same position with a moving ball to complete the rout.

Augsburg 0 – 2 Darmstadt

Hamburger SV 0 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen

Schalke 04 2 – 1 Hertha Berlin

Werder Bremen 0 – 1 Bayern Munich

Wolfsburg 4 – 2 Hoffenheim

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 5 Borussia Moenchengladbach

La Liga Results

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Cristiano Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer as they defeated Levante 3-0 to go top of the Primera Division.

The strike is his 324th goal in 310 games, coming three minutes after Marcelo had given the hosts the lead midway through the first half, and Jese rounded off the win late on with a terrific individual goal.

Real Madrid are ahead of Barcelona on goal difference and two points clear of Villarreal, who face Celta Vigo on Sunday

Neymar scored four goals to help Barcelona overcome an early deficit and defeat Rayo Vallecano 5-2.

Javi Guerra put the visitors ahead, but it only lasted seven minutes as Neymar converted a penalty to draw Barcelona level.

A second Neymar penalty 10 minutes later after he was brought down in the box.

The Brazilian added two more goals to his tally just seconds apart in the second half.

Luis Suarez completed the damage to deliver Barcelona’s fifth goal of the night.

Sevilla came from behind to salvage a point at Eibar with a 1-1 draw.

Borja Baston gave in-form Eibar an early lead but the visitors improved in the second half and drew level through Kevin Gameiro’s close-range effort on 71 minutes.

The Andalusians remain in mid-table and are still searching for their first away win of the season in all competitions, while Eibar missed out on an opportunity to cement their place in the top six.

Valencia posted a convincing 3-0 home win over Malaga.

Malaga striker Charles was on target at the wrong end to hand Los Che a 19th-minute lead at the Mestalla, and Andre Gomes doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute before Dani Parejo sealed matters by converting an 88th-minute penalty.

Espanyol gave their season a boost with an impressive 3-1 triumph at Real Betis.

Enzo Roco headed Espanyol into a fourth-minute lead at the Estadio Benito Villamarin and goals early in the second half from Felipe Caicedo and Victor Sanchez put the result beyond doubt before Vincenzo Rennella’s late consolation for the hosts.

  • Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning individual goal against former club Real Sociedad to help Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win at Anoeta and pile more pressure on La Real coach David Moyes. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco sealed the points by netting in injury time, moments after Diego Reyes had been sent off for the hosts, and then striker Jonathas de Jesus was also dismissed after Atletico’s second.
  • The win takes Atletico above Villarreal and up to fourth in the Primera Division table, while Sociedad languish in 16th place on six points after eight games, and level with the relegation zone.
  • Getafe comfortably beat Las Palmas 4-0 to record a third straight home win and move up to 11th place. Victor Rodriguez took advantage of the visitors’ risky defending to open the scoring after just three minutes and then Pablo Sarabia headed in from close range in the 11th minute to double the advantage.
  • The Madrid side never looked in danger of losing their lead and their task was made easier when Emmanuel Culio was given a straight red card late in the second half, and then Celtic loanee Stefan Scepovic rounded off the win by scoring twice in the closing minutes.
  • Celta Vigo forward Nolito Agudo scored in the 90th minute to snatch a 2-1 win at 10-man Villarreal and pull the visitors level with Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Nolito and attacking midfielder Fabian Orellana kept Celta unbeaten after eight rounds after each scored a goal and struck the woodwork at El Madrigal Stadium.
  • Deportivo La Coruna staged a late comeback to rescue a 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao and maintain their promising start to the season as they reached the top six in the Primera Division.
  • A first-half goal from Inaki Williams had given visitors Bilbao a half-time lead, and, when Aritz Aduriz added a second goal shortly after the hour mark, victory had looked likely. Lucas Perez responded for Deportivo in the 80th minute, however, and as their urgency increased as stoppage time neared, Bilbao’s Oscar de Marcos sent the equalising goal into his own net that secured a point for the hosts.

Real Madrid 3 – 0 Levante

Eibar 1 – 1 Sevilla

Barcelona 5 – 2 Rayo Vallecano

Valencia 3 – 0 Malaga

Real Betis 1 – 3 Espanyol

Villarreal 1 – 2 Celta Vigo
Real Sociedad 0 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Getafe 4 – 0 Las Palmas
Deportivo La Coruna 2 – 2 Athletic Bilbao

Mourinho gives reason for dropping Hazard

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Eden Hazard to improve his defensive workrate after dropping the playmaker for the Premier League champions’ 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa.

Hazard, the recipient of numerous player of the year awards last term as Chelsea won the title, began on the substitutes’ bench as Diego Costa scored one and forced an Alan Hutton own goal to ease the pressure on Mourinho.

“I left out Hazard because we are conceding lots of goals. We need to defend better,” Mourinho said. “When you don’t have the ball, quality means nothing and what means [he thumps his chest] … you have or you don’t have.

“It was just a tactical decision, leaving super quality on the bench, but bringing tactical discipline and hoping that the team could be solid.

“Willian and Pedro did amazing defensive work and allowed the [central] midfield players to be very comfortable.”

Mourinho said Hazard will be left out until he makes the same defensive contribution as Willian and Pedro.

“I continue that way, or he comes in our direction and tries to replicate the same work that Willian and Pedro did,” Mourinho added.

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his first league start, but was replaced at half-time by Nemanja Matic. The 19-year-old also has work to do defensively, according to Mourinho.

“I wanted more solidity,” he said. “He’s fantastic with his vision and the decisions he makes on the pitch. But without the ball you cannot compare him, tactically, with the others.”

Mourinho addressed his whole squad before the match, which was the first since Chelsea lost at home to Southampton on Oct. 3 and prompted the first managerial vote of confidence in Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership.

“I told the players that this is not the moment to think about themselves, to think about their personal situation, a moment to moan or to try to be selfish in the approach,” Mourinho said.

“This is a moment for the team, just the team, and nothing else. I have to make decisions to try and bring results back.”

Mourinho knew Costa would make an impact on his return following a three-match suspension.

“The way he was working in the past two weeks with us, I knew clearly he would bring something positive for us,” Mourinho said.

Mourinho said: “I would expect never to come from a bad period into a brilliant game.

“I was expecting this kind of answer and the answer was there. The result in this moment is the most important thing.”

Earlier, Mourinho told Sky Sports in the team tunnel that he had no worries about being spending time at the lower end of the table.

“We are not afraid of being relegated — we know come the end of the season we will be in the top five or six at least. But at the moment we are not there and we need points, so today we won at home and they are three points that were deserved and the players fought for.”

However, he did admit that Chelsea were not the Premier League’s elite squad, telling the BBC: “We are not the best team in the country, but we are a team with a very good manager and very good players, trying to reach a normal level.”

EPL Results

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Jurgen Klopp could not inspire Liverpool to victory in his first game at the helm, as they produced a goalless draw with Tottenham.

Klopp, the self-proclaimed ‘Normal One’ left White Hart Lane with what he labelled a ‘normal result’ as his new Liverpool side drew 0-0.

Chelsea ended their run of three games without a victory as Jose Mourinho turned the spotlight onto his Aston Villa counterpart Tim Sherwood with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues went into the game searching for a first win since beating Walsall 4-1 in the Capital One Cup on Sept. 23, and looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Southampton before the international break.

Costa returned from suspension to score one and force another as the Premier League champions won 2-0 and their fans sang “we are staying up”

Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership following the October 3 loss to Southampton, which left the Blues 16th.

And the Russian billionaire was present as the Villa clash began with the home crowd voicing their support for the self-proclaimed Special One.

Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory with his first goal at Goodison Park in eight years, but his day was tinged with sadness following the death of Howard Kendall.

Rooney ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League away goal on Saturday in United’s 3-0 win at Everton.

Morgan Schneiderlin scored his first United goal after some slack marking at the back post, and the unmarked Ander Herrera nodded in Marcos Rojo’s cross to double the lead.

The goal also saw Rooney draw level with former United striker Andy Cole as the second highest scorer in Premier League history.

Kendall won the league as a player with Everton and then went on to manage the club three times.

In his most successful period in the mid-1980s, Kendall led Everton to two titles, the FA Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey all netted as Arsenal retained second place in the Premier League table with a 3-0 win at Watford.

The Gunners, who had beaten Manchester United before the international break, were made to work hard for their victory following a spirited effort by the well-organised Hornets.

Ultimately, though, the technical superiority of Arsene Wenger’s men proved enough, as in-form Sanchez netted after a breakaway on 62 minutes, with goals from substitute Giroud and Ramsey helping to keep Arsenal only two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling hit a first-half hat-trick and Wilfried Bony struck twice as Manchester City hammered Bournemouth 5-1 at The Etihad.

City had needed someone to step up in the absence of injured star striker Sergio Aguero and £49million man Sterling duly rose to the challenge.

He and Bony both struck inside the opening 11 minutes and the former Liverpool man added two more after a Glenn Murray reply. Bony wrapped up scoring in the closing minutes.

Late goals from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet floored 10-man Crystal Palace as West Ham snatched a dramatic 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles appeared to have held on for a point despite playing the entire second half with 10 men following Dwight Gayle’s brainless red card.

But West Ham’s pressure paid off when Argentinian winger Lanzini rifled home in the 88th minute and Payet put the icing on the cake in injury time.

Carl Jenkinson had put the visitors ahead with his second goal in two matches, but Yohan Cabaye equalised moments later with a twice-taken penalty.

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester came back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Goals from Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk had given them a two-goal half-time lead, but Leicester gradually and impressively recovered the point that their exertions deserved.

The draw keeps them fifth in the Barclays Premier League table, even if that position is likely to be difficult to maintain, and three points ahead of eighth-placed Southampton.

Saido Berahino’s third Premier League goal of the season ensured Sam Allardyce lost his first game as Sunderland boss 1-0 at West Brom.

Berahino scored the only goal of the game on 54 minutes, when he outmuscled giant goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and tapped the ball into the net from close range.

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Liverpool

Chelsea 2 – 0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 1 – 3 West Ham United

Everton 0 – 3 Manchester United

Manchester City 5 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Southampton 2 – 2 Leicester City

West Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 Sunderland

Watford 0 – 3 Arsenal

Preview: Chelsea Vs Aston Villa

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Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has probably run out of individuals or bodies to blame following Chelsea’s poor start to the season. The doctors and physio have been blamed. Match officials and the FA have also taken some share of the blame. The star players of the team have also not been exempted. And of course, Arsene Wenger. Chelsea were taken apart by Southampton two weeks at Stamford Bridge despite taking the lead. Their defence has been poor with Ivanovic being the main culprit. The Serbian defender will miss the game due to injury but there will probably be no Chelsea fan that will lose sleep over this. The Serbian has been poor this season but has somehow managed to survive the chop.

Chelsea have another opportunity to kick-start their season yet again against an Aston Villa that has failed to win since the opening day victory at Bournemouth. Villa have picked up just one point since then and even with Chelsea’s current predicaments, the Champions will be expected to get a positive result against the Birmingham side who are having their worse start of a top flight season. Tim Sherwood will be looking to avoid a fifth consecutive league defeat. Mourinho will have to find a way to shore up his defence. Their defence has leaked in at least two goals in seven of their eight games.

Chelsea will welcome back Diego Costa from suspension and the Spaniard will aim to hit top form quickly to help Chelsea up the table. Aston Villa’s records at Chelsea are pretty poor and have conceded 30 goals from their last eight visits to the London club. Chelsea may have lost five of their last ten league games, but surely this is a game they will be expected to win. Villa on the other hand will hope that Chelsea will come bearing gifts.

Team News

Chelsea

Diego Costa returns after completing a three game suspension for violent conduct. Ivanovic is ruled out due to a hamstring injury sustained while on international duty. Thibaut Courtois is still sidelined with a knee injury and could return in December.

Aston Villa

Villa are still without Gabby Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark who are both out with calf and thigh injuries. They are joined on the sidelines by Okore and Gardner.

Preview: Southampton Vs Leicester City

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The Saints march into this fixture in buoyant mood after their comprehensive victory at the home of the Champions. Their poor start to the season seems like ages ago and the manner in which they dismantled Chelsea with ruthless and clinical efficiency must have impressed their Dutch manager. Leicester City has also carried on from where they ended last season and a change in manager has not affected the side. They have been very impressive going forward and this game has the potential of being a classic.

Jamie Vardy has been a bright spark in Leicester’s line up and the forward has troubled defences across the country. He has found the back of the net eight times in his last nine Barclays Premier League games, including in his last five consecutive matches. The Foxes have also been notoriously difficult to beat and their resilience and determination to avoid defeat has seen them win six points from losing positions; which is the highest in the division. They have also scored in all the games they have been involved in this season.

Leicester City is unbeaten in their last seven away games and their fans will have good reasons for optimism. They have however struggled away from home against the Saints in the past with only one victory in their previous 18 away meetings in the Premier League. The Saints have won ten of those games. the Foxes have also failed to keep a clean sheet this season and an in form Pelle may be able to keep that stat alive

Team News

Southampton

Shane Long will miss the game after damaging his ankle ligaments while on international duty. Jordy Clasie could finally make his Premier League after been sidelined since July. Fraser Forster and Florin Gardon remain sidelined due to long-term injuries.

Leicester City

Nathan Dyer is fit again after recovering from a knee injury sustained against Aston Villa last month. Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp are also in contention after returning late from international duties for Algeria and Ghana respectively.