Daily Football Round-Up Monday 4th February

Europol has today announced it is investigating max fixing on a huge scale around Europe, with over 380 games currently being looked at. These games include World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games, one of which took place in England. More news as we get it.

 

Joe Hart has said that Manchester City are still in the hunt for the Premier League title this season, despite currently sitting nine points adrift of rivals United. He said that they just need to win every game from now until the end of the season, which is a tough ask considering they still need to play at Old Trafford, Goodison Park and White Hart Lane.

 

With England set to face Brazil on Wednesday the injury list almost inevitably starts to grow, but Theo Walcott is desperate to play and said his recent form can be owed to his ambition to re-ignite his international career.

 

Pepe Reina has admitted Liverpool just aren’t good enough to compete for the title with the current team. He said the club are in a transition period and that it takes time to play to a new philosophy, urging fans to be patient.

 

Ashley Cole is set to collect his 100th England cap on Wednesday and Glen Johnson thinks he deserves more credit from fans for this “fantastic achievement.”

 

Jermain Defoe could miss three weeks after damaging ankle ligaments during Sunday’s away win against West Brom. Spurs are now without a recognised striker until Adebayor returns from international duty. Fortunately for Spurs that will be sooner than expected as Togo were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday.

 

Reports are today emerging that Jose Mourinho is in talks to return to Chelsea as soon as next week, although if I’m honest I believe this is about as likely as Alex Ferguson taking over at Stamford Bridge. Not to say that Mourinho won’t take over at The Bridge but if it happens it will more likely be at the end of the season.