Adam Lallana is the latest Southampton player to praise the impact of Mauricio Pochettino by claiming they have become a better team under the leadership of the Argentine. “We’re sitting higher in the league, we’re scoring more goals and I think the table speaks for itself,” he told interviewers.
Charlie Adam has insisted Stoke will stave off relegation but may be dragged closer to it if the players start to panic. The team currently occupy 15th place but are only three points above the drop zone after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
Bayern Munich have been fined 15,000 euros for crowd disruption after fans set off fireworks and smoke bombs in the clubs previous two games.
Harry Redknapp has admitted that yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Wigan was the worst of his career. Rangers were reduced to ten men after just 21 minutes but battled on and took the lead with only minutes remaining before seeing Shaun Maloney equalise from a free-kick in stoppage time. With relegation looming the worry is losing the newly acquired players due to financial restraints, but Jermaine Jenas has vowed to stay at the club even if they do go down.
The heat is being felt at both ends of the table though, with Clint Dempsey admitting Redknapp’s former side are feeling it after their draw to Everton yesterday. Spurs home form continues to be their biggest concern, and the tension in the terraces has been noticed by everyone, according to the American midfielder.
New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has said the fitness levels of his players are not high enough, and that the players will need to work harder if they are to avoid relegation this season.
Newcastle have been handed a huge injury boost today, with medical specialists saying that Hatem Ben Arfa does not need surgery after all and could even return for the derby game against Sunderland next weekend.
The Football Association have announced they have found no evidence that any England supporters sang racist songs at all during last month’s Wrld Cup qualifier against San Marino.
The new financial fair play rules have meant teams are having to find new ways of increasing their earnings to allow them to buy players that might otherwise be beyond their natural financial constraints. Remember Manchester City’s ridiculously large sponsorship deal a few years ago that was out of all proportion? Well, rivals United have just signed a deal worth a reported £120 million for the naming rights to their training ground! The deal also includes sponsorship of friendlies, the training kits and the annual summer tours. Is it just me or does Alex Ferguson normally insist on training privacy? Call me a cynic but I suspect financial fair play have a loophole or two that need to be plugged. Christiano Ronaldo anyone?