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Chris Smalling has questioned Gareth Southgate’s judgment, saying he was surprised the England manager dropped him from the friendlies against Germany and Brazil for not being accomplished enough at playing from the back. Women's Nike Tennessee Titans #9 Steve McNair Limited Light Blue Rush Vapor Untouchable NFL Jersey Smalling also insisted that if he continued to perform successfully for Manchester United, Southgate would be forced to select him for the World Cup. Men's Game Steve Bartkowski White Jersey: Road #10 NFL Atlanta Falcons NikeOf those defenders Southgate chose for his most recent squad, he named Eric Dier, Harry Maguire and John Stones as being “even Authentic Evgeny Kuznetsov Jersey better” than Authentic Kevin Huber Jersey Smalling at initiating the play. A visibly unhappy Smalling said on Tuesday: “I was surprised. But you don’t play for one of the biggest clubs in the world for as long as I have and win every trophy bar the Champions League without being able to do everything a top defender needs to do, be it playing or defending.” Since joining United in July 2010 Smalling has won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. The centre-back has played every minute of United’s past Womens Omar Gonzalez Jersey 10 games, and pointed to his in José Mourinho’s impressive rearguard. “This year we’ve got the best defensive record and we have done for the last few years and I’m very proud to be part of that,” he said. “While I’m playing under José, he’s happy and I’m playing regularly, then I’m happy with that.” Smalling hopes to force his way into Southgate’s squad for Russia 2018. “Ultimately it’s your club form that decides whether you play at a World Cup because there aren’t many England games throughout the season,” he said. “While I’m playing regularly and part of a very successful team, that should show come the summer. If my season carries on like this and we have a successful season and our team continues to concede very few goals, then I give him maybe no choice in the summer but to pick me. “With United the spotlight is always on and there’s always going to be that pressure, no matter what the game is. Whether it’s the Premier League or the Champions League, I can showcase my abilities.” Smalling is confident in his abilities. “I don’t really feel like I need to prove anything to Gareth,” he said. “Like I said, I play for one of the most successful managers in José and he’s only going to pick the best players. I’m getting a good run of games these last few months and I’m feeling good.” Smalling is enjoying working with Mourinho. “As a team and individually we work a lot on our tactics,” he said. “A lot of it is done in the meeting rooms. He’s very in-depth how he analyses the other team and how he wants us to play. It opens up the whole understanding of how you Wily Peralta Youth jersey see the game and the more that I’m working with him the more I’m feeling comfortable with him and doing his instructions.” United play Basel on Wednesday night at St Jakob-Park knowing a point from their fifth Group A match would secure qualification to the Champions League knockout stage. Mourinho is resting Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia for a game on a pitch recovering from the wear it took during the World Cup play-off between Switzerland and Northern Ireland.,17046
xiaolan Nov 22 · Tags: jersey
It is a good thing Chris Coleman said he is under no illusions about the size of the task he has taken on at Sunderland. Their ninth manager in six years started with a defeat that highlighted just how much work he has to do to arrest the decline at a club who remain anchored to the foot of the Championship. Women's Nike Philadelphia Eagles #28 Wendell Smallwood Game Midnight Green Team Color NFL JerseyIn that sense this was much more of a reminder than a reality check for Coleman as Sunderland’s winless run extended to 15 matches on a night when Aston Villa climbed to fourth place courtesy of Albert Adomah’s Craig Smith Authentic Jersey ninth goal of the season and a rather fortunate second from Joshua Onomah. What Sunderland would do for a slice of luck of their own sometime soon. Villa, as Steve Bruce admitted, were well short of their best and played poorly for much of the game, yet they still found a way to chisel out the sort of victory that continues to elude Sunderland. Lewis Grabban did manage to pull a goal back later in the second half, and there were positives to take from the way the visitors passed the ball around at times, but there is no escaping the worrying sight of a league table that shows Sunderland four points adrift of safety. Asked if he saw signs of encouragement, Coleman replied: “Of course. It’s a bit doom and gloom at our place at the minute, bottom of the league, 10 first-team players unavailable and coming to Aston Villa, one of the toughest games we’re going to get, so I’ve got to Antoine Vermette Jersey commend the players. “The second goal was a deflection and I thought the first goal was a foul on Adam Matthews but that’s how it is. No excuses. Sometimes that’s what happens when you’re down there – bad news after bad news. And if you’re Kendall Wright Womens Jerseynot careful you get into a rut, which probably we are. But it’s only us who are going to get out of it.” Villa had some bad news of their own to report. Jonathan Kodjia, last season’s top scorer, requires another operation on the same ankle that he had surgery on in May. Kodjia suffered a setback while away with the Ivory Coast and Bruce confirmed the 28-year-old faces “months” on the sidelines after undergoing a series of tests in France and London over the past couple of days. “It’s devastating news for us all,” the Villa manager said. “But we’ll have to deal with it. Let’s see if we can find something in January which can help us.” Adomah seems to be weighing in with his fair share of goals at the moment. After scoring two against QPR on Saturday, the winger converted an excellent cross from Robert Snodgrass to put Villa ahead after only 10 minutes. Matthews, the Sunderland right-back, may well have been marking Adomah at the far post had he not been clambering to his feet at the other end of the pitch after what Coleman thought was a foul. “I thought it was a foul on Adam, if he doesn’t get out the way, he’s going to get nailed there,” he said. Although Sunderland continued to look the more accomplished side in possession, they lacked a goal threat and conceded a second early in the second half, when Onomah’s speculative shot took a huge deflection off Tyias Browning to leave Robbin Ruiter stranded. Coleman made the point that Sunderland “could have easily melted” at that stage but instead they showed some spirit and fight and were rewarded when Grabban hooked home from close range.
xiaolan Nov 22 · Tags: jersey
Manchester City were threatening to end their winning sequence at 16 until Raheem Sterling turned a humdrum evening into a celebration with a goal two minutes from time. A 17th successive win in all competitions means City have won their group with a match to spare, though in fact that was already the case when Sterling played a give-and-go with Ilkay Gündogan and raced through to beat Brad Jones with an angled shot. Men's Reebok St. Louis Blues #34 Jake Allen Authentic Navy Blue Third NHL JerseyNapoli’s goals against Shakhtar Donetsk had confirmed City’s untouchability at the top of Group F by that stage, and though this was far from one of their most memorable performances it could be excused on the grounds key players such as David Silva, Fernandinho and Leroy Sané were rested. And that City kept plugging away right until the end to achieve a win that hardly mattered. Pep Guardiola will have been pleased to see that, and so will the home supporters and compilers of records. “Raheem is a striker who scores important goals,” the manager said. “But he’s young, he can still improve. We can all do better.” There are still some big names that even group-toppers might face in the knockout stage, though Guardiola is unconcerned. “All we can do is win our games and hope to keep winning,” he said. “Fifteen points from 15 is not too bad and this is the first time City have topped their Champions League group [actually the second, though they did not do it with maximum points in 2015-16].” Plenty of people maintain that David Silva remains the most indispensable City player, despite all the eye-catching talent brought in since his arrival in June 2010, and a fairly flat opening to this game suggested they might have a Silva was left on the bench, Yaya Touré and Gündogan came into midfield, and all of a sudden City were not carving great holes in the opposition defence. Gündogan and Touré lumbered about looking less than razor sharp, as might be expected, and though Kevin De Bruyne was on the pitch he looked a little tired, as if he too would have been glad of a rest. The first half hour passed almost incident free, certainly in terms of goalmouth incident. Sergio Agüero found the by-line but put too much on his cross for Sterling to reach, then after a Nicolás Otamendi interception had caught Feyenoord short of cover at the back, Agüero steadied himself for a shot but sent it straight at Jones. Surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly, Guardiola had not opted to rest Ederson in favour of Claudio Bravo, and the Brazilian goalkeeper was nearly the unwanted centre of attention midway through the half when he came out to clear with his feet and miscontrolled to give Jean-Paul Boëtius a sight of the ball. Unflummoxed, Ederson simply used his feet again to dispossess Boëtius with a well-timed challenge, Sam Larsson went close with a low shot shortly after that, though even operating on economy-setting City still produced the best chances of the first half. Ken Boyer Womens Jersey Gündogan shot wastefully high when trying to emulate De Bruyne’s super goal at Leicester last weekend, Agüero headed uncharacteristically wide when perfectly picked out by De Bruyne’s cross, and most glaringly of all Bernardo Silva could only manage what amounted to a back pass to Jones when Sterling gave him Robert Quinn Jersey a clear close-range opportunity. The second half was initially no more promising, Agüero contriving a volley that went backwards from Danilo’s cross from the left, and though De Bruyne pounced greedily on the rebound his effort was even more spectacularly off target. Authentic Max Domi Jersey Then De Bruyne received an almost comical booking to earn a useful suspension by blatantly barging over Steven Berghuis just as Gündogan was moving in to make a legitimate tackle. Larsson put the free-kick over Ederson’s bar but that was the signal for Guardiola to replace De Bruyne with Gabriel Jesus. Touré went close with a free kick as the game entered its final quarter, yet the invention City were missing was highlighted when Feyenoord created a great chance with skilful close passing. Tonny Vilhena and Larsson combined neatly to put Berghuis through on goal and he was only denied by a first-class reaction save from Ederson. With 15 minutes remaining, just after some more insouciant footwork from Ederson and a shot on the turn from Agüero that flew wide, Guardiola brought on the 17-year-old prodigy Phil Foden for his first taste of senior football. He did not make a startling difference, though neither did he look out of place.
xiaolan Nov 22 · Tags: jersey
West Bromwich Albion are prepared to take time to consider their options after Tony Pulis was relieved of his post on Monday following a poor run of results that culminated in the 4-0 home thrashing by Chelsea on Saturday, with Nigel Pearson, Alan Pardew and Martin O’Neill among the potential candidates to succeed him. Men's Vancouver Canucks #8 Igor Larionov Reebok White Third Authentic 40TH NHL JerseyGary Megson, who was manager between 2000 and 2004 and returned to the club in the summer as Pulis’s assistant, has been put in caretaker charge and is expected to take control for at least this weekend’s trip to face Tottenham at Wembley. But with West Brom currently only a point clear of the relegation zone after 13 matches, the club’s hierarchy are aware of the importance of making a swift appointment, with the home fixture against Newcastle United next Tuesday quickly followed by the visit of the bottom side, Crystal Palace. Men's Limited Dawuane Smoot Black Jersey: Vapor Untouchable Alternate #94 NFL Jacksonville Jaguars NikeThe club’s Chinese owner, Guochaun Lai, and chairman, John Williams, have made Premier League experience a priority, which would appear to rule out both of the early frontrunners with the bookmakers: the Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill, and Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes, who spent three seasons at the club as a player. Pardew, who gave West Brom’s technical director, Nicky Hammond, first coaching role at Reading and has been out of work since being sacked by Palace last December, could come under consideration, while Pearson is currently employed by the Belgian Second Division side OH Leuven having previously served as assistant to Bryan Robson at The Hawthorns between 2004 and 2006. Martin O’Neill’s future as the Republic of Ireland manager is unclear despite the 65-year-old verbally agreeing to extend his contract before the World Cup play-off defeat by Denmark but would provide the requisite experience. Pulis, whose side had won only twice in their last 21 Premier League matches, becomes the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season after Frank de Boer, Craig Shakespeare, Ronald Koeman and Slaven Bilic. “These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club,” said the chairman, John Williams, in a statement on Monday. “We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing. We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony’s contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavours.” Pulis took over at The Hawthorns in January 2015 and West Brom finished 13th, 14th and 10th under him. This season’s dismal form continues a run which began in April. The Welshman replaced Alan Drazen Petrovic Jersey Irvine when the Baggies were a point above the relegation zone in January 2015, eventually leading them to 13th. They finished 14th in 2015-16 and came 10th last season but failed to win any of their final nine matches. Pulis defended his record in a statement via the League Managers Association. “Over the last three seasons we have achieved a great deal and I am proud to have managed West Bromwich Albion,” he said. “I would like to thank the two owners, Jeremy Peace and Mr Lai, the board and fans for their support during my time at West Brom. Jeremy Peace and Mr Lai have played an important role in the off-field success and given the team a platform to build from. “My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club’s financial position. We have achieved this year on year and I am Jonathan Stewart Youth jersey pleased to have played a part in the club’s growth. Our final league position in the last three seasons has represented the accomplishment of our targets as a club; sustaining our status in the Premier League and delivering stability, throughout Jacob Markstrom Youth jersey the club’s transition of ownership.”,13384
xiaolan Nov 21 · Tags: jersey
For all that is positive about Tottenham, for all that they are about to move into an exciting new stadium and are blessed with a crop of highly promising young players, their away record against big sides has become an issue. It’s a problem that predates Mauricio Pochettino – Spurs have now won just four of their last 87 away games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool – but one that he seems a long way from resolving: although this was his first league defeat to Arsenal, he has now won just one of 18 away games against other top-six sides. Women's Nike Dallas Cowboys #55 Stephen Paea White Vapor Untouchable Limited Player NFL JerseyThere were mitigating factors here – the fact that neither Harry Kane nor Mousa Dembélé looked fully fit and that Harry Winks wasn’t able to start, plus marginal refereeing calls on both Arsenal goals – but there always are. Pochettino, as he had to, mounted a defence, pointing out that other top-six sides also have problems in away games against the elite, but this was a game settled in final half hour of the first half as Arsenal produced one of the displays of ferocity and discipline of which they are infrequently capable and which they have recently reserved for big games in the FA Cup. When they can press as well as this, you wonder why they don’t do it all the time. Once they had gone 2-0 down, Tottenham were forced on the offensive and Paul Martin Jersey could easily have leaked more on the counter as the pace of Alexis Sánchez and Alexandre Lacazette was unleashed. And for all Pochettino claimed his side had been on top until they were undone by the referee Mike Dean, that was not how it seemed. The focus on refereeing decisions often ignores the fact that they, just as much as defensive errors, are often the result of pressure. Tottenham’s problems could be traced to the back of midfield, where the pairing of Dembélé and Moussa Sissoko offered muscularity but not control. They were an oddly immobile Patrik Laine Jersey pairing, both of body and mind, clearly rattled by the pressure they found themselves under. Again and again in the first half, Arsenal players found themselves with time to measure passes through the Spurs defence, leading to the Héctor Bellerín cross that Lacazette just failed to touch in and then the second goal. It’s hardly a secret that Sissoko is a player who tends not to relish the rough and tumble of a derby. This was the first game he had started for Tottenham against Arsenal, but in 14 previous starts in derbies, seven for Newcastle against Sunderland and seven for Toulouse against Bordeaux, he had a record of won one, drawn one, lost 12. Here he contributed to Tottenham seeming oddly short in an area in which Arsenal are often fallible, in central areas just in front of the back-line. Statistics don’t really explain the issue which is largely positional, but Sissoko won the ball back only once in the game, whether by tackle or interception, – very low for a holding midfielder whose side were under such pressure. The introduction of Winks just after the hour made a significant improvement: he imposed himself far more than either of the other holding players, to the extent that he had 48 touches in his 29 minutes in the pitch, as opposed to Dembélé’s 63 in 61 and Sissoko’s 67 in the whole game. That lack of a platform – and perhaps Kane’s lack of effectiveness – had a knock-on effect further up the pitch. Dele Alli, who had also missed the England friendlies with injury, may not have been at his sharpest, but he was a largely peripheral figure anyway until being booked for a late lunge on Granit Xhaka. Neither he nor Christian Eriksen were able to muster passing accuracy above 72%. The lop-sided triangle in midfield, whether in a 4-2-3-1-cum-4-3-3 or a 3-4-2-1-cum-3-5-2, has been one of Spurs’ great strengths; here, against all expectation, it failed to function. Perhaps it is just a learning experience. Perhaps a young side feeling its way to Womens Jose Reyes Jersey the next level will always have setbacks like this. The prognosis for Tottenham remains generally positive. But, as Arsenal could tell them, sooner or later there’s a need for potential to be transformed into something concrete otherwise it withers away. In this game, perhaps, Pochettino was right. Perhaps Tottenham were largely unfortunate, both with decisions and issues of fitness. But the wider pattern is clear: Spurs’s away record against top-six sides is dismal and until it improves the frustration will endure. Already any thought of a serious league challenge this season has all but gone. Their three remaining league games against other members of the big six, the next of them at Manchester City in a month, will reveal a lot about how sustainable their progress really is.,13481
xiaolan Nov 20 · Tags: jersey
If the ball goes on the left foot then you just try it,” said a typically relaxed Kevin De Bruyne on Saturday evening. “Sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s the same with the outside, the inside. It helps if you can do different types of things, sometimes you might put spin on it. But I’m not scared to shoot with my left foot, obviously.” Women's Bradley McDougald Limited Pink Nike Jersey: NFL Seattle Seahawks #30 Rush FashionObviously. The Belgian’s left foot decided this match; his shot from outside the Leicester City area hitting the roof of Kasper Schmeichel’s net at a speed that just did not seem feasible. It was the sort of goal that causes cheeks to puff out in astonishment and increasingly what people are hoping to see when they watch Manchester City play. Yes your team might get a chasing but there will be moments of virtuosity you won’t forget. When De Bruyne was substituted in the 89th minute, he was applauded from all sides of the King Power Stadium. For a player who increasingly looks like a superstar, De Bruyne hardly acts like one. It’s not like he is modest, but he is grounded, and so matter-of-fact as to be both endearing and just a little disappointing. There’s no Ibra-esque talk of lions and immortality, just a clear-eyed focus on process and practice. That, of course, is the way Pep Guardiola likes it. “It’s freedom but everybody has their position‚” De Bruyne said of the gameplan. “I know when Kyle [Walker] is going up and Raheem [Sterling] is going inside I have to take care of the winger for the counter. If I am more up then Kyle is going to stay and Raheem is going to be outside. It’s fluidity in the team but knowing what you need to do at the right time. “We just have to try and see where the spaces are and then take advantage of it. Every game is going to give us something else and probably today was more on the left but I think Raheem came more inside as a result and the first goal he created was very good.” Indeed it was. Sterling made the opener just before half-time with a piece of play that was David Silva-like. Playing a one-two with De Bruyne, the England man then dinked a ball between centre-half and full-back that completely turned the Leicester defence. Breaking beyond that back-line with a Sterling-esque dash was Silva. He Reggie Nelson Jersey cut the ball across goal for Gabriel Jesus, who simply couldn’t miss. City have the same number of points after 12 games, 34, as Roberto Mancini’s title-winning side of 2011-12. They have a better goal difference, by virtue of conceding fewer goals. But the talk is already of a new bar being set for the league in terms of style of play and questions are being asked as to whether City can now go the entire season unbeaten (for the record, Arsenal’s Invincibles Cam Fowler Jersey had 30 points at this stage). The fluidity and systematic understanding throughout Guardiola’s team lends credibility to such talk. As does the fact that City have one of the most expensive squads in the history of the game. The City manager fumed at losing John Stones to a hamstring strain on the half hour. It was an injury he blamed on the defender playing 90 minutes in both of England’s recent friendlies. Guardiola will now look to recruit a new defender in January but, for all of that, the substitute Eliaquim Mangala did a good job of standing in. The Frenchman, making only his second league appearance of the season, cost the club £32m three seasons ago. Vincent Kompany also made his return to the side, though in his case after injury (sustained on international duty, which again drew Guardiola’s ire). The Belgian was lucky not to be sent off in just the third minute when his tackle brought down Jamie Vardy. Claude Puel felt it was the game’s crucial moment, Kompany felt Stones was providing adequate cover to prevent a goalscoring opportunity. “It was a good run from Vardy. I thought: ‘I’ll just use my joker now,’” Kompany said. The club captain may not be as vital to Jose Altuve Jersey his team’s prospects as he once was, but the experience he has accrued in winning two Premier League trophies should prove invaluable over the coming months. Asked whether this team are playing the best football he has seen in his nine years at the club, Kompany said: “Maybe at this moment, but I want to remain on the cautious side, because we don’t have any silverware to show for it. At the moment we haven’t done anything special, we’ve just put ourselves in a good position to go and do something great.”
xiaolan Nov 20 · Tags: jersey
Lee Dixon tells an eye-opening story in the film 89 about being pinned up against the wall of the dressing room by his own team‑mates before his first north London derby. He was warned, in no uncertain terms, that if he did not perform in this game of all games he would be in trouble. It is hard to imagine that in the modern game such threats would be part of a pre-match routine, but the words said within the Arsenal camp last week to gee them up for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur certainly had a motivating effect. Youth Nike Cleveland Browns #65 Larry Ogunjobi Orange Alternate Vapor Untouchable Elite Player NFL JerseyIn the intensity of their play, in their body language, this was a different kind of Indianapolis Colts Womens Jersey Arsenal to the one that has a tendency to freeze up and feel the fear creeping in during high-pressure games. They seemed to relish Dexter McCoil Authentic Jerseythe situation. Héctor Bellerín let out some kind of primal roar as he headed down the tunnel at half-time in recognition of a two-goal lead his team would not relinquish. Mesut Özil at one point hoiked an agricultural clearance 40 yards straight up into the air – as un-Özil-esque a technique as you could ever imagine – to clamourous acclaim. Alexis Sánchez rediscovered his appetite for careering around the pitch chasing every cause going. Youth Majestic San Diego Padres #37 Travis Wood Replica Brown Alternate Cool Base MLB JerseyOne of the key figures in galvanising Arsenal was an unexpected one. Shkodran Mustafi has had a mixed experience since joining the club in the summer of 2016. Some promising performances, some ropey ones, spells out injured, suggestions the German might even move on after one so-so season. Mustafi Justin Faulk Authentic Jersey had been absent for seven weeks before being recalled to the three-man defensive unit that formed the platform for Arsenal to take on a Spurs side generally billed as favourites pre-match. He tackled a vital game as if it mattered to every fibre of his being. Afterwards he contemplated the question that foreign players might not be perceived as caring about a derby as much as locally born counterparts. His no-nonsense reply suggested the old fashioned pin-your-team-mate-against-the-wall routine might chime with his wholehearted personality. “That’s you guys thinking it,” he said. “As always – Arsenal is dead. Arsenal is not coming back. It’s always the same. It’s about what the team is thinking and feeling. We keep saying it that we are always alive, we always believe in ourselves, we always try to give everything on the pitch. Obviously when it comes to games like this you have to show character. We showed a great character, when we had the ball but also when we didn’t have it.” Their efforts without the ball were cranked up and what a difference that made as a foundation for a strong performance. When they got the benefit of some tight calls by the officials they were in the mood to make the most of it. Arsène Wenger was particularly complimentary about Mustafi’s influence, vocally as well as his impact reading the game with obvious determination at both ends of the pitch. “He’s a leader, he’s a motivator,” the manager said. The unit, with Mustafi alongside Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal, snuffed out the attack of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, and Wenger liked the leadership that came from the back. “Sometimes one word – ‘go a bit more wide, go a bit more left, drop off’ – makes a complete difference. Because it’s like you have a photo of a team when you play at the back.” Mustafi thinks Arsenal must strive to hit those levels more regularly. “It’s about being consistent. That’s our goal every day in training because you are only as good as your last game. If you win today and lose next weekend you are back where you were.” Mustafi’s straight-talking was evident as he responded to queries about how close he came to leaving Arsenal during the summer. “You [reporters] like to get the shit, the biggest shit. That’s your job,” he said. “People outside, talking and thinking that they know everything. What happens in the changing room is the real thing. “I don’t understand why people just talk about things they cannot know about. If I have been talking to clubs or if I haven’t, it’s only rumours. Obviously there are so many newspapers, they need something to write because it’s boring if the paper is empty.”
xiaolan Nov 20 · Tags: jersey
At times it was difficult to know whether Tony Pulis was mounting a robust defence of his record, or just determined to get in a few pre-emptive strikes Karl-Anthony Towns Youth jersey in the event he loses his job at West Bromwich Albion and is restricted to a carefully-worded statement that denies him the chance to say what he really thinks about his achievements at the club. Women's Marcus Semien Replica Grey Majestic Jersey: MLB Oakland Athletics #10 Road Cool BaseEither way, Pulis clearly recognises the end of his near three-year reign could be close after a wretched run that has delivered only two victories from the past 20 league games, leaving West Brom one place above the teams in the relegation zone and prompting supporters to turn on him during the 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town before the international break. The feeling within The Hawthorns is that Pulis could be on the brink if there is more of the same disquiet – in particular in the stands – at home against Chelsea on Saturday, when Guochuan Lai, the club’s owner, will be looking on from the directors’ box after arriving from China for a visit that was scheduled six weeks ago but now feels rather timely. Lai will lean heavily on John Williams, West Brom’s experienced chairman, when it comes to any decision, with Pulis honest enough to admit that sacking him would not be unfair on the back of his worst run of results for 13 years. From Pulis’s perspective, however, there is a broader picture and, armed with a few facts and figures, the 59-year-old set about dealing with the criticism that has come his way. “If I left tomorrow I’d put my record on the table and put it in front of anybody and see what they think of what I’ve done here in three years,” Pulis said. “Yes, we’re on a bad run and everything is determined by the next game – no one ever Authentic Nick Fairley Jersey looks back and sees there was Samaras, Varela,, Gamboa – 11 players were bought that summer [before he took over mid-season] and not one made a profit. I inherited those players and we finished 13th that year.” There was more where that came from. “Last season was only the third time in history this club has finished 10th in the Premier League. It’s only the second time since 1967 this club has finished the top Midlands club. “We’ve played kids in this group since I’ve come in. They’ve made 89 appearances, the youngsters, and again no one else has done that. The record goes on and on and on. “I understand. The more you give, the more people want. We brought in a lot of good players, players we hoped would gel straight away, and we’ve been unfortunate. [Nacer] Chadli, [James] Morrison and [Oliver] Burke are all players who can create and score, and we’ve not had them. Like every team, Authentic Nick O'Leary Jersey if you don’t have your best players, especially at the top end of the pitch, you’re going to struggle. “People say the football’s been boring. The last two games at The Hawthorns have seen nine goals scored. Look at the league, there are four or five teams who have scored fewer goals than us. And one of those is my hometown club Bournemouth, and everyone tells me what great football Bournemouth play and Eddie’s done a fantastic job down there.” Pulis went on to claim “expectations have gone through the roof” as he rowed back as far as 2005, when Bryan Robson pulled off what became known as the great escape, to make another point. “This club has fought relegation battles to the last days. They’ve had supporters carrying managers round the pitch on the last game of the season because of results going for them and kept them up. In the three years I’ve been here this club has been nowhere near getting relegated.”
xiaolan Nov 19 · Tags: jersey
Mauricio Pochettino has lavished praise on Arsène Wenger before the first north London derby of the season, describing his counterpart at Arsenal as a “very special manager” and an “innovator”, and said he would like to match the Frenchman’s longevity by spending “20 years at Tottenham”. Men's Nike Denver Broncos #22 C.J. Anderson Elite Orange Rush Vapor Untouchable NFL JerseyPochettino and Wenger go Womens Trevor Bauer Jersey head to head at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with Tottenham three places and four points ahead of their local rivals, having finished above them for the first time in 22 years in the previous campaign. Pochettino is undefeated in six league contests against Arsenal since taking over at in May 2014, but he refuses to believe his team are favourites to win or that Wenger is a busted flush having come under more criticism from his own supporters, as well as outside observers, in recent months. Women's Reebok San Jose Sharks #8 Joe Pavelski Premier Black Pacific Division 2017 All-Star  NHL Jersey“In football history he’s one of the great managers, the same level as [Sir Alex] Ferguson,” Pochettino said. “He will always be a special manager. To keep motivation more than three years is difficult. Five years, you must be very good, very good if you’re Joe Carter Womens Jersey 10 years. When you talk about 20 years it’s amazing. Everyone who talks about him needs to show respect. Derek Rivers Jersey Some days you’re good, some days not so good. But [show] respect. “Wenger was an innovator, ahead of everyone, like Ferguson. It’s difficult to innovate but you must try to create a project under your ideas and philosophies to take you ahead of other clubs. They were ahead. That’s why my respect and admiration is high.” Asked if his kind words for Wenger were part of a pre-match strategy aimed at softening up the 68-year-old, Pochettino replied: “I tell the truth to you. Why show different emotion if you don’t believe that? I need to be honest and fair. He is my enemy because Todd Gurley Jersey he is Arsenal manager but he is my colleague too. What he is doing at Arsenal and as a manager – I would like to be like him one day; 20 years at Tottenham.” That will come as great news to Spurs supporters and the club’s hierarchy given the manner in which Pochettino has enhanced the team since arriving from Southampton. Tottenham have secured third- and second-place finishes in the Premier League under the Argentinian and this season secured progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League with two group games to spare and having beaten Real Madrid 3-1. Pochettino signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal in May and recently said he would sign a 15-year contract if it were offered to him by the chairman, Daniel Levy, having been linked with a move to, among others, Manchester United. The 45-year-old’s immediate focus, however, is on securing Spurs’ first win at the Emirates since a 3-2 triumph in November 2010, when Harry Redknapp was manager. Their chances have been boosted by the return to first-team training on Thursday of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks, all of whom missed England’s recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil because of knee, hamstring and ankle injuries respectively. Hugo Lloris also returned to training having missed the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace before the international break with a groin strain. “I hope we can count on them for the game,” said Pochettino. “We need to decide between the medical staff, sports science staff and us. But I am happy. If they cannot play on Saturday I’m sure they’re close for Tuesday [a Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund] or next weekend [a Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion].” Tottenham have, however, suffered an injury setback with the news that Toby Alderweireld could be out until the new year with the hamstring injury he sustained in the victory over Real.
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Alberto Moreno is 100% back” Jürgen Klopp said this summer and you can see it. You can hear it, too, with every joke, every giggle, every time he bursts out laughing. After a year he describes as “very bad”, in which there were times he felt “down” and only his baby daughter, Carla, could be guaranteed to coax a smile from him, life in Liverpool is good again. As for mornings at Melwood, they are even better. There are reasons to be cheerful and he is cheerful, all right. Not least because he has one fewer problem now. Well, two. Men's Adidas New Orleans Pelicans #23 Anthony Davis Swingman Navy Blue Resonate Fashion NBA JerseyThe best thing about being back is not the sense of satisfaction in overcoming, the feeling of redemption, or the sound of silence, critics falling quiet; it is not the return to the Champions League or to the Spain squad after three and a half years, although he was delighted to take an “unexpected” call. It is not even the proud return home, when Liverpool play Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday, Moreno heading back to a place that “smells different”, the boy from here doing well over there. Now, at least; now, at last. No, he smiles: it’s that Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah are someone else’s problem. Someone like Sevilla. Mention their names and, more than words, Moreno makes noises. “Pfff,” “Ooh.” “Wow.” “I wouldn’t want to face Mané and Salah,” he says, puffing out his cheeks. “It must be … pfff.” You would think he speaks from daily experience, forced to face them each morning, but here is the rub, another reason why the benefits of being back go beyond match day. “No,” he grins, “when the manager picks teams, I’m usually with them. The best thing about starting this season is playing on their side.” And with that, Moreno falls about again. He is joking but, for the man who admits reaching a point where he feared whatever he did he would be “useless”, just how much things have changed, and how fast, has come into focus lately. Last week he returned to the Spain squad, the smile spread across his face as he described playing in Russia on Tuesday as “like making my debut all over again”. On Tuesday, he returns to the Sánchez Pizjuán, where it all began and where his boyhood hero plays. He still has a photo of himself, aged 11, alongside Jesús Navas. This time, he will be up against him. It is tempting to see symbolism in the trip to the Pizjuán, to see his return there representing his return, full stop: an opportunity to close the circle against the team he faced the night when many considered his Liverpool career was over. Moreno won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2014. In 2016 he lost the Europa League final against Sevilla – and for some it really was him that lost it. The verdict after a 1-0 half-time lead became a 3-1 defeat was in: guilty. Jamie Carragher deleted a tweet that pleaded with Liverpool to “sign a fucking left-back”, but not before thousands had seen it. Mark Lawrenson said bluntly: “He can’t defend.” One match report called Authentic Corey Brewer Jersey him “brainless”, giving him two out of 10; another described him as “hopeless”; it was a “horror show” said a third. The reactions might have been exaggerated but when a BBC report stated: “He’ll surely be replaced,” they were not exactly going out on a limb. He did not leave but he did Bryan Bulaga Jersey not play, either. James Milner played at left-back, a converted midfielder trusted more, and in the whole of last season Moreno started two league games. Then, in the summer, Liverpool signed Andy Robertson from Hull. But it was not the end; that signing might have sparked something in Moreno but he had already sought to turn his situation around. He describes himself as a fighter and says he “loves Liverpool”; he did not want to go and he did not give up. “I went to see Klopp a few times to ask what I could do and he said: ‘Alberto, you’re doing well but I can’t change.’ At the end of the season I asked myself: ‘Alberto, what can you change? What can you do?’” Having resisted, held on, the answer, as it turned out, was for the one-time winger who wanted to emulate Diego Capel, Antonio Puerta and Jesús Navas to rebel against his nature. Something shifted; this summer a bid from Napoli was rejected. In early August, Klopp said pre-season had brought “new players” and Moreno was one of them. Soon it seemed he was right: he has started nine league games and all six matches in Europe, becoming one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers. Had he really been a new player, he would surely be talked about as a shrewd signing. Meet him and he is the same as ever; watch him and he is not. By his admission, he has changed; by his own hand, too – although he is swift to credit those around him, from family to team‑mates, coaching staff to the club’s nutritionist, Mona Nemmer, who has even found a place for a taste of Seville on Merseyside.
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