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  • September 12, 2022

FOOTBALL fixtures are set to go ahead again as of THIS EVENING.
But there remains doubts over some games, particularly those in London until after the Queen's funeral.
Arsenal's match against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday is postponed, meaning the Gunners could face a nightmare fixture pile-up later in the season.
Barcelona are determined to come back in for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva.
The LaLiga giants failed in an attempt to sign the Man City ace, 28, in the summer transfer window.
Despite their financial woes, the Catalan side managed to spend almost £150million on new recruits – bringing in Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Frank Kessie, Andrea Christensen, Jules Kounde, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin.
Barcelona have also managed to raise £700million by selling various digital assets, which makes any potential deal for Silva a possibility.
Sport claim that Xavi's side can now add to their squad without any fear of spending beyond their means.
And Thomas Tuchel has broken his silence after his Chelsea exit, with the ex-Blues manager speaking of his devastation.
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Ajax boss looks to copy United and beat Liverpool
Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder hopes to copy the achievements of pal Erik ten Hag against Liverpool tomorrow night.
Ten Hag, who quit the Amsterdam club in the summer, helped new team Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Liverpool last month.
And now Schreuder, 49, who has arrived from Club Brugge, also hopes to topple Jurgen Klopp’s Reds like United.
The Dutchman, Ten Hag’s assistant for 18 months before joining Hoffenheim in 2019, said: “I have looked at the United match and what they did.
“There are certain things they did that are applicable to us.
“You have to be good with the ball against these kinds of teams. You need to have guts and courage. Courage is key. If you have that, then you have a chance.”
Boehly telling Tuchel to play 4-4-3 could be true, says Rio
Rio Ferdinand has hit out at Chelsea owner Todd Boehly for trying to do "too much".
The Old Trafford hero claims American businessman Boehly attempted to interfere with coaching while Thomas Tuchel was at the club.
Reports from The Athletic claim Boehly and co-owner Behdad Eghbali had drawn up a '4-4-3' formation using 11 outfield players, something Chelsea have denied.
But Ferdinand told his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel: "There's hands on and there's too much. From what I hear they were getting their noses too much into the tactical and technical things that would normally be left to a manager."
When asked about reports suggesting Boehly asked to play a mistaken '4-4-3' with an extra player, Ferdinand said: "They're the kind of stories that I'm hearing as well.
"I've heard those stories, they're trying to influence even player selection and when you get to that point you can start to understand why a manager would have some pushback.
"Tuchel, the personality and character he is, he wouldn't have accepted that, some other characters will do as new owners say but Thomas Tuchel isn't that guy.
"Why let him have the money if you knew you were always going to get rid of him?"
This weekend’s new look Prem schedule
Friday 16 September
20:00 Aston Villa v Southampton (Sky Sports)
20:00 Nott’ham Forest v Fulham
Saturday 17 September
12:30 Wolves v Man City (BT Sport)
15:00 Newcastle  v AFC Bournemouth
17:30 Spurs v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
Postponed Brighton v Crystal Palace
Sunday 18 September
12:00 Brentford v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
14:15 Everton v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Postponed Chelsea v Liverpool 
Postponed Man Utd v Leeds 
Three Prem clashes OFF this weekend
It has been confirmed – there will be three Premier League games off this weekend.
The statement read: “Premier League fixtures will resume this weekend after a pause to the season as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 
“Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral.
“Matches postponed on Sunday 18 September are Chelsea vs Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United’s home match vs Leeds United.
“Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played at 15:00 BST on Saturday 17 September, will also remain postponed.”
Arsenal vs PSV Eindhoven POSTPONED
Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven – which was scheduled to take place on Thursday – has been postponed due to policing issues.
An official statement read: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Europa League tie between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven, originally to be played on Thursday 15 September, has been postponed with a new date to be communicated in due course.
“This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
More Saudi bids for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo will have more offers to move to Saudi Arabia next year, according to football chief Yasser Al-Misehal.
The striker, 37, told Manchester United he wanted to leave the club in June in search of Champions League football.
Ronaldo could not find a suitable club to join and that led Saudi Arabia outfit Al-Hilal to make a bid.
Al-Hilal reportedly offered CR7 a two-year deal worth a staggering £211million – which works out to £2m a week.
But he rejected the offer along with a proposal from Al-Nassr.
Despite that, president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation Al-Misehal believes more bids will be made from Saudi clubs next year.
Chelsea should have gone for Zidane or Pochettino, says McGrath
Manchester United legend Paul McGrath says Chelsea have made a mistake with Graham Potter – and should have gone for Mauricio Pochettino or Zinedine Zidane instead.
The 62-year-old former Republic of Ireland star wrote in the Sunday World: “When you are Chelsea and you need a manager, it behoves a club that were European Champions last year and are World Club Champions to get nothing but the best.
“And right now ‘nothing but the best,’ in terms of available managers, meant either Zinedine Zidane or Mauricio Pochettino.
“Instead of going for either man who are free agents, Chelsea paid, it is believed, a total of £22million to loosen Potter and his coaches from their Brighton contracts. It makes no sense to me.
“I know Zidane seems to want to wait for the French national team job after the World Cup finals, but Chelsea are not short of the money that would have turned his head. While Pochettino must be wondering what on earth is going on.”
Scottish Premiership to resume
The Scottish FA and the SPFL have confirmed that fixtures will resume this week.
An official statement read: “Following confirmation of the postponement of all fixtures in the professional game across Scotland last weekend as a mark of respect for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we can confirm the intention for the professional game to resume as normal.
“Fixtures will go ahead, subject to Police Scotland resourcing, with the caveat that any fixtures under the professional banner be rescheduled if they fall on Monday September 19, the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.
“This week, as a mark of respect and in keeping with the period of National Mourning, home clubs may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem just ahead of kick-off, and players may wish to wear black armbands.
“We thank clubs and league organisations for the mark of respect shown at the weekend and for their efforts in resuming the professional game fixture schedule.”
Man Utd ‘rejected the chance to sign duo’ this summer
Manchester United rejected the chance to sign Christian Pulisic and Memphis Depay during the summer, according to reports.
United endured a manic end to their transfer window as they looked to add fresh recruits for Erik ten Hag’s rebuild project.
But, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that they were offered Depay, 28, on a free transfer from Barcelona, while discussions also took place with Chelsea for Pulisic, 23.
According to Romano, United submitted a loan offer for Pulisic but Chelsea had no intention of allowing the American to leave unless it was with a permanent transfer.
Potter aims to motivate the squad
After predecessor Tuchel was accused of falling out with players, Potter vowed to “build relationships”.
He said: “I think that you have to understand that they’re human beings first, and the key thing is to try understand them.
“Understand what motivates them and understand what they’re like as people, and then, from that, try to come to some common ground, try to build relationships, to try to communicate effectively on a daily basis and build respect, trust and honesty.
“My starting point would always be the person first. I had a football career that I was very fortunate to have that gave me loads of opportunities, loads of experience and then my education, after retiring, I suppose gave me a chance to put that into some theory, to put some context to the experiences.
“Challenges abroad meant that I could widen my thoughts on myself, on life, on football, which was a fantastic experience for me, so all of those challenges, all those experiences, I think shape you as a human being.
“They make you grow, they make you develop. I always think that in order to get better you have to take a little step outside of what’s comfortable and our job as coaches is to provide the players that opportunity to do that.”
Potter unveiled as new Blues boss
Graham Potter has outlined his vision for Chelsea after being unveiled as the Blues’ new boss.
The Englishman was appointed Thomas Tuchel’s successor last week after the West Londoners’ agreed to pay Brighton £20million for him and his coaching staff.
Potter, 47, was shown around Chelsea’s Cobham training centre as he donned his new club’s gear for the first time.
He posed for pictures in his new clobber around the state of the art facility, before sitting down with the Blues’ club media for the first time.
Potter had been due to take charge of his first game on Saturday, only for Chelsea's short trip to Fulham being postponed following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
He will now get his first taste of action with the Blues on Wednesday night, when his new side take on RB Salzburg in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.
Toon land Karius
Newcastle have confirmed the signing of former Liverpool keeper Loris Karius.
The 29-year-old was wanted by the Magpies as a replacement for Martin Dubravka after he joined Manchester United on loan.
Manager Eddie Howe added: "We are pleased to add Loris to our goalkeeping group.
"He is a very good goalkeeper with Premier League and European experience and he will provide competition and support over an important part of the season."
This weekend's new look Prem schedule
Friday 16 September
20:00 Aston Villa v Southampton (Sky Sports)
20:00 Nott'ham Forest v Fulham
Saturday 17 September
12:30 Wolves v Man City (BT Sport)
15:00 Newcastle  v AFC Bournemouth
17:30 Spurs v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
Postponed Brighton v Crystal Palace
Sunday 18 September
12:00 Brentford v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
14:15 Everton v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Postponed Chelsea v Liverpool 
Postponed Man Utd v Leeds 
Three Prem clashes OFF this weekend
It has been confirmed – there will be three Premier League games off this weekend.
The statement read: "Premier League fixtures will resume this weekend after a pause to the season as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 
"Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral.
"Matches postponed on Sunday 18 September are Chelsea vs Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United’s home match vs Leeds United.
"Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played at 15:00 BST on Saturday 17 September, will also remain postponed."
More on Felix move to Old Trafford
Felix, who has 22 caps, joined the LaLiga giants from Benfica in 2019 for £113million and has taken time to settle in Spain.
But last season he scored ten goals in his 35 appearances for Diego Simeone's side as has started to demonstrate his undoubted quality.
His suitors are aware that he has a staggering £295m release clause attached to his deal at the Metropolitano Stadium.
The Red Devils were thought to be particularly keen on Felix this summer as doubts lingered over the future at United of his international skipper Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 37-year-old football legend has made it clear he wants to leave and is eyeing up a January move after struggling for game time under new boss Erik ten Hag.
Felix clueless over Man Utd approach
Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix says he did not even know Manchester United were in for him this summer.
Spanish media reported that Red Devils representatives spoke to the creative Portugal forward's agent in a bid to sign him last month.
Marca article also said Atleti made it clear to United they had no intention of selling the 22-year-old.
And it was reported the Prem giants had a £110m bid rejected.
Now transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has given an update which suggests Felix was kept out of the loop over the dealings.
Romano tweeted: "Joao Felix tells Marca on Manchester United approach during the summer, 'I didn't hear anything… so that was something for the president to deal with'.
"There was never an official bid — just an approach, not even a proposal as Atleti consider Joao untouchable."
Incredible welcome video shows Costa and real pack of wolves
Terrified Diego Costa admitted his free transfer to Wolves left him quaking in his boots – after handling a real pack of live WOLVES for his announcement video.
The former Chelsea striker left Atletico Mineiro in January and was without a club.
After completing his medical in the West Midlands last week, Costa is now officially a Wolves player and will wear the No29 at Molineux.
The club confirmed the deal, initially until the end of the season, with a thrilling Twitter video announcement.
The clip showed three wolves on chains walking through a dark corridor, as the Spanish striker tried to control them from behind.
He said: "I was scared to death. Holding that chain I kept thinking, ‘What if this wolf thinks about jumping on top of me?’ and then the three of them did.
“I was a little scared then. Those were wolves, not dogs. It was a cool experience but not a very comfortable one. I have five dogs, but they’re not wolves!”
Officials ‘hopeful’ for this weekend’s fixtures
Some of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures are still at risk of being postponed.
This is due to a lack of police resources ahead of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week.
But, officials are still hopeful that a conclusion can be reached.
A National Police Chiefs Council spokesperson said: “We will work with football clubs to try and ensure that, where possible, football fixtures can take place safely when balanced against the requirement to support national events and deliver day-to-day policing.
“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”
Ten Hag implements new training approach
Manchester Utd boss Erik ten Hag is making his players undergo training session where they use just their weaker foot, according to reports.
Ten Hag is making training drills tailored to improving player's 'wrong foot' after realising there is a lack of left footers in the squad.
The Red Devils signed Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Antony to their squad over the summer to add more natural left footed players to the team along with Luke Shaw.
Ten Hag believes it is important to have a strong weak foot and be able to play with both feet as he looks to change the style of Man Utd into a more possession based team.
Manchester Evening News report that the 52-year-old has created specific drills to make players use their weaker foot.
The squad all take part in main sessions before more niche drills begin.
'I feel like a fraud'
Chris Kamara says he feels like a “fraud” following his apraxia of speech diagnosis – and like someone else is controlling his voice.
The 64-year-old left his role on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday at the end of last season after being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid earlier this year, leaving him with a condition that affects his speech.
Speaking with watery eyes on the Diary Of A CEO podcast, a clearly choked-up Kammy admitted: "I feel a fraud now in terms of broadcasting – I don’t bring to the table what I used to.
"I feel I’m doing these programmes and they’re not getting the best of me – they’re tolerating me, that’s how it feels. You take your old self for granted."
Costa breaks silence after Wolves transfer
Upon his arrival at Wolves, Diego Costa told WolvesTV: "This move motivated me. It lit that fire within me.
"On a physical and psychological level, I will need two to three weeks to get back in shape but that’s normal since I haven’t done much for a while but I know that I can do it.
"If I ever doubted my potential because of what I’ve done – and thank God I’ve had a fulfilling career – and I didn’t have anything left to give, I wouldn't have accepted this challenge.
"I have a team to care for and if I said yes to this, it’s because I think that I can bring something to the table.
"I asked him (Bruno Lage) not to rush me into things and he was very understanding. He is a great manager and someone who has been doing a great job.
"What the fans can expect from me is dedication, willingness, discipline and goals which is what I will try to bring to the team to thank for all the support and all the trust.
"I always thought that the Premier League was the best out there, the best in the world. 
"I had the pleasure to play in it, return again and in my opinion, from experience, the league has the atmosphere, the way the game is played, the stadiums full of supporters, the pitch in perfect condition, the respect that players have for each other.
"I did think if I would be able to do it, if I was physically and mentally ready for this new challenge – a difficult one, that I know for sure – but mentally, I’m fine.
"You can bet that I will give it my all, give it my 100 per cent on the pitch as if it were a new beginning. 
"Since this is a challenge, a lot of dedication and love on the pitch as I will give the best of me."
Everton targeting move for Traore
Everton are ready to make a bid for Ferencvaros winger Adama Traore, according to reports.
The Toffees could launch a January bid for the 27-year-old who has caught the eye this season claim Calciomercato.
Traore has played 14 times this season scoring 12 goals and assisting four for the club.
He played a key role in the Hungarian side's qualification into the Europa League group stage.
Ange Postecoglou on Brighton's managerial shortlist
Brighton are plotting a move for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, according to reports.
The Seagulls are on the hunt for a new head coach following Graham Potter's switch to Chelsea last week.
Previous reports claimed the south coast club had drawn up a four-man shortlist that did not include Postecoglou.
But The Times now report the Australian is under serious consideration to succeed Potter.
Postecoglou is reportedly a strong contender amongst a list of candidates Brighton are conducting due diligence on.
The club is said to be impressed by what they have heard about the Aussie coach, both on and off the pitch.
Man Utd 'rejected the chance to sign duo' this summer
Manchester United rejected the chance to sign Christian Pulisic and Memphis Depay during the summer, according to reports.
United endured a manic end to their transfer window as they looked to add fresh recruits for Erik ten Hag's rebuild project.
But, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that they were offered Depay, 28, on a free transfer from Barcelona, while discussions also took place with Chelsea for Pulisic, 23.
According to Romano, United submitted a loan offer for Pulisic but Chelsea had no intention of allowing the American to leave unless it was with a permanent transfer.
Liverpool injury blow
Andy Robertson has given Liverpool yet another crushing injury blow.
The Scottish defender picked up an injury at the end of the 4-1 loss at Napoli and will not return until after the forthcoming window.
Robertson joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones and Caoimhin Kelleher on the sidelines.
But Fabio Carvalho could return against Ajax after he sustained a dead leg in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton on September 3.
Klopp, who will start left-back Kostas Tsimikas against Ajax, said: “Robbo is not 100 per cent. He picked it up very late in the 93rd minute and felt it the next day. He is out for at least until after the international break.”
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