Premier League – Footy Your Daily Football NEws Source Wed, 06 Jan 2021 20:37:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Phil Neville: Outgoing England manager’s Team GB job in doubt after Inter Miami link Wed, 06 Jan 2021 20:29:11 +0000
Phil Neville will step down as England manager in July

Phil Neville’s role as Great Britain’s women’s football manager at the Tokyo Olympics would be in doubt were he to take charge at Inter Miami.

But it was hoped he would coach Team GB at the postponed Olympics which will take place the same month.

Those plans would appear to be over if he decides to take on a managerial role at Inter Miami.

Neville’s former Manchester United team-mate and friend David Beckham owns the Major League Soccer (MLS) side.

The Press Association has reported that Neville had been approached for the Inter Miami job and that preliminary talks had taken place.

Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman will replace Neville in the England role in September.

But with the Dutch coach choosing to stay with her country for the delayed Olympics – rescheduled for this July and August – the Football Association planned to announce Neville as Team GB boss in November.

They are yet to confirm that position, and Neville now faces the enticing prospect of linking up with fellow Salford City co-owner Beckham.

Inter Miami are managed by Uruguayan Diego Alonso, whose team finished 10th of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference in their debut season, and lost in the first round of the play-offs.

In November, MLS said it hoped the 2021 season would begin in March.

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Arsenal: Kieran Tierney sends social media abuzz with stunning strike and short sleeves Sun, 03 Jan 2021 17:46:18 +0000

Kieran Tierney was the toast of Arsenal before and after their win over West Bromwich Albion as he warmed up in a T-shirt and shorts in freezing conditions then scored a stunning opening goal.

The 26-year-old was trending on social media as TV talk show host Piers Morgan hailed the former Celtic defender for becoming one of his favourite players.

Former Arsenal centre-half Martin Keown tipped him as a future Arsenal captain.

Manager Mikel Arteta suggested: “He’s got something special in his blood.”

The Scotland defender himself said of the wintery conditions that had put the game in doubt ahead of kick-off: “It is what it is.”

Following the 4-0 win at the Hawthorns that lifted Arsenal to 11th in the Premier League, Tierney told Arsenal TV: “Playing in Scotland for my full career, you’re used to that. A bit of cold weather hurts nobody.”

Tierney, restored to left-back after having played in a three-man central defence at times this season, turned West Brom’s Darnell Furlong inside out before cutting into the penalty box and curling a right-foot drive into the far corner.

“The boys are calling it a cross,” he said. “I’ll need to watch it back. Obviously I’m delighted with the goal – I don’t score many.”

Although it is his first goal for Arsenal this season – and second since signing for £25m from Celtic in summer 2019 – the 23-year-old is becoming increasingly influential. The 15 chances he has created in the Premier League since the start of December are more than any other defender.

Indeed, it was his cross that gave Alexandre Lacazette a simple tap-in for the striker’s second goal of the game to complete the scoring.

There were 20 passes in the build-up to Tierney’s opener and, since Arteta took charge in December 2019, Arsenal have scored more Premier League goals following a sequence of 20-plus passes than any other side.

It is an example of the hard work done on the training field that Tierney insisted they needed to end the sticky spell of four games without a win in early December, during which he defended the under-pressure manager and insisted the blame lay with the players.

Arteta was quick to point to the example shown by the full-back as his team responded by completing a third successive win – their first such run this season.

“We’re all wearing snoods, gloves and hats – he just goes out in his shorts and T-shirt,” said the Spaniard who experienced Scotland’s weather himself during his spell with Rangers. “It’s not like he’s acting, believe me. He’s very comfortable like that.

“From the moment I joined this club and he went through this shoulder injury, I saw a player with enormous talent with the perfect attitude and commitment. He is a joy to work with and I’m so happy for him with the goal he scored and everything he’s put in to be better every day.”

Arteta admitted that Tierney had initially had “some issues” adapting to life in London after leaving Scotland, but his impact is such that former captain Keown has suggested the Spaniard should “build around him”.

“Right from the beginning, I could see there is a determination about him,” Keown told BT Sport. “He is the right type that you need, that personality and character – really taking the game to the opposition now he’s playing in his preferred position at left-back.

“He’s definitely a throw-back. Perhaps a captain in the making. They tell me in training they have to tell him to calm down because he’s tackling ferociously. I really like that attitude he brings. He is a good defender and can do both parts of the game really well.

“He warmed up in a T-shirt and scored a wonderful goal in the snow. He’s in a hurry to make his mark at Arsenal and, boy, he’s done it.”

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Newcastle 1-2 Leicester: James Maddison & Youri Tielemans earn Foxes win Sun, 03 Jan 2021 17:37:13 +0000
James Maddison’s goal was his fourth in the league this season

Fine first-time finishes from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans helped Leicester beat Newcastle and move to within a point of the top of the Premier League.

Maddison fired in Jamie Vardy’s pull-back from just inside the penalty area to break Newcastle’s resistance before Tielemans curled home from 20 yards after Marc Albrighton’s pass.

Andy Carroll’s equally impressive volley reduced the deficit, his first goal since rejoining Newcastle in August 2019.

Leicester moved back above Tottenham into third, although they have played a game more than Spurs, leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester United.

Having drawn their past two games, Leicester were in danger of dropping off the pace in the title race, but they showed their class in patches at St James’ Park and deserved three points.

Apart from a tidy Vardy finish that was disallowed for offside, they were restricted to very little in the first half, although returning pair Maddison and Tielemans unlocked Newcastle after the break.

Carroll stroked home to put some gloss on the scoreline for Newcastle – his first goal for the club since 2010 – but the hosts saw their winless league run extended to five games.

Returnees provide quality for Foxes

Manager Brendan Rodgers rested Vardy for Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace, a gamble that failed to pay off as Leicester were held to a 1-1 draw.

Rodgers restored Vardy and Tielemans to the starting line-up against Newcastle and was boosted by the returns of Maddison and Timothy Castagne from injury.

The difference was telling as Leicester recorded a seventh win in nine away games this season, the best record in the top flight.

Jamie Vardy.
Jamie Vardy has netted once in his past five games

Vardy latched on to through balls from Maddison and Tielemans in the early stages, only to be foiled on both occasions by the offside flag, but the danger to Newcastle was readily apparent.

While the Magpies were able to snuff out the supply for the rest of the opening 45 minutes, they were fortunate when Vardy sliced wide from a Castagne ball over the top early in the second half.

The 33-year-old striker neatly skipped inside Federico Fernandez to tee up Maddison for the breakthrough and later hit the bar from distance, albeit when a belated flag went up again.

Although Vardy did not add to his 11 goals this season, only Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes and Kevin de Bruyne have more Premier League assists than his five.

Late rally not enough for Magpies

As much as Newcastle’s resilient midweek display in holding leaders Liverpool to a goalless draw was rightfully lauded, they have collected only two points from a possible 15 since 16 December.

The struggles of the teams below them mean Steve Bruce’s side, in 15th, retain an eight-point cushion above the bottom three, but they again paid the price for a lack of cutting edge against Leicester.

Kasper Schmeichel had not had a save to make until Carroll’s classy volley flew past the unsighted Foxes keeper eight minutes from time.

That was Newcastle’s first goal in four games and the absence of Allan Saint-Maximin to long Covid continues to have an impact on the service to an isolated Callum Wilson up front.

Newcastle have taken points off Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton – three of the top five – this season, but struggle to follow results up, recording successive league wins on only one occasion.

December’s Carabao Cup quarter-final exit to Championship side Brentford did not help Bruce’s cause as Newcastle seek a first trophy for 50 years, making Saturday’s FA Cup third-round trip to Arsenal an important one for their floundering season.

‘The squad has been tremendous’ – what they said

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce on Sky Sports: “We gave the ball away cheaply on both occasions and Leicester punished us.

“The one thing you don’t want to do when you are having arguably your best spell after half-time is give the ball away. It’s something we have to improve on.

“I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game but we have been punished and caught on the counter-attack. It’s what we want to do but we keep getting caught the other way.”

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on Sky Sports: “I’m delighted with that. It was always going to be a tight game.

“We had some really good moments in first half but just failed with that final ball. In the second half we stayed strong defensively. Once we got the first goal it opened it up a little bit.

“The squad has been tremendous in terms of how they have coped with our European and league efforts. They showed really good capabilities in the game.”

Leicester extend hold over Bruce – the stats

  • Leicester have won their past five Premier League matches at Newcastle.
  • Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has not won any of his eight home meetings with Leicester in all competitions (D4 L4).
  • Leicester have won seven away games this season – as many as they did in the 2019-20 campaign.
  • Newcastle have lost eight of their past 10 Premier League games against Leicester.
  • Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has been directly involved in 98 Premier League goals since turning 30 (80 goals & 18 assists), overtaking Paolo di Canio and equalling Ryan Giggs. Vardy is now joint-sixth for most Premier League goal involvements aged 30-plus.
  • Andy Carroll scored his first Premier League goal for Newcastle since netting against Manchester City on 26 December in 2010, 10 years eight days ago. This is the second-biggest gap between Premier League goals for a club after Wayne Rooney’s 13 years 121 days for Everton.

What’s next?

Newcastle visit Arsenal in the FA Cup third round on Saturday (17:30 GMT) – a game televised live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer – before returning to Premier League action with a trip to winless Sheffield United on 12 January (18:00).

Leicester travel to Championship side Stoke in the FA Cup on Saturday (15:00) before hosting Southampton in the league on 16 January (20:00).

Player of the match

AlbrightonMarc Albrighton

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Benjamin Mendy: Man City ‘disappointed’ after defender breaches Covid-19 protocols Sun, 03 Jan 2021 15:18:47 +0000
Benjamin Mendy had to self-isolate as a precaution in March after a family member tested positive for Covid-19

Manchester City say they are disappointed after defender Benjamin Mendy breached Covid-19 rules by hosting a New Year’s Eve party.

A spokesperson for the France international said the 26-year-old held a dinner party with guests from outside his household.

The mixing of households indoors is banned under the UK government’s tier four restrictions.

City said they would conduct an internal investigation.

“While it is understood that elements of this incident have been misinterpreted in the reports [carried by newspapers earlier], and that the player has publicly apologised for his error, the club is disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation,” the club said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Mendy said: “Benjamin and his partner allowed a chef and two friends of his partner to attend his property for a dinner party on New Year’s Eve.

“Ben accepts that this is a breach of Covid-19 protocols and is sorry for his actions in this matter. Ben has had a Covid test and is liaising with Manchester City about this.”

Meanwhile, defender Eric Garcia has become the sixth City player to test positive for coronavirus.

Garcia, along with a member of staff who also returned a positive test, will now self-isolate.

Team-mates Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker previously tested positive within the past 10 days.

The former Premier League champions are set to face Chelsea on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

They previously postponed their match against Everton on 28 December because of positive tests.

There have been a number of apparent coronavirus breaches by players at Premier League clubs in recent days.

Tottenham criticised three of their players after they attended a party over Christmas, while Fulham are looking into reports that striker Aleksandar Mitrovic allegedly broke coronavirus rules.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson also apologised after midfielder Luka Milivojevic was pictured with Mitrovic at a gathering in London.

Fulham’s match against Burnley on Sunday was postponed after an increase in positive cases at the club.

City also had to cancel their match against Everton on 28 December because of positive tests.

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Inter beat Crotone emphatically to go top of Serie A Sun, 03 Jan 2021 15:09:37 +0000
Romelu Lukaku has scored 35 goals in 50 games for Inter Milan

Lautaro Martinez scored a hat-trick as Inter Milan thrashed lowly Crotone on Sunday to take top spot in Serie A.

Inter claimed an eighth consecutive league win to move two points ahead of AC Milan who travel to mid-table Benevento later on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku scored his 50th Inter goal, with Achraf Hakimi also on target and a Luca Marrone own goal.

Niccolo Zanellato had opened the scoring for Crotone and a Vladimir Golemic penalty had made it 2-2.

Martinez and Lukaku proved decisive for the northeners, with Lukaku continuing his prolific form for Inter as he set up a goal and scored one to take his goal tally for the season to 12. This makes him Serie A’s joint top scorer with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

“There is great desire and it shows,” said Inter manager Antonio Conte as his side target their first Serie A title since 2010 with their European campaign over this season.

“It’s important to continue like this; we produce and create a lot, we score a lot of goals. It’s a pity for the goals conceded.”


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