Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why he won’t be wearing a suit on the touchline anytime soon

13 Sep

Jurgen Klopp’s jovial and charismatic nature has made him one of the most popular figures in the Premier League.

While many bosses in England’s top flight sport a suit on the touchline during games, Klopp prefers to wear a tracksuit instead.

The days of Jurgen Klopp wearing a suit on the touchline are long gone – according to the man himself
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The Liverpool boss explained the thinking behind his casual matchday attire in an exclusive interview with Reshmin Chowdhury prior to his side’s win over Newcastle on Saturday.

“I have a suit for weddings, funerals and if somebody tells me I have to wear a suit. For me it’s not ideal,” he said.

Klopp always wears a tracksuit on the touchline, even during his side’s triumphant Champions League final win over Tottenham last season
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“I have no reason to wear one. I don’t feel comfortable in it and I cannot breathe properly.

“I don’t want to have to think about my outfit before a game, so I’m really happy that the kitman can give me something that I can jump into.”

Klopp did wear a suit on occasions during his stint at Borussia Dortmund, as well as in the Europa League during his first season at Liverpool – 2015/16 – but maintains there will not be a repeat of that in the future.

“When I first started in the Champions League I wore them because I was told by somebody it was a duty,” he added.

“But from the first time I saw another manager next to me not wearing a suit, I was done.

“I’m not interested in small talk. I don’t want to look good on the sideline, my team should look good. That’s my main target.”

Robert Glatzel’s first Cardiff City goal earns Neil Warnocks men point against struggling Derby

13 Sep

Derby’s winless run now stretches to six games after they could only muster a 1-1 draw with Cardiff on Friday night.

The hosts took the lead inside six minutes through Scott Malone, taking the Rams four attempts in total to finally stick the ball beyond Alex Smithies.

Robert Glatzel rescued a point for Cardiff on the road at Derby
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Replays later showed the goal should have been disallowed, as Waghorn handled the ball in the build-up to the goal

The visitors responded strongly and soon levelled. Robert Glatzel went to receive the ball inside the area, but Richard Keogh hauled him to the deck with the referee pointing to the spot.

Glatzel stepped up to take the penalty and thumped the ball past Kelle Roos for his first goal for the Bluebirds and earn the visitors a point.

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England boss Gareth Southgate’s racism concerns labelled ‘groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary’ by Bulgarian Football Union

13 Sep

The Bulgarian Football Union have responded furiously to Gareth Southgate’s concerns about his players suffering racial abuse ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 qualifying game, labelling them ‘groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary’.

Speaking in the wake of an alleged incident involving Raheem Sterling during a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley last weekend, Three Lions boss Southgate said racist abuse was a ‘concern’ ahead of the return clash in Sofia next month.

Gareth Southgate has expressed his concerns over potential racial abuse occurring when England travel to Bulgaria next month
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The BFS have now written to UEFA and Southgate’s boss, Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, to express its unhappiness at his comments.

Sterling, a key figure in the fight against racism, is believed to be have been the victim of discriminatory language towards him during the first half of last Saturday’s game.

A steward heard the individual in the Bulgaria section of the ground and they were ejected from Wembley and handed to the police, before being released with no further action.

“Yes, it is a concern,” Southgate said about the return game. “It’s something that we’ve already planned. We’ve already planned what our schedule looks like and we’re going to discuss it with the players before we go, because we’re aware that there is history there and we want to make sure that we’re all prepared for what might happen and how we want to respond.”

Raheem Sterling, middle, was the victim of alleged racist abuse at Wembley last Saturday
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However, the BFS have reacted angrily to Southgate’s comments.

“The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov sent an official letter to the UEFA General Secretary Mr. Theodore Theodoridis and the chairman of the English FA Mr. Greg Clarke expressing his indignation and disappointment following the public comments by Mr. Gareth Southgate and the suggestions that the English players will be subject to racial abuse by the Bulgarian supporters in the upcoming European qualifier in Sofia on October 14th,” a statement read.

“The BFU views such behaviour as groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary prior to the important and exciting football game that Bulgarian fans have been looking to in the past year. We have not received any official information regarding discriminatory language used by a Bulgarian supporter at Wembley Stadium.

“Even if this were the case, however, we believe that generalisations and the creation of needless tension by official members of the English team is absolutely unacceptable and in contradiction with the spirit of mutual respect and fair play, the core values of both UEFA and the BFU.”

Next month’s qualifier will be England’s first trip to Bulgaria since September 2011, when a 3-0 win was overshadowed by racist abuse in Sofia.

Ashley Young was subjected to monkey chants during that game, but the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS) only received a £34,000 fine by UEFA for ‘discriminatory’ chanting and for the lighting and throwing of fireworks.

The Vasil Levski National Stadium will already be partially closed for England’s latest visit due to the racist behaviour of their supporters in the 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic in June.

The BFS is required to block off at least 5,000 seats for the visit of Southgate’s men and display a banner with the wording ‘#EqualGame’.

Bulgaria’s return fixture against the Czechs is also due to be played at a partially-closed ground due to racist behaviour in the 3-2 home loss to Kosovo in their other June fixture.

Manchester City news: Club legend Vincent Kompany backs John Stones for ‘bright future’ but says defender must add ‘consistency’ to his game

13 Sep

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City John Stones has a ‘bright future’, but must add ‘consistency’ to his game.

The former City captain, who missed his own testimonial on Wednesday night because of a hamstring injury, is confident his former team-mate can prove a lot of doubters wrong with a solid run of games.

Vincent Kompany, left, has backed his former Manchester City team-mate to prove his doubters wrong
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City and England defender Stones has been tipped for the top for several years but errors and a lack of consistency have hampered his progress.

The 25-year-old was left out by City manager Pep Guardiola for much of the run-in to last season’s Premier League title success, with Kompany preferred on a number of occasions.

But now with Kompany having left and Aymeric Laporte out injured for the next few months, Stones is set for a prolonged run alongside Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of City’s defence.

“I’ve always said John is one of the most talented defenders. He’s got such a bright future,” Kompany remarked.

“He’s already achieved a lot, let’s not forget that. He’s not a young defender anymore that hasn’t got any experience. He’s a multiple Premier League-winning central defender that is growing.

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“The one thing I wish for him is consistency – consistency of games and consistency of fitness – and then he will show the world how good he is.

“By the end of it, if City can win a Champions League or something, all of a sudden he’ll be mentioned in a completely different category.

“He just has to get himself on the pitch, be himself and he’ll be fine. I’ve not seen signs of weakness I need to be worried about.

“He’s just a top-class defender. If now he gets to play games things will sort themselves out, no doubt.”

Stones is expected to return from a hamstring problem to face Norwich this weekend. With Laporte sidelined, he and Otamendi are City’s only senior fit centre-backs. Midfielder Fernandinho was used as makeshift option in the last game against Brighton.

City’s decision not to sign another defender to replace Kompany in the summer has been questioned but the Belgian believes manager Pep Guardiola is still well covered.

Kompany, 33, said: “Three world-class centre backs is awesome by any standard. In the past we had the luxury of four but I’ve not seen many teams have four top, top centre-backs.

“It wasn’t normal. It only happened because of circumstance. ‘OK, Vinny could break down, so we’ll bring in another one’.

“Most clubs aren’t advised to do it and have three. Most clubs run with three world-class centre backs and a young one. City have got unlucky with an injury, that’s it.”

MMA News: Michael Page sensationally claims he would ‘earn more if he wasn’t black’, Conor McGregor dealt major blow in hope of Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch

13 Sep

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of MMA…


Page says race plays a factor in MMA fighter pay

Michael Page has sensationally claimed he would have made more money if he were a white fighter.

Page, 32, is well known for his exciting fighting skill and no-nonsense personality.

And writing in the Metro, Page expressed his belief that his career hasn’t been as financially rewarding as it could have been because of the colour of his skin.

“I’ve never come across open racism from a fight fan,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard a fan shout anything racist at me.

Michael Page has sensationally claimed that he would have earned more money in his UFC career if he was a white male
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“I think you’d have to be brave to do that at a London fight night. But, I do think black fighters are treated differently.

“Do I think any promoters I know are racist? It’s not that. I think it’s less financially lucrative to be a black fighter than a white All-American or Irish kid.”

“I genuinely feel if I was a white fighter with the same talents, I would have more support and money.”

Lee to make lightweight return

Kevin Lee has his eye on pursuing a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov after dropping back down the lightweight division.

Lee, 27, moved up to welterweight earlier this year and wasted no time in trying to assert his authority on the division by landing an encounter with former lightweight champion Raphael dos Anjos.

Unfortunately for Lee that clash didn’t go to plan as he was submitted in the fourth round.

And after watching UFC 242 last weekend, he now wants to make a return to the lightweight division in an attempt to secure a fight with Khabib.

Kevin Lee, pictured back in December 2015, intends to return to the lightweight division

“After looking at that last fight with Khabib, I did an interview before Khabib fought Dustin (Poirier) and said I wasn’t too impressed,” Lee told ESPN (via MMA Mania).

“But after seeing the way Khabib handled Dustin, I might want a piece of that cake. I like the biggest target I can find.

“He’s the real challenge out there. He’s the guy who is going to challenge Jon Jones for the pound-for-pound title. That’s the kind of fight that will get me up.”

McGregor dealt huge blow in pursuit of Khabib rematch

Conor McGregor’s hopes of facing Khabib Nurmagomedov have been dealt a blow.

The Irishman has not fought since he was choked out by the UFC lightweight king last October.

Khabib successfully defended his belt with an impressive third-round submission against Dustin Poirier last weekend.

Khabib now has his eye on Tony Ferguson as his third title defence, with McGregor unlikely to get a look in.

Conor McGregor looks unlikely to face Khabib Nurmagomedov again
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And Nurmagomedov’s father believes his son, unbeaten in 28 professional bouts, will fight just twice more in the Octagon.

“For Khabib, 30-0 is enough,” he said. “Regarding his last fight, then of course, we would like his final title defence to be in Moscow.”

Unai Emery press conference: Arsenal boss on Ceballos’ future, Lacazette injury blow and Willock’s potential

13 Sep

Arsenal have confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will be out of action until October with an ankle injury.

Lacazette, 28, had been playing through the pain barrier but has now been told to rest the problem in case of suffering further damage.

Alexandre Lacazette is set for a spell on the sidelines
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A statement on Arsenal’s website said: “After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness.

“Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. He is likely to be back in action in October.”

Lacazette has scored two goals in three appearances this season, the last of which came in the 2-2 draw with north London rivals Tottenham when the Frenchman was replaced in the 67th minute.

Unai Emery faced the press on Friday afternoon, with talkSPORT.com rounding up the rest of the key talking points below.


Pepe closing in on return

“Yes, yes, he is training well and he is ready for Sunday.”

Tierney and Bellerin update

“It depends on their progress for the next weeks and maybe also we can decide to play at the beginning with the under-23s before, to be ready with us.
“Maybe if they play with the under-23s they can take confidence and better their rhythm and then after play with us 100 per cent.”

Pepe will be available for Arsenal’s trip to Watford on Sunday
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On the possibility of Ceballos staying at the Emirates longer than a season

“Every player, when they’re coming to a new competition or team, they need some adaptation.

“He is playing and played in Liverpool and told us he knows in that moment how difficult it is to play in the Premier League, above all against a team like Liverpool.

“He needs that adaptation and after to move very quickly with us, the new ideas and the opposing teams.

“His wish is very important to help us and give us his skills and quality for each training and match.”

Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos has already made a big impression at the Emirates
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Any update on the captaincy?

“We spoke this morning on that, next week I am going to take the decision on the five captains.

“I am going to make it official next week. We have captains now.”

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Willock’s potential after signing new deal

“It’s good news. He’s young, he has energy, he has quality, skills. He is hungry to help us, to be here. It’s a good decision for him and us.”

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Jurgen Klopp press conference: Liverpool boss cannot provide Alisson return date, says Napoli stadium situation is ‘not too cool’

13 Sep

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains in the dark over when goalkeeper Alisson will return from injury.

The Brazilian, who has excelled for the Reds since his £67m move from Roma last July, was forced off with a calf complaint during the first Premier League game of the season against Norwich last month.

Klopp will not rush Alisson back from the treatment table
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Klopp remains hopeful his no.1 goalkeeper could return after next month’s international break, but says he won’t be putting any pressure on the 26-year-old to rush back.

“He’s improving but we cannot put any pressure on it,” the German said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle.

“It was a really serious injury in the calf and it’s now much better. That’s good for us and good for him but we don’t know exactly.

“The target was always after the next international break he could be ready but we don’t know.

Hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season, that’s the plan.”

Klopp also discussed other injury news, the visit of Newcastle to Anfield, and the state of Napoli’s stadium ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash during his press conference.

You can read all the key talking points, below…


Klopp on Naby Keita’s injury

“Naby is close. He could be in training when we come back from Napoli next week.”

Klopp on ‘very difficult’ Newcastle test

“Off season it was really difficult with Rafa leaving. For Steve for sure it is a difficult job. He has done fantastic so far – close games and good results as well.
“(They’re) very difficult to play. They kept pretty much the same style as last year.

Steve Bruce is one of the few Premier League managers who enjoys facing Liverpool
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“I think 24/25 per cent possession at Tottenham but always really good, scored a wonderful goal, defended with a big heart and good organisation.

“That’s what we had to prepare for and that’s what we did. It will not be easy.”

Klopp on the Napoli changing room farce

“I trust UEFA enough to think that they will sort something and we will have a shower and a space where we can change. I hope it will be organised like this but I don’t know.

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“I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. If it would look like it looked on a few pictures we saw, that would be not too cool, but, as long as the pitch is still there and all the rest as well then we could play.

“We cannot change it so we only go there and accept the circumstances and go out and play football.”

Klopp on squad morale

“We have to make sure we have a wonderful atmosphere in the group. We work hard for that and we try to keep that. We just try to improve all the time.

“This club is wonderful and it’s just the atmosphere hasn’t always been like this. The players like each other a lot.”

Klopp on Liverpool’s incredible home record in the Premier League

“We don’t think about [the home record]. We know as well, records are there to be broken.

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“Each team could have done it but we were mostly better and deserved it. Only thing I’m concerned about is how we can be in a better mood and shape than Arsenal. That was a high level.

“We have to make sure they day [the record ends] is far away in the future. We can only give everything tomorrow. We have a chance to win, so we must do it.”

Klopp on Salah and Mane resting over the international break

“It was perfect they didn’t have to go on international. I am happy for them to play for them but I say 500 times, the players who didn’t go, everything is different. A very intense period.

“Sadio and Mo have had time off they needed. They are refreshed that’s how it is and hopefully we can use that.”

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The most memorable Premier League rants, including Delia Smith’s half-time outburst during Norwich vs Man City

13 Sep

It’s Monday February 28, 2005. Relegation threatened Norwich are drawing 2-2 at home to Manchester City as the half-time whistle blows.

There is a subdued atmosphere around Carrow Road. The hosts had raced into a two-goal lead inside 16 minutes, with Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie on the scoresheet.

However, Kevin Keegan’s men responded well with goals from Antoine Sibieski and Robbie Fowler putting them on level terms heading into the interval.

In an attempt to gee up the home faithful, celebrity chef and club shareholder Delia Smith took matters into her own hands – quite literally.

Smiths rant at Carrow Road will never be forgotten
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The Canaries fanatic grabbed a microphone on the pitch and from there on in she well and truly wrote herself into Premier League folklore.

Smith yelled into the public address system: “This is a message for possibly the best supporters in the world. We need a 12th man. Where are you? Where are you? Let’s be having you! Come on!”

Unfortunately for Smith, who took a lot of criticism over the impromptu rant, the speech didn’t spur Norwich on to victory.

In fact, they lost the game. Fowler’s injury-time goal consigned Nigel Worthington’s men to defeat. It’s also worth noting Norwich also got relegated that year. Sorry, Delia.

Following the half-time outburst Smith was also forced to categorically deny having had ‘too much wine’. Ouch.

Delia Smith’s rant at Carrow Road was all in vain as Robbie Fowler notched an injury-time winner for Manchester City at Carrow Road
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The two sides meet against this Saturday evening, with the game LIVE on talkSPORT as part of our Gameday coverage, and it’s safe to say a repeat of Smith’s past rant is highly unlikely.

Below, talkSPORT.com takes a look at some of the other memorable speeches/rants of the Premier League era…


Kevin Keegan’s infamous ‘I’d love it if we beat them’ tirade

It’s April 29, 1996 and Keegan’s Newcastle side had just beaten won 1-0 at Leeds to close to within three points of leaders Manchester United with a game in hand and two to play.

Keith Gillespie’s goal gave them their third straight win, but instead of taking the opportunity to lap up the victory in an interview with Sky Sports after the game, Keegan went on one of the most infamous rants in Premier League history.

Sir Alex Ferguson had stoked the fire ahead of the match by suggesting the likes of Nottingham Forest – who United had just beaten 5-0 – might not try as hard against Keegan’s men as they did against his side.

That infuriated Keegan, whose side were due at the City Ground two days later, and he went on a tirade against United live on air saying “I would love it if we beat them… Love it!

Unfortunately for Keegan and co Ferguson not only came out on top in terms of mind games – but also in the title race – as the Red Devils finished four points clear of their rivals to win the title.

Ian Holloway on FIFA 

The former Blackpool boss is never one to mince his words and during his stint at Bloomfield Road he went on a tirade against ‘useless’ UEFA president Michel Platini, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and the idea of a Winter World Cup in 2022. Enjoy!

 

Rafa Benitez rant against Alex Ferguson

Irked by the Manchester United manager’s observations about the fixture table back in January 20, Rafa Benitez erupted during a press conference with the former Liverpool boss stating a few ‘facts’ to his rival – the master of mind games.

John Sitton’s red mist

Sitten’s Leyton Orient 1-0 down at half-time against Sam Allardyce’s Blackpool in February 1995 and Sitton wasn’t best pleased with his side. He went on a extraordinary rant, sacking defender Terry Howard before offering to fight two of his players, Barry Lakin and Mark Warren. Yes, you read that right…

Joe Kinnear’s x-rated rant

An infamous press conference featuring the former Newcastle manager contained just the 52 swear words in five minutes. Kinnear later outdid himself on talkSPORT, when he returned to the club as director of football and refereed to Shola Amenobee, Yohan Kebab and Hatem Ben Afre rather than Shola Ameobi, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Harry Redknapp is not a ‘wheeler dealer’

Whatever you do, do not call ‘Arry’ a ‘wheeler-dealer’ or you will feel the full wrath of him.

Roy Hodgson doesn’t take any nonsense

The former England boss is normally a calm and collective character, but after one reporter wound him up with his line of questioning in an interview during his stint as West Brom he let rip!

 

Crystal Palace are the fourth best Premier League side this year… and will be plotting another ‘top six’ scalp against Tottenham

13 Sep

Crystal Palace face the short trip to London rivals Tottenham this weekend, with the Eagles out to avenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered at White Hart Lane back in April in what was Spurs’ first game at their new £1bn stadium.

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Hodgson has done a superb job at Palace
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Roy Hodgson can have no complaints whatsoever with how his side have fared in 2019, with only Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal accumulating more points than the Eagles in this calendar year.

Hodgson has already led his side to a stunning 2-1 victory at Manchester United this season – becoming the first Crystal Palace manager to beat the Red Devils in the Premier League.

It also ended a run of 23 games – dating back to May 1991 – without a win for the south Londoners against the European giants.

Palace have won seven Premier League away games away this year scoring 22 goals in the process – a feat only better by Pep Guardiola’s City.

Patrick van Aanholt, right, celebrates with Wilfried Zaha after scoring an injury-time winner at Old Trafford last month
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In terms of facing the ‘Big Six’ in the Premier League  – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – the Eagles have more than held their own despite falling to four defeats out of six games in 2019.

Palace were unbeaten against the Gunners last season, securing a sensational 3-2 victory at the Emirates in April which in turn dented Unai Emery’s men’s top-four hopes.

Christian Benteke gave the visitors a first-half lead before Mesut Ozil’s clever finish brought Arsenal level almost immediately after the interval.

However, two goals in eight minutes ended Arsenal’s 10-match winning league run on home soil, with Wilfried Zaha capitalising on a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi to restore Palace’s lead before James McArthur’s header made it 3-1.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit with his 19th league goal of the season, but Palace held on to grab a priceless three points and secure their Premier League status for another season.

Meanwhile, the Eagles came agonisingly close to getting something at Anfield in the same month, with Hodgson’s men falling on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller.

Palace went ahead through Andros Townsend, before goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino put the hosts in charge of the contest.

James Tomkins’s header made it 2-2 with 25 minutes to play, but a calamitous error from Julian Speroni gifted Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead again as Salah poked the ball home from the goal line.

Zaha starred for Palace in their victory at Arsenal last season
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Sadio Mane added a fourth in injury-time, but a resolute Palace still managed reduced the deficit through Max Meyer in a thrilling encounter – which also saw James Milner see red late on.

Palace also suffered 3-1 defeats to both United and City respectively in February and May, but where by no means dominated in either of those clashes.

The Eagles are yet to face Chelsea in the league this year, with their next encounter with Frank Lampard’s men on November 9 at Stamford Bridge.

Below, is the Premier League table so far this year and as you can see it’s been quite the year for everyone connected with Crystal Palace Football Club!

2019 Premier League table so far

1. Manchester City – 61 points

2. Liverpool – 55 points

3. Arsenal – 39 points

4. Crystal Palace – 37 points

5. Manchester United – 36 points

6. Everton – 34 points

7. Chelsea – 34 points

8. Leicester City – 32 points

9. West Ham – 32 points

10. Tottenham – 31 points

11. Newcastle United – 31 points

12. Wolves – 31 points

13. Burnley – 29 points

14. Southampton – 28 points

15. Bournemouth – 23 points

16. Watford – 23 points

17. Brighton – 15 points


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Mauricio Pochettino has ‘no problem’ with Kieran Trippier after former Tottenham defender’s comments about summer exit

13 Sep

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Kieran Trippier tried to contact him to explain he felt his words were ‘twisted’ while on international duty, after he appeared to criticise his former club for the handling of his summer exit.

Trippier, 28, clinched a £20m move to Atletico Madrid in the transfer window after four seasons at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino, right, says he has not fallen out with former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier
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The right-back claimed last week he ‘didn’t really get an answer’ when he spoke to Pochettino and the chairman Daniel Levy about his future, before opting for a new life in Spain.

Pochettino had played down talk of a potential rift between him and Trippier, while confirming that the latter sent him a text message earlier this week to clarify the situation – but he did not receive it after recently changing numbers.

Instead, Harry Kane relayed the message to his boss following his return from international duty.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, Pochettino said: “I didn’t see it, but I heard about it. I can explain how I feel.

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“We had a conversation where he explained he was going to move to Atletico Madrid – okay nothing more.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) when Harry Kane arrived back he said to me ‘did you get Kieran’s text?’ I said ‘no’ because I changed my number. Maybe because he doesn’t have the new number.

“Because he (Trippier) believe his words were twisted – I don’t know nothing more.

“Kieran translated this message to me through Harry Kane. He wanted to tell me. But I’ve got no problem with Kieran.

“In football decisions happen and players move from one club to another. What happened, happened and we need to move on and he needs to think of Atletico Madrid and be happy there.”

He added: “After the summer he came to see me, he asked me for a meeting and said ‘gaffer, I think I have a good possibility and for different reasons I would like to accept the offer from Atletico Madrid’.

“He didn’t ask me nothing. He only communicated whether the club were going to accept the offer. Nothing more.

“It wasn’t a conversation – you want me? Or you don’t want me? It was so clear.

Trippier has been a regular starter for new club Atletico Madrid this season
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“He played the final, when I had plenty of different options, with Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Kyle Walker-Peters. But he played the final. My actions talk more than my mouth.

“There’s no point to talk about if something happened or didn’t happen. The reality is one reality, but who is right in all this process?

“There’s no point to talk. But I keep very good memories from him.”