One of the old guard has actually spared a thought for those without it game that stayed around the world during the first Premier League winter break.
I enjoy soccer and have a great lifestyle, "said Everton coach Duncan Ferguson. & # 39; But the fans can't go on vacation. They miss it. That is why I do not agree with the winter break. & # 39;
For players, the only debate during their 13-day intervals, spread over two weekends, seems to have been whether Five Palm Jumeirah or the Cove Beach, two of Dubai's most favorite locations .
Images of James Maddison, a fully registered member of the Cove Beach set, caught him a magnum of spirits during a daytime pool party with his teammate Ben Chilwell, Jack Grealish from Aston Villa and Chelsea's Ross Barkley. This was not entirely in line with the image of Leicester & # 39; s shattered players who & # 39; empty & # 39; painted days earlier by their manager Brendan Rodgers.
Dubai has become a Premier League social melting pot in the last two weeks. While Maddison and Co went from the pool to the Mantis nightclub, where the 23-year-old shot photos at 4 o'clock in the morning, the jet ski man of the Five Palm Jumeirah told Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle and Brandon Williams from Manchester United had been out
Stormzy & # 39; s concert at the city's RedFest DXB on the first Friday of the winter break was a great attraction for players. The Cove Beach brigade, along with Ryan Sessegnon of Tottenham and Tammy Abraham of Chelsea, were all present. Even the injured Marcus Rashford flew to Miami to attend.
Some Brighton players settled for the more boring ones, as images of Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Leandro Trossard, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross at a table full of drinks and later seeming to inhale balloons are all to pass by .
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder needed this as a hole in the head after three victories on his five side had lifted to fifth place.
& # 39; I do not agree with the break, & # 39; he said before taking his team to Dubai. & # 39; I wanted to continue. Players are fit and healthy. & # 39;
Another Premier League coach agrees that there may be negative consequences. & # 39; We only see it when it starts again. It can take time to rebuild the intensity and the rhythms, "he says.
Not all players match the same picture. James Milner, a player's man-machine, was seen at the back of Anfield's home field during the night of Liverpool & # 39; s FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town, who had boycotted Jurgen Klopp and effectively excluded his senior players . Milner, recovering from an injury and badly in need of playing time, asked if he could be present and finally gave a team talk.
Mo Salah posted a picture of himself in the Melwood gym. "I didn't go back from the holidays," he tweeted.
Luke Shaw described paintball and squadrones during the Manchester United break in Marbella. "It has been hard work, but probably the big bonus is the binding side of it," he insisted.
It must be said that the law of unintended consequences has always applied to such breaches. Bob Paisley developed a routine to take his Liverpool players away on a Saturday night in Llangollen, North Wales, when they regularly won titles.
A dispute after beer was taken in the picturesque Bryn Howell Hotel in the picturesque town in 1981 ended with Ray Kennedy throwing a bar stool at the landlord Albert Lloyd and spending a night behind bars at Wrexham police station with Jimmy Case. Both were fined £ 150.
But for all risks, physios universally welcome the new break. The FA also anticipates the benefits for the English team at Gareth Southgate during the European championships this season. Gary Lewin, a physio with Sven Goran Eriksson's England, however, believes that one weekend is not really enough.
& # 39; Unfortunately, some people will just think they are all on vacation, but that's an attitude we need, & he says. & # 39; We argued to miss two weekends, so it was a three-week break, so ten days off and ten days of training. & # 39;
The debate among top coaches is whether the break should have come sooner after the hectic Christmas / New Year schedule.
& # 39; The issue is whether this is the best time & # 39 ;, says a senior employee of a Premier League club. "We could be more scientific about looking at injuries and when the general load takes its biggest toll."
Indeed, a study by PhysioRoom.com in 2018 showed that most Premier League injuries occur in December and January, about 135 over the top flight.
A break in mid-January has been impossible until now because the Premier League was simply not willing to allow one. The beneficiaries and their money are king. It took the FA's willingness to move the fifth round of the FA Cup to midweek the following round to free up space, which the Premier League used to spread a round of matches over two weekends. They won't even call it a winter break.
& # 39; We call it a mid-season player break, & # 39; said PL-chief Richard Scudamore when it was announced in June 2018. & # 39; We call it is not a winter break. Why is that Because we don't break. & # 39;
Spain and Germany know what a real break looks like. There was no football for two weeks between December 21 and January 4 in La Liga and the Bundesliga – which has four fewer league rounds than the Premier League and only one cup competition, with single legs. Players had a 28-day break this season. Nobody complains in these countries because the break is part of their football culture – and because everyone just retreats to watch the Premier League.
Both Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino have said they would not want it the other way around.
& # 39; I would cry if there was a winter break, & # 39; Wenger once remarked. "It is a very important part of our popularity in the world that nobody works at Christmas and everyone watches the Premier League."
Yet there are many managers who regard the break in the coming days as an elixir. & # 39; We have 13 games in the next three and a half months & # 39 ;, says Steve Bruce from Newcastle. & # 39; It is therefore ridiculous to ask the players [to go without]. & # 39;
Burnley's Sean Dyche claims it helps a small team like his. "I think this break is prepared for the super powers, left behind in all kinds of competitions, but we have had some injuries and it helps the bodies to settle, fix and be ready to go."
But the way a 17-day break took the wind out of Steven Gerrard's Rangers sails – they won four in advance but have since lost twice. It is a warning lesson.
When Alex Ferguson was manager at Aberdeen, he would carefully cut a week break for his players between two games, select a weekend when they played in Glasgow to fly away from there for a week in Marbella or Mallorca. There was one designated night out for the players with a strict curfew and a warning, according to Alex McLeish, about what had to happen when they returned.
& He urged us that we could not go back and pick up our season slowly. We had to sit on it. & # 39;
& # 39; He apologizes for when he loses & # 39 ;: Deontay Wilder hits Tyson Fury after changing coaching team before their rematch
- Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will go head-to-head for a February 22 rematch
- Fury changed his coaching team after their first fight in 2018
- Fury has replaced Ben Davison with SugarHill Steward, cousin of the late Emanuel
- But Wilder claims that change is just one way to make an excuse in defeat
The two will clash in Las Vegas on Saturday week after their controversial draw in Los Angeles in 2018.
Since that night in LA, Fury has swapped his coaching team with Ben Davison to be replaced by SugarHill Steward, cousin of the late Emanuel.
& # 39; Many things that he does make me feel like he is making an excuse for when he loses, & # 39; told Wilder ThaBoxingVoice .
& # 39; The weight thing – I don't want to hear about being out of shape or: & # 39; He didn't have enough time to get in shape.
& # 39; All these trainers in the neighborhood – I don't want to hear when I knock him out, "If he had Ben, it would have been better."
In the initial fight, Fury was dropped twice against the Bronze Bomber but still hoped he had done enough on points to win the competition.
Victory for Fury was denied by first rank judges who scored a draw, and Wilder believes that the change in coaching team will do little to help Fury & # 39; s chances in their upcoming rematch where Wilder & # 39; s WBC title will be on the line.
& # 39; I don't & # 39 ;, he added. & # 39; They are similarities with the Dominic Breazeale camp when they added Virgil [Hunter].
& # 39; If you have bad habits, it is difficult to correct. Sometimes it takes years to correct bad habits.
& # 39; And it takes even longer if you are not used to it, if you have not worked with that person. & # 39;
& # 39; He has the runs! & # 39 ;: James Maddison offers a hilarious excuse why Leicester teammate Harry Maguire missed the training amid the interest of Manchester United
- Harry Maguire reported sick on Monday and missed the training session
- Mid-back talks with Manchester United about moving to Old Trafford
- But James Maddison put absence on something completely different
- Midfielder posted emoji & # 39; s on Twitter and suggested that Maguire has a bulky stomach
James Maddison has suggested that Harry Maguire is sick reported for Leicester train if he has a bulky stomach.
It was speculated that the center back did not appear because he was approaching a move to Manchester United .
But Maddison posted on Twitter: & # 39; He has the … & # 39; followed by four very self-explanatory emoji & # 39; s (below).
It was the first tra gathering session that the proponent of England had missed for the Foxes in the preseason, raising a few eyebrows.
But Leicester insisted that the deal be concluded with the Old Trafford club for their dominant defender.
And Maddison & # 39; s report of the situation reads with Brendan Rodgers & # 39; recognition that Maguire was suffering from illness.
& # 39; He participated in everything we wanted to do and he was sick yesterday and we had some players who were sick yesterday after we returned from our trip, & # 39; confirmed the Foxes boss after the friendly Sunday against Stoke.
& # 39; And in these circumstances it may be very easy for him not to play, but he wanted to be with the team. & # 39;
Leicester holds out for a world record money for Maguire, which would be more than £ 75 million.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to close a deal, but United's last bid, just shy of £ 70 million, was rejected.
& # 39; The players should just be focused … there are divots everywhere & # 39 ;: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that players of Manchester United cannot use Tranmere conditions as an excuse … and claims that young stars & # 39; become lazy & # 39; on beautiful fields
- Tranmere host Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday
- The field in Prenton Park is in poor condition as it turns out from their win against Watford
- United enters the game after two consecutive Premier League losses
Tranmere defeated Watford in a replay on Thursday evening but only after the game was canceled due to the position of the field. It went bad when the League One club defeated their Premier League opponents, and Tranmere hopes to use it again to their advantage.
Solskjaer claimed that younger players & # 39; lazy & # 39; have become accustomed to better pitches, and told his team to continue working.
& # 39; The field isn't great, but that's the same for both of us, & # 39; he said. & # 39; The players just have to be focused and ready. There are divots everywhere. This generation that comes with astroturf and beautiful fields becomes lazy in the heads. & # 39;
Victor Lindelof is available again after illness and Eric Bailly was able to play for the first time this season after recovering from a knee injury.
& # 39; Victor has recovered, so he is better again, & # 39; Solskjaer added. & # 39; Let's see how good he feels today and tomorrow. Apart from that, nobody has any blows.
& # 39; Eric played a few behind-closed-door games here. He is one of them who is more prepared for that field. Everyone must be focused on bouncing the ball. & # 39;
United enters the game after the successive Premier League defeats of Liverpool and Burnley, knowing that a cup shock by Tranmere will stir up the pressure on their manager.
& # 39; It's a quick turn around & # 39 ;, said Solskjaer. & # 39; We played on Wednesday and didn't prepare much. We have watched a few games and those from last night. The opposition is the opposition, we will look at it today.
& # 39; Of course we can go again. It is the second day of recovery today. You just have to move on to the next one with the right mentality. You're disappointed and down, I'm not going to lie. Losing two games wasn't fun, but you spend an hour or two and get over it. & # 39;
Reece Hodge makes an incredible excuse after being hit with a three-match ban for high tackle on Fiji Peceli Yato for claiming he did not know the new World Rugby framework for dealing with such incidents
- Reece Hodge & # 39; s & # 39; shoulder smash & # 39; forced Peceli Yato out of the field on Saturday
- Referee Ben O & # 39; Keefe did not discipline Hodge for the tackle
- The winger became a Quoted a day later and is now banned by World Rugby
- He claims that he did not know the decision-making framework in his hearing
Reece Hodge – the Australian who was banned for his high-tackle matches over Fijian flanker Peceli Yato – made an incredible admission during his disciplinary hearing.
Notes from that hearing were published on Thursday and contained this comment: & # 39; The player admitted that he had no effective knowledge of the & # 39; decision of World Rugby & # 39; make framework for high tackles "; was not trained on it; it was not over, because the tackles he makes are mainly in the middle of the knees. & # 39;
Yato had a concussion because of the dangerous blow and day after the race he had & # 39; headache, pressure in the head, dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light / sound, fatigue / low energy and concentration problems & # 39 ;.
RECOMMENDATIONS HODGE WILL MISSEN
- September 29: Australia vs Wales, Tokyo
- October 5: Australia vs Uruguay, Oita Prefecture
- October 11: Australia versus Georgia, Shizuoka Prefecture
Sportsmail understands that the Wallaby & # 39; s are crucified with the way the Hodge testimony was reflected in long-term 11-page verdict that World Rugby has plotted to explain their decision-making process
Hodge, like all players, has been coached by Australia not to be tackled, but sources have indicated that he is must not do
All teams that participated in the World Cup were visited by main references. Alain expected to know the details of the guidelines – which are essentially laid down for referrals and TMO's to help them make decisions on it. field, and not players. Rolland for the tournament and recalled the crack dow n on high tackles.
Australia faces Wales on Sunday and has yet to decide whether to appeal against the World Rugby verdict – they had 48 hours from the first verdict
Hodge will now miss all the pool matches of the Wallabies at the World Cup, after having taken a three-week ban.
Wales coach Robin McBryde said his team was fully aware of the heavy tackle laws
Players know they have to do everything to get their focus and concentration to keep from making foolish mistakes, & # 39; he said.
Barcelona boss of Ernesto Valverde refuses to excuse the dependence on Lionel Messi after he returns from the bank against Villarreal 4-
Barcelona boss of Ernesto Valverde refuses to excuse the dependence on Lionel Messi after he returns from the bank against Villarreal 4-
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[Hulp] & # 39; Of course there is Messi dependence & # 39 ;, & # 39; Val Val told at a press conference.
& # 39; It would exist in every team in the world, but if it is there, we must also play and try to win.
& # 39; Lion is fundamental to us and marks the style, known to be the best in the world for anything. & # 39;
Barca takes an eight-point lead in this weekend's game against Atletico, but their manager admitted that the game against Villarreal turned out to be a wake-up call.
[Het is duidelijk een afhankelijkheid van Messi op de club]
& # 39; It shows that the competition is not won, & # 39; I added.
& # 39; I feel that this competition can help us a lot in the light of what is to come, we lose and now we face it with a new sensation that we have come back from two goals in the last minutes.
& # 39; In the beginning we could have made it 3-0, but they are a dangerous team and the game got out of hand.
& # 39; Atletico is a rival that will never give up. We are not surprised and we will find this difficulty (against Villarreal) in all remaining matches.
Luis Suarez scored the late equalizer to ensure that Barcelona came with a point