& # 39; UEFA will be desperate for Man City to be defeated by Real Madrid … it will mock the competition if they win it & # 39 ;: Jamie Carragher claims that after the Champions League crisis club would be ejected two year ban
- Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester City should not be in Europe this season
- Legend claims the club should have been thrown away from Champions League
- Carragher said the punishment of City & # 39; could mock the competition & # 39;
- Roy Keane also says the ban could make City more determined to win it this year
Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester City should have been thrown out of the Champions League this season after the club was startled by a two-year ban for breaking the rules of Financial Fair Play.
The city has vowed to appeal against the exclusion at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but Carragher is certain that Pep Guardiola and his star players must remain loyal to the club.
The reigning Premier League champions went crazy after UEFA announced the groundbreaking sanction, fueling rumors that the manager and various members of his team could cause a massive exodus.
& # 39; None of those players should consider leaving Man City, & # 39; said Carragher. & # 39; Those players use 300k a week, but they get paid wages that they are not allowed to pay. They have been brilliant for Man City, but they have not won the European Cup. & # 39;
And Carragher also expressed his disgust that City was able to maintain his place in the league despite this punishment, and added: & I can't believe they're in the league right now. What would happen if City won this season?
Het It will mock the competition. UEFA desperately wants Man City to be defeated by (Real) Madrid.
& # 39; The first question that Pep (Guardiola) is asked is this a fake victory? The merits of the club … if they win, it's almost compromised, it's the biggest thing a team can do.
& # 39; But the questions will be about whether they are in it. UEFA should have taken them out of the competition or had to wait. It just goes on. & # 39;
Fellow expert and former Manchester United midfielder, Roy Keane described the ban as a & # 39; big blow & # 39; for City – but admitted that the setback could increase the club's desperation to lift the European Cup this year.
He said: & it's difficult, a big blow for them from the point of view of the players. The core that I get is that they appeal against it.
& # 39; One year you get your head around it, two years is a big blow. It can make them more determined to try to win this year. If they have done something wrong, you must take your medicine.
& # 39; Man City has never played a final, there is no guarantee that they will win. It is very harmful to the club, the brand that attracts the best players. & # 39;
City trips to Bernabeu to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 draw on February 26.
Waiting for him at the reception is his cousin and Sportsmail columnist Jamie Redknapp.
These two ways back, from garden kickabouts, to celebrating a 19th birthday in Ayia Napa, to standing up together for England. But busy schedules make catching up difficult nowadays.
& # 39; Frankie! & # 39; our man says as they hug. During lunch in the player's canteen, then a cuppa in his office, Lampard opens on Chelsea, plays the children, his own upbringing, & # 39; real & # 39; managers versus & # 39; fake & # 39; ones, Europe and Jose Mourinho .
Oh, and the small issue of being confronted with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich in the next two weeks. Kieran Gill was at the family reunion.
JAMIE REDKNAPP: Look around this office, Frank. You could have been an expert and could judge the decisions of others. Instead, you are here and call as a Chelsea Football Club manager. Why?
FRANK LAMPARD : I have that drive. It is consuming and it is difficult. But do I enjoy it? I love it. Derby was a stranger. I flirted with coaching, knowing that I wanted to do it, but at the same time breathing. Then your father (Harry Redknapp) called because of his connection with Mel Morris (the owner of Derby).
I went to meet Mel, for the time being to be honest. Do I want this now? Is it suitable for me, for my family, in terms of career? Could this be dangerous?
I knew I wanted to coach, but the path – and I realize that sounds corny – has just appeared. I hope your father knows the respect that I have. Because whatever I do now in management, I owe him and Mel a lot.
JR : Yes, but you stole that work from me, mate! So that went well, then this chance comes. Were you hesitant? Nervous? Or did you not even think twice?
FL : Hesitant and nervous are certainly words that I would use, but I really wanted it too. I read, I listen and I take advice, and there were people who told me: & # 39; Don't touch it & # 39; or & # 39; It's too early & # 39 ;. I understood all the arguments.
But the chance and what it meant to me as a former player who had been here 13 years, I made the decision with my heart. My heart is Chelsea and I would lie if I said that one day I didn't mean to become a Chelsea manager when I started management. My head also looked at it and said, "It's early, but this is what I want to do."
When I added everything up, it was a clear decision.
JR : Was there a sense that you were claiming your reputation? ion at risk?
FL : The I got older, gave I care less about that legacy. I don't mean to separate it, I mean it in the opposite way. What I have done in my career as a player, I will never lose. I will never lose the Champions League, the teammates, the fans, the parties. If some fans who have experienced this and want to react in this way, or if new fans only want me to see me as a manager, so be it. What does it really matter? Otherwise I could have stayed away. But why should I stay away? In case it goes bad?
The story of Chelsea & # 39; s season has been the use of Lampard by children, from Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount to Reece James and Tammy Abraham. When Lampard arrived, the club operated under a transfer embargo and had seen Eden Hazard leave for Real Madrid. Only Norwich has handed over more Premier League minutes to players 21 or younger.
JR : Did you feel compelled to use the children?
FL ]: Is Mason on loan again this year? Possible. Probably. Tomori would certainly do it. It was my decision to keep Tomori because I had worked with him in Derby and loved his attitude.
I don't have to play Tammy – he has to show me why, of our three strikers, he deserves it. The ban forced me a bit, but I knew the fans wanted to see young players. I knew how much the academy put in these players.
I'm not even talking about Mohamed Salah or Kevin De Bruyne – you name them and you get an absolute headline. But there have been other academics players in the last ten years who may come through faster.
The sweat, the tears, the hours that enter into that perspective. Neil Bath and Jim Fraser, who have been running the academy for years, put so much into it. On the day we defeated Wolves 5-2, Tomori got the first, Tammy scores three, then Mason. You want to call them and go, & # 39; Can we have a few pints tonight, guys? & # 39;
JR : And a few more players, I bet! You must be brave to use children.
FL : I understand that, but there have been times when younger players were given opportunities. I have Billy Gilmour on the couch. If we are 3-0 higher, I will bring Billy further.
When we walked to Hull in the FA Cup, I brought Billy on.
Only by training with us daily, coming in matches, against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, will you get their confidence.
This is not an experiment of how many academics players can I join. I know that talent has come through that could have had a chance. I am going to try to do that, but it cannot be at the expense of the results. I know that. I'm not stupid.
Despite the fact that the transfer ban from Chelsea was lifted, no signatures were made last month, with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani. Money for players will be made available in the summer – the compensation for Hazard from Real can go up to £ 150 million – and the attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech from Ajax is on the way. Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek returned to full training last week.
JR : No one came in last month, but when you talk about Ruben, your eyes light up. Every time we faced each other, I would think: & # 39; Please stay there, Frank. & # 39; As soon as you went after me, I would know that I was in trouble. You were the best in that. Can you add that to Ruben's game?
FL : From the conversations we've had, he wants it all. I remember seeing Ruben score a hat trick in the Europa League against BATE Borisov in October 2018. A few were my kind of goals – six yard box, bang. Nothing to shout about, but I liked it. Ruben has never been a man with many figures, but I will definitely talk to him. Can he get 15, 20 goals in a season? He has that in him.
JR : Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best in the world, but talk to me about Reece James.
FL : I tried to get him on loan to Derby in January. His delivery is too good, and if I & # 39; too good & # 39; say, i'm joking, but i mean we should read what he does. We have to get bodies in the box, because that is a huge advantage. He is a great boy who becomes a huge player for Chelsea. Without getting too far ahead, although Trent is so good, he will challenge him.
JR : Callum Hudson-Odoi too. He's 19! There is talent here.
FL : The only thing these players have about us from our era is that they have watched themselves from their tenth videos. They do studies: what are my weaknesses, my strengths? We had a whole video about wingers who went to Burnley's box last month. When Callum scores that tap, this is probably my favorite goal of the season.
Look at Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mane, Salah and ask why they collect figures. If you want to play as a winger at a top club, you have to get goals.
JR : You are fourth in the Premier League. Be honest, at the start of the season, considering everything that worked against you, would you have taken this position now?
FL : Yes, but after watching all the games and how we played, I want more.
Redknapp & # 39; s son Beau played for Chelsea & # 39; s youth in a tournament last week and lost to Bayer Leverkusen in the semi-final on penalty & # 39; s. A discussion between the parents of players later that night was about what advice Lampard would give their children.
FL : You just have to bet those extra hours if you want to maximize the player you can be.
JR : My father always said you were the hardest working young player he had ever seen. That is partly why he defended you so strongly on that West Ham fan forum in 1996!
You would be left behind after training to do remote work and practice your strikes. Is that a rarity now? Do some children get too much, too fast?
FL : They can. The great thing about Chelsea & # 39; s academy is that they have always had a way to remind them that we are not here. Neil Bath sets the tone from above.
When a child trains with us, he goes back and pretends to be better because he is with the first team, he is told.
Once you think you've cracked it, it will hit you. We don't let people get ideas above their station.
JR : Hard work is the key. Even before this interview you ran with your lieutenants.
FL : That has become part of me that I have trusted since I was 10 and running around the block with my father.
I do it with my staff and we throw things out. We are talking about players, performances, where we are going this week, the games that are coming. I think it's a big release.
The calendar on the wall in Lampard's office reminds him of a huge two weeks ahead – Manchester United on Monday, then Tottenham, then Bayern Munich. This run includes the return of Jose Mourinho to an area where he once went undefeated for 77 league games.
FL : Can we show that we can include these teams? I'm definitely ready for it. United and Tottenham, they are after us. We had a difficult patch, we dropped points, so it was good to get away from each other, charge and restart. Now let's face strong teams.
JR : You got one for Jose in December and won 2-0 away. You used a back three that surprised everyone – it certainly surprised me after we went to the Sky Sports Match Zone for that match to talk about tactics and we discussed your back four!
FL : Like Jose said before, he wants to beat me and us as a club. I feel the same way. We have put our best performance of the season in Tottenham. We will have to be at our best. When a Jose Mourinho team is under some pressure, they can be at their most dangerous.
JR : So what did you learn from Jose and others who served you?
FL : Mourinho radiated confidence. Carlo Ancelotti came in calmly, like a father figure, and I also loved that side. Avram Grant was great for me. I had lost my mother and he was amazing.
We have seen a few people who have tried to clone a manager – they wear the scarf, they talk in the same way, they use the same sentences from the coaching courses. You must have your own ideas.
JR : You know what to avoid from the moment your managers upset you too.
FL : There were times when managers said things and I walked out of his office or dressing room and I was on my knees. You learn as much from that as Jose Mourinho's shower moment (when the Portuguese told him he was the best player in the world while Lampard was grimly naked). Mind spell? Different managers do it at different levels and again, it's about whether it's authentic or not. You must be real.
JR : I can't help noticing that we were not disturbed by any bumps. Is your door always open?
FL : I remember the first day I arrived in Derby. I was a new manager and I told them that I had an open door policy. & # 39; Guys, come in. & # 39; But they all kept coming! It reached the first international break and I had the hump. So I said: & # 39; Listen guys, the door is open, but when you come in, make sure you come full of good training sessions, performances, grades. Bring me details that tell me why you should play, otherwise I will close the door. & # 39;
Then they stopped coming! That was a lesson for me. I thought I was doing what a manager should do.
Sometimes you see a player in training every day, say & # 39; good morning & # 39 ;, shaking his hand. But you may not know anything about what is going on in his life.
It's not always about having an open door. Sometimes you have to knock on their door. Maybe it's in the warm-up, go talk to him, make a joke, talk about Love Island.
You must ensure that you are not only a coach, but that you are a manager, a friend and sometimes a disciplinary.
Brendan Rodgers encourages Leicester's creative players to help Jamie Vardy reach the century Premier League goals: & # 39; It is the team's responsibility to create opportunities & # 39;
- Jamie Vardy is three goals away from reaching the 100 mark in Premier League
- He was on fire for Leicester but due to injury and injury dive into shape he has fallen off
- Striker has only one in his last seven and still has to score in this calendar year
- Brendan Rodgers said: & # 39; I would be pretty sure that 100 goals will happen & # 39;
Brendan Rodgers has encouraged the makers of Leicester to do to do more help Jamie Vardy reach his century.
Vardy has 97 goals in 199 matches in the English top flight, but after scoring 16 times in his first 16 games, the attacker only succeeded one in his last seven, with his last goal against Manchester City on December 21.
The Leicester manager said: & # 39; He is ready to impress in the last part of the season . These things happen and he works his way back inside.
& # 39; I have no doubt that he is the player who will always be the threat and he will always get those opportunities.
& # 39; It is the responsibility of the team to create opportunities for him because he is that sort of striker. He needs the last pass, or the cross. In a few games he had the misfortune not to score.
& # 39; But he's such a & # 39; n threat and that will definitely come back, I know for sure. I am confident that there will be 100 goals by the end of the season.
& # 39; As long as you work for the team, it is for you. I think it has probably dried up centrally, and the large areas have been productive in creating and scoring Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez.
& # 39; Hopefully it all comes together in this final third of the season. & # 39; Rodgers ordered his team to completely eliminate football during the winter break in the hope that they would be refreshed for the final push.
Although their pace slowed in 2020, Leicester are in a top position to qualify for next season's Champions League, and a victory at Wolves would giving them 13 points ahead of Sheffield United in fifth place.
Leicester will probably again be without midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who came back into action only 13 days after the knee operation, but received a reaction and missed the 2-2 draw with Chelsea before the break. The foxes hope he will be ready for their next game against City on February 22.
Rodgers added: & I feel that their energy is back. Now it is the last third of the season and let's give everything to end as high as possible. & # 39;
& # 39; It & # 39; s a no brainer & # 39 ;: Jadon Sancho will & # 39; perfect & # 39; are for the Premier League and is one of the best young players in the world, according to Jamie Carragher … with his former side Liverpool now in the race for Borussia Dortmund star
And their former defender, Carragher, believes he is a & # 39; no brainer & # 39; would be for every club in the top flight of England.
& # 39; Sancho is currently one of the best young players in world football, especially if you look at his current statistics for Borussia Dortmund & # 39 ;, told he Sky Sports Football Weekend Preview Podcast .
& # 39; He is an English player that I think he desperately wants to return, so I think he is the hottest thing anyone wants to bring to the Premier League.
& # 39; Will he become a hit? I think so. It is a no brainer, look how well he played in a top class with a top club under pressure.
& # 39; He plays week in, week out, his songs are fantastic and his age is just perfect. & # 39;
Manchester City, United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested in the 19-year-old who is tearing up the Bundesliga this season.
He has 12 goals and 13 assists for Dortmund in Germany this year.
The race for the Premier League Golden Boot looks just as tight as last year when we enter the final stretch of the season .
But who succeeds as top scorer of the top flight? Sportsmail runs through the candidates and their chances.
1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
17 goals, 118 minutes per goal; Double – 3; Hattricks – 1
Vardy still has not won the Premier League Golden Boot. Even in Leicester & # 39; s amazing title-winning campaign of 2015-16, Vardy finished second after Harry Kane of Tottenham.
The former England frontman looked like he was going to leave with the tribute earlier in the season when he scored in eight consecutive games during Leicester & # 39; s brilliant winning run in the fall.
But since that series ended, Vardy has only scored once with an injury and lack of form that struck him and made up for Golden Boot rivals.
It seems almost certain that Vardy and Leicester will be back in the Champions League next season, but the striker remains adamant that he will not retire from England for Euro 2020.
But there is something vaguely ridiculous about an Englishman who ends up as a Premier League scorer and then does not represent his country at a major tournament the following summer.
2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
16 goals, 73 minutes per goal; Dubbels – 3, Hattricks – 1
Despite being one of the very first Premier League attackers, Aguero won only one Golden Boot, back in the 2014-15 campaign.
With Vardy standing still a bit, Aguero now has a great chance of catching up with him, despite City's chances of winning the title long ago.
He is certainly in better shape than Vardy, who has scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa and a double against Crystal Palace in recent weeks, as well as the winner at Sheffield United.
The 31-year-old has the best minutes per goal return of everyone in this race, although it remains to be seen when City's intense schedule takes its toll until the end of the season.
3 = Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
14 goals, 135 minutes per goal; Dubbels – 2, Hattricks – 0
Salah is looking forward to making a hat-trick that Golden Boots shared the prize last season and won it the entire season before.
Liverpool is messing around with the title, ending a waiting period of 30 years, and the Egyptian has certainly played his part with 14 goals and counts.
Salah & # 39; s goals have been spread fairly evenly throughout the season and its shape has always been good.
Jurgen Klopp's team shows no signs of delay, as they rewrite all Premier League records and Salah will certainly add significantly to his current count.
3 = Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
14 goals, 134 minutes per goal; Doubles – 3, Hattricks – 0
There was every chance that Rashford would end the season with the Golden Boot, even if Manchester United won nothing or ended in the top four.
The English international had found one of the best forms of his young career and almost only wore the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself.
But Rashford has sustained a serious back injury that probably sidelined him for much of the rest of the season.
He may not be adding to the 14 Premier League goals he has already scored, but the countries hope he will be fit and will fire again for Euro 2020.
3 = Danny Ings ( Southampton)
14 goals, 123 minutes per goal; Dubbels – 1, Hat-tricks – 0
A name that many experts did not expect to appear so high on the scoreboard of the top scorers, especially given how Southampton looked for relegation certainties for a long time
But Ings, who struggled with injuries in Liverpool, now shows everyone exactly what he can do with 14 in the Premier League so far this season.
The 27-year-old was excellent in November and December, scored in five consecutive league games, although he has now gone three without scoring.
With the distressed season of Southampton as a result, Ings even struggles to add to his one and only England cap.
3 = Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
14 goals, 145 minutes per goal; Dubbels – 2, Hat-tricks – 0
It has been a pretty mediocre season for Arsenal, who languishes at the center of the table, but goodness knows where they would be without Pierre's goals. Emerick Aubameyang.
With last season's Golden Boot-winning form, Auba scored 14 of their 32 Premier League goals this season, considerably more than all of their other players.
He was in a rich vein of scoring at the start of the season and the Arsenal captain was arrested again after Mikel Arteta was appointed, at least prior to a suspension.
Aubameyang is certainly a reliable scorer and although Arsenal should not rely so much on him, he has every chance of winning another Golden Boat this season.
7. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
13 goals, 148 minutes per goal ; Doubles – 2, Hat Tricks – 3
With Frank Lampard forced to rely more on homegrown players in the midst of a transfer embargo, striker Abraham took up the challenge with seven goals in Chelsea with the opening of five league matches.
He added that up regularly as the season progressed, using Lampard considerably more than any of the club's other spiers.
Abraham has struggled in recent games with an ankle beat is not netted in his last three to remain stuck at 13.
However, once he is fully fit, he will undoubtedly do something else adding to his count as he continues to represent England to the Euro.
There are currently six players on 11 goals with an external hope of catching Vardy at the top of the charts.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Raul Jimenez (Wolves), Teemu Pukki (Norwich), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) are all in this cluster.
& # 39; These young children are going to save a lot of money & # 39 ;: Jamie Carragher supports Liverpool youth Curtis Jones and Neco Williams to break into the first team and prevent Jurgen Klopp from spending a lot of money on it in the summer players
- Liverpool's young stars are supported to break into the first team next year
- Jamie Carragher chose Curtis Jones and Neco Williams as prominent players
- Both were part of the young side that beat Shrewsbury from the FA Cup
With such a tight schedule in a season in which the club spell juggling in the Premier League League Cup, FA Cup, Club World Cup, Super Cup and the Champions League Klopp has turned to the club's academy stars to facilitate rotation for his first team players.
For Carragher, especially two, Neco Williams and Curtis Jones, who led the young side that beat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, are best placed to join the first team group for 2020-21.
& # 39; We don't have great coverage at full back and when you consider Liverpool to be the champions of Europe and no matter how good they are, there would probably be another recognized player in those positions , Carragher told the Liverpool Echo .
"But I think that Neco Williams, with his way of playing, would not think of going to the market to buy someone and there you also have Ki-Jana Hoever. These young children now and what they have done will save a lot of money in the summer.
"Curtis (Jones) kicked this year, but that's what young players do. When he plays in the younger team, it almost looks like he is a player from the first team coming to the younger players. & # 39;
Jones, 19 and Williams, 18, have made the depth available to Klopp and it is proof of their shape that they are this season had multiple runouts.
Jones became the youngest captain of the club in their history when he led the team against Shrewsbury in their repeat of the FA Cup in the fourth round.
He was influential on the night because his own goal made for a famous Anfield night with the first team stars all on vacation around the world as part of the winter break.
Williams played back right and was the one who got the assist for the own goal that decided the game. In his few performances so far, he has shown that he can be an attacking force in full-back.
Carragher made more than 700 games for the Reds and knows what it takes to strengthen a place in the first team.
He ended his career with a Champions League title, two FA Cup wins, three League Cups and only the Premier League avoided him – something that will change the current side this season because they are the rest of the division dominate.
& # 39; He just went, bang – one blow. Gone & # 39 ;: Jamie O & # 39; Hara remembers that the team Robbie Keane Edgar Davids & # 39; & # 39; firing it to Tottenham's captain after the arrival of the Dutch star
- Robbie Keane and Edgar Davids collided in Tottenham during the 2005 season / 06
- Newly signed Davids tried to assert his authority after arrival at club
- Jamie O & # 39; Hara remembers how Keane beat him down during a training session
Robbie Keane gave Edgar Davids a memorable welcome during the The early days of Dutchman in Tottenham by flooring him after a disagreement in training, according to former Spurs midfielder Jamie O & # 39; Hara.
Davids, who arrived at Tottenham from Inter Milan in 2005, was quickly put in place by retired Ireland-international Robbie Keane after trying to assert his authority in the dressing room.
The winner of the 1995 Champions League would enjoy a successful 18-month period at White Hart Lane, play 44 games and help the club finish fifth in 2006 – but only after a short lesson in team hierarchy.
Speaking of talkSPORT, O & # 39; Hara said: & # 39; I tell you who had something about him – Robbie Keane.
& # 39; I remember a story with him and Edgar Davids and I hope he doesn't mind if I say this.
& # 39; We were on training and Edgar Davids came in from Inter Milan and he thought he was the knees of the bee.
& # 39; He thought he was the man and the chief, and so on, but everyone realized that Robbie Keane was the chief at Tottenham at that time.
& # 39; I remember he gave it to Keano in training and th ey had a barney, and I think he was trying to go to Robbie Keane and say something – and Keano just fanned him bosh!
& # 39; He just went, bang – one hit. Vanished
& # 39; Then David picked himself up and ran away – and that was it. He came the next day as, "morning, Robbie …"
& He knew it – nobody messed with Keano. He had that Irish something about him that if he would change he would immediately turn you off. & # 39;
Coach Jamie Snowden has high expectations of Thebannerkingrebel in The Betfair Hurdle despite Haydock setback
- Recent defeat Haydock a blessing to be in disguise for Thebannerkingrebel [19459005009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009009005009 He will try seventh to become a beginner in the last eight runnings of the race
- The gelding bears the colors of Arsenal president Sir Chips Keswick
Trainer Jamie Snowden wins defeat for Thebannerkingrebel at Haydock previous month could be a disguised blessing for the gelding's challenge for Saturday & # 39; s Betfair Hurdle in Newbury.
While Thebannerkingrebel would get an extra £ 4 if the handicapper could reassess the £ 155,000 race, the horse that won the Rossington The hurdle of the major novices – Nigel Twiston-Davies trained stolen silver – must be punished for Carry 8 pounds.
That gives Thebannerkingrebel a turn of 12 pounds for the two lengths that he was defeated by Stolen Silver.
Novice Thebannerkre who bears the colors of Arsenal president Sir Chips Keswick, will also try to be the seventh novice to win the Betfair Hurdle in the last eight runnings.
Snowden said: & # 39; Every cloud has a silver lining and is struck at Haydock may prove to be an advantage for us in Newbury. He still has a bit to learn, but he has continued with every run.
& # 39; We think the race is right and he ticks many boxes when it comes to the trends of the race. & # 39;
Thebannerkingrebel is a 10-1 shot for the Betfair Hurdle. Favorite Not So Sleepy is not yet a real runner, according to his trainer Hughie Morrison.
The supporting races on Saturday in Newbury are led by the Game Spirit Chase in which Nicky Henderson-trained Altior hopes to inject momentum into a frustrating season.
Southwell marks International Women's Day on March 8 by organizing a card with four jumps and four Flat races limited to female jockeys.
It looks like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to keep his job by being everyone's friend, and you can don't do that as a manager from this Manchester United side.
There are players in that dressing room who need stairs at the back instead of arms around their shoulders. They have had it too easy. I'd rather Solskjaer take the lead and take some risk, because this is a club that enters water.
United & # 39; s statistics under Solskjaer do not provide reading pleasure for their fans. The most important thing is that they have won only 11 of their 33 Premier League games since he became permanent boss. His 33 percent win rate is worse than David Moyes (50 percent), Louis van Gaal (51.3) and Jose Mourinho (53.8).
] In 2020, United achieved a single league victory – against the bottom of the Norwich table – and Saturday's 0-0 with Wolves was another joyless afternoon for their followers.
Anthony Martial, in front of his possession, succeeded in zero shots and hit the ball six times in the opponent in 90 minutes. Goalless means that for the first time since March 2014, United no longer scores in back-to-home home games.
Moyes was fired a month later and Solskjaer runs the risk of finding himself the job if he continues like this. He must try something else, because the current way is clearly not working.
Sir Alex Ferguson would be brave and take risks. He was the master of gambling. He would not play it safe with his line-ups or substitutions. In the 1999 Champions League final, United came from behind because Ferguson brought two attackers off the bench. Teddy Sheringham got the equalizer and Solskjaer the winner and earned himself the status of hero.
Perhaps the fact that he is a fan favorite is part of the reason why the Norwegian avoided the boat, but that only saves him so much time. Ferguson would not mind telling it the way it is, private or public.
Solskjaer's comments on Alexis Sanchez – say he is returning from his loan period in Italy and & # 39; proof that you are completely wrong & # 39; – were unusual. Sanchez was the biggest earner of United, but scored five goals in 45 games.
The only players Solskjaer would like are the ones who put the work in it. Trying to be a friend to the team is not the way forward, nor is it safe to play.
The & # 39; Iggy Chop & # 39; is back
The & # 39; Iggy Chop & # 39; is back in the Premier League. I understand why some Manchester United supporters may not feel comfortable with Odion Ighalo's deadline-day signing because they want a big name in the lead.
But the 30-year-old is a striker with a lot of power and skill. Ighalo's characteristic move is to steer a defender in a turn by claiming to go one way and then turn the other – also known as the & # 39; Iggy Chop & # 39 ;. Maybe a misfit in front is what United needs now. Ighalo (above) will not be afraid to show what he can do in the red of United.
No Premier League party dropped more points from winning positions than West Ham with this season 19. David Moyes saw the same old problems popping up on Saturday.
When demolishing for survival, you cannot let a two-goal lead slip against a relegation rival, but they did that twice against Graham Potter & Brighton.
trying to stay up, I would say West Ham is the has the best team, and they also have an experienced captain in Mark Noble, but they don't see games the way they should.
A total of 35 points would have been sufficient to survive in 2018-19. 34 would have done the work in 2017-18.
This season I suspect that something more will be needed to stay up. The title race may well be over, but the one against relegation is compelling.
Players are at Eddie Howe
Anyone who thought the Bournemouth players didn't play for their manager, watch Saturday's performance.
Up to 10 men from the 51st minute they saw a very important victory against Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium. Now, after questioning his position, Eddie Howe has guided back-to-back league wins against direct relegation rivals.
Nathan Ake back and fully fit after his hamstring injury is so important to Howe.
Is Bielsa's training too intense?
We hear stories about how intensive the training sessions of Marcelo Bielsa are, so did that play a role in the bad form of Leeds?
This is of course not the first time. Last season, Leeds was at the top of the second table on Boxing Day, six points third of third place. Then they missed out on automatic promotion. Their players will be desperate to avoid the play-off lottery again.
Frank Lampard was ordered by his wife Christine to break the football chat during the winter break, but to resolve Chelsea & # 39; s puzzle will never be far from his mind.
Tammy Abraham, the center striker of Lampard, is on his way to a vacation in Dubai after being forced to play by the pain barrier in Leicester. While there, he can bump into Jamie Vardy, who was also able to rest after two muscle injuries in just over a month.
Between them, Vardy and Abraham played 3,938 minutes of Premier League football between them this season. The back-up attackers – Kelechi Iheanacho in Leicester, Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud in Chelsea – on the other hand spent a total of 720 minutes on the pitch.
Chelsea is so dependent on Abraham that Lampard seemed frustrated last week about their inability to sign a striker in January – even though they have world cup winner Giroud to call together with Batshuayi, who has 16 goals in 29 matches for Belgium. Hardly any hopers.
Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers praises Iheanacho in the air when asked about him, and the Nigerian form this season is impressive – eight goals in 14 appearances, including two in two for this match
But like Abraham, Vardy will always start if he is fit even at a distance. While it is easy to see why their managers would lean on them – 17 goals in all competitions for Vardy, 16 for Abraham – it remains a difficult balancing act.
Vardy turns 34 next year, while this the first high seas of Abraham is playing beforehand for an elite club, which is as much a mental challenge as a physical one. By placing a little more confidence in their squadrons, Lampard and Rodgers would certainly give their most important men a better chance to close the season strongly.
Vardy was back in action less than a week after adjusting a glute muscle in the 4-1 win over West Ham, and he didn't move freely when he was replaced by Iheanacho with 10 minutes to get here to go. Abraham – who was damaged against Arsenal 11 days before this game – admitted he & # 39; medicines & # 39; had to help him through this game. Is it any wonder that neither of these men was at its best?
& # 39; It's good to be involved again and get up and running again and now we have a break to try to get better, & # 39; said Abraham. "My ankle is still painful, but sometimes as a player you have to play through pain.
" For me it's all about going out and helping the team. The drug started to wear off in the second half, but I will take this break to recover.
& I am absolutely in favor of [the winter break]. I can't wait It's really necessary after a long, hard first few months of the season. It is time to recover and to restore our body to normal.
We all need this mentally and physically. It came to that point in the season where people start getting long-legged and some injuries come in. & # 39; Lampard must adjust quickly after the break. They have games against Manchester United on February 17 and Tottenham on February 22, before they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League three days later, while in the fifth FA round on March 3 they also play against Liverpool or Shrewsbury.
Leicester has no European obligations this season, but unless their form completely disintegrates, they will do the following – and another proven forward will be needed to ease Vardy's tax. It was no surprise to hear Rodgers emphasize that a stronger team was needed, after their only signing in January was Wolves in the middle behind Ryan Bennett.
Rodgers also knows that richer clubs will come for some of his best players, with Manchester United interested in James Maddison and Ben Chilwell a target for Chelsea.
& # 39; We have in-depth power but in the future we need more quality, "said the Foxes manager, whose team remains third, 13 points ahead of fifth-placed Sheffield United and eight free from Chelsea in fourth place.
& # 39; For us we have achieved what we have with the group that we have is remarkable and we are not satisfied with that: we want to end the last 13 games as strong as possible & # 39; His team should have won after goals from Harvey Barnes and Chilwell canceled Antonio Rudiger's opener, but more bad marking on a set piece allowed Rudiger to equalize before Barnes missed a glorious late chance to seal it
Despite the small tweaks that are needed, both managers can think about a positive six months, with the potential for a top four finish and trophies in the future – although Lampard will do his best to meet and to think honorably.
He added: & # 39; This job is demanding and I have probably talked my wife too much about football when we eat and stuff. Sometimes I hear that, so I will try to remember myself for a few days and then go back to work. & # 39;