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Leicester City have equalled their worst ever start to a Premier League season.

With just four points on the board with six games gone, Craig Shakespeare’s class of 2017 is on a par with Brian Little’s group of 1994.

They would later go on to be relegated under Mark McGhee after Little jumped a sinking ship for Aston Villa.

Of course, that statistic after this defeat to Liverpool doesn’t tell the complete story.
Shakespeare’s men don’t look relegation fodder

In fact, despite four losses, Shakespeare men don’t look like relegation fodder.

The table may not lie, but it can mask the truth that City have been up against four of last season’s top-six sides and, although they have ultimately come out on the wrong side of the result, they have been in with more than a good shout in each and every game.

At Arsenal they led 3-2 until the last seven minutes.

Against Chelsea, they had a great chance to open the scoring a minute before Alvaro Morata did and still could have taken a point from the game.

And against Liverpool they were a saved Jamie Vardy penalty away from a point.

Only at Manchester United were they really put under the cosh, but still frustrated them for 70 minutes.

The fine margins of games have gone against City.

A missed chance here and a missed tackle or header there and the outcome could have been very different.

 

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

City boss Shakespeare can draw positives from the attitude of his players, who have battled and scrapped, and shown a steely determination to keep pushing as they have had to come from behind in five of their opening six games now.

Only against Brighton did they open the scoring and against Liverpool they were 2-0 and chasing the game.

He can also be encouraged that his strike force has goals in them.

Vardy’s sixth strike in four games against Liverpool was his fifth of the season, while Shinji Okazaki’s close-range finish just before half-time, which pulled City back into the game, was his fourth of the campaign – his second against Liverpool inside five days.

Admittedly, only Harry Maguire has also chipped in with a goal, but City are creating chances and Okazaki’s form seems to have ended the debate over who should partner Vardy in City’s attack.

Leonardo Ulloa, Islam Slimani and Kelechi Iheanacho have all been recruited to replace the little Japan international, but he remains the best foil for Vardy with his energetic and honest displays.

When N’Golo Kante left Claudio Ranieri believed City couldn’t continue to be effective in a 4-4-2, but it is Okazaki’s work-rate and intelligence that makes it possible.
It’s now time for honesty

He admits he is more determined to get into the box and contribute more goal this season, and he has certainly showed up to Vardy’s goalscoring party.

However, now we get to the tricky bit. It is honesty time.

While facing such sides with genuine quality within their ranks can reveal how much character there is within your squad, it can also highlight your failings.

City have come up against some top-quality players who can punish the slightest mistake with their predatory skills, and none more so than Philippe Coutinho, who is quite simply world class.

But City will know in their heart of hearts they are conceding far too many goals.

Two set-pieces at Arsenal were their downfall, and that Achilles heel paved the way for defeat at United too.

They lost to Chelsea after conceding a very soft goal through a number of failings which contributed to Kante’s strike, while the goal they conceded at Huddersfield was also poor. Ben Chilwell, who had an excellent game bombing forward from left-back, was caught out by Coutinho’s perfect cross for Mohamed Salah’s header which opened the scoring.

Kasper Schmeichel was probably expecting him, from such an acute angle, to plant his header back across goal because he was caught out at his near post too.

The second was a quite brilliant free-kick from Coutinho, but the free kick was caused by left-back Alberto Moreno being allowed to run freely beyond City’s midfield.
Sharp contrast between Mahrez and Coutinho

Riyad Mahrez, who should have been tracking Moreno, had allayed fears that his desire to leave the club before the transfer window closed would affect his performances.

Since the window shut and he didn’t get his move, his displays have enhanced those concerns.

The contrast between Mahrez and Coutinho, two players who were desperate to get moves from their clubs in the summer, could not have been more stark.

The worst goal was the third. City were back in the game thanks to Okazaki’s predatory instincts just before half-time, although he certainly did his best to also put off keeper Simon Mignolet in the build-up to the goal.They were pushing for an equaliser and the game was becoming stretched and open, but there was still plenty of time to go when Maguire stepped out of the defence with the ball, losing it and then leaving City to defend a break-away three on two. With Coutinho again involved, the outcome was inevitable.

Even then Vardy had the chance to grab something from the game for City but Mignolet redeemed himself with a penalty save, and Islam Slimani planted a free header wide.

The outcome could have been very different and that should be encouragement enough for Shakespeare and his players, but there are still areas that require addressing, and there is no glossing over that fact.

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A rant by a Liverpool fan on national radio when he called Jurgen Klopp a “clown” and called for the German coach to be sacked has gone viral.

The supporter, known only as Frank, rang into BBC Radio 5 live’s 606 show after the 1-1 draw with Burnley, and demonstrated his frustration with the German.

In a three-minute discussion, Frank laid into Klopp’s tactics and Liverpool defence and also compared him with Brendan Rodgers report the Liverpool Echo.

“I’ve had enough now, I’ve actually had enough,” he said. “Do you know what, no disrespect to Burnley. Defence, we said this since the first day he (Klopp) arrived, I can’t understand one thing.

“I want all those Liverpool fans that are listening out there on this radio show that might be heading back home in their cars, and have spent all their hard-earned money, why don’t they ring up this show and say why Jurgen Klopp should deserve to stay there.

“Because we’ve got one of the biggest circuses at Anfield at this moment, at Liverpool Football Club, and at the biggest clown of the lot is Jurgen Klopp.”

The BBC posted footage of the phone call, with Robbie Savage listening in the studio, sniggering as the tirade continued.

“I love Jurgen, because when he came in he gave all the attributes of showing the passion,” he added. “Well I’m a fan, I am passionate as well, but what I see and what I hear, and what I have to go through when I see my team that haven’t got a flipping defence, a goalkeeper that can’t catch a ball, they’ve got no defensive coach at the club. Why should his job feel safe at Liverpool?

“We looked good looking forward, and guess what? There was no plan B, and no plan C. Well, I’ll give you plan A for Jurgen Klopp: You’ve had your time, son.

“At the end of the day, thank you very much but I want a manager that needs to understand football reasons to show that you build a team from the back, mate.

“I’ve been waiting 25 years for them to win the title, and I saw a man who I believed in. He’s got a worse record than Brendan Rodgers. Now they’ve started to call him Brendan Klopp.”

Klopp has come under increasing criticism over the past week after following last Saturday’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City with two successive home draws with Sevilla and Burnley.

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Ederson wants to start against Feyenoord in Manchester City’s opening Champions League match on Wednesday, despite the sickening gash to his face he suffered against Liverpool.

The City goalkeeper was treated for eight minutes on the pitch after being caught full in the face by Liverpool forward Sadio Mane’s high boot during his team’s 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday that left him with a large cut to his left cheek.

Ederson was taken to the nearby Manchester Institute of Health and Performance but tests showed he had not suffered concussion or a fracture to his jaw.

He returned to the Etihad to watch the end of the game and was also seen out in Manchester later that night.

Claudio Bravo replaced him in goal against Liverpool but Ederson wants to travel to Rotterdam and is eager to start against Dutch champions Feyenoord at the De Kuip Stadium.

City have not ruled out Ederson playing but the club’s medical staff want to see how the cut continues to heal before making a final decision.

The Brazilian has enjoyed an impressive start at City since his £34.7 million summer move from Benfica and the prospect of the 24-year-old being passed fit to face Feyenoord would be a huge boost for manager Pep Guardiola.

With Vincent Kompany unlikely to travel after missing the Liverpool game with a calf injury, and Guardiola unwilling to take any chances with the Belgium centre-half’s fitness, Danilo could be asked to continue in a three-man defence after a strong showing against the Merseyside club. The Brazilian – a right-back by trade – was the only Premier League player to complete more than 100 passes at the weekend and Guardiola admitted his versatility could be invaluable for City this season.

“He will be so important,” the City manager said. “He can play in the three at the back, he can play full-back – right or left. He can also play holding midfielder. He also knows how to handle the pressure because he’s been at Madrid and Porto – clubs where every weekend you have to win. That’s where his mentality comes from and that’s why he’s so important to us.”

Meanwhile, another of City’s summer defensive recruits, Benjamin Mendy, has revealed that he deliberately sought to use Monaco’s Champions League Round of 16 tie against City last season as a platform in which to impress Guardiola. Monaco won 6-5 on aggregate with the Frenchman shining.

“The game against Manchester City was my highlight of last year,” Mendy said. “I already wanted to join the club, to join Guardiola here. When I saw the draw, I thought it was the perfect opportunity. I knew I would do my best and show what I could do so I could come here.”

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Manchester United are planning a last minute swoop for Germany winger Julian Draxler, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to add a winger to his squad before the window closes tomorrow and, while United sources expect a quiet deadline day, there are reports Draxler could be a last-minute addition.

Bayern Munich were favourites to land the PSG winger after his future became uncertain following the arrival of Neymar.

But the Bundesliga club have insisted they won’t be launching a bid – leaving the door open for Mourinho, according to The Daily Star.

The Germany international has a deal with PSG until 2021, but could be approached by Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and United in the remaining hours of the window.

In other transfer news, Spurs defender Danny Rose is still looking for a move to United, according to ESPN FC.

The England left-back made some big claims to The Sun about having to Google Spurs’ transfer targets which won’t have gone down well with the club’s chiefs.

United have been interested in the 27-year-old this summer and, with Rose wanting to leave, it looked like it could have been a possibility.

But Daniel Levy is notoriously difficult to do business with so the chances of a deal being agreed within 24 hours is pretty slim.

In reality both of the deals being rumoured in this report are highly unlikely to happen before the window comes to a close at 11pm tomorrow.

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Paris Saint-Germain are close to unveiling the signings of Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho, as the Parc des Princes club raid the Ligue 1 champions.

Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports News (h/t Brandon Myers of the Daily Express) reported PSG want to complete Mbappe’s transfer by Monday, making him the second-most expensive talent in history. PSG are expected to pay £140 million for the French wonderkid.

Solhekol said: “Mbappe is in the French squad for their upcoming qualifiers against Holland and Luxembourg and France manager Didier Deschamps doesn’t want players to be negotiating transfers whilst they’re on international duty next week. That’s why there’s a real push to get this deal done before Monday.”

The player rose to prominence last season as his club charged ahead of PSG in the top French division.

Mbappe scored 15 goals in only 17 Ligue 1 starts, according to WhoScored.com, quickly establishing himself as the hottest teenager in Europe.

Monaco have since sold a host of talent after a fantastic campaign last season, and the loss of Mbappe and Fabinho will further destroy their equilibrium.

Leander Dendoncker of Anderlecht is being lined up by Monaco to replace Fabinho, as the Brazil international follows his young team-mate to Paris.

Duncan Castles of the Daily Record reported the defender will cost €55 million (£50.9 million) when the 23-year-old arrives at PSG, with Dendoncker moving to the south of France.

The Qatar-owned team will add the pair to world-record signing Neymar, creating a dynamic core for the years ahead.

The former Barcelona forward has been purchased to lead PSG into a new era, but the club are making sure his reinforcements are of the highest quality.

Mbappe remains an unknown quantity, and the price sets a new precedent for youth talent.

The 18-year-old is mostly potential at present, but if he fails in Paris, he could quickly become the most expensive mistake in football history.

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Ramos

 

Few observers were shocked when Sergio Ramos became the most sent-off player in La Liga history late in Real Madrid’s 3-0 La Liga opening weekend win at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening. But a look back through the record books shows surprisingly how the Bernabeu outfit have rarely been too troubled by his subsequent absences through suspension.

Ramos was quite lucky just to be booked midway through the second half at Riazor after an entanglement with Depor centre-back Fabian Schar that saw him raise a hand into the Switzerland international’s face. It meant that sympathy was limited when he was a bit unfortunate to pick up a second yellow during added time after jumping with his arm raised in an aerial challenge with Depor substitute Borja Valle.

In total, Ramos now has 23 red cards in 526 Madrid games, a club record ahead of former Blancos “tough guys” Juanito and Fernando Hierro. Sunday’s was also the 18th La Liga sending off for the 31-year-old: an all-time record along with his former Sevilla teammate Pablo Alfaro and ex-Zaragoza defender Xavi Aguado. He has also been ordered from the pitch three times in the Champions League and twice in the Copa del Rey.

In addition, Ramos has 147 yellow cards, putting him fourth on the all-time Primera Division list headed by current Getafe defender Alberto Lopo, who has 14 reds too — Lopo was actually playing when Ramos got his first career red soon after he joined Madrid as a teenager in 2005.

Those who feel that Ramos’ reputation in Spain precedes him, and therefore that trouble follows him around rather than vice-versa, can point to the 143-cap international having never been sent off when representing his country. This apparent anomaly was put to him in the Riazor mixed zone on Sunday evening, and he repeated claims he has made before that he feels he gets a raw deal from Spanish domestic officials.

“Not everybody likes that we are doing well, but we sleep fine every night,” said Ramos. “There were some controversial moments. I don’t think decisions are made in advance, but sometimes people should pay more attention.

“Maybe referees allow more in the Champions League and in internationals. Maybe we should look a bit more at the English model, where they let play go more.”

Whether Ramos would really benefit if Spain’s disciplinary committees did start to review TV evidence of games is a moot point. What we can say, however, is that Madrid have often tried everything to lessen the punishments handed out when he is red carded. The club have often appealed his dismissals, even managing to free him completely from any sanction on three different occasions.

Images were successfully used to “prove” that a handball penalty against Villarreal had been incorrectly awarded, in what was current Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane’s last game as a player at the Bernabeu in May 2006. Villarreal were again the opponent in 2012, when Madrid’s legal team found an error in the referee’s report, which was filed after a particularly chaotic match that saw then-Madrid boss Jose Mourinho also sent to the sidelines.

Such arguments also seem to have ensured that Ramos has missed remarkably few games through suspensions following his many sendings-off. Quite fantastically, his previous 22 red cards have brought suspensions covering a total of just 24 matches. Of these, Madrid have won 18, lost three and drawn three: They did not miss their captain too badly.

There has been just one two-game ban, after Ramos got an extra punishment for insulting the referee on his way from the pitch following an elbow on former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle in a Liga clash with Recreativo Huelva in 2008.

Ramos’ longest suspension was five games back in January 2013, when he reacted angrily to being shown a second yellow for a dangerous challenge on Celta’s Augusto Fernandez (with his team already 4-0 ahead) and calling the match officials “shameless,” having “spent the whole game f—ing us.” Usually though, Ramos has missed just one game for his dismissals, even when getting straight red cards for dangerous play or challenges from behind.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been on the receiving end a couple of times — most recently in last April’s 4-3 Clasico defeat at the Bernabeu. The aggressor again got the bare minimum punishment on that occasion, and Madrid won 6-2 at Deportivo the following week.

It is also striking how often Ramos returns from suspension just in time to make a big impact. In early 2013, he was sent off twice in two months, and on both occasions, his first games back were Clasico wins against Barca, with the defender even scoring the opener in a 3-1 victory at the Camp Nou.

On Sunday evening, Madrid’s director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno, suggested that Madrid would be appealing again this time around, and it is quite possible that the second yellow card will get rescinded and there will be no suspension again. But the success of the latest appeal might depend on how generous Spain’s disciplinary authorities are feeling given last week’s furore over Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-game ban, including four extra for pushing the referee in the Spanish Supercopa.

Generally, the record shows perhaps why Ramos has not changed his ways at all despite so many reckless red cards over the years. He may often get sent from the pitch, but neither he nor his team usually suffer too badly.

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After signing Guilano from Zenit for €7m, Fenerbahçe have now turned their attention to signing a central defender to replace Simon Kjaer, who they recently sold to Sevilla for €12.5m.

Fotomac say after the club’s dismal defensive performance against Goztepe this weekend, Fenerbahçe have now been offered the chance to sign Watford’s Sebastian Prödl.

The defender was an unused substitute during Watford’s opening day draw against Liverpool, after Marco Silva opted to partner Younes Kaboul with Miguel Britos.

The Turkish outlet have claimed Martin Skrtel’s agent has offered Prödl to Fenerbahce, and that the former Liverpool star would be keen to play alongside the Watford player.

Prödl joined Watford from Werder Bremen back in 2015, and he’s been a regular since his arrival at Vicarage Road. The 30 year old would be a cheaper option for Fenerbahçe after also being linked with AC Milan’s Gustavo Gomez.

The Austria international is under contract with Watford until June 2020.

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With days to go until the big kickoff, the meltdown is here. A fortnight ago, most Tottenham fans were relaxed about the club’s reluctance to enter the transfer market madness, wearing the club’s restraint as a badge of honour.

But now they are getting twitchy. Spurs are the only top-flight club yet to make a summer signing and they are relying on last season’s stars to continue where they left off.

But manager Mauricio Pochettino will also be hoping that some of his squad players can, to use the cliche, be like a new signing this season, particularly in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Moussa Sissoko
If Sissoko’s omission from Spurs’ preseason tour of the U.S. (admittedly because of illness) fitted the narrative of his continuing demise, then his surprising performance in the friendly against Juventus did not. The Frenchman was a genuine threat on Wembley’s big pitch and he showed real quality to step inside and curl a shot on to the post.

That display should be enough to earn him a start at his former club on the opening day. The last time he played at St. James’ Park he was untouchable as Newcastle hammered Spurs 5-1. There is clearly something about Sissoko, but beyond this weekend his future is still uncertain. Spurs would be happy to recoup the majority of the £30 million they paid for the 27-year-old, particularly as the club remains in the market for a speedy winger.

Chances of “being like a new signing:” 3/5

Harry Winks

It felt like Winks was on the cusp of a big, coming-of-age performance before an unlucky ankle injury ended his season in April. Now he is back fit, and Victor Wanyama’s injury and Eric Dier’s likely deployment at right-back means he has a chance to stake a claim from the very first match.

Mousa Dembele is unique but creaking and has said he will never play pain-free again. Pochettino has tended to refresh his central midfield pairing every year, so Winks can make the position his own by the end of the season. As an aside, England are crying out for a keep-ball player like Winks so don’t rule out him earning a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, too.

Chances of “being like a new signing:” 4/5

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou

In August 2016, Nkoudou was apparently holed up in a London hotel room waiting for his transfer to Spurs to be rubber-stamped. A year on, the winger’s impact on Pochettino’s first team has not increased much and it is hard to escape the feeling that the manager just doesn’t rate him.

Spurs paid £11m for Nkoudou but Pochettino has treated him like a promising young player and based on preseason, he could even find himself overtaken by some of the club’s homegrown youth. A lively cameo against Roma in New Jersey offered a brief indicator that Nkoudou may be better on the right than the left, where he has generally been used, but is unlikely he will pull up trees on either flank this season. And that’s assuming he stays.

Chances of “being like a new signing:” 1/5

 

Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela

You either love him or you hate him. Lamela is a player who divides Spurs supporters like no other, but even his fiercest critics agree that he’s no good to anyone in his current state. The Argentine international has not played since October due to a persistent hip problem. He is now recovering from double hip surgery.

Lamela was an important player to Spurs in 2015-16 but although they missed him in some of the biggest games, Pochettino simply found a way to play without him last season. His replacement, Son Heung-Min, is a far more clinical and decisive option. Even so, a fit Lamela would be an asset for Spurs, particularly haring around Wembley’s big pitch.

Chances of “being like a new signing:” 3/5

Vincent Janssen

Like Roberto Soldado before him (and Helder Postiga before him), Janssen quickly became an ironic cult hero at Tottenham for being such a dismal striker. He arrived at Spurs as the Eredivisie top scorer but he was more Afonso Alves than Ruud van Nistelrooy last season, and it took him 30 appearances to score from open play. But he is a trier and his incremental improvement over the course of the season offered hope. A classy finish against Roma was another all-too-brief glimpse of his quality.

Everyone needs a year to adapt to the Premier League, particularly a style as particular and demanding as Pochettino’s, and Janssen is still just 22. If he is to have an important season, he needs to make an impact quickly because he is currently Spurs’ third striker behind Harry Kane and Son.

Chances of “being like a new signing:” 3/5