Tottenham Hotspur News – Former Arsenal striker Adebayor linked with return to North London

Tottenham are said to be in with a chance of landing former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan in January. The Togolese ace has become an increasingly peripheral figure at Manchester City following his £25 million move to Eastland’s in the summer of 2009, and has his fragile relationship with Roberto Mancini means a temporary move away from the Citizens is a strong possibility. A Tottenham source told the Sun: “There is a real chance we could land Manu in the transfer window – although a lot does depend on…

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Real Madrid Analysis – Mourinho’s unbeaten record comes to an end against Barcelona

BARCELONA 5Xavi 10, Pedro 18, Villa 55, 58, Jeffren 91 REAL MADRID 0 Barcelona showed why they are reigning La Liga champions with a 5-0 thrashing of Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season at the Camp Nou. The victory sends Barca back to the top of La Liga, two points ahead of Madrid, after what could prove to be a very significant match in the title race. Two goals in the opening 20 minutes from Barca captain Xavi and Pedro set the Champions on their…

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Blog: Five hammerings to match Barcelona’s 5-0 drubbing

In the aftermath of Barcelona’s incredible 5-0 dismantling of Real Madrid, my mind began to wander to other significant one-sided victories throughout European football in recent history. Here is a selection of five which spring immediately to mind. Feel free to agree, disagree and post alternative suggestions. Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona: May 2, 2009Celebrating Barcelona fans do not have far to go back to find a rival. Their 6-2 annihilation of the Madridistas in May 2009 effectively sealed Pep Guardiola’s first La Liga title contained equally joyous, ruthless tiki-taka football…

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Liverpool news – Carragher may need surgery, Konchesky admits he must improve, Lucas to Sevilla

Carragher may need surgery. Liverpool’s medical staff is debating whether or not Jamie Carragher needs to undergo surgery to correct his dislocated shoulder which forced his substitution against Tottenham on Sunday, The Guardian reports. Initial fears were that the talismanic centre-back would be out for six weeks, already missing the crucial Christmas fixtures and the FA Cup third round trip to Old Trafford. Surgery, it seems, would prolong his absence beyond the initial six week estimated recovery period. A decision is expected after further consultations today. Konchesky admits he must…

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Arsenal news – Wenger: We can win everything, van Persie to start, Hazard snubs Gunners

Wenger: We can win everything. Arsene Wenger has warned his rivals that he has no reason not to target success in all competitions this season. The Gunners are seeking to end their five year wait for a trophy, and the Frenchman wants his players to do it with style. According to the UKPA, Wenger said: “At the moment we are two points from the top in the Premier League, we are in the quarter-final of the Carling Cup, still a good chance to qualify in the Champions League, so we…

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Chelsea news – David Luiz rumours resurface, Montgomery to get Blues job, Drogba: This slump is the worst

Drogba: This slump is the worst. Didier Drogba believes that Chelsea’s current slump is the worst since he joined from Marseille in 2004 – though as well as feeling the pressure for the champion’s recent poor results, the 32-year-old is unhappy with his own form as well, according to Goal.com. The Blues have won only once in the last five league games, with three defeats. The player himself has not scored in over two months. He said: “It is not happening in front of goal. I had some moments where…

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Tottenham news – Spurs in for Adebayor loan, Modric: Away form must change, vdV and Kaboul injury latest

Spurs in for Adebayor loan. Tottenham are said to be in with a chance of landing former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan in January. The Togolese ace has become an increasingly peripheral figure at Manchester City following his £25m to Eastland’s in the summer of 2009, and has his fragile relationship with Roberto Mancini means a temporary move away from the Citizens is a strong possibility. A Tottenham source told The Sun: “There is a real chance we could land Manu in the transfer window – although a lot…

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Aston Villa in for £6m Keane

With Spurs looking to offload several fringe players in order to fund a sprint at the Champions League, striker Robbie Keane could be on his way to Aston Villa, according to Goal.com. The Irish striker has long been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, and spent the latter part of last season on loan at Celtic. Spurs would ask for a cut-price £6m for the striker, who has fallen down the pecking order in north London, though much like the potential Adebayor signing, wage demands could prove…

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Tottenham want Parker and Mexes in January

Footylatest reports that Spurs could be lining up permanent moves for West Ham’s Scott Parker and Roma’s Phillipe Mexes. These two deals as well as a potential permanent deal for Emmanuel Adebayor wouldn’t leave boss Redknapp much change from £50m, though he will seek to offload several squad players in order to balance the books. However, all three deals pose potential problems with Man City not keen to sell Adebayor to a rival club, West Ham wanting a large fee for Parker and Mexes being chased by a host of…

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Newcastle Utd news – Adam Johnson to Magpies, Drogba tips Tiote for success, Enrique: Chelsea Point Was Huge

Drogba tips Tiote for success. Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has tipped Cheick Tiote for big things in the Premier League in the aftermath of the Blues’ 1-1 draw at St James’s Park. The defensive midfielder has become a fixture in Chris Hughton’s midfield since his £3.5m summer arrival from Eredivisie side FC Twente, but the best is yet to come, according to Ivory Coast captain Drogba. “I think Cheik is going to go on and be one of the strongest players in this league,” Drogba said. “I have to say…

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Barcelona Analysis – Barcelona wipe the floor with Real Madrid in all departments

BARCELONA 5 Xavi 10, Pedro 17, Villa 55, 58, Jeffren 90 REAL MADRID 0 FC Barcelona produced one of their most impressive displays in recent history to snatch first place in a La Liga from bitter foes real Madrid in devastating fashion. Despite the chaotic build-up to this huge tie, Barcelona began the game as if it were a pre-season friendly. The Blaugrana boasted almost a whopping 70% possession in the match, and few would have predicted the degree of control the Catalonians would have had over their fierce Spanish…

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Ligue 1 Daily – OM search for Azpilicueta cover

Having returned to the top of the league after a 4-0 win over Montpellier, Olympique de Marseille were dealt a blow as Spanish Under-21 right-back Cesar Azpilicueta may miss the rest of the season through injury. Coach Didier Deschamps confirmed what Marseille fans had feared after the match, telling the club’s official website: “Taken to hospital, Cesar Azpilicueta received a terrible diagnosis. The Spaniard suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He will be out for six months.” OM have already begun the search for…

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Club Focus – Real Madrid – El Clasico dawns

Real Madrid’s bitterly cold trip to the Nou Camp tonight to take on eternal rivals Barcelona in the seasons first El Clasico could quite possibly be the defining moment deciding the destiny of La Liga this term. In the two club’s 161st meeting, Jose Mourinho’s Los Blancos side hold a slender one point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s men at the Primera Division summit as the Whites seek to continue their unbeaten run this campaign, determined to notch a first win against their Catalan adversaries since April 2008. The atmospheric cauldron…

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Club Focus – Sunderland – “Awful defence” leaves Steve Bruce’s men defeated

Sunderland’s impressive recent run was brought to a screeching halt at Molineux on Saturday as struggling Wolves presented the Mackems with a nasty shock to bring the visitors tumbling back down to earth. Fine away form, coupled with the host’s four consecutive defeats prior to kick-off gave cause for optimism among the Sunderland faithful, but Mick McCarthy got one over on his former employers to guide his side to the points. Kevin Foley’s second half opener was cancelled out by goals from Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck, but a fightback…

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Arsenal news – Wenger wants Carling Cup? Arshavin backs Russia bid, Wenger to stay on

Wenger wants Carling Cup? The Telegraph is today reporting that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lowered his sights in the search to end the club’s five year trophy drought. Back in February, Wenger had reportedly asked: “If you win the League Cup, can you honestly say you have won a trophy?” But according to long-time cohort and friend Gerard Houllier, the Frenchman now has his sights set on that same trophy. Wenger’s Gunners overcame Houllier’s Aston Villa 4-2 on Saturday, and when asked about Wenger’s League Cup aspirations the Frenchman…

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Chelsea news – Ancelotti dismisses Guardiola link, Arnesen replacement talks stall, Youngster wants extended loan

Ancelotti dismisses Guardiola link. Carlo Ancelotti has shrugged off speculation over his future after news reports yesterday that Chelsea have lined up Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as their new manager. Speculation has been rife recently over the Italian’s future, and the manager himself has admitted he is feeling the pressure following Chelsea’s below par recent form. According to Goal.com, Ancelotti insists that the coach is the last to know things at his club, saying: “I have heard of Pep Guardiola, to be frank. But you don’t have to ask me…

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Tottenham news – Spurs join Srna race, Pienaar rumours persist, Forlan rules out transfer

Spurs join Srna race. Darijo Srna has revealed that Tottenham have joined the race to sign him, after admitting to having discussions with champions Chelsea in recent months. The 28-year-old has long been considered one of the best right-backs in the world, and the Croatian national side’s captain is thought to fancy a move to the Premier League. Chelsea’s procrastination in securing his services could offer an advantage to Spurs, who have Srna’s Croatian national team-mate Luka Modric in their ranks. While the Blues’ almost inevitable trophy haul could yet…

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Club Focus – Everton – New blood needed to bring Toffees out of a dangerous slump

The Beckham-to-Everton stories offered a light diversion from matters on the field on Saturday morning, before West Brom embarrassed Everton on their own turf. Post match, the Beckham fantasy had to take a backseat, for the Toffees have far greater problems than whether they could attract the LA Galaxy midfielder on loan for a few months. No wins in November, 11 goals conceded in five games, only seven scored and key players either out of form, facing suspension or, in the case of Tim Cahill, in fine form but about…

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Blog: Unbeaten QPR march on with victory over Cardiff

A 19 game unbeaten run has seen Queens Park Rangers deservedly rise to the top of the Npower Championship table. Greg Simkins looks at their weekend victory over Cardiff, analysing the key points of the table-topping clash. It could have been so different for Cardiff. Kaspars Gorkss’ thirteenth minute slip allowed Jay Bothroyd to set up Craig Bellamy, the Manchester City loanee clipping the ball past Paddy Kenny into the net. Gorkss, however, atoned for his mistake just five minutes later as he rose unmarked to power home a headed…

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Liverpool news – Carragher dislocates shoulder, Reds draw Man Utd in Cup, Last-gasp defeat

Last-gasp defeat. Warning signals rang as Aaron Lennon controlled the ball on the right wing and moved towards goal. They were not heeded by Paul Konchesky however, granting Lennon the freedom of White Hart Lane to fire beyond Pepe Reina and defeat Liverpool. For a while, it looked as though Martin Skrtel’s scrappy opening goal might be enough to win an entertaining fixture away at Tottenham. Indeed, upon gaining the lead Liverpool seized the initiative early in the second half and were unlucky not to be two goals to the…

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Man Utd news – Fergie expects van der Sar retirement, Hodgson “Sad” at Utd draw, Ferguson plays down 2018 chances

Fergie expects van der Sar retirement. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects veteran goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar to hang up his gloves at the end of the season, reports The People. The Dutch stopper, 40 last month, has refused to confirm that he will retire in May but Ferguson is planning for it regardless. “I have come to accept this will be Edwin’s last season,” said Ferguson. “We had a chat last season about how he saw his future and he explained to me his plans, and nothing…

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Club Focus – Stoke City – Tuncay and the problem with impact subs

Stoke City left it late to extend their unbeaten run to four games, as Matthew Etherington’s 92nd minute equaliser proved no more than the Potters deserved in snatching a point against the millionaires of Manchester City. The key moment in the build up to the goal was an outrageous back heel from substitute Tuncay that befuddled the City defence, allowing Etherington to slot home. There has been much talk of ‘impact subs’ this season at the Britannia Stadium, usually centring around Ricardo Fuller. Tony Pulis has at times been reluctant…

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Liverpool Analysis – Reds made to rue missed chances in last-gasp defeat to Tottenham

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2Skrtel (og) 65, Lennon 90+2 LIVERPOOL 1Skrtel 42 “We missed some very good chances. We played some good football to get us into that position. Going away with nothing sets us back once again, and I suppose one can take consolation from the performance, but on the other hand the performance needs to get you results and this performance didn’t get us a result.” Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson’s post-match comments typified the sense of exasperated dejection that many Reds fans will have been feeling after yesterday’s defeat at…

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Club Focus – Chelsea – Point at Newcastle not enough to retain top spot for Chelsea

Chelsea failed to reclaim the top spot in the Barclays Premier League table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle at St James’ Park. Having seen their two nearest rivals producing their best performances of the season just 24 hours prior, the Blues were unable to match the results that Manchester United and Arsenal produced. The draw means that for the first since the opening day of the season, Chelsea are not top of the pile. On a cold day in the North East, the league champions…

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Club Focus – Manchester City – City silenced by Stoke leveller

It would be harsh to conclude that Manchester City succumbed to a moment of rare quality by Stoke in the final minute. To say so would be to ignore the talent which Stoke possess in the final third. The subtle, innovative flicks of substitute Tuncay Sanli constantly probed, whilst Matthew Etherington has long since been one of the league’s most productive wingers. That the two of them combined to cost City a priceless victory at the notoriously difficult Britannia Stadium should come as little surprise. On the balance of play,…

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