Liverpool can win Premier League title, says Toure

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has insisted the Reds can challenge for and win the Premier League title this season, according to ESPN. Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently third in the table, two points behind leaders Arsenal, who Liverpool play at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Saturday. A win could take Liverpool to the top of the table, depending on the outcome of second-place Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle, to be played at Saturday lunchtime. Toure began his career in English football with the Gunners and believes they are legitimate title contenders –…

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Crystal Palace in talks with O’Neill and Pulis over vacancy

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have spoken with Martin O’Neill and Tony Pulis over the managerial vacancy at Selhurst Park, the Guardian has reported. Ian Holloway left the club earlier in October following a 4-1 home defeat to Fulham, with his assistant, Keith Millen, placed in caretaker charge. Millen oversaw a 2-0 home loss against Arsenal on Saturday and is likely to still be in place for the trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend. O’Neill has not returned to management since leaving Sunderland in March, but is understood to…

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Wenger urges calm after Arsenal defeat to Chelsea

Arsene Wenger has insisted there is no need to be concerned after Arsenal were beaten by Chelsea in the Capital One Cup a week after they lost to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The loss to their Premier League rivals was the second home defeat in a row after the Dortmund reverse and with a third home game against Liverpool to come this weekend, it was suggested to Wenger that another victory for a visiting side could undo the Gunners’ good work of climbing…

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Beckham planning MLS franchise in Miami

Former England captain and Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has confirmed his involvement with a proposal to set up a new Major League Soccer club in Miami, Florida, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Beckham retired from playing at the end of the season after a short spell with Paris Saint-Germain and had been expected to get involved with MLS at the ownership level, having played more than 100 times for the Galaxy in a five-year spell at the club. The newspaper adds that locations such…

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Mata praise for Azpilicueta as pair grab Chelsea goals

Juan Mata reserved special praise for his Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after the pair were on target for Jose Mourinho’s side in their 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Arsenal, Sky Sports has reported. Azpilicueta opened the scoring when he exploited a short header towards his own goal from Carl Jenkinson, the Gunners’ right-back, and beat on-rushing goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to the ball. It was Azpilicueta’s first goal for Chelsea, having been at the club a little over a year and came after the full-back fell out of favour under…

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Jol not feeling under pressure despite Fulham cup exit

Martin Jol has rejected the suggestion that his position at Fulham is under threat after the Premier League side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Championship outfit Leicester City, Sky Sports has reported. Jol made nine changes to the side to face the Foxes from the one that lost to Southampton on Saturday but there was little change in fortune as Leicester ran out 4-3 winners, thanks to an 89th minute goal from Lloyd Dyer. Fulham had gone a goal up through Hugo Rodallega but Leicester hit…

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Wenger blames Arsenal defensive errors for Chelsea cup defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has pointed the finger at his side’s defending for the reason why Chelsea were victorious in the Capital One Cup meeting between the Premier League’s top two, Sky Sports has reported. Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium with goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata, the first coming after Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson miscued an attempted header back to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. The ball dropped short and Azpilicueta was able to beat Fabianski to it and prod past the on-rushing Pole. Arsenal had…

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Man Utd got lucky with penalty decision, admits Round

Manchester United assistant manager Steve Round admitted his team were lucky to be awarded an early penalty during their Capital One Cup match with Norwich City, Sky Sports has reported. Referee Kevin Friend awarded the spot kick in the 20th minute after a clash between Leroy Fer and Adnan Januzaj, described as “innocuous” by Sky Sports. Javier Hernandez converted from 12 yards and set United on course for a 4-0 victory, with Hernandez later bagging a second goal. Also on target were Phil Jones and Fabio as United recorded a…

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Townsend asks Tottenham fans for patience

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has asked for more understanding from the club’s supporters, Sky Sports has reported, as the England international explained that the team at times find it hard to break down the opposition at White Hart Lane because of the visitors’ negative approach. Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas said after Spurs’ 1-0 win over Hull on Sunday that the players were uncomfortable with the atmosphere at the Lane, and that the crowd’s mood made getting the three points more difficult. Villas-Boas added that it was more like being…

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Nelson would love to bring old Tottenham teammate Defoe to Toronto

Toronto manager Ryan Nelson has admitted that would be love to bring England international and Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe to his Major League Soccer outfit, Sky Sports has reported. Former Premier League player Nelson, who represented Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham and QPR in his time in England, has just finished his first season in charge of the Canadian club, but has his sights set on next season already. Nelson played with Defoe in his time at Spurs, and his name is being linked with a move to Nelson’s side. The…

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Pardew reveals desperation at Newcastle for a trophy

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that a win over Manchester City in the Capital One Cup this week would be a perfect way to bounce back following the derby defeat to Sunderland, Sky Sports has reported. The Magpies fell to a late 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Black Cats, but the Geordie side do not have to wait long to get back on the pitch to put things right against Manchester City. Pardew said: “The derby was a really demanding game on the legs and on the…

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Villas-Boas admits Lamela is struggling to settle at Tottenham

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that the club’s record breaking signing, Erik Lamela, is finding it hard to adapt to the Premier League, ESPN has reported. Lamela, who joined the north London outfit from Roma in the summer for a fee of £30m, has struggled to make an impact in the Spurs side and his manager has admitted that the Argentinean is yet to produce what he is capable of. The Portuguese added: “We have been speaking a lot with him and I think getting him acquainted to the…

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FIFA vice-president Boyce interested in Platini’s 40-team World Cup plan

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce says he is “very interested” to hear Michel Platini’s World Cup development suggestion, says ESPN. Platini, the UEFA president, has proposed that the World Cup teams participating in the competition are increased from 32 to 40. The former France international is expected to become Sepp Blatter’s successor at FIFA after the Swiss president hinted about the role previously. Boyce revealed his excitement at hearing the proposal. “I would be very interested to hear what he has to say,” he revealed. “It is not something I have…

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Arteta believes Arsenal can end barren trophy run

Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta thinks the current Arsenal squad are capable of winning the club’s first piece of silverware since 2005, Sky Sports has reported. The last time the north London club picked up a trophy was back in 2005 when they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup on penalties, but Arteta is sure they can end this season with some silverware. The Gunners face a defining period to their season as they take on Chelsea, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United inside the next two weeks, a period…

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Zaha set for Man Utd competitive debut

Manchester United youngster Wilfried Zaha could be set to make his competitive debut against Norwich in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, the Guardian has reported. The 20-year-old is yet to make a competitive appearance for United since joining last season but could feature in David Moyes’ side against the Canaries at Old Trafford. Moyes has admitted Zaha may have to leave on loan in January to get some game time as the likes of Luis Nani, Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj are currently in front of the winger. “I…

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Mourinho plans Xabi Alonso reunion at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a summer move for Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, the Daily Mail has reported. The Spanish international’s contract comes to an end in the summer of 2014 and Mourinho, who worked with Alonso at Real Madrid, is keen on bringing the playmaker to Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese coach is hoping to seal the deal in the January window, and will use his close relationship with the former Liverpool star to help clinch the deal. The two were spotted talking and embracing at Chelsea’s pre-season…

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Milan dismiss Balotelli to Chelsea speculation

Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed rumours of Mario Balotelli leaving the club for Chelsea, having only joined in January, writes Sky Sports. Speculation had suggested Balotelli could be leaving Milan for Chelsea to be reunited with Jose Mourinho, but Allegri has insisted such rumours are not true. Allegri moved to put the gossip about the 23-year-old to bed. “I have absolutely no fear of losing Balotelli in January,” he said. “He is a Milan player who is now living in a time when he’s not playing well, but it…

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Arsenal boss Wenger plays down feud with Chelsea counterpart Mourinho

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his feud with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has settled down, writes ESPN. Ahead of the League Cup tie between the sides on Tuesday at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger and Mourinho will meet again on the touchline, something that has sparked many quarrels in previous years between the two managers. But Wenger now believes his relationship with Mourinho has calmed. “With all competitors there are ups and downs,” Wenger said. “You could see that again between [Manuel] Pellegrini and Mourinho, because we put our whole heart…

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Agger rubbishes Liverpool exit reports

Daniel Agger has insisted he will not be leaving Liverpool and is certain of being back in the team again soon, writes Sky Sports. The 28-year-old is under contract until 2016, but a lack of game time under Brendan Rodgers has sparked speculation surrounding the defender’s future. Reported interest from Barcelona came after Rodgers left out Agger in Liverpool’s previous four games, with Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho making up the defence. Agger tweeted: “Please stop all the tweets about me leaving! I’m not going anywhere! Will be…

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Lovren happy with Southampton start

Croatian defender Dejan Lovren has expressed his happiness with joining Southampton from Lyon in the summer, admitting he made ‘the best possible move’ by joining the Saints, reports Sky Sports. Lovren made the summer switch from the French side for £8m, and has been a vital member of Mauricio Pochettino’s team since arriving on the South coast. “I made the best possible move by coming to Southampton,” Lovren said. “From day one in this club everybody from the board, manager and fans they all tried to show me how much…

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Fellaini reveals Arsenal interest ahead of Man Utd move

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed he turned down an approach from Arsenal before leaving Everton for the Premier League champions, Sky Sports has reported. Fellaini moved to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in a £27.5m deal, following manager David Moyes in making the journey from Goodison Park. In doing so Fellaini became not only Everton’s record signing but also the club’s record sale. The Belgium international was reluctant to speak about the opportunities he rejected to join United but did confirm he could have joined the Gunners,…

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Borini still hopeful of Liverpool future

Fabio Borini has not given up hope of returning to Liverpool and winning a place in manager Brendan Rodgers’ squad, ESPN has reported. Borini is currently on loan at Sunderland and scored the winning goal in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby with Newcastle, his first for the Black Cats since joining for the season over the summer. The Italian made a £10.5m move to Anfield from Roma a year ago but injuries limited his impact at the Reds, with Borini breaking his foot in September and then dislocating his shoulder in February.…

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Ferguson believes Man Utd can still retain Premier League title

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United can still retain the Premier League title despite their mixed start to life under David Moyes, BBC Sport has reported. Moyes succeeded Ferguson at Old Trafford after the veteran Scot ended his long spell at the club, but the ex-Everton boss has been unable to keep United competitive in the early stages of the season. United are currently languishing in eighth place on 14 points, eight points behind league leaders Arsenal, in the club’s worst start in 24 years. Ferguson however feels Moyes has…

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Swansea will be motivated by hostile Cardiff crowd, says Taylor

Swansea City defender Neil Taylor has insisted he and his teammates will not be cowed by the hostile reception they will face at Cardiff City on Sunday, BBC Sport has reported, as the Premier League prepares for its first all-Welsh fixture. Taylor has limited experience of playing against Cardiff for Swansea, having appeared just once against the Bluebirds – a 1-0 Swansea win in 2010. But the match has lived long in the left-back’s memory, and he is eager for a second encounter with the capital city side. “This is…

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Arsenal to offer Agger a way out of Liverpool

Daniel Agger has admitted he would consider leaving Liverpool in January if he cannot force his way back into the first XI of manager Brendan Rodgers, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the Reds’ Premier League rivals Arsenal ready to move for the Denmark international. Agger has fallen out of favour in October, playing barely more than 20 minutes football for Liverpool as Rodgers prefers a three-man defence containing Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho. The 28-year-old Agger was named Liverpool’s vice-captain over the summer and an offer of…

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