Daily Archives: October 21, 2016

Mauricio Pochettino likens Dele Alli to a ‘Wild Horse’

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English Premier League

Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur

Oct 22 (Sat), 7.30pm (Mas)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has described Dele Alli as “a wild horse” that cannot be tamed.

Spurs would go into their match against Bournemouth with 18 points and the chance to advance to the top of the table, as leaders Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal play later in the weekend. Alli, who scored a goal against Bayer Leverkusen mid-week, will spearhead the attack during the visit to Dean Court.

Still, his temperament had been called into question last season after he was given a three-match ban for punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob. He was also lucky to escape punishment when he made headlines for kicking Fiorentina defender Nenad Tomovic in a Europa League fixture.

However, the 20-year-old England International has impressed thus far this term, and was booked just once from 14 games.

“He is a big talent but he was a bit wild,” said Pochettino. “Now he is more domesticated. You can’t lose that side – it might make him a special player. It is like when you have a wild horse and you need to put it in a box and domesticate it, no?”

“It is all a process with the younger lads to be more mature, with more experience, now more focused on playing football. He is special, a great guy. We have a very good relationship. He is a very emotional person and we all love him.”

Pochettino is also not concerned with Alli’s misses against Leverkusen, as the midfielder himself, too, admitted his need to be “clinical” in front of goal.

“If we are talking about scoring every chance, maybe we are talking about a Marco Van Basten or a Gabriel Batistuta, a striker. Not an offensive midfielder (like Alli),” he countered.

“I think he works hard, he presses, he scores, he creates chances. I think it is unbelievable all the effort he makes in every game. There is nothing to say about Alli, I am more than happy with him.”

Prediction:

Bournemouth (1) – (3) Tottenham

Dominant United strikes four past Fenerbache

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Manchester United put on a dominant display to earn a comfortable 4-1 victory over Fenerbache in the UEFA Europa League.

Jose Mourinho’s men, who had come under criticism following several disappointing results, managed to score all four of their goals between the 31st and 48th minutes of the game.

With Wayne Rooney back in the team, United did not create much chances up until the Turkish side gave away two cheap penalties 15 minutes before the break.

French world record signing Paul Pogba smashed in after Simon Kjaer fouled Juan Mata, while Anthony Martial also converted following Sener Ozbayrakli’s push.

Pogba then guided a superb curling shot home from 20 yards as Jesse Lingard drilling home from similar distance to seal the game after the break.

The rest of the game was then played out in an exhibition atmosphere, but the most heartwarming moment of the night came six minutes from the end when Robin Van Persie scored Fenerbache’s consolation goal and raised his arm to acknowledge the Old Trafford crowd.

The Dutchman had been serenaded by specators throughout the night; his name was chanted as he walked out for kick-off, he was cheered as he came across to take Fenerbache’s corners and, after curling a long-range shot just wide, he turned in Emmanuel Emenike’s cross to prompt an ovation from his former fans.

It was also worth noting the way the crowd showed their appreciation for Rooney, who was starting for the first time in five matches.

 

Atletico Madrid agrees to transfer ban amidst CAS appeal

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Atletico Madrid has agreed to not sign players in the January transfer while they fight a FIFA transfer ban at the highest court.

FIFA imposed one-year sanctions on Atletico and city rivals Real Madrid for signing underage players, which was in violation of transfer rules.

Diego Simeon’s club has since petitioned for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to intervene, but also agreed to waive their right to suspend the ban for next January’s window while waiting for the case to be heard

In a joint statement between FIFA and the Madrid club, it was revealed that a timetable for the CAS has been agreed upon in order to give a final ruling.

The statement read: “In the appeal proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in relation to the decision notified by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 8 September 2016 imposing inter alia a transfer ban on Atletico Madrid, both parties have agreed on a procedural calendar in order to allow the CAS to render a final reasoned award by 1 June 2017.”

“Atletico Madrid waived its right to seek suspensive effect of the appeal for the next winter transfer period following its initial request for the proceedings to be concluded by the first semester of 2017 and FIFA’s subsequent request for said waiver.”

“Even though Atletico Madrid completely maintains its position that the transfer ban is unjustified, it has decided to waive its right to seek suspensive effect for the next winter transfer period so as to ensure a procedural calendar that allows Atletico Madrid to fully present its case, while giving the panel sufficient time to thoroughly review all documents, consider all arguments and finalise the reasons before rendering its award.”

“Due to the confidentiality of the proceedings, the parties will not make any further comments on the arbitration prior to the final award being rendered.”

In the meantime, with an appeal to FIFA in the summer transfer window, Atletico had managed to sign several players including French forward Kevin Gameiro and Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, while Real Madrid also bought Alvaro Morata back from Juventus.