Man Utd to hold safe standing talks and are getting advice from Spurs

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED are holding talks over installing safe standing at Old Trafford.Persistent standing remains illegal at stadiums in the top two tiers of English football – but rail seating can now be introduced if certain strict safety requirements are met.1 United have been exploring ways of improving the Old Trafford atmosphereCredit: AFP or licensorsWolves became the first side to do so in the Sir Jack Hayward Stand at Molineux – while Spurs have also introduced it at their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.And the Mail report that United chiefs are consulting their Premier League counterparts on the best course of action regarding implementing the rail seating.A feasibility report will have to completed – with one potential stumbling block being whether the Old Trafford structure can handle the extra weight. Should United be given the green light – rail seating would most likely to be introduced in the Stretford End lower tier section of the ground.The United hierarchy have already allowed 1,200 seats in that stand to be designated as a ‘singing section’ – in a bid to improve the atmosphere at England’s biggest sporting club venue.The Football Supporters Federation have long campaigned for the implementation of safe standing – often citing its overwhelming success in the Bundesliga.MORE MANCHESTER UNITED NEWSLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansUnited acknowledge that the vast majority of their supporters are in favour of safe standing and as such have themselves been long-term advocates of a change in legislation.A petition with over 100,000 signatures back in 2018 convinced then Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to launch a review into safe standing.Her successor Mims Davies revealed in January that she was of the belief that all-seater stadiums remain the safest option – but admitted that she was waiting for further information in order to fully make her mind up. Jose Mourinho moans he was not handed cash to buy defenders at Man Utd and Roy Keane can’t resist a cheeky smirklast_img read more

Read more

Amazing pics show Spurs pitch moved under the stands ahead of NFL debut

first_imgIT WAS a crime scene on Tuesday. One that Spurs fans will want to forget.But after Bayern Munich looted Tottenham’s gleaming new home now it is the turn of the Raiders.3 Tottenham’s stadium has transformed for the NFLCredit: Getty3 Oakland and Chicago will battle it out in North LondonCredit: GettyThe two-week NFL takeover of London’s newest stadium will be completed when the Oakland Raiders run out through a special tunnel — created by removing 100 or so seats ahead of kick-off — against the Chicago Bears.Out has gone Spurs’ livery, colours and feel.Now, it is the acting home of the Raider Nation, with the silver pirate on a black background dominating.It is an NFL stadium in London, not a London base for an NFL match.The biggest change is the pitch.It is the world’s first dividing, retractable grass football pitch.Mounted in three enormous trays, the grass surface has been rolled away to be stored beneath the South Stand to reveal an artificial NFL American football field beneath.With a drop of nearly 6ft, it is an exact replica of the artificial turf used in the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneElsewhere, the Spurs memorabilia in the club shop has been taken out. Until October 15, it is an NFL store, where you can buy shirts from every franchise.Food outlets will also look different and even the stadium direction signs on nearby streets have had Tottenham logos replaced with NFL ones.Two NFL-only dressing rooms will be used, too, rather than the ones set aside for Spurs games.The Bears will walk out of the away room, located in the north-west corner of the stadium.It looks big until you walk into the home room in the East Stand.That is already bedecked with Raiders insignia and measures some 70 yards in length, complete with exercise bikes, hydrotherapy baths and treatment tables.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubSpurs and the NFL have a ten-year deal which promises two matches every season.The long-term ambition is to host a London-based franchise. Tomorrow is just the beginning.Listen to Oakland Raiders v Chicago Bears on TalkSPORT 2 tomorrow at 6pm.3 Spurs’ stadium looks unrecognisable decked out in NFL gearCredit: GettyThis Saturday’s Premier league sees Brighton take on Tottenham and West Ham v Crystal Palacelast_img read more

Read more

Promote PNG-wide unity through sport: Judge Kassman

first_imgJudge Kassman said sporting teams and individual players were better able to promote national unity during their interaction with other teams and players nationwide.He said this on Sunday, June 12 at Kiburu Lodge outside Mendi, Southern Highlands when he met briefly with the Digicel Cup team Gulf Isapea’s rugby league players and officials prior to their game with Hela Wigman there.Judge Kassman noted that popular sporting events such as rugby league bring many individuals and groups of different ethnicity together.As individuals you have important tasks to perform in building national unity apart from being a team playing to win for your respective teams.Through sports you travel meeting many other people and through your interaction you can promote greater national unity and understanding among our people.As players, of course you are expected to play a fair and hard game according to the rules to win and there is nothing wrong in doing that,” he said.Judge Kassman is currently the resident National Court judge in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.last_img read more

Read more

Bartomeu: “Setién has no exit clause this June”

first_imgQuique Setién is the main protagonist again of the front pages of the Barcelona newspapers this Thursday, although the most prominent words are those of the Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, which ensures in an interview with Sport that Quique Setién “It has no exit clause for June 2020”, which means that even if I won no title, it will continue. If not, it must be dismissed. Bartomeu also sends an optimistic message (“we will have fun”) and leave a message for Xavi: “He will one day coach Barça, but now he is Quique.” LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 16, 2020 For its part, Sports world also takes the new coach of Barça with the headline “Setien plan”. Sports world ensures that Riqui Puig will go to the first team with the Cantabrian coach, who Vidal it will stay and the decision that is not yet taken has to do with the signing of a striker who, in sight, seems necessary.last_img read more

Read more

What does each team look for in the last days of the market?

first_imgPomegranateWhat works best does not touch it. The Granada of Diego Martínez has been all the first round in the high part of the season, which has allowed him to add an important income for the decline. Therefore, in winter, he needed nothing more than to tie up what he already has and outline small details to improve. Vallejo and Foulquier arrived and Adrián Ramos left. In principle, there will be no more movements, unless a striker is shot.BetisBetis soon did his homework by hiring two rough diamonds as Guido Rodríguez and Aleñá. Thus, it reinforces the center of the field, something punished by the injury of William Carvalho and the accumulation of minutes of men like Guardado or Canales. Also output Kaptoum, heading to Almeria for its need of minutes, and to Ishmael. After the elimination in the Copa del Rey, Rubi is once again questioned, although the signing of a new technician does not depend on the range of signings. Tottenham has also given economic oxygen with the purchase of Giovanni Lo Celso.Kiko Huesca & nbsp; (EFE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Aleñá, luxury reinforcement for Betis in winter.Kiko Huesca (EFE) VillarrealThe march of Toko Ekambi direction Lyon It was a jug of cold water for Calleja, which had him as an indisputable. Since becoming official, Villarreal seeks a forward to replace him. The first objective was Cedric Bakambu, but the Beijing Guoan truncated that possibility. Lucas Pérez and Mariano they have also sounded, although the option of Paco Alcacer I like it more in the offices of the Ceramics Stadium. A more affordable option, due to lower economic expense and ease of obtaining an assignment, is that of Simone Zaza. No rest in search of the attacker.Athletic ClubThere will be no movements in San Mamés. Athletic has set a good first half of the season, continues in the fight for Europe and considers that no reinforcement is necessary to aspire to the first six places. Nor will any player leave except last-minute surprise. Only the Ganea entity left, heading for the Vitorul.OsasunaThe serious injury of Chimy Ávila completely disrupted Arrasate’s plans, which gave the template almost closed after the incorporation of Lato. However, losing their leader and top scorer has forced the club to accelerate to close a revulsive. Said and done, in a couple of days have achieved the assignment of Enric Gallego, with mandatory purchase option in case of permanence. Beyond that, there seems to be no more arrivals. GetafeGetafe has already done its homework, although it does not rule out the incorporation of a central. The march of Cabrera to Espanyol by the termination clause was a stick for Bordalás, who considered him indisputable. The club quickly tried to close a defense that would replace its march, but no footballer took a shot, given the obvious difficulty of ‘stealing’ a backstop of guarantees at this time of season. In offensive positions, the entity has released Enric Gallego, replacing it with Deyverson, and has signed Etebo as a means of containment. Brahim, who wants to stay in Madrid, is virtually ruled out.Atlético de MadridAtlético de Madrid has a clear goal problem, which condemns him to only having celebrated 22 goals in the first 21 league days. Therefore, with the injury of Diego Costa in between, Simeone has shouted a forward of the highest level to try to reverse the dramatic situation before the end of the season. Cavani, who ends the contract in June, is the chosen battering ram. The agreement with the PSG would be closed for a figure close to 15 million. The negotiation is ongoing and could be announced sooner rather than later.Real societyThere have been no movements so far and there will not have been unless Tottenham considerably increases its offer for Willian José. The team trained by José Mourinho wants the striker for about 15 million euros and the deal is far from closed. In case the situation turns around, the Real does not rule out incorporating another battering ram, although it would hardly have room for maneuver. One of the names that has sounded has been that of Mariano. Further, Adnan Januzaj could also change his way to Rome.ValenciaValencia defoliated the margarita: Rodrigo yes, Rodrigo no … The striker seems to finally stay and the club would renounce an alleged chain movement. Anil Murthy hoped to close Paco Alcácer for about 25-30 million euros, if it finally managed to sell to the Spanish international for € 50M. Barça’s refusal to pay such amount seems to indicate that everything will remain as it is. There is more: Gonzalo Villar’s signing was ruled out and interest in a right side (Joao Cancelo it was on the list) it seemed to blur as the days go by, although the possibility of Florenzi. The side of Rome is close to arriving, when accepting his club a transfer, although without purchase option.WOLFGANG RATTAY & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Paco Alcácer, possible target of Villarreal and Valencia for the last days of the market.WOLFGANG RATTAY (REUTERS) Chimy Ávila’s injury forced Osasuna to move in the market.THE LEAGUE The winter transfer market hurries its last days and the rumors do nothing but happen. However, at this point, it is no longer a simple interest: either the negotiations are already started or the player will spend the final months of the season in his current club. But many First Division clubs still have homework to do. There is little left, although they do not give up. Atlético de Madrid, with Cavani, is the best example of this. 23:59 on January 31 approach, with many operations still to be resolved:Real Madrid Zidane already ruled out in the press room that some striker arrived: “No, absolutely not.” It was the only position in which Real Madrid might need some reinforcement. Yes, Reinier arrived, with a view to the future and to give oxygen to a Castile You are not getting the expected results. Will also do it Marc Gual, for the subsidiary. In the field of casualties, Odriozola set sail for Bayern Munich to grow for the future; while Brahim Y Mariano They resist going out. Unless surprise, no further movement will occur.BarcelonaBarça continue working against the clock to close a striker that guarantees danger above while Luis Suarez is on leave. Many names have been put on the table, but the priority was Rodrigo Moreno. Valencia asked for a significant amount for him and the Blaugrana directive was planted and decided to break negotiations. Not even Celades was responsible for denying it. It was a complicated operation, by figures and little room for maneuver. You also need a ‘9’ of soda and the board continues to work to meet your request.SevilleMonchi gave departure to Dabbur and Chicharito, after they did not deliver up to expectations, and signed, by clause, to In Nesyri. He will have to fight for the job with a Luuk De Jong It improves every day. However, Lopetegui asks for more. He already knows that next season he won’t be able to count on Banega and he needs an elite soccer player in his replacement. The chosen one is Suso, from Milan. Both clubs seem to have reached an agreement for a season and a half assignment. It will become official shortly.JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>En-Nesyri exchanged Leganés for Sevilla in the winter market.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS)center_img I raisedNo movement in the Levant. No one has arrived, nor has it left. Only one risk: that Getafe press to close Cabaco, essential for Paco López. It would be the only way out, the movements were made in summer. Aly Abeid, a young man from the quarry, at Valenciennes is not very noticeable. With the team nine points above the descent, it was advisable to keep things as they were.AlavesThree arrivals and two departures. Camarasa, Ismael and Roberto arrive to provide depth in the Alavés squad, while Garitano suffers the goodbye of Sivera and, above all, Wakaso. The midfielder left a deep void, but the JS Suning made him an irreproachable offer. There is also fear for Lucas Pérez, who is in the orbit of Villarreal. Without Guidetti and for fear of goodbye of Spanish, the club works in the signature of another reference in attack. For the spinal Fejsa sounds.EibarWith the team eliminated in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey against Badajoz and a situation not too comfortable in the national league championship, Eibar responds to the profile of the team that needs fresh air in the winter market. However, it has only closed the incorporation of Cristóforo for the center of the field and there will be no more arrivals except surprise. Mendilibar is confident in his players, although the results have not accompanied in the first half of the season. I could leave Quique González.ValladolidRonaldo has been unleashed with the same day hiring of a galactic like Ben Arfa and Sekou Gassama. Of course, the former Almeria striker leaves on loan to Fuenlabrada until the end of the season. Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Gomez, sports director of Valladolid, has confirmed that no offer has been made for Reinier and has not ruled out the possibility of incorporating another player if there is a good market opportunity. Anyway, Sergio continues to squeeze the resources he has to the fullest and has his team out of the relegation places again.Sergio Moraes & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Reinier will stay at Real Madrid Castilla.Sergio Moraes (REUTERS) MajorcaMallorca keeps combing the market in search of a midfielder or a left back that can gain ownership or, at least, give depth to the short template that Vicente Moreno has. Well arrived with the same goal and is already earning his minutes. A striker is not ruled out, given the little success of face to door shown by the Cucho Hernández.Celta VigoBradaric for the center of the field and Murillo for the center of the rear. Two level reinforcements for a Celtic in need of finding the key in the quality of his players to continue one more year in the First Division of Spanish football. Behind the departure from Lobotka, you do not have in mind to incorporate any midfielder anymore. Santos Borré It could be the final bomb of the market: the club negotiates with River Plate and Atlético de Madrid, which has 25% of the attacker’s pass.LeganésFrom signing even two strikers to keep the same template for the second leg of the season. There is absolute confidence in the management of Javier Aguirre. The Leganés has changed, it is another on the grass and is already only three points away from the permanence. However, the march of En Nesyri has done a lot of damage and is looking for replacement. Today there is no player who is close to Butarque and that is why the club leaves the possibility of not incorporating. Many names appear in the deck, but without advanced negotiations. In the club there is a runrun in case someone chooses to execute the Braithwaite clause.CHEMA DIAZ & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Mariano continues to train with Real Madrid while several First Division teams ask about their situation.CHEMA DIAZ (DAILY AS) SpanishEspanyol can be satisfied. The incorporations of Leandro Cabrera, Raúl de Tomás and Adrián Embarba They have given fresh air to a staff worried about the stalking of the descent. RDT especially has given immediate performance and is already an indisputable for Abelardo. The board was put to work and has closed an unbeatable market. Now it’s time to prove it on the pitch. Just came out Puado and men like Pipa or Campuzano They could look for minutes away from Cornellá. Open the possibility of a lateral.last_img read more

Read more

The Cup is not cool: just over 43,000 people, in the worst entry of the season

first_imgIn any case, these certainly soulless tickets can still be considered acceptable if we take into account the one recorded in the 2014/15 season in a match against Elche where only 27,099 fans attended. And if we go a little further, in 2013/14 before Levante there was an entry of 25,551 followers.What seems like a reality is that the Copa competition does not raise precisely an enthusiasm among the Catalans, as evidenced by the fact that the two worst entries of recent years have coincided with the knockout of the round of 16 of the Cup. The worst entry of the season and one of the worst in recent years. The Camp Nou on Thursday registered a poor entry to get together only 43,216 fans for the round of 16 Cup match against Leganés. In fact, to see a worse entry you have to go back just a year ago – January 17, 2019 – and interestingly also in an eighth Cup qualifier. On that occasion, the Camp Nou registered an entry of 42,838 fans to watch the game against Levante that also came with a favorable 2-1 result in the Ciutat de Valencia, so the Blaugrana needed to come back, just as they did when they got 3-0 and move on to quarters.last_img read more

Read more

Movistar will award 20 scholarships for the Rafa Nadal Academy

first_imgMovistar will grant 20 scholarships to college students to help younger Spanish skills who wish to prepare at the ‘Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar’ in the 2020-2021 tutorial yr, the firm reported Friday.The scholarships, which will keep in mind each tutorial and tennis deserves, will imply 20% of the whole quantity of the annual or quarterly program, which is predicated on the expertise acquired by Rafael Nadal and his technical crew for so a few years in the skilled circuit and is geared toward younger folks from 12 to 18 years. Toni Nadal leads the prestigious crew of coaches which offers with coaching gamers for the future.The purpose is to maximise the potential of every tennis participant in a excessive efficiency heart, the place they will make the sport suitable with the research at the Rafael Nadal Worldwide Faculty, a bilingual heart positioned in the identical services of the academy.After passing via it, they will proceed to coach academically, making use of for scholarships in the finest American and European universities. Gamers who’ve a Spanish passport or domicile in Spain will be entitled to it.last_img read more

Read more

Valverde is the Roadrunner

first_imgValverde has also beaten the 33.7 km / h of Christopher Ramos (the fastest in 2018-19) and is tied with Pedrosa (footballer for Espanyol) as the sprinter of the current league championship. A step below are Óscar (Leganés) and Hernani (Levante) with 35; Alex Moreno, Braithwaite, Canales, Ferran and Llorente with 34.9.Valverde, faster than his Barça rivals No player of the Barcelona beats Fede Valverde in speed. The one closest to him is the exculé Carles Pérez with 34.67 km / h, closely followed by Braithwaite 34.6 km / h, Dembelé 34.6 km / h, Semedo 34.5 km / h and Piqué 34.1 km / h. The case of the Danish striker is curious, but he achieved this mark when he played for Leganés and had more space behind him.As a curiosity, in 2017 Cristiano found his top at 33.6 km / h. This Portuguese figure would not even enter the ranking of current Madrid. Advíncula appears on the Valverde road map: the Peruvian holds one of the records to beat in speed with a mark of 36.2 km / h when playing in Mexico. The icing on the cake has been the achievement of a new record: to be the fastest player in Madrid so far this season with 35.1 km / h. A brand with which he beats Vinicius (34.6), Carvajal (34.4), Mendy (34.3) and Bale (34.2).center_img Fede Valverde has achieved what many tried for years: go from promise to star in less than seven months. Madrid have only lost two games out of the 23 (8%) in which he started, while he was defeated in four of the 16 (25%) in which he started from the bench. Furthermore, their presence contributes to the attack: the Whites score 2.21 goals per game; a 1.31 without it. Its staging has been enough to be vital for Zidane: He has played 2,068 minutes in the 32 games played with two goals and four assists. His 23 starts, some of them ahead of Kroos and Modric, lead him to be the eighth player most used by the French coach.last_img read more

Read more

Orpheus, Nuclear Affair for Guineas trials

first_imgThe three-year-old campaign leading up to the 1000 and 2000 Guineas on April 9 continues at Caymanas Park today with the respective Guineas trials – the Thornbird Stakes for native-bred fillies and the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both over 1400 metres.Ten fillies have been declared for the $1.1 million Thornbird Stakes, including top contenders NUCLEAR AFFAIR and SORRENTINO’S STAR, to be ridden by in-form three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson and leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths, respectively.When both fillies last met in the $4.25 million supreme Ventures Jamaica two-year-old Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day, the Gary Subratie-trained NUCLEAR AFFAIR just failed to stave off the winner, FUTURE KING, while then favourite, SORRENTINO’S STAR finished four lengths fifth at level weights.Today, NUCLEAR AFFAIR is in receipt of 4.0kg from topweight SORRENTINO’S STAR. Following her decisive win over the promising colt ORPHEUS on her January 30 seasonal debut over 1500 metres, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, now running with a mere 53.0kg, looks hard to oppose under these favourable conditions.Trainer Subratie is looking forward to even bigger things from NUCLEAR AFFAIR, with the 1000 Guineas just around the corner.”I have very high hopes for her this season. She has definitely trained on from two to three with that good win over the progressive colt Orpheus over 1500 metres some weeks ago, clocking a good time, and is definitely a class act,” said the second-generation trainer.”She apparently has everything in her favour and should use this as a dress rehearsal for the Guineas,” added Subratie.The chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair should win easily from SORRENTINO’S STAR and GIRLY GIRLY LINKS.Meanwhile, 12 colts will face-off in the $1.1 million Prince Consort Stakes and, to my mind, it should come down to a straight fight between Nelson’s mount JAMAI RAJA and ORPHEUS, both impressive winners this season.GOD GOINGPreference is for ORPHEUS, who has pleased in all three races this season. After winning over this trip on January 1 and following up with a close second to NUCLEAR AFFAIR, over 1500 metres on January 30, ORPHEUS gained nods of approval after his impressive win over CHACE THE GREAT in the recent Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres, the chestnut colt, by Adore The Gold out of La Reina, covering the distance in the good time of 1;13.3.With in-form trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes having him in good nick and the additional furlong right up his street, ORPHEUS, with champion jockey Shane Ellis again in the saddle, looks the right choice.Other firm fancies on the card are MR. TOPPER TOP MAN in the second race for maidens; IAN LINKS to go one better in the fourth; UNCLE G in the sixth; FUTURE KING over stable-companion HOVER CRAFT and COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race over 1500m for overnight allowance horses; and JESSE’S FAVORITE in the closing race.last_img read more

Read more

Prem crown in sight for Leicester

first_imgLONDON, AP:Leicester’s next hurdle in their unexpected run to the English title is against the Premier League’s other surprise package.In the league’s most unpredictable season since its inception in 1992, Leicester will face sixth-place West Ham on Sunday with both teams seeking their highest finish in the Premier League era.Leicester will be looking to maintain their seven-point lead over Tottenham at the top, while West Ham try to close the gap on fourth-place Manchester City. A loss for Leicester could see Tottenham, which play at Stoke on Monday, cut the lead to only four points with four games remaining.Leicester’s rise to the top of English football is widely regarded as one of the league’s most surprising events since Blackburn won the top division in 1995. Like Blackburn, Leicester’s success has been largely because of their attacking prowess, although instead of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, it’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.Vardy has scored 21 goals this season, including two against Sunderland last week, and trails league leader Harry Kane by only one.”He deserves everything he gets,” Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said of Vardy. “He works so hard and he’s a top lad around the dressing room. He’s a good influence on everybody.”Even balls that are put into areas that some strikers maybe wouldn’t go for them, he runs them down. He makes bad balls into good balls and good balls into great balls.”West Ham also have plenty to play for in their first season under manager Slaven Bilic. The team is still fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League, a vast improvement on last year’s 12th-place finish.”He’s a great manager and a great bloke, to be honest,” West Ham striker Andy Carroll said of Bilic. “You can talk to him about football or not about football, and when it comes to games his tactics are spot-on. Every game, he takes each game as it comes and it’s different tactics, different set-ups and different formations.”West Ham’s best finish in the Premier League was fifth place in 1999. Before the Premier League was established, the team finished third in 1986.Leicester’s best finishes were eighth in the Premier League in 2000, and before that second in 1929.last_img read more

Read more