2:42 AM EDT, Fri August 26, 2016
Cartilage Free Captain 42 mins ago

Friday Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Prepare for Liverpool, August 26, 2016

Get ready for Klopperpool. This weekend we’re set to see not only the third meeting between Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp, but Tottenham’s first fixture of the season against a team that figures to be competing with them in the race for the top four. For their part, Liverpool will be facing their second Champions League rival in three weeks and even making their second trip to North London in that time after beating Arsenal 4-3 opening weekend. Pay special attention to the midfield battle tomorrow. If Liverpool retains the same XI from last weekend, we’ll see the Reds in a...
Royal Blue Mersey 42 mins ago

Everton getting closer to Italian striker

Gabbiadini the man to back up Lukaku? Everton are rumoured to be chasing Italy and Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini. Reports from earlier in the week said that the Blues had bid £21.5m and another £4.3m in bonuses for the player. After the Partenopei sold Gonzalo Higuain, it was expected that Gabbiadini would take over the lead role in the attack. However, he has failed to establish himself under Maurizio Sarri since his move in January 2015, scoring thirteen goals in that time. Gabbiadini got pulled off after an hour in Napoli’s season opener, a 2-2 draw with Pescara. Reports...
Bitter and Blue 1 hour ago

Manchester City players react to Champions League group stage draw

Sporting director Txiki Begiristain also commented on the Group of Death The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was not kind to Manchester City, as usual, with the Sky Blues having to face Barcelona, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Celtic FC in the strongest, most difficult group in the European Cup this season. Man City players quickly reacted to the results of the draw, and they had different takes. Captain Vincent Kompany was confident, as always: Usual type of draw for us. Better like this. Bring it on. #ChampionsLeague #Barcelona #Gladbach #Celtic— Vincent Kompany...
The Liverpool Offside 4 hours ago

Coutinho Doutbful for Spurs Clash

No points if you guessed what kind of injury is to blame. Hamstring. No point in burying the lede; Liverpool have suffered their second hamstring injury of the season, two and a half weeks in. Philippe Coutinho follows in the limping footprints of his compatriot, Lucas Leiva, and, after having sat out the Reds' midweek hammering of Burton Albion, is now racing to be ready for Saturday's trip to White Heart Lane. A hamstring injury in isolation is hardly a disaster, but given Liverpool's history with the crucial muscle cluster under Klopp - the squad suffered sixteen separate hamstring...
The Liverpool Offside 9 hours ago

Wijnaldum "In Love" with Klopp

The Dutchman opens up about the excitement his manager instills. Georginio Wijnaldum might not have gotten off to quite the start to his Liverpool career he would've wanted. Despite notching an assist as part of a free-flowing trio - partnering Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana - that flattened Arsenal in a magical twenty minutes of the season opener, he was also a key member of the same trio's disjointed first half, during which the Reds looked likely to leave the Emirates empty-handed. He also took part in the unavailing possession-fest that was Liverpool's loss to Burnley, where again...
Coming Home Newcastle 9 hours ago

EPL Third Round: Magpies Draw Wolves

Back to back matches for the Championship clubs Let me get this out of the way. The visual I get from "Magpies draw Wolves" is tapping into my juvenile mind. Had to get that out of the way. What The Fates were doing during today's draw is a mystery, but the intensity of Cup and Championship play was ratcheted up a notch when it was disclosed Newcastle would be facing Wolverhampton in round three of the EFL Cup. While no date has been set for the contest, we do know it will occur just days after their September 17th league match. Both will be hosted by Newcastle. Wolverhampton has started...
Cartilage Free Captain 9 hours ago

Tottenham agrees to take 20-year old La Liga keeper on loan

Pau Lopez has been tracked by Spurs for a while now, and it appears that he may be a future starter at White Hart Lane. What, you mean you haven’t gotten enough Tottenham Hotspur content today? Well here’s some more news for your eye holes. According to the Evening Standard, Spurs and La Liga side Espanyol have come to an agreement for a season-long loan for goalkeeper Pau Lopez, with an option to purchase at the end of the 2016-17 season. Tom Collomosse confirms earlier reports we had seen about the loan deal, saying that there is a £500,000 loan fee to Espanyol, and Spurs will cover...
Cottagers Confidential 10 hours ago

A Cottagers Contemplation - Sinking feeling

A positive unbeaten start to the season has been met by a storm of negativity. Fans can't help but feel a sinking feeling surrounding the club. The start of the season has been one of a relief to the fans of the club, witnessing a positive and inspiring start to a season. Six games played and yet to record a loss, the best start in recent memory. An optimistic start looks to be the revival of fortunes the fans have been craving. Fulham are by no means a 'sleeping giant' as the likes of Newcastle United but are definitely worthy of Premier League status. In tow with Fulham's healthy form,...
Cartilage Free Captain 10 hours ago

Who cares if Tottenham got an easy Champions League group?

Spurs didn’t draw a whale in their group, but all that does is set them up for a deep tournament run. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that. After a six year absence, Tottenham Hotspur are finally back in the UEFA Champions League, and today’s draw served as a grand occasion. Once the balls were opened and the groups were sorted, Spurs ended up with CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, and Monaco, which sounds more like a group of teams Spurs would have played, and have played in the case of Monaco, in the Europa League over the last several years. With only one experience in the...
The Short Fuse 11 hours ago

Ornstein: Lucas Perez is an Arsenal player

Arsene Wenger trumped Everton’s bid for the Spanish striker. According to David Ornstein (who’s having a big day), Arsenal have completed the signing of Deportivo de La Coruña’s striker Lucas Pérez, beating Everton to the punch and bolstering a somewhat beleaguered front line that could use the help. Ornstein says the deal is “agreed,” with Arsenal meeting the €20 million (£17.1 million) release clause in Pérez’s contract. There’s no mention of personal terms, but here Jack Pitt-Brooke mentions £70,000-a-week as a possible wage, which seems pretty fair. And I don’t...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 11 hours ago

Rumour Mongering: Reds Target Turkish International Left Back Caner Erkin

Reports in Italy claim Liverpool are after a player who signed with Inter Milan on a free earlier this summer. On June 1st, Caner Erkin signed with Inter Milan on a free transfer, with the 27-year-old Turkish international heading to Serie A after a solid career in Russia and Turkey. On August 25th, just shy of three months since he officially signed for them, he’s being linked with a move to Liverpool. At least according to Tuttomercatoweb, the left back who has played 47 times for his country could shortly have a second new club of the summer after falling out with new Inter manager...
The Short Fuse 11 hours ago

Ornstein: Arsenal close to agreeing Shkodran Mustafi deal

The deal looked dead, but could be very much alive again. In a shocking* turn of events, the BBC’s David “The Ornacle” Ornstein reports that the Shkodran Mustafi deal is back on. After being supposedly taken off the market just a few days ago, now Ornstein says that Arsenal and Valencia are “close” to agreeing a deal that would see £35 million or thereabouts go in one direction, and a really good young defender going in the other. *It’s actually not shocking at all, transfers are a messy business. Yesterday it was rumored that discussions had been revived, so you can see how...
The Short Fuse 12 hours ago

Arsenal target Lucas Perez: a Vardy-esque forward with “bags of speed and energy”

A Deportivo fan gives us the inside scoop on Arsenal's latest striker target. So, how many of you knew anything at all about Spanish forward Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna before the reports linking him to Arsenal started to emerge yesterday? Be honest. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Don’t feel badly - I’m in the same boat. Earlier today, TSF’s resident expert on Spanish football, bozz, stopped by the Editorial Room of the blog and dropped in a blog post that offered to bring us up to speed on the 27-year-old. bozz’s exact words were: You guys should read this. This is the best...
Coming Home Newcastle 12 hours ago

Newcastle Lock Down Adam Armstrong

Armstrong inks a four-year deal BREAKING: @AdamArma9 has signed a new four-year contract! https://t.co/6J6GinAHnt #NUFC pic.twitter.com/OpYhO4Mkms — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 25, 2016 Rafa Benitez must be convinced Adam Armstrong has a place on the pitch within his system. The clubs website is reporting Armstrong has signed a four-year contract that will ensure his services until 2020. Specifics of the deal were not reported, nor was there any mention of whether Adam would once again find himself loaned to another club. The Geordie fan base will surely want to see the 19...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 12 hours ago

Opinion: Should Bolton Sell Zach Clough?

He's our star player but, given his recent injury problems, is he worth keeping? The end of the transfer window is nearly upon us and Zach Clough is injured again. At the start of this window the two things I wanted Bolton Wanderers to achieve was keeping both him and Rob Holding to get us out of this league. Now Holding is gone and I’m not even sure Clough is vital to a good season. We now find ourselves in a position where we have to cut the squad before we can add to it. It appears that one of the major stumbling blocks to signing the two loan players we’ve been told about is that we...
Cartilage Free Captain 13 hours ago

Champions League 2016 draw results: Tottenham drawn in Group E with CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, and Monaco

Tottenham got an extremely favorable draw in their first Champions League group stage since 2010. The draw for the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League just finished in Monaco, and Tottenham Hotspur fans should probably breath a sign of relief. Spurs were drawn into Group E of the Champions League along with CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, and Monaco. The official result of the #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/WxbnD5tLEP— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 25, 2016 If you’re of the opinion that in order to have the best chance to progress, Spurs needed to avoid the big scary teams, then...
Bitter and Blue 13 hours ago

2016 UEFA Champions League Draw, Results: Manchester City to face Barcelona, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Celtic in group stage

Oh boy, this will be tough... Manchester City's path in the UEFA Champions League group stage has been decided after the draw took place in Monaco on Thursday. The Citizens will be in Group C, and it's the Group of Death for the Citizens: Group C: Barcelona, Man. City, Mönchengladbach, Celtic #UCLdraw— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 25, 2016 Pep Guardiola's first group stage at Manchester City has Barcelona, which is obvious because it's Guardiola and it's Barça vs City, which always happens in the Champions League every freaking year. Guardiola will return to Camp Nou...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 13 hours ago

Mario Balotelli Reportedly Holding Talks with Nice

Could the 378th club he’s been linked to this summer finally be the one? Touët-sur-Var, in the south of France August 25th, 2016 My Dearest Ian, Tonight, as you and Robbie slumber, my heart is filled with dread. Today we continued our long march towards Nice in the hope that it will deliver us a home for Mario, yet as the days have turned into weeks and weeks into months I have been unable to banish fully from my mind a growing blackness of thought. I must admit that this depression washes over me wholly, and it is not helped by the blisters and the heat and the stale rations. The...
The Short Fuse 13 hours ago

UEFA Champions League 2016/17 Group A(rsenal): Gunners draw winnable group

This could be fun! The Champions League ping pong balls were bounced around today, and Arsenal’s group was determined. This year in the group stages, Arsenal will face PSG, Basel, and TEAM THREE. I know we say this most years, but this looks like a pretty winnable group - PSG aren’t as good as they were, Basel is tricky but should be beatable, and Ludogorets from Bulgaria, which I know nothing about but, y’know, Bulgaria. Winning the group isn’t just nice from a bragging standpoint - since the current CL format was adopted, the overwhelming majority of teams that have advanced past...
Royal Blue Mersey 13 hours ago

Koeman says Everton are not interested in goalie Hart

Manager’s pre-match comments ahead of Stoke game It turns out that the rumours of Everton being interested in England international goalkeeper Joe Hart were a media creation after all. Or else Ronald Koeman is the greatest poker player or troll of them all. WATCH : @RonaldKoeman gives an injury update on his squad ahead of Saturday.https://t.co/MCme98ZdxN— Everton (@Everton) August 25, 2016 In his pre-match quotes ahead of the Stoke City game on Saturday, the Toffees manager was quite vehement in his denial that Everton were not in for Hart. “There is no interest.” When...

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