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Mauricio Pochettino happy with increased midfield options at Spurs

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino watches training

Mauricio Pochettino has trumpeted the impact of his “plan B” at Tottenham Hotspur, which features a rejigged midfield, and warned established names such as Eric Dier that they are not guaranteed starting places. The manager switched from his usual 4-2-3-1 to play 4-1-4-1 before the international break and Spurs enjoyed wins over Middlesbrough, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.

Ronald Koeman: Pep Guardiola was my protege; now he is the best manager

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

The dynamic has changed in Ronald Koeman’s relationship with Pep Guardiola over 26 years but his first impression of a room-mate who became a revered midfielder and manager at Barcelona holds firm. Normal. It was not Guardiola’s football intelligence and obsession that set him apart at Barcelona, for example, but his choice of car.

Arsène Wenger: Arsenal enjoying positive vibes before Swansea visit

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsène Wenger knows better than most how suddenly the negativity in modern football can grip. “It is a virus that travels very quickly and goes very slowly,” the Arsenal manager said. Few opponents have triggered it quite so readily in recent years as Swansea City and Wenger sees the visit of the Welsh club to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon as a defining moment for his team.

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