All that hard work last season was for nothing. So were all those draining qualifying games this summer. West Ham United’s attempt to reach the group stage of the Europa League ended in familiar frustration, because of both the manner of the defeat and the identity of their conquerors.
John Stones is taking everything in his stride. Not much seems to sway the Manchester City defender and while Sam Allardyce’s recent praise was “great to hear”, his focus is on securing a first-team place with his new club and enjoying the whirlwind ride.
The Reds have suffered defensively at the beginning of this season.
Tottenham midfielder has moved to Schalke on loan.
Marco Silvestri featured for Leeds United against Luton Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Tottenham Hotspur will face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, while Arsenal will take on Watford.
Celtic have been drawn against Manchester City, Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach in Champions League Group C.
West Ham United lost against Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League qualifying playoff tie.
Celtic have been handed a tough draw in the Champions League group stage.
Crystal Palace reportedly consider Tottenham's £15m offer for Wilfried Zaha to be 'derisory'.
Some 48 hours after ‘Joe Allen Appreciation Day’ was trending on Twitter, the Wales players decided to hold one of their own as Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor took it in turns to celebrate the influence of a midfielder who is compared to everyone from Pirlo to Xavi but just wants to be himself. “He’s Joe Allen,” Bale said, when asked if the Liverpool player reminded him of anyone. “And he’s been amazing in this tournament for us.”
Graziano Pellè has felt the angst in Italy. Before the start of Euro 2016, it concerned whether Antonio Conte’s squad would be good enough. Would the Azzurri bomb at the group phase, as they had done at the past two World Cups?