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Aug 21

Manchester City v Everton: Premier League – live

8.17pm BST

16 min: Sunderland old-boy Jordan Pickford picks out Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a lightning fast, pin-point accurate kick-out. Calvert-Lewin’s hold-up play on the edge of the final third is splendid and he picks out Tom Davies when the midfield thunders through the centre in support. He shoots wide. Excellent play on the counter from Everton.

8.15pm BST

14 min: Manchester City continue to dominate, without creating anything in the way of a decent scoring chance. Everton are holding firm, for now.

8.13pm BST

12 min: Kevin De Bruyne takes the corner, the ball is cleared to Gabriel Jesus outside the area and he shoots over the bar.

8.12pm BST

11 min: Nifty footwork down the left touchline by Gabriel Jesus, whose cross is blocked by Ashley Williams. Manchester City end up winning a corner from Phil Jagielka. Everton are under immense pressure already.

8.10pm BST

9 min: Everton try to go forward, with Mason Holgate and DOminic Calvert-Lewin combing down the right touchline. Following the intercession of Leroy Sane, the ball goes out of play for an Everton throw-in. It’s taken and shortly afterwards, Calvert-Lewin is flagged for offside.

8.09pm BST

7 min: With City breaking on the counter, Sergio Aguero gallops down the field and is fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin. Referee Bobby Madley plays the advantage, none is particularly forthcoming and Madley follows up by bringing play back for a City free-kick … and a yellow card for Schneiderlin.

8.07pm BST

5 min: David Silva wins a free-kick for Manchester City, tempting Idrissa Gueye into a rash challenge just in line with the left side of the Everton penalty area. Kevin De Bruyne curls the ball into the corridor of uncertainty, where an under-pressure Sergio Aguero can’t get a clean hit on it. Jordan Pickford drops low to gather.

8.04pm BST

3 min: Nicolas Otamendi takes the first shot from distance, but doesn’t trouble Jordan Pickford unduly. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is next to try his luck, running into space behind the Manchester City left-wing back and pulling a low, diagonal drive across the face of goal wide.

8.02pm BST

2 min: Manchester City start at a lively lick, with Everton sitting deep and letting them come at them.

8.01pm BST

1 min: The pre-match pyrotechnics have left a dense fog of smoke floating over the pitch as Manchester City get the ball rolling. Both sets of players are wearing “bee” logos in solidarity with those affected by the recent terrorist atrocity at the Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena earlier this summer.

7.58pm BST

The players line up in the glass-walled tunnel, while fans who have paid premium prices to have dinner and drinks before pressing their noses up against the glass to stare at the exhibits as they prepare to go out and strut their stuff take photos. No, really.

Once out on the pitch, the players go through the last of their pre-match niceties soundtracked by Faithless blaring out over the PA. At least I think it’s Faithless; I’m at that age where one young people’s beat music combo sounds much the same as another. Kick-off is just moments away.

7.44pm BST

Asked by Sky’s reporter about the refurb in the bowels of the Etihad Stadium, he says: We did absolutely everything for you, the media … to help you feel more comfortable.”

7.28pm BST

Everton’s new Icelandic acquisition is on the bench tonight, which is unsurprising considering his lack of match fitness. Manchester City make one change from the team that beat Brighton on the opening weekend of the season, with Leroy Sane coming in for Danilo.

7.14pm BST

Manchester City: Ederson, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.

Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Sterling, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Toure, Foden.

7.10pm BST

The club’s official Twitter account have Danilo in as left wing-back, but Sky Sports suggest that he is not playing and Leroy Sane will be in that position. We’ll confirm as soon as we know for definite.

7.03pm BST

CITY XI | Ederson, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Aguero, De Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus. #cityvefc

6.57pm BST

Max Rushden hosted as Paolo Bandini, Jacob Steinberg, Sid Lowe and Football Weekly debutant Ed Aarons picked over the bones of the weekend action. Hear here, or subscribe in all the usual places.

Related: Is ‘the Wembley curse’ fake news? – Football Weekly

6.56pm BST

Written by Andy Hunter and published last October, this feature on the relationship between Pep and Ronald is well worth a few minutes of your time …

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

6.56pm BST

For Manchester City, Benjamin Mendy is out with a thigh strain, while Ilkay Gundogan remains sidelined with an ACL knee injury but could be back within a month or so. Fabian Delph is also believed to be unavailable due to some unspecified “knock”, rumoured to be related to the sulk he’s in over Manchester City’s lack of willingness to let him leave the club on loan due to their wish to just sell him and get him off their books. Fit or not, he almost certainly wouldn’t have featured anyway.

As well as long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori, Everton are also without want-away Ross Barkely (hamstring), James McCarthy (knee) and– possibly – Sandro (heel). Having embarked on a summer trolley-dash that may not yet be over, Ronaldo Koeman is expected to give new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson his Everton debut debut although the Icelandic midfielder is unlikely to play 90 minutes.

6.55pm BST

Related: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola ponders pluses and pitfalls of attacking riches

6.55pm BST

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

12.02pm BST

Barry will be here shortly.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/aug/21/manchester-city-v-everton-premier-league-live

Aug 21

Familiar failings are proving costly for Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino | Jacob Steinberg

The absence of a genuine wide man and of last season’s dynamic wing-backs is already having an effect on Spurs

Moussa Sissoko is an easy scapegoat. He has been a target for scorn since his unforgettably woeful performance in Tottenham’s defeat by Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley last November, on a night when it looked as though he needed someone to explain the entire concept of football to him. It was the comically miscued shot that slithered embarrassingly wide that best explained why eyebrows were raised when Spurs paid Newcastle United for a midfielder whose energetic running often masks technical shortcomings.

However, it was not Sissoko’s fault that Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. If fingers must be pointed, direct them at two of Pochettino’s favourites, Hugo Lloris and Victor Wanyama, whose errors played a big part in Marcos Alonso’s winner. The margins were fine.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/21/failings-tottenham-mauricio-pochettino-wing-backs-

Aug 21

Champions League Tickets – Multi-Game packages on sale this week

We are pleased to confirm that supporters will once again be able to purchase Multi-Game ticket packages for the Group Stage of our UEFA Champions League campaign at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/champions-league-tickets-multi-game-packages-on-sale-this-week-210817/

Aug 21

Thibaut Courtois says loss to Burnley gave Chelsea timely wake-up call

• Victory over Tottenham ‘good for the confidence’, says Blues’ goalkeeper
• Chelsea attempting to buy at least three more players in transfer window

Thibaut Courtois believes the shock of losing on the opening day against Burnley served as a wake-up call for Chelsea in their bid to defend the Premier League title, and the champions duly proved their pedigree with victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The win at Wembley has eased fears of a repeat of Chelsea’s last title defence which unravelled so spectacularly under José Mourinho in 2015. Antonio Conte, while still frustrated at a lack of progress in player recruitment, hailed his side’s spirit and character both in the second half against Burnley – when the hosts recovered to 2-3 despite being reduced to nine men – and with a depleted lineup against Spurs.

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Related: Is ‘the Wembley curse’ fake news? – Football Weekly

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/21/chelsea-thibaut-courtois-tottenham-hotspur-wembley

Aug 21

Kolasinac – What makes Nelson such a talent

Sead on why he’s been so impressed with Reiss, the role models that can help him develop and where he can improve

Permanent link to this article: http://feeds.arsenal.com/~r/arsenal-news/~3/ddBa-k-ftJw/kolasinac-what-makes-nelson-such-talent

Aug 21

‘You could see straight away Reiss is special’

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi discusses the teenager’s rise and how it feels to be his “inspiration”

Permanent link to this article: http://feeds.arsenal.com/~r/arsenal-news/~3/GoH-z9UjK3s/you-could-see-straight-away-reiss-special

Aug 21

Spurs v Bournemouth – ticket details

Here are the full ticketing details for One Hotspur Members for our Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE, on Saturday 14 October.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/spurs-v-bournemouth-ticket-details-210817/

Aug 21

Ismael Bennacer signs for Empoli

Algeria international makes permanent move to Serie B side

Permanent link to this article: http://feeds.arsenal.com/~r/arsenal-news/~3/ct_ZOK2xyzY/ismael-bennacer-signs-empoli

Aug 21

‘It’s crazy that he says I’m his inspiration!’

Alex Iwobi gives us the lowdown on our rising stars, and finds out which youngster uses him as inspiration

Permanent link to this article: http://feeds.arsenal.com/~r/arsenal-news/~3/11OFq9KmZCo/its-crazy-he-says-im-his-inspiration

Aug 21

Lukas Podolski considering legal action over Breitbart ‘migrant gang’ photo

• Former Arsenal forward was pictured in article about illegal immigration
• ‘Lukas distances himself from it and won’t let himself be exploited’

Former Arsenal and Germany forward Lukas Podolski is considering legal action after conservative website Breitbart published his photo in an article about illegal immigration.

The online article was headlined “Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis”, with a picture showing Podolski on a jet ski which had been taken at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where the German team were relaxing during a day off.

Will somebody tell Steve Bannon and the other geniuses at @BreitbartNews that the guy on the picture is German soccer star Lukas Podolski pic.twitter.com/zWqoQDBg3s

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/21/lukas-podolski-legal-action-breitbart-migrant-gang

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