English Premiership

Chelsea boss Mourinho backs Costa for Spain return


Manager Jose Mourinho is unsure when Diego Costa will be fit again for Chelsea – but backed him to play for Spain within a month. Costa, 26, has scored nine goals in seven league games since his £32m move from Atletico Madrid but missed the 2-1 win at Crystal Palacethrough injury. Mourinho said: “He will be in great condition in mid November to ...

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Everton cruise to win over Aston Villa


Ross Barkley made a sparkling return in his first game of the season as Everton strolled to victory against Aston Villa at Goodison Park. The 20-year-old England midfielder was back after suffering knee ligament damage just before The Toffees’ opening game at Leicester City – and responded by inspiring their most impressive Premier League win of the season. England defender ...

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Southampton crush Sunderland 8-0 at home


Southampton demolished Sunderland at St Mary’s in a game which saw Santiago Vergini score one of the Premier League’s most spectacular own goals. The Argentine, 26, volleyed in from 18 yards, before Graziano Pelle and Jack Cork each scored from close range. Pelle’s well-taken second followed a Liam Bridcutt own goal and Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone passed to Dusan Tadic ...

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Arsenal grab late equaliser against Hull


A stoppage-time Danny Welbeck goal denied Hull victory and ensured Arsenal avoided equalling their worst start to a league season under Arsene Wenger. Alexis Sanchez’s fierce low shot gave the hosts an early lead. But a disputed Mohamed Diame strike – the midfielder seemed to foul Mathieu Flamini – and an Abel Hernandez header put Steve Bruce’s side ahead. However, ...

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Aguero nets four as Man City thump Spurs


Sergio Aguero scored four goals and missed a penalty as Manchester City saw off Tottenham in a thrilling match to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. Two of Aguero’s goals came from the spot, and he went home with the match ball despite being denied a hat-trick of penalties by Hugo Lloris’s fine ...

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Gerrard is ‘the best captain’ – Henderson


Jordan Henderson has claimed that Steven Gerrard is the best captain in world football. Gerrard, 34, has marked his 11th anniversary as skipper of Liverpool by writing on Instagram: “11 years ago today I became the captain of my boyhood team, one of the proudest days of my career.” And his Reds team-mate Henderson, 24, is full of praise for ...

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Arsenal aware replacing Arsene Wenger will be tough


Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says Arsene Wenger is a managerial ‘giant’ and replacing him will be their ‘biggest challenge’. The Frenchman recently celebrated 18 years in charge of the north London giants, making him by far and away the longest-serving boss in English football. During his time at the helm, Arsenal have collected three Premier League titles, five FA ...

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Liverpool content with Raheem Sterling training schedule


First-team coach Mike Marsh says Liverpool will not change its approach to training and recovery ahead of the club’s busy winter schedule. The club’s training methods were criticised by England manager Roy Hodgson after he was told by teenage forward Raheem Sterling that he was tired ahead of Sunday’s European Qualifier against Estonia. Hodgson responded by giving Sterling just 45 ...

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I’m not one of world’s best players – Chelsea’s Eden Hazard


Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted he is not one of the best five players in the world. The Belgium international has started the season in excellent form for Jose Mourinho’s Blues – barring one poor performance against Aston Villa – but claims he is not yet in the game’s band of elite players. “I’m not a top-five player yet,” ...

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Southampton prominent in nominations for September awards


Southampton’s impressive form in September has been recognised in the nominations for the Player and Manager of the Month awards. Ronald Koeman is up for the manager’s award after guiding the Saints to three wins out of three last month, while in-form striker Graziano Pelle and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin are nominated in the player category. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock and Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho are Koeman’s ...

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