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Chelsea showed lack of desire in
Newcastle defeat, says Conte P4�
Pochettino wants to spend after
guiding Spurs into third place P10�
The best and the worst: Tony
Cascarino?s end of season awards P12
In association with
All the action from the weekend
the game
Monday May 14 2018
36
32
games
goals
More than Shearer
More than Su醨ez
More than Ronaldo
All hail
Mohamed
Salah
COVER PHOTO BY PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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the times | Monday May 14 2018
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Now it?s time to
bring on Real,
says Klopp 32
PAUL燡OYCE�
Northern燜ootball�
Correspondent
Liverpool�
Salah 26, Lovren 40, Solanke
53, Robertson 85
Brighton�&燞ove燗lbion
4
0
Referee K Friend Attendance 50,752
黵gen Klopp has said one of
the truisms about life at
Liverpool is that there is
seldom any time to revel in
the moment.
Yet in the immediate
aftermath of Dominic
Solanke battering a shot into
the Brighton & Hove Albion net, even
the Liverpool manager found a small
window of opportunity to bask in
what his side were about to achieve.
?After we went 3-0 up it was the
first time this season which I could
really enjoy things,? Klopp said.
?Somebody told me then that it was
3-0 to Newcastle [versus Chelsea], so I
thought, ?OK, that?s done.? Even I
knew we would be in the Champions
League. Then I had a seat and
watched the last few minutes.
?It is a fantastic, fantastic
achievement from the boys. Last year
everybody said we went to the
Champions League because we didn?t
have Champions League or European
football.
?We had to prove that it was
possible to play in the Champions
League and qualify for the
Champions League,
and that for us was
the next step. The
relief is a much bigger
feeling than the
happiness.?
The enormity of what
looms on the horizon for
Liverpool ? a Champions
League final showdown with
Real Madrid on Saturday May 26
in Ukraine, soon snapped Klopp
back to reality but the huge grin
adorning his face betrayed a
manager who is now relishing
that match.
Liverpool?s stride had slowed to
a crawl in recent weeks due to
injury and a punishing schedule,
and it was no coincidence that
with seven days to prepare for
J
Salah, with his daughter Makka,
holds his golden boot aloft
this game they were back to
something like their most beguiling,
intense and effervescent best.
Certainly the prospect of what they
could produce in Kiev, given they
have two weeks to prepare, whets the
appetite a little more with
preparations intensifying at a training
camp in Marbella this week.
That it was Mohamed Salah who
conjured the breakthrough, and
lanced what tension had initially
gripped the afternoon, felt apt.
His 32nd goal of a remarkable
league campaign came after Trent
Alexander-Arnold burst through
centrally and played a pass to Solanke
whose layoff Salah stroked home with
all the composure he has come to
embody.
The 25-year-old has now scored
more goals in a 38-game Premier
League season than anyone else with
Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and
Luis Su醨ez, all three having
previously registered 31, falling by the
wayside. Expunging the Portuguese
from the record books is one thing,
eclipsing him in the NSC Olimpiyskiy
Stadium will be another.
There are times when Liverpool
appear an unstoppable force and,
though Brighton?s insistence on trying
to play out of trouble had the reverse
effect and encouraged the hosts to lay
siege upon Mat Ryan?s goal, they were
clearly in the mood.
After Salah?s opener, Solanke put
Sadio Man� through and he shot
wastefully straight at the Brighton
goalkeeper, ignoring the unmarked
Roberto Firmino to his left.
Soon after Man� was clear again
and, this time, elected to tee up the
supporting Salah only to underhit the
pass. Ryan saved the Egyptian?s first
attempt before his follow-up effort
was acrobatically cleared off
the line by Shane Duffy.
However, there was
never any sense Liverpool
would rue such profligacy.
Breathing space came in
the 40th minute when
Andrew Robertson curled
over a cross from the left
and Dejan Lovren arrived
unchecked to power a firm
header into the net.
Brighton, who had the
misfortune of facing champions
Manchester City at the Etihad
Stadium four days earlier,
could not cope although Chris
Hughton, their manager,
understandably spared his
players a scolding given
their sizeable efforts in
maintaining top-flight
status.
Salah?s 32 goals
is a record for a
38-game Premier
League season
17
He has scored against 17
different opponents
in the league
this season
34
He has scored in 34
different games in all
competitions, at least
four more than any
other player in
Europe?s top five
leagues
Liverpool?s third arrived soon after
the break via a flowing move that
swept the length of the pitch. Lovren
found Firmino who transferred the
ball to Salah and he, after leaving
Lewis Dunk grounded, offloaded a
pass to Solanke.
The striker?s finish fizzed beyond
Ryan in a blur, cannoning off the
underside of the crossbar to bring his
first goal for the club and give Klopp
his respite.
Robertson opened his account for
the club, lashing home from close
range after Dunk succeeded only in
diverting Danny Ings?s cross into his
path with five minutes remaining.
The rout was the 14th occasion this
season Liverpool have scored four or
more goals in a game, the secondhighest tally in their history with the
feat managed 16 times in 1895-96.
Salah had departed to a standing
ovation before the final goal. He
returned for the now-traditional lap
of honour with Makka, his daughter,
to collect the golden boot for being
the Premier League?s leading scorer.
He was upstaged by the youngster
who received a cheer from the
Anfield crowd every time she kicked
one of the balls that were at the side
of the pitch. But, in any case, it is a
giant silver trophy that Salah will seek
to hoist aloft later this month.
?You can imagine what it?s like if
every single day somebody says how
brilliant you are, and not only say you
are brilliant but they give you an
Oscar, an award for this, an award for
that,? Klopp said of the double player
of the year.
?I thought he was going to get an
award for getting out the car without
having an accident. It?s really difficult
to stay focused and he is focused.
?I?m happy for him that he gets the
golden boot. But it?s very important
that he has two weeks to prepare for
our biggest game so far, that?s for
sure.
?It?s a massive one. Now I?m really
looking forward to it. Until now it?s
been, ?Come on, let?s not talk about it,
really we have this game and this
game first.? But now, we will be ready.
That?s really cool.
?This gives us a big boost. Imagine
if we had been in the final and the
only chance to get into the
Champions League was to win the
Champions League final. That?s
maybe not the best option to choose.
But it?s exciting now.?
RATINGS
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): L Karius 7 ? T Alexander-Arnold
8, D Lovren 8, V van Dijk 7, A Robertson 8 ?
J Henderson 8, G Wijnaldum 7 ? M Salah 9 (sub:
B Woodburn 83min), R Firmino 8 (sub: D Ings 83),
S Man� 7 (sub: A Lallana 74) ? D Solanke 8.
Substitutes not used S Mignolet, N Clyne, R Klavan,
A Moreno.
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-1-1): M Ryan 7 ?
E Schelotto 5, S Duffy 5 (sub: C Goldson 71), L Dunk 5,
G Bong 5 ? S March 5, D Pr鰌per 5, D Stephens 5,
A Knockaert 5 ? B Kayal 5 (sub: P Gross 57, 5) ?
J Locadia 5 (sub: G Murray 57, 6). Substitutes not
used T Krul, Bruno, L Ulloa, M Suttner.
Fake爐ickets�
EXCLUSIVE
MARTYN燴IEGLER�
Liverpool fans have been warned that
counterfeit tickets for the Champions
League final against Real Madrid are
being offered to supporters. Large
numbers of fans are expected to travel
to Kiev without tickets for the final
despite Uefa?s advice not to do so.
There are concerns that fans may be
fooled into parting with hundreds of
pounds for high-quality fake tickets
that are already in circulation. At last
year?s final in Cardiff, police and Uefa
found touts charging more than �0
for tickets, which supporters discovered to be fake when they tried to enter
the stadium. One tout was jailed for six
months for selling counterfeit tickets.
A source close to Uefa told The
Times: ?The last thing we want is fans
paying hundreds of pounds for a ticket
only to find out that it is fake and they
can?t get into the stadium.?
The authorities in Kiev have been
instructed to take a tough line against
people selling tickets on the streets,
and Uefa has advised against fans
buying tickets from secondary ticket
sites.
Uefa has won court cases against
some secondary sites, such as Viagogo
Monday May 14 2018 | the times
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER; MICHAEL REGAN/GETTY IMAGES
F I N A L燭A B L E
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W
D
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F
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Place
money
**
Games TV game
on TV fees *
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share
***
Total PL
income
1 Man City (C)
38 32 4 2 106 27 100
26
�.5m �.8m �m �3.2m
2 Man Utd
38 25 6 7 68 28 81
28
�.9m �.8m �m �3.6m
3 Tottenham
38 23 8 7 74 36 77
25 �.3m �.8m �m �8.1m
4 Liverpool
38 21 12 5 84 38 75
28
5 Chelsea
38 21 7 10 62 38 70
26
�.5m �.8m �m �5.3m
6 Arsenal
38 19 6 13 74 51 63
28
�.9m �.8m �m �5.7m
7 Burnley
38 14 12 12 36 39 54
7
�.5m �.8m �m �2.3m
8 Everton
38 13 10 15 44 58 49
19
�.2m �.8m �m
9 Leicester
38 12 11 15 56 60 47
12
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10 Newcastle
38 12 8 18 39 47 44
18
11 C Palace
38 11 11 16 45 55 44
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38 11 11 16 45 61 44
11
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13 West Ham
38 10 12 16 48 68 42
17
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�.9m
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14 Watford
38 11 8 19 44 64 41
10
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15 Brighton
38 9 13 16 34 54 40
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38 9 10 19 28 58 37
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19 Stoke (R)
38 7 12 19 35 68 33
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*Each club receives about �.5 million guaranteed (precise figure to be confirmed), then about �18m per live
TV game above ten games. **Bottom club gets about �million, and each other team gets the same again per
position above them. *** Equal shares of domestic TV income, overseas TV income and central commercial
income total about � million. Source: Mail On Sunday
SEASON?S燞IGHS燗ND燣OWS
Salah?s opening goal settled
Liverpool?s nerves and took him past
Ronaldo, Shearer and Su醨ez, who all
scored 31 times in a league season
a爎isk爄n燢iev�
THE燝OALS�
Watch all the goals from the final
day of the Premier League season
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and Stubhub, selling on Champions
League tickets in Europe. They are still
accessible on Asian and American
versions of their websites with the
cheapest single ticket selling for a little
more than 1,000 US dollars.
Uefa said that any tickets offered for
sale by third parties on the internet or
in person are in breach of the ticket
terms and conditions. A statement
said: ?While Uefa understands that
there will be fans who have been
unsuccessful in their application for
tickets, fans are strongly advised not to
travel to the finals without tickets or
purchase tickets on the secondary
market.
?To maintain the safety and security
of fans, ticket holders should be aware
that checks will be carried out at the
finals and the local authorities in the
cities will take action against the
unauthorised resale of tickets.?
FAN?S 燰IEW
LIVERPOOL
Andy Heaton, Anfield
Wrap, podcast and
fanzine
Describe your season
Constant improvement,
definite progress and
evolution.
Your best and most
disappointing
players?
Mo Salah hasn?t had a
bad season, so maybe
him. Worst player?
Simon Mignolet ? one
mistake too many that
effectively killed his
Liverpool career.
Rate your manager
European Cup Final,
Champions League
qualification, and
scintillating football. In
his own words ? boss.
Best away fans?
Tottenham, who are
always all right, were
decent again.
Who would you buy
this summer?
A curious one with Naby
Ke飔a already secured,
but if they could prise
him away, Jan Oblak or a
similar goalkeeper would
be worth an extra ten
points to this team.
VAR: for or against?
Against. The
implementation has been
more than tricky and has
thrown up
insurmountable issues
around objective
decisions.
BRIGHTON & HOVE
ALBION
Alan Wares, co-host, The
Albion Roar radio show
and podcast.
Describe your season
Exhilarating and fulfilling.
Like approaching the
15th question of Who
Wants To Be A
Millionaire? and being
thankful it wasn?t about
the 13th-century
Albanian royal dynasty.
Your best and most
disappointing
players?
The fans? choice was
Pascal Gross. Mine was
Lewis Dunk. We didn?t
have a disappointing
player ? everyone put
in a shift.
Rate your manager
Chris Hughton is fast
approaching the
mantle of ?greatest
ever Brighton
manager?.
Best away fans?
In the League, probably
Liverpool. Big shout out
to Coventry City in the
FA Cup ? noisy sods.
Who would you buy
this summer?
No idea. Someone the
club has scouted who
we?ve probably never
heard of. We go for
players who fit in,
rather than some
overblown tabloid-filler.
VAR: for or against?
In its present
lamentable, pitiable
form ? against.
Champions
Manchester City
4 J Vardy (Leicester) .. 20
5 R Sterling (Man City) 18
Champions League
qualification
Manchester City,
Manchester United,
Tottenham, Liverpool
Golden glove
1 D De Gea (Man Utd) ...18
2 Ederson (Man City) ....16
3 T Courtois (Chelsea) . 15
4 H Lloris (Tottenham) .15
5 P Cech (Arsenal) ...........11
Europa League
qualification
Chelsea, Arsenal, Burnley
Professional
Footballers? Association
player of the year
M Salah
Relegated
Stoke City, West Brom,
Swansea City
Football Writers?
Association footballer
of the year
M Salah
Carabao Cup
Manchester City
FA Cup
Chelsea or Man United
Golden boot
1 M Salah (Liverpool) .. 32
2 H Kane (Tottenham) 30
3 S Ag黣ro (Man City) .. 21
David
De Gea
shows
off his
golden
glove
award
yesterday
When do 2018-19
Premier League
fixtures come out?
June 14, 9am
When does next season
start? August 11
PFA team of the year
Alonso
Chelsea
4-3-3
De Bruyne
Man City
Ag黣ro
Man City
Vertonghen
Tottenham
De Gea
Man Utd
Eriksen
Kane
Tottenham
Tottenham
Otamendi
Man City
Walker
Man City
D Silva
Man City
Salah
Liverpool
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday May 14 2018
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Furious Conte questions
GEORGE燙AULKIN
3
Newcastle燯nited�
Gayle 23, P閞ez 59, 63
Chelsea�
0
Referee M Atkinson Attendance 52,294
f this was Antonio Conte?s
farewell to the Premier League it
made for an awkward sort of
parting; a few mumbled words to
Rafa Ben韙ez, a beeline for the
tunnel. Chelsea lacked intensity
at St James? Park, forgoing any
hope of qualifying for next
season?s Champions League with a
performance which sums up their
inconsistency since they claimed the
title 12 months ago. The Italian
detested every moment of it.
If it really had been a dress
rehearsal for the FA Cup final then
the show itself would be cancelled.
Chelsea were so clumsy. ?If we think
we can play a game like this in the
final of the FA Cup we don?t have a
chance,? Conte said.
?We have six days to change our
approach, our desire, our will to fight.
I?m the first person to answer for this
bad game because I?m coach of the
team.? The question is: for how long?
By contrast, Newcastle United
revelled in another grandstand finish.
Two years earlier, they had clattered
Tottenham Hotspur 5-1, a day of
emotion and adoration which did
much to persuade Ben韙ez to remain
even at the moment of their
relegation, and with their manager?s
future again a source of
uncertainty, there was a repeat.
Newcastle swarmed over their
opponents, guaranteeing a tenth
place finish on their return to the
division.
Nothing less than victory would
have been good enough for
Chelsea, for whom Ross Barkley
made a rare appearance, but
they were insipid, conceding
the initiative to Newcastle
and never demonstrating
the inclination to reclaim
it. By the end of the first
half, they had failed to
muster a single shot and
matters did not much improve
I
beyond that, forsaking territory
behind them as they laboured
forward.
Through it all, Conte stood on the
touchline, impassive in blue tracksuit,
arms folded, directing death rays at
his players. Liverpool?s comfortable
win over Brighton & Hove Albion
may have made Chelsea?s task
impossible, but teams forge their own
destiny and they have wilted when
it mattered. ?Champions League,
you?re having a laugh,? Newcastle
supporters crowed, but Conte was not
smiling.
Regrets? ?For sure,? he said. ?This is
my first season when I don?t win the
title. Three with Juventus, one with
Chelsea. To finish fifth is a great
disappointment to me because I like
to play to win.? How damaging is that
failure to reach the Champions
League? ?I think I?m the last person
to speak about this,? Conte said. ?You
can ask the club. There are other
people to judge our season.? Will he
be here for the next one? ?I have a
contract.?
A similar dynamic surrounds
Ben韙ez, who lifted the trophy the last
time Chelsea were reduced to the
Europa League. The Spaniard is loved
by Newcastle supporters, the club
want him to stay, but he is seeking
guarantees about transfer funds and
the sluggish manner in which they
have previously been spent. Whatever
the table says, this has not been a
comfortable season and the manager
is right to demand more from Mike
Ashley, the owner.
?We have to ensure the group is
stronger, more competitive, to be able
to go to any stadium thinking we can
win,? Ben韙ez said. ?The fans have
ambitions, we have ambitions and we
need to know if we all have the
same feelings.? How are
negotiations progressing? ?I
told you three weeks ago we
w
want
to do things sooner rather
than later and we are still
talking,? he said, a weary
refrain.
Yesterday was the best
o Newcastle, setting the
of
t
tone
with a stinging early
shot from Jonjo Shelvey
w
which
Thibaut Courtois
d well to palm away,
did
grasping the advantage
t
through
Dwight Gayle?s
h
header
and then gripping it
w the tenacity of terriers.
with
Chelsea were unbeaten in their
previous six league fixtures, but they
were throttled and pushed back,
unable to exert meaningful pressure
on a side which had been coasting
since reaching safety.
There had been signs of energy in
Newcastle?s defeat away to Tottenham
Hotspur and roused by a crowd which
again voiced its love for Ben韙ez, the
players responded. Mohamed Diam�
shot on the turn and was rebuffed by
Courtois, Shelvey and Ayoze P閞ez
finished wide and Gayle again found
a human barricade in front of him,
denied by Chelsea?s Belgian
goalkeeper, by far their most
influential performer.
Fortunately for Newcastle, Gayle
had already found a path beyond
Courtois, a 23rd minute move which
culminated in Matt Ritchie crossing
from the right, Jacob Murphy lifting
his leg to meet it and Gayle swooping
to nod in his first goal since February.
Courtois had foiled Murphy?s
attempted lob, but he was the sole
exception in an afternoon which
featured abysmal Chelsea defending
in a starring role.
There was worse in the 59th minute
when a terrible clearance from
Ti閙ou� Bakayoko fell directly at the
feet of Shelvey and the midfield
player?s intuitive shot was flicked in by
P閞ez as he stood in front of Andreas
Christensen. P閞ez claimed a second
four minutes later when he reacted
smartly to sweep in a first-time cross
from Florian Lejeune, who had
scampered to meet Shelvey?s free kick
from the right.
?Maybe this achievement could be
close to the top trophies that I won,?
Ben韙ez said which just makes you
wonder what his Newcastle could be
with the right backing behind them.
?From the start, they outplayed us,?
Conte said. ?They showed a great
desire, a great will to fight, to take
three points and finish this season in
the best possible way.? Chelsea did the
opposite, the sourest of goodbyes.
R AT ING S
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): M Dubravka 8 ? D Yedlin
7, J Lascelles 7, F Lejeune 8, P Dummett 8 ?
J Shelvey 7, M Diam� 7 (sub: M Ha飀ara 87min) ?
M Ritchie 6 (sub: I Hayden 72), A P閞ez 7, J Murphy 7
? D Gayle 6 (sub: Joselu 48, 6). Substitutes not used
K Darlow, J Manquillo, M Merino, J G醡ez.
Chelsea (3-4-3): T Courtois 8 ? C Azpilicueta 4,
A Christensen 4, G Cahill 4 ? V Moses 4, T Bakayoko
4, N Kant� 5, Emerson 5 ? R Barkley 5 (sub: Willian
77), O Giroud 5 (sub: � Morata 76), E Hazard 5 (sub:
Pedro, 82). Substitutes not used W Caballero,
A R黡iger, M Alonso, C F郻regas. Booked Bakayoko.
FA N?S 燰IE W
saved the season. Jacob Murphy
has not delivered.
invented to make the lives of
television pundits easier.
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Alex Hurst, editor of true faith
fanzine
Rate your manager
A great manager and an even
better bloke. Rafa is the man
that united Newcastle.
CHELSEA
David Johnstone, editor of the
Chelsea fanzine cfcuk
Describe your season
Mission accomplished with time
to spare. Some lows and
memorable highs along the way.
Best away fans?
West Ham got behind their
team despite the pathetic
display from their side.
Who were your team?s best
and most disappointing
players?
Mohamed Diam� was a
�5 million midfielder playing
like a � million midfielder and
Who would you buy this
summer?
Andy Carroll. Bring him home.
VAR: for or against?
Absolutely against. It?s been
6
Ayoze P閞ez has scored six
goals in his past eight Premier
League appearances, as many
as in his previous 55 in the
competition
Describe your season
The majority of supporters
have not found it thrilling and
are disappointed with the
league position, but I?ll be more
than happy if we win the FA
Cup.
Who were your team?s best
and most disappointing
players?
We have some outstanding
P閞ez, left, basks in
the adulation after
scoring his second
goal in a fine end
to Newcastle?s first
season back in the
Premier League
players such as N?Golo Kant�
and Eden Hazard, right. Not
disappointed with any player,
but rather by the reaction of
many of the social media
?experts? who seem to love to
crucify certain players but claim
to support the team.
Rate your manager
A little disappointed he felt the
need to be so outspoken about
the apparent ?lack of funds?.
Best away fans?
Roma were good, as were the
Bournemouth supporters who
have been to Stamford Bridge
twice.
Who would you buy this
summer?
Not sure about players but if I
had my say, I?d be doing my best
to give John Terry and Frank
Lampard more of a say in how
the first team should be run.
you think. There have been
some really good games, some
excellent results. Second place
is a significant improvement
and everyone is looking forward
to the FA Cup final. Defeat to
Seville was abject.
VAR: for or against?
Can?t stand it ? kills any
controversy. Another sign of the
sanitisation of top flight football.
MANCHESTER UNITED
Andy Mitten, editor of United
We Stand fanzine
Who were your team?s best
and most disappointing
players?
Best was David De Gea. Jesse
Lingard had a super run, too.
More was expected of Paul
Pogba, Alexis S醤chez, Anthony
Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Describe your season
Not as bad as many may have
Rate your manager
I like Jos� Mourinho and think
Monday May 14 2018 | the times
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Chelsea desire
TGSPHOTO/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Mourinho: Carrick
can become No 2,
but not at moment
PAUL燞IRST
Manchester燯nited�
Rashford 34
Watford�
1
0
Referee L Mason Attendance 75,049
os� Mourinho says he does not
plan to appoint a new assistant
manager at Manchester United
next season following the
resignation of Rui Faria.
Faria, who has been Mourinho?s
right-hand man for 17 years, will leave
United at the end of the week
following Saturday?s FA Cup final
against Chelsea as he wants to
become a manager.
Mourinho has decided against
appointing a direct replacement, so
he will lean on his coaches Silvino
Louro, Ricardo Formosinho, Carlos
Lal韓, Emilio Alvarez, and Michael
Carrick ? who will join the
backroom staff next season ? for
advice instead.
?I will organise my coaching staff in
a way where the assistant manager
figure doesn?t exist,? Mourinho, the
United manager, said. ?I am going to
have assistant coaches, I am going to
have fitness coaches and a structure
where they have specialists in
different areas connected to the
performance, and my analysts. I?m
not going to have an assistant
managing in the sense of the word.?
Carrick played the 464th and final
game of his 12-year United career
yesterday in the 1-0 win over Watford.
The United captain has what it takes
to be a top assistant manager in the
future, according to Mourinho.
?I have nobody in the world of
football ready to be my assistant
manager so I prefer to educate
people, to structure my staff in a way
where that there is education and
improvement and when Michael has
the pro license badges normally with
the personality, friendship and
honesty he has I think it [the
assistant?s job] will be for him,?
Mourinho said. ?But I am going to
improve my staff in the performance
level and, in relation to the tactical
work, I am going to bring some
people that until this moment have
not come with me yet.?
Mourinho conceded that losing
Faria, who was on the touchline at
Old Trafford yesterday for the final
time, would be a blow.
?It?s difficult because he?s my
friend,? he said. ?Seventeen years is a
long time. We spend more time with
each other than we spend with
anybody else in our lives.
?I enjoy to see my assistants
jumping and trying other things and I
like to see the evolution and the years
going and the young people becoming
mature and ready and prepared, so
from that perspective it is a challenge
for the other guys behind the
assistant manager in this moment.
?There is no assistant manager, so
this is an opportunity for the other
J
he?s continuing to make
improvements. But when United
are bad, they?re bafflingly bad
and lost to all three promoted
teams, plus bottom side West
Brom.
football matches talk about and
those at the games suffer the
consequences.
Best away fans?
United put four past Benfica,
yet their fans sang joyful songs
throughout.
Describe your season
A blistering start capsized by
injuries and a head coach?s poor
judgment. Satisfactory, but
underwhelming.
Who would you buy this
summer?
Alex Sandro from Juventus. The
team needs full backs.
VAR: for or against?
It?s what people who don?t go to
WATFORD
Matt Rowson, blogger
Who were your team?s best
and most disappointing
players?
Abdoulaye Doucour� was the
star; Adrian Mariappa and Tom
Cleverley a fine supporting cast.
Rate your manager
Javi Gracia steadied the ship
post-Marco Silva but has yet to
completely convince.
Best away fans?
Huddersfield made a racket.
Who would you buy this
summer?
Another brilliant Frenchman/
Colombian/Ghanaian you?ve
never heard of.
VAR: for or against?
Don?t sacrifice the speed of the
game on the altar of mere
?rightness?. Like that matters.
Couldn?t be more anti.
Carrick is greeted by Mourinho after
his substitution in his last United game
guys to flourish and to step up and to
be more participating in the training
process.
?I never had a brother. I had a sister
who passed away many years ago and
if I have to say it, it is this kid [Faria]
that is my closest family.?
It tells you everything you need to
know about Carrick that he was
unhappy with his final appearance in
a United shirt when he was, in fact,
the best player on the pitch.
?Today tells me the time is right [to
retire],? Carrick said as he addressed a
sparse crowd after the final whistle.
To borrow a phrase from
Mourinho, Carrick was an island of
class, surrounded by a sea of
mediocrity. He has played in some
thrilling games since he joined from
Tottenham Hotspur for �.6 million
in 2006, but this was not one of them.
With nothing riding on the game,
neither team could summon much
energy or enthusiasm.
But the United captain, who was
given a surprise guard of honour by
his team-mates before kick-off,
provided a flash of brilliance in the
34th minute when he lofted a 50-yard
ball over the Watford back four into
Juan Mata?s path. The Spaniard
squared the ball to Marcus Rashford
and he tapped in.
Mourinho denied reports that
Anthony Martial, the France forward,
had driven away from Old Trafford
after being left out of the squad for
yesterday?s game.
?He injured his knee on Friday in a
training session,? said Mourinho of
Martial, whose participation in the
FA Cup final on Saturday is now in
doubt.
Romelu Lukaku, United?s top
scorer, will resume training tomorrow
after receiving treatment on a knee
injury, so should be fit for the cup
final.
RAT INGS
Manchester United (4-3-3): S Romero 8 ?
M Darmian 6, E Bailly 7, M Rojo 6, A Young 7 (sub:
L Shaw 60min, 7) ? S McTominay 6, M Carrick 8 (sub:
P Pogba 85), D Blind 7 (sub: A Herrera 77) ? J Mata 7,
M Rashford 6, A S醤chez 6. Substitutes not used
P Jones, J Lingard, A Valencia, J Pereira. Booked
Rojo, Young, Shaw, McTominay.
Watford (4-2-3-1): H Gomes 6 ? D Janmaat 6,
C Cathcart 6, C Kabasele 5 (sub: A Mariappa 21, 6),
J Holebas 6 ? S Doucour� 6, W Hughes 7 ?
G Deulofeu 5 (sub: T Deeney 63, 6), R Pereyra 5,
Richarlison 5 ? A Gray 5 (sub: N Chalobah 72).
Substitutes not used S Pr鰀l, J Sinclair, D Lukebakio,
D Bachmann.
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Guardiola: we can be better
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Rich Sims, supporter for more than
50 years
1
Describe your season
Extremely disappointing
considering what has been achieved
since returning to the top flight,
largely down to poor management
and player recruitment.
Referee A Marriner Attendance 31,882
ike a hidden album track on a
gold disc, Manchester City
waited until the 94th minute
of the 38th game in a season
of parameter-pushing to give
their fans something extra.
The hits just kept on coming
when Gabriel Jesus finally
breached a newly-resilient
Southampton to add a string of new
records to the back catalogue.
So City duly became the first club
to 100 points, including readjustments
for the pre-three point era. They had
the most away wins with 16, most
away points with 50, the biggest
victory margin with 19 points and,
most significantly, the most wins with
32, beating Tottenham Hotspur?s 1961
double team. They can get better too.
How? ?A team is individual players
and individual players can always
improve,? Pep Guardiola said. ?Can
we improve the numbers? No, but in
terms of football the players can do
better and the manager can do
better.?
The celebrations at the end were
frenzied. Jesus whipped off his shirt,
the bench was cleared and Claudio
Bravo ran the length of the pitch to
join in. The big prize may already
have been handed out but here was
the party bag. ?Phew,? Guardiola
added. ?It?s a massive achievement.?
Which was his favourite record? ?The
way we play. You cannot achieve 100
points if you drop games and it
doesn?t matter. Our consistency
showed up again. Everything was
perfect this season.?
Not everything, of course, and the
test for City is, indeed, improving on
this. Given that they lost to Wigan
Athletic and Liverpool, as well as the
noisy neighbours, and the
forthcoming lack of involvement in
the FA Cup and Champions League
finals, there is room to add to their
munificence. And if anyone with a
gnat-like memory wants to get truly
pessimistic at this most wonderful
place in the history of a club that has
often mined a blackly comic seam,
Guardiola?s oft-stated belief that three
years is a sensible shelf-life for a
manager might also sound a note of
caution. Mikel Arteta?s attractiveness
to Arsenal is pause for thought too,
but looking for caveats in all this is
like bemoaning heaven as a gatedcommunity.
The final play was indicative of the
previous nine months. Kevin De
Bruyne released the last of many
lustrous through balls and Jesus was
on it like a flash, lobbing Alex
McCarthy and Southampton were
beaten. Not that anyone was too
bothered. Mark Hughes, the
Southampton manager who again
stated his desire to become the
permanent manager after his
firefighter role, said he would get over
it after a few beers.
That is down to the sliding scale of
success in football. City celebrated 38
L
Who were your team?s best and
most disappointing players?
The best has been goalkeeper Alex
McCarthy and the worst of an
underperforming squad has been
Dusan Tadic.
How do you rate your manager?
Mark Hughes has done well to come
in so late and save us from
relegation. Mauricio Pellegrino was
a disastrous appointment.
Who were the best away fans?
Crystal Palace fans are incredibly
loud and passionate.
Who would you buy this summer?
Olivier Giroud or an attacking
midfielder such as Santi Cazorla, but
it?s unlikely that either would want
to join us at this time.
VAR: for or against?
I?m very much in favour of VAR.
MANCHESTER CITY
Kevin Parker, general secretary
of Manchester City Supporters
Club
Describe your season
Absolutely brilliant. Unforgettable.
What dreams are made of. Never be
careful what you wish for.
Jesus celebrates his injury-time goal,
much to the discomfort of stewards
and a photographer, that brought up
a century of points for City
CI T Y � BR E AK � MORE
RECORDS
2.63
Points per game,
most in top flight
since Preston?s 2.64
in 1888-89 (adjusted to 3pts for win,
38-game season)
19
84.2�
2.79�
Title-winning points margin,
most since Aston Villa?s 20
in 1896-97 (adjusted as
above)
Win percentage, best
in top division,
beating Preston?s
81.8% in 1888-89
Goals per game,
most in top flight
since Arsenal?s 2.81
in 1932-33
games of general excellence, whereas
Southampton took the plaudits for
not being terrible in the last four.
Hughes may have been overstating it
when he said Southampton deserved
to win, but some of the players should
hang their heads in shame at the
dross they conjured up for Mauricio
Pellegrino, whether they liked him or
not. With a decent striker
Southampton could finish seventh
next season. Or they might get
relegated. Such are the vagaries of life
in the Premier League?s second tier.
?It would be ridiculous to try to
achieve this,? Guardiola said when
asked if City could top 100 points
next season. However, if this truly is
the best side English football has seen
it does not defy reason to think they
can go a season unbeaten.
City, who last night announced that
Ederson, the goalkeeper, had signed a
two-year contract extension keeping
him at the club until 2025, used
Raheem Sterling in a central role
before Jesus came on as a substitute.
Phil Foden also came on, thus
qualifying to become the youngest
player to win a Premier League medal
at 17 years 350 days and Brahim D韆z
made his fifth appearance. The future
is bright, the present blinding.
Southampton had a chance to win
when C閐ric Soares made a run down
the right and Oriol Romeu chipped
into Dusan Tadic?s path. He turned
John Stones before Fernandinho
turned his shot off the line. Then City
dragged the last skill, wonder and
drama from a season that they have
rescued from the pervading
mediocrity elsewhere.
City going global, page 18
R ATING S
Southampton (3-4-3): A McCarthy 6 ? J Stephens 7,
M Yoshida 7, W Hoedt 7 ? C Soares 6, O Romeu 7,
P-E Hojbjerg 6, R Bertrand 7 (sub: S McQueen, 81min)
? D Tadic 7, C Austin 5 (sub: S Long 65, 6),
N Redmond 6 (sub: J Ward-Prowse 65, 7).
Substitutes not used F Forster, M Gabbiadini, J Pied,
S McQueen, J Sims. Booked Ward-Prowse, Soares,
Hojbjerg.
Manchester City (4-3-3): C Bravo 6 ? Danilo 7,
J Stones 6, A Laporte 7, F Delph 6 (sub: G Jesus 59, 7)
? K De Bryune 7, Fernandinho 7, I G黱dogan 6 (sub:
P Foden 82) ? B Silva 6 (sub: B Diaz 78), R Sterling 7,
L San� 7. Substitutes not used Ederson, K Walker,
V Kompany, O Zinchenko. Booked Jesus, Ederson.
Who were your team?s best and
most disappointing players?
It?s very hard to choose between
Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva as
the best ? both superb in so many
ways. If I had to choose, I would go
for De Bruyne but it?s so close. I feel
guilty picking a worst player with
the season we have had but I
suppose Eliaquim Mangala. Despite
everything he tried, he just didn?t fit
in.
How do you rate your manager?
10/10. Faultless.
Who were the best away fans?
Huddersfield Town?s were great.
They came with no real hope yet
cheered their team on to a
creditable draw and many stayed to
see City lift the trophy. I?m glad they
stayed up.
Who would you buy this summer?
Antoine Griezmann, of Atletico
Madrid. It?s unlikely to happen as
it looks like he?s going to Barcelona.
Maybe Ciro Immobile from Lazio.
VAR: for or against?
For. Too many decisions went
against us this season, especially
in the Champions League
games against Liverpool. Leroy
San�s disallowed goal was
scandalous.
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589
This was Arsenal?s first away
win in the Premier League in
which Alexis S醤chez didn?t
score for 589 days, since
October 2, 2016, when
Laurent Koscielny scored the
only goal in a 1-0 win at
Burnley
FREN CHMAN ? S�
FIN AL燫ECORD
FINAL
RECORD
1,235 707
Games
wins
280 248
Wenger bows to the fans before his
final game in charge of Arsenal in
which Aubameyang, seen being
congratulated by Holding, inset,
secured a rare away victory
draws
losses
?Proud? Wenger feels the love
HENRY燱INTER
Chief燜ootball燱riter�
Huddersfield燭own
0
Arsenal�
1
Aubameyang 38
Referee M Oliver Attendance 24,122
n the deeply poignant day
for Ars鑞e Wenger when he
became part of Arsenal?s
history, he found some
consolation in being
reminded that in the
emotional world of English
football the past is always in
the present. Wenger will always be in
Arsenal hearts and minds, just as
Herbert Chapman is.
?Herbert Chapman, he left ?cause
you?re sh*t,? sang the Arsenal fans to
their hosts, harking back to the move
that Chapman made in leaving
Huddersfield for Highbury in 1925.
Chapman?s last game in charge of
Arsenal was 84 years ago (when he
passed away), the year that Ramsay
MacDonald was PM, Evelyn Waugh
penned A Handful of Dust and the
curtain first rose on Glyndebourne,
and yet his name is still remembered,
still revered. Just as Wenger?s will be.
Wenger is moving on, rightly so
given the board finally running out of
patience with the team?s inexorable
drift, but he will not move on from
supporters? thoughts. An unbreakable
emotional bond remains.
An hour before kick-off, Wenger
stepped from the away changing
O
room and immediately encountered a
famous face. ?Chapman smiled at me
as he was on the photo just outside
the dressing room,? Wenger said.
Wenger sat in the dug-out for 20
minutes, just gazing on the pitch as
Arsenal fans congregated at one end.
Two clutched a banner that read:
?Thank you Herbert 1925-1934, Merci
Arsene 1996 to 2018.? Arsenal?s two
greatest managers. They began
singing of Wenger?s finest moments,
?49, 49 undefeated? and chorused his
name and will always do so, even
when the new man arrives. Fans don?t
forget.
Wenger thought about how ?deep
the love is of the game? in the
country that questioned and then
adopted him during what he
described as ?a human adventure for
22 years?.
On returning back-stage, Wenger
was greeted by the Huddersfield head
coach, David Wagner, who presented
him with a framed half-and-half
Huddersfield-Arsenal shirt with the
number ?1235?, saluting his
remarkable tally of games at Arsenal.
The man described by Wagner as a
?legend and icon? then stood at the
changing room door, tapping
encouragingly his players on the back
for the last time, whispering a few
words of wise counsel as they headed
out. He followed them out into the
sunshine, through a guard of honour,
and a rapturous reception from the
Huddersfield fans, and strode across
the sunlit turf towards the away
supporters.
Some wore ?Wenger 22? shirts,
others clutched � scarves saying
?Ars鑞e Wenger, AFC legend, thanks
for the memories? and many others
held banners aloft, saluting him
further. As he drew nearer to them, as
the noise intensified, Wenger stopped,
FAN? S燰IEW
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Michael Bunch, fan
since 1979
Describe your season
Two years ago we lost
5-1 to Brentford. Need I
say more?
Who was your team?s
best player?
Christopher Schindler
was key to us staying up.
Rate your manager
He has shown the glum
managers how to enjoy
the Premier League.
Best away fans?
I?ve always liked
Newcastle?s.
Who would you buy
this summer?
Anyone who can score
ten in the league.
VAR: for or against?
It is inevitable.
ARSENAL
Nigel Phillips, board
member, Arsenal
Supporters? Trust
Describe your season
and then bowed. ?It was spontaneous,
because I know that we?ve
disappointed the away fans this
season, that many of them they live
the whole week and use their spare
money to travel up to games,? Wenger
said. ?It?s part of the respect. We had
disagreements which I accept but we
had one thing in common: we loved
Arsenal Football Club and I wanted
to share that with them today.??
Love was in the air, too, with a
plane trailing a banner declaring
?Merci Ars鑞e ? We?ll Miss You
Too?. It was all rather different from
those dark days when Arsenal fans
scrambled a plane with the banner
calling for ?Wenger Out?.
Huddersfield fans highlighted the
change when pointing out, ?You twofaced b***ards, you wanted him out?.
Arsenal fans cannot be accused of
hypocrisy, though. Many,
understandably, wanted Wenger out
because of the painful decline under
him over the past decade, the lack of
leadership in the players he recruited,
37 points off the top
says it all.
Who was your team?s
best player?
Promising youngsters
(Ainsley Maitland-Niles)
but too many firstteamers are coasting.
Rate your manager
Just Merci Ars鑞e.
Who would you buy
this summer?
Jack Butland
Best away fans?
Cologne, no doubt at all.
VAR: for or against?
For but it needs work.
the clear signs of his being overtaken
by coaches of the calibre of Pep
Guardiola, J黵gen Klopp and
Mauricio Pochettino.
Yet such is the affection for
Wenger, and gratitude for memories
such as the glorious Invincibles, that
they were determined to mark his
farewell in style, and did powerfully.
They were helped by a wonderfully
hospitable Huddersfield, whose class
shone through all afternoon, from
their fans standing to salute Wenger
when the clock showed 22 to singing
?there?s only one Ars鑞e Wenger?.
Even taking into account that
Mesut 謟il and Jack Wilshere were
absent, injured, it is hard to make any
cogent claim that Wenger?s final XI
was any improvement on his first.
Against Blackburn Rovers on October
12, 1996, Wenger fielded: Seaman;
Dixon, Bould, Adams, Keown,
Winterburn; Merson, Platt, Vieira;
Hartson and Wright. Here, he started
Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding,
Kolasinac; Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey;
Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
They still took the lead before the
break, a lovely, sleek move seeing the
ball conveyed between Henrikh
Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and
Aaron Ramsey, whose cross was
turned in by Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang at the far post. Yet
Arsenal need so much work,
rebuilding the defence, bringing more
authority to midfield, and getting a
consistent tune out of 謟il, a worldbeater when in the mood.
For all the talk of inexperienced
coaches being in the frame like the
favourite Mikel Arteta and Patrick
Vieira, the club need a heavyweight
appointment such as Max Allegri.
The ideal candidate would be Diego
Simeone because he would give the
team more edge, bringing some
Holloway grit into Hampstead
gentleness. Simeone sounds settled at
Atletico Madrid and Arsenal fans
point out that the Argentinian does
not play the type of fluid football they
crave, or behave with the requisite
dignity. Yet how Arsenal need
toughening up after the Wenger era.
Wenger was almost denied a
parting win when the outstanding
Aaron Mooy hit the bar. It was all
over bar the saluting. ?I?m very
proud,? Wenger said. ?I?ve given some
good moments to people who love the
club.? And they will never forget.
RATI NGS
Huddersfield Town (3-4-2-1): J Lossl 6 ? M Zanka 6,
C Schindler 7, T Kongolo 6 ? F Hadergjonaj 7, J Hogg
6 (sub: D Whitehead 87min), A Mooy 6, C L鰓e 6 ?
T Ince 7 (sub: L Depoitre 60, 6), A Pritchard 8 ?
S Mouni� 6 (sub: P Billing 79). Substitutes not used
J Coleman, T Smith, J Stankovic, A Sabiri. Booked
Zanka.
Arsenal (4-3-3): D Ospina 8 ? H Beller韓 5, R Holding
6, S Mustafi 6, S Kolasinac 7 (sub: N Monreal 67, 6) ?
A Ramsey 7, G Xhaka 6, A Iwobi 6 (sub: A MaitlandNiles 72) ? H Mkhitaryan 7, A Lacazette 6,
P Aubameyang 7 (sub: D Welbeck 67, 6).
Substitutes not used M Macey, P Mertesacker,
J Willock, E Nketiah.
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Life outside the Big Six is
troubling. You tread water
to protect your TV revenue
This爏eason爃as爏hown爐hat�
Burnley燼re爐he爀xception爊ot�
the爎ule爓hen爄t�
comes爐o爏uccess,�
says燨liver燢ay
verything about Turf Moor feels, in the best
possible way, like a throwback. Not to the
days when the supporters travelled to the
ground on the same bus as their heroes, but
at least to the days when players would
drive into the car park and walk to the
dressing room without need for bouncers or
security staff to clear a path through the
crowd. At Burnley they are happy to mingle,
obliging all requests for selfies and autographs.
That does not make Burnley unique, but they do
retain a sense of intimacy that has been lost, quite
willingly, at so many of the other 19 Premier League
clubs. The norm at so many clubs is for players to
be bussed in and bussed out, a security cordon to
shield them as they emerge from behind blackedout windows to take the few steps across terra firma
to the gilded sanctuary of their dressing room. It is
part of what Sean Dyche means when he bemoans
the ?glossiness? of the Premier League scene, where
too many people have become so fixated on the
?show? ? the glitz, the glamour ? that they have
lost sight of what really matters in football. And
what matters, according to the Burnley manager, is
the earthy feeling of ?teamship, giving everything
for the cause, feeling part of something, being part
of a tribe of people who care about one situation.?
Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich
Albion supporters might nod in distant recognition
of these words as they contemplate what has been
lost on their journey back to the Championship.
That earthiness took them a long way on their
journey to the top flight and it helped them to stay
there and to become part of the show. Then the
glossiness took over, at the expense of the
earthiness, and, before they knew it, their team had
been relegated, written out of the show.
It has been another season to reinforce the
disconcerting feeling ? only briefly challenged in
unforgettable fashion by Leicester City two years
ago ? that the Premier League is a two-tier
competition. Well, you could make a strong
argument that Manchester City have been in a
league of their own, but still it is the usual five clubs
behind them. There is the Big Six and then there is
the Not-So-Big Fourteen and, while Everton might
have fancied their chances of upsetting the
established order as they set off on that misguided
splurge in the transfer market last summer, it is
hard to see that changing any time soon.
It is a serious problem. The Premier League title
has not been retained since 2009, but for all the
?unscripted drama? hype, it is too predictable. Of
the 168 matches played by the Big Six against the
other 14 clubs this campaign, they won 117, drew 31
and lost just 20. Too many of those 168 games
looked like attack-versus-defence training exercises.
Between them, Crystal Palace, Everton and
Southampton boast an abysmal record of one win
out of 36 against the top six. The financial gulf
between the top six and the rest is too big ? and it
will keep growing if the elite get their way. It has
brought about a culture in which too many of the
E
other 14 accept their place too readily. Over time,
complacency and staleness seem inevitable.
Thank goodness for Burnley. They were among
the pre-season favourites for relegation, yet they
finished seventh, qualifying for European
competition for the first time since 1966. Would it
be doing Dyche and his players a disservice to say
that work ethic, pride and honesty are, above all,
what have made them the best of the rest in the
Premier League this season? Or would it,
conversely, be a huge compliment? It certainly
wasn?t the quality of their attacking play; they
scored 36 goals in 38 matches. They won games
and ground out draws through a combination of
spirit, endeavour, fitness, organisation and
intelligence.
Similar tributes could be paid to Brighton & Hove
Albion, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United
under Chris Hughton, David Wagner and Rafa
Ben韙ez respectively. These are teams whose
supporters, like Burnley?s, have known all season
that, win, lose or draw, the players? application and
focus could not be questioned.
Stoke were once this type of club. So were
Swansea and West Brom. So were Southampton,
who were drifting towards relegation under
Mauricio Pellegrino until a late-season resurgence
under Mark Hughes. These are clubs who felt that
they had done the hard work by establishing
themselves in the Premier League over the previous
seasons. Over time, though, a sense of identity and
purpose has been lost, compounded by questionable
managerial appointments and poor recruitment.
It goes back to something Charlie Adam said last
week. ?A lack of discipline from certain players has
been embarrassing,? the Stoke midfielder said after
his team?s relegation. ?I?ll be honest for the
supporters. I think some players have been getting
away with murder for a long time. It?s not just one
or two. Four or five that could be counted.?
For years, Stoke were built on the attritional
qualities that earned them promotion and then
regular survival under Tony Pulis. They then
reached a point when those qualities were no
longer enough, so they appointed Hughes, who
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replaced some of Pulis?s old stagers with more
sophisticated players, introducing a more appealing,
more expansive type of football, finishing ninth in
each of his first three seasons.
By the summer of 2016, though, the club?s old
guard had all but disappeared. ?Earthiness? was lost
and, to use a twist on an old clich�, they had
became the type of team who could not do it on a
cold Tuesday night at Stoke ? or even, towards the
end of Hughes?s time, a mild Saturday afternoon at
Stoke. Hughes was sacked in January with his team
in the relegation zone. Paul Lambert, his successor,
never really threatened to keep them up.
As he has demonstrated before, Hughes is a more
than competent manager ? one who no longer had
the answers at Stoke but found them quickly
enough at Southampton. When the Stoke
chairman, Peter Coates, suggests that he should
have sacked Hughes earlier, he is probably right. As
Adam?s comments indicate, it had become a
problematic dressing room. Team spirit, one of
Stoke?s defining qualities in the early years of their
Premier League existence, had become a negative
rather than a positive.
Familiarity brings the threat of staleness, but
upheaval comes with great risks too. Words like
honesty, commitment, effort and respect appear on
motivational posters at training grounds up and
done the country, but, as Dyche says, they are
easier said than instilled. ?These,? the Burnley
manager said, ?are words that people often throw
around in football ? ?We need a better culture, a
better environment? ? as if it?s easy. It?s not. We put
the foundations down here five years ago and we?re
still working on it. It takes time. Not many people in
football get time.?
David Moyes has encountered resistance at West
Ham; Sam Allardyce likewise at Everton; Paul
Clement found his initial success at Swansea City
was not enough to dispel what he felt was a
complacent dressing room; Alan Pardew failed
miserably at West Brom. Before anyone suggests
that the common denominator in all of this is
British managers, Carlos Carvalhal?s magic-wand
effect soon ran out at Swansea and Marco Silva
lasted even less time at Watford than everyone else
does; Claude Puel?s initial upturn at Leicester was
followed by a slump that will have predictable
consequences; of the ten managerial changes over
the course of the season, none brought a more
sustained improvement than Crystal Palace?s
maligned appointment of Roy Hodgson.
There is something troubling, about life beyond
the Big Six. For every success story, too many other
clubs and teams are coasting. It seems there is a
point at which bright-eyed enthusiasm is followed
by a realisation that, with the top six out of reach,
they are treading water, their ambitions barely
extending beyond the next slice of television
revenue. Because the thing about ?the show? is that,
when you are only interested in staying in it, your
involvement comes under serious threat.
At Burnley they have shown that the right stuff
can take you a long way. They lost their final fixture
2-1 to Bournemouth ? another team who, under
Eddie Howe, have striven so hard to retain that
earthiness ? but the atmosphere was one of
jubilation, right down to the ?European tour
2018/19? T-shirts. ?We?ll see you next season,? said
the announcer over the PA system, ?and don?t
forget your passports.? Again, it felt like a
throwback ? Europe as the representation of
everything that is exciting and exotic. But Dyche
will tell them they must not change, must not be
seduced by their new horizons. They must remain
earthy, their feet kept firmly on the ground.
Cook rests
MIKE燱HALLEY
Burnley�
Wood 39
Bournemouth�
King 74, Wilson 90+3
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Referee P Tierney Attendance 20,720
ddie Howe gave Lewis Cook
permission to miss
Bournemouth?s final Premier
League match of the season in
the hope that it will keep him
fresh for a potential World Cup
campaign with England.
Cook missed his side?s victory away
to Burnley, having been sent abroad
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Allardyce: my future?s in doubt
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West燞am燯nited�
Lanzini 39, 82, Arnautovic 63
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Niasse 74
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avid Moyes and Sam Allardyce
will hold talks about their
respective futures at West Ham
United and Everton this week
and while the former is
confident that he will agree to a new
deal, the same cannot be said for
Allardyce seeing out the end of his
contract at Goodison Park.
Moyes?s short-term agreement with
West Ham expired at midnight and
he joked after this 3-1 victory that he
would take off his suit and tie and
return to the streets. However he
sounded positive about the club
offering him a new contract having
ensured their top-flight status with
time to spare.
Allardyce, in contrast, is under
contract at Everton for another
season and has fulfilled his brief of
keeping the club up having
replaced Ronald Koeman in
November. He, too, expects to
speak to the Everton hierarchy
this week, but his hopes of staying
are increasingly remote.
?I?ve got a contract next
season,? Allardyce said.
?Am I confident? I can?t
quite say ?confident? after
all the rumours that I?m
reading in the paper.
Because generally there is
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Allardyce?s return to West
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King fires a shot
through a crowded
Burnley defence to
level the scores at
Turf Moor and set
Bournemouth up
for a late winner
with World Cup in mind
to rest before what could be a busy
summer. Gareth Southgate will name
his England squad on Wednesday,
with Cook hoping he will be on the
plane to Russia, having made his
debut as a substitute in the friendly
with Italy at Wembley in March.
Howe, the Bournemouth manager,
wants to give the midfielder every
chance to avoid burnout if he is
selected to go to Russia.
Asked if that was the reason for
omitting Cook, Howe said: ?It was.
We only want the best for our players,
so we?ll be delighted for anybody
involved in their countries for this
World Cup.? In Cook?s absence,
Bournemouth won at Turf Moor, but
did nothing to spoil the celebratory
mood among Burnley?s supporters at
the end of an astonishing season.
Sean Dyche?s side have finished
seventh and will play in next season?s
Europa League. It will be their first
European campaign since 1966-67.
Chris Wood?s fortunate opening
goal, scored when he deflected in
Ashley Westwood?s shot, gave
Burnley hope of victory, but Joshua
King equalised with 16 minutes left,
before Callum Wilson took advantage
of a bad slip by Kevin Long to win the
match in stoppage time.
RATI N G S
Burnley (4-4-1-1): N Pope 7 ? M Lowton 6, K Long 7,
J Tarkowski 7, S Ward 6 ? A Lennon 6 (sub: D McNeil
90min), J Cork 6, A Westwood 7, J Gudmundsson 6
(sub: N Wells 79) ? J Hendrick 6 ? C Wood 7 (sub:
S Vokes 61, 6). Substitutes not used T Heaton,
P Bardsley, C Taylor, G Nkoudou.
Bournemouth (3-4-3): A Begovic 6 ? S Cook 6, N Ak�
7, T Mings 6 (sub: J Defoe 66, 7) ? R Fraser 7,
E Hyndman 6 (sub: D Gosling 59, 6), A Surman 6,
C Daniels 6 ? J Ibe 7, J King 7, L Mousset 5 (sub:
Wilson 59, 8). Substitutes not used A Boruc, B Smith,
M Pugh, K Taylor.
no smoke without fire. But we?ll wait
and see when we meet up this week.?
The Everton supporters have never
taken to Allardyce, and neither did
the West Ham supporters when he
was in charge at Upton Park, so you
half expected to hear him jeered by
both sets of fans whenever he
appeared in the technical area
yesterday. The home crowd were too
pleased with events on the field,
though, and one experienced
Everton-watcher remarked that the
visiting supporters had grown weary
of booing. Instead they saved their ire
for the withdrawal of the forward
Cenk Tosun in favour of Theo
Walcott in the second half.
Like much that Everton tried, it
made little difference to the outcome
of a surprisingly entertaining game.
West Ham, with Marko Arnautovic
leading the line in typically abrasive
fashion and Manuel Lanzini hitting
two sweet strikes past Jordan
Pickford, were in almost complete
control.
Pickford had the sort of off-day
that may worry Gareth Southgate, the
England manager. He had little
chance with Lanzini?s opener, tucked
into the corner after Arnautovic?s
accidental dummy of a pass by
Cheikhou Kouyat�.
Arnautovic?s goal, although
powerfully struck, was close
enough to Pickford to warrant
more than the cursory wave
it got. And his attempt to
save Lanzini?s second,
another well-hit strike, was
reminiscent of some of Joe
Hart?s work ? he got a
hand to it, but not a
strong enough one to
keep it out.
For Everton, Oumar
Niasse might have
made more of an error
by Angelo Ogbonna
excitement away from the
game. It interferes with the
referees? independence.
BURNLEY
Chris Wells, Burnley FC
Supporters Groups
BOURNEMOUTH
Peter Bell, Cherry Chimes
blog
Describe your season
Seventh and the Europa
League is outstanding and
exceeds all expectations.
Describe your season?
Tough. It has been close
from tenth to 20th.
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
No real disappointments.
It?s difficult to look beyond
Nick Pope as the best.
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
Nathan Ak� took all the
awards. Jermain Defoe has
only scored four goals.
but hit his shot straight at Adri醤.
Niasse?s second-half goal, a closerange finish after acute control and a
clever turn, was too little, too late.
The West Ham supporters even
seemed to enjoy being in the London
Stadium yesterday, which should help
negotiations between Moyes and
West Ham.
?We?ll meet and talk next week but
whatever comes, we have played well
and improved no end,? he said. ?Good
performances make you feel there is
something to build on here. They
have had plenty of time to see me
work and I will have options myself if
I choose to. I?ve had a good
relationship with the board since I?ve
been here, but everybody?s not always
happy with change.?
Injury denied Wayne Rooney a
likely farewell, and Allardyce
confirmed that his exit for DC United
could be sealed this week.
?It?s up to Wayne and his
representatives and the board of
directors and what they do,?
Allardyce said. ?Everybody will know
by the end of the week. And to stop
everybody talking and writing
nonsense, there is no problem
between me and Wayne Rooney. All
of you have either been misled by
somebody or you have just decided to
make it up yourselves, I?m afraid.?
Whether Rooney or Allardyce lingers
longer at Goodison Park, of course,
remains to be seen.
R AT I N G S
West Ham United (3-4-2-1): Adri醤 6 ? D Rice 7,
A Ogbonna 6, A Cresswell 6 (sub: J Collins 88min) ?
P Zabaleta 6, C Kouyat� 7, M Noble 6, A Masuaka 6
(sub: E Fernandes 21, 6) ? M Lanzini 7 (sub: P Obiang
86), Jo鉶 M醨io 6 ? M Arnautovic 7.
Substitutes not used J Hart, A Carroll, J Hern醤dez,
P Evra.
Everton (5-3-2): J Pickford 4 ? S Coleman 6, M Keane
4, P Jagielka 6, R Funes Mori 5 (sub: D Klaassen 46,
5), L Baines 6 ? T Davies 6 (sub: Y Bolasie 83),
M Schneiderlin 5, I Gueye 6 ? O Niasse 6, C Tosun 5
(sub: T Walcott 60, 6).
Substitutes not used J Robles, C Martina, M Holgate,
J Kenny. Booked Funes Mori.
WEST HAM UNITED
Mark Walker, chair of the
West Ham United
Independent Supporters
Association
Leander Dendoncker.
Describe your season
Shambolic. Floundering
performance in every area
of the business reflected in
a ropey squad and
justifiable fan unrest.
EVERTON
Simon Magner, chair of
Everton Supporters Trust
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
Best: Marko Arnautovic,
Angelo Ogbonna, Jordan
Hugill, Mark Noble and
Declan Rice. Worst:
Cheikhou Kouyat�, Joe Hart
and Javier Hern醤dez.
Rate your manager
Sean Dyche is excellent. He
just understands it all and
delivers.
Rate your manager
Eddie Howe knows what
standards the team has to
meet to stay up. It is now a
question of pushing on.
Best away fans?
Newcastle United ? vocal
and committed.
Best away fans?
Crystal Palace. They made a
real din.
Who would you buy this
summer?
If we can?t have David Silva
or Kevin De Bruyne, I will
have to leave it to our
manager. In Dyche we trust.
Who would you buy this
summer?
I?d go for Tom Cairney at
Fulham. We could do with a
scoring central midfielder.
Best away fans?
Huddersfield were
comfortably beaten but
fans kept up great support.
VAR: for or against?
Totally against it. The
crowd don?t know what is
going on.
Who would you buy this
summer?
Defensive midfield is the
biggest weakness ?
VAR: for or against?
Against ? too many delays
and taking some of the
Rate your manager
To say David Moyes came in
at a difficult time is an
understatement. Deserves
the opportunity to improve
the squad.
VAR: for or against?
For because the big clubs
get away with murder.
Describe your season
Poor, lacklustre, depressing,
disappointing, clueless . . .
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
Jordan Pickford the best of
a bad bunch.
Rate your manager
Koeman 2/10, Unsworth
3/10, Allardyce 2/10.
Best away fans?
Spent most of the season
hiding behind my hands
Who would you buy this
summer?
Biggest problem is getting a
manager and/or director of
football to get the team to
play in a system that they
are familiar with.
VAR: for or against?
I believe we need to be
embracing technology.
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Now we must spend
big, says Pochettino
GARY燡ACOB
Tottenham燞otspur�
Kane 7, 76, Lamela 49, 60,
Fuchs 53 (og)
Leicester燙ity�
Vardy 4, 73, Mahrez 16,
Iheanacho 47
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ottenham Hotspur were
saluted at the end with a
rendition of Barry Manilow?s
Can?t Smile Without You
when Mauricio Pochettino
took the microphone and
called the next tune. The
manager secured Tottenham
another lucrative top-four finish but
said that if he is to repeat the
achievement for a third time then
Daniel Levy, his chairman, has to
loosen the purse strings to sign
players that can take the club to the
next level. Otherwise Pochettino
indicated that his rivals would catch
up and his future could be in doubt.
It was the most confrontational and
direct that Pochettino has been since
he started raising stakes with Levy last
month by first suggesting he may not
stay around to deliver the club a
trophy and then adding that he has
spent a net figure of just �0,000 on
players since he arrived in 2014.
?They have a clear idea of what we
need to do. I don?t know if the club
will agree with me or not but we need
to talk next week to create the new
project . . . to try and improve,? he said
after Spurs had edged a nine-goal
thriller thanks to Harry Kane?s 41st
goal of the season. ?We need to talk a
lot between us and the club. I think
Daniel is going to listen, of course.
You know me, I have crazy ideas. In
this moment you need to be brave
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numbers on a filthy
night for a cup replay.
TOTTENHAM
HOTSPUR
Martin Cloake, co-chair
Tottenham Hotspur
Supporters? Trust
Who would you buy
this summer?
Mo Salah! Bordeaux?s
Malcom looks quick,
knows where the goal
is, and would be extra
creative spark.
Describe your season
Some great football and
outstanding to get top
four with no ?home
games?, but a trophy
still eludes us.
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
Best a toss-up between
Jan Vertonghen and
Christian Eriksen. Few
can fathom Moussa
Sissoko.
Rate your manager
Very highly. Has built
an entertaining team
that competes at the
top.
Best away fans?
Rochdale ? turned up in
VAR: for or against?
Against for now. It
disrupts the game, ruins
fan interaction and
undermines refs.
LEICESTER CITY
Ian Bason, chairman of
the Foxes Trust
Describe your season
Mixed. We would
probably have taken a
top-ten finish and a
good cup run, but the
way we?ve fallen away
has been disappointing.
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
Harry Maguire has been
excellent for his first
and take risks. Until today it was so
difficult to talk about the future. Now
we need to decide the way to operate
in the future.?
In the four years under Pochettino
Tottenham have largely traded the
old and the deadwood and bought
young talent, and his spending has
been hampered by the club building a
�0 million stadium at White Hart
Lane which will open next season.
He said he has surpassed his brief
and the raised expectations of the
season and a notable
mention goes to Wilfred
Ndidi. Demarai Gray
hasn?t been bad, but he
hasn?t progressed.
Rate your manager
The jury is still out. The
question that every City
fan has is whether the
poor form at the end of
the season is down to
the players or him.
Best away fans?
I?m in a poor part of the
ground to judge so I?ll
pass on that one.
Who would you buy
this summer?
Xherdan Shaqiri from
Stoke. We have been
looking for a while for a
No 10 to support Jamie
Vardy ? he could do it.
VAR: for or against?
It needs more trials, and
it should not come in
unless they show
replays in the stadium
so the crowd can see
what the VAR sees.
fans was clear yesterday when they
booed the team off at half-time with
Leicester leading 2-1 after goals from
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
It is thought that Pochettino wants
to sign a better holding midfielder,
another creative player, a centre back,
and a left back should Danny Rose
leave. Yesterday he challenged Levy
to match his ambition. ?We cannot
think we are the cleverest people in
the world winning trophies spending
small money,? he said. ?It is so
important to show we can be
ambitious but sometimes we need to
work in a different way. We need to
tell the truth and create dreams that
are possible to achieve. Maybe now
we are a bit disappointed and
frustrated as we?re close and [still]
challenge the big clubs who invest
more than us.
?We cannot invest crazy money. It
will be important to create a different
idea to try to move on and to be
closer to winning titles in the next
few years.? The club are keen to
extend his contract, which is worth
around �5 million and expires in
2021, but he alluded to doubts about
his future. ?Today 100 per cent I feel
like I?m here, but the most important
thing is tomorrow all can change,? he
said. ?It is not in my hands. It is not
my decision to be here or not, it
depends on my boss. It is healthy to
think you can lose your job
tomorrow.?
His speech was in keeping with a
Carvalhal offers to stay as Swansea follow Sto
JAMES燝HEERBRANT
Swansea燙ity�
King 14
Stoke燙ity�
Ndiaye 31, Crouch 41
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2
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n the final moments of their
Premier League existence, before
they disappeared through the
trapdoor into the dark, yawning
unknown of the Championship,
one of these clubs was thinking about
the past, the other about the future.
With Swansea City needing a
wildly improbable ten-goal swing to
I
survive, Carlos Carvalhal?s last
significant act of the season was to
give valedictory appearances to Angel
Rangel and Leon Britton, two club
legends playing their final Swansea
match after 11 and 16 seasons of
service respectively. While Stoke City,
already mathematically condemned,
gave a debut to 18-year-old Danish
midfielder Lasse Sorenson, a flaxenhaired graduate of the club?s academy.
And when the managers trooped
into the press room two hours later,
with relegation confirmed for both
clubs, the same preoccupations
prevailed. Paul Lambert was looking
forward, suggesting he would happily
stick around to helm Stoke?s
Championship campaign. While
Carvalhal could not resist a backward
glance, pulling out a sheet of paper
and listing all the clubs whose points
tallies Swansea have outstripped
during his tenure this season.
Neither manager though, and
neither club, could avoid the reality of
the present. Even though Swansea
were still mathematically alive, the
occasion felt more ceremonial than
visceral. When the action began, with
Britton on the bench, it was
permeated by that slightly chaotic,
surreal feeling that often
characterises these end-of-season
encounters. Both sets of fans joined to
chant ?Going down, going down,
going down? with masochistic glee.
Joe Allen was substituted off with an
injury after seven minutes.
Briefly, Swansea believed. A
chipped ball forward was nodded
down by Andr� Ayew and Andy King
sidefooted past Jack Butland.
Perhaps the home fans would have
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SWANSEA CITY
Adam Terry, Swansea
City Supporters? Trust
Describe your season
Very disappointing.
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
Lukasz Fabianski and
Renato Sanches.
Rate your manager
Paul Clement was
overly negative, Carlos
Carvalhal brought belief
and results, for a while.
Best away fans?
Newcastle United.
Who would you buy
this summer?
Harry Wilson or Ben
Woodburn from
Liverpool (on loan).
VAR: for or against?
Against, but I can see
the advantages.
STOKE CITY
Angela Smith, chair of
Stoke fans council
Describe your season
Disappointing beyond
belief but expected.
Who were your team?s
best and most
disappointing players?
Best: Xherdan Shaqiri
and Joe Allen. Worst:
Saido Berahino.
Rate your manager
Paul Lambert has
restored desire and
discipline but results
still haven?t been good
enough.
Best away fans?
Crystal Palace.
Who would you buy
this summer?
Anyone who can score
goals.
VAR: for or against?
Against, but maybe for
if it is improved.
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ANDY RAIN/EPA
Kane strikes in the first half before
netting a 76th minute winner at
Wembley, his 12th and 13th goals
against Leicester in his career
S CO U T I N G 燜 O R燬 O U T H G AT E
H OW燭 HE 燛 N GLA N D 燙A N D IDATE S 燝OT 燨N
This was the last chance to impress
before the World Cup 23 is named.
Times writers mark their performances
with a Three Lions rating
41
Harry Kane is the first
Tottenham player to score
more than 40 goals in a season
in all competitions since
Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49)
very strange afternoon as Tottenham
bid farewell to Wembley, which has
been the scene for some of their best
and worst moments this season. They
bossed Real Madrid and Manchester
United but defeats by United (in the
FA Cup), Juventus and Manchester
City signalled that they must improve
in the most important matches.
It was a wonderful mess of a game,
with pitiful defending, clinical
finishing from two England forwards
and Paul Gascoigne attempting a floss
dance in the stands. Tottenham were
wretched in the first half and trailed
3-1 in the 47th minute after Kelechi
Iheanacho?s pinpoint finish. But they
roared back with three goals in 11
minutes, two from 蓃ik Lamela and
an own goal by Christian Fuchs.
Vardy?s 20th league goal of the season
drew Leicester level but Kane sealed
third spot for Spurs with a curling
shot into the top corner, his 30th goal
in the Premier League this campaign
and his 41st in all competitions.
R ATI N G S
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): H Lloris 7 ?
K Walker-Peters 7, T Alderweireld 4, E Dier 4, D Rose
5 ? M Sissoko 5 (sub: Son Heung-min, 84min),
V Wanyama 3 ? L Moura 6 (sub: D Alli� 5),
C Eriksen 5, � Lamela 7 (sub: D S醤chez, 78) ?
H Kane 7.
Substitutes not used M Vorm, F Llorente, J Foyth,
B Davies. Booked Wanyama.
Leicester City (4-4-2) E Jakupovic 5 ? D Simpson 4
(sub: H Choudhury 56, 4), W Morgan 5, H Maguire 5,
C Fuchs 4 ? R Mahrez 6, A Silva 5, V Iborra 5,
D Gray 6 (sub: F Diabat� 61) ? K Iheanacho 6 (sub:
H Barnes 85), J Vardy 7.
Substitutes not used B Hamer, Y Benalouane,
L Ndukwu, S Hughes.
Booked Adrien Silva, Choudhury.
o into the Championship
oke
had more than gallows humour and
protest chants against the Swansea
board to entertain them if Wayne
Routledge had shown more
composure when Andr� Ayew?s
through ball carved open the
Stoke defence after 20
minutes. Instead, he
snatched his attempt wide.
Any intrigue was ended
when Stoke equalised.
Xherdan Shaqiri flipped a
cute pass over the top of
Swansea?s defence, and Badou
N?diaye chipped the ball over
Lukasz Fabianski.
Sorenson, playing with more
assurance after a skittish start,
soon had his first Premier
League assist with a cross
Crouch headed Stoke?s winner
headed in by Peter Crouch.
After the interval,
Fabianski saved a penalty
from Shaqiri low to his
right, earning a chorus
of ?Fabianski, we
want you to stay?.
On a muted day,
the loudest noise
came when Britton
was introduced after 58
minutes.
Swansea rallied, but their
forays were marked by a
familiar lack of penetration. A
shot from six yards by Jordan
Ayew was inadvertently
blocked by substitute Tammy
Abraham and Kurt Zouma
cleared off the line after
Butland had repelled an
initial effort from Abraham.
Afterwards, Carvalhal claimed that
Swansea?s owners had enquired about
his availability for next season.
Lambert reflected ruefully on the
?unacceptable, massively
unacceptable? behaviour of some of
his squad members, adding: ?I?ve not
seen some of those things.?
Whether either will be in charge
next season is, for now, unclear.
R ATI N G S
Swansea City (4-4-2): L Fabianski 7 ? � Rangel 6,
M Van der Hoorn 5, A Mawson 5, M Olsson 5 ?
N Dyer 5 (sub: S Clucas 68min, 6), A King 7 (sub:
L Britton 58, 7), T Carroll 6, W Routledge 5 (sub:
T Abraham 58, 5) ? A Ayew 6, J Ayew 5.
Substitutes not used K Nordfeldt, L Narsingh,
K Naughton, F Fernandez. Booked Van der Hoorn.
Stoke City (4-3-1-2): J Butland 6 ? M Bauer 6,
R Shawcross 6, K Zouma 6, E Pieters 6 ? L Sorenson
7 (sub: S Ireland 76), J Allen 6 (sub: D Fletcher 7, 6),
B N?Diaye 7 ? X Shaqiri 7 ? P Crouch 7, M Diouf 6.
Substitutes not used J Haugaard, G Johnson,
C Adam, G Cameron, T Campbell. Booked Bauer,
Crouch.
Poor
Assured display
Great game
JACK BUTLAND Stoke City
Mins played: 90
Harsh to blame him for the goal, but
had one nervy moment when he let
a shot squirm under his body
JORDAN HENDERSON Liverpool
Mins played: 90
He is finishing the season strongly.
Tactically disciplined and kept
Liverpool on the front foot
NICK POPE Burnley
Mins played: 90
A fine shot-stopper, proving that with
saves from Lys Mousset and Charlie
Daniels, but distribution needs work
JACK CORK Burnley
Mins played: 90
Produced an energetic first-half
display, although his influence faded
as the game wore on
JORDAN PICKFORD Everton
Mins played: 90
No chance with the first goal, the
second went straight through him
and the third was Joe Hart-esque
ERIC DIER Tottenham
Mins played: 90
Not a stand-in centre back based on
this. Struggled in the air and, on one
occasion, idly flicked his leg to clear
GARY CAHILL Chelsea
Mins played: 90
A nightmare afternoon. Playing
regularly again and has plenty of
leadership, but this was miserable
JONJO SHELVEY Newcastle
Mins played: 90
Another impressive performance
from a richly talented player who has
returned to prominence in 2018
RYAN BERTRAND Southampton
Mins played: 81
Standing ovation when he came off
late shows supporters have excused
him from this season?s misery
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK C Palace
Mins played: 90
Looked assured throughout and
capped his display with a hand in
Patrick van Aanholt?s goal
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD L?pool
Mins played: 90
Played a key role in Mohamed Salah?s
opener, driving forward to add
impetus. Excellent defensively, too
JAKE LIVERMORE West Brom
Mins played: 90
Produced an energetic, determined
display that helped keep Albion in the
game before Palace?s late rally
JOHN STONES Man City
Mins played: 90
Looked assured at the back and
came close to scoring with a header
at the other end
HARRY KANE Tottenham
Mins played: 90
Composed, cool finishes but not
always heavily involved and does not
look fully fit and energetic
ASHLEY YOUNG Man Utd
Mins played: 60
His every touch was booed by the
Watford fans, but he still put in an
industrious display
JAMIE VARDY Leicester
Mins played: 90
Just on it. Clinical, aggressive,
quick and sniffed out half-chances
on the counterattack
HARRY MAGUIRE Leicester
Mins played: 90
Pulled all over in the final hour having
earlier made a couple of blocks. Has
steadily improved over the season
RAHEEM STERLING Man City
Mins played: 90
Well contained until Gabriel Jesus?s
arrival from the bench freed him and
he struck a post
JAMES TARKOWSKI Burnley
Mins played: 90
Brave block to stop Josh King?s shot
early in the second half, and was not
to blame for Bournemouth?s winner
MARCUS RASHFORD Man Utd
Mins played: 90
Scored a tap-in but otherwise lacked
confidence and most of his finishing
was poor
FABIAN DELPH Man City
Mins played: 59
Strong and good distribution, but had
his hands full with Dusan Tadic. Taken
off early as City changed shape
OFF THE BENCH
Luke Shaw Man Utd, 30min
DANNY ROSE Tottenham
Mins played: 90
Charged down the left flank with
purpose and menace, and looked
closer to returning to his best after
injuries disrupted his campaign
Adam Lallana Liverpool, 16min
Nathaniel Chalobah Watford, 18min
Dele Alli Tottenham, 16min
Danny Welbeck Arsenal, 23min
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TE A M 燨F燭 H E 燬 E AS O N
Tony Cascarino?s
season review
PLAY E R 燨 F 燭 H E 燬 E ASON
MANAG ER燨F燬 EASON
TIME燭O燝O 燨R燬TAY�
Mo Salah, who just edges it ahead of
Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian is the
heartbeat of all that Manchester City do
but Salah has been superb in the past
few months and could end up a
Champions League winner. Roberto
Firmino has also been exceptional
Pep Guardiola, below. There is so much
money in football that it should not be
factored in when judging managers.
Guardiola made big signings but he has
improved key areas with those buys
and also helped the likes of Raheem
Sterling go to the next level. City are
great to watch and have played some
brilliant football this season. People can
make excuses about how much money
he has spent but he is clearly the best
manager this season. Chris Hughton at
Brighton and Sean Dyche at Burnley
have been excellent and Roy Hodgson
deserves credit for taking over a Crystal
Palace side who were yet to score and
had no points and guide them to 11th.
Jack Wilshere He should stay, as long
as the next Arsenal manager wants him.
1 P Guardiola 2 C Hughton 3 S Dyche
Dejan Lovren A good player
but not good enough if
Liverpool are to challenge
City for the title.
1 M Salah 2 K De Bruyne 3 R Firmino
B EST 燬IG N I NG
Salah obviously stands out but in an
attempt to mix things up I will go for
Ederson, a vital addition at City. Signed
for � million, he must be worth at
least double. Andrew Robertson was a
great buy for Liverpool at � million.
1 Ederson 2 M Salah 3 A Robertson
WOR ST燬 IG N IN G
MY燝OA L 燨F 燭 H E 燬E ASO N Jamie燰ardy爒燱est燘rom
1 Jamie Vardy v West Brom. A great run in behind and fantastic skill to volley the
ball as it drops over his shoulder. 2 Mo Salah v Arsenal. Sprinting away from Arsenal
at Anfield, a great counterattack. 3 Harry Kane v Arsenal. A brilliant header.
Pass/shot
Run without ball
Vardy
Mahrez
Gareth Bale Leave Real Madrid and
come back to the Premier League. He?s
had success in Spain but has fallen out
of favour and they will certainly buy
again this summer after losing the
league to Barcelona. Bale is 29 in July
and is wasting his talent on the bench.
Henderson Fernandinho
Liverpool
Man City
27 games
34 games
52% wins
82% wins
De Bruyne
Man City
37 games
84% wins
Riyad Mahrez It?s time to move on for
the good of him and Leicester.
Salah
Liverpool
36 games
56% wins
Zaha
C Palace
29 games
38% wins
Anthony Martial I really like
him but his demeanour seems
wrong on the pitch, he
doesn?t seem to enjoy his
game and his manager, Jos�
Mourinho, can tell. It?s time
to leave Manchester
United.
No one has played two up front against
the top six and tried to take them on. I
realise target men and direct styles are
not popular these days but it is still so
effective. Burnley are the only side to
have tried and they finished seventh.
I have no plans to leave, says Zaha
Zaha 70, Van Aanholt 78
West燘romwich燗lbion
2
0
Referee J Moss Attendance 25,357
ilfried Zaha confirmed his
commitment to Crystal Palace
after putting them on course
for the final-day victory that
ensured they ended a season
spent fighting against relegation
firmly in mid-table. Roy Hodgson, the
Palace manager, spoke after the win
of the importance of building on their
11th-place finish, and Zaha responded
by insisting that he has no intention
of leaving the club this summer.
The winger, 25, has attracted
interest from a number of top six
clubs including Manchester City, the
W
Premier League champions. ?I have
no plans of leaving,? said the Ivorian,
who put Palace ahead in the 70th
minute before Patrick van Aanholt
added a second. ?I?m enjoying my
football, you can see how much I?m
enjoying it. This is my home and
there?s no reason for me to leave.?
It was exactly what the manager
wants to hear, although the player?s
future will continue to be discussed.
Having succeeded Frank De Boer just
four games into the league campaign,
Hodgson oversaw a remarkable
recovery from the low point of being
without a goal or a point after seven
games and highlighted the need to
recruit well this summer and retain
the club?s best players.
?Football is about thinking on your
feet,? said the manager, describing the
approach required during the
summer. ?But we need a philosophy,
and a clear idea of where we want this
club to go and to build on this. We
mustn?t start thinking that, because
we finished 11th, that?s where we are.
We have to do what Burnley and
Robertson
Liverpool
22 games
64% wins
Wayne Rooney Definitely go, a great
who has had his time in the Premier
League. A move to America would suit.
BIGGEST
DISAPP OINT M ENT �
Hegazi
Crystal燩alace
Walker
Man City
32 games
84% wins
Leicester did and make sure we are
never involved in the relegation fight.?
The defeat was Darren Moore?s first
since being placed in caretaker charge
of West Brom, whose relegation was
confirmed on Tuesday, the day Moore
was named manager of the month for
April. He is expected to learn of his
future at the end of this week, with
Dean Smith, the Brentford manager,
and Michael Appleton, the Leicester
City assistant, also in contention. ?It?s
been an honour and a proud moment
for me, and I?m pleased with the way
we?ve responded,? Moore said.
R ATING S
Crystal Palace (4-4-2): W Hennessey 6 ?
A Wan-Bissaka 7, J Tomkins 6, M Sakho 6, P van
Aanholt 8 (sub: P Souar� 81min) ? Y Cabaye 7,
L Milivojevic 8, J McArthur 7 (sub: C Benteke 69, 5),
R Loftus-Cheek 7 ? A Townsend 6 (sub: Lee Chungyong 84), W Zaha 9. Substitutes not used J Speroni,
J Schlupp, M Kelly, J Riedewald. Booked Tomkins,
McArthur.
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-1-1): B Foster 7 ?
A Nyom 6, C Dawson 7, A Hegazi 6, K Gibbs 6 ?
J Rodriguez 6 (sub: D Sturridge 73), J Livermore 7,
C Brunt 5, J McClean 6 ? G Krychowiak 5 (sub:
N Chadli 63, 5) ? S Rond髇 5 (sub: H Robson-Kanu 71).
Substitutes not used B Myhill, O Burke, G McAuley,
J Leko. Booked Brunt, Dawson, Gibbs.
Firmino
Liverpool
36 games
57% wins
IT ? S 燗 燘 I G 燬 U M M E R 燜O R �
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, left. Chelsea lack inspiration and
power alongside N?Golo Kant� in midfield and I hope
their academy star will finally get his chance after a good
season at Crystal Palace. I hope he goes to the World Cup
with England too. It?s also a big summer for Arsenal, who
don?t just need a new manager but some new players. Jos�
Mourinho also has work to do. He has lost his sidekick Rui
Faria and needs to appease Manchester United fans with
trophies
t
and more attacking football.
Wilfried Zaha He?s one of the
hottest properties in the
league. Does he want to be
adored at his beloved team but
have to fight down the bottom
of the league every season? Or
does he want to be a
Champions League player? He
deserves to be. I would move.
1 W Bony 2 R Sanches 3 D Klaassen
IAN燱INROW
Azpilicueta
Vertonghen
Chelsea
Tottenham
36 games, 54% wins 36 games, 58% wins
Fraser Forster Once in England
contention but is no longer
Southampton?s No 1. Move on.
Swansea have struggled with goals, not
helped by Wiflried Bony?s � million
signing being a complete waste: 15
games, two goals, a total failure. Their
loan deal for Renato Sanches was also a
disaster. Everton paying � million for
Ajax?s Davy Klaassen epitomises a
shocking season on and off the pitch.
Dawson
4-3-3
De Gea
Man Utd
37 games, 65% wins
A 燜INAL燭HOUGH T
1
Dwight McNeil (Burnley) and Axel
Tuanzebe (Manchester United) are the
only players to play just one minute
this season
3 420
,
10 players featured for every minute:
L Dunk, H Maguire, A Mawson,
M Zanka, J Cork, L Fabianski,
M Ryan, J Pickford, J Lossl, A Begovic
FAN?S燰IEW
CRYSTAL PALACE
Chris Waters,
supporters? trust board
member
Describe your season
Typical rollercoaster;
from no points and no
goals after seven
games to the chance of
a top-ten finish.
Your team?s best and
most disappointing
players?
Wilfried Zaha came of
age. Christian Benteke
had a dreadful time.
Rate your manager
9/10. Hodgson led us
from the brink of
despair to a very good
campaign.
Best away fans?
If young English players are going
to get a chance at the highest
level we have to curb
spending. This summer
could involve crazy fees,
with managers desperate
not to be sacked. No one
has the time or chance to play
young players. Look at Marcus
Rashford. Michael Owen and Wayne
Rooney broke into their teams and then
played, making mistakes and improving.
Rashford is on the bench behind Alexis
S醤chez. Unless the spending and thirst
for instant success subsides Rashford,
Phil Foden at Manchester City and
Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Everton will
never get the chance they deserve.
Huddersfield on the
opening day.
Who would you buy
this summer?
A striker that can score
goals.
VAR: for or against?
Against. I am dreading it
in the World Cup. It?s
going to ruin it.
WEST BROMWICH
ALBION
John Homer, chairman of
supporters? club
Describe your season
A disaster, and a real
surprise. With the squad
we had, we thought we
were finally established
as a Premier League side.
Your team?s best and
most disappointing
players?
Craig Dawson has been
?Mr Consistency? again
and Ahmed Hegazi has
had a good first season.
Gareth Barry was the
big disappointment.
Rate your manager
Sacking Tony Pulis was
a mistake. Alan Pardew
was an abject failure
and Darren Moore has
been superb.
Best away fans?
Crystal Palace.
Who would you buy
this summer?
We need somebody
who can score goals in
the Championship ?
maybe Benik Afobe if
the fans can live with
his Wolves links.
VAR: for or against?
Against. It was a fiasco
in our FA Cup game at
Liverpool, even though
we won. It delays the
game too much.
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THE燗LTERNATIVE燩REMIER燣EAGUE燭ABLES
Points爈ost爁rom爓inning爌osition
Points爓on爁rom爈osing爌osition
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Compiled by
Charlie Scott
and Opta
Most燼ssists
West Brom
26
Bournemouth
21
Watford
21
Arsenal
15
Southampton
21
Crystal Palace
15
Leicester
20
Man United
15
Bournemouth
19
Everton
14
Stoke
19
Tottenham
14
Arsenal
18
Chelsea
12
Newcastle
17
Leicester
11
Crystal Palace
16
Stoke
11
Swansea
14
Burnley
11
1 Otamendi (Man City)
2 Xhaka (Arsenal)
3 Fernandinho (Man City)
Liverpool
14
Swansea
10
14
Man City
10
Fewest爌asses
West Ham
Brighton
13
Watford
9
Everton
10
Newcastle
9
Chelsea
10
Liverpool
9
Best爌ass燼ccuracy�%
Burnley
9
West Ham
9
Huddersfield
7
1 Stones (Man City)
2 Christensen (Chelsea)
3 Delph (Man City)
9
Southampton
Man City
5
Brighton
3
Man United
4
West Brom
2
Tottenham
4
Huddersfield
2
Starting燲I燾hanges
1 De Bruyne (Man City)
2 San� (Man City)
3 D Silva (Man City)
4 Sterling (Man City)
Following statistics for players who
have played at least 1,000 minutes
this season
Most爌asses
1 Defoe (B?mouth)
2 Gabbiadini (S?oton)
3 J Murphy (Newcastle)
Worst爌ass燼ccuracy�%
1 Murray (Brighton)
2 Benteke (C Palace)
3 Deeney (Watford)
Minutes燽y燛nglish爌layers
Liverpool
135
Bournemouth
24,202
Most燾hances燾reated
Chelsea
112
Everton
20,884
Man United
106
Burnley
Tottenham
103
West Brom
1 De Bruyne (Man City)
2 Eriksen (Tottenham)
3 F郻regas (Chelsea)
Everton
102
Leicester City
16,725
Most燿ribbles燾ompleted
Man City
99
Swansea City
15,057
Arsenal
98
Southampton
13,696
Huddersfield
97
Crystal Palace
12,888
1 Hazard (Chelsea)
2 Zaha (C Palace)
3 San� (Man City)
Southampton
90
Tottenham Hotspur
12,553
Newcastle
89
Manchester United
11,483
Bournemouth
82
Brighton
11,396
Leicester
82
Newcastle United
10,710
Stoke
78
Liverpool
10,582
Swansea
78
West Ham United
9,563
West Ham
77
Huddersfield Town
9,520
Brighton
74
Stoke City
9,102
Watford
72
Manchester City
8,490
West Brom
69
Watford
7,169
Crystal Palace
64
Arsenal
5,519
Burnley
34
Chelsea
2,764
17,715
16,769
Days爐op爋f爈eague
Goals燽y燛nglish爏corers
Most
fouled
25,143
19,822
Liverpool
19,230
27
Arsenal
1
Everton
21
Huddersfield
1
Manchester United
21
Manchester City
19
Brighton and Hove Albion
14
Southampton
13
Watford
Fewest爏uccessful爌asses
Days爄n爎elegation爖one
West Brom
13
151
Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion
13
138
Stoke
12
121
Newcastle United
Swansea
West Ham United
11
120
West Ham
10
87
Bournemouth
9
76
Southampton
Crystal Palace
8
76
Everton
6
20
Arsenal
Newcastle
6
13
Stoke City
Brighton
Huddersfield Town
4
Huddersfield
Burnley
2
Chelsea
1
Leicester
Most爁ouled爌layer
Most爁ouls
Clubs燽y爀xpected爂oals
Arsenal
Leicester City
1 A Gray (Watford)
= Crouch (Stoke)
3 Gabbiadini (S?oton)
1 Richarlison (Watford)
2 Alli (Tottenham)
3 J Ayew (Swansea)
Man City
Man United
Fewest爐ackles
Richarlison,
Watford
34
Man City
27
Liverpool
1 Ndidi (Leicester)
2 Gueye (Everton)
3 Kant� (Chelsea)
240
39
Bournemouth
Swansea City
Most爐ackles
Most爏uccessful爌asses
Tottenham Hotspur
16
15
11
11
Expected
Actual
Manchester City
80.11
106
Liverpool
73.39
84
Arsenal
69.29
74
Tottenham Hotspur
65.22
74
Manchester United
56.46
68
Stoke
9,215
Chelsea
54.99
62
West Brom
9,565
Crystal Palace
54.40
45
Burnley
9,572
Leicester City
50.61
56
Watford
45.68
44
Most爌enalties
Crystal Palace
10
Everton
8
Man City
8
Fewest爌enalties
1 Milivojevic (C Palace)
2 J Ayew (Swansea)
3 Murray (Leicester)
= Ndidi (Leicester)
Most爌enalties爓on
1 Sterling (Man City)
2 Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
= Zaha (C Palace)
Most爏aves
1 Butland (Stoke)
2 Fabianski (Swansea)
3 Ryan (Brighton)
Newcastle United
41.79
39
Everton
40.93
44
Southampton
40.30
37
Subbed爋n爉ost
Bournemouth
39.20
45
37.79
34
West Ham United
37.03
48
West Brom
36.82
31
1 B Silva (Man City)
2 D Gray (Leicester)
= Sissoko (Tottenham)
= Rashford (Man United)
Brighton
8
Burnley
0
Stoke City
36.75
35
8
West Brom
1
Burnley
32.89
36
7
Swansea
1
Huddersfield Town
31.86
28
Newcastle
1
Swansea City
31.28
28
Most爋ffsides
1 Vardy (Leicester)
2 Kane (Tottenham)
3 Arnautovic (West Ham)
2,825
2,709
2,679
95
158
172
95.83
93.4
93
55.14
56.4
56.64
104
95
90
164
119
85
138
117
113
2
2
3
95
87
84
69
63
60
60
6
4
4
144
137
124
20
18
18
18
44
43
42
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Hamburg?s record goes up in smoke
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GABRIELE�
MARCOTTI
EUROPEAN燜OOTBALL�
CORRESPONDENT�
e know that football is
not a level playing field.
A bit like real life: if you
are born among the elite,
if you have status and
resources, you enjoy
plenty of advantages.
And it takes that much
more for you to screw up to the point
that you hit rock bottom.
Hamburg?s relegation from the
Bundesliga on Saturday offers a case
study in that regard. They were
among German football?s aristocrats,
having been the longest-serving
members of the top flight, everpresent since its creation in 1963.
(Bayern Munich, by contrast, were
only promoted to the top tier of the
Bundesliga two seasons later).
They were so proud of this that a
prominent digital clock in their
57,000-seat ground counted the years,
days, hours, minutes and seconds
they were in the top-tier. On
Saturday, as the inevitability of a drop
became clear, hardcore supporters at
one end of the ground did not wait for
it to stop before pelting the pitch with
black smoke bombs, forcing the
referee to halt the match for 20
minutes. They were lambasted by the
majority of supporters elsewhere at
W
the ground, some of them horrified by
the incivility of their actions, others
almost as embarrassed by their fellow
fans as they were by what unfolded
on the pitch.
Bayern are the only German club
to have been in more European finals
and Hamburg?s average attendance
remains in Europe?s top 20 after
decades in which they ranked in the
top ten. (And the decline has more to
do with other clubs moving into
bigger grounds than fans abandoning
the Volksparkstadion). Hamburg is
the second-largest city in the
European Union?s largest economy
and the closest top-flight club is 80
miles away in Bremen.
These ingredients ought to be more
than enough to maintain Hamburg as
a force, not just in Germany but
Europe-wide too. And yet in each of
the past four seasons, they had flirted
with the drop, twice going to the
relegation play-offs and once
achieving safety on the final day of
the campaign. How did we get here?
There are footballing reasons and
then, perhaps, there is one that?s more
meta. Simply put, the club have made
some spectacularly poor decisions.
Their coach, Christian Titz, was
their third of the campaign and their
eighth in the past four and a half
years. They have let young talent go
(Jonathan Tah and Kerem Demirbay
went on to win Germany caps
elsewhere, Michael Gregoritsch, who
was let go for �million last summer,
is joint sixth in the goal-scoring table,
with one fewer goal than Hamburg?s
top three scorers this year combined)
Ugly scenes, causing the game to be halted for 20 minutes, marked Hamburg?s
departure from the Bundesliga having been ever present since its launch in 1963
and overpaid for players who turned
out to be ordinary.
Indeed, resources have not been
the problem, it?s how they have been
spent. Hamburg?s revenues are well
over �0 million a season, placing
them squarely in the middle of the
Bundesliga pack, just as they have
been in the middle of the pack in
terms of net spend and wage bill. And
this is despite a lack of revenue from
European football and poor league
showings, which have meant less
prize money. It has simply been a case
of bad stewardship, time and again.
The other factor is broader and
linked to Germany?s ?fifty plus one?
rule, which states that ? with a few
exceptions that were grandfathered in
for historical reasons ? no single
investor can own a majority of a club.
Hamburg do have a wealthy
benefactor. Klaus-Michael K黨ne is a
shipping magnate worth more than
� billion. But the club?s statutes are
even more stringent than the ?fifty
plus one?, barring individual investors
from holding more than 24.9 per cent
of the shares. As a result K黨ne has
pumped well in excess of � million
into the club in the form of direct
investment and low-interest loans,
without ever really having much say.
In fact, Hamburg?s bye-laws mean
that decisions are made at board level
involving a large, and diffuse, group of
people, most of them fan-appointed.
This results in a process that is very
democratic but often unwieldy, slow
and ? crucially for a football club ?
leaky. It?s difficult for the club to
move quietly when it comes to
scouting or negotiating transfers,
sometimes because too many people
are ?in the loop? and information
comes out which sabotages deals.
K黨ne could also say that it?s
tougher to take the sort of decisive
action necessary in a cut-throat
business. Democracy is a wonderful
thing when it comes to government,
but in business sometimes a top-down
dictatorship works better.
Clubs such as Leipzig and
Hoffenheim have circumvented the
?fifty plus one? rule to varying
degrees and have benefited from it.
Others, such as Wolfsburg and Bayer
Leverkusen, are not subjected to it.
All of them have outperformed
Hamburg, despite being historically
smaller and having far fewer fans.
For a long time, Hamburg were
nicknamed the ?dinosaur? because
they were the ultimate establishment
club. Maybe a little less democracy
and a little more accountability will
keep them from extinction.
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BILL燛DGAR
THE燝AME營N燦UMBERS�
Salah燜C
Mohamed Salah outscored three Premier
League teams this season, the first such case in
top-flight history. The Liverpool forward hit 32
goals, compared with 31 by West Bromwich
Albion and 28 each by Swansea City and
Huddersfield Town. There has only been one
previous player to beat two rival clubs, which
was David McLean, whose 30 goals for
Sheffield Wednesday in 1912-13 outdid Notts
County and Arsenal, who scored 28 and 26
respectively. At the other end of the pitch,
Lewis Dunk, the Brighton & Hove Albion
defender, scored more own goals in the top
division this season (four) than any rival team
(Newcastle United were the highest on three).
He was the first to do so since 1912-13, when
Charlie Betts, of Derby County, recorded two
own goals, while no club recorded more than
one. Liverpool?s 4-0 win over Brighton
yesterday reflected their feast-or-famine
season: all but eight of their 21 league wins
came by at least a three-goal margin, the
highest proportion by any team in the top
flight since 1935-36.
past 85 shots direct from free kicks (56 taken
by Christian Eriksen).
scoring less than one goal per game. The
previous lowest ratio was Liverpool?s 42
goals in 42 games when finishing
fifth in 1970-71.
Welsh爓oe
It?s爈ooking爑p
(as爑sual)爁or燬purss
The bottom four clubs in the final table are the
only Welsh side (Swansea) and the only three
to have had a Welsh manager this season
(Mark Hughes has led Stoke City and
Southampton; Tony Pulis guided West Brom).
For the first time since 1977-78 (when
Leicester, Newcastle United and West Ham
United went down), the relegated trio (West
Brom, Stoke and Swansea) had all been in the
top flight for at least seven consecutive
seasons).
Manchester City have topped the table this
season for 240 days, three times as many days as
Tottenham have managed over the past 50 years
(79 days since 1968)
Most days spent at top of the top flight
since 1968-69
1 Man Utd
Finances燽righten
3,044
2 Liverpool
League clubs are getting their finances in order.
None has fallen into administration since
Coventry City more than five years ago
2,422
3 Chelsea
1,531
League clubs falling into administration
4 Arsenal
15
1,484
Passing爐he爐est牋
954
The past three Premier League champions have
thrived with different approaches
6 Man City
Number of passes by champions
in their title-winning season
12 Norwich
249
9.426
2015-16
Leicester
25,143
16,880
2016-17
Chelsea
2017-18
Man City
Watford爏hut爋ut
Watford, who lost 1-0 to Manchester United at
Old Trafford, did not score away this season
after January 2 (nine matches) ? that is the
earliest final away goal of a campaign by any
top-flight club since 1888-89, when Everton?s
last away goal came on December 28, after
which they only played twice on the road. Of
the 84 ever-present league teams over the past
five seasons, United are among nine to have
failed to score five in a league game in that
time. Jos� Mourinho?s team have spent longer
in second place this season (235 days) than any
side has in a top-flight season. United became
the first team to record an average attendance
seven times higher than a top-division rival
(74,976 to Bournemouth?s 10,640).
Efficient燘urnley
Burnley, with 36 league goals this season, are
the first team to finish in the top seven when
ON
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BOX
2004 to 2013*
5 Leeds
0
*Boston, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Coventry,
Crystal Palace, Darlington, Leeds, Luton, Plymouth,
Portsmouth, Port Vale, Rotherham, Southampton,
Stockport, Wrexham
752
17 Tottenham
79
Fergie爎eplay
Sir Alex Ferguson, a former Rangers player,
drew 5-5 in his last game as Manchester
United manager (against West Brom).
Yesterday, Jimmy Nicholl, a former United
player, drew 5-5 in his last game as Rangers
manager (his caretaker spell ended against
Hibernian).
Foes燼t爐he燿ouble
Based on a fans? survey, 21 pairs of league
clubs view each other as their greatest rivals;
for the first time in English football history
two of those pairs will swap between the top
two divisions at the same time: Swansea
(down) with Cardiff City (up); West Brom
(down) with Wolverhampton Wanderers
(up). West Brom have finished bottom of
the top division four times more than
any other club ? ten to Sheffield
Wednesday?s six.
Cities爏quare爑p
Manchester City and Brechin City
achieved a square number of points this
season ? Pep Guardiola?s team
recorded ten squared (100) and Brechin
two squared (four) in the Scottish
Championship.
Capital�
punishment
In Leicester City?s first and
last games of the season, they
took the lead twice but lost
in north London (4-3 to
Arsenal and 5-4 to
Tottenham
Hotspur).
Spurs have
not scored
from any of their
Today 7.45pm Fulham v Derby
County, Sky Bet Championship playoffs, semi-final, second leg, Sky
Sports Football.
Tomorrow 7pm Bristol City Women
v Chelsea Ladies, Women?s Super
League, BT Sport 1. 7.45pm Aston
Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship
play-offs, semi-final, second leg, Sky
Sports Football.
Wednesday 7.45pm Rotherham
United v Scunthorpe United, League
One play-offs, semi-final, second leg,
Sky Sports Football. Marseilles v
Atletico Madrid, Europa League final,
2013 to now
BT Sport 2. 11.30pm Chapecoense v
Atletico Mineiro, Brazilian Cup,
FreeSports. 1.45am (Thursday
morning): Atletico Paranaense v
Cruzeiro, Brazilian Cup, FreeSports.
Thursday 7.30pm Wolfsburg v
Holsten Kiel, German league play-off,
first leg, BT Sport 2.
7.45pm Exeter City v Lincoln City,
League Two play-offs, semi-final,
second leg, Sky Sports Mix.
Livingston v Partick Thistle, Scottish
Premiership play-offs final, first leg,
BT Sport 1.
Friday 7.45pm Notts County v
Fair燝unner
Dunk, the Brighton
defender, scored
more own goals in
the top flight than
any rival team
Coventry City, League Two play-offs,
semi-final, second leg, Sky Sports
Football.
Saturday 3pm Celtic v Motherwell,
Scottish Cup final, BBC One Scotland/
Sky Sports Football.
5.15pm Manchester United v Chelsea,
FA Cup final, BBC One/BT Sport 2.
6pm New York City v Colorado
Rapids, American league, Sky Sports
Mix. 7pm Bayern Munich v Eintracht
Frankfurt, German Cup final, BT Sport
3. 8pm Portland Timbers v Los
Angeles, American league, Sky
Sports Mix.
P
Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang, the Arsenal
striker, recorded ten times as many goals as
fouls in the league this season (ten to one)
whereas Christian Benteke, the Crystal Palace
striker, committed 16 fouls for every goal (48
to three).
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paper: 1960-61
TV燩ICK燨F�
THE燱EEK
MAN燯TD爒燙HELSEA
Saturday, 5.15pm
BBC One/BT Sport 2
These club meet in the
FA Cup final for the third
time in 25 years.
Sunday 12.15pm Stockton Town v
Thatcham Town, FA Vase final, BT
Sport 1. 3.30pm Partick Thistle v
Livingston, Scottish Premiership
play-offs final, second leg, BT Sport 2.
4.10pm Hibernian Ladies v Celtic
Ladies, Scottish Women?s Premier
League Cup final, BBC ALBA.
4.15pm Brackley Town v Bromley,
FA Trophy final, BT Sport 1.
6.15pm European Under-17
Championship final, teams tbd, ITV4.
9pm Chicago Fire v Houston
Dynamo, American league, Sky
Sports Mix.
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Bruce: Terry
has changed
a toxic squad
GEORGE燙AULKIN
Middlesbrough
0
Aston燰illa�
1
Jedinak 15
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Referee R Madley Attendance 29,233
hey soaked it up, stood their
ground and came back for
more, a grand old club too
often associated with
flakiness and failure, now a
model of rocksteady
resilience. With half of half a
job done and under a
manager who has waded through a
?shit, horrible three months? of
personal anguish, Aston Villa are not
in the market for premature selfcongratulation, but their difference is
worthy of recognition.
Villa took everything thrown at
them by Middlesbrough, scored
through Mile Jedinak and defended
brilliantly, inspired by the leadership
of John Terry and, at the other end of
his career, by Jack Grealish and his
imagination. It gives them the
narrowest of slender leads ahead of
tomorrow?s second leg, but what was
noticeable was their patience.
As Steve Bruce said, Grealish was
the ?outstanding player,? but it has
taken too long for his potential to be
given the foundation it required.
Terry has provided guidance, an
example. ?It wasn?t just on the pitch
that I needed John,? Bruce, the Villa
manager, said. ?It was to deal with the
dressing-room and it has been toxic
for years. It was important people like
Grealish could see someone: this is
how you do it, the way you look after
yourself, this is what you prepare for.
?It is all right a manager bleating at
T
them but by the time Jack was 21 he
has had seven managers all telling
him different shit. When you hear it
from a top pro . . . It?s a cultural change.
It is important Grealish has stability
and a focus to achieve.?
When Bruce was appointed in 2016,
he became Villa?s eighth permanent
manager in six years. In unpromising,
restless circumstances, he has
stripped the farcical from Villa?s
make-up, recovering from a testing
start to the season and battling
through the death of both parents.
Bruce will not look back on this
season with any fondness ? toiling
up and down the motorway to be with
his family on Tyneside has taken a
heavy toll ? but he is two games
away from a fifth promotion to the
Premier League. Football is a release.
?What I have to do is concentrate on
the game,? he said. ?That?s what my
mum and dad would have wanted, for
me to get on with it. I can hear them
now, ?Roll your sleeves up?. ?
Bruce?s situation has brought
perspective to a club which had
abandoned it. ?We want to do it for
our gaffer because he?s been through
a hard time,? Albert Adomah said. ?I
know this victory can?t bring anyone
back, but at least we?ve put some joy
on his face.?
Middlesbrough must improve at
Villa Park. Their concession from
Grealish?s corner will have caused
teeth to grind. ?Now it?s crunch time,?
Ben Gibson, their captain, said.
NICK POTTS/PA
Morris, far right, sparked jubilant
scenes after he scored the only goal
to seal Shrewsbury?s place in the
League One play-off final
Shrewsbury hope to break their Wembley duck
IAN燱HITTELL
Shrewsbury燭own�
Morris 58
0
?
2
harlton Athletic supporters had
Charlton燗thletic�
Shrewsbury win 2-0 on aggregate
Referee J Simpson Attendance 9,016
TEAMS
Middlesbrough (4-3-3): D Randolph ? R Shotton,
B Gibson, D Ayala (sub: F醔io 64min), G Friend ?
J Howson, A Clayton, M Besic ? A Traor�,
B Assombalonga (sub: P Bamford 76), S Downing.
Substitutes not used D Konstantopoulos,
G Leadbitter, M Cranie, D Fry, J Harrison.
Booked Friend, Gibson.
Aston Villa (4-1-4-1): S Johnstone ? A Elmohamady
(sub: G Whelan 88), J Chester, J Terry, A Hutton ?
M Jedinak ? R Snodgrass, C Hourihane, J Grealish,
A Adomah (sub: J Kodjia 71) ? L Grabban (sub:
B Bjarnason 81). Substitutes not used M Bunn,
C Samba, S Hogan, J Onomah. Booked Hourihane,
Snodgrass.
1
C
to be held back by police after
the goal that sealed Shrewsbury
Town?s second trip to Wembley
this season.
Police and stewards raced to hold
people in the away end back after
several dozen home fans ran on to the
pitch following the only goal of the
second leg, scored in the 58th minute
by the on-loan Norwich City striker
Carlton Morris
But there were joyous scenes at the
end of the match, when home fans
flooded on to the pitch to celebrate
Shrewsbury?s advance to the League
One play-off final. They will be
hoping to end their Wembley hoodoo
after four defeats there ? including
losing the Football League Trophy
final to Lincoln City last month.
Paul Hurst, the Shrewsbury
manager, said: ?I?m delighted and
there were some great scenes at the
end. I stayed on the pitch and one fan
gave me a kiss. I turned to the side
and he wanted to give me another
one. I wasn?t overly keen.?
Lee Bowyer, Charlton?s caretaker
manager, said that he would only stay
at the club if he was offered the
manager?s job full-time. ?Were
Shrewsbury the better side over two
legs? I don?t think so,? Bowyer said.
Coventry燿efender爉ay爉iss爎eturn爈eg燼fter�stamp?
MIKE燱HALLEY,燬TEVE燤ADELEY
Both first legs of the Sky Bet League
Two play-offs ended in tension-filled
stalemates. Coventry City?s 1-1 draw
with Notts County was also controversial and they could be without their defender Tom Davies for the second
game after he appeared to stamp on an
opponent.
Davies was spotted by Sky Sports?
cameras standing on the shin of Richard Duffy, County?s captain, in the
21st-minute. Duffy revealed afterwards that the Coventry centre back
had apologised, while claiming that it
was an accident.
The FA, though, is expected to review the incident, which was missed by
the referee Gavin Ward, and a suspension would rule Davies out of Friday?s
second leg at Meadow Lane. Duffy
said: ?If the TV shows there was intent,
that?s for the people upstairs to deal
with. I thought it was a bit naughty at
the time but he said he didn?t mean it.?
Ward, who had a poor match,
angered the visitors by awarding a late
penalty against them, ruling that Matt
Tootle had fouled Tom Bayliss, even
though the Notts County right back
won the ball and appeared to make
minimal contact with his opponent.
Marc McNulty converted for his 27th
goal of the season, equalising Forte?s
sublime dragged back-heel opener,
and keeping Mark Robins?s side in the
tie.
After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Lincoln City will travel to Exeter City
needing to win if they are to reach
Wembley again. But, after two years of
denying the odds, Danny Cowley?s side
Davies, the Coventry defender, tangles
with Duffy, the Notts County captain
are unlikely to be daunted. This is the
club that has won promotion back to
the EFL and the Checkatrade Trophy,
collected League One, Championship
and Premier League scalps in the FA
Cup and won a legion of admirers.
?We went to Wembley and everybody said we couldn?t beat Shrewsbury
[in the Checkatrade Trophy],? said
Matt Rhead, the forward who has been
a key figure in the Cowley brothers? revitalisation of a flagging club.
?People said last year that we
couldn?t beat Premier League teams
and we did, so we?re better as the underdog.
?That?s the main strength of our
team. When the big games have come
along we?ve turned up and put big performances in and this will be no different.?
Lincoln could have had one foot in
the final but for two fine saves from
Exeter?s Christy Pym, while only the
crossbar denied Rhead with a secondhalf header. Now Paul Tisdale?s side,
who finished three places ahead of
Lincoln in League Two, will fancy their
chances of a return to Wembley, where
they lost to Blackpool last year.
Shrewsbury, who led 1-0 from the
first leg, doubled their advantage
when Morris slammed home after
Shaun Whalley?s cut back. They will
face either Rotherham United or
Scunthorpe United in the final. The
sides drew 2-2 in the first leg at
Glanford Park on Saturday.
Cameron McGeehan, a midfielder
signed on loan from Barnsley in
January by Scunthorpe?s former
manager Graham Alexander, scored
his first goal for the club in the 88th
minute to bring the tie level. Jon
Taylor put Rotherham in front before
Michael Ihiekwe put through his own
net within a minute.
Joe Newell restored the visitors?
lead with his first touch of the game
after coming off the bench, before
McGeehan had the final say,
scrambling home an equaliser to
leave the tie delicately poised going
into second leg on Wednesday.
T H E 燩 L AY� O FFS �
T H I S 燱 E E K �
Today
Championship, second leg
Fulham (0) v Derby (1) 7.45pm
Tomorrow
Championship, second leg
Aston Villa (1) v Middlesbrough (0)
7.45pm
Wednesday
League One, second leg
Rotherham United (2) v Scunthorpe
United (2) 7.45pm
Thursday
League Two, second leg
Exeter C (0) v Lincoln C (0) 7.45pm
Friday
League Two, second leg
Notts County (1) v Coventry City (1)
7.45pm
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THE燡OURNEYMAN
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he sight of Micky Mellon and his
triumphant Tranmere Rovers team
tearing off towards the white army of
supporters inside Wembley at the end
of a tumultuous National League
play-off final on Saturday, limbs
flailing wildly, bodies clashing then
embracing, painted an ebullient
picture of promotion via the play-offs.
And what a way to do it. In such settings a
season?s labour can rest on a mere fraction of a
second and when Liam Ridehalgh, the
Tranmere left back, was shown a red card after
54 seconds for a lunging challenge on Ricky
Shakes, a truly gargantuan task lay before the
Birkenhead side.
A thunderous sixth-minute Andy Cook
header gave them something to hold on to; the
bottle that struck Josh Ginnelly, the Tranmere
winger, in the ensuing celebrations added
further to the drama. And after calm had
finally descended, and Bruno Andrade had
levelled the scores in first-half injury-time, a
gutsy Tranmere, roared on by their vociferous
following, found the winner with ten minutes
remaining through James Norwood?s header
to cue scenes of delirium.
There is something unique about promotion
from the National to the Football League.
Something about the desperation with which
fallen League clubs clamour for that solitary
automatic promotion spot each year, yet so
often flounder against the relative minnows
that populate the fifth tier. And something
about the overriding sense of relief that
T
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quickly descends on a jubilant winner on this
stage such as Tranmere.
Some may scoff at this suggestion, perhaps,
but this promotion is arguably just as
transformative as ascending from the
Championship to the Premier League. The
sense of ascending to a new ecosystem, of
joining a very different cohort. In relative
terms, of course, it can be just as significant
and, on a practical level, for those involved
perhaps even more cathartic.
Cutbacks since Tranmere suffered
successive relegations from League One to the
National League in 2015 have led to job losses
at Prenton Park. And, after losing the same
final to Forest Green Rovers last year, Mellon
did not try to conceal how much of a burden
had been lifted.
?There was going to be more who would
have lost their jobs over the coming weeks if
we hadn?t pulled that off today, which is
obviously a little bit of added pressure,? Mellon
said. ?But we?ve managed to get over the line
and it means so much for the Wirral, and for
football, because it?s a real strong footballing
area.?
While the business acumen of Mark Palios
and his wife Nicola, who bought the club in
2014, has steadied the ship and seen nonmatchday revenue increase, it has been
Age 19
Clubs Tranmere Rovers
Attributes Rangy,
athletic, strong defender
Has there been any
interest?
Wigan Athletic were one
of several clubs thought
to have shown interest in
the highly rated full back
in January
impossible to avoid the harsh realities of life
outside the 92. In March, Tranmere were
forced to close their academy, which cost
about �0,000 a year to run, having lost six
of their most talented players to clubs in the
North West in the previous 12 months.
?We were getting picked off,? Mellon, a
former midfielder for Tranmere over two
spells, said. ?We?ve always had a very, very
strong youth at Tranmere, but we were losing
that because nobody wanted to come and play
what we call non-League. The local talent
wanted to go to the League clubs. That?ll
change now. We?ll be able to compete again
for that League talent.?
Then there are Tranmere?s players, the
majority of whom have tasted League football
only fleetingly, who for three seasons have
laboured under the weight of expectation of
the club and its loyal fanbase. Norwood, 27,
played four times for Exeter City as a teenager
between 2009 and 2010, and since dropping
in to the fifth tier has plundered 101 goals
in 281 National League games for Forest
Green Rovers and Tranmere.
?I believe I?ve had the ability [to play
in the Football League] for years now,?
Norwood, who also provided the cross
for Tranmere?s opener, said. ?I just
haven?t had the lucky break. I?d say the
majority of our team is more than
capable of playing in the League.
?It?s been frustrating, when you believe
in yourself and think what you?re doing
deserves a reward, and you don?t get it. But
I?ve made some great friends and I?ve
experienced something today that I may
never have. I?ve won at Wembley and I?ve
been promoted. If I?d gone [into the League]
Tranmere
celebrate
their National
League escape
wildly while,
below, Garrard,
the Boreham
Wood manager,
consoles Tom
Champion
when I was younger I may never have
experienced this, met the lads I?ve met, had
the experiences that I have. Would you change
it? I don?t think I would after this.?
Still, there will be considerable relief at the
prospect of no more trips to Dover Athletic or
Barrow or, no disrespect, Boreham Wood, the
beaten finalists with the division?s smallest
crowds who have had an extraordinary season
but whose emotions and outlook, had they
won on Saturday, would have been very
different. ?Respect to Micky Mellon and his
side,? an immensely proud Luke Garrard, the
Boreham Wood, manager, said. ?They?re the
biggest side in the National League and quite
rightly they should be out of this level.?
And so for the club that came tantalisingly
close to reaching the Premier League in the
90s, reaching three consecutive play-offs,
and were League Cup finalists as recently
as 2000, the shadow of ignominy that
even the finest flourishes of form can
never truly dissipate, has now been lifted.
?It changes everything,? Norwood said.
?We have jokes about the balls that we
play with; lads who have come down
from the League say they can?t kick
them. You?re on the Football League
Show, the funding the club gets from
the League . . . There?s so many different
things.
t
?We talked the whole way down about
how we could not lose today. No matter what
happened we weren?t walking away from here,
losing again and spending another season in
the [National League].
?It?s so big for the club. I don?t think anyone
but the fans and the people that surround this
club realise how big it is.?
Report
A product of the Rovers
academy, was brought on
in the ninth minute to fill
the hole left by fellow left
back Liam Ridehalgh,
who was dismissed inside
the opening minute on
Saturday ? a daunting
prospect for a young
player making the 15th
appearance of his career.
Clarke, who made his
debut in a 2-1 defeat
away to Aldershot Town
in October, two months
before his 19th birthday,
slotted into Tranmere?s
besieged back four
seamlessly, however, and
appeared unflustered by
the magnitude of the
occasion. He defended
resolutely in numerous
one-on-one situations
and made surging
forward runs with the
ball, particularly in the
first half.
Joining in attacks is
clearly a strong feature of
his game ? he has three
assists this season ?
although opportunities to
do so were rare on
Saturday.
James Norwood, the
Tranmere striker, said on
Saturday that Clarke
could follow in the
footsteps of former
Prenton Park favourite
Aaron Creswell and one
day play for England.
When asked about
speculation surrounding
his future, in January,
Clarke said: ?I am just at
the stage where I want to
progress as a footballer. If
an offer came in that was
big enough, then
Tranmere would
obviously not decline it,
but at the moment I just
want to learn and I am
learning perfectly at
Tranmere.?
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Vieira: Pep has
set standard for
City globally
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atrick Vieira is attempting to
illustrate Manchester City?s
global standing with a piece
of paper and three pens.
?Manchester United and
Liverpool are here,? the
manager of City?s American
sister club, New York City
FC, says pointing to the top of his
notepad before sliding a finger down
the page. ?We are here,? he adds. ?But
we can reach the top.?
While the aforementioned Premier
League rivals certainly possess
significantly larger fanbases in key
market areas such as the Far East and
United States, City?s quest to
gatecrash the party is relentless. The
rich, trophy-laden histories emanating
from Old Trafford and Anfield are
impossible to recreate, no matter how
much money is available from the
club?s powerbrokers in Abu Dhabi.
History cannot be brought.
The City Football Group (CFG),
however, continues to plough its own
furrow towards the apex of world
football. The unveiling last month of
its MLS team?s new training facility in
Orangeburg, New York, 25 miles
north of Manhattan, is another step
towards the mission of establishing
the new Premier League champions
and their affiliates as a truly global
brand.
The first permanent structure since
the creation of the MLS franchise in
2013 mirrors similar strongholds in
Manchester and Melbourne,
Australia. Further links have been
established: a 20 per cent stake of the
Yokohama Marinos in Japan was
purchased in 2014, while a 44 per cent
share of La Liga side Girona, whose
majority shareholders are led by Pere
Guardiola, brother of Pep, was sealed
in August.
Four months earlier, CFG snapped
up the Uruguayan side Club Atl閠ico
Torque. A move into China (the
investment group China Media
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CLUBS燨WNED
BY燙IT Y燝ROUP
Manchester City
Taken over in 2008
Value: �0 million
Honours since CFG
involvement: Three Premier
League titles, three League Cups
and one FA Cup.
Squad value: �0 million
City are able to
keep a close eye
on Herrera, on loan
at a New York side
managed by Vieira,
inset, through their
global network
New York City FC
Founded by CFG in 2013
Value: � million
Honours since CFG
involvement: None
Squad value: � million
Melbourne City
Bought by CFG in 2014
Value: �million
Honours since CFG
involvement: FFA Cup winners 2017
Squad value: � million
Yokohama F. Marinos
Bought by CFG in 2014
(20 per cent stake)
Value: � million
Honours since CFG involvement:
None
Squad value: � million
Club Atl閠ico Torque
Bought by CFG in 2017
Value: �million
Honours since CFG
involvement : Promotion to
Uruguayan Premier Division in 2017
Squad value: �million
Girona FC
Bought by CFG in 2017
(44 per cent stake)
Value: � million
Honours since CFG involvement:
None
Squad value: � million
Capital owns 13 per cent of CFG) has
been mooted while there are strong
women?s teams in Manchester and
Melbourne.
CFG has more than 1,000 players at
its disposal. The net is everexpanding, although the aim remains
to bring everyone closer together.
The architect who built City?s
sprawling training campus in
Manchester was summoned to help
design the impressive, state-of-the-art
facility which David Villa, the former
Barcelona forward, describes as the
?best I have ever used?.
A video-camera system used by
NYCFC?s analysts can be logged into
and used instantaneously by
colleagues in Manchester or
Melbourne. Players are scouted,
observations shared. In the case of
Yangel Herrera, the Venezuelan
midfielder who was signed by
Manchester City last January and
immediately sent to New York on
loan, progress can be monitored.
This functional family of clubs
around the globe serve as a sounding
board, on and off the pitch, down to
the most granular detail ? City?s
long-serving laundry woman in
Manchester was consulted when
plans were being drawn up for the kit
room in New York.
Establishing strong links via feeder
clubs is nothing new, yet no one in
world football is laying down a
network like CFG, whose chief
executive Ferran Soriano, formerly of
Barcelona, floated the idea in Spain
before getting the green light in
be
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can have visibility on all continents,
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which is rare in our football world,?
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Vieira says.
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Nothing, of course, would be
possible without the money from Abu
Dhabi ? well more than �billion has
already been ploughed into their
football interests following the
takeover of City in 2008. The well
never dries. ?I thank the club every
day,? Villa says. ?And, every player
should do the same.?
What happens on the pitch,
however, is equally important. Pep
Guardiola?s swashbuckling Premier
League, title-winning team have the
kind of flair that CFG needs to help
the soccer-crazed masses
acknowledge the blue half of
Manchester as a serious global force.
?City are the main team, so they
will drive the other teams to do well ,?
Vieira, who arrived in New York via
Manchester City?s academy, says. He
is another example of the natural
fluidity on show within CFG?s
framework. ?Winning the title and
doing well in Europe is, of course,
important, but perhaps more than
that is the way they play football.
People are noticing that maybe more
than winning the League. And that is
because of Pep. I think that [the style]
makes you win more fans.?
Guardiola?s squad will train at the
Etihad Academy, which is situated
across the road from a long-standing
local youth academy, who will benefit
immensely from their arrival (NYCFC
donated $250,000 to the town to put
towards infrastructure, and have been
welcomed with open arms), during
their three-match US tour in July.
Yet while the 17-acre facility sets the
standard in the ever-changing US
soccer landscape, CFG?s aspirations,
circumnavigate the globe.
?I had the experience of being in
Italy, France and England,? Vieira
says, ?but, I have to be honest, the
way City think and work is different.
They raise the level of how to do
business and how to be creative. I
think they came out with a new idea
? having all these teams, using
Etihad as their main sponsor, so I
think they have a different way of
bringing new ideas about how you
can make business.?
CFG is undoubtedly making
progress ? Manchester City have
been named in Deloitte?s ?Football
Money League? top-five for the past
two years ? with revenue on an
upwards trajectory (�5 million in
2017, up from �2 million in 2016).
Yet a quick glance at the number of
Twitter followers gives a small,
though significant, idea of the size of
the battle ahead. City have a
following of 6.25 million compared
with Manchester United?s 18.3 million.
Real Madrid and Barcelona boast
more than 29 million each.
?Competing against United or
Liverpool in places like Malaysia is
difficult because they are already big
brands,? Vieira says. ?But, we are
working in a way to at least get really
close to them.?
Arsenal?s Amaechi scores but misses semi-final with booking
ROBERT燚UNFORD
Norway燯nder�
0
England燯nder�
2
Duncan 14, Amaechi 49
Referee J Frischer (Estonia)
avier Amaechi, the Arsenal
winger, scored one of the goals
that ensured his side claimed a
place in the European Under-17
Championship semi-finals but
then collected a booking that keeps
him out of the tie on Thursday.
Amaechi struck England?s second
goal in the 49th minute in yesterday?s
quarter-final at Burton Albion?s Pirelli
Stadium after Bobby Duncan, the
16-year-old Manchester City forward
X
who is the cousin of Rangers manager
Steven Gerrard, had struck before
half-time.
England will meet Ireland or
Holland in the last four but Amaechi
will miss the game through
suspension, as will Ethan Laird, the
Manchester United defender, but
Steve Cooper, the England manager,
was full of praise for his squad. ?Twonil, with a clean sheet, I thought we
were the better team. We played the
better football and we had lots of
control in the game,? he said.
England looked a different side
from the one that almost went out of
the tournament at the hands of
Switzerland in the group stages,
taking a deserved lead when Duncan
glanced in a header from a Nathanael
Ogbeta cross.
Duncan then turned provider with
a cut-back for Amaechi to slot home
the second.
TEAMS
Norway U17 (4-3-3): R Sandberg ? L Cornic (sub:
O Aga 66min), J Valberg, H Hauso, O Kolskogen ?
S Christiansen (sub: K Askildsen 41), T Rekdal,
J Kitolano, K Hansen, N Holm, J Baccay.
England U17 (3-5-2): L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham) ?
E Laird (Man Utd), N Ogbeta (Man City) (sub:
R Tulloch, West Brom, 64), AJ Alese (West Ham) ?
V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield),
X Amaechi (Arsenal), J Garner (Man Utd), B Saka
(Arsenal) ? A Appiah (Nottm Forest) (sub: F Anjorin,
Chelsea, 51), B Duncan (unattached) (sub: F Balogun,
Arsenal, 74). Substitutes not used M Dewhurst
(Sheff Utd), D Crowe (Fulham), T John-Jules (Arsenal),
E Dixon-Bonner (Liverpool), T Coyle (Arsenal).
Booked Amaechi, Laird.
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GOALS,燭ABLES,燬TATS:燭HE燯LTIMATE燫ESULTS燬ERVICE�
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P REMIE R 燣 E AG U E
H O ME
AWAY
W
P W D
1 Man City (C)..............38 16 2
L F A W D
1 61 14 16 2
L F A GD Pts
1 45 13 79 100
W
2 Man United...............38 15
2
2 38
9 10
4
5 30 19 40 81
Y
3 Tottenham................38 13
4
2 40 16 10
4
5 34 20 38 77
Z
4 Liverpool...................38 12
7 0 45 10
9
5
5 39 28 46 75
W
5 Chelsea......................38 11
4
4 30 16 10
3
6 32 22 24 70
W
6 Arsenal......................38 15
2
2 54 20
4
4 11 20 31 23 63
W
7 Burnley......................38
7
5
7 16 17
7
7
W
8 Everton......................38 10
4
5 28 22
3
6 10 16 36 -14 49
W
9 Leicester....................38
7
6
6 25 22
5
5
W 10Newcastle.................38
8
4
7 21 17
4
4 11 18 30 -8 44
W
11 Crystal Palace..........38
7
5
7 29 27
4
6
9 16 28 -10 44
W 12 Bournemouth..........38
7
5
7 26 30
4
6
9 19 31 -16 44
Y 13 West Ham..................38
7
6
6 24 26
3
6 10 24 42 -20 42
Z 14 Watford.....................38
7
6
6 27 31
4
2 13 17 33 -20 41
Z 15 Brighton....................38
7
8
4 24 25
2
5 12 10 29 -20 40
W 16 Huddersfield............38
6
5
8 16 25
3
5 11 12 33 -30 37
W 17 Southampton...........38
4
7
8 20 26
3
8
W 18 Swansea (R)..............38
6
3 10 17 24
2
6 11 11 32 -28 33
Y 19 Stoke (R)....................38
5
5
9 20 30
2
7 10 15 38 -33 33
Z 20West Brom (R)..........38
3
9
7 21 29
3
4 12 10 27 -25 31
Maclaren stabs home an injury-time
goal to complete his hat-trick and
earn Hibs a 5-5 draw with Rangers
R ES ULTS
(1) 1
Burnley
Wood 39
20,720
Crystal Palace (0) 2
Zaha 70
Van Aanholt 78
Huddersfield
24,122
5 20 22 -3 54
(0) 0
Liverpool
(2) 4
Salah 26, Lovren 40
Solanke 53
Robertson 85
9 31 38 -4 47
8 17 30 -19 36
Bournemouth (0) 2
King 74
Wilson 90+3
(0) 0
West Brom
25,357
Arsenal
(1) 1
Aubameyang 38
Brighton
50,752
(0) 0
Man Utd
Rashford 34
(1) 1
Watford
75,049
(0) 0
Newcastle
Gayle 23
P閞ez 59, 63
(1) 3
Chelsea
52,294
(0) 0
Southampton
31,882
(0) 0
Man City
Jesus 90+4
(0) 1
Swansea
King 14
20,673
(1) 1
Stoke
Ndiaye 31
Crouch 41
(2) 2
Tottenham
Kane 7, 76
Fuchs (og) 53
Lamela 49, 60
(1) 5
Leicester
(2) 4
Vardy 4, 73, Mahrez 16
Iheanacho 47
77,841
West Ham
Lanzini 39, 82
Arnautovic 63
(1) 3
Everton
Niasse 74
56,926
blown away as Flo
Kamberi, Scott Allan
and Maclaren put
Hibs 3-0 up.
But the visitors
mounted a stunning
fightback with strikes
from James
Tavernier, Jordan
Rossiter, Bruno
Alv閟, Jason Holt
and Josh Windass to
make it 5-3. Two
more Maclaren goals
left it all-square.
Neil Lennon was
back in the Hibs
Rangers
denied in
thriller
amie
Maclaren?s
stoppage-time
equaliser
denied Rangers
a famous victory in a
breathless 5-5 draw
at Easter Road.
Rangers looked
like they would be
J
(0) 1
dug-out after his
midweek threat to
quit ? and he
looked far happier at
full time after racing
on to the pitch to
celebrate Maclaren?s
late leveller.
Rangers had to
better Aberdeen?s
result at Celtic Park
to claim second spot
but it was Derek
McInnes?s team who
finished runners-up
after a 1-0 win in
Glasgow.
OTHER燫ESULTS,燭ABLES燗ND燜IX TURES
Sky Bet play-off semi-finals
first leg
Championship
Middlesbrough(0) 0
Aston Villa
29,233
Jedinak 15
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Celtic
(1) 1
(0) 0
(0) 0
League One
(1) 2
Ihiekwe 18 (og)
McGeehan 88
6,591
Rotherham
(1) 2
Taylor 17
Newell 64
Second leg
Shrewsbury
(0) 1
Charlton
(0) 0
Morris 58
9,016
(Shrewsbury won 2-0 on aggregate)
(0) 1
Forte 49
Lincoln City
Exeter
(0) 0
(0) 0
Vanarama National League
Play-off finals
Tranmere
(1) 2
Andrade 45+8
Cook 6
16,306
Norwood 80
Sent off: L Ridehalgh (Tranmere) 1
(at Wembley Stadium)
North
Harrogate
(2) 3
Knowles 26, 40
Leesley 71
Brackley
(0) 0
3,000
Kretzschmar 8
Grant 45
3,127
(aet: Braintree won 5-4 on penalties)
(3) 5
(1) 1
Hearts
(1) 1
Peterhead
(0) 1
Stenhousemuir(0) 0
McLean 54
880
Sent off: D McCracken (Peterhead) 66,
J Leitch (Peterhead) 90+2
(Stenhousemuir won 2-1 on aggregate)
League Two
Cowdenbeath (1) 3
Cove Rangers (2) 2
Swann 7 (pen), 50
Megginson 9, 22
Smith 70
1,762
Sent off: P McManus (Cove) 90+2, S Ross
(Cove) 90+7, E Watson (Cove) 90+8
(Cowdenbeath won 3-2 on aggregate)
Women?s Super League One
(1) 3
Hamilton Acad(0) 0
St Johnstone (0) 1
Ross County (1) 1
Wotherspoon 90+2
3,279
Curran 3
P
Celtic (C).............38
Aberdeen.............38
Rangers...............38
Hibernian ............ 38
Kilmarnock..........38
Hearts.................38
Motherwell ......... 38
St Johnstone.......38
Dundee................38
Hamilton Acad....38
Partick Thistle....38
Ross County (R) . 38
1,115
Play-off finals, second leg
League One
(0) 0
Ciftci 31, 70
Aldred 73
4,699
Dumbarton
Braintree
Rangers
W
24
22
21
18
16
12
13
12
11
9
8
6
D
10
7
7
13
11
13
9
10
6
6
9
11
L
4
9
10
7
11
13
16
16
21
23
21
21
F
73
56
76
62
49
39
43
42
36
47
31
40
A
25
37
50
46
47
39
49
53
57
68
61
62
GD Pts
48 82
19 73
26 70
16 67
2 59
0 49
-6 48
-11 46
-21 39
-21 33
-30 33
-22 29
Play-off semi-final, second leg
Championship
South
Hampton & R (1) 1
(3) 5
Kamberi 10 (pen)
Tavernier 25
Allan 19
Rossiter 27, Alves 40
Maclaren 22, 70 90+3 Holt 54, Windass 68
19,579
Sent off: J Holt (Rangers) 85
Motherwell
9,509
Boreham Wood(1) 1
Hibernian
Erwin 10
6,273
Notts County (0) 1
McNulty 87 (pen)
17,404
Partick Thistle(0) 1
Doolan 63
6,756
Kilmarnock
League Two, first leg
Coventry
(0) 1
Considine 47
Sent off: S Logan (Aberdeen) 90+2
Dundee
Scunthorpe
Aberdeen
(0) 0
Alloa
(0) 2
Stewart 90+3
Kirkpatrick 95
(aet: score at 90 mins 1-1; Alloa won 2-1 on
aggregate)
Arsenal 2 Man City 1; Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1;
Reading 3 Liverpool 0; Yeovil 0 Bristol City 2;
Everton 0 Birmingham 3.
Real Betis............37
Seville ................. 37
Getafe.................37
Eibar....................37
Real Sociedad ..... 37
Girona..................37
Alav閟.................37
Celta Vigo ........... 37
Espanyol..............37
Levante...............37
Athletic Bilbao....37
Legan閟...............37
D La Coru馻 (R)..37
Las Palmas (R)...37
M醠aga (R)..........37
18
16
14
14
14
13
15
12
11
11
10
11
6
5
5
6
7
10
8
7
9
2
10
13
13
13
7
11
7
5
13
14
13
15
16
15
20
15
13
13
14
19
20
25
27
58
48
41
42
66
48
40
55
35
42
41
31
37
23
24
58
58
33
48
58
58
49
58
42
54
48
49
74
72
60
0
-10
8
-6
8
-10
-9
-3
-7
-12
-7
-18
-37
-49
-36
60
55
52
50
49
48
47
46
46
46
43
40
29
22
20
Italy: Serie A: Atalanta 1 AC Milan 1;
Benevento 1 Genoa 0; Bologna 1 Chievo 2;
Crotone 2 Lazio 2; Fiorentina 0 Cagliari 1;
Inter Milan1 Sassuolo 2; Roma 0 Juventus 0;
Sampdoria L Napoli L; Torino 2 SPAL 1;
Verona 0 Udinese 1.
Europe
P
Juventus (C).......37
Napoli..................37
Roma...................37
Lazio....................37
Inter Milan..........37
AC Milan ............. 37
Atalanta..............37
Fiorentina ........... 37
Sampdoria...........37
Torino..................37
Sassuolo..............37
Genoa..................37
Bologna...............37
Chievo ................. 37
Udinese...............37
Cagliari................37
SPAL....................37
Crotone ............... 37
Verona (R) .......... 37
Benevento (R) .... 37
Spain: La Liga: Real Sociedad 3 Legan閟 2;
Real Betis 2 Seville 2; Getafe 0 Atletico
Madrid 1; Eibar 1 Las Palmas 0; Girona 0
Valencia 1; Alav閟 3 Athletic Bilbao 1;
Deportivo de La Coru馻 2 Villarreal 4; Real
Madrid 6 Celta Vigo 0; Espanyol 4 Mal醙a 1;
Levante 5 Barcelona 4.
France: Ligue One: Amiens 2 Metz 0; Angers 0
Nantes 2; Bordeaux 4 Toulouse 2; Lille 2 Dijon
1; Monaco 1 St Etienne 0; Montpellier 1
Troyes 1; Nice 4 Caen 1; Paris Saint-Germain
0 Rennes 2; Strasbourg 3 Lyons 2.
P
Barcelona (C)......37
Atletico Madrid...37
Real Madrid.........37
Valencia ............. 37
Villarreal.............37
P
Paris SG (C)........37
Monaco................37
Lyons...................37
Marseilles...........37
Rennes................37
Chelsea
Man City
Reading
Arsenal
Birmingham
Liverpool
Bristol City
Everton
Sunderland
Yeovil
P W
16 11
16 10
17 9
16 9
17 9
17 9
16 5
17 4
16 4
16 0
D
5
2
4
4
2
1
1
2
1
2
L
0
4
4
3
6
7
10
11
11
14
F
39
43
39
30
29
28
12
19
13
1
A
11
17
17
17
17
24
39
27
37
47
Pts
38
32
31
31
29
28
16
14
13
2
League Two
London Bees 2 Sheffield FC 0; Durham 4
Brighton 0; Aston Villa 1 Tottenham 1; Oxford
Utd 1 Watford 2; Millwall 0 Doncaster 1.
W D L
27 9 1
23 9 5
22 9 6
21 7 9
18 6 13
F
98
56
92
63
55
A
29
20
42
37
48
GD Pts
69 90
36 78
50 75
26 70
7 60
W
29
27
22
21
19
17
16
16
16
12
11
11
11
9
11
10
7
9
7
6
D
5
7
8
9
12
10
12
9
6
15
10
8
6
10
4
6
14
8
4
3
L
3
3
7
7
6
10
9
12
15
10
16
18
20
18
22
21
16
20
26
28
F
84
75
60
87
63
50
56
53
55
52
29
32
40
35
47
32
36
39
29
33
W D L F
29 5 3108
23 8 6 82
22 9 6 84
21 11 5 78
16 9 12 49
A
23
28
28
46
28
40
37
41
57
45
58
41
51
59
63
61
58
64
76
83
A
29
45
41
46
43
GD Pts
61 92
47 88
32 74
41 72
35 69
10 61
19 60
12 57
-2 54
7 51
-29 43
-9 41
-11 39
-24 37
-16 37
-29 36
-22 35
-25 35
-47 25
-50 21
GD Pts
79 92
37 77
43 75
32 74
6 57
Nice.....................37
Bordeaux.............37
St Etienne...........37
Montpellier.........37
Nantes.................37
Guingamp............37
Amiens................37
Dijon....................37
Angers.................37
Lille......................37
Strasbourg..........37
Caen .................... 37
Toulouse ............. 37
Troyes (R)...........37
Metz (R)..............37
15
15
14
11
13
12
12
12
9
10
9
10
8
9
6
9
7
10
17
10
11
9
9
14
8
11
7
10
6
8
13
15
13
9
14
14
16
16
14
19
17
20
19
22
23
51
49
42
35
35
47
36
53
41
41
44
27
36
32
34
49
48
50
32
41
57
40
72
50
62
66
52
53
56
72
2
1
-8
3
-6
-10
-4
-19
-9
-21
-22
-25
-17
-24
-38
54
52
52
50
49
47
45
45
41
38
38
37
34
33
26
Germany: Bundesliga: Mainz 1 Werder
Bremen 2; Bayer Leverkusen 3 Hanover 2;
Bayern Munich 1 Stuttgart 4; Schalke 1
Eintracht Frankfurt 0; Hamburg 2 Borussia
M鰊chengladbach 1; Hertha Berlin 2 RB
Leipzig 6; Freiburg 2 Augsburg 0; Hoffenheim
3 Borussia Dortmund 1; Wolfsburg 4 Cologne
1.
P
B Munich (C).......34
Schalke ...............34
Hoffenheim.........34
B Dortmund ........ 34
B Leverkusen......34
RB Leipzig...........34
Stuttgart.............34
E Frankfurt..........34
B M?gladbach......34
Hertha Berlin......34
Werder Bremen..34
Augsburg.............34
Hanover ..............34
Mainz ................. 34
Freiburg...............34
Wolfsburg...........34
Hamburg (R).......34
Cologne (R).........34
W
27
18
15
15
15
15
15
14
13
10
10
10
10
9
8
6
8
5
D
3
9
10
10
10
8
6
7
8
13
12
11
9
9
12
15
7
7
L
4
7
9
9
9
11
13
13
13
11
12
13
15
16
14
13
19
22
F
92
53
66
64
58
57
36
45
47
43
37
43
44
38
32
36
29
35
A
28
37
48
47
44
53
36
45
52
46
40
46
54
52
56
48
53
70
GD Pts
64 84
16 63
18 55
17 55
14 55
4 53
0 51
0 49
-5 47
-3 43
-3 42
-3 41
-10 39
-14 36
-24 36
-12 33
-24 31
-35 22
Fixtures
Kick-off 7.45 unless stated
TODAY
Sky Bet Championship: Play-off, semi-final
second leg: Fulham (0) v Derby (1).
SSE Airtricity Premier Division: Bray v
Waterford; Derry City v Dundalk.
TOMORROW
Sky Bet Championship: Play-off, semi-final
second leg: Aston Villa (1) v Middlesbrough
(0).
SSE Airtricity Premier Division: St Patrick?s
Athletic v Sligo.
Women?s Super League: Bristol City v Chelsea
(7.0).
WEDNESDAY
Europa League Final: Marseilles v Atletico
Madrid (Groupama Stadium, Lyons).
Sky Bet League One: Play-off, semi-final
second leg: Rotherham (2) v Scunthorpe (2).
(7.30).
Women?s Super League: Man City v Yeovil
(7.0); Sunderland v Arsenal (7.0). League
Two: Watford v Sheffield FC.
THURSDAY
Sky Bet League Two: Play-off, semi-final
second leg: Exeter (0) v Lincoln City (0);
Notts County (1) v Coventry (1).
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Play-off
quarter-final, first leg: Livingston v Partick.
SSE Airtricity Premier Division: Bohemians v
Dundalk; Cork City v Bray; St Patricks v Derry
City; Waterford v Limerick.
FRIDAY
Sky Bet League Two: Play-off, semi-final
second leg: Notts County (1) v Coventry (1).
SSE Airtricity Premier Division: SBohemians v
Dundalk; Cork City v Bray; St Patrick?s
Athletic v Derry City; Waterford v Limerick.
SATURDAY
FA Cup final: Chelsea v Man Utd (Wembley
Stadium, 5.15).
William Hill Scottish Cup final: Celtic v
Motherwell (Hampden Park, 3.0).
SSE Airtricity Premier Division: Sligo v
Shamrock Rovers (7.45).
SUNDAY
FA Trophy final: Brackley v Bromley
(Wembley Stadium, 4.15).
FA Vase final: Stockton Town v Thatcham
Town (Wembley Stadium, 12.15).
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Play-off
quarter-final, second leg: Partick v Livingston.
Women?s Super League (12.30): Birmingham
v Reading; Bristol City v Arsenal; Liverpool v
Chelsea; Man City v Everton; Sunderland v
Yeovil.
League Two (2.0): Aston Villa v Sheffield FC;
Brighton v Millwall; Doncaster v Oxford Utd;
Tottenham v London Bees; Watford v
Durham.
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the times | Monday May 14 2018
1G G
MATTHEW燬YED
If燛ngland燼re爐o爏ucceed,燬outhgate�
must爎oot爋ut燾liques爓ithin爃is爏quad
he European Launcher Development
Organisation (Eldo) was Europe?s
equivalent of Nasa. It is possible that
you have never heard of it, despite the
large sums invested in the space race
in the 1960s. The scientists were as
technologically advanced as their
American counterparts, and yet failed
spectacularly.
Why? A close analysis revealed that there
was nothing wrong with the technologies
developed by the different countries. France,
Germany, Italy, the UK and the other national
parties each made highly efficient parts of the
rocket. The problem was that, every time they
tried to merge these technologies, the rocket
crashed.
The first full launch failed because it used
the wrong bolts to connect the French and
German stages. The second collapsed because
of the differences between the connecting
rings used by the Germans and Italians. A few
months later, there was another interface
error. And so it went on.
The problem was not technology; it was
collaboration. Each country was working in
isolation, in national cliques. As one
commentary put it: ?Each country sought to
maximise its own economic advantages, which
often meant withholding information.? Nasa
decried the ?half-hearted and mutually
suspicious character of participation? among
the Eldo factions.
The game of football is, of course, very
different from the task of building a rocket but
there is one crucial similarity. Collaboration
between the various components of a team is
mission critical.
The players have to communicate, anticipate
each other?s intentions and, perhaps most
importantly, play for each other. It is difficult
to exaggerate the significance of this last
aspect.
A winger can expend much energy by
running into the channel to cause an
opposition defender to divert their run by a
fraction, leaving more space for a team-mate.
They get little credit, but the team-mate
benefits a lot.
They can inch themselves into a position
T
that increases their odds of getting
caught one-on-one, while closing a
gap that can help the collective.
Each of these actions means little
in isolation. Scaled up to team level
and sustained over 90 minutes,
however, it represents the
difference between good and
great.
?I have never been
interested in simply
sending out a collection
of brilliant individuals,?
Sir Alex Ferguson once
said. ?There is no
substitute for talent but,
on the field, talent
without unity of purpose
is a hopelessly devalued
currency.?
This brings me to
perhaps the key challenge
for Gareth Southgate in the
build-up to this summer?s
World Cup. In a superb
interview with my
colleague Ben Machell on
Saturday, Rio Ferdinand
talked about the factionalism
in the international set-up.
?It killed that England team,
that generation,? he said. ?I
was never going to walk into
the England dressing room or
the canteen and open up to
Frank Lampard, to Ashley Cole,
John Terry, Joe Cole at Chelsea,
or Steven Gerrard and Jamie
Carragher at Liverpool.
?I wouldn?t open up because
of the fear that they would then
take something back to their
club and use it against us, to
make them better than us.?
Like with Eldo, this proved
catastrophic. The players were
not sharing information. They
were not figuring out how to
work effectively. ?I didn?t
realise that what I was doing
was hurting England at the time,? Ferdinand
said, comments that chime with those of
Gerrard, Lampard et al.
?It was only after I sat back and thought,
?F***ing hell, this is what happened!? I was
so engrossed, so obsessed with winning with
Manchester United ? nothing else
mattered.?
Southgate has stated that building unity
is one of his key challenges. It is a
problem that has afflicted other teams,
such as Holland at Euro 1996 and
various incarnations of the France
team.
Perhaps the most intriguing example
is Spain, a country with club rivalries
as fierce as England and with political
schisms associated with Catalonia
and the Basque territory. Between
1954 and 1978, Spain failed to qualify
on four occasions for the World Cup
finals and made group-stage exits on
the other three.
The turnaround was partly about
an outstanding generation of players
but it was also about a transformation
in culture. In a seminal column,
Gabriele Marcotti has written of how
Iker Casillas and Xavi, who stood across
the Real Madrid-Barcelona divide,
consciously worked to build a team ethic.
?We were on the same wavelength from
the start, we wanted the same things,? Xavi
said in 2008. ?Of course, culturally we were
far apart, as were our clubs. But with the
national team, we were one in purpose. Since
then, as our careers have progressed, we?ve
always had that relationship, that desire to
bring everyone together to make the national
team stronger.?
This sense of unity enabled their joint
leadership to navigate potential problems: Cesc
F郻regas having to accept his role as a
substitute, and helping Fernando Torres
through his goalscoring crisis.
Southgate will need to bring about
unity between players from rival
clubs, as Spain have done so
successfully, in Russia this summer
?It is not that you leave your politics at the
door ? Xavi?s Catalan flag was as much of a
political statement as anything,? Marcotti
wrote. ?It?s that you remain firmly rooted on
your common ground, winning the World
Cup, and you keep what divides you on a
theoretical level.?
Team-mates don?t have to like one another.
They don?t have to go on holiday together.
Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham had a
healthy dislike for one another at Manchester
United, for example. But they do have to play
for one another.
A striker declining a shot at goal to set up a
team-mate in a superior position is a trivial
manifestation of what this means. True
teamwork is a state of mind.
What should Southgate do? In How to
Watch Football, Ruud Gullit writes of how the
sublime AC Milan of the 1990s had a
psychologist specifically tasked with rooting
out factionalism. ?He kept an eye on relations
between players in and around training
sessions,? he says.
?If two players had a disagreement, he
would intervene between them immediately
and to try to get to the deeper causes of the
problem and to deal with it . . . I have rarely
experienced such a large homogeneous group.
It was all interconnected.?
There are examples of enlightened teambuilding from beyond sport, too. Stephen B
Johnson?s book The Secret of Apollo tells of the
management transformation at Nasa, while
General Stanley McChrystal?s Team of Teams
shows how renewed collaboration turned the
tables on al-Qaeda after the insurgency in
Iraq. To return to football, many accounts of
the European Cup victory of Celtic in 1967 tell
of the savvy techniques used by Jock Stein to
combat disunity.
What is certain is that Southgate must not
leave this to chance. Great teams rarely
construct themselves.
As Ferguson, perhaps the greatest teambuilder of all, put it: ?Togetherness is not just a
nice concept that you can take or leave
according to taste. If you don?t have it, you are
nothing. Selfishness, factionalism, cliquishness
are all death to a football team.?
?Painful?燿efeat爌uts燙ity?s燛uropean爃opes燼t爎isk
WOMEN?S燬UPER燣EAGUE�MOLLY燞UDSON
Nick Cushing described Manchester
City?s weekend loss to Arsenal as
?painful?. His team now face the
prospect of a season without silverware and could yet fail to qualify for
the Champions League, a scenario that
the City manager admits would be
unacceptable.
Chelsea need one point from their
final two matches, starting with
tomorrow?s visit to Bristol City, to
confirm the WSL1 title. City, despite
heavy investment, will probably need
to win their remaining two games to
secure the runners-up spot and Euro-
pean competition next season. ?It?s
painful because I thought the
performance was OK,? Cushing said of
Saturday?s 2-1 defeat. ?We expected
Arsenal to have a lot of the ball but to
give the two goals away after being 1-0
up, it?s painful. The league has gone, it?s
Chelsea?s league and they will know it.
?The fight now is to make sure we
win two games and secure that
Champions League place.?
City took the lead through Nadia
Nadim, before goals from Danielle van
de Donk and Beth Mead effectively
handed the title to Chelsea, who held
their nerve to defeat Sunderland 2-1.
Fran Kirby scored her 25th goal of the
season in the process.
Arsenal have a realistic chance of
clinching the second Champions
League place. They are just one point
behind City, and equal on points with
Reading, who have played a game
more.
?For us to play a good brand of football especially in the second half, it just
shows how far we have come from and
where we are at,? Joe Montemurro, the
Arsenal manager, said. ?It looks good
going forward. I?m happy for the girls.
It?s an amazing occasion for Arsenal
and Alex Scott was the focus today.?
Scott has been with Arsenal since
she was eight and was given a guard of
honour by her team-mates and City
players on her last home appearance.
Meanwhile, at Kingsmeadow, the
Chelsea captain Katie Chapman
received a similar send-off, in what felt
like the end of an era as two of the most
recognisable figures bowed out of the
women?s game.
With limited game time on offer
from Chelsea, Eni Aluko could be
another to leave the club this summer.
Her goal against Sunderland edged
Chelsea closer to the title and she
believes her side have the experience
to get over the line. ?If it is to be my last
home game today, which it is likely to
be, then I really feel very proud to have
finished off by scoring,? she said.
?We have been in this position
before where we have needed to secure
the title and we have done it in a big
game and I have absolutely no doubt
we will get over the line.?
TEAM燨F燭HE燱EEK
4-3-3
Moloney
Reading
Pearce
Bright
Reading
Chelsea
Evans
Flaherty
Arsenal
Chelsea
Nobbs
Stanway
Arsenal
Man City
Van de
Donk
Arsenal
Ramshaw
Aluko
Mead
Sunderland
Chelsea
Arsenal
2
Starting燲I燾hanges
1 De Bruyne (Man City)
2 San� (Man City)
3 D Silva (Man City)
4 Sterling (Man City)
Following statistics for players who
have played at least 1,000 minutes
this season
Most爌asses
1 Defoe (B?mouth)
2 Gabbiadini (S?oton)
3 J Murphy (Newcastle)
Worst爌ass燼ccuracy�%
1 Murray (Brighton)
2 Benteke (C Palace)
3 Deeney (Watford)
Minutes燽y燛nglish爌layers
Liverpool
135
Bournemouth
24,202
Most燾hances燾reated
Chelsea
112
Everton
20,884
Man United
106
Burnley
Tottenham
103
West Brom
1 De Bruyne (Man City)
2 Eriksen (Tottenham)
3 F郻regas (Chelsea)
Everton
102
Leicester City
16,725
Most燿ribbles燾ompleted
Man City
99
Swansea City
15,057
Arsenal
98
Southampton
13,696
Huddersfield
97
Crystal Palace
12,888
1 Hazard (Chelsea)
2 Zaha (C Palace)
3 San� (Man City)
Southampton
90
Tottenham Hotspur
12,553
Newcastle
89
Manchester United
11,483
Bournemouth
82
Brighton
11,396
Leicester
82
Newcastle United
10,710
Stoke
78
Liverpool
10,582
Swansea
78
West Ham United
9,563
West Ham
77
Huddersfield Town
9,520
Brighton
74
Stoke City
9,102
Watford
72
Manchester City
8,490
West Brom
69
Watford
7,169
Crystal Palace
64
Arsenal
5,519
Burnley
34
Chelsea
2,764
17,715
16,769
Days爐op爋f爈eague
Goals燽y燛nglish爏corers
Most
fouled
25,143
19,822
Liverpool
19,230
27
Arsenal
1
Everton
21
Huddersfield
1
Manchester United
21
Manchester City
19
Brighton and Hove Albion
14
Southampton
13
Watford
Fewest爏uccessful爌asses
Days爄n爎elegation爖one
West Brom
13
151
Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion
13
138
Stoke
12
121
Newcastle United
Swansea
West Ham United
11
120
West Ham
10
87
Bournemouth
9
76
Southampton
Crystal Palace
8
76
Everton
6
20
Arsenal
Newcastle
6
13
Stoke City
Brighton
Huddersfield Town
4
Huddersfield
Burnley
2
Chelsea
1
Leicester
Most爁ouled爌layer
Most爁ouls
Clubs燽y爀xpected爂oals
Arsenal
Leicester City
1 A Gray (Watford)
= Crouch (Stoke)
3 Gabbiadini (S?oton)
1 Richarlison (Watford)
2 Alli (Tottenham)
3 J Ayew (Swansea)
Man City
Man United
Fewest爐ackles
Richarlison,
Watford
34
Man City
27
Liverpool
1 Ndidi (Leicester)
2 Gueye (Everton)
3 Kant� (Chelsea)
240
39
Bournemouth
Swansea City
Most爐ackles
Most爏uccessful爌asses
Tottenham Hotspur
16
15
11
11
Expected
Actual
Manchester City
80.11
106
Liverpool
73.39
84
Arsenal
69.29
74
Tottenham Hotspur
65.22
74
Manchester United
56.46
68
Stoke
9,215
Chelsea
54.99
62
West Brom
9,565
Crystal Palace
54.40
45
Burnley
9,572
Leicester City
50.61
56
Watford
45.68
44
Most爌enalties
Crystal Palace
10
Everton
8
Man City
8
Fewest爌enalties
1 Milivojevic (C Palace)
2 J Ayew (Swansea)
3 Murray (Leicester)
= Ndidi (Leicester)
Most爌enalties爓on
1 Sterling (Man City)
2 Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
= Zaha (C Palace)
Most爏aves
1 Butland (Stoke)
2 Fabianski (Swansea)
3 Ryan (Brighton)
Newcastle United
41.79
39
Everton
40.93
44
Southampton
40.30
37
Subbed爋n爉ost
Bournemouth
39.20
45
37.79
34
West Ham United
37.03
48
West Brom
36.82
31
1 B Silva (Man City)
2 D Gray (Leicester)
= Sissoko (Tottenham)
= Rashford (Man United)
Brighton
8
Burnley
0
Stoke City
36.75
35
8
West Brom
1
Burnley
32.89
36
7
Swansea
1
Huddersfield Town
31.86
28
Newcastle
1
Swansea City
31.28
28
Most爋ffsides
1 Vardy (Leicester)
2 Kane (Tottenham)
3 Arnautovic (West Ham)
2,825
2,709
2,679
95
158
172
95.83
93.4
93
55.14
56.4
56.64
104
95
90
164
119
85
138
117
113
2
2
3
95
87
84
69
63
60
60
6
4
4
144
137
124
20
18
18
18
44
43
42
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| THE燝AME
the times | Monday May 14 2018
1G G
Hamburg?s record goes up in smoke
MORRIS MAC MATZEN/REUTERS
GABRIELE�
MARCOTTI
EUROPEAN燜OOTBALL�
CORRESPONDENT�
e know that football is
not a level playing field.
A bit like real life: if you
are born among the elite,
if you have status and
resources, you enjoy
plenty of advantages.
And it takes that much
more for you to screw up to the point
that you hit rock bottom.
Hamburg?s relegation from the
Bundesliga on Saturday offers a case
study in that regard. They were
among German football?s aristocrats,
having been the longest-serving
members of the top flight, everpresent since its creation in 1963.
(Bayern Munich, by contrast, were
only promoted to the top tier of the
Bundesliga two seasons later).
They were so proud of this that a
prominent digital clock in their
57,000-seat ground counted the years,
days, hours, minutes and seconds
they were in the top-tier. On
Saturday, as the inevitability of a drop
became clear, hardcore supporters at
one end of the ground did not wait for
it to stop before pelting the pitch with
black smoke bombs, forcing the
referee to halt the match for 20
minutes. They were lambasted by the
majority of supporters elsewhere at
W
the ground, some of them horrified by
the incivility of their actions, others
almost as embarrassed by their fellow
fans as they were by what unfolded
on the pitch.
Bayern are the only German club
to have been in more European finals
and Hamburg?s average attendance
remains in Europe?s top 20 after
decades in which they ranked in the
top ten. (And the decline has more to
do with other clubs moving into
bigger grounds than fans abandoning
the Volksparkstadion). Hamburg is
the second-largest city in the
European Union?s largest economy
and the closest top-flight club is 80
miles away in Bremen.
These ingredients ought to be more
than enough to maintain Hamburg as
a force, not just in Germany but
Europe-wide too. And yet in each of
the past four seasons, they had flirted
with the drop, twice going to the
relegation play-offs and once
achieving safety on the final day of
the campaign. How did we get here?
There are footballing reasons and
then, perhaps, there is one that?s more
meta. Simply put, the club have made
some spectacularly poor decisions.
Their coach, Christian Titz, was
their third of the campaign and their
eighth in the past four and a half
years. They have let young talent go
(Jonathan Tah and Kerem Demirbay
went on to win Germany caps
elsewhere, Michael Gregoritsch, who
was let go for �million last summer,
is joint sixth in the goal-scoring table,
with one fewer goal than Hamburg?s
top three scorers this year combined)
Ugly scenes, causing the game to be halted for 20 minutes, marked Hamburg?s
departure from the Bundesliga having been ever present since its launch in 1963
and overpaid for players who turned
out to be ordinary.
Indeed, resources have not been
the problem, it?s how they have been
spent. Hamburg?s revenues are well
over �0 million a season, placing
them squarely in the middle of the
Bundesliga pack, just as they have
been in the middle of the pack in
terms of net spend and wage bill. And
this is despite a lack of revenue from
European football and poor league
showings, which have meant less
prize money. It has simply been a case
of bad stewardship, time and again.
The other factor is broader and
linked to Germany?s ?fifty plus one?
rule, which states that ? with a few
exceptions that were grandfathered in
for historical reasons ? no single
investor can own a majority of a club.
Hamburg do have a wealthy
benefactor. Klaus-Michael K黨ne is a
shipping magnate worth more than
� billion. But the club?s statutes are
even more stringent than the ?fifty
plus one?, barring individual investors
from holding more than 24.9 per cent
of the shares. As a result K黨ne has
pumped well in excess of � million
into the club in the form of direct
investment and low-interest loans,
without ever really having much say.
In fact, Hamburg?s bye-laws mean
that decisions are made at board level
involving a large, and diffuse, group of
people, most of them fan-appointed.
This results in a process that is very
democratic but often unwieldy, slow
and ? crucially for a football club ?
leaky. It?s difficult for the club to
move quietly when it comes to
scouting or negotiating transfers,
sometimes because too many people
are ?in the loop? and information
comes out which sabotages deals.
K黨ne could also say that it?s
tougher to take the sort of decisive
action necessary in a cut-throat
business. Democracy is a wonderful
thing when it comes to government,
but in business sometimes a top-down
dictatorship works better.
Clubs such as Leipzig and
Hoffenheim have circumvented the
?fifty plus one? rule to varying
degrees and have benefited from it.
Others, such as Wolfsburg and Bayer
Leverkusen, are not subjected to it.
All of them have outperformed
Hamburg, despite being historically
smaller and having far fewer fans.
For a long time, Hamburg were
nicknamed the ?dinosaur? because
they were the ultimate establishment
club. Maybe a little less democracy
and a little more accountability will
keep them from extinction.
Monday May 14 2018 | the times
THE燝AME | 15
2G G
BILL燛DGAR
THE燝AME營N燦UMBERS�
Salah燜C
Mohamed Salah outscored three Premier
League teams this season, the first such case in
top-flight history. The Liverpool forward hit 32
goals, compared with 31 by West Bromwich
Albion and 28 each by Swansea City and
Huddersfield Town. There has only been one
previous player to beat two rival clubs, which
was David McLean, whose 30 goals for
Sheffield Wednesday in 1912-13 outdid Notts
County and Arsenal, who scored 28 and 26
respectively. At the other end of the pitch,
Lewis Dunk, the Brighton & Hove Albion
defender, scored more own goals in the top
division this season (four) than any rival team
(Newcastle United were the highest on three).
He was the first to do so since 1912-13, when
Charlie Betts, of Derby County, recorded two
own goals, while no club recorded more than
one. Liverpool?s 4-0 win over Brighton
yesterday reflected their feast-or-famine
season: all but eight of their 21 league wins
came by at least a three-goal margin, the
highest proportion by any team in the top
flight since 1935-36.
past 85 shots direct from free kicks (56 taken
by Christian Eriksen).
scoring less than one goal per game. The
previous lowest ratio was Liverpool?s 42
goals in 42 games when finishing
fifth in 1970-71.
Welsh爓oe
It?s爈ooking爑p
(as爑sual)爁or燬purss
The bottom four clubs in the final table are the
only Welsh side (Swansea) and the only three
to have had a Welsh manager this season
(Mark Hughes has led Stoke City and
Southampton; Tony Pulis guided West Brom).
For the first time since 1977-78 (when
Leicester, Newcastle United and West Ham
United went down), the relegated trio (West
Brom, Stoke and Swansea) had all been in the
top flight for at least seven consecutive
seasons).
Manchester City have topped the table this
season for 240 days, three times as many days as
Tottenham have managed over the past 50 years
(79 days since 1968)
Most days spent at top of the top flight
since 1968-69
1 Man Utd
Finances燽righten
3,044
2 Liverpool
League clubs are getting their finances in order.
None has fallen into administration since
Coventry City more than five years ago
2,422
3 Chelsea
1,531
League clubs falling into administration
4 Arsenal
15
1,484
Passing爐he爐est牋
954
The past three Premier League champions have
thrived with different approaches
6 Man City
Number of passes by champions
in their title-winning season
12 Norwich
249
9.426
2015-16
Leicester
25,143
16,880
2016-17
Chelsea
2017-18
Man City
Watford爏hut爋ut
Watford, who lost 1-0 to Manchester United at
Old Trafford, did not score away this season
after January 2 (nine matches) ? that is the
earliest final away goal of a campaign by any
top-flight club since 1888-89, when Everton?s
last away goal came on December 28, after
which they only played twice on the road. Of
the 84 ever-present league teams over the past
five seasons, United are among nine to have
failed to score five in a league game in that
time. Jos� Mourinho?s team have spent longer
in second place this season (235 days) than any
side has in a top-flight season. United became
the first team to record an average attendance
seven times higher than a top-division rival
(74,976 to Bournemouth?s 10,640).
Efficient燘urnley
Burnley, with 36 league goals this season, are
the first team to finish in the top seven when
ON
T HE
BOX
2004 to 2013*
5 Leeds
0
*Boston, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Coventry,
Crystal Palace, Darlington, Leeds, Luton, Plymouth,
Portsmouth, Port Vale, Rotherham, Southampton,
Stockport, Wrexham
752
17 Tottenham
79
Fergie爎eplay
Sir Alex Ferguson, a former Rangers player,
drew 5-5 in his last game as Manchester
United manager (against West Brom).
Yesterday, Jimmy Nicholl, a former United
player, drew 5-5 in his last game as Rangers
manager (his caretaker spell ended against
Hibernian).
Foes燼t爐he燿ouble
Based on a fans? survey, 21 pairs of league
clubs view each other as their greatest rivals;
for the first time in English football history
two of those pairs will swap between the top
two divisions at the same time: Swansea
(down) with Cardiff City (up); West Brom
(down) with Wolverhampton Wanderers
(up). West Brom have finished bottom of
the top division four times more than
any other club ? ten to Sheffield
Wednesday?s six.
Cities爏quare爑p
Manchester City and Brechin City
achieved a square number of points this
season ? Pep Guardiola?s team
recorded ten squared (100) and Brechin
two squared (four) in the Scottish
Championship.
Capital�
punishment
In Leicester City?s first and
last games of the season, they
took the lead twice but lost
in north London (4-3 to
Arsenal and 5-4 to
Tottenham
Hotspur).
Spurs have
not scored
from any of their
Today 7.45pm Fulham v Derby
County, Sky Bet Championship playoffs, semi-final, second leg, Sky
Sports Football.
Tomorrow 7pm Bristol City Women
v Chelsea Ladies, Women?s Super
League, BT Sport 1. 7.45pm Aston
Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship
play-offs, semi-final, second leg, Sky
Sports Football.
Wednesday 7.45pm Rotherham
United v Scunthorpe United, League
One play-offs, semi-final, second leg,
Sky Sports Football. Marseilles v
Atletico Madrid, Europa League final,
2013 to now
BT Sport 2. 11.30pm Chapecoense v
Atletico Mineiro, Brazilian Cup,
FreeSports. 1.45am (Thursday
morning): Atletico Paranaense v
Cruzeiro, Brazilian Cup, FreeSports.
Thursday 7.30pm Wolfsburg v
Holsten Kiel, German league play-off,
first leg, BT Sport 2.
7.45pm Exeter City v Lincoln City,
League Two play-offs, semi-final,
second leg, Sky Sports Mix.
Livingston v Partick Thistle, Scottish
Premiership play-offs final, first leg,
BT Sport 1.
Friday 7.45pm Notts County v
Fair燝unner
Dunk, the Brighton
defender, scored
more own goals in
the top flight than
any rival team
Coventry City, League Two play-offs,
semi-final, second leg, Sky Sports
Football.
Saturday 3pm Celtic v Motherwell,
Scottish Cup final, BBC One Scotland/
Sky Sports Football.
5.15pm Manchester United v Chelsea,
FA Cup final, BBC One/BT Sport 2.
6pm New York City v Colorado
Rapids, American league, Sky Sports
Mix. 7pm Bayern Munich v Eintracht
Frankfurt, German Cup final, BT Sport
3. 8pm Portland Timbers v Los
Angeles, American league, Sky
Sports Mix.
P
Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang, the Arsenal
striker, recorded ten times as many goals as
fouls in the league this season (ten to one)
whereas Christian Benteke, the Crystal Palace
striker, committed 16 fouls for every goal (48
to three).
6Answer to Name the Season in Saturday?s
paper: 1960-61
TV燩ICK燨F�
THE燱EEK
MAN燯TD爒燙HELSEA
Saturday, 5.15pm
BBC One/BT Sport 2
These club meet in the
FA Cup final for the third
time in 25 years.
Sunday 12.15pm Stockton Town v
Thatcham Town, FA Vase final, BT
Sport 1. 3.30pm Partick Thistle v
Livingston, Scottish Premiership
play-offs final, second leg, BT Sport 2.
4.10pm Hibernian Ladies v Celtic
Ladies, Scottish Women?s Premier
League Cup final, BBC ALBA.
4.15pm Brackley Town v Bromley,
FA Trophy final, BT Sport 1.
6.15pm European Under-17
Championship final, teams tbd, ITV4.
9pm Chicago Fire v Houston
Dynamo, American league, Sky
Sports Mix.
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Bruce: Terry
has changed
a toxic squad
GEORGE燙AULKIN
Middlesbrough
0
Aston燰illa�
1
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Referee R Madley Attendance 29,233
hey soaked it up, stood their
ground and came back for
more, a grand old club too
often associated with
flakiness and failure, now a
model of rocksteady
resilience. With half of half a
job done and under a
manager who has waded through a
?shit, horrible three months? of
personal anguish, Aston Villa are not
in the market for premature selfcongratulation, but their difference is
worthy of recognition.
Villa took everything thrown at
them by Middlesbrough, scored
through Mile Jedinak and defended
brilliantly, inspired by the leadership
of John Terry and, at the other end of
his career, by Jack Grealish and his
imagination. It gives them the
narrowest of slender leads ahead of
tomorrow?s second leg, but what was
noticeable was their patience.
As Steve Bruce said, Grealish was
the ?outstanding player,? but it has
taken too long for his potential to be
given the foundation it required.
Terry has provided guidance, an
example. ?It wasn?t just on the pitch
that I needed John,? Bruce, the Villa
manager, said. ?It was to deal with the
dressing-room and it has been toxic
for years. It was important people like
Grealish could see someone: this is
how you do it, the way you look after
yourself, this is what you prepare for.
?It is all right a manager bleating at
T
them but by the time Jack was 21 he
has had seven managers all telling
him different shit. When you hear it
from a top pro . . . It?s a cultural change.
It is important Grealish has stability
and a focus to achieve.?
When Bruce was appointed in 2016,
he became Villa?s eighth permanent
manager in six years. In unpromising,
restless circumstances, he has
stripped the farcical from Villa?s
make-up, recovering from a testing
start to the season and battling
through the death of both parents.
Bruce will not look back on this
season with any fondness ? toiling
up and down the motorway to be with
his family on Tyneside has taken a
heavy toll ? but he is two games
away from a fifth promotion to the
Premier League. Football is a release.
?What I have to do is concentrate on
the game,? he said. ?That?s what my
mum and dad would have wanted, for
me to get on with it. I can hear them
now, ?Roll your sleeves up?. ?
Bruce?s situation has brought
perspective to a club which had
abandoned it. ?We want to do it for
our gaffer because he?s been through
a hard time,? Albert Adomah said. ?I
know this victory can?t bring anyone
back, but at least we?ve put some joy
on his face.?
Middlesbrough must improve at
Villa Park. Their concession from
Grealish?s corner will have caused
teeth to grind. ?Now it?s crunch time,?
Ben Gibson, their captain, said.
NICK POTTS/PA
Morris, far right, sparked jubilant
scenes after he scored the only goal
to seal Shrewsbury?s place in the
League One play-off final
Shrewsbury hope to break their Wembley duck
IAN燱HITTELL
Shrewsbury燭own�
Morris 58
0
?
2
harlton Athletic supporters had
Charlton燗thletic�
Shrewsbury win 2-0 on aggregate
Referee J Simpson Attendance 9,016
TEAMS
Middlesbrough (4-3-3): D Randolph ? R Shotton,
B Gibson, D Ayala (sub: F醔io 64min), G Friend ?
J Howson, A Clayton, M Besic ? A Traor�,
B Assombalonga (sub: P Bamford 76), S Downing.
Substitutes not used D Konstantopoulos,
G Leadbitter, M Cranie, D Fry, J Harrison.
Booked Friend, Gibson.
Aston Villa (4-1-4-1): S Johnstone ? A Elmohamady
(sub: G Whelan 88), J Chester, J Terry, A Hutton ?
M Jedinak ? R Snodgrass, C Hourihane, J Grealish,
A Adomah (sub: J Kodjia 71) ? L Grabban (sub:
B Bjarnason 81). Substitutes not used M Bunn,
C Samba, S Hogan, J Onomah. Booked Hourihane,
Snodgrass.
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to be held back by police after
the goal that sealed Shrewsbury
Town?s second trip to Wembley
this season.
Police and stewards raced to hold
people in the away end back after
several dozen home fans ran on to the
pitch following the only goal of the
second leg, scored in the 58th minute
by the on-loan Norwich City striker
Carlton Morris
But there were joyous scenes at the
end of the match, when home fans
flooded on to the pitch to celebrate
Shrewsbury?s advance to the League
One play-off final. They will be
hoping to end their Wembley hoodoo
after four defeats there ? including
losing the Football League Trophy
final to Lincoln City last month.
Paul Hurst, the Shrewsbury
manager, said: ?I?m delighted and
there were some great scenes at the
end. I stayed on the pitch and one fan
gave me a kiss. I turned to the side
and he wanted to give me another
one. I wasn?t overly keen.?
Lee Bowyer, Charlton?s caretaker
manager, said that he would only stay
at the club if he was offered the
manager?s job full-time. ?Were
Shrewsbury the better side over two
legs? I don?t think so,? Bowyer said.
Coventry燿efender爉ay爉iss爎eturn爈eg燼fter�stamp?
MIKE燱HALLEY,燬TEVE燤ADELEY
Both first legs of the Sky Bet League
Two play-offs ended in tension-filled
stalemates. Coventry City?s 1-1 draw
with Notts County was also controversial and they could be without their defender Tom Davies for the second
game after he appeared to stamp on an
opponent.
Davies was spotted by Sky Sports?
cameras standing on the shin of Richard Duffy, County?s captain, in the
21st-minute. Duffy revealed afterwards that the Coventry centre back
had apologised, while claiming that it
was an accident.
The FA, though, is expected to review the incident, which was missed by
the referee Gavin Ward, and a suspension would rule Davies out of Friday?s
second leg at Meadow Lane. Duffy
said: ?If the TV shows there was intent,
that?s for the people upstairs to deal
with. I thought it was a bit naughty at
the time but he said he didn?t mean it.?
Ward, who had a poor match,
angered the visitors by awarding a late
penalty against them, ruling that Matt
Tootle had fouled Tom Bayliss, even
though the Notts County right back
won the ball and appeared to make
minimal contact with his opponent.
Marc McNulty converted for his 27th
goal of the season, equalising Forte?s
sublime dragged back-heel opener,
and keeping Mark Robins?s side in the
tie.
After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Lincoln City will travel to Exeter City
needing to win if they are to reach
Wembley again. But, after two years of
denying the odds, Danny Cowley?s side
Davies, the Coventry defender, tangles
with Duffy, the Notts County captain
are unlikely to be daunted. This is the
club that has won promotion back to
the EFL and the Checkatrade Trophy,
collected League One, Championship
and Premier League scalps in the FA
Cup and won a legion of admirers.
?We went to Wembley and everybody said we couldn?t beat Shrewsbury
[in the Checkatrade Trophy],? said
Matt Rhead, the forward who has been
a key figure in the Cowley brothers? revitalisation of a flagging club.
?People said last year that we
couldn?t beat Premier League teams
and we did, so we?re better as the underdog.
?That?s the main strength of our
team. When the big games have come
along we?ve turned up and put big performances in and this will be no different.?
Lincoln could have had one foot in
the final but for two fine saves from
Exeter?s Christy Pym, while only the
crossbar denied Rhead with a secondhalf header. Now Paul Tisdale?s side,
who finished three places ahead of
Lincoln in League Two, will fancy their
chances of a return to Wembley, where
they lost to Blackpool last year.
Shrewsbury, who led 1-0 from the
first leg, doubled their advantage
when Morris slammed home after
Shaun Whalley?s cut back. They will
face either Rotherham United or
Scunthorpe United in the final. The
sides drew 2-2 in the first leg at
Glanford Park on Saturday.
Cameron McGeehan, a midfielder
signed on loan from Barnsley in
January by Scunthorpe?s former
manager Graham Alexander, scored
his first goal for the club in the 88th
minute to bring the tie level. Jon
Taylor put Rotherham in front before
Michael Ihiekwe put through his own
net within a minute.
Joe Newell restored the visitors?
lead with his first touch of the game
after coming off the bench, before
McGeehan had the final say,
scrambling home an equaliser to
leave the tie delicately poised going
into second leg on Wednesday.
T H E 燩 L AY� O FFS �
T H I S 燱 E E K �
Today
Championship, second leg
Fulham (0) v Derby (1) 7.45pm
Tomorrow
Championship, second leg
Aston Villa (1) v Middlesbrough (0)
7.45pm
Wednesday
League One, second leg
Rotherham United (2) v Scunthorpe
United (2) 7.45pm
Thursday
League Two, second leg
Exeter C (0) v Lincoln C (0) 7.45pm
Friday
League Two, second leg
Notts County (1) v Coventry City (1)
7.45pm
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THE燡OURNEYMAN
GREGOR燫OBERTSON燰ISITS燱EMBLEY�
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CLARKE
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he sight of Micky Mellon and his
triumphant Tranmere Rovers team
tearing off towards the white army of
supporters inside Wembley at the end
of a tumultuous National League
play-off final on Saturday, limbs
flailing wildly, bodies clashing then
embracing, painted an ebullient
picture of promotion via the play-offs.
And what a way to do it. In such settings a
season?s labour can rest on a mere fraction of a
second and when Liam Ridehalgh, the
Tranmere left back, was shown a red card after
54 seconds for a lunging challenge on Ricky
Shakes, a truly gargantuan task lay before the
Birkenhead side.
A thunderous sixth-minute Andy Cook
header gave them something to hold on to; the
bottle that struck Josh Ginnelly, the Tranmere
winger, in the ensuing celebrations added
further to the drama. And after calm had
finally descended, and Bruno Andrade had
levelled the scores in first-half injury-time, a
gutsy Tranmere, roared on by their vociferous
following, found the winner with ten minutes
remaining through James Norwood?s header
to cue scenes of delirium.
There is something unique about promotion
from the National to the Football League.
Something about the desperation with which
fallen League clubs clamour for that solitary
automatic promotion spot each year, yet so
often flounder against the relative minnows
that populate the fifth tier. And something
about the overriding sense of relief that
T
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quickly descends on a jubilant winner on this
stage such as Tranmere.
Some may scoff at this suggestion, perhaps,
but this promotion is arguably just as
transformative as ascending from the
Championship to the Premier League. The
sense of ascending to a new ecosystem, of
joining a very different cohort. In relative
terms, of course, it can be just as significant
and, on a practical level, for those involved
perhaps even more cathartic.
Cutbacks since Tranmere suffered
successive relegations from League One to the
National League in 2015 have led to job losses
at Prenton Park. And, after losing the same
final to Forest Green Rovers last year, Mellon
did not try to conceal how much of a burden
had been lifted.
?There was going to be more who would
have lost their jobs over the coming weeks if
we hadn?t pulled that off today, which is
obviously a little bit of added pressure,? Mellon
said. ?But we?ve managed to get over the line
and it means so much for the Wirral, and for
football, because it?s a real strong footballing
area.?
While the business acumen of Mark Palios
and his wife Nicola, who bought the club in
2014, has steadied the ship and seen nonmatchday revenue increase, it has been
Age 19
Clubs Tranmere Rovers
Attributes Rangy,
athletic, strong defender
Has there been any
interest?
Wigan Athletic were one
of several clubs thought
to have shown interest in
the highly rated full back
in January
impossible to avoid the harsh realities of life
outside the 92. In March, Tranmere were
forced to close their academy, which cost
about �0,000 a year to run, having lost six
of their most talented players to clubs in the
North West in the previous 12 months.
?We were getting picked off,? Mellon, a
former midfielder for Tranmere over two
spells, said. ?We?ve always had a very, very
strong youth at Tranmere, but we were losing
that because nobody wanted to come and play
what we call non-League. The local talent
wanted to go to the League clubs. That?ll
change now. We?ll be able to compete again
for that League talent.?
Then there are Tranmere?s players, the
majority of whom have tasted League football
only fleetingly, who for three seasons have
laboured under the weight of expectation of
the club and its loyal fanbase. Norwood, 27,
played four times for Exeter City as a teenager
between 2009 and 2010, and since dropping
in to the fifth tier has plundered 101 goals
in 281 National League games for Forest
Green Rovers and Tranmere.
?I believe I?ve had the ability [to play
in the Football League] for years now,?
Norwood, who also provided the cross
for Tranmere?s opener, said. ?I just
haven?t had the lucky break. I?d say the
majority of our team is more than
capable of playing in the League.
?It?s been frustrating, when you believe
in yourself and think what you?re doing
deserves a reward, and you don?t get it. But
I?ve made some great friends and I?ve
experienced something today that I may
never have. I?ve won at Wembley and I?ve
been promoted. If I?d gone [into the League]
Tranmere
celebrate
their National
League escape
wildly while,
below, Garrard,
the Boreham
Wood manager,
consoles Tom
Champion
when I was younger I may never have
experienced this, met the lads I?ve met, had
the experiences that I have. Would you change
it? I don?t think I would after this.?
Still, there will be considerable relief at the
prospect of no more trips to Dover Athletic or
Barrow or, no disrespect, Boreham Wood, the
beaten finalists with the division?s smallest
crowds who have had an extraordinary season
but whose emotions and outlook, had they
won on Saturday, would have been very
different. ?Respect to Micky Mellon and his
side,? an immensely proud Luke Garrard, the
Boreham Wood, manager, said. ?They?re the
biggest side in the National League and quite
rightly they should be out of this level.?
And so for the club that came tantalisingly
close to reaching the Premier League in the
90s, reaching three consecutive play-offs,
and were League Cup finalists as recently
as 2000, the shadow of ignominy that
even the finest flourishes of form can
never truly dissipate, has now been lifted.
?It changes everything,? Norwood said.
?We have jokes about the balls that we
play with; lads who have come down
from the League say they can?t kick
them. You?re on the Football League
Show, the funding the club gets from
the League . . . There?s so many different
things.
t
?We talked the whole way down about
how we could not lose today. No matter what
happened we weren?t walking away from here,
losing again and spending another season in
the [National League].
?It?s so big for the club. I don?t think anyone
but the fans and the people that surround this
club realise how big it is.?
Report
A product of the Rovers
academy, was brought on
in the ninth minute to fill
the hole left by fellow left
back Liam Ridehalgh,
who was dismissed inside
the opening minute on
Saturday ? a daunting
prospect for a young
player making the 15th
appearance of his career.
Clarke, who made his
debut in a 2-1 defeat
away to Aldershot Town
in October, two months
before his 19th birthday,
slotted into Tranmere?s
besieged back four
seamlessly, however, and
appeared unflustered by
the magnitude of the
occasion. He defended
resolutely in numerous
one-on-one situations
and made surging
forward runs with the
ball, particularly in the
first half.
Joining in attacks is
clearly a strong feature of
his game ? he has three
assists this season ?
although opportunities to
do so were rare on
Saturday.
James Norwood, the
Tranmere striker, said on
Saturday that Clarke
could follow in the
footsteps of former
Prenton Park favourite
Aaron Creswell and one
day play for England.
When asked about
speculation surrounding
his future, in January,
Clarke said: ?I am just at
the stage where I want to
progress as a footballer. If
an offer came in that was
big enough, then
Tranmere would
obviously not decline it,
but at the moment I just
want to learn and I am
learning perfectly at
Tranmere.?
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atrick Vieira is attempting to
illustrate Manchester City?s
global standing with a piece
of paper and three pens.
?Manchester United and
Liverpool are here,? the
manager of City?s American
sister club, New York City
FC, says pointing to the top of his
notepad before sliding a finger down
the page. ?We are here,? he adds. ?But
we can reach the top.?
While the aforementioned Premier
League rivals certainly possess
significantly larger fanbases in key
market areas such as the Far East and
United States, City?s quest to
gatecrash the party is relentless. The
rich, trophy-laden histories emanating
from Old Trafford and Anfield are
impossible to recreate, no matter how
much money is available from the
club?s powerbrokers in Abu Dhabi.
History cannot be brought.
The City Football Group (CFG),
however, continues to plough its own
furrow towards the apex of world
football. The unveiling last month of
its MLS team?s new training facility in
Orangeburg, New York, 25 miles
north of Manhattan, is another step
towards the mission of establishing
the new Premier League champions
and their affiliates as a truly global
brand.
The first permanent structure since
the creation of the MLS franchise in
2013 mirrors similar strongholds in
Manchester and Melbourne,
Australia. Further links have been
established: a 20 per cent stake of the
Yokohama Marinos in Japan was
purchased in 2014, while a 44 per cent
share of La Liga side Girona, whose
majority shareholders are led by Pere
Guardiola, brother of Pep, was sealed
in August.
Four months earlier, CFG snapped
up the Uruguayan side Club Atl閠ico
Torque. A move into China (the
investment group China Media
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involvement: Three Premier
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and one FA Cup.
Squad value: �0 million
City are able to
keep a close eye
on Herrera, on loan
at a New York side
managed by Vieira,
inset, through their
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Honours since CFG
involvement: None
Squad value: � million
Melbourne City
Bought by CFG in 2014
Value: �million
Honours since CFG
involvement: FFA Cup winners 2017
Squad value: � million
Yokohama F. Marinos
Bought by CFG in 2014
(20 per cent stake)
Value: � million
Honours since CFG involvement:
None
Squad value: � million
Club Atl閠ico Torque
Bought by CFG in 2017
Value: �million
Honours since CFG
involvement : Promotion to
Uruguayan Premier Division in 2017
Squad value: �million
Girona FC
Bought by CFG in 2017
(44 per cent stake)
Value: � million
Honours since CFG involvement:
None
Squad value: � million
Capital owns 13 per cent of CFG) has
been mooted while there are strong
women?s teams in Manchester and
Melbourne.
CFG has more than 1,000 players at
its disposal. The net is everexpanding, although the aim remains
to bring everyone closer together.
The architect who built City?s
sprawling training campus in
Manchester was summoned to help
design the impressive, state-of-the-art
facility which David Villa, the former
Barcelona forward, describes as the
?best I have ever used?.
A video-camera system used by
NYCFC?s analysts can be logged into
and used instantaneously by
colleagues in Manchester or
Melbourne. Players are scouted,
observations shared. In the case of
Yangel Herrera, the Venezuelan
midfielder who was signed by
Manchester City last January and
immediately sent to New York on
loan, progress can be monitored.
This functional family of clubs
around the globe serve as a sounding
board, on and off the pitch, down to
the most granular detail ? City?s
long-serving laundry woman in
Manchester was consulted when
plans were being drawn up for the kit
room in New York.
Establishing strong links via feeder
clubs is nothing new, yet no one in
world football is laying down a
network like CFG, whose chief
executive Ferran Soriano, formerly of
Barcelona, floated the idea in Spain
before getting the green light in
be
Manchester via the Middle East. ?City
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can have visibility on all continents,
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which is rare in our football world,?
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Vieira says.
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Nothing, of course, would be
possible without the money from Abu
Dhabi ? well more than �billion has
already been ploughed into their
football interests following the
takeover of City in 2008. The well
never dries. ?I thank the club every
day,? Villa says. ?And, every player
should do the same.?
What happens on the pitch,
however, is equally important. Pep
Guardiola?s swashbuckling Premier
League, title-winning team have the
kind of flair that CFG needs to help
the soccer-crazed masses
acknowledge the blue half of
Manchester as a serious global force.
?City are the main team, so they
will drive the other teams to do well ,?
Vieira, who arrived in New York via
Manchester City?s academy, says. He
is another example of the natural
fluidity on show within CFG?s
framework. ?Winning the title and
doing well in Europe is, of course,
important, but perhaps more than
that is the way they play football.
People are noticing that maybe more
than winning the League. And that is
because of Pep. I think that [the style]
makes you win more fans.?
Guardiola?s squad will train at the
Etihad Academy, which is situated
across the road from a long-standing
local youth academy, who will benefit
immensely from their arrival (NYCFC
donated $250,000 to the town to put
towards infrastructure, and have been
welcomed with open arms), during
their three-match US tour in July.
Yet while the 17-acre facility sets the
standard in the ever-changing US
soccer landscape, CFG?s aspirations,
circumnavigate the globe.
?I had the experience of being in
Italy, France and England,? Vieira
says, ?but, I have to be honest, the
way City think and work is different.
They raise the level of how to do
business and how to be creative. I
think they came out with a new idea
? having all these teams, using
Etihad as their main sponsor, so I
think they have a different way of
bringing new ideas about how you
can make business.?
CFG is undoubtedly making
progress ? Manchester City ha
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