Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 25
Nearly a year gone from the site, EPL Talk’s ‘Premier League News, Daily Ticker’ feature is back. As many days per week as possible, I will bring you the day’s primary news, making this blog a one-stop destination for all things Premier League. The Daily Ticker will include top stories, links to the day’s top articles from other football sites, videos, a question of the day, and more.
- Juan Mata has landed at Stamford Bridge. The former Valencia midfielder is Andre Villas-Boas’ fourth signing of the summer and the winger is sure to bring extra skill and flair to Chelsea sides for years to come. The price for the Spaniard is thought to be £26 million according to The Guardian.
- Ex-Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has said that he moved to Manchester City due to the lack of passion of Arsenal’s supporters, especially since the club’s move from Highbury to the Emirates. The Frenchman told the press that he made the move to City because, “…they want to win everything. They have a big, big, big project.” Nasri says he was strongly influenced by a conversation with Patrick Vieira. The newest Mancini signing said that the atmosphere at City reminds him of the environment at his former club, Marseille.
- Harry Redknapp is making more noise in the transfer market by saying he would like Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole on his side. In addition, the Spurs boss said, “I honestly don’t know,” when questioned if a deal had been done to sign City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Redknapp still remains confident that he will keep his playmaker Luka Modric at White Heart Lane (surprise, surprise) and has told Chelsea to stop courting the Croatian.
- Troubled Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has a medical scheduled at Queen Park Rangers, which would bolster a squad that is lacking in talent worthy of the English top flight.
- Boardroom wars between Tottenham, QPR, and West Ham are keeping England international Scott Parker out of the Premier League. The Hammers are asking £8 million for the PWA Footballer of the Year, but it seems Warnock only wants to spend £4 million on the midfielder.
- For the American readers out there, FC Dallas defender George John is set to join Blackburn.
- Brett Emerton will return home to Sydney FC from Rovers.
UEFA Champions League:
- Arsenal adv. (3) 2-1 (1) Udinese. The Gunners bounced back from their loss to Liverpool at the weekend by earning a spot in the group stage of the Champions League. Arsenal overcame a 39th minute goal from Antonio Di Natale with two second half goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott.
- Liverpool crushed Exeter City 3-1, with the home side squeezing in a late penalty as a consolation for their effort. Luis Suarez opened the scoring for the Reds moments after Raul Meireles was replaced by Andy Carroll due to a collarbone injury. The Portuguese midfielder will be out of action for a fortnight. Maxi Rodriguez struck one home for LFC and Andy Carroll’s half-volley in the 58th minute secured a place in the third round for the Reds.
- Everton echoed their rival’s 3-1 score line at Goodison Park by defeating Sheffield United. Richard Cresswell’s strike from 12 yards gave the Blades the lead, but three minutes later, Cresswell deflected a Jack Rodwell free-kick into his own net. Anichebe and Arteta fired shots into the back of the old onion bag before the conclusion of the first half to give Everton the win. Three quick goals from Blackburn Rovers helped them advance, with a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, and Bolton overcame a 1-0 deficit to Macclesfield Town to stay in the competition, winning 2-1.
- Spurs and Leyton Orient have received permission from the courts to challenge the decision to give the Olympic Stadium to West Ham after the 2012 London Olympics.
- Stoke City (1) vs. FC Thun (0) (Europa)
- Fulham (3) vs. Dnipro (0) (Europa)
- Tottenham (5) vs. Hearts (0) (Europa)
- Newcastle United vs. Scunthorpe United (Carling Cup 2nd Round)
- Fantastic read by Ernst Bouwes, reviewing Holland’s rise to the top of the FIFA World Rankings
Video of the Day:
Here is a taste of what Chelsea supporters will be seeing this season from Mata.
Question of the Day:
With Manchester City and Liverpool having tremendous depth in the midfield, is it beneficial or detrimental for a team to have many top players competing for spots in the starting XI?
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