March 7, 2022 at 03:59 East

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will be a future Leicester City captain — Brendan Rodgers

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will be a future Leicester City captain, manager Brendan Rodgers believes.

Rodgers hailed the 23-year-old midfielder’s emergence this season and insists he has the personality as well as the ability to become a key part of Leicester’s squad for many years to come.

Despite his relative lack of first-team experience at Leicester, Rodgers says Dewsbury-Hall is quick to offer his thoughts in team meetings and displays natural leadership qualities.

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(Photo: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 7, 2022 at 3:20 a.m. East

‘England’s missed penalty was great for Bukayo Saka’s career’ – Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes Bukayo Saka’s missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final last summer was great for the Arsenal midfielder’s career.

Saka suffered a heartbreak against Italy with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in July as England missed out on the chance to lift their first trophy in 55 years.

The 20-year-old Arsenal academy graduate has gone from strength to strength this season, as was evident on Sunday when he helped his side into the top four with a goal and a decisive pass.

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(Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 7, 2022 at 02:24 East

What we hear about the week Abramovich announced he was selling Chelsea

Our Chelsea reporters have teamed up to write an in-depth article on what they’ve heard over the week. Roman Abramovich has shocked the world by revealing he is selling the Premier League club.

Here’s a small snippet of what they found, but click the link below for the full read.

“No one knows yet who will succeed Abramovich, but this influential representative believes the club’s model is about to change and will need to become much more autonomous. Chelsea sell players on a yearly basis anyway to help their accounts, however it is suspected that they will have to take advantage of some people who were not previously destined to leave.”

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

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What we hear about the week Abramovich announced he was selling Chelsea

March 7, 2022 at 2:08 a.m. East

Hello

Welcome to today’s news blog.

We’ll bring you the reaction to Manchester United’s heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester City and the rest of this weekend’s Premier League action as well as the latest news on Roman Abramovich’s plan to sell Chelsea in the near future.

And we will of course provide you with all the latest news during the day.

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

March 6, 2022 at 4:45 p.m. East

Are Liverpool getting good at succession planning?

A year ago this week, Liverpool were on their knees after a record sixth consecutive league defeat at the hands of lowly Fulham, leaving them eighth in the Premier League table. Now, supporters dream of a sweep. This is the second transformation Klopp has overseen during his reign at Anfield.

But what about the future of the man who so emphatically fulfilled his mission to turn skeptics into believers? Liverpool’s exciting resurgence hasn’t changed his plan to take a break from football when his current contract expires in the summer of 2024, shortly after his 57th birthday. He made this promise to his family.

Learn more about the reality of Liverpool, from Athleticism James Pearce.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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Are Liverpool getting good at succession planning?

March 6, 2022 at 4:34 p.m. East

JUST IN: Ronaldo takes on Portugal in the Manchester derby

For the outside world, Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to lead the line against Manchester City. As it happens, he was not in the country at the time of the kick-off at the Etihad.

Ronaldo is believed to have flown to Portugal once his absence for the Manchester derby became apparent. He reported a recurrence of the hip flexor problem that troubled him earlier this year, which treatment could not alleviate, and then flew back to his homeland before Sunday.

Sources say the trip caused surprise in United’s dressing room given the importance of the game. Injured players are not obliged to attend games, but Ronaldo’s teammates are said to feel that his presence at the stadium, given his aura and contributions this campaign, could have been beneficial.

Full story below.

Laurie Whitwell

Laurie Whitwell·

Manchester United correspondent

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Ronaldo and a trip to Portugal that surprised Manchester United

March 6, 2022 at 4:06 p.m. East

Crystal Palace: Could this be their best PL season in recent memory?

Athleticism Matt Woosnam certainly thinks so after Palace’s brilliant 2-0 win over top-flight Wolves yesterday.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 3:16 p.m. East

ICYMI: The painful lessons Manchester United can learn from City

David Moyes has already been chastised for suggesting United should aspire to be more like City – but these days it’s undeniably true.

From recruiting to executive hires, from academy to planning, these are the lessons, painful as they are, that United must learn.

After today’s 4-1 defeat, it’s more evident than ever.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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The painful lessons Manchester United can learn from City

March 6, 2022 at 2:27 p.m. East

NEWS: Rest of Man United’s season is all about ‘growing the team’ – Rangnick after 4-1 loss

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 2:15 p.m. East

Arsenal: the four favorites

They are now one point clear of Manchester United with three games less.

Athleticism James McNicholas has written about how the combination of Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka will power their present and future.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 1:47 p.m. East

Bowen takes no significant damage

He came off against Liverpool yesterday at the start of the second half.

A club statement said: “West Ham United can confirm that analysis has shown that Jarrod Bowen suffered no significant damage following the injury he picked up at Liverpool on Saturday night.

“The 25-year-old suffered an impact injury to his right heel during a challenge early in the second half at Anfield and, despite trying to continue, had to be substituted five minutes later.

‘Chief Medical Officer Richard Collinge said: ‘Jarrod underwent an MRI in London on Sunday morning and thankfully no significant injuries occurred. He will continue to be monitored by the medical team and will undergo further examination in the coming days. “

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 1:40 p.m. East

FT: City 4-1 United

Manchester City took a six-point lead over Liverpool after beating Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored twice apiece, with City producing a superb second-half performance to overwhelm United.

United, who started with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as false nines, contributed to an exciting and open first half. De Bruyne scored twice from close range either side of an elegant Jadon Sancho equalizer.

But the second half was all City – they had 14 shots to nil by United, and a third goal was long overdue when Mahrez scored with a delicious half-volley from De Bruyne’s corner.

Mahrez got his second in the 90th minute to end a humiliating afternoon for United, who fell under Arsenal earlier in the day. They struggle to make the top four; City only have eyes for another league title. The derby confirmed what we already knew: the two teams are poles apart.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

March 6, 2022 at 12:55 p.m. East

64′: City 2-1 United

There is about half an hour left. De Bruyne’s double is currently the difference…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 12:49 p.m. East

Chelsea youngster Fiabema returns to Norway

Young Chelsea striker Bryan Fiabema has joined Rosenborg on loan.

The 19-year-old moved to Chelsea from Tromso in 2020 but hasn’t made a first-team appearance in west London.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 11:35 a.m. East

On the way to the Etihad!

Follow live updates here!

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 10:59 a.m. East

Ronaldo and Cavani are not part of the United squad…

The attacking duo, as reported by Athleticism earlier this afternoon, are not included in United’s squad for the derby.

In their absence, Ralf Rangnick said: “Edi trained well the last three days, but in the end he didn’t feel good enough to play. Cristiano had problems with his hip flexor on Friday and since then he has not played.”

You can follow City vs United live updates here.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 10:37 a.m. East

City ‘definitely’ need a striker

According to their own manager, Pep Guardiola.

City top the Premier League and are the division’s second highest goalscorer with 64 goals in 27 appearances, an average of more than two per game.

And yet: “I think the club definitely needs a striker,” Guardiola said ahead of today’s Manchester derby.

More here from the boss of the city.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 10:11 a.m. East

Second half underway at Vicarage Road

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 9.50 a.m. East

How do you prepare to face a new manager?

Leicester City did it yesterday, and they did it well as they won 1-0 against Leeds.

Here’s how it went.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 8:56 East

Live coverage of Watford v Arsenal

Kick-off for today’s Premier League opener is imminent, and you can follow live updates here.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News