How Spurs could line-up against Watford with Vorm an option after shock return

first_imgTOTTENHAM are desperate to return to winning ways at home to bottom-feeders Watford after successive losses before the international break.Mauricio Pochettino’s side had seven goals smashed past them by Bayern Munich before suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Brighton.2Spurs were then plunged into disarray with the news that club captain Hugo Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in the loss at the Amex.Following the news that the French keeper has been ruled out of action until next year, the club re-signed veteran Michel Vorm to act as emergency cover.The Dutchman, 35, left Spurs in the summer after making just 13 Premier League appearances in five years at the club.Vorm has not played a competitive game in a year, with his last outing coming in the Champions League 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven last October.The former Swansea stopper is lacking match sharpness and is likely to act as second fiddle for Paulo Gazzaniga, who came on for Lloris in the 3-0 loss at Brighton.Upon his return to north London, Vorm revealed his belief that the Argentine has the capability to take over as Tottenham’s No1.I’ve seen his quality from the beginning. I’m 100% sure that he’ll do a great job.Michel Vorm on Paulo GazzanigaHe told the club’s official website: “I’ve worked with him for a few years and I’ve seen his quality from the beginning.”He’s a good lad and a guy who has a strong mentality and I think he will bring a good energy with him and I’m 100% sure that he’ll do a great job.”I spoke with him yesterday and he’s happy that I’m back.”Summer signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon both returned to first-team training during the international break but are expected to miss the clash against Watford.Poch also has a big decision to make over Dele Alli, who has struggled for form and fitness this season.The England star was hauled off during the 7-2 drubbing by Bayern and then left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad over the international break.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMost Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticHowever he may have a point to prove against Watford, with a stellar record of five goals and two assists in the eight games he has faced the Hornets.And Christian Eriksen may be given a rest after it was revealed he picked up a dead leg on international duty with Denmark.But one less headache for Poch will be the return of Serge Aurier, who is back from suspension following his red card in the 2-1 win over Southampton.2Spurs chiefs worry axing Mauricio Pochettino will benefit their rivals as Man Utd and Real Madrid circlelast_img read more

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Jan Vertonghen says coronavirus has made him ‘more coveted’ on free transfer

first_img2JAN VERTONGHEN claims the horrific coronavirus pandemic has made him ‘more coveted’ as a player.The Belgian international defender is out of contract at Spurs this summer and seems certain to leave after eight years in north London.2 Jan Vertonghen has made 19 appearances in the Premier League this seasonCredit: PA:Press Association⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesAnd he believes the imminent collapse of the transfer market will make him one of football’s hottest properties.Vertonghen, 33 today, said: “The coronavirus lockdown has brought a lot of uncertainty to the transfer market and, strangely enough, it has had a positive effect on interest in players who are out of contract.“A lot of clubs don’t have the money to do transfers so players like me, who are free, are more coveted than ever before.“Since January a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals for next season and I really want to continue at the top level for a few years more.“I’d like to play European football next season and though the Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious markets for me, I will keep all my options open.”Vertonghen, who cost Spurs £8million when he joined from Ajax in 2012, has not ruled out extending his stay at the club.He added: “I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs or another club.”But Vertonghen wants a two-year contract and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is only willing to offer him a 12-month deal, which has opened the door for Inter Milan to move to the head of the queue.Speaking in a video call to Play Sports in Belgium, Vertonghen said he was certain he had not played his last game for Spurs and confident the Premier League season will eventually be completed.But he admitted it could put a strain on family life if top-flight stars are quarantined together while playing out the remaining 92 games.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealLATEST SPORT NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAWAY DAYSMartin Skelly remembers county’s day in the sun when Dublin rocked into townBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHe said: “They will do everything to finish the competition and people here are even considering quarantining the players, coaches and referees for five weeks to finish the games.“It would be like a mini-World Cup, which would be quite dramatic for a family man like me.“But money talks and players have little say about this.”CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Tottenham ask sacked Pochettino to take pay cut on severance package due to coronavirus shutdownlast_img read more

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Eels ready to roll out Foran welcome mat

first_imgPhoto: NRL Photos.Kieran Foran will play in front of Eels fans for the first time since departing the club in Round 13. ‌While the Kiwi pivot will no doubt cop a razzing from elements of the blue and gold crowd, he remains on good terms with his former teammates. However, after orchestrating a 22-10 win against his former club at Mt Smart Stadium in Round 6, Eels players are hoping things will be different when he faces the music against his old home crowd.”He’ll be sweet; I hope he’s sweet, Parra fans are brutal!” laughed Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard.”I love ‘Fozzy’ as a person, I reckon he’s a good bloke. Last time we played them he ripped us apart. I don’t think we were ready for him last time.”Part of the reason the Eels may have been underprepared to face Foran in Round 6 is due to his delayed start to the year.After being forced to sit out the opening three rounds following on from his personal circumstances that saw him depart from the Eels mid-year last season, a hamstring complaint further delayed his return until Round 5.”I don’t think we knew if he was going to play or not last time but he’s playing this week and we’ve got a job to do on him. Him playing is just going to make our job a bit harder,” Pritchard added.One of the key match-ups to decide Friday’s contest will be the respective performances of Parramatta’s former star halfback recruit against its latest big-name signing in Mitch Moses, who improved out of sight from his first game in blue and gold to his second when he led the way in a 22-16 win over Souths last week.Moses said Foran hadn’t been a focus of the Eels’ preparation but was looking forward to facing off against one of the sport’s best playmakers.”It hasn’t been spoken about at all but he’s probably one of the best halves in the game, coming up against his old club he’ll want to get a good game under his belt,” Moses said.”I’m looking forward to the challenge against him. You always want to [play against] the best in the game and challenge yourself and always put yourself up against them so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”Pritchard will be another key man for the Eels on Friday; his partnership with former Eels under-16s teammate Moses has progressed rapidly in two games while Pritchard’s own form has built steadily in what is his first season of consistent big-minute starting games.”I’m feeling a lot better, I’m starting to understand the speed of the game,” he said of his own form.”It’s more getting used to the speed of the game, I’m understanding it better now. I still haven’t got it totally but I will and I can still keep up playing good footy and doing my job.”Injured Eels No.9 Isaac De Gois has been a big help to Pritchard this year despite his own disappointment at not being able to play since being concussed in a pre-season trial game.”I love ‘Goisy’, I talk to him nearly every day, every time I see him,” Pritchard said.”He’s giving me good tips on what to do and how to do it and things I’m doing [badly] too, he’ll tell me straight and that’s what I love about Goisy. I hope to see him back soon.”last_img read more

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PNG goes down by 1 to Fiji

first_imgThey lost 5-4 in day 2 of hockey matches.It was a match that saw both teams go neck to neck at each other as the more experienced hockey women’s teams showed how the sport is really played.It was a disappointing loss for PNG despite going down by one point to Fiji 5-4.First period of the match saw the competition’s leading scorer, Fiji’s number 10 Tiara Dutta open the scoring which later saw PNG’s Caroline Mulina respond, levelling the score.Close encounters by both teams saw the scores remain the same till the second period when Fiji through captain Catherine Thaggard found the box as shec scored her 5th goal since day 1 of hockey began yesterday.PNG’s Jessica Kevan responded with a second goal to PNG leaving both teams tied at 2 all before the last two minute break.Good guarding by PNG goalie Rosemary Miria prevented what could have been a spurt for Fiji in goals in the last period blocking off a good number of shots from the Fijian ladies.Fiji again opened the last 15 minutes with a goal from Lala Ravatu as PNG’s Miria was yet again put to the test to defend her goal line from the fierce Fijian attack.PNG captain Terry Kiapin gracefully dribbled the ball into the Fijian territory where she managed to score, claiming her second goal in the competition at 3 points all.Competition leading scorer Tiara Dutta again attacked the PNG goal mouth where she managed to get the ball past Miria, taking Fiji to the front 4-3.Fiji’s Lala Ravatu managed to get her second goal extending their lead further to 5-3.Pressure started to build up amongst the PNG girls as they were down by 2 in the last period, Kari Raurela managed to get the ball past the Fijian goalie reducing the gap to 5-4.Last minute attempts to secure another goal from Fiji failed as the hooter went off ending the match at 5-4, a disappointing loss yet a strong match between the top hockey countries.last_img read more

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2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu on track following govt assurances

first_imgTwo weeks ago, VASANOC said it would ask the Council to withdraw the 2017 Games from Vanuatu if urgent action by the Government was not taken to release promised funding.The President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, said all parties are now on the same page.”We’ve got a new government – a new Prime Minister has been in office for maybe two months – so I’ve had two meetings with him and he now fully understands what the commitments are (and) what a host contract is all about. He opened the General Assembly (of the Pacific Games Council in Port Vila) for us and made the commitment of his government to support the 2017 Games so it’s full steam (ahead for preparations).”The Mini Games will be held in December 2017 after the start date was pushed back by three months earlier this year.last_img read more

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Miramón will be 20 days off and will not play against Atlético

first_imgThis has been indicated in a statement, so the player in those twenty days you will miss two league games and one of the Copa del Rey.In addition to the loss of Miramón, Coach Paco López will not be able to count Gonzalo Melero and Oscar Duarte for Saturday’s duel against Atlético in Madrid, although they have already partially joined the work this week, nor with Rober Pier, Rubén Vezo and Iván López. The defense of the Levant Jorge Miramón suffers a grade 1 muscle injury in the right rectum of the right thigh and will be twenty days off, as confirmed by sources of the Valencian club.last_img read more

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Batacazo of Porto and AZ

first_imgIn the rest of the qualifiers the expected happened except in which he faced Basaksehir with Sporting de Portugal. After tying the tie (3-1 in both games) a goal of Visca in the last minute of the extension made the madness explode in the stadium of the Turkish set, that happens to eighth. In the rest of the meetings. Rome endured the initial onslaught of the Gent, who came to tie the tie thanks to a goal from David, which many already compare with Haaland, but Kluivert ended with the hope of the Belgians (1-1). The Wolfsburg had no problem against Malmoe (0-3), like the Basel, who left practically sentenced his pass to APOEL in the first leg (0-3) and this Thursday he won thanks to a goal from Frei. Strong defeat of Porto at the Do Dragao stadium against Bayer Leverkusen. Those of Conceiçao had to overcome 2-1 of the first leg and ended up falling 1-3 in a match in which they never had options. Alario, Demirbay and Havertz, the young German pearl, scored the three goals of the ‘aspirin’ team that sentenced the tie. Marega made up the score for a Porto that only has to focus on the league, which is behind Benfica.AZ Alkmaar was also surprisingly eliminated. The Dutch team, which is fighting hand in hand with Ajax la Eredivisie, was removed by LASK Linz Austrian, which won 2-0 thanks to a double by Raguz.last_img read more

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“Cristiano said that he was going to see his mother and he only hangs photos in the pool”

first_imgThe former Juve president said lastly that on his return it will be more difficult for him to get back into shape: “Criticizing now is easy, but seen from the outside, I don’t understand why some players wanted to leave Italy. When they return, it will be more difficult to get back in shape because they will have to be quarantined for 14 days.” His club gave him permission to travel, but the former president said Giovanni Cobolli Ggigi in Radio Punto NuovoThis was a mistake and has sparked criticism among fans in addition to causing disagreement within the squad: “Things at Juventus got complicated when Cristiano Ronaldo left. He said he was going to Portugal because of his mother, but now it seems that he only takes photos in the pool. When this exception was made, the situation fell apart and others wanted to leave. It shouldn’t have been like this. Everyone should have been quarantined. “ The footballer has posed in recent days in several photos, one of which was uploaded by his sister, Katia Aveiro, to social networks, without a shirt (there is another from days ago in which you can also see him without a shirt). Some images that fans have not liked.Cristiano Ronaldo, at his Madeira home. After the positive of Daniele Rugani, the Juventus was one of the first teams to be quarantined when the coronavirus began to spread over Italy. However, in those days, the mother of Cristiano Ronaldo He suffered a stroke, and as usual, the Portuguese soccer player asked to travel to Portugal to be there with her, fulfilling in Madeira with quarantine.Instagram ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The photo that Katia Aveiro uploaded to social networks.Instagramlast_img read more

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The French League studies a common loan to help the clubs

first_imgThat decision can be a serious blow to the clubs, which in France receive 36% of their income in the first division from television broadcasting rights. Another threat comes from the fact that the transfer market may be severely affected by the slowdown. French clubs are traditionally vendors and they obtained a significant part of their income from this section. In the 2018-2019 season there were some 635 million euros in transfer surpluses, essential to balance their accounts, and according to the French financial control body, the clubs still need about 200 million euros until the end of the season to not end it in negative. Most of the clubs have resorted to partial unemployment mechanisms for their workforce or to salary reductions for their stars. But, even with these solutions, the coffers of the clubs must support up to 84% of the players’ net salary, not covered by the partial employment regulation files. The LFP is in negotiations with the soccer union to reduce wages 50% globally. The crisis is affecting most of the clubs, even the big ones.The main threatened is Olympique de Marseille, who already had red numbers before the arrival of the coronavirus and was in the spotlight of UEFA for that reason. Monaco, another of the greats, has put all its workers on technical unemployment and negotiates with the staff to reduce their wages. The club can benefit from the support of the Principality’s authorities and studies whether it can also receive help from the French State, since it plays in that league. The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), for its part, despite having the largest budget, is also the one with the most losses linked to the pandemic. It is estimated that you can stop entering about 215 million euros. The French Professional Football League (LFP) is considering creating a community credit fund to help clubs overcome financial difficulties they may have due to the slowdown in competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to sources of the organization, it would be a credit of between 200 and 250 million euros that would be requested with the guarantee of future television income, both the current ones, from the BeIN Sports channel, and those of the following seasons, bought by the Spanish Mediapro. In this way, the aim is to allow entities to meet expenses during these months, when they have seen their income decrease due to the lack of ticket sales and all the benefits associated with the parties’ dispute. To this is added that Canal Plus has decided to freeze the payment of 110 million euros that it had to make on April 5, as it could not broadcast the games.last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos answers Ajax and remembers his four Champions

first_imgSergio Ramos he replied to the tweet with a photo in which he appears with each of the four Champions you have won and the emoticon of a waving hand. The one from Camas has been proclaimed champion of the maximum European competition with the Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He confinement by coronavirus leads to clubs and footballers sharpen their wits in the form of challenges on social networks. He Ajax participated in a Twitter challenge in which they had to remember a Champions League match. The Dutch club shared a photo of Sergio Ramos in the box of Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg match of the Champions League, another from Tadic making a similar gesture on the grass along with a greeting emoticon remembering with the date of April 1 the result of the return of the Champions League knockout, 1-4 and that it coincides with the first day of the fourth month.last_img read more

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