Josef Martinez brace powers Atlanta past New York City FC, into Eastern Conference final

With a hop, skip and a jump, Josef Martinez helped put Atlanta United FC through to the MLS’ Eastern Conference final.

Martinez scored twice, including on a penalty kick in the 25th minute, and host Atlanta defeated New York City FC 3-1 on Sunday to claim the home-and-home semifinal series by a 4-1 aggregate.12

Atlanta held the edge in the tie after winning the first leg 1-0 last weekend at Yankee Stadium.

Martinez, who set an MLS record with 31 goals in the regular season, was awarded the penalty kick after NYCFC defender Ismael Tajouri-Shradi was called for taking down Atlanta’s Franco Escobar in the penalty area. Escobar drove the right wing to the end line and then tried to turn around, bumping into Tajouri-Shradi.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Martinez clinched the victory with a goal in the 83rd minute off a pass from Eric Remedi, who lobbed the ball over the NYCFC back line to spring Martinez. His 15-yard shot beat Johnson just inside the right post.

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Paul Pogba dismisses Juventus return, says Manchester United is ‘home’

Paul Pogba has ruled out a return to Juventus and reiterated his commitment to Manchester United by describing the club as his “home.”

Pogba joined United’s youth academy in 2009 but having failed to break into the first team, joined the Serie A champions in 2012 where he established himself as one of the game’s leading midfielders. He made his return to Old Trafford for a then world record £89 million deal in 2016.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

In recent months, there have been question marks over Pogba’s United future following various bust-ups with manager Jose Mourinho. The midfielder has been linked with a return to Juventus but Pogba said his stint with the Bianconeri was like a “holiday” rather than anything long term.11

“When I came back to United, it was the best feeling ever,” Pogba told Inside United. “I came back home.

“I always dreamed of playing for United, to have many games and score goals. Nothing had really changed, except for maybe the team and the manager, but the rest of the club was the same.

“I just came back home, it was like I didn’t really leave — I just went on holiday. It was a great feeling to come back home.”

Pogba started the campaign as United’s vice-captain, as he wore the armband for the opening matches in the absence of skipper Antonio Valencia.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

However, following comments about the club’s playing style, Mourinho stripped the France international of the vice-captaincy role.

Pogba missed Sunday’s 3-1 defeat in the Manchester derby through an injury which also forced him to pull out of the France squad, having been called up for the upcoming internationals against Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League as well as the friendly with Uruguay.


Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata nets two in victory over Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata made it four goals in his last four Premier League matches with a brace as he helped Chelsea to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

The Spaniard’s goals came either side of a a well-taken Townsend strike which temporarily gave Palace belief, before Pedro made the points safe.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Morata had struggled for form at the beginning of the campaign and eventually became used a back-up option to Olivier Giroud under Maurizio Sarri. However, he appears to have rediscovered his goal scoring touch in recent weeks.

Eden Hazard was named on the substitute’s bench, having missed Chelsea’s last three matches through injury and he was clearly missed as Palace impressed in the opening exchanges.12

Max Meyer — making only his second league start of the season — was causing the home defence problems and fired over the bar, when presented with an opportunity by Wilfried Zaha following a quick counter-attack on 21 minutes.

The duo combined again moments later to create another missed opportunity but Palace were soon made to pay for failing to take advantage of their early superiority when Morata pounced just past the half hour mark.

Pedro hit a ball towards Morata, which was cut out by defender James Tomkins. However, the ball fell kindly for the former Real Madrid forward, who controlled it well before finding the back of the net.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

It could have been two just four minutes later, when Pedro fed Willian, who hit a blasted an past Wayne Hennessey — only for the referee’s assistant to raise his flag.

Palace got an equaliser seven minutes after half-time after Andros Townsend finished off a neatly-worked goal. It appeared to galvanise the visitors, with Zaha and Meyer combining again to cause the Chelsea defence more problems.

David Luiz then came close to putting Chelsea back in front with a header, before Sarri threw on Hazard on 64 minutes to give Chelsea to great effect. Just one minute later, his free-kick found its way to Morata, who put his side ahead for the second time in the match.

The result was put to bed with 20 minutes remaining when Pedro slotted home from Marcos Alonso’s low cross.


Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: Kieran Trippier must remember he is a full-back

Mauricio Pochettino has warned Kieran Trippier that he needs to improve defensively and remember he is a full-back after Tottenham’s scare against Wolves.

Spurs were 3-0 up at Molineux on Saturday but then conceded twice from penalties to claim a 3-2 win. While 20-year-old centre-back Juan Foyth conceded both spot-kicks, Trippier was largely culpable each time, foolishly attempting a nutmeg just outside his own box and then failing to track Jonny’s run.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Trippier had earlier set up a goal for Lucas Moura with a trademark cross, but Pochettino has reminded the England international of his defensive duties.

“The disappointment is massive to concede two cheap actions like we conceded,” Pochettino said. “I don’t talk about the action of the penalty — we need to go a little bit before.

“You are going to see or have the answer. We provide [Kieran] with the platform to go forward because we create the system and dynamic to put him in the best position to play. In a different situation, I think he is a full-back, not a winger.

“It’s like no different full-back in the world. When you are in possession and go forward, you need to be strong too when you are in a defensive situation. We always compensate.11

“If you watch the game, Moussa Sissoko compensates that situation. If we put a player high, it is because in behind we have compensated the situation to give the time to go back.

“Kieran needs to improve in the defensive situation because in the last few games you have seen that we conceded a few actions. But like him, all the players need to improve in the defensive situation.

“We need to be more aggressive. Against Barcelona, Manchester City and now, we conceded very poor goals. For me, football is about when you don’t have the ball.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“The great teams like Manchester City, who won the Premier League last season, or Barcelona or Real Madrid, when they don’t have the ball they fight like the most humble player.

“That is the balance which is important to generate or create in a team if you want to be close to winning titles.”

Tottenham have already thrown away leads against Watford (twice), Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven this season and, having nearly done so again at Wolves, captain Hugo Lloris has urged his teammates to add some pragmatism to Pochettino’s philosophy and learn when to simply see out the game.


Riyad Mahrez fits Pep Guardiola’s template while adding something new to City

In basic terms, the reigning Premier League champions’ purchase of a former PFA Footballer of the Year, for a club record fee, was clearly a huge statement of intent. But when Manchester City completed the signing of Riyad Mahrez in the summer, there was a legitimate question about his precise role in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.nfl cheap jerseys nike

After all, City had just won the Premier League with a record 100 points, courtesy of a side based around two outright wingers, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, stretching the play. This was arguably the most fundamental part of City’s attacking approach, and when Guardiola occasionally played Bernardo Silva — a left-footed midfielder, always coming inside — on the right flank, more for the sake of rotation than tactics, City’s attacking wasn’t quite so dynamic.

Mahrez was a curious fit. Somewhere between an inverted winger and a No. 10, the Algerian was a dribbler accustomed to playing on the counter-attack and carrying the ball directly towards goal, and the outside-right position at City demanded entirely different characteristics. So far, though, Mahrez has proved his worth. After a slow start at the Etihad, where he was gradually eased into the side, now Mahrez is increasingly looking like one of City’s key players. His tactical role at City can be summarised concisely by assessing the nature of his four league goals so far.12

Mahrez scored two in a 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff City, one in a 5-0 victory over Burnley, and then came his first major goal for City, the winner in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Those four goals, stylistically, can be divided into two; Mahrez has scored two pairs of identical goals.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

His second strike against Cardiff, and his late goal against Burnley, were the type of goal we’ve come to expect from left-footed right wingers, strikes that can now be described, and universally understood, as Arjen Robben-esque.

Against Cardiff, Mahrez collected a loose ball on the edge of the box, cut inside by using the outside of his favoured left foot, and then whipped a shot into the far corner. His goal against Burnley was a more elegant variation: collecting a forward pass from Fernandinho, 25 yards out in an inside-right position, Mahrez touched the ball once with the inside of his left foot, then three times with the outside to work the ball into a shooting position, opened out his body, before majestically bending the ball into the top corner. Joe Hart didn’t move. It was the archetypal goal from an inverted winger.

But playing purely in that manner would mean City losing their most prolific route to goal from last season. Time and time again, City unlocked opposition defences through Sane and Sterling, with one winger charging down the outside, sending a low cross into the box, and the other winger arriving at the far post to convert, often into an open goal.


Tottenham ‘anxious’ for the new stadium to be complete – Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura has told ESPN FC that Tottenham players are anxious to get into their new stadium following more delays that could mean they don’t play there until January.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Spurs lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Wembley on Monday, a day after an NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles had been played on the same surface, highlighting Spurs’ failure to get their new home open on time.

Spurs’ new home on the site of their former ground was originally due to open on Sept. 15 and had been previously announced to open in time for Christmas. One section of the stadium, which includes Europe’s largest club shop, is open to the public.

“I won’t deny that we are anxious for the new stadium, our new home — to get to know the new things in the stadium,” Moura said after the game.11

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said last week they would continue at Wembley until the end of the year, but it was reported on Tuesday that the Premier League could push them to give final dates for a first fixture at the new ground. That could mean the club are forced to commit to staying at Wembley for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.

Meanwhile, UEFA has confirmed they are monitoring the condition of the Wembley pitch ahead of the Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven on Nov. 6.

“UEFA is closely monitoring the situation at Wembley and working with the club, the FA and management of the stadium, to guarantee safe playing conditions for the Champions League match.”nfl cheap jerseys nike

Katrina Law, the co-chair of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, wrote in the Telegraph that Wembley fatigue is affecting attendances ahead of the new stadium opening and causing resentment among fans.

This season Tottenham have played six matches as a home side, five at Wembley and one in Milton Keynes, due to the ongoing delays.


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hails John Stones’ versatility

Kyle Walker could miss Manchester City’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, but John Stones is ready to continue in his place.

Walker, 28, missed Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday with a muscle problem, and Stones could keep the right-back role he filled against the Clarets.

“He can’t play winger, attacking midfielder or striker — no way,” Pep Guardiola joked when asked about Stones’ versatility.

“I think it’s good for the young players like John Stones that they learn to play in different positions.

“It helps him become more intelligent, to understand the game more, and he has more chances to play regularly because the manager needs him in other positions.

“We’re just nine games in, but this is the way we want to keep going. The Champions League is a different competition — we dropped three points [against Lyon]. Every game is a final, and we are going to play in Donetsk like a final.”

“He can play different positions and that is good for him, because we cannot forget he is only 24. He has a long career in front of him.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Guardiola said he hoped Walker would be able to play against Shakhtar, adding that he had not wanted to “take a risk” by using him against Burnley.12

Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany hailed Stones, saying: “He’s an intelligent player with so much ability on the ball.

“I’ve seen him improve in the last few years, I’m really pleased to see how he’s developing. He’s a top, top centre half already, but he’s an even better one in the making. It’s exciting.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“You look around, football managers changing formations all the time, you can’t make more than three changes so you need to have players on the pitch who have flexibility — and John epitomises that.”

City have conceded just three goals in their opening nine Premier League games as they top the table on goal difference and Saturday’s clean sheet was their fifth in succession — a better run than any during last season’s title win.

“The clean sheet is so important but the most important is how many chances we concede,” Guardiola added. “Anfield it was almost one, [against Burnley] we didn’t concede a shot on target.

“They had one clear chance but after that we were solid. You can’t win games if you’re not solid.

“We’re just nine games in, but this is the way we want to keep going. The Champions League is a different competition — we dropped three points [against Lyon]. Every game is a final, and we are going to play in Donetsk like a final.”


Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko targets return to France squad

Moussa Sissoko said he showed what he could do in Tottenham’s 1-0 victory at West Ham on Saturday as he targets a return to the France squad.

Sissoko, 29, has struggled to win over Spurs fans since joining from Newcastle in 2016 but was given a standing ovation after setting up Erik Lamela’s winner and playing a key defensive role.

“I tried to help the team and I did well so I’m very happy with my performance,” he said. “Football is up and down, and you have to try to keep the balance.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Even the best players in the world sometimes can have a bad moment, but I try to stay positive. When you get criticised, you have to take it positively and try to train more and give more on the pitch.11

“I knew all the players and staff were always behind me, and when I had the opportunities to play I’ve tried to do my best. Saturday was a good afternoon for me, so I’m very happy.

“I’m a midfielder so my job is to help the team and, when I can, try to give some assists. It was a good assist for me, so I’ll try to keep going in that way.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“We have a lot of games so we’re going to rotate the squad, and when you have the opportunity to play you have to take the chance.”

Sissoko played for France in their Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal but his inability to hold down a starting berth at Spurs meant he was omitted from the squad that won the World Cup.


Antoine Griezmann brace sees France rally past Germany in Nations League

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as France came back from a goal down to beat Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

Germany manager Joachim Low admitted he was feeling pressure over his job following a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands on Saturday which left them bottom of their Nations League group.

An early goal from the penalty spot gave Germany the lead before 10 minutes when Toni Kroos rolled the ball home past Hugo Lloris after a questionable call for handball on France’s Presnel Kimpembe.

Germany should have been up two minutes later, but Leroy Sane misplaced a cross to Timo Werner on a lightning-fast counter-attack and Lloris was able to come out and cut off the pass.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“We should not be disappointed tonight after such a performance,” said Loew after the match. “We were on the same level with the world champions and we should have scored a second goal in the first half. But the French have a lot of quality and scored two goals from just a handful of chances.”

Kylian Mbappe came closest to scoring an equaliser for France, but Griezmann’s ball over the top of the German defence was just out of the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s reach as the visitors took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room.2

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France were back on level terms just after the hour mark when a well-marked Griezmann was able to redirect a perfect Lucas Hernandez cross over Neuer to make it 1-1.

And France would then take the lead with a controversial penalty of their own, as Griezmann left no doubt from the spot after Mats Hummels was whistled for a harsh foul on Blaise Matuidi in the box.

“This is the difference between a team with a lot of confidence and a team like Germany which lacks some confidence and is maybe not as efficient,” France coach Didier Deschamps told reporters.

“There is nothing better for my team, my players, than this. The best vitamin is victory and tonight we had a difficult game and won against a difficult team.”

The result means the Netherlands and France will be left to battle it out for top spot in League A’s Group 1 with the loss meaning Germany cannot reach the final.


Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger eyes January return to management

Arsene Wenger wants to return to management in January, saying he has received “enquiries from all over the world” and does not know whether it will be with a club or a national side.

The former Arsenal manager said he could even be tempted to return to Japan, where he managed before moving to the Premier League in 1996.

However, Wenger dismissed the idea he would join Bayern Munich and said the club should stick with under-fire coach Niko Kovac.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Yes, it looks like it,” Wenger told Sport Bild when asked whether he is still planning to return to management. “I believe that [I’ll] start again on Jan. 1. I don’t know yet [where I’m headed]. I am rested, and I am ready to work again.”

“There are associations, national teams; it could be also [in] Japan,” Wenger said. “Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”1

Wenger also said Mesut Ozil’s withdrawal from international football could be bad for his future.

Ozil decided to quit playing for Germany after the World Cup, saying he was subjected to racism following the team’s group-stage exit, and was widely criticised at home before the tournament over his decision to pose for a photo with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I did not love it that he withdrew from the Germany team [because] the Germans respect what he achieved,” Wenger said. “A small bit of motivation disappears when you know that you don’t have to be ready for a World Cup, a European Championship. I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level.”