Report claims Alli was so frustrated with what Spurs star constantly did against Leipzig

Report claims Alli was so frustrated with what Spurs star constantly did against Leipzig – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur lost the first-leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against RB Leipzig last week, with Timo Werner’s second-half penalty separating both sides.
With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min out injured, the hosts were without a recognized striker against the Bundesliga side, and boss Jose Mourinho had to deploy Dele Alli and Lucas Moura upfront.
The Portuguese opted to go direct against Leipzig, with Toby Alderweireld often playing long balls up to the forwards, but it didn’t particularly go down well with one Spurs star.
According to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, Alli was so frustrated at the Belgian doing it that he turned to the defender and threw his hands up in the air.

It didn’t work in the end, though, with the midfielder struggling to make an impact and getting hauled off 19 minutes into the second-half.
Going direct has been a constant part of Tottenham’s play since Mourinho arrived in November, with Alderweireld regularly playing long balls to the front to catch opposition defences off guard.
Given the pace of Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Son, more of it should be expected going forward, but as the case was against Leipzig, it won’t always work against some type of defences and oppositions, and a lack of plan B could hurt Spurs.
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Sky Sports pundit makes a surprising prediction about the Wolves game tonight

Sky Sports pundit makes a surprising prediction about the Wolves game tonight – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Wolves take on Espanyol in the Europa League later today.
The Premier League side have won the first leg of the tie 4-0 and they will be looking to get the job done in the second leg now.
Given their quality and form, Nuno’s side might just be favourites to win in Spain as well.
However, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has made a surprise prediction about the game’s result. He believes that Espanyol are a decent team and they will beat Wolves tonight.
The Spanish side looked well out of their depth at Molineux last week and they are in terrible form in the league as well.
Wolves have a 4-0 lead and Espanyol will know that this tie is beyond them now. It is hard to see them being motivated for the game.
Espanyol might look to salvage some pride here but a defeat for Wolves would be very surprising.
It will be interesting to see how the home side approach this contest. They will know all about Wolves’ counter-attacking strengths and therefore an adventurous approach might not be a good idea.
Meanwhile, Wolves will be relaxed and full of confidence heading into this game.
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'Top performance', 'Unbelievable talent' – Some Rangers fans are in awe of 22-yr-old's display

'Top performance', 'Unbelievable talent' – Some Rangers fans are in awe of 22-yr-old's display – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Rangers picked up a morale-boosting win over Braga in the Europa League last night.
A second-half goal from Ryan Kent ensured Rangers’ place in the next round of the competition.
The Scottish giants could have scored more goals but Ianis Hagi missed a penalty for the away side.
Rangers produced a defensive masterclass and Gerrard will be very impressed with the performance of his players.
Goldson and Edmundson were rock solid at the back and McGregor produced an inspiring display in between the posts as well.
Gerrard will be particularly impressed with George Edmundson’s composed display at the back. The 22-year-old Rangers defender was thrown in at the deep end but he managed to deliver when his team needed it.
Some of the Rangers fans are very impressed with the defender’s performance from last night as well and they have taken to Twitter to share their opinions.
Here are some of the tweets from earlier.

The fridge what a performance
— True Blues Loyal® (@TrueBluesLoyal) February 26, 2020

Well done fella, top performance tonight
— Bill Struth Stand (@Maccus74) February 26, 2020

G- unit!
— ALD0 (@a22an) February 26, 2020

Unbelievable talent.
— AG RFC (@AGRFC85) February 26, 2020

Solid tonight
— PaulHallyburton (@ha11y6) February 26, 2020

Big mans buzzing
— Ross (@Rossco_RFC) February 26, 2020

Superb tonight big man
— Robbie Heron (@robbieheron99) February 26, 2020

Edmundson will be delighted with the love the fans have showered on him and he will be looking to work harder and improve.
This is a good opportunity for him to build on this performance and cement his place in the starting lineup this season.
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'Embarrassing', 'What a shame' – Some West Ham fans react to official news from club

'Embarrassing', 'What a shame' – Some West Ham fans react to official news from club – originally posted on Sportslens.com
West Ham United right-back Ryan Fredericks is set to miss six weeks of action after undergoing surgery due to a shoulder injury he sustained during last week’s Premier League clash against Manchester City.
The 27-year-old damaged ligaments in his right shoulder and has gone under the knife yesterday. Fredericks has played 20 league games this term, but will now miss crucial games for a West Ham side looking to win their battle against relegation.
While it’s a big blow for boss David Moyes, the Hammers have two backup options in Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta, and they should have no problem filling in for the Englishman.
West Ham fans aren’t happy with the news, though, and here is how some of them have reacted to Fredericks’ injury update on Twitter:

Hope recovery goes well Ryan
— Steve (@49whufc_smh) February 26, 2020

Get him into sports phycologists as well, so nervous and shakey on the ball. Devoid of belief and confidence and a liability going forward.
— Merchant of Vintage (@merchofvintage) February 27, 2020

Ngakia for six weeks
— John Spencer (@Spencerjohn7) February 26, 2020

Good luck for a speedy recovery. Lads been very unlucky since he joined us
— HammerKev (@TiggerWHU) February 26, 2020

What with Fredericks’ injury absence length now confirmed, Ngakia needs to be West Ham’s first choice RB between now and the end of the season, as opposed to Zabaleta.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) February 26, 2020

What a shame…..
— JParsons_IRONS (@IronsJparsons) February 26, 2020

Speedy recovery @RyanFredericks_
— ethan (follow limit) (@WhuEthan) February 26, 2020

All he did was run into someone. Embarrassing. While you’re out Ryan, bulk up.
— Perry the Painter (@PerryGowler) February 26, 2020

Ngakia’s time
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) February 26, 2020

Ngakia put in an impressive shift during Monday’s 3-2 loss against Liverpool at Anfield, and the 19-year-old has the quality to challenge Fredericks for a starting berth going forward.
With January loan signing Tomas Soucek also out injured, Moyes will hope his players can prevent getting knocked down in the coming weeks as he needs all hands on deck in their fight against relegation.
West Ham are currently 18th in the top-flight table following six wins, six draws and 15 losses, and they need to pick up as many points as they can in their last 11 games of the campaign if they are to retain their EPL status for next term.
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Rangers vs Celtic: Bitter Old Firm rivals are the best of enemies

Rangers vs Celtic: Bitter Old Firm rivals are the best of enemies – originally posted on Sportslens.com
The rivalry between Rangers and Celtic is one of the most bitter in football, with differing views regarding religion and politics central to the divide.
Celtic fans tend to sit on the Catholic side of religion, while Rangers supporters have a history that is rooted within the Protestant Community.
Those alliances see Celtic fans align themselves politically with the Republic of Ireland, with Rangers identifying strongly with Great Britain.
Games between the two sides are often fiercely fought affairs, regularly producing highly controversial moments.
Read on as we take a closer look at the rivalry.

History of the Old Firm
Celtic and Rangers were generally friendly with each other during their early years, but the situation changed dramatically in 1912.
The opening of a shipyard in Govan by Belfast shipbuilders Harland & Wolff is said to be the point where Irish politics were introduced to Glasgow.
Subsequent political events like the Easter Rising in Dublin strengthened the ill-feeling and the battle lines between Celtic and Rangers were firmly established.
Sectarianism became entrenched within the rivalry and remains embedded within the psyche of many fans on both sides.
Recent History
Most Celtic fans argue that the 2012 liquidation of Craig Whyte’s holding company, which owned Rangers, marked the end of the football club.
The ‘new-co’ Rangers for forced to apply for entry to the third tier of the Scottish League, effectively making them a different club in the eyes of Celtic supporters.
However, UEFA has confirmed that their statutes allow for a team to have “sporting continuity” under different corporate ownership.
While that doesn’t sit well with those of a Celtic persuasion, Rangers fans are convinced that the current incarnation of the club is one and the same.
Key Statistics
There have been 420 previous meetings between the two sides, with Rangers winning 162, Celtic 159 and 99 drawn matches.
Rangers also lead the way in terms of silverware, winning 115 major trophies against 109 for their big rivals.
Celtic hold the record for the biggest victory in Old Firm matches after recording a 7-1 success in the Scottish League Cup back in 1957.
The biggest attendance for Rangers versus Celtic fixture was 118,567 for a league game at Ibrox during the 1938/39 season.
Current Status
Celtic are the dominant force in Scottish football at the moment having won the league title for the last eight years.
They are well on track to make it nine-in-a-row this term, with Rangers currently trailing behind in second place.
The pair remain a long way clear of the rest of the Scottish Premiership and that is unlikely to change over the coming years.
Rangers will certainly hope to overhaul Celtic in the near future, but they still have plenty of work to do before they achieve that feat.
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Manchester City: The best players of the Abu Dhabi era

Manchester City: The best players of the Abu Dhabi era – originally posted on Sportslens.com
It is fair to say that Manchester City’s fortunes were transformed the moment that the Abu Dhabi United Group completed their takeover of the club in 2008.
They have subsequently won 10 major trophies including four Premier League titles and a domestic treble in 2018/19.
Abu Dhabi’s investment has allowed the club to bring in some of the best players in the world and given them the tools to compete at the highest level.
Determining who are the best four City players of the Abu Dhabi era is a difficult task, but we have attempted to do just that.
Vincent Kompany
Signed from Hamburg for just £6 million back in 2008, the Belgian defender became an absolute colossus for the club.
He was the driving force behind City’s emergence as one of the top teams in the Premier League and is unquestionably amongst the best players in the club’s history.
His stunning goal against Leicester City during the 2018/19 title race will live long in the memory and he simply has to be the top player during the Abu Dhabi era.

Sergio Aguero
Aguero has scored 252 goals in 365 appearances for City to highlight that there are some £31.5 million bargains to be had.
The Argentinian is one the deadliest finishers in the Premier League and will be hugely difficult to replace when he eventually leaves City.
His injury-time goal against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 to give City their first top-flight title in 44 years is another that will be remembered for many years to come.
David Silva
Silva has made over 400 appearances for City in all competitions and is rightly heralded as one of the club’s best-ever players.
Small in stature but big in heart, Silva has thrived in the Premier League despite many people tipping him to struggle when he joined City from Valencia in 2010.
The Spaniard has also weighed in with his fair share of goals for City, although it is for his ability as a playmaker that he will be best remembered.
Kevin De Bruyne
Yaya Toure can count himself unfortunate to miss out on this list, but De Bruyne’s claims to be included are simply too strong to ignore.
City broke their transfer record to sign De Bruyne from Wolfsburg back in 2015 and he has gone on to establish himself as one of City’s top stars.
De Bruyne’s ability to score and create goals sets him apart from most other midfield players and at 28 years of age he still has plenty of time to drive City to even more success.
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Who is Liverpool’s top forward: Mane, Firmino or Salah?

Who is Liverpool’s top forward: Mane, Firmino or Salah? – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Liverpool’s resurgence as a major force in English football has been a long time coming, but they look set for a sustained stay at the top.
Much of their success has been built on the prowess of their forwards, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah proving to be a fearsome trio.
Each player brings something different to the table which combines to make them one of the most exciting attacking units ever seen in the Premier League.
Deciding who is the most important player out of the three is no easy task, so read on as we set about unravelling that question.
Sadio Mane
Mane went under the radar a little when he first joined Liverpool, but he has blossomed into one of the world’s top forwards.
He won the Golden Boot in 2018/19, notching 22 goals to secure the accolade alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Salah.
The 27-year-old has continued in the same vein this season, bagging 13 goals in 24 appearances as Liverpool have run away with the Premier League.
He has recently been linked with a move to both Barcelona and Real Madrid, highlighting his emergence as a true world class talent.

Roberto Firmino
Firmino is less prolific than his two teammates, although his attributes in other aspects of play make him invaluable to Liverpool’s starting XI.
He has scored just eight goals in 27 league appearances this term, but his work off the ball undoubtedly helps both Mane and Salah.
The former Hoffenheim forward creates more space for that duo to work their magic and Liverpool aren’t as effective when he isn’t playing.
While other players can be inconsistent, Firmino regularly produces 7 or 8 out of 10 performances, making him a key component for the team.
Mohamed Salah
Salah has won the Golden Boot for the past two seasons and he is in the running to make it three-in-a-row this term.
The 27-year-old has bagged 15 goals in 24 league appearances and is fully expected to smash through the 20-goal barrier before the season ends.
Much like Mane on the other flank Salah isn’t afraid of hard work and it is that ethos that makes him the scourge of defenders across the country.
Salah has expressed a desire to play in Spain at some point during his career and Liverpool would find it difficult to replace him if he did leave.
Conclusion: Splitting Mane, Firmino and Salah is hugely difficult, with each player bringing tremendous attributes to the table. However, Salah’s ability to outscore his two teammates makes him Liverpool’s top forward, but only just!
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The top four managers in Newcastle United's history

The top four managers in Newcastle United's history – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Much like every other professional football club, Newcastle United have had a chequered history when it comes to their managers.
The Magpies were led by a selection committee from 1892 until 1929, before appointing Andy Cunningham as their first ever manager.
He was in charge for more than five years, winning 105 out of 251 games and guiding the club to an FA Cup success in 1932.
However, there have been plenty of other managers who have enjoyed success with the club, so read on as we assess who is the best manager in Newcastle United’s history.

1. Joe Harvey (1962-1975, 1980)
Harvey enjoyed a distinguished career as a player with Newcastle and went on to become the club’s longest-serving manager.
He captained the Magpies to two successive FA Cup victories during the 1950s, highlighting his undoubted leadership qualities.
Harvey was appointed as Newcastle manager in 1962 and led the club to promotion back to Division One within three years.
He subsequently guided them to success in Europe in the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969 to etch his name into Newcastle’s folklore.
2. Sir Bobby Robson (1999-2004)
If choosing the best manager in Newcastle’s history was a popularity contest, Robson would win by a country mile.
The former England boss was a hugely likeable figure with an infectious personality that endeared him to the Geordie faithful.
He transformed Newcastle’s fortunes, driving them up the Premier League standings and taking them to the semi-finals of the 2003/04 UEFA Cup.
Robson was controversially dismissed by the club in 2004 after a poor start to the season, but he retained a special place in the hearts of Newcastle fans.
3. Stan Seymour (1939-1958)
Seymour was another former player turned manager who laid the foundations for the Newcastle United that exists today.
He guided the squad to consecutive FA Cup successes in 1951 and 1952, and was the first man in English football history to lift the trophy with the same club as both a player and manager.
Seymour was responsible for giving striker Jackie Milburn a trial with the club, proving that he had a shrewd eye for talent.
He was part of the club’s board until his death in 1978 and is widely recognised as one of the most important figures in Newcastle’s history.
4. Kevin Keegan (1992-1997, 2008)
Keegan’s association with Newcastle eventually turned sour, but he unquestionably delivered some of the club’s most memorable moments.
He guided the club to promotion to the Premier League in his first full season in charge and soon had them challenging for the title in the top flight.
They twice finished as runners-up under Keegan, before he decided to step away from management midway through the 1996/1997 season.
He returned to the hot-seat in 2008, but quit again later that year after a big fallout with the board that resulted in a bitter legal case that Keegan subsequently won.
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Report: Spurs star's recovery's going better than expected, could return in six weeks

Report: Spurs star's recovery's going better than expected, could return in six weeks – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to The Sun, the recovery of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is going better than expected, and he could be back in action in six weeks’ time.
The England international ruptured a tendon in his left hamstring during his side’s 1-0 loss at Southampton on New Year’s Day, and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho feared he could be out of the season.
Kane’s participation at Euro 2020 was also in doubt, but both Tottenham and England could be handed a major injury boost in the coming weeks.
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Bayern dealt huge injury blow ahead of UCL last-16 second-leg against Chelsea

Bayern dealt huge injury blow ahead of UCL last-16 second-leg against Chelsea – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Bayern Munich have been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Chelsea on March 18.

@lewy_official erlitt beim gestrigen 3:0-Sieg des #FCBayern beim @ChelseaFC einen Anbruch der Schienbeinkante am linken Kniegelenk. Die Ausfallzeit wird insgesamt rund vier Wochen betragen.#ComeBackStronger, Lewy!
https://t.co/YAyJVy49QS
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) February 26, 2020

Breaking News: @FCBayern will miss @lewy_official for four weeks. The striker is injured at his knee
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) February 26, 2020

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is out of action for four weeks after sustaining a knee injury during last night’s clash at Stamford Bridge.

The hitman bagged his side’s third and assisted the first and second goals in the 3-0 win over Chelsea, with Serge Gnabry scoring twice.
While Frank Lampard’s men have a huge task on their hands as they look to overturn such a huge margin at Allianz Arena in three weeks’ time, Lewandowski’s injury gives them a slim chance given how influential the Poland international is to Bayern’s attack.
The 31-year-old has 25 goals in 23 Bundesliga games to his name and 11 goals in six Champions League appearances this term, so it’s safe to say Bayern’s attack will be less-potent in his absence, and that could give Chelsea a little advantage.
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