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  1. We are now six games into the 2016-17 Premier League season and the table has begun taking shape and giving hints as to what kind of season the 20 teams in the division will have. Four of the seven teams expected to challenge for the title this year have already laid down the markers, none more so than Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, who have won all six of their league games so far. Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool make up the rest of the top four, while Everton are the early surprise package in fifth. Lower down, Manchester United are still finding their feet but showed their class against Leicester City this weekend, while Chelsea have stumbled after a promising start of their own. For a number of teams, however, alarm bells will be ringing, in particular the three sides currently in the relegation places - West Ham United, Stoke City and Sunderland. In this article, Shamoon Saeed looks into the poor starts that these teams have suffered. West Ham: In the off-season, the Hammers left Upton Park and set up home in the former Olympic Park - now known as the London Stadium - which appeared like the dawn of a new, more prosperous era. However, the team appears to have dropped massively in form since August. Slaven Bilic's side currently sits 18th in the Premier League table, which of course is a growing concern for all the fans, the club and the manager himself. Although it's still early days, the form of many players has also affected the results in other competitions besides the Premier League. They've been a shadow of themselves in comparison to the standards set last season despite a number of promising summer signings. If West Ham do not rectify their form, then Bilic's role as club manager will be in jeopardy. Furthermore, there have been rumours circulating about the departure of star player Dimitri Payet, who's been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Everything is going poorly for the Hammers so early in the season and they will potentially need to put their European ambitions on hold as they try and claw themselves back to safety. Stoke: The Potters have started this season as poorly as they did in the 2015-16 campaign. They have conceded four goals in one game three times already this season, while their last match, a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion, saw them drop two points in injury time. Mark Hughes's squad needs to be more consistent if they want to stay within the top ten of the table, and if the Welshman wants to remain in the job. According to some reports, Stoke are looking at Steve Bruce, Hughes's teammate at Manchester United, as his replacement. However, it's still too early to make a judgement on this rumour. Stoke don't have a league win yet this season, losing four and drawing two of their opening six Premier League fixtures, and they have a very difficult game coming up next week at Manchester United - who appear to be back on form after thrashing champions Leicester City 4-1 at Old Trafford. On paper, Stoke do not look like they will get anything from the trip to the North West, but Hughes needs to instil the confidence in his players both for their next fixture and, no matter the result, going forward into the season. Sunderland: It's got to be tough being a Black Cats fan, given how the last few seasons have panned out. The pattern goes: early season difficulties, manager leaves, his replacement saves them with many levels of panic, then it's repeated the following campaign. Although Sunderland fans appeared content with David Moyes's appointment following Sam Allardyce's departure in the summer, the poor displays and results show no signs of abating. This weekend, the Black Cats were two goals up against Crystal Palace by the hour mark, but by full time, they had lost 3-2. It was the kind of performance typical of a team shorn of confidence and ideas. Moyes is probably trying to forget his one-year stint as Manchester United boss during the 2013-14 season, but his subsequent spell at Real Sociedad did not heal the wounds, while his decision to manage again in the Premier League seems to be going awry very quickly. Additionally, Sunderland are relying on Jermain Defoe for goals, but he genuinely needs more support if they want to stay in the top flight without being in the drop zone for most of the year. The whole squad lacks depth and too many players have proven unreliable. Overall, if the Wearside team carries on like this throughout the whole year, they will surely be relegated this season. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  2. Recently, Scottish champions Celtic FC have opened a new portion of the stadium for fans who wish to stand during the game - many football clubs south of the border have been looking on with interest and want to open new 'standing' areas. This idea may, at first glance, seem unnecessary and unworkable in England considering the reputation of a portion of English football fans who are suspected of being involved with smuggling alcohol or being abusive towards one another. In comparison, the German leagues have no issues with drunkenness or violence, even with standing areas. Their fans seem different to English fans - on these shores, alcohol is banned and is a criminal act if taken into the match, while in Germany alcohol is allowed in the stands. But the topic of alcohol in the stands pose any problems? Well, it can because someone may take it out of their hands, get drunk at a match and end up fighting someone, which is the last thing anybody connected with the club or with the game would tolerate at a football match. Even so, the Bundesliga has already got many standing areas at stadiums but the vast majority of supporters seem very respectful to the rules and don't go over the top with alcohol - they are trusted to be responsible. I think introducing a standing area in English stadiums would be a challenge to overcome as the pride and passion literally takes over the person, so whilst they drink and watch the game they may not even realise how much alcohol they've consumed. I also believe more security would need to be dispatched around a stadium in England and that could potentially bring more tension in matches, which takes away the point of watching a game because the atmosphere is one the main reasons fans go to a match as it's great to take in and experience. It would seem very negative to introduce standing areas at first glance, but of course there are many positives to remember such as extra money for the club, more support for the players and bigger capacity for more fans to see a match. If we look at this idea positively it could do more good than harm. Football is a beautiful game which connects fans all over the world and with more of them standing by their side whilst watching their club play against opposition it creates a warm atmosphere and could possibly bring more positivity to the game in a sense that people feel together and united. Additionally, smaller clubs will have to gain more revenue to accommodate for standing areas but fans could help in this process by donating some money to the club (if in high demand) to make that change possible. Of course, bigger clubs will not worry about the financial side but for smaller sides it could be a case of make or break - and nobody wants to see these suffer.
  3. Shanghai Shenhua striker Demba Ba has suffered a horrible leg break during a derby game against Shanghai SIPG. The former Chelsea man went down after a harmless looking tangle of legs with SIPG skipper Sun Xiang during the 64th minute, but it was immediately evident that Ba had broken his left leg. Following the injury, Shenhua boss Gregorio Manzano that Ba needs “the best medical treatment” available for his recovery. He said: "It could end Ba’s professional career. I would rather lose the game than lose Ba. God is unfair. Ba is too good to have this happened to him.” Wu Xiaohui, chairman of Shanghai Shenhua FC, became very emotional when addressing the full extent of Ba's horror injury to the media in a conference. Support came from all over the world, with Manchester United defender Luke Shaw wishing Ba a speedy recovery. The England international recently returned from the broken leg he suffered in Man Utd's Champions League clash with PSV last September and the left-back has posted a tribute message for Ba. “Hi Demba, I’m so sorry to hear about the news of your latest injury,” Shaw told MUTV after United’s 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup. "Obviously I've been through the same thing so I know how you're feeling right now. "But I think the main thing for you now is to keep strong and... keep your family and friends close, because for me that was the most important thing at the time." Ba has no intention of retiring early from football, and French orthopedic surgeon Olivier Bringer is optimistic he will play again.
  4. It's not long now until the 2016-17 Premier League season kicks off. Pre-season is underway and the transfer window is in full swing. I am expecting a busy transfer window this year, especially with the appointment of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and finally Antonio Conte at Chelsea. This upcoming season has high expectations as the league is filled with world-class managers. The immediate reaction to the managerial appointments from the ‘big three’ (Chelsea, Man City and Man United) has come to no surprise as they have had great success in the past. Furthermore, these teams had unspectacular campaigns last season, so it will be interesting to see just how they will bounce back in 2016-17. MANCHESTER UNITED The hype with Manchester United's signings have sent warning signs to the rest in the Premier League as they already look ready to challenge for the title with Mourinho. His presence at the club has helped bring in the likes of young Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and of course the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Red Devils. Even fans who do not support Man United are fathomed with Zlatan coming to the Premier League which is going to be very exciting to see and if he does bring success to the club with titles. It's also got me excited to see Mourinho join Man Utd as it's very unusual to see. Additionally, the rumour of Paul Pogba's shock return has alarmed all football as an initial £100 million bid has been put forward to entice him back to the club from Juventus. Man United will most likely be favourites to win the Premier League based on their signings and because of the 'Special One'. MANCHESTER CITY Man City will also undergo many changes due to Guardiola’s appointment. The Spaniard looks to freshen the players by creating a sense of 'spirit' within the squad as he has done so in the past with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but let's not forget his tactical brilliance and qualities he will bring to the club. Guardiola looks to forge a similar mentality to the Man City players and he has expressed he they will 'work their a**es off'. However, this may seem more interesting when we mention the curious case of Raheem Sterling - I think he can transform him into a world-class player. Guardiola has had his say on Sterling and he said he was 'curious' and 'looks forward to working with him' whilst also stating, 'English players are expensive', which is absolutely true - nobody can argue with that. So far, Man City have signed IIkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund. They already have a strong squad for title contention but their desire for a 'well-known' manager has become a reality. I think it's fair to say that Man City will be a real force next season and with a top manager their highest aims are more than possible. CHELSEA Now, Chelsea were in a sticky situation when Jose Mourinho was sacked (again) – his successor Guus Hiddink confirmed he would only be an interim manager until the end of the 2015-16 season. This ultimately led to the decision of making Italy head coach Antonio Conte the new Chelsea manager. During the latter stages of the season, Chelsea were heavily linked with Diego Simeone as the prime target. However, the Argentine put this speculation to bed when he signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid after their Champions League final defeat. With the appointment of Conte, Chelsea fans can be very excited – his enthusiasm, which Blues fans would have noticed at Euro 2016 with the Azzurri, is what the club needs. He is a manager with great tactics and is known to be a 'master tactician' as Guardiola said of the Italian during a press conference. Chelsea have so far made just one signing - the promising Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi from French club Marseille, who is already being called 'the next Didier Drogba'. Hopefully he will impress this season and live up to his £33 million fee. For sure, Conte has a lot of work to do but fans are relying on him heavily to bring back a cool mentality to the Chelsea squad. His favoured 3-5-2 system may come to a surprise as that system is not very common in the Premier League. I'm expecting them to thrive this season. These clubs are obviously receiving the most attention, respectively, but there are still a few other clubs that will be interesting to see. LEICESTER CITY Leicester City’s glorious and unexpected 2015-16 Premier League triumph has proved that anything is possible in football, more so in any sport. Claudio Ranieri has experienced the best spell of his managerial career and has already made a few signings to strengthen the squad for their title defence. I expect them to do well enough this year and consolidate their position among the upper echelons of the league, but it could go either way. The champions of England will be amongst the greatest clubs in Europe next season as they prepare for the Champions League, which will add to the excitement of watching them play. Hopefully, Leicester will have another good season and Ranieri will still be smiling with delight! ARSENAL Out of the Big Seven clubs who could challenge for honours this season, Arsenal are the ones who have kept things the most fixed. Arsene Wenger has been at the club’s helm since 1996 and there seems to be no indication that he is to leave any time soon. The club’s relative stasis has often displeased and even infuriated fans, many of whom feel the club is not going forward, and last season highlighted many of the problems that plagued them campaign after campaign – a strong start derailed by injuries and a mid-season blip that sees them fall out of contention. Arsenal ultimately managed to finish second, but that was only after the title was won by Leicester and Spurs crumbled mentally, and a season without silverware following two FA Cups on the spin will have done little to appease the supporters. However, with Olivier Giroud having enjoyed a reasonably decent Euro 2016 campaign with France, Alexis Sanchez – who won a second Copa America on the spin with Chile – firing on all cylinders, and another big money signing in Switzerland international Granit Xhaka to go alongside a number of other genuine world class players like Petr Cech and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal are to be discounted at your peril. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR So, how will Tottenham Hotspur do? Will Mauricio Pochettino lead them to a title or will they win a smaller trophy? There is no doubt that the current squad is one of the most talented the club has ever had, and the English spine of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane is great to see from a national perspective, even if they were not quite as effective for England at the Euros. Spurs were great to watch last season and it was tragic that they not only lost out to Leicester but slipped to third. I haven't said much about them but will they build on last season’s heroics and spring another surprise title challenge? LIVERPOOL Finally, we come to a team that hasn't really been that of as much as the others previously mentioned. That team is Liverpool, who will start their first full season with Jurgen Klopp for a fresh start. Klopp has made the Liverpool squad into something we never expected. His passion and greatness as a manager led the club to the League Cup final and also the Europa League final. Sadly, he lost both. I wonder how he will fair next season for Liverpool, and could we see the Reds back in the top 4? So as you have come to the end of this you can see why the 2016-17 season is being really hyped as it has brought so much excitement and interest. Surely it will be a season to relish and remember – I expect so much this year from so many players and teams.
  5. Lionel Messi has been charged with tax fraud and handed a 21-month prison sentence. The Barcelona forward claimed 'he knew nothing' about his financial affairs. "I only worried about playing football", he told the judge. Lionel and his father, Jorge, were both accused of defrauding Spain of €2m and €1.5m respectively. The duo denied any claim of tax fraud but were both found guilty of three counts by the court in Barcelona on Wednesday. Under the Spanish system, prison sentences under 2 years can be served under probation, which is good news for all Messi supporters as he will NOT serve his sentence behind bars. The Argentine has been given full support by Barcelona, who say they 'express its full support to Leo Messi and his father in relation to the conviction for tax fraud.' Messi can appeal under the Spanish supreme court.
  6. Yeah i agree there. He will have to live up to a higher expectation if people keep overhyping him as a player. This may effect him negatively if he does not play to the level of their expectation.
  7. Football Manics writer Shamoon Saeed believes that Arsenal should sign Real Madrid and Spain striker Alvaro Morata, as he could be the missing piece to help bring the Premier League title back to the Emirates Stadium. There have been many rumours circulating about Arsenal being interested in Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. Reports suggest that Arsene Wenger has been interested in signing the 23-year old since he was a teenager in Real Madrid's youth set up, and has kept a close eye on him for a long time. Arsenal and Chelsea are said to be favourites for his signature this summer. Morata has impressed at Euro 2016, tallying 3 goals for Spain before they were knocked out by Italy in the last 16. His impressive displays have reportedly caught the eye of Wenger, once again, who will definitely want to sign him to bolster his strikeforce. Wenger himself stated that he's been a long-time admirer and would suit the Gunners perfectly. His time at Real and Juventus proved that he can cut it at the highest level and would be a great asset for any club. His calibre does impress a lot of European clubs but he's not a primary target. The Gunners have lacked a 'real' striker since Robin van Persie departed for Manchester United in 2013. Even so, Olivier Giroud has not made such an impact in the latter stages of the 2015/16 season. So it might be that Wenger demands a striker who would be good in all stages of the season. According to Don Balon, the club have offered Morata £144,000 per week in wages in a bid to clinch his signature. He is expected to be available for around £28 million as Real Madrid triggered his £23.6 million buy-back clause in his contract with Juventus so they could make profit out of the move and sell him to Arsenal, who do not seem unwilling to pay a big fee for the transfer. The 2016 summer transfer window will be massive for Wenger as other big clubs of the Premier League look to reinforce their squad and prepare for the next season. He will definitely need a consistent striker who will get Arsenal through the calendar year with complete dominance and secure the title after 13 years. If this transfer happens, it will concern clubs such as Chelsea, Man United, Man City and Liverpool who will feel that they must look on the market for good players, especially ones who are vital like Morata.
  8. Football Manics writer Shamoon Saeed analyses France striker Olivier Giroud's performance against Iceland in their Euro 2016 quarter-final and how he feels Les Bleus will do against Germany in the semi-finals. Last night Olivier Giroud stated that his performance in the quarter-final tie against Iceland could have been his best for his country. The 29-year-old started for France and scored 2 goals on the night, one in each half of the game, as Les Bleus recorded a 5-2 win at the Stade de France with ease. They now progress through to the semi-finals to face Germany. Giroud opened the scoring in the 12th minute in the first half with a low-powerful strike which found its way through the legs of Icelandic keeper Halldorsson. He then headed home in the 59th minute from an exquisite free-kick by Dimitri Payet as his side ran out convincing winners. Giroud told reporters after the game: "We're very pleased, we scored 5 goals, although we did concede a couple we had a lot of fun and are pleased with our performance." He added he wasn't sure if this was his best performance for his country in a blue shirt, saying: “I had others that weren't so bad either.” The Arsenal striker seemed pleased with his performance last night and said that along with Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this was his best match. “I felt good physically from the start of the game,” he said. Prior to this tournament, Giroud was receiving criticism for his lack of goals for the Gunners in the latter stages of the 2015/16 season. However, since the start of the Euros, he has impressed on a number of occasions for his country to prove to the fans and his coach that he is a reliable asset. “It's nice to be cheered,” said Giroud after getting credit from his teammates and coaching staff after another impressive performance for France. “Germany are favourites against France, but we want to write another chapter in our history.” Giroud will be tested against Germany, and his modesty for the world champions suggests he is not undermining their ability a bit. He seems ambitious as he wants to “write history”, which shows his desire for his country to beat Germany in the semi-final, but he may feel that France may not progress to the next stage because of such a huge threat. He admitted that the French players hardly feel confident of not having such an easy game against the Germans, respectively. Overall, Giroud seemed satisfied with the performance against Iceland, but he also knows that he will be tested to his limits against the world champions and that his prowess and physicality will be required to stand against the likes of Boateng in the German defence.

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