Everton

24 Jan 19
Sport Archyves

The North London side can continue to put pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea for a top-four position should they win away at Goodison Park on Sunday Everton will host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday evening in both sides’ final fixture before Christmas. The Blues currently languish in eighth place after falling to […]

24 Jan 19
talkSPORT
For Chelsea and Tottenham, Thursday provides one of the them with the chance to reach the Carabao Cup final and claim the first piece of available silverware. Spurs have the advantage heading to Stamford Bridge, they lead 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Harry Kane, but he is missing, as are Dele Ali and Heung-Min Son. Tottenham beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg With Spurs’ squad depleted through injury and Chelsea suffering a dip in form in recent months, the second leg is evenly poised, there is no clear winner. talkSPORT.com looks back at how both sides have fared at this exact stage of the competition – one match from the final. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Chelsea The Blues first second leg match of the League Cup took place in the 1972/73. They had lost 2-0 to Norwich City and were then beaten 1-0 in the return fixture. It would be 11 years before they reached this stage again, losing twice to Sunderland, before suffering the same fate against Sheffield Wednesday in 1990/91. A decade later and the Blues lost in humiliating fashion against rivals Tottenham in 2002. Lampard and Duff helped Chelsea beat Man United in 2005 Two Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink goals gave them a 2-1 advantage, but the second match was a completely different encounter. Spurs led after just two minutes through Steffen Iversen as Claudio Ranieri’s side were beaten 5-1 on the night. [iframe src=”%3Cdiv%20style%3D%22margin%3A0%20auto%3B%20max-width%3A100%26%2337%3B%3B%20min-width%3A300px%3B%20%22%3E%3Cdiv%20style%3D%22position%3A%20relative%3B%20padding-bottom%3A56.25%26%2337%3B%3B%20height%3A%200%3B%20overflow%3A%20hidden%3B%20%22%3E%3Ciframe%20src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fembed.dugout.com%2Fv2%2F%3Fp%3DeyJrZXkiOiJmNTNwNlAwYyIsInAiOiJ0YWxrc3BvcnQiLCJwbCI6InJlbGF0ZWQtc2FtZSIsImFkcyI6InByZS1yb2xsIn0%3D%22%20style%3D%22width%3A%20300px%3B%20min-width%3A%20100%26%2337%3B%3B%20position%3A%20absolute%3B%20top%3A0%3B%20left%3A%200%3B%20height%3A%20100%26%2337%3B%3B%20overflow%3A%20hidden%3B%20%22%20width%3D%22100%26%2337%3B%22%20frameborder%3D%220%22%20allowfullscreen%20scrolling%3D%22no%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E” height=”350″ /] Three years on and Chelsea claimed their first piece of silverware under Jose Mourinho. A 3-2 win over Liverpool in the final was preceded by a impressive 2-1 win at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Frank Lampard and Damien Duff. Overall, Chelsea have won three second leg matches, lost five and drawn once. Frank Lampard was on target in the second leg in 2007 Wycombe Wanderers were comfortably beaten 4-0 in the 2007 semi-final. A year later, the Blues progressed to the final after seeing off a stubborn Everton side 1-0 at Goodison Park. Chelsea were surprisingly knocked out by Swansea in 2013. The second season of Mourinho’s second return saw Chelsea overcome Liverpool at the Bridge, while their most recent match was a losing effort to Arsenal last January. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”recent” /] [boxout headline=”Chelsea League Cup semi-final second leg history”]1969/69: Drew 1-1 at Arsenal 1972/73: Lost 1-0 to Norwich 1984/85: Lost 3-2 to Sunderland 1990/91: Lost 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday 2001/02: Lost 5-1 to Tottenham 2004/05: Beat Man United 2-1 2006/07: Beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-0 2007/08: Beat Everton 1-0 2012/13: Drew 0-0 at Swansea 2014/15 Beat Liverpool 1-0 17/18: Lost 2-1 to Arsenal [/boxout] Tottenham It will be Spurs’ 16th appearance at this stage of the tournament, six more than their London rivals. They drew 1-1 with Arsenal in 1968/69 and beat Bristol City two years later before going on to win their first League Cup in front on 100,000 fans at Wembley against Aston Villa in 1971. A year later, they were knocked out after failing to beat Chelsea over two legs, the second ending 2-2. A second cup success followed in 1973 despite a 2-2 draw with Wolves. Jenas scores in the 5-1 win over Arsenal in 2008 Defeats to Arsenal and Nottingham Forest in 1987 and 1992 scuppered their chances of a final appearance, but a 1-0 win over Wimbledon helped them to cup success over Leicester City in 1999. Chelsea were ruthlessly dispatched 5-1 in 2002, as were Arsenal by the same scoreline in 2007/08. Most recently, there was a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United before a 2-0 loss in the final to Chelsea in 2015. Spurs have won five times overall, drawn four and lost four times. [boxout headline=”Tottenham League Cup semi-final second leg history”]1968/69: Drew 1-1 with Arsenal 1970/71: Beat Bristol City 2-0 1971/72: Drew 2-2 with Chelsea 1972/73: Drew 2-2 with Wolves 1975/76: Lost 1-3 to Newcastle 1981/82: Beat West Brom 1-0 1986/87: Lost 1-2 to Arsenal 1991/92: Lost 1-2 to Nottingham Forest 1998/99: Beat Wimbeldon 1-0 2001/02: Beat Chelsea 5-1 2006/07: Lost 3-1 to Arsenal 2007/08: Beat Arsenal 5-1 2008/09: Lost 3-2 to Burnley 2014/15: Drew 2-2 with Sheffield United[/boxout] Verdict: History shows Tottenham have won more times at this stage, but that is simply due to have been here on 14 occasions compared to Chelsea’s 11. The two teams have met twice before here and Chelsea have not won either encounter. Spurs are missing a host of key players and never find Stamford Bridge an easy place to visit, but Chelsea are woefully out of sorts. Final score: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
24 Jan 19
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24 Jan 19
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24 Jan 19
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Steve Nicol and Raphael Honigstein agree Gonzalo Higuain will help Chelsea score goals, but they also think it increases the club's pressure to perform. Michael Ballack says Eden Hazard may be a bit too calm at Chelsea and should be more demanding of his wishes at the club. Chelsea's Victor Moses has travelled to Turkey […]

24 Jan 19

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24 Jan 19
talkSPORT
Signed by Chelsea in January 2018, Ross Barkley arrived in London as one of England’s most talented and promising players. Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham, marks a year to the day that Barkley made his debut in a Chelsea shirt. Barkley made his debut for Chelsea a year ago A lot has happened in that time for the 25-year-old, who is half way through his first full season at Stamford Bridge. talkSPORT.com takes a look at how Barkley has got on and how he has fared. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Running up the touchline, still in his tracksuit, Ross Barkley was blissfully unaware of the drama unfolding around him.  Apoplectic with rage, Antonio Conte was infuriated his instructions had not been obeyed.  Willian was preparing to depart at the Emirates in the Carabao Cup; injury had brought an end to his evening. Barkley’s was just beginning.   As Arsenal fans laughed, a flustered looking Barkley quickly removed his training top and bib, desperately trying to put his shirt on. Conte was visibly irritated. It did not need a lip reader to work out what he was muttering.  Antonio Conte was furious with Barkley for not getting ready quick enough Barkley’s crime? He had not been ready to come on quick enough despite the frantic gestures of Conte who appeared as if he was hailing the last cab home.  Barkley’s first act for his new club was to kick Jack Wilshere in the face. Perhaps sensing retribution for taking a face full of boot, Wilshere then lunged in, bringing Barkley down.  Minutes later, he was shoulder barged by Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and fell into the advertising hoardings, much to the delight of the home supporters.  Barkley’s first two touches of the ball were both to the opposition. This was all within the space of 15 minutes. While he gradually improved in the second-half, this was as bad a debut as you are likely to see.  Clearly not match-fit, the reviews and ratings in the papers that followed were less than favourable. Barkley’s cards had been marked. Unfairly so, he had been sidelined for eight months with a horrific hamstring injury. A 10-inch scar remains visible. Barkley had a debut to forget against Arsenal But there is little time for sentiment in the modern game. There are those who believe a multi-millionaire footballer should be impervious to the critics; after all they are paid well, very well to deal with moments of stress and scrutiny. Barkley found that out in the harshest of ways. If he had hoped for a level of understanding from his manager, he thought wrong.  “When there is an injury to one of your best players it is not simple,” Conte said. “Especially when on the bench the only substitute is Ross Barkley.  “Barkley has a lot of space for improvement, he is working with us only two weeks but for sure today I was forced to make this substitution, but he can improve a lot.” Barkley returned in pre-season leaner and fitter A week later, Barkley made his first start against Bournemouth. It lasted 54 minutes and Chelsea were beaten 3-0. Aside from a brief cameo against Newcastle in the FA Cup, Barkley would not be seen again until the final day.  When Gareth Southgate named his World Cup squad, Barkley, unsurprisingly, was not included.  Rather than feel hard done by, the then 24-year-old spent the summer getting ready for what would no doubt be his most important season as a professional. With the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, Barkley returned to Cobham in the best shape of his career.  Taking advantage of the head start he had to work under the new manager, Sarri was impressed with Barkley’s obvious potential. The England midfielder had been preparing mentally for his new challenge just as he had physically. “I wanted to know who the manager was when he was coming in. I had an interest in the style of play that the managed used at Napoli,” Barkley explained. The Chelsea midfielder celebrates his goal against Southampton “So, during pre-season I would watch clips to see the patterns of play the manager would like and even the movement. “I have done everything I could perfectly. I felt strong towards the end of the season and then, in the off-season, worked hard with the strength and conditioning coach. “I got myself really fit just to give myself a head start. I am really prepared and I feel at home with the team now.” One of the most uplifting aspects to emerge from Chelsea’s summer was Barkley’s resurgence. Injury-free and revelling in his manager’s obvious faith, he started the Premier League wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal. Mateo Kovacic would arrive on loan from Real Madrid, forcing Barkley to bide his time. An England recall was followed by an assist and first Chelsea goal in a 3-0 win at Southampton. Barkley has also got his England career back on track Barkley played his part in the historic 3-2 win over Spain in the Nations League, before returning to salvage a point against Manchester United in stoppage-time. At Burnley, the ex-Everton ace produced his best performance since joining the club, setting up two and scoring himself. Sarri hailed his display. “I like Ross very much. He is a complete player. He has physical qualities, he is fast. Technically he’s very good. “He kicks well with his left foot and his right. He’s improving in moving the ball. He has become mentally quicker and he is improving tactically. “He is on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only for us but also for England.” Also notable, was the absence of his tattoos. Barkley cited growing up as his reason for removing the artwork. The desired changes now complete, his career was very much back on track. Barkely’s best display for Chelsea came against Burnley In his formative years at Everton, Barkley was compared to Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack, but it was Rio Ferdinand he hoped to emulate. Academy coach Neil Dewsnip converted Barkley from rampaging centre-back to graceful midfielder. Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez once said Barkley would not look out of place at the Nou Camp. The natural ability has always been there, the understanding, absent. A tendency to over-play, extra touches in the wrong area, a shot when a pass would have sufficed instead, was blamed on youthful exuberance or that he was too talented. Barkley has now adopted a cautious style to his play A performance which best encapsulates this was against Estonia for England in 2015. Barkley picked out Theo Walcott for the opener with a pass few can only dream of, but then had periods of over-complicating matters. This unpredictably was then considered bold. Fast forward four years and Barkley is now very much predictable. Unwilling to take risks, his cautious approach is unrecognisable from the player once vaunted as the next big thing. Chelsea fans will hope he rediscovers some of the magic that first caught the eye and become the player he has always promised to be.          
24 Jan 19
Thewistle

Premier League title winner Joleon Lescott has urged Arsenal manager Unai Emery to strengthen his squad with quality defenders in the current transfer window. The ex-Premier League defender advised Unai Emery about his Arsenal squad while he was on Sky Sports as monitored by the Daily Star. Joleon Lescott was of the opinion that the […]

24 Jan 19
Martin Whiteley Freelance Sports Writer

While Luis Suarez of Liverpool was picking up the top prize on the men’s side a plethora of players from Liverpool Ladies were taking the plaudits too. The event for the men started after the end of the 1973/74 season, but for the women Kim Little of Arsenal Ladies was crowned the first ever PFA, […]