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  • Sherwood backs Veretout to make a difference at Villa

    Sherwood backs Veretout to make a difference at Villa

    Reuters
    Sherwood backs Veretout to make a difference at Villa

    (Reuters) - Aston Villa's new signing Jordan Veretout is not yet the finished article but the French midfielder can offer the Premier League club "something different", manager Tim Sherwood said on Tuesday. The 22-year-old recently joined Villa from Ligue 1 club Nantes on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported in British media to be around seven million pounds ($10.9 million). "Jordan gives us something different to the other guys," Veretout was quoted as saying on the club's …

  • Mourinho says disagreements with owner Abramovich are over

    Mourinho says disagreements with owner Abramovich are over

    Reuters
    Mourinho says disagreements with owner Abramovich are over

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's previous disagreements with owner Roman Abramovich are over and he is ready to fight for his fourth Premier League title starting this weekend, the Portuguese said on Tuesday. In his first spell at the club, starting in 2004, Mourinho won the league in both his first two seasons, only to fall out with the Russian owner and leave in September 2007. When I left Real Madrid to come here, Mr Abramovich asked me to fight for titles. …

  • Guardiola raises doubts over Schweinsteiger's fitness

    Guardiola raises doubts over Schweinsteiger's fitness

    Reuters
    Guardiola raises doubts over Schweinsteiger's fitness

    (Reuters) - Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has cast a doubt on Manchester United's new midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by saying his former player was never fully fit during the last three seasons. Guardiola said the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger can only be a success at the Premier League club if he can shake off his injury problems. "When he does not have injury problems, I am completely convinced he will do very well at Manchester United," Guardiola was quoted as saying by the British …

  • Ki hopes to upset Chelsea in Swansea's League opener

    Ki hopes to upset Chelsea in Swansea's League opener

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    Ki hopes to upset Chelsea in Swansea's League opener

    (Reuters) - Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng hopes his side can repeat last season's opening-day shock when they face champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this weekend. Ki scored in the win over Manchester United on the first day of last season as Swansea went on the finish a creditable eighth in the Premier League. "We had the perfect start last year which set us up for the rest of the campaign," the 26-year-old South Korean international was quoted as saying on …

  • Costa's fitness, Falcao's form key to Chelsea title defense

    Costa's fitness, Falcao's form key to Chelsea title defense

    Associated Press
    Costa's fitness, Falcao's form key to Chelsea title defense

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea regained the Premier League trophy with such ease that Jose Mourinho felt his team's achievement did not get the recognition it deserved. …