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  • Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte laughed off criticism from exiled striker Diego Costa on Friday. The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international signed for £32million from Atletico Madrid in July 2014, agreeing a five-year contract, and wishes to return to the Spanish capital.Speaking from his native Lagarto earlier this week, Costa criticised Chelsea and Conte, saying he was "not a criminal".The Italian responded with humour when addressing the media ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham at Wembley."It's great. I prefer to laugh," Conte said."I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It's funny, this interview."Costa on Friday pleaded with Chelsea to lower their asking price to allow him to return to Atletico.Costa claims he was told he was not wanted by a text message sent by Conte during the off-season.But the Blues insist it was decided in January, with the striker and his agent, Jo..

    Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte laughs off criticism from Diego Costa

    Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte laughed off criticism from exiled striker Diego Costa on Friday. The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international signed for £32million from Atletico Madrid in July 2014, agreeing a five-year contract, and wishes to return to the Spanish capital.Speaking from his native Lagarto earlier this week, Costa criticised Chelsea and Conte, saying he was "not a criminal".The Italian responded with humour when addressing the media ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham at Wembley."It's great. I prefer to laugh," Conte said."I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It's funny, this interview."Costa on Friday pleaded with Chelsea to lower their asking price to allow him to return to Atletico.Costa claims he was told he was not wanted by a text message sent by Conte during the off-season.But the Blues insist it was decided in January, with the striker and his agent, Jo..
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  • Harry Kane and Gareth Bale are the only British players included on a 55-man shortlist for a FIFA team of the year.The FIFA FIFPro World11 2017 is decided by votes from around 25,000 professional footballers from 75 different countries.Tottenham and England striker Kane has enjoyed a fine 2017, scoring 34 times in all competitions for club and country, while Welshman Bale won the Champions League and LaLiga with Real Madrid.Despite the lack of British talent on the list, a total of 12 Premier League players made the cut, including six Manchester United players.David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku are the United men included, alongside Chelsea trio David Luiz, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, Liverpool play-maker Philippe Coutino and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.The final 11 will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 23. Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered b..

    Kane and Bale the only British players on FIFA team of the year shortlist

    Harry Kane and Gareth Bale are the only British players included on a 55-man shortlist for a FIFA team of the year.The FIFA FIFPro World11 2017 is decided by votes from around 25,000 professional footballers from 75 different countries.Tottenham and England striker Kane has enjoyed a fine 2017, scoring 34 times in all competitions for club and country, while Welshman Bale won the Champions League and LaLiga with Real Madrid.Despite the lack of British talent on the list, a total of 12 Premier League players made the cut, including six Manchester United players.David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku are the United men included, alongside Chelsea trio David Luiz, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, Liverpool play-maker Philippe Coutino and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.The final 11 will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 23. Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered b..
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  • Burton manager Nigel Clough will try to cause a Carabao Cup upset at Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on Wednesday when he faces a manager who reminds him of his father Brian. United are the defending champions after Mourinho equalled Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough's record by winning a fourth League Cup title against Southampton at Wembley in February.His quest to lift the trophy for a fifth time begins against Clough Junior's Brewers, and the Burton manager believes his opponents will be guided by a man that shares many of the characteristics his own father had. "I think just the way they go about it and the way that they deal with things in such a no-nonsense manner," he said."It's black or it's white and that's it. If a player does the job for him, he has him in, and if he doesn't, that's it."I think they look at things in very similar ways in that department."I think the way he (Mourinho) deals with the press and the media, there ..

    Nigel Clough: Jose Mourinho’s ‘no-nonsense’ manner similar to my father

    Burton manager Nigel Clough will try to cause a Carabao Cup upset at Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on Wednesday when he faces a manager who reminds him of his father Brian. United are the defending champions after Mourinho equalled Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough's record by winning a fourth League Cup title against Southampton at Wembley in February.His quest to lift the trophy for a fifth time begins against Clough Junior's Brewers, and the Burton manager believes his opponents will be guided by a man that shares many of the characteristics his own father had. "I think just the way they go about it and the way that they deal with things in such a no-nonsense manner," he said."It's black or it's white and that's it. If a player does the job for him, he has him in, and if he doesn't, that's it."I think they look at things in very similar ways in that department."I think the way he (Mourinho) deals with the press and the media, there ..
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  • Jose Mourinho insists Michael Carrick has an important role to play at Manchester United, despite not having played a minute of competitive football since being named captain. The long-serving 36-year-old was named skipper after all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney's summer departure, but his elevated status has not brought any game time.Carrick has not even made the bench at times in the early weeks of the season, but looks set to finally get some minutes under his belt in the Carabao Cup third round tie against Burton on Wednesday.Last season it was not until United's opening game in this competition that he made his first competitive appearance, before going onto play an important role for the remainder of the campaign - something Mourinho suggests he can do again."(Sergio) Romero played the Europa League final, which was the game of the season for us and he is not playing," the United boss said."Ander Herrera was player of the season and is not starting matches."That&#0..

    Jose Mourinho insists Michael Carrick has important role to play for United

    Jose Mourinho insists Michael Carrick has an important role to play at Manchester United, despite not having played a minute of competitive football since being named captain. The long-serving 36-year-old was named skipper after all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney's summer departure, but his elevated status has not brought any game time.Carrick has not even made the bench at times in the early weeks of the season, but looks set to finally get some minutes under his belt in the Carabao Cup third round tie against Burton on Wednesday.Last season it was not until United's opening game in this competition that he made his first competitive appearance, before going onto play an important role for the remainder of the campaign - something Mourinho suggests he can do again."(Sergio) Romero played the Europa League final, which was the game of the season for us and he is not playing," the United boss said."Ander Herrera was player of the season and is not starting matches."That&#0..
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  • Eden Hazard to make Chelsea return against Nottingham ForestEden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest.The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Ars..

    Chelsea V Nottm Forest at Stamford Bridge : Match Preview

    Eden Hazard to make Chelsea return against Nottingham ForestEden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest.The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Ars..
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  • Barry matches Premier League landmark in stalemateWest Brom held West Ham to a forgettable 0-0 draw as the Hammers continued to ease the pressure on boss Slaven Bilic. The visitors claimed their second clean sheet in a week after a 2-0 win over Huddersfield and took their first away point in the Premier League this season. West Ham remain in the bottom three after five games but there were at least more shoots of recovery for the visitors at The Hawthorns on Saturday. They lacked a cutting edge but claimed a useful point which could prove crucial for Bilic, even at this early stage of the season. Pedro Obiang struck the bar from 45 yards but there was little quality from either side, with James Morrison badly missing a header and Kieran Gibbs seeing a shot blocked for the Baggies.West Brom boss Tony Pulis wanted his side to hit back following their 3-1 defeat at Brighton last week and was rewarded with a clean sheet, if not a victory.Gareth Barry equalled Ryan Giggs' Premie..

    West Brom 0-0 West Ham – 16-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Barry matches Premier League landmark in stalemateWest Brom held West Ham to a forgettable 0-0 draw as the Hammers continued to ease the pressure on boss Slaven Bilic. The visitors claimed their second clean sheet in a week after a 2-0 win over Huddersfield and took their first away point in the Premier League this season. West Ham remain in the bottom three after five games but there were at least more shoots of recovery for the visitors at The Hawthorns on Saturday. They lacked a cutting edge but claimed a useful point which could prove crucial for Bilic, even at this early stage of the season. Pedro Obiang struck the bar from 45 yards but there was little quality from either side, with James Morrison badly missing a header and Kieran Gibbs seeing a shot blocked for the Baggies.West Brom boss Tony Pulis wanted his side to hit back following their 3-1 defeat at Brighton last week and was rewarded with a clean sheet, if not a victory.Gareth Barry equalled Ryan Giggs' Premie..
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  • Eden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest. The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Arsenal and will also be absent from the Premier League games w..

    Eden Hazard set to start as Chelsea host Nottingham Forest in Carabao Cup

    Eden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest. The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Arsenal and will also be absent from the Premier League games w..
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  • Romelu Lukaku upstaged Wayne Rooney on his Old Trafford return as Manchester United produced a late flurry to thrash Everton 4-0. Rooney, United's record goalscorer, was the centre of attention on Sunday as he faced his old team for the first time since his summer move back to his boyhood club.But the 31-year-old - playing the day before he was due to appear at Stockport Magistrates' Court on a drink driving charge - could not rescue Everton after falling behind to a stunning early Antonio Valencia strike.After a typically whole-hearted display, Rooney was substituted on 82 minutes and could only watch as Everton capitulated in a frantic closing period.Lukuku, the villain for away fans after swapping Goodison Park for United in a £75million summer deal, grabbed the limelight by setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan and then scoring himself.The Belgian, guilty of a glaring miss in the first half, celebrated his contributions in front of the visiting supporters by putting a finge..

    Lukaku wins battle of the old boys at Old Trafford

    Romelu Lukaku upstaged Wayne Rooney on his Old Trafford return as Manchester United produced a late flurry to thrash Everton 4-0. Rooney, United's record goalscorer, was the centre of attention on Sunday as he faced his old team for the first time since his summer move back to his boyhood club.But the 31-year-old - playing the day before he was due to appear at Stockport Magistrates' Court on a drink driving charge - could not rescue Everton after falling behind to a stunning early Antonio Valencia strike.After a typically whole-hearted display, Rooney was substituted on 82 minutes and could only watch as Everton capitulated in a frantic closing period.Lukuku, the villain for away fans after swapping Goodison Park for United in a £75million summer deal, grabbed the limelight by setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan and then scoring himself.The Belgian, guilty of a glaring miss in the first half, celebrated his contributions in front of the visiting supporters by putting a finge..
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  • Absent manager Rafael Benitez was the architect behind Newcastle's 1-0 win at Swansea, his assistant Francisco de Miguel Moreno revealed after their Liberty Stadium success.Benitez missed the game - won by skipper Jamaal Lascelles' 76th-minute header - as he was recovering at home after being laid low by an infection following recent hernia surgery.Newcastle had arranged to put on a helicopter to fly Benitez to and from his Merseyside base.The Spaniard was not well enough to make the trip, but Moreno confirmed after Newcastle's second straight Premier League win that he was in contact with the club's coaching staff throughout the game."Rafa was talking with us," Moreno said."Mikel (Antia, coach) was on the touchline and Antonio (Gomez Perez, coach) was in the stands communicating with Rafa."Between the four of us we were making a plan of communication and it worked perfectly."After the game Rafa rang and he has congratulated everybody, especially the players ..

    Rafael Benitez played role in Newcastle win at Swansea from sickbed

    Absent manager Rafael Benitez was the architect behind Newcastle's 1-0 win at Swansea, his assistant Francisco de Miguel Moreno revealed after their Liberty Stadium success.Benitez missed the game - won by skipper Jamaal Lascelles' 76th-minute header - as he was recovering at home after being laid low by an infection following recent hernia surgery.Newcastle had arranged to put on a helicopter to fly Benitez to and from his Merseyside base.The Spaniard was not well enough to make the trip, but Moreno confirmed after Newcastle's second straight Premier League win that he was in contact with the club's coaching staff throughout the game."Rafa was talking with us," Moreno said."Mikel (Antia, coach) was on the touchline and Antonio (Gomez Perez, coach) was in the stands communicating with Rafa."Between the four of us we were making a plan of communication and it worked perfectly."After the game Rafa rang and he has congratulated everybody, especially the players ..
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  • MEXICO: Government Raises Growth Forecast To 2-2.6% In 2017 The Mexican government raised its economic growth forecast for 2017 to between 2% and 2.6%, from a 1.5-2.5% previous forecast. For 2018, the government expects a growth of between 2% to 3%, said the Mexican Secretary of Finance, Jose Antonio Meade, while presenting the Economic Package for 2018. At a press conference, Meade said that the Central Bank of Mexico explained that "the outlook for Mexico's economic growth would seem to have improved over what was perceived at the time of the previous report." However, despite uncertainty over the bilateral ties between Mexico and the United States, it suggests "the likelihood of scenarios materializing that could further affect growth," he added.

    MEXICO: Government Raises Growth Forecast To 2-2.6% In 2017

    MEXICO: Government Raises Growth Forecast To 2-2.6% In 2017 The Mexican government raised its economic growth forecast for 2017 to between 2% and 2.6%, from a 1.5-2.5% previous forecast. For 2018, the government expects a growth of between 2% to 3%, said the Mexican Secretary of Finance, Jose Antonio Meade, while presenting the Economic Package for 2018. At a press conference, Meade said that the Central Bank of Mexico explained that "the outlook for Mexico's economic growth would seem to have improved over what was perceived at the time of the previous report." However, despite uncertainty over the bilateral ties between Mexico and the United States, it suggests "the likelihood of scenarios materializing that could further affect growth," he added.
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