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  • Premier League clubs are pushing for the transfer window to be shut before the start of the season, according to reports.National newspapers say the issue is set to be discussed at a shareholders' meeting in September with a majority of clubs in favour of shortening the window, which this year closes on August 31.The move comes amid uncertainty over the future of a number of players, including Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Everton's Ross Barkley and Swansea striker Gylfi Sigurdsson.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appeared to lend his support to the idea at a press conference ahead of his side's UEFA Champions League match in Hoffenheim.Klopp said: "It would have helped us this year (if the window had shut early). It makes sense that when the season is starting, planning for the team is over."His Swansea counterpart Paul Clement, who faces losing Sigurdsson to Everton, has also indicated that Premier League bosses broadly back the change. "At our managers' me..

    Premier League clubs aiming to shorten transfer window – reports

    Premier League clubs are pushing for the transfer window to be shut before the start of the season, according to reports.National newspapers say the issue is set to be discussed at a shareholders' meeting in September with a majority of clubs in favour of shortening the window, which this year closes on August 31.The move comes amid uncertainty over the future of a number of players, including Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Everton's Ross Barkley and Swansea striker Gylfi Sigurdsson.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appeared to lend his support to the idea at a press conference ahead of his side's UEFA Champions League match in Hoffenheim.Klopp said: "It would have helped us this year (if the window had shut early). It makes sense that when the season is starting, planning for the team is over."His Swansea counterpart Paul Clement, who faces losing Sigurdsson to Everton, has also indicated that Premier League bosses broadly back the change. "At our managers' me..
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  • The Premier League came back with a bang this weekend. Champions Chelsea were shocked, Romelu Lukaku rocked and Huddersfield's name was put up in lights. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things we learned from an exciting start to the 2017/18 season.SOME THINGS STAY THE SAMEYou wait all summer for the Premier League to return and then things turn out exactly as you expect. A red card for Jonjo Shelvey and a poacher's finish from Dele Alli had no shock value, neither did the early net bulging which underlined precisely why some of England's finest teams are found wanting when it comes to the Champions League. Contributing to the weekend goal tally was Liverpool's traditional inability to defend set-pieces and West Brom's prowess at profiting from them. Southampton are another team stuck in routine as they drew another blank in front of the suffering St Mary's faithful. Their goalless draw against Swansea means the Saints have now failed to sco..

    5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

    The Premier League came back with a bang this weekend. Champions Chelsea were shocked, Romelu Lukaku rocked and Huddersfield's name was put up in lights. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things we learned from an exciting start to the 2017/18 season.SOME THINGS STAY THE SAMEYou wait all summer for the Premier League to return and then things turn out exactly as you expect. A red card for Jonjo Shelvey and a poacher's finish from Dele Alli had no shock value, neither did the early net bulging which underlined precisely why some of England's finest teams are found wanting when it comes to the Champions League. Contributing to the weekend goal tally was Liverpool's traditional inability to defend set-pieces and West Brom's prowess at profiting from them. Southampton are another team stuck in routine as they drew another blank in front of the suffering St Mary's faithful. Their goalless draw against Swansea means the Saints have now failed to sco..
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  • Chelsea made a dismal start to their Premier League title defence as they fell to a 3-2 defeat by Burnley that featured red cards for Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas. Cahill was sent off by referee Craig Pawson after only 14 minutes when he ended Steven Defour's run with a high tackle that was clumsy rather malicious.Even when a man down Antonio Conte could not have predicted the capitulation that followed as Burnley stormed 3-0 ahead through two goals from Sam Vokes and a terrific strike by Stephen Ward.Assisted by a woeful home defence, the underdogs were out of sight by half-time and although Chelsea dominated the second-half with £58million striker Alvaro Morata on target, they had left themselves too much ground to claw back.Fabregas was given his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards but, despite being reduced to nine men, the champions added a second through David Luiz that at least highlighted a level of desire that was missing before the break.Former Englan..

    Nine-man Chelsea stunned by Burnley as Premier League title defence starts badly

    Chelsea made a dismal start to their Premier League title defence as they fell to a 3-2 defeat by Burnley that featured red cards for Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas. Cahill was sent off by referee Craig Pawson after only 14 minutes when he ended Steven Defour's run with a high tackle that was clumsy rather malicious.Even when a man down Antonio Conte could not have predicted the capitulation that followed as Burnley stormed 3-0 ahead through two goals from Sam Vokes and a terrific strike by Stephen Ward.Assisted by a woeful home defence, the underdogs were out of sight by half-time and although Chelsea dominated the second-half with £58million striker Alvaro Morata on target, they had left themselves too much ground to claw back.Fabregas was given his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards but, despite being reduced to nine men, the champions added a second through David Luiz that at least highlighted a level of desire that was missing before the break.Former Englan..
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  • Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.Pep Guardiola's side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho's cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.There was some intricate build-up play and Gabriel Jesus twice found the Brighton net only for the strikes to be ruled out, once for handball and once for offside.The Brazilian also had a point-blank header saved by Ryan before City's late burst.Twenty years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight, Brighton are a Premier League club.The Seagulls had more recent history with City, knocking them out of the League Cup on penalties at the Withdean Stadium.That wa..

    Sergio Aguero strikes as Manchester City spoil Brighton’s Premier League debut

    Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.Pep Guardiola's side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho's cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.There was some intricate build-up play and Gabriel Jesus twice found the Brighton net only for the strikes to be ruled out, once for handball and once for offside.The Brazilian also had a point-blank header saved by Ryan before City's late burst.Twenty years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight, Brighton are a Premier League club.The Seagulls had more recent history with City, knocking them out of the League Cup on penalties at the Withdean Stadium.That wa..
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  • Michael Carrick believes "things are on the up" at Manchester United, with the captain confident Jose Mourinho's men are in a better place to challenge for the Premier League than a year ago. West Ham arrive at Old Trafford in Sunday's late kick-off as United look to launch a sustained title bid for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out with the league crown in 2013.Having not finished below third in the Premier League during the Scot's reign, remarkably they have not finished higher than fourth since his retirement.Sixth place was a poor return in Mourinho's first season at the helm - even if Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory tempered disappointment - and recently-appointed captain Carrick expects better in the league this term."It is difficult to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top," the midfielder, a five-time Premier League champion with United, said."We have certainly improved the squad, we ..

    Michael Carrick expects Premier League title challenge from Manchester United

    Michael Carrick believes "things are on the up" at Manchester United, with the captain confident Jose Mourinho's men are in a better place to challenge for the Premier League than a year ago. West Ham arrive at Old Trafford in Sunday's late kick-off as United look to launch a sustained title bid for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out with the league crown in 2013.Having not finished below third in the Premier League during the Scot's reign, remarkably they have not finished higher than fourth since his retirement.Sixth place was a poor return in Mourinho's first season at the helm - even if Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory tempered disappointment - and recently-appointed captain Carrick expects better in the league this term."It is difficult to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top," the midfielder, a five-time Premier League champion with United, said."We have certainly improved the squad, we ..
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  • Former Premier League midfielder Andy Townsend has backed Brighton to survive in the division this season and believes they can develop into an established top-flight club.The Seagulls are back among English football's elite for the first time since 1983 after boss Chris Hughton guided them to the Championship runners-up spot last term.They open their first ever Premier League campaign by hosting Manchester City on Saturday.Hughton, who ex-Chelsea, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder Townsend played alongside for the Republic of Ireland, has experience of managing in the division with Newcastle and Norwich.His side's preparations this summer have seen Brighton break their transfer record twice so far, and they are set to do so a third time via the capture of Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.Townsend told Press Association Sport: "It will be a tough season ahead, but I have a feeling Brighton will survive, probably by the skin of their teeth."Chris ha..

    Townsend backing promoted Brighton to survive then thrive in Premier League

    Former Premier League midfielder Andy Townsend has backed Brighton to survive in the division this season and believes they can develop into an established top-flight club.The Seagulls are back among English football's elite for the first time since 1983 after boss Chris Hughton guided them to the Championship runners-up spot last term.They open their first ever Premier League campaign by hosting Manchester City on Saturday.Hughton, who ex-Chelsea, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder Townsend played alongside for the Republic of Ireland, has experience of managing in the division with Newcastle and Norwich.His side's preparations this summer have seen Brighton break their transfer record twice so far, and they are set to do so a third time via the capture of Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.Townsend told Press Association Sport: "It will be a tough season ahead, but I have a feeling Brighton will survive, probably by the skin of their teeth."Chris ha..
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  • David Wagner insists Huddersfield will begin their first ever Premier League campaign with no fear, having already proven "the impossible is possible" in reaching the top flight. The Terriers are back in the uppermost division for the first time in 45 years after winning promotion via the Championship play-offs despite finishing the previous four campaigns in the bottom half of the second tier.Now they sit alongside English football's elite - a fact few believed possible throughout last season's campaign - and they are the pre-season favourites with bookmakers to drop straight back down to the Championship.However, Wagner believes last year's achievement is evidence that his team can defy the odds."We said this last season very often, over a long, long time, it's unrealistic for Huddersfield Town to be in the Premier League," the German said."And then we said, 'This is not possible'. In football everything is possible. I think we've shown that ev..

    ‘No fear’ for Huddersfield ahead of Premier League debut

    David Wagner insists Huddersfield will begin their first ever Premier League campaign with no fear, having already proven "the impossible is possible" in reaching the top flight. The Terriers are back in the uppermost division for the first time in 45 years after winning promotion via the Championship play-offs despite finishing the previous four campaigns in the bottom half of the second tier.Now they sit alongside English football's elite - a fact few believed possible throughout last season's campaign - and they are the pre-season favourites with bookmakers to drop straight back down to the Championship.However, Wagner believes last year's achievement is evidence that his team can defy the odds."We said this last season very often, over a long, long time, it's unrealistic for Huddersfield Town to be in the Premier League," the German said."And then we said, 'This is not possible'. In football everything is possible. I think we've shown that ev..
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  • Arsenal may have got the best of the summer's spending rush on strikers, if the players' goalscoring records are any indication.While Manchester United and champions Chelsea battled over Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa respectively, Arsene Wenger nipped in and signed Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette early in the off-season.The Frenchman was the cheapest of the three at 'only' £45million, and he has been the most prolific in recent years.We looked at the players' minutes-per-goal record over the last three campaigns, along with those of the primary strikers at the rest of the top flight's leading clubs.Lacazette has scored a goal every 115.4 minutes in that time, perfectly in line with Tottenham's repeat Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane (115.3) with only Sergio Aguero out in front.The Manchester City man has drifted in and out of favour under Pep Guardiola, and faces a threat to his place ..

    Goalscoring records of leading strikers at Premier League’s top clubs

    Arsenal may have got the best of the summer's spending rush on strikers, if the players' goalscoring records are any indication.While Manchester United and champions Chelsea battled over Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa respectively, Arsene Wenger nipped in and signed Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette early in the off-season.The Frenchman was the cheapest of the three at 'only' £45million, and he has been the most prolific in recent years.We looked at the players' minutes-per-goal record over the last three campaigns, along with those of the primary strikers at the rest of the top flight's leading clubs.Lacazette has scored a goal every 115.4 minutes in that time, perfectly in line with Tottenham's repeat Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane (115.3) with only Sergio Aguero out in front.The Manchester City man has drifted in and out of favour under Pep Guardiola, and faces a threat to his place ..
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