“The lads weren't happy." - Andy Caroll makes surprising revelation about David Moyes’

West Ham United

West Ham striker Andy Caroll has suggested that players from the club were unhappy playing under David Moyes last season. 
Moyes was appointed as manager of the club last term on a short term deal following the sacking of Slaven Bilic. The former Manchester United and Everton manager did achieve his mandate of guiding the club away from the relegation zone but in the end they decided not to renew his contract. 
The Scot is largely not liked as his most recent managerial stints with the likes of Real Sociedad, United and Sunderland have all been failures. 
The club instead opted to recruit former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to lead the club this season. In Pellegrini, the Hammers have a manager who is vastly experienced and who has previously won the Premier League. So far the Hammers have been inconsistent this season but they have achieved good results recently and have been playing an impressive brand of football. 
That said, Caroll as reported by The Sun, has revealed that his team-mates were not happy playing under Moyes. 
He said:
"I've got a two-year option, it's the club's option.
"I've been injured, so it's not one of those where I can just pick up the phone and say, 'Give me a two-year deal'.
"I've got to prove it. That's what I need to do.
"Last season was up and down.
"We had Stuart Pearce doing sessions, then David Moyes was doing sessions.

"It didn't really feel right, it didn't work. The lads weren't happy.”

Pochettino makes exciting statement for Tottenham fans

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side can win the Premier League this season. The Lilywhites currently occupy third position on the League standings with 36 points from 16 games. They are six points adrift of leaders Liverpool and five adrift of second placed Manchester City. 
Pre-season expectations for Spurs among many pundits and neutrals were not high after the club failed to secure a single summer signing. They have the very same squad intact from last season and they went on to finish in third place on the top-flight standings last term. On the other hand, their squad is still very young and most of the players will only get better which will work to the club’s advantage. 
This is one of the reasons why some people feel that the club does not have enough strength in-depth to challenge for the League this season. Since taking over the North London club in 2014, Pochettino has transformed it into one of the best in England. 
However, the one thing which has eluded him is a major trophy. This is something which the Lilywhites need to do soon or they will risk losing their stars to the elite clubs of world football. 
As quoted by Sky Sports, Pochettino said: 
"We are there, we are in a good position, but the perception is different.
"When you talk about the perception from the people or from the media, it is Manchester City and Liverpool - and not us.
"I am not happy with the perception, when they are not assessing it in the right way.
"I think when you assess different clubs, normally, it is Liverpool and Manchester City, Chelsea, [Manchester] United, Arsenal, who will be involved in the race for the title - but not Tottenham. 

"But of course we are there, because we compete in a very good way, because our performances have been fantastic - and the perception is different."

Spurs ace says Pochettino ‘deserves’ Manchester United and Real Madrid links

Manchester United

Tottenham defender Danny Rose has suggested that manager Mauricio Pochettino deserves to be linked with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid. 
The Argentine was appointed as manager of Spurs in 2014. He has yet to win his first major trophy at the helm of the North London side, however, he has transformed them into one of the best team’s in England. 
Pochettino nearly led Spurs to Premier League glory during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. He has also established the club as one which regularly qualifies for the Champions League. Many neutrals did not expect much from Spurs this season after they failed to make a single signing during last summer’s transfer window. However, they have been playing an impressive brand of football this season as they languish in third position on the Premier League standings and are six points adrift of leaders Liverpool. 
They also booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League this week after edging out Inter Milan based on their better head to head record. 
Rose feels that Pochettino deserves to be linked with the likes of Madrid and United due to his managerial abilities. The Englishman said as quoted by The Guardian
"It's no coincidence that every day you read Real Madrid want him or United want him.
"It's exactly what he deserves. What he has done here in the last four or five years has been amazing. He has transformed how others think of us outside the club and he has transformed how we think of ourselves and how we approach big games. 

"The belief he gives everybody is just amazing. For example, Kyle Walker-Peters made a mistake in Barcelona but it will not affect what the manager thinks of him. He will stick with Kyle no matter what. That's the sort of man he is: once you win his trust it will take an awful lot to break that. He has been amazing for myself and this club, and we hope he is here for a very long time."

Former Everton star Andrei Kanchelskis makes exciting prediction for fans

Everton
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Former Everton and Manchester United star Andrei Kanchelskis has suggested that Marco Silva can take the Toffees to the Champions League if he is given enough time and investment. 
The former Watford boss was appointed as Everton manager last summer, replacing the sacked Sam Allardyce. Upon arriving at Goodison Park, he brought in impressive players to the club such as Richarlison, Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina, Bernard and Andre Gomes. 
So far the Merseysiders have impressed under the management of Silva. They are currently in seventh place on the standings and 10 points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea. Challenging for a place in the top four could be a difficult ask for this season, however challenging for a Europa League spot could be a serious target for the club to achieve this term. 
Richarlison in particular has so far been one of the best signings from last summer. The 21-year-old has so far scored eight times in the Premier League for his club and also forced his way into the Brazil national team. 
As quoted by The Liverpool Echo, Kanchelskis said: 
"Marco Silva can get Everton into the top four of the Premier League if he’s given the time and funds to do so.

"They’re about four or five years from becoming a real threat, but they’ve fought off some big teams to sign the players they did this summer."

Lukaku and Rashford start, Strongest Predicted Manchester United lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Liverpool

Liverpool

Manchester United have the opportunity to secure a second Premier League triumph on the bounce when they make the trip to Merseyside to take on arch-rivals Liverpool this weekend. The Red Devils come into the game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 Champions League defeat at Valencia in midweek which saw them miss out on the top spot in Group H.
Formation:4-2-3-1
Predicted Lineup:
David de Gea has gone through a tough season where he has managed just two Premier League clean sheets but much of the blame can be put on the defensive organisation in front of him. The Spaniard should start between the sticks without any doubt. In the defence, Mourinho faces an injury crisis with Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo on the sidelines and this may witness Eric Bailly and Phil Jones start once more at the heart of the backline.
Meanwhile, Ashley Young is likely to feature in one of the full-back positions after the midweek hint from Mourinho and that could be on the left side of the defence to curb the threat of Mohamed Salah which he did with success last term. In this case, Diogo Dalot appears the leading candidate to slot into the right-back position with Antonio Valencia struggling to leave a notable impression in midweek.
In the midfield, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera should return to the fray after playing no part in the Los Che clash thus witnessing Paul Pogba dropping to the bench for the third league game on the bounce. Further forward, Mourinho has limited options with Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) and possibly Anthony Martial (knock) on the sidelines and this may witness the Portuguese resort to the same attack front from the previous weekend.
The in-form Marcus Rashford should feature on the left side of the attack with Juan Mata on the opposite flank while Jesse Lingard may retain his position in the number 10 role. Upfront, Romelu Lukaku appears the likelier option amid the injury crisis but the Belgian has plenty to prove after going through a poor performance at the Mestalla where his distribution and hold-up play was not up to scratch.

Shaqiri and Salah start, Strongest Predicted Liverpool lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Manchester United

Liverpool

Liverpool have the chance to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League standings when they entertain arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side go into the game on the back of a 1-0 Champions League triumph over Napoli which sealed their progress into the last 16 of the elite competition.
Manchester United, however, head into the game following their 2-1 defeat to Valencia at Estadio Mestalla which saw them miss out on the top spot in Group H.
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Predicted Lineup:
Alisson Becker has been outstanding for the Reds since joining them during the summer and he is currently leading the Premier League clean sheet charts with 10 from the opening 16 games. He is one of Klopp’s undisputed starters for the United game.
In the defence, Klopp has restrictive options for the central defensive department with both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip sustaining long-term setbacks over the past week. In their absence, Dejan Lovren should make his fifth Premier League start of the season alongside Virgil van Dijk, who has been the sole ever-present figure in the Reds backline.
Likewise, Trent Alexander-Arnold remains a doubt after limping off the field against Napoli, and this may witness one of James Milner or Fabinho slot into the right-back position, though the former’s participation remains uncertain after being hauled off the field with cramp on Wednesday night. On the opposite end, there are no concerns whatsoever with Andrew Robertson expected to take his position.
Onto the midfield, Naby Keita has impressed over the past two Premier League matches where he has featured from the off and the Guinean could retain his position ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho to partner captain Jordan Henderson at the heart of the Reds midfield.
Further forward, Klopp may re-introduce Xherdan Shaqiri after the Swiss was unused for the Napoli game. The former Stoke City man could feature from the right wing with Sadio Mane on the left while Roberto Firmino could take up the number 10 position behind Mohamed Salah, who is currently the league’s joint-top scorer with 10 goals already on the board.

Newcastle manager Benitez reveals where he wants to manage after Newcastle

Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed that he wants to return to Spain in the long-term. Benitez has been the manager of Newcastle United since 2016. He took over the club when they were in a very bad situation and could not save them from relegation during the 2015-16 season. 
However, despite having to work with a very restricted budget, the experienced Spaniard managed to lead the club to the Championship title and straight back to the top flight during the 2016-17 season. Last season, he also managed to guide the club towards retaining their top-flight status despite the fact that he had to work with a very limited budget. 
Benitez has been strongly commended for the way in which he has stuck with Newcastle for the past few years despite the behind the scenes turbulence at the club. He is a one of the most experienced and recognizable managers in World football and could surely easily get offers from teams playing in the Champions League or even an elite international team. 
However, he has chosen to stick with the Magpies. The former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss has however admitted that he would like to return to Spain one day. As quoted by The Chronicle, he said: 
"Yeah, in the distance.
"I think I am a young manager and I think I still have a few years to work on a daily basis. After, you have to consider anything. 

"Not just Spain, any prospect could be interesting but at the moment I am happy with my job at Newcastle United."

Tottenham defender makes bold statement following draw against Barcelona

Barcelona

Tottenham defender Danny Rose has suggested that his side deserved to beat Barcelona following their 1-1 Champions League draw against the Spanish giants at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night. 
Ousmane Dembele gave the Blaugrana an early lead. Most would have expected the La Liga Champions to coast to victory especially as they were playing on their home turf. 
However, Lucas Moura managed to snatch an equalizer during the 85th minute after he connected with Harry Kane’s cross. Inter Milan drew 1-1 with PSV Eindhoven in the other group B encounter. Both Spurs and Inter rounded off the group stage with 8 points and a -1 goal difference. However, the North Londoners advance to the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition by virtue of having a better head to head record over their Italian counterparts. 
Many would not have given the Lilywhites a chance as they took just one point from their opening three Champions League games and were on the verge of elimination. This will no doubt go down as one of the highlights of Mauricio Pochettino’s term as manager of the club so far. 
Rose has since also suggested that he feels that his side should have won the game. As reported by Sky Sports, the England international said: 

"It's got to be up there with one of the best nights. Everybody didn't think it was possible after two or three games. We only have ourselves to blame that we left it this late. I think more than anything it's just frustrating for ourselves because we've come here, we've done really well, and we should have won comfortably."

How Champions League qualification can help Tottenham and Liverpool

Liverpool

The Champions League on Tuesday night served up different plots as English clubs, Tottenham and Liverpool left it late to secure qualification to the 1st knockout stage of the competition. Both teams were on the brink of crashing out of the tournament on the Last day, but resolute display and a stroke of luck helped them advance to the next stage.

Liverpool at home needed just a 1-0 win against Napoli and a Mo Salah strike proved to be the difference while a late Lucas Moura strike helped Spurs to a draw at Camp Nou as Inter Milan could only draw at the San Siro against Dutch outfit, PSV Eindhoven. 

So how will this progression affect the campaigns of the two English teams?

Liverpool

Having reached the Champions League final last season, it would have been a retrogression if The Reds had crashed out at the first time of asking this term. A Gareth Bale masterclass, an underwhelming performance by Loris Karius and naivety among the Liverpool players ensured that Liverpool lost the game at the Olympic Stadium in Ukraine. After spending more money on quality additions to the team last summer, many predicted them to go one further this term.

Progression to the Champions League knockout stages means they have momentum and adding their Premier League form to it shows that they have resilience and the mental fortitude to go the extra mile. It can serve as a springboard to success this term as it can be the turning point for the campaign. After struggling in the groupstages this term, it can turn out to have the same effect Liverpool had in 2005 when they defeated Olympiakos on their way to winning the trophy while Chelsea had the same when they defeated Napoli in 2012.

Jurgen Klopp definitely needed that victory to show that he is still the right man for the job. The Reds boss has been in Merseyside for 3 years now and has been backed with copious amount of funds in the transfer window. He still hasn’t won a trophy for all his efforts and crashing out at the groupstages of the money-spinning Champions League might have left his employers with some doubt about his capability.

Tottenham

North London outfit, Tottenham looked dead and buried as at Matchday of the tournament, having picked up just one point from their opening 3 games but in some remarkable fashion,  they pulled back to seal qualification. Spurs needed progression to help with running costs for their new stadium and ensure that their fans get to see them play continental football there this season. 

Progression into the Champions League knockout stages will ensure that the fans bond with the new ground faster as it would be ready by the time Champions League football returns in February while it also helps with revenue from TV and souvenir items.

Tottenham crashed out last season to Juventus in a game many neutrals felt they should have won and thus season offers them another chance to show how far they have come under Mauricio Pochettino. Dropping down to the Europa League will also have dented their Top 4 hopes this term as it is never easy playing on Thursdays and Sundays amidst travelling very long distances just to play continental football.  

Tottenham and Liverpool may have gotten the spark they needed to get their seasons back on track. Champions League progression can do that.

Article written for FHD by Aje Omolayo

Everton’s promising on-loan player admits that he could leave club

Everton

Everton winger Nikola Vlasic has admitted that he is open to staying with CSKA Moscow. The 21-year-old Vlasic arrived at the Toffees during the summer of 2017 from Hajduk Split. 
He struggled to make a notable impact at Goodisan Park last term as he went on to make just 19 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals. Since arriving at CSKA on loan during the summer, Vlasic has established himself as one of the stars for the Russian giants. He has so far scored several goals and recorded three assists for CSKA. He also managed to score a winner in the Champions League against Real Madrid as well as force his way into the Croatian national team.
Due to his impressive form, there has been talk that Vlasic could return to Everton. Whether Marco Silva would be interested in bringing the player back remains to be seen. Vlasic’s agent Tonci Martic did tell Tuttomercatoweb in November that Serie A giants Inter Milan and Roma were interested in his client. 
Considering that the Toffees do not play Champions League football and that he was not assured of regular first-team football by Silva, Vlasic may favour to move away from the Merseyside club. 
He told Russian source Bob Soccer: “I am very happy and glad I’m at CSKA,
“I truly believe that I am at home, this is my team, and if the decision depended only on me, it would be a very easy choice. I’d say yes and remain a CSKA footballer, but, unfortunately, there are several other interested parties.
“It’s particularly necessary to understand Everton’s position, how it relates to the situation and what they think.

“It’s not up to me. Let’s wait until the summer and see what the decision is.