11. Aleksandar Kolarov 11 11 11 3. Bacary Sagna 11 11 20. Eliaquim Mangala 11 11 15. Jesus Navas 11 7. Raheem Sterling 16. Sergio Aguero 42. Yaya Toure 11 25. Fernandinho 4. Vincent Kompany 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below Manchester City have started the 2015/16 Premier League season in sensational form and will look to make it three wins from three at Everton today.The 2014 champions have been boosted by the £32m signing of Nicolas Otamendi at centre back, but the Argentine international is still waiting for his work permit to come through, so won’t make his City debut at Goodison Park.However, City can still boast a formidable starting XI.Take a look at our predicted team in the slideshow above. 11 11 21. David Silva
Roy Hodgson 1 Roy Hodgson has postponed the announcement of his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Switzerland due to the number of decisions which still need to be made.The announcement had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, but Hodgson will instead reveal his chosen players on August 30.Hodgson said: “After meeting with my coaching staff today we have decided to wait until this Sunday before announcing the squad to face San Marino and Switzerland.“We have a large of number of players that still need confirming regarding availability and fitness so rather than selecting a larger squad now, we will wait for the games at the weekend before choosing around 23 players who are definitely available.”England play in San Marino on September 5 and face Switzerland at Wembley on September 8.
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Ends… 1 Nicolas Gaitan Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria is hoping the club can persuade Nicolas Gaitan to sign a new contract and end interest from Manchester United.Gaitan has been linked with a move to Old Trafford on numerous occasions and Louis van Gaal is still keeping track of the midfielder’s progress.The Argentine international has £26m buyout clause but Vitoria wants the club’s directors offer him a new deal.“Gaitan’s renewal is something beyond my duties,” he told A Bola.“He is firmly rooted in this club, part of our family and it’s good to have a player like him. He’s essential to Benfica.”
Federico Fernandez and Micah Richards 1 Micah Richards has accepted a Football Association charge of improper conduct after an incident in the tunnel following Aston Villa’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea.Villa captain Richards had until 6pm on Thursday to reply to the charge and opted against an appeal.The former Manchester City defender had clashed on the pitch with Swans defender Federico Fernandez – an incident that did not require censure – but continued arguing with the Argentinian once the teams left the field.
Arsenal’s annual injury crisis appears to be gathering pace after the news that key midfielder Santi Cazorla will be out for three months with a knee problem.It is a hammer blow to the Gunners’ and Arsene Wenger’s title ambitions, particularly with a busy Christmas schedule just around the corner.Cazorla’s injury adds to the already extensive list of players in the treatment room at the Emirates, with key enforcer Francis Coquelin also out until at least the New Year.Their absences leaves a gaping hole in the Arsenal midfield engine room which Wenger may choose to address once the January transfer window opens.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who the latest reports suggest could come in for Cazorla and Coquelin. 6 6 6 William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) – Carvalho has also been on Arsenals wish list for some time and may have moved to the Emirates in the summer if it werent for a nasty leg injury suffered in the summer. This was on the back of highly impressive displays at the European Under-21 tournament with Portugal and the Sporting Lisbon midfielder has confessed Arsenal would be a dream move, hoping to follow in the footsteps of hero Theirry Henry. Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) – Gundogan is one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and has flirted with a Borussia Dortmund exit for the last 12 months. Arsenal are one of a number of clubs, including Barcelona, keeping tabs on the German, who recently admitted he does not know what the future holds in an interview with Sport Bild. 6 Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more great midfielders for Arsenal – Bender is a long-term target for the Gunners and their recent problems appear to have heightened their interest. The Evening Standard believe Arsenal are in pole position to sign the combative Bayer Leverkusen midfielder in January, slashing his odds of a move from 12/1 to 6/1 in the space of a week. 6 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – Considering Wengers reticence to dip into the transfer market, perhaps the most realistic replacement for Cazorla is one of his team-mates. Ramsey has been fielded on the right of midfield to accommodate more creative talents this season, but if he can replicate the stunning goalscoring form from 2013/14, achieved from a more central role, the Welshman could be the ideal alternative. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) – A slightly left wing option, but HITC believe Wenger has sent scouts to watch McArthur in recent weeks after a string of impressive performances. While Yohan Cabaye may take most of the plaudits, McArthurs displays have been just as integral to Crystal Palaces impressive start to the Premier League season. The 28-year-old, valued at £10m, could certainly provide short-term cover in that depleted Arsenal midfield. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla) – The Evening Standard believe January could mark Arsenals approach for Sevilla midfielder Krychowiak. The Polish enforcer was a key part of the Liga sides Europa League success last season and anchored his countrys midfield as they reached Euro 2016. His no nonsense style would endear him to Gunners fans. 6
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his delight at Erik Lamela’s hat-trick heroics against Monaco.The young midfielder scored a treble against the French side in just 36 minutes on Thursday night as they finished top of Group J in the Europa League with a 4-1 victory.The superb performance was just one of many excellent showings from the 23-year-old this season, who is finally finding his feet in England.But Pochettino has insisted Lamela’s form has not come as a surprise to him, despite his previous struggles.“It is true that today he is more confident and looks a different player from two years ago,” the manager said.“There are always a lot of reasons for the improvement of a player. First of all, a young player like Lamela has arrived in a new country. He is a very special boy but he needed time to adapt and not only on the pitch.“When you score a hat-trick you don’t have to say anything more because it was great for him and great for the team. It helped the team to finish at the top.“Lamela has not surprised me, he is a great talent and okay, you always need a little bit of luck to score but he scored three goals and its normal that he deserves all the praise and the headlines. That is football.“Always the younger players need time. They need time to improve, they need time to adapt their game to a new culture and a new country and sometimes it is a difficult process. Some players are quick, some it takes time.” 1 Tottenham star Erik Lamela
Here, Arsenal fans have had their say on the news… News that Santi Cazorla may miss the rest of the season has unsurprisingly not gone down well with Gooners.The Arsenal midfielder has been out of action since November with a knee injury, but a setback in the 31-year-old’s recovery may see his comeback delayed, manager Arsene Wenger revealed.“He has some Achilles problems that hold him back,” he said. “His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed a little bit and we have to put him off impact.”However, it is not as bad as first feared, with the player tweeting this: 2 2 Santi Cazorla has injured his Achilles
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Or, perhaps your manager is using these assignments as a way to flex his power and exert control over you and your life. It is also possible that the nature of your business has last-minute expectations that call for employees to handle extra work at all hours. It may also be that your manager is too busy to take the time during the day to give extra work to you, and he can only do so after things have calmed down. One way to find out what is going on here, and to possibly curtail these 11th-hour projects, is for you to stop waiting for your manager to come into your office at the end of the day. Since you are sure some of the work could be given to you earlier, now is time to find out. You should meet with your manager a couple of times a day to see if he has any new projects for you. His next step will be the key to your next step. Q My job entails a lot of time sitting in front of a computer. Our company just purchased new chairs for our department, and I don’t like mine. I cannot get it to adjust the way I want, and what I really want is my old chair back. I told our manager, and she said to give the new chair some time and it will be fine. Can you help? A Although your manager has said that this issue will resolve itself if you sit on it for a while, that is not necessarily true. No matter what the product might be, a bad fit on the first day is often a bad fit every day. This does not mean that you should simply collapse and take a back seat on this matter. Many of today’s new office chairs are technical marvels, often accompanied with booklets that explain how to make them comfortable and effective for you. If you do not have such a booklet, you should ask for one. And if you do have the booklet, try to follow the instructions and see if you can tailor the set-up to meet your needs. Many of these vendors and manufacturers also have customer service personnel for such help, and some even have staff who will visit a customer’s workplace to help set up the new chairs for each individual user. You should sit down with your manager and discuss this possibility. Q I have an employee who is always eating or nibbling on something. He is not overweight, but if I meet with him in his office or if we have departmental meetings, he always has some food. Granted that it is not necessarily junk food, I have to wonder why he does this. My concern is that it is going to interfere with his work and even cause a problem with ants. What should I say to him? A Here’s some food for thought: If this employee is doing a good job, it should make no difference if he is eating throughout the day. People can have any number of legitimate reasons for eating this way. For example, there is a school of thought contending that it is healthier to eat smaller meals throughout the day, rather than having three main meals. Many people who graze this way will tell you that they feel more energized, alert and productive. Your employee may also have been advised to eat this way by a doctor or nutritionist. If you actually and factually find that this employee’s dietary practices are interfering with his work, causing his projects to be late, or leading to reports that have food stains, then you should discuss the matter with him. You should also do so if you find that he is leaving crumbs wherever he goes, and thus increasing the likelihood of ants or other infestations. However, if you are satisfied with the quality and quantity of this employee’s work, as well as his ability to deal effectively with his associates, then you should shelve all of your questions about his dietary habits. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Q My manager has a habit of dropping into my office late in the day and giving me work that needs immediate attention. I’m sure some of this work can be given to me earlier, but he rarely does this. I cannot say no, but what can I say? A The best way to determine how to act in this type of situation is to look behind the scenes. For example, perhaps the culture of your company expects and rewards work beyond normal working hours.
Detroit filled its No. 1 void, acquiring shortstop Edgar Renteria and cash from the Atlanta Braves for two prospects. Shortly after reaching the World Series last season, the Tigers pulled off the first major move when they traded for Gary Sheffield. “The Tigers don’t wait around for the winter meetings, when all the owners and agents get involved,” All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez said. “We got Sheffield early last year and now we got Renteria right away. Renteria, a five-time All-Star, hit .332 with 12 homers and 57 RBIs in 124 games with Atlanta this season. In exchange for the 32-year-old Renteria, Detroit gave up right-hander Jair Jurrjens and minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez. Major League Baseball had this message for Alex Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras: Shame on you. Boras announced during Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night that A-Rod was opting out of the final three seasons of his contract with the New York Yankees. The timing left baseball officials livid, which elicited an apology from Boras. “I apologize to the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies and their players, Major League Baseball and its players, and baseball fans everywhere for that interference,” Boras said in a statement. “The teams and players involved deserved to be the focus of the evening and honored with the utmost respect. “The unfortunate result was not my intent, but is solely my fault. I could have handled this situation better, and for that I am truly sorry.” The home run king is looking for a job. Barry Bonds filed for free agency on the first possible day after the World Series ended with Boston’s sweep of the Colorado Rockies. That means the slugger’s tenure with San Francisco is now over. Giants owner Peter Magowan told him last month the club would not bring him back for a 16th season. Yet the 43-year-old Bonds, with 762 career homers, said last week he isn’t ruling out a change of heart by his longtime employer. Police in riot gear cleared several large crowds gathered around Fenway Park early Monday after the Red Sox won their second World Series title in four years. Police said they made 37 arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct. Boston’s sweep of the Colorado Rockies drew better ratings than last season’s World Series, but fell short of previous years. The four games averaged a 10.6 rating, the second-lowest ever, ahead of only the 10.1 in 2006 for the St. Louis Cardinals’ five-game win over the Detroit Tigers. Game 4 on Sunday night attracted a 12.6 rating, up 9 percent from the 11.6 for last year’s Game 2, which was also on a Sunday. Tigers trade for Renteria A-Rod, Boras offend baseball Bonds files for free agency Rockies vow they’re not done 37 arrested Ratings are weak Bush congratulates Red Sox President George W. Bush telephoned Red Sox president Larry Lucchino to congratulate the team on winning their second World Series title in four years. Bush congratulated the team just before players, co-owners and other officials left Denver. He praised the contribution of Texans Josh Beckett and Mike Timlin, Red Sox spokesman John Blake said. Around the league Twins: Center fielder Torii Hunter filed for free agency, immediately becoming one of the most prized players on the market. The Twins have a 15-day window in which they can negotiate exclusively with Hunter, but all signs point to him hitting the open market Nov. 13. … Minnesota has exercised its $6 million option on closer Joe Nathan, ensuring the two-time All-Star will be back for another season in Minnesota. Devil Rays: Claimed left-hander Kurt Birkins off waivers from Baltimore and designated catcher Raul Casanova for assignment. Cardinals: A week after Tony La Russa agreed to a new two-year contract with St. Louis, the team announced that all of his coaches also would be back.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Girardi was the 2006 NL Manager of the Year with Florida, plus he has a pinstriped pedigree. The hard-nosed catcher played on three Yankees teams that won the World Series, served as their bench coach and was a TV announcer this year. Still, spurning Mattingly – who always receives one of the loudest ovations on Old-Timers’ Day – was sure to be compared to another famous Yankees snub: Babe Ruth was never offered the manager’s job he so desperately wanted. Mattingly was the Yankees hitting coach for three years before moving next to Torre this season. Schulte said Mattingly congratulated Girardi and wished him well. A baseball official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been formalized, said General Manager Brian Cashman made the recommendation and it was accepted by the Yankees. The Detroit Tigers made the first splash in baseball’s offseason as they addressed a pressing priority. Again. From news services The New York Yankees picked experience over popularity on Monday, offering the manager’s job to Joe Girardi at the risk of watching Don Mattingly walk away from the franchise. Beloved as team captain, Donnie Baseball was the early favorite to replace Joe Torre and openly coveted the spot. After finding out Monday he didn’t get it, Mattingly told the Yankees he had no interest in returning next year as bench coach or in any other coaching position. “Don was extremely disappointed to learn today that he wasn’t the organization’s choice to fill the managerial vacancy,” Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte, said in an e-mail. “Instead, he was informed the organization offered the position to Joe Girardi.”