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Author Archive for Dominic Fifield

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Crystal Palace the away-day kings target another scalp at Tottenham | Dominic Fifield

Palace are the last club to win in the league at Anfield, the Etihad, the Emirates and Old Trafford and are set up to hit teams who underestimate them on the counterIt is probably worth acknowledging from the outset, given the established rhetoric, tha…

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Why homophobic incidents are scarring French football

A standoff between ultras and authorities forms the backdrop to banners and chants that have brought games to a haltAt the offices of France’s Ligue de Football Professionel on Rue Léo Delibes, the hope had been that Thursday would deliver a first step…

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Jorginho can own a game from midfield, says Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

• Fans sang Italy international’s name for first time at Norwich• ‘He’s been a pleasure to work with,’ Lampard saidFrank Lampard has praised Jorginho as a player who can “own a game from midfield” and an inspiration even in training as the Italy intern…

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Hodgson and Zaha ready for Wan-Bissaka reunion at Old Trafford

• Manchester United full-back faces former club on Saturday• Palace manager: ‘It’s not an easy task that he’s accomplished’Roy Hodgson digressed at one point, turning to opera to conjure an analogy that referenced the celebrated tenors Jussi Björling a…

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Crystal Palace in talks with Christian Benteke over new contract

• Striker’s deal expires next summer and he could leave for free• Palace also discussing deal with centre-back James TomkinsCrystal Palace are in talks with Christian Benteke over a new contract as they seek to ensure their record signing does not depa…

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Mauricio Pochettino: ‘We have a way we love to play. We are brave’ | Dominic Fifield

Tottenham’s manager will not change their style as they aim to repeat last season’s wins at Manchester CityMauricio Pochettino’s patience wore thin at suggestions he, perhaps more than most managers plying their trade in the Premier League, may best kn…

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Arsenal’s Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac ready to play after security concerns

• Both players ‘100%’ mentally ready for Burnley home game• Pair missed Newcastle win after carjacking attemptUnai Emery is confident Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac will be mentally ready to return for Arsenal’s Premier League game against Burnley on Sa…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Wan-Bissaka has gone and Hodgson is desperate for additions to an ageing squad whose fate could rest on Zaha’s futureGuardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not necessarily Dominic Fifield’s prediction but the average of our writers’ ti…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Wan-Bissaka has gone and Hodgson is desperate for additions to an ageing squad whose fate could rest on Zaha’s futureGuardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not necessarily Dominic Fifield’s prediction but the average of our writers’ ti…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Wan-Bissaka has gone and Hodgson is desperate for additions to an ageing squad whose fate could rest on Zaha’s futureGuardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not necessarily Dominic Fifield’s prediction but the average of our writers’ ti…

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Özil and Kolasinac to train at Arsenal as normal after robbery drama

• Players due to report after being attacked in north London• Kolasinac fought off two men wielding knivesMesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac are to train with the Arsenal first-team squad on Friday with the pair showing no ill effects having been attacked b…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi set to agree new Chelsea contract worth £100,000-a-week

• Teenager commits future with five-year deal• Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1 in JapanCallum Hudson-Odoi is set to sign a new five-year contract at Chelsea, curtailing Bayern Munich’s protracted pursuit of his services, and will join Ruben Loftus-Cheek and…

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Fulham ready to bounce back after learning from last season’s mistakes | Dominic Fifield

The chaotic recruitment policy pursued before their brief return to the Premier League has been replaced by sensible planning, headed by their manager, Scott ParkerIt was as the conversation ticked inexorably towards the hour that Tony Khan issued the …

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Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu close to joining RB Leipzig on season-long loan

• Ampadu has won eight caps for Wales• Frank Lampard tried to sign him when Derby managerThe Wales international Ethan Ampadu is close to continuing his development at RB Leipzig next season with Chelsea negotiating his departure on a season-long loan …

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Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham

• Defender signs three-year-deal at Wanda Metropolitano• He leaves Spurs after four years in north LondonKieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in …

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Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham

• Defender signs three-year-deal at Wanda Metropolitano• He leaves Spurs after four years in north LondonKieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in …

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Mason Mount commits future to Chelsea by signing five-year deal

• 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby• Midfielder joined Chelsea academy at the age of sixMason Mount has become the latest Chelsea youngster to commit his long-term future to the club after signing a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridg…

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Get Abramovich to London, keep Willian: Lampard’s key Chelsea tasks

Coaxing more from experienced fringe players is also vital for the manager, whose first game is at Bohemian on WednesdayLampard oversaw Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori thriving in the Championship at Derby. Now he must hope that pair, alongside players s…

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Get Abramovich to London, keep Willian: Lampard’s key Chelsea tasks

Coaxing more from experienced fringe players is also vital for the manager, whose first game is at Bohemian on WednesdayLampard oversaw Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori thriving in the Championship at Derby. Now he must hope that pair, alongside players s…

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Frank Lampard offers fresh Chelsea chances to Drinkwater and Batshuayi

• New manager will give pair an opportunity in pre-season• Álvaro Morata to leave for Atlético Madrid in permanent dealFrank Lampard will give Danny Drinkwater and Michy Batshuayi the opportunity to resurrect their Chelsea careers should they impress i…