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Author Archive for Eni Aluko

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Continental Cup final gives an unloved competition a fascinating climax | Eni Aluku

Arsenal face Chelsea on Saturday with both sides desperate to get their hands on silverware amid a pile of intriguing subplotsArsenal face Chelsea in the Continental Cup final on Saturday evening in what should be a fascinating conclusion to a sometime…

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Time passes fast in football, so will Manchester City players want to stay? | Eni Aluko

In two years reputations can be built or destroyed. Uefa’s ban will surely make several of City’s squad question their futureManchester City have built an incredible image around the world over the past few years. The City group controls clubs in North…

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Sacking managers often does not work – just look at the Premier League | Eni Aluko

Hasenhüttl’s Southampton turnaround has been impressive while West Ham might end up giving Pellegrini a £10m severance package for little gainMany of clubs have spent the season yo-yoing around the Premier League. In early November Bournemouth were sev…

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Redistribute FA Cup money and replays can be scrapped without hurting clubs | Eni Aluko

A winter break is more valuable than Cup traditions – everyone can win if the team lifting the trophy takes a smaller cutThe Premier League’s winter break is coming, and it’s a bit of a mess. I’m a firm believer that a break is necessary: footballers a…

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Aston Villa job feels right and I hope it helps other women into leading roles | Eni Aluko

Villa’s women are going places and guiding them to the WSL in the city where I fell in love with football is an exciting challengeNext week it will be two months since my last game of football, and in that time my life has changed significantly. I have…

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Unassuming icon Trent Alexander-Arnold leads Liverpool’s league quest | Eni Aluko

The local boy with more league assists this season than all except Kevin De Bruyne must be in the running for the PFA awardIn its 46 years, the PFA’s Player of the Year award has been given to 41 people, representing 15 clubs and 12 countries from Engl…

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Kerr v Miedema is coming to WSL and could have shades of Messi v Ronaldo | Eni Aluko

Prospect of two great players at rival clubs pushing each other is just one cause for excitement about women’s football in 2020Friday is the day that Sam Kerr officially joins Chelsea as the mid-season transfer window opens, the arrival of the player I…

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Mesut Özil should be able to say what he likes about subjects he cares about | Eni Aluko

Sportsmen and women cannot and should not be censored. Sometimes, they are the changemakers we needSince I first found myself, as a high-profile footballer and England international, in the public eye one of the rules I have tried to live by is this: s…

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Bournemouth need fresh ideas from Eddie Howe to arrest an alarming slump | Eni Aluko

His side look as if they are still trying to do what worked a couple of season ago but now other teams are doing it betterBournemouth have lost their last five games and won only one of 11 since mid-September and, given their form and their position a …

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Like Chelsea, Arsenal need legend in the dugout and his name is Patrick Vieira | Eni Aluko

Frank Lampard has transformed atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal’s former captain would do same at EmiratesWhen I left Chelsea to join Juventus last year Antonio Conte was a couple of weeks away from the sack. I had arrived for my second spell a…

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End of my Italian chapter means trading Turin for fresh adventures | Eni Aluko

Things went well at Juventus on the pitch but the last six months in particular have been difficult off itThis weekend I will play my last game for Juventus, bringing to an end a year and a half of great success and lots of learning. When I arrived in …

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Transformation from nice to nasty is one Spurs must undergo to be winners | Eni Aluko

Hiring of José Mourinho shows Daniel Levy has changed his mindset and the players must do so too if they are to succeedTottenham have been a likeable club for such a long time. From David Ginola to Christian Eriksen they have had gifted players and all…

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Pep Guardiola needs Champions League win with City to join all-time greats | Eni Aluko

Guardiola is about to face Jürgen Klopp in the league, a manager who has possibly outstripped the SpaniardDespite their draw against Atalanta at San Siro, Manchester City top their Champions League group and need only a point from their two remaining g…

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There are many who should be saying sorry – but Xhaka is not one of them | Eni Aluko

Fans should not be booing their captain. Not under any circumstances. The Arsenal supporters must learn from thisIt took exactly a month for Granit Xhaka to go from being named Arsenal captain to being booed off the field. As a player, it’s hard to see…

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The big difference between Manchester United and Liverpool? Leadership | Eni Aluko

United’s shortsighted approach has left Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side lacking character – especially compared with Klopp’s teamLiverpool go to Manchester United on Sunday top of the table, nearly eight months since they last dropped a league point, and kn…

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Tottenham’s time for significant action came and went last summer | Eni Aluko

Daniel Levy may judge success by the balance sheet but players want to win things and Mauricio Pochettino’s squad have not been given the best chance to do so at SpursMany people are looking at Tottenham’s results this season and saying something has t…

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Bernardo Silva charge is a token gesture when so much racism is not tackled | Eni Aluko

Action has to be taken over Silva’s tweet but the FA response to racism by fans suggests it has not grasped the big pictureLast Saturday, as the players came out before the home game against Manchester City, Everton’s fans unveiled an enormous flag bea…

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Legal action by players should be the next step for online abuse | Eni Aluko

If stadiums begin to be closed because of racist chanting then that could bring about the end of abuse for players in grounds at leastAt the end of last week the bookmaker Paddy Power published a tweet which contrasted the £10,000 fine given by the Foo…

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High-profile games and signings give new WSL season a perfect platform | Eni Aluko

Manchester United will stir things up at the top, although Birmingham and Yeovil have their work cut out to stay upThe Women’s Super League starts this weekend in explosive style, with a Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, a London derby at Stamfor…

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Frank Lampard’s youth policy at Chelsea should be tempered with realism | Eni Aluko

There were promising signs in the Super Cup defeat by Liverpool but the new man at Stamford Bridge has to start winning soonAfter losing badly to Manchester United on the opening day, Chelsea’s performance against Liverpool in the Super Cup, even if th…