Mourinho’s Tottenham Fixture Cancelled

On Tuesday September 22nd Tottenham Hotspur's League Cup tie at Leyton Orient was called off

On Tuesday September 22nd Tottenham Hotspur’s League Cup tie at Leyton Orient was called off . This was after several of Leyton’s players tested positive for Corona Virus. Spurs are placed Sixth on the Premier League table standing. 

English Football League postponed the fixture. However, the match was later called of. This is because of the spread of the novel COVID-19. The news came two hours before Jose Mourinho’s side played the third round match at the Breyer Group Stadium.

The EFL and relevant authorities conducted a thorough review of the club’s Covid-19 secure procedures. Orient had earlier shut down their training ground since a majority of their squad tested positive of the virus. They were advised to self-isolate.

Called off

On Thursday, the fixture was finally called off. As a result, Tottenham was awarded a bye into the fourth round against Chelsea or Barnsley under League Cup rules. 

Spurs played on Sunday against Southampton in the Premier League.  They will travel to Macedonia for their Europa League third qualifying round tie against Shkendija on Thursday.  Jose Mourinho made a complain to Uefa about the size of the goalposts before Tottenham’s Europa League play-off victory.

Mourinho talking to players during a past match
Mourinho talking to players during a past match

Football League clubs are no longer obliged to conduct mandatory tests on their players and staff for Covid-19 on a weekly basis this season. However, it is still the case in the Premier League.

Leyton Orient club had revealed the positive cases on Monday. Reports claimed Tottenham paid for their opponents’ testing after Orient’s game against Mansfield last Saturday.

Tottenham may not be disappointed that the match was called off. It could as well fit in the midst of a hectic spell of five games in 10 days. Jose Mourinho had previously branded this as “crazy”.

Zero ticket sales

The Corona Virus pandemic has had a huge toll on English Premiere League teams. Billions of pounds have been lost on zero ticket sales thus far. The empty stands have negative implications on the teams and their communities.

However, the British government is eager to roll out several pilot programs aimed at bringing back fans to the stands. A set of regulations has however to be followed to the book as to manage the situation well. Tottenham Hotspurs are among teams with possible chances to be on the pilot program.

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Calvert-Lewin the goal Machine, Pogba laser and Torres’ debut goal

It was an exciting football night in EFL as Calvert-Lewin bagged a hat-trick, Pogba pulled a master class, and Manchester City got a victory vs Burnley.

It was an exciting football night in EFL as Calvert-Lewin bagged a hat-trick, Pogba pulled a master class, and Manchester City got a victory vs Burnley.

Ancelloti’s squad

Following the new additions of players, Everton seem a formidable opponent to all Premier League teams. Everton has won all six games they have played, both in EPL and EFL. Of the six games that Everton has played, the Calvert-Lewin has started in five. He has scored in four of the games, eight goals. The English striker now averages 1.6 goals per game. He bagged a hat-trick helping his side beat Westham 4:1. Allan and Richarlison were subbed out following injuries they got. The severity of the injuries is yet to be clarified. Everton will now proceed to the quarter final round of EFL.

Everton has won all six games they have played, both in EPL and EFL. Ancellotti's new signings have been pivotal to Everton's success.
Carlo Ancelloti. Photo Credit opta

Manchester City vs Burnley

Manchester City was away to Burnley. However, they managed to win the game 0:3. Since 2016, Manchester City is yet to lose to Burnley in all competitions. During this time, they have drawn only once and won the rest of the matches. Pep Guardiola made three changes to the team that lost to Leicester. Sterling started upfront again since the Cityzen’s are without their natural strikers, Aguero and Jesus. Ferran Torres made his debut for the Cityzens.

Torres celebrating debut goal with teammate Rodri. Manchester  City won the match 3:0 to progress to the quarter finals of EFL, Carabao cup
Torres celebrating debut goal with teammate Rodri. Photo Credit: Manchester City

 Moreover, he netted the winning goal for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling made a through ball that found Torres. The 20-year-old Spanish winger found the top corner of the goal. Pep Guardiola fielded Sterling as a striker, and he scored a brace. Moreover, he made an assist. Indeed, a superb performance from him.

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The lost rematch vs Manchester United

On Saturday, Manchester United won against Brighton. Brighton had An excellent performance in this game but were not able to outscore the Red devils. Like Arsenal or Liverpool, United were to play the same team in the EFL as they did in the weekend.

Pogba celebrating freekick goal vs Brighton in Carabao. Manchester Unite won 3:0
Pogba celebrating freekick goal vs Brighton in Carabao. Photo Credit: Manchester United

Van De Beek started for United. Moreover, Diogo Dalot made an appearance for United at the fullbacks position. Precisely, his first appearance for United this season. Scott McTominay found the back of the net in the first half, following a freekick by Juan Mata. Later on, Juan Mata found the back of the net from open play. A splendid connection with the new signing from Ajax, Van de Beek. In the 80th minute, Pogba scored. Indeed, it was a magnificent shot past the Brighton wall. Jason Steele, Brighton’s keeper, did not move a muscle as he watched the ball get into the net. Above all, Dean Henderson’s performance was a 10 over 10. The English keeper made two superb saves. It was a well-deserved win for United.

Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City, and Newcastle have all proceeded to the quarter-finals of the Carabao cup.

The English Premier League confirms dates for summer 2020 transfer window

The transfer dates for the 2020 summer transfer window for the Premier League side are finally out.

The transfer period will run for ten weeks, from 27th July to 5th October. This decision was settled upon in a meeting by the Premier League shareholders on Wednesday. The new dates are, however, subject to FIFA approval.

EPL top clubs will be allowed to trade with EFL clubs for an additional 11 days till 16th October. The clubs will be allowed to sign players on either a permanent or loan basis.

The Premier League clubs will not be allowed to conduct deals with each other for that added time.

The EPL resumed in June and is to end by 26th July just a day before the summer transfer window will be open.

EPL clubs will then be able to sign new players who will, however, not be allowed to participate in the Champions and Europa League for their new clubs.

The Champions League and Europa League are to return in August, but the date for the start of 2020-2021 Premier League season is yet to be confirmed.

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