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Premier League Weekly | Latest News & Stories – Oct. 30, 2021
El Sackico – Who will win, or maybe both will lose?
Probably the game of the weekend in the Premier League. Not because these two teams play good, attractive football and the fans will enjoy it. On the opposite, their football is boring, fans are furious, both managers are under tremendous pressure, and every next bad result will bring them much closer to sacking.
No one will ever explain how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still Manchester United boss after derby humiliation last Sunday. Liverpool beat Manchester United at Old Trafford 5-0; all were expecting Ole to be sacked right after the match, but here is a new week, new fixture, and Ole is still at the wheel.
The English media reported that Sir Alex Ferguson visited Man Utd’s training and gave support to Ole, and United fans are not happy about it. Ole took too much credit and did nothing.
In North London, the situation is quite similar. Tottenham fans want Nuno to be sacked. The team plays terribly. They lost another London derby last week, fourth this season, against West Ham, and patience is low.
Ole is on thinner ice than Nuno. Nuno will maybe survive another defeat, but we are not sure that will be the case for Ole. But, many of us were sure that Ole would be sacked on many occasions in the last two years, and somehow he managed to survive.
Christian Eriksen to return to England?
The Danish midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during the EURO 2020, and he didn’t play from that game against Finland. He had an operation after which he had an implanted defibrillator. Rules in Seria A states that he cannot play with a defibrillator, and Inter will probably have to sell Eriksen.
Eriksen cannot play in Italy, but he can play in another county. During the summer, he was linked with a return to Ajax, where he started his career. But nothing happened. Ajax’s defender Daley Bling plays in Holland with the same defibrillator as Eriksen.
Maybe Eriksen will return to England? Another episode with Tottenham? Spurs are looking for a creative midfielder, and perhaps Eriksen is the answer for that problem.
Christian Eriksen played 305 matches for Tottenham during his five and a half year spell at the club.
Is time running out for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City?
The Spaniard manager celebrates a jubilee this weekend as he prepares for his 200th Premier League game as Manchester City boss when his team plays against Crystal Palace. With him, Manchester City has won three league titles and several trophies in the cup competitions and became one of the strongest clubs in Europe.
When Pep first came to England five years ago, no one could believe that he would be at City six years later. But, Spaniard admitted that it is very difficult to stay at Etihad for another 200 Premier league games.
I don’t have any regrets. I could not demand or ask more of what we have done so far. I’ve been here many years. Two hundred games mean many years.
Asked if he saw himself for another 200 games at City, he said: No, I don’t think so.
Czech billionaire to buy West Ham?
Another billionaire will come to the English top flight. Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky is in talks with West Ham to buy a stake in the club. Kretinsky wants to buy a 27% stake in West Ham United. According to Forbes, Kretinsky is worth 4 billion dollars. If he buys a stake in the Hammers, that will cost him about 600 million pounds. He is also co-owner of Czech club Sparta Prague and a larger shareholder in UK Royal Mail.
The east-London club has been co-owned by David Gold and David Sullivan since 2010.
There are three Czech players in the West Ham squad: Tomas Soucek, Alex Kral, and Vladimir Coufal.
The last 8 of the League Cup
During the week, the matches in the fourth round of the League Cup were played. The biggest surprise was the elimination of current holder Manchester City. Interesting fact – that was the first defeat for Manchester City in this competition after five years.
Once again, Chelsea won after penalties. This time against Southampton. Arsenal defeated Leeds 2-0, and Tottenham was better than Burnley with 1-0. With a little trouble, Liverpool manages to win at Deepdale against Championship side Preston North End 2-0, and Leicester also has won after penalties against Brighton. The only side which remains in the draw and is not from Premier League is League One side Sunderland. The Black cats were better against QPR after penalties at Loftus Road.
The draw for the quarterfinals is on Saturday.