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Everton’s summer overhaul has gathered pace with PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands confirming he is preparing to join the Merseyside club. The Dutchman will move to Everton to oversee changes in football operations. As well as manager Sam Allardyce seeking clarity on his future, current Director of Football Steve Walsh will need likewise. “Saying goodbye to the people at this club will be the hardest thing for me,” said Brands. “But it is correct. The first contact with Everton goes back to 2016. I have said, ‘no’ to beautiful clubs in Germany and I am with the best club in the Netherlands.” Brands will bring an extensive portfolio and is already believed to be targeting PSV Mexican winger Hirving Lozano and Ajax’s Hakin Ziyech. Once Brands is in place, there are likely to be fundamental changes, although manager Allardyce has not given up on winning the support of the Goodison faithful as he offered another defence of his reign by arguing he inherited ‘chaos’. Allardyce faces the Gwladys Street for the first time since the club encouraged its fans to rate the former England’s boss’ period in charge. “You win fans over by winning football matches and winning them in style,” said Allardyce, ahead of the visit of Newcastle. "You can only do what you do and work as hard as you possibly can with the squad and the players you have got to deliver what you can. That has been a difficult challenge.” Sam Allardyce has claimed credit for David Unsworth's final victory of his eight-game caretaker stint Credit: Getty Images Allardyce feels he deserves more credit for ending any relegation fears. “We have managed to overcome the chaos,” he said. “Even David Unsworth said he could not wait for the new manager to be appointed. He was in for (eight) games and he was saying before the West Ham game, ‘get me out of this position, get a new manager appointed because I am struggling to cope and these players have got no confidence’. That is where I came from.” Although Unsworth oversaw the final victory of his caretaker reign, Allardyce says that was due to his arrival. "I came in for West Ham and spoke to the players,” he said. “It helped have a positive affect. David does the last game and he gets the win. We both benefit from that and move forward. Where we have gone from there, I consider it my contribution, which is 30 points from 21 games, rather than 13 games, 12 points. I had a contribution to play in the victory over West Ham that day. I spoke to the players before the game. The players reacted. I’m not saying they reacted to what I said but they certainly reacted to a new manager on the door. “When a new manager comes in, even if he hasn’t taken a coaching session, the players go out and respond to it. They think, ‘I have got to prove that I deserve my place in the side’. That contributed to what was a great victory.”
With new sporting director imminent, Sam Allardyce waits to learn if he will be part of Everton overhaul
Everton’s summer overhaul has gathered pace with PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands confirming he is preparing to join the Merseyside club. The Dutchman will move to Everton to oversee changes in football operations. As well as manager Sam Allardyce seeking clarity on his future, current Director of Football Steve Walsh will need likewise. “Saying goodbye to the people at this club will be the hardest thing for me,” said Brands. “But it is correct. The first contact with Everton goes back to 2016. I have said, ‘no’ to beautiful clubs in Germany and I am with the best club in the Netherlands.” Brands will bring an extensive portfolio and is already believed to be targeting PSV Mexican winger Hirving Lozano and Ajax’s Hakin Ziyech. Once Brands is in place, there are likely to be fundamental changes, although manager Allardyce has not given up on winning the support of the Goodison faithful as he offered another defence of his reign by arguing he inherited ‘chaos’. Allardyce faces the Gwladys Street for the first time since the club encouraged its fans to rate the former England’s boss’ period in charge. “You win fans over by winning football matches and winning them in style,” said Allardyce, ahead of the visit of Newcastle. "You can only do what you do and work as hard as you possibly can with the squad and the players you have got to deliver what you can. That has been a difficult challenge.” Sam Allardyce has claimed credit for David Unsworth's final victory of his eight-game caretaker stint Credit: Getty Images Allardyce feels he deserves more credit for ending any relegation fears. “We have managed to overcome the chaos,” he said. “Even David Unsworth said he could not wait for the new manager to be appointed. He was in for (eight) games and he was saying before the West Ham game, ‘get me out of this position, get a new manager appointed because I am struggling to cope and these players have got no confidence’. That is where I came from.” Although Unsworth oversaw the final victory of his caretaker reign, Allardyce says that was due to his arrival. "I came in for West Ham and spoke to the players,” he said. “It helped have a positive affect. David does the last game and he gets the win. We both benefit from that and move forward. Where we have gone from there, I consider it my contribution, which is 30 points from 21 games, rather than 13 games, 12 points. I had a contribution to play in the victory over West Ham that day. I spoke to the players before the game. The players reacted. I’m not saying they reacted to what I said but they certainly reacted to a new manager on the door. “When a new manager comes in, even if he hasn’t taken a coaching session, the players go out and respond to it. They think, ‘I have got to prove that I deserve my place in the side’. That contributed to what was a great victory.”
Everton’s summer overhaul has gathered pace with PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands confirming he is preparing to join the Merseyside club. The Dutchman will move to Everton to oversee changes in football operations. As well as manager Sam Allardyce seeking clarity on his future, current Director of Football Steve Walsh will need likewise. “Saying goodbye to the people at this club will be the hardest thing for me,” said Brands. “But it is correct. The first contact with Everton goes back to 2016. I have said, ‘no’ to beautiful clubs in Germany and I am with the best club in the Netherlands.” Brands will bring an extensive portfolio and is already believed to be targeting PSV Mexican winger Hirving Lozano and Ajax’s Hakin Ziyech. Once Brands is in place, there are likely to be fundamental changes, although manager Allardyce has not given up on winning the support of the Goodison faithful as he offered another defence of his reign by arguing he inherited ‘chaos’. Allardyce faces the Gwladys Street for the first time since the club encouraged its fans to rate the former England’s boss’ period in charge. “You win fans over by winning football matches and winning them in style,” said Allardyce, ahead of the visit of Newcastle. "You can only do what you do and work as hard as you possibly can with the squad and the players you have got to deliver what you can. That has been a difficult challenge.” Sam Allardyce has claimed credit for David Unsworth's final victory of his eight-game caretaker stint Credit: Getty Images Allardyce feels he deserves more credit for ending any relegation fears. “We have managed to overcome the chaos,” he said. “Even David Unsworth said he could not wait for the new manager to be appointed. He was in for (eight) games and he was saying before the West Ham game, ‘get me out of this position, get a new manager appointed because I am struggling to cope and these players have got no confidence’. That is where I came from.” Although Unsworth oversaw the final victory of his caretaker reign, Allardyce says that was due to his arrival. "I came in for West Ham and spoke to the players,” he said. “It helped have a positive affect. David does the last game and he gets the win. We both benefit from that and move forward. Where we have gone from there, I consider it my contribution, which is 30 points from 21 games, rather than 13 games, 12 points. I had a contribution to play in the victory over West Ham that day. I spoke to the players before the game. The players reacted. I’m not saying they reacted to what I said but they certainly reacted to a new manager on the door. “When a new manager comes in, even if he hasn’t taken a coaching session, the players go out and respond to it. They think, ‘I have got to prove that I deserve my place in the side’. That contributed to what was a great victory.”
With new sporting director imminent, Sam Allardyce waits to learn if he will be part of Everton overhaul
Everton’s summer overhaul has gathered pace with PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands confirming he is preparing to join the Merseyside club. The Dutchman will move to Everton to oversee changes in football operations. As well as manager Sam Allardyce seeking clarity on his future, current Director of Football Steve Walsh will need likewise. “Saying goodbye to the people at this club will be the hardest thing for me,” said Brands. “But it is correct. The first contact with Everton goes back to 2016. I have said, ‘no’ to beautiful clubs in Germany and I am with the best club in the Netherlands.” Brands will bring an extensive portfolio and is already believed to be targeting PSV Mexican winger Hirving Lozano and Ajax’s Hakin Ziyech. Once Brands is in place, there are likely to be fundamental changes, although manager Allardyce has not given up on winning the support of the Goodison faithful as he offered another defence of his reign by arguing he inherited ‘chaos’. Allardyce faces the Gwladys Street for the first time since the club encouraged its fans to rate the former England’s boss’ period in charge. “You win fans over by winning football matches and winning them in style,” said Allardyce, ahead of the visit of Newcastle. "You can only do what you do and work as hard as you possibly can with the squad and the players you have got to deliver what you can. That has been a difficult challenge.” Sam Allardyce has claimed credit for David Unsworth's final victory of his eight-game caretaker stint Credit: Getty Images Allardyce feels he deserves more credit for ending any relegation fears. “We have managed to overcome the chaos,” he said. “Even David Unsworth said he could not wait for the new manager to be appointed. He was in for (eight) games and he was saying before the West Ham game, ‘get me out of this position, get a new manager appointed because I am struggling to cope and these players have got no confidence’. That is where I came from.” Although Unsworth oversaw the final victory of his caretaker reign, Allardyce says that was due to his arrival. "I came in for West Ham and spoke to the players,” he said. “It helped have a positive affect. David does the last game and he gets the win. We both benefit from that and move forward. Where we have gone from there, I consider it my contribution, which is 30 points from 21 games, rather than 13 games, 12 points. I had a contribution to play in the victory over West Ham that day. I spoke to the players before the game. The players reacted. I’m not saying they reacted to what I said but they certainly reacted to a new manager on the door. “When a new manager comes in, even if he hasn’t taken a coaching session, the players go out and respond to it. They think, ‘I have got to prove that I deserve my place in the side’. That contributed to what was a great victory.”
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
Everton target Marcel Brands admits leaving champions PSV would be hard
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
Everton target Marcel Brands admits leaving champions PSV would be hard
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV cruise to Dutch title with win over rivals Ajax
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV cruise to Dutch title with win over rivals Ajax
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV cruise to Dutch title with win over rivals Ajax
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy (AFP Photo/Olaf KRAAK)
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy (AFP Photo/Olaf KRAAK)
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Marco van Ginkel (R) of PSV Eindhoven cheers with teammate Gaston Pereiro after scoring the 3-2 against AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Marco van Ginkel (R) of PSV Eindhoven cheers with teammate Gaston Pereiro after scoring the 3-2 against AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Marco van Ginkel (R) of PSV Eindhoven cheers with teammate Gaston Pereiro after scoring the 3-2 against AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Ronaldo Reveals Reason Why He Ditched Barcelona for Inter After Only One Season
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Ronaldo Reveals Reason Why He Ditched Barcelona for Inter After Only One Season
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Van Ginkel reveals what it's like to be a Chelsea loanee
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Van Ginkel reveals what it's like to be a Chelsea loanee
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Van Ginkel reveals what it's like to be a Chelsea loanee
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Thierry Ambrose (R) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Jorrit Hendrix of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Baile de la Rosa, Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Thierry Ambrose (R) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Jorrit Hendrix of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Baile de la Rosa, Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Thierry Ambrose (R) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Jorrit Hendrix of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Baile de la Rosa, Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Sadiq Umar (L) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Daniel Schwaab of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Sadiq Umar (L) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Daniel Schwaab of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Sadiq Umar (L) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Daniel Schwaab of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Marco van Ginkel of PSV Eindhoven scores a penalty during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Marco van Ginkel of PSV Eindhoven scores a penalty during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Marco van Ginkel of PSV Eindhoven scores a penalty during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? Yes. City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – but their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, indeed, step off the gas when the title is won. It does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but, frankly, it is far from certain. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense that the world is conspiring against him. Right now Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is therefore not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Yes. Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and a big if – Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s goal-scoring feats have been freakish and – possibly – have skewed Liverpool’s campaign but there is no doubt they feel like they are on the right track and are also building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur – another big if – at Stamford Bridge on Sunday then they have a chance. Otherwise it seems they will finish outside the top four and not qualify for the Champions League. Certainly if they were to lose to Spurs then it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte – as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key and even then it might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or, just as importantly, the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything his goal-scoring rate is speeding up as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? Probably not. The gap is five points with eight games to go although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming a little becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although, in saying that, Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? It seems unlikely. The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton of course tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over if the change is made. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands linked with succeeding him. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on for now it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes? None of the three promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafael Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable and sadly they might well go back down. Even so they have a happy knack of pulling off results and with their manager, David Wagner, their fans and there sense of togetherness they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser of that fixture, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans' reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Yes. Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who has lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
The 10 questions still to be answered this season ahead of the Premier League's return
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? Yes. City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – but their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, indeed, step off the gas when the title is won. It does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but, frankly, it is far from certain. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense that the world is conspiring against him. Right now Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is therefore not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Yes. Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and a big if – Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s goal-scoring feats have been freakish and – possibly – have skewed Liverpool’s campaign but there is no doubt they feel like they are on the right track and are also building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur – another big if – at Stamford Bridge on Sunday then they have a chance. Otherwise it seems they will finish outside the top four and not qualify for the Champions League. Certainly if they were to lose to Spurs then it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte – as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key and even then it might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or, just as importantly, the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything his goal-scoring rate is speeding up as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? Probably not. The gap is five points with eight games to go although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming a little becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although, in saying that, Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? It seems unlikely. The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton of course tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over if the change is made. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands linked with succeeding him. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on for now it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes? None of the three promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafael Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable and sadly they might well go back down. Even so they have a happy knack of pulling off results and with their manager, David Wagner, their fans and there sense of togetherness they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser of that fixture, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans' reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Yes. Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who has lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
The 10 questions still to be answered this season ahead of the Premier League's return
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
The 10 questions still to be answered this season ahead of the Premier League's return
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV 3-0 VVV Venlo
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV 3-0 VVV Venlo
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV 3-0 VVV Venlo
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Jerold Promes of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Jerold Promes of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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