Coventry City have concluded their business for the the summer. The Sky Blues arguably saved their best deal until last with the late arrival of Portsmouth striker Conor Chaplin. Mark Robins’s summer-long target is the manager’s 15th arrival in the window, following 12 permanent signings and two loans in Dujon Sterling and Luke Thomas. A number of the signings have been development players but, all in all, the club have been extremely proactive in the market to boost City’s fortunes back in League One with half an eye on the future. Robins said: “I’m delighted with the support from the board which has been phenomenal, and to get the player we’ve been after from the start.” We've been monitoring the comings and goings in League One today, including a new arrival at this weekend's visitors to the Ricoh Arena, Rochdale. Catch up below with how loan deadline day unfolded across the division. Key Events Dale add striker ahead of Ricoh clash … [Read more...] about Coventry City and League One transfer news: Loan deadline day recap
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EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW: What time does the draw start and what pots and seedings do the British teams have? By Rhys Turrell / Published 31st August 2018 GETTY What time is the Europa League draw? Pots and seedings explained Chelsea, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers will find out today who they will be facing in the Europa League group stage.Chelsea and Arsenal secured their places in the competition by finishing fifth and sixth in the Premier League last season.Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers had to battle their way through last night.But Burnley's hopes of making the group stage ended as a 1-1 draw against Olympiakos at Turf Moor in the second leg of their play-off saw them lose 4-2 on aggregate. Related Articles Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard plans deadline day POACH to bring Reds starlet to Rangers Man Utd should SACK Jose Mourinho - Jamie Redknapp explains why he wants manager gone Liverpool news: 'It's NOT a group of death' - Charlie Nicholas gives … [Read more...] about What time is the Europa League draw? What pots are the British teams in? Are they seeded?
The Champions League really kicks into gear on Thursday when the draw for the group stages take place. There will be four English teams in the hat for the draw in Monaco as the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham learn their fate. Liverpool of course got to the final last season before losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev. That was a third triumph on the spin for the Spanish giants and the task for the other 31 sides will be ending their dominance. Ahead of the group stage draw, the Liverpool Echo has taken a look at the sides the four English teams could be coming up against - remembering they cannot face each other. POT 1 (Manchester City will be in Pot 1) Real Madrid How did they get there? They might have finished third behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in last season's La Liga, but Real Madrid arrive as Champions League royalty. They are the holders of the trophy and are aiming for an unbelievable fourth successive victory this term. Star man Where do we start? … [Read more...] about Every Champions League team rated and slated ahead of group stage draw
Antonio Conte may see the 55th minute of this victory over Burnley as a fair summing up of his second and potentially farewell season at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata, the man signed to replace Diego Costa, was sent clear with the kind of clinical counter-attack that defined last year’s title win. Had he scored Chelsea would have gone two-up and eased to a more comfortable win. Instead, the Spanish striker used the time and space to pick a spot wide of Nick Pope’s left post. Within ten minutes Burnley had equalised and although Victor Moses slammed in what proved to be the winner, Conte acted. Morata was replaced and a hissy-fit followed, the striker kicking the turf, and furiously discarding shin pads on the bench as Cesc Fabregas offered a consoling pat on the back like a mother taming an infant. It is that sort of campaign. There is not so much wrong with this side, even when changed as it was here, but the ruthlessness upfront that made them champions has gone. … [Read more...] about Chelsea keep slim top-four hopes alive after Victor Moses winner sees off Burnley at Turf Moor
Finishing fourth in the Premier League has just become even more valuable. UEFA have rubber-stamped proposals that would see the top-flight team finishing in that position go straight into the Champions League group stage. Previously, any team that came fourth in England, Spain, Italy and Germany had to negotiate a play-off to enter the Champions League proper. However, the restructure means that ahead of the 2018/19 season this will be scrapped, with the top four guaranteed entry into the premier club competition. The tournament will also now have two new kick-off times, with the traditional 7.45pm kick off being replaced by 5.55pm and 8pm. The news will come as a boost to teams who finish fourth, knowing that they will have a spot in the group stages, reports the Liverpool Echo. Winning the Champions League - or Europa League - will also guarantee entry into the last 32. However, if two teams who finish outside England's top four win those two competitions, then the fourth-placed … [Read more...] about Premier League giants handed Champions League boost with new rules confirmed