Hammers sign Swiss midfielder Fernandes

Edimilson Fernandes is definitely the most current new recruit at West Ham, joining from FC Sion for an undisclosed fee.

West Ham have announced the signing of Swiss midfielder Edimilson Fernandes.
The 20-year-old joins the Premier League club from FC Sion for an undisclosed fee, penning a four-year contract.
Fernandes, the cousin of former Manchester City namesake Gelson, scored six targets in 66 appearances for the two-time Swiss champions and may be the most up-to-date inside a extended line of new signings as West Ham boss Slaven Bilic continues to place his stamp around the side.
The youngster mentioned inside a statement on the club’s official web-site: “It is really a new challenge for me and now it truly is down to me to operate challenging to become a top rated player.
“I am a player capable of finding the game going and adding excitement towards the action on the pitch.
“I spoke towards the manager plus the conversation was quite optimistic and I appreciate this opportunity.”

My longest 90 minutes as a coach – Rodgers

Celtic made heavy weather of seeing off Hapoel Be’er Shiva, but boss Brendan Rodgers is adamant that the club belongs amongst Europe’s elite.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers conceded he identified it tough to watch as his side scraped via to the group stage on the Champions League in spite of losing 2-0 around the evening to Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Obtaining secured a 5-2 win inside the household leg of their qualifying play-off final week, the Scottish champions identified the Israeli side a very diverse proposition at Turner Stadium and had been grateful to goalkeeper Craig Gordon for saving a first-half penalty as they hung on grimly to claim a 5-4 aggregate victory.
After Mahran Radi saw his early spot-kick kept out by Gordon, former Chelsea striker Ben Sahar headed the hosts in front on 21 minutes.
And Romanian midfielder Ovidiu Hoban duly doubled Hapoel’s lead when he took advantage of a comical defensive mix-up amongst Gordon and Saidy Janko to side foot dwelling from close variety 3 minutes soon after the break.
Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele then each wasted wonderful probabilities to halve the deficit and ease their side’s nerves through the second half.
But although acknowledging that his charges weren’t at their greatest, Rodgers was still fast to praise their resolve.
“It was the longest 90 minutes I’ve had as a coach,” he said. “Be’er Sheva had been outstanding.
“They had to force the game and they played incredibly effectively, but I have to congratulate my players. All the function we’ve got completed more than the course of pre-season has been around that mentality and high quality.
“It was an awesome work by the players around the back of anything they’ve been through.
“When I came in, the criticism was that Celtic could not difficult it out, but we showed over two games below massive stress, that this group can. I am delighted they have got their rewards.”
Rodgers went on to outline what Champions League qualification means for the Glasgow club, who had missed out for the previous two seasons.
“I’m proud firstly for [major shareholder] Dermot [Desmond], [chief executive] Peter [Lawwell] and also the board; it really is excellent for them,” he stated.
“They stuck their neck out within the summer time. The club includes a genuine positive feel to it and that is hopefully going to maintain that momentum going. It really is an enormous step for us
“Then definitely there’s the supporters. It is an incredible moment for them. They are back in Europe’s elite – exactly where Celtic belong.
“So much was riding on this qualification and as you say, this was standard Celtic. But it is genuinely occurred; we’ve certified.”
The draw for the Champions League group stage will take spot on Thursday, with Celtic returning to domestic action on Saturday when they host last season’s league runners-up Aberdeen.

Conte: Chelsea need to study to kill matches

Chelsea edged past Bristol Rovers 3-2 within the League Cup second round, and manager Antonio Conte felt they produced life unnecessarily hard.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his side will have to study to kill off matches quicker following their 3-2 League Cup win more than Bristol Rovers.
Michy Batshuayi scored two objectives either side of a Victor Moses strike at Stamford Bridge to send the residence side in to the third round, but they have been provided a fright when the visitors twice halved a two-goal deficit through Peter Hartley and an Ellis Harrison penalty.
The victory is Conte’s third in competitive matches as Chelsea boss, following 2-1 wins over West Ham and Watford inside the Premier League – both of which came about thanks to late goals from Diego Costa.
Along with the former Italy boss desires his players to turn into a lot more ruthless in their approach as a way to prevent similarly nervy encounters in future.
“These games are very hard,” he told BBC Radio London Sport. “When you dominate the game, it’s essential to kill the game. Within this case, we did not do that.
“It’s a pity for the reason that when you’re playing quite effectively, building plenty of probabilities to score, I never prefer to concede a soft objective from a free-kick as well as a penalty.
“We can boost this aspect, and remain concentrated until the finish.
“We began [the second half] pretty properly, developed the situation to score a further purpose and after that we conceded the penalty on a counter-attack. This made a bit of imbalance inside the players.
“It’s critical to know that we need to keep concentrated, often. And when you have the opportunity to kill the game, you must kill it, not keep it open.”
Captain John Terry came off the bench for the final 13 minutes of Tuesday’s match, around the day that England manager Sam Allardyce claimed he could take into account supplying the 35-year-old a recall to international football.
Conte, having said that, refused to develop into involved within the debate over no matter whether the veteran centre-back should represent his nation once more.
“I’m a former coach of a national group and I can tell within this circumstance that it’s better to sort the circumstance involving Sam Allardyce and John Terry,” he said.

I regret Donnarumma’s Milan debut, jokes Mihajlovic

Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic saw his side thwarted by an AC Milan player whom he blooded in to the initially team, Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Former AC Milan boss Sinisa Mihajlovic could not believe his luck as Gianluigi Donnarumma foiled Torino on Sunday, saving a last-gasp penalty to ensure that the Rossoneri held on to get a 3-2 win.
Mihajlovic was in charge at San Siro last season till he was sacked in April, and, for the duration of this spell, he gave the then 16-year-old goalkeeper his league debut against Sassuolo.
Now, speaking immediately after seeing Andrea Belotti and his Torino outfit thwarted by Donnarumma’s brilliance, the Serbian joked that he wished he had by no means offered the teenage sensation his bow.
“If I had known he was going to save the penalty, I wouldn’t have offered him his debut,” Mihajlovic told Sky Sport Italia.
“I smiled because I knew ‘Gallo’ was going to miss. However, I’m nearly normally proper.
“I went to reassure him afterwards, these issues occur plus the subsequent time we get a penalty he won’t be taking it.
“I don’t wish to seek excuses, all teams have injured players and ours would be unique with them in it, but that’s all-natural.
“We produced individual errors and that is definitely what cost us.”
Mihajlovic and his side welcome Bologna to Turin subsequent week in their house opener.

Asensio revels in goalscoring LaLiga debut for Madrid

Marco Asensio marked his very first league begin for Genuine Madrid using a purpose in Sunday’s season-opening win at Actual Sociedad.

“Work hard and play well”. That is the motto for LaLiga debutant Marco Asensio, who did just that just after he scored to help Real Madrid commence the season having a win.
Midfield sensation Asensio, 20, marked his 1st league look with a target in Madrid’s 3-0 victory at Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Sandwiched in in between Gareth Bale’s brace, Asensio – who scored in Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup triumph over Sevilla nearly a fortnight ago – doubled the European champions’ lead five minutes prior to half-time.
Speaking afterwards, a delighted Asensio mentioned: “It was crucial to begin the LaLiga season having a win. We played nicely and we’re pleased to have got our initial win on the season.
“I don’t set myself any targets. I attempt to work difficult and play effectively and in the finish things are working out nicely.
“I’m content as well as a lot more so mainly because my ambitions are assisting the team. In coaching, I perform difficult to produce the beginning line-up and I attempt to accomplish my greatest to become picked.
“Today within the pre-match meeting [coach Zinedine] Zidane told me that I’d be starting.”