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Morning Kick

  • Luis Suárez bite does not affect his Liverpool future – The Anfield club has fined its leading goalscorer for the shocking incident and intends to work with Suárez, who earns £120,000 per week with add-ons, on the indiscipline that has brought further disgrace on the PFA Player of the Year nominee… (The Guardian)
  • Villas-Boas’ second half formation switch changes the game – Manchester City dominated the first half, but some clever substitutions from Andre Villas-Boas meant Tottenham had a storming final 20 minutes… (Zonal Marking)
  • Roberto Mancini: Manchester United deserve title – Defending champions City led 1-0 at White Hart Lane before conceding three quickfire second-half goals having missed several chances. “We had chances to score and not scoring cost us the game,” added the Italian. “Today was the mirror of our season.”… (BBC Sport)
  • Spurs stage one of the season’s most impressive comebacks – For 75 minutes, Chelsea and Arsenal must have been loving what they saw. Manchester City was in cruise control, leading 1-0 over Tottenham while the sun-drenched pitch at White Hart Lane betrayed the sense of gloom among the home fans. With just one win in their past four league matches, Spurs looked to be reverting to type — a late-season collapse that would see them finish outside the Champions League places… (ESPN)

  • Arsene Wenger: Physicality is a strength of English football – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the combative nature of the Premier League is one of its greatest strengths. Wenger has called for more protection for his players, although he does not want tough, fair tackling to be banned… (BBC Sport)
  • Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson targets Chelsea’s points record – Manchester United can win the title on Monday night but Sir Alex Ferguson cares little about where and when, with the manager recalling how previous championships have been claimed when he was in the gym, watching snooker or playing golf… (The Guardian)
  • David Moyes: Everton team ‘ageing’ and needs rebuilding – David Moyes says there is a big rebuilding job needed at Everton to add younger players to his “ageing team”. The Toffees are sixth in the Premier League, four points off the European places, ahead of Saturday’s visit of struggling Queens Park Rangers… (BBC Sport)
  • Rooney, United could each benefit by parting ways – At the sight of the number ’10’ on the electronic board, the West Ham fans roared with delight.   Wayne Rooney, sweating and puffing after 70 minutes of jogging around and messing things up, stared at the board contemptuously and then trudged slowly off the pitch… (The Boot Room – ESPN)
  • Interview: Jozy Altidore on transfer speculation, the USMNT and more – United States international and AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore is in the stretch of his best campaign as a professional. The former New York Red Bulls broke Clint Dempsey’s one-year old record for goals by an American in a season, and despite facing racist chants at a Dutch Cup game in Holland earlier this year, the environment clearly suits him… (ESPN)
  • Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind – For Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna, this weekend could not have gone any better. Not only did they clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory on Friday, but they did so against the team they will soon face in the CONCACAF Champions League final… (Soccer by Ives)

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