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Mauricio Pochettino hits back at critics writing off Tottenham's chances

Despite not making any signings, Mauricio Pochettino admits some players could leave Tottenham before the European deadline at the end of August.
Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino joked to reporters that he had mastered Dele Alli's celebration.

LONDON -- Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at critics who have written off his side after their failure to make a single summer signing

Tottenham and Saturday's Wembley opponents Fulham had starkly contrasting transfer windows, with the promoted club spending more than £100 million on 12 new players.

But Pochettino said fans and pundits had the luxury of being able to change their minds during the campaign, while he had to deal with the consequences of his decisions.

"Maybe...

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira could get first start against Chelsea

ESPN FC's Craig Burley details the expectations for new managers Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal's match this weekend.
Arsenal's Unai Emery insists that he has confidence in both Bernd Leno and Petr Cech and their abilities to play out from the back.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has called for Mesut Ozil to rise above the criticism following a difficult summer for the German playmaker.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Unai Emery needs two years at Arsenal to bring his own players to the club before being judged.
Hector Bellerin's last gasp goal would seal a 2-2 draw for Arsenal against Chelsea in their last meeting back in January.

Lucas Torreira could get his first Arsenal start against Chelsea on Saturday, with head coach Unai Emery saying the Uruguay midfielder has settled in well at his new club.

Torreira came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday but gave the team an immediate injection of energy in midfield.

Having joined up with the team later than most of his new teammates due to the World Cup, Emery said Torreira is now ready for a starting role.

"Yes, he is OK every day and is training...

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne facing three months on sidelines

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne arrived at the premier of Manchester City's film about their title winning season on crutches after suffering an injury to his right knee at training.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses how Man City will fare in Kevin De Bruyne's absence following his recent knee injury.

Manchester City have confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee and will be out for around three months.

The club also said no surgery is required.

The 27-year-old was seen on crutches at the premiere of Manchester City's new Amazon documentary "All or Nothing" hours after it was announced that he injured his right knee on Wednesday.

"Kevin is a great player and it's just unfortunate that it's happened to him in training but there's more than...

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Transfer Tracker: Signings, departures for Europe's largest clubs

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.

With the transfer window open across Europe, clubs are now able to finalise the signings of players they have monitored and negotiated with for months.

The transfer window is shorter this summer but that does not mean it will be any less busy. Check out when all the major windows will close here and view all completed transfers.

See who has left which club, where they are headed and the terms of the moves with our transfer tracker below:

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In: Bernd Leno (from Bayer Leverkusen),...

Manchester City abandoned Virgil van Dijk's pursuit because of price-tag

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne arrived at the premier of Manchester City's film about their title winning season on crutches after suffering an injury to his right knee at training.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses how Man City will fare in Kevin De Bruyne's absence following his recent knee injury.
Former England striker Ian Wright feels Manchester City give Raheem Sterling the confidence to play his best, while he is under more pressure with England.
After Liverpool made easy work of West Ham, the FC crew examine what makes the Reds capable of challenging Man City for the Premier League title.
Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva provided the goals to help Manchester City begin their title defence with a 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Manchester City baulked at the £75 million price tag Southampton demanded for defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton last season because they thought it was unrealistic, a new documentary has revealed.

The Dutch centre-back went on to join Liverpool for the same fee but in City's new Amazon Prime series, "All or Nothing," it is revealed that they had considered making a move for the 27-year-old.

Chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak and director of football Txiki Begiristain are seen having...