MATCHDAY: Tottenham struggling ahead of European game
A look at some of the matches played in European football on Thursday:
WEST HAM VS. FAST VIENNA
Declan Rice helped West Ham get off to a winning start in the competition at Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago and head into the squad’s second group game by insisting he can fulfill his ambitions at the London club despite the fact that it is regularly linked to a departure. Chelsea and Manchester United are among the teams reportedly interested in the England midfielder. “I play with a smile on my face, I go there, I lead the team,” Rice said. “I think you might see a difference if I didn’t go there and give 100%, but every time I put on the shirt – I have the armband right now – my only goal is to go out there and give it all for the club. West Ham manager David Moyes has no worries that Rice, who has scored against Dinamo, has her head turned. “I don’t like it. not say it in front of him, but he is arguably one of the best young midfielders in Europe, if not the best, “Moyes said.” If you are in that position every time he plays, he has a responsibility for itself. “
LEGIA WARSAW VS. LEICESTER
Legia Warsaw are looking for a second win to open their tough squad – which also includes Napoli and Spartak Moscow – based on disappointing Polish league results. The team sit 15th of Ekstraklasa’s 18 teams after winning three and losing four in their opening seven games. Legia coach Czeslaw Michniewicz rejects any suggestion that his players are inferior to Leicester, who have come close to qualifying for the Champions League in recent seasons. “It’s not that we lack Leicester,” Michniewicz said. “We have very good players and we will play with exceptional players. I am convinced that there will be no pressure on my players. They are looking forward to this game. They will show their full potential.
MARSEILLE AGAINST. GALATASARAY
There will be a strong police presence in and around the Stade Vélodrome for a match between ultra-volatile teams. The Marseille police headquarters have announced increased security for the match, with visiting supporters to be placed in an enlarged section of the stadium and an empty buffer zone so that there is no direct contact possible with Marseille supporters. More police will be deployed on public transport and in the city center, especially around the city’s port area where major clashes have already taken place. Marseille have been involved in crowd incidents this season and Turkish ultras often travel in large numbers. There were fights before the Paris Saint-Germain-Galatasaray game two seasons ago and when Lyon hosted Besiktas four years ago. On the pitch, Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli hopes to welcome again imposing striker Arkadiusz Milik after four months of absence to treat a knee injury. The Polish striker scored 10 goals in 16 games last season.
REAL SOCIETY AGAINST. MONACO
Real Sociedad welcome Monaco with an unbeaten streak since the opening of the season with a loss to Barcelona in the Spanish league. The Basque Country club have won five of their seven games since, including the last two. He occupies second place in the Spanish league, one point behind leaders Real Madrid after seven rounds. Sociedad will be deprived of striker Alexander Isak due to an injury. Monaco travel to Spain after three wins in their last four matches in all competitions. He has won two consecutive victories in the French championship.
EUROPEAN CONFERENCES LEAGUE
TOTTENHAM AGAINST. FC MURA
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo is not fazed by the recent criticism and is only focused on his side recovering from their current slump. Things quickly changed for the Portuguese coach. He won his first three Premier League games in charge, but three consecutive defeats have put him under pressure. The way the performances were recorded in the 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea was concerning, but the way Spurs sank into a sad 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Sunday raised the alarm bells. Tottenham opened the Europa Conference League with a 2-2 draw at Rennes and will next face FC Mura of Slovenia. “I’m not worried about the judgments,” Nuno said. “What worries me is how we can play better. How to play better? Judgment, and criticism, and opinion and all of that is part of it. And we have to deal with it. It does not interfere with the way we work, it can only distract us. I am very simple, I tell you my goal is how can we improve, how can we improve. “
UNION BERLIN AGAINST. MACCABI HAIFA
Union Berlin welcomes Maccabi Haifa for what will be the first time that an Israeli club will play at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. The stadium was built for the 1936 Olympics hosted by Nazi Germany. “We know that this match is of very particular importance beyond the sporting side for our guests in Haifa and for the Jewish community in Berlin,” said Union President Dirk Zingler. The stadium is generally used by Union rival Hertha Berlin, but it was taken over by the Union for European competition this season as its own stadium in the eastern district of Köpenick does not have enough seating. to meet UEFA’s requirements. Union rivals in the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen, play in the Europa League, with Belgian team Royal Antwerp FC and Scottish team Celtic respectively.
ZORYA LUHANSK AGAINST. ROMA
Jose Mourinho and Roma are still furious at the refereeing errors seen in a weekend derby loss to Lazio as the Giallorossi visit Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk. Roma have won seven of nine matches in all competitions under Mourinho and the coach has big goals for the Conference League. “We are in this competition, so we want to win it,” Mourinho said. “But we are far, very far from being able to think about it realistically. We have to go step by step, and the first step is to go through the group. Mourinho recalled the struggles in Ukraine during his career. “With Inter I won at the last minute, with Chelsea I drew and with Manchester (United) I won 1-0,” he said. “It has never been easy.” Including the knockout phase, Roma have won three of three Conference League games with 10 goals scored and two conceded. At the opening of Group C, Roma beat CSKA Sofia 5-1.
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