told his team they must stop giving opponents a
goal start after Chelsea came from behind to beat
Tottenham 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.
Freddie Kanoute gave Spurs the lead before a goal
from Frank Lampard and two from Adrian Mutu put
The Blues in control. Kanoute led a Spurs fightback
with his second strike, before Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
sealed the points for the home side.
"Once again we started after we conceded a
goal and that is not good," said Chelsea boss
Ranieri. "Maybe the players put themselves
under pressure by thinking they must win every game,
but they need to be calm."
He continued: "It seems as if when we concede
a goal the players only then clear everything from
their minds and start to play, but they must enjoy
it from the start. We are building, we are not a
team yet. Some people think we are a strong team
but at this moment in time we are not."
owner Roman Abramovich's chief dealmaker has denied
claims that Manchester United boss Sir Alex
Ferguson was offered the manager's job at Stamford
Bridge. It was claimed that Ferguson turned down the
chance to move from United to Chelsea shortly after
Abramovich bought the London club. But football agent
Pini Zahavi, who played a big part in Chelsea's hectic
summer spending spree, insisted the reports were wide
of the mark.
far as I know the story is not at all true,"
Zahavi told The Sun newspaper. "There is not
a lot more I can say about it." But Ferguson
told the Manchester Evening News: "I am manager
of Manchester United and it would be something absolutely
catastrophic for me to leave the club.
have added to their recent spending of £111m
on players - by signing Manchester United's chairman
He is understood to have moved to Stamford Bridge
to oversee new owner Roman Abramovich's reshaping
of the west London club.
Kenyon controversially said he expected David Beckham
to start the current season at Old Trafford but was
then forced to admit the £25m fee from Real
Madrid made business sense.
said at the time that United had feared losing the
England captain for nothing in two years.He
said: "When making long-term plans on the playing
side we review the age profile of our squad and crucially
the status of key players' contracts."Normally
when a player has two years left on his contract we
either renew his deal or accept that it might be best
he move on elsewhere, allowing us to earn a fee on
his sale."What does not
make sense for the club is to let top players leave
at the end of their contract on a free transfer."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels
big-spending Chelsea are giving a false impression
about the financial state of English soccer.
Wenger, reflecting on Chelsea's
110 million pounds splurge since the takeover by
Russian Roman Abramovich, said on Friday: "I
am not scared of Chelsea but in the modern circumstances
of the football world it has been unexpected and
it puts pressure on clubs who can't afford to spend
Wenger told reporters at the club training ground:
"It is a good thing there is money in the game
but it does not reflect the current state of football."
He added: "When Chelsea buy
Damien Duff for 17 million pounds that is too much
and now Blackburn have the money they will overpay
for the players they buy and so will the next club
and wages will be pushed up too."
Arsenal, muted in the transfer market,
announced on Tuesday a small profit on its soccer
business of 700,000 pounds compared with a 10.8
million pounds loss the previous year.
They are now set to press on with
their proposed new stadium at Ashburton Grove, near
their existing Highbury ground.
Wenger said: "At the moment
we are we are waiting for the financing of the stadium
and although we do not have it yet the vibes are
Ahead of Saturday's clash with Portsmouth at Highbury,
Wenger has available all his players who have been
on international duty with the exception of midfielder
Gilberto, who returned to London only on Friday
afternoon after playing a World Cup qualifier in
the Amazon region of Brazil.
Arsenal, who have won their first
four games, top the league with 12 points, four
clear of third-placed Portsmouth.
has poured scorn over Chelsea's prospects of winning
The Premiership, insisting The Gunners have a much
better chance.Vieira said: "Signing these big
star names is one thing, making them into a team is
another."We may have been
quiet in the transfer market and that may have
been more through necessity than desire but
at Arsenal we already have a team. They do not."We
have a spirit here and the players who will fight
for each other. That is a big advantage."
midfielder Emmanuel Petit
said in an interview published Monday that he is leaving
Les Bleus after 13 years with the team.
Petit, 32, who had 63 caps with France, told the sports
daily L'Equipe that he was frustrated with coach Jacques
Santini. "I have the feeling the France team
is not being led by the man it needs," he was
quoted as saying.
midfielder, who plays for Chelsea, said Santini had
not been frank with him recently about his role and
future with the team. "At 32, after everything
I've been through with Les Bleus, I would have liked
to have a clearer statement," said Petit, who
scored the third goal for France as it beat Brazil
3-0 in the 1998 World Cup final.
"My decision is well thought-out," Petit,
who also has a Euro 2000 winners medal, said. "The
decision goes against my heart, but it seems the best
thing to do."
Sebastian Veron, the golden boy of Argentine
soccer until 18 months ago, is now firmly established
as public enemy number one in the eyes of the country's
The Chelsea midfielder was jeered
and insulted for 66 minutes during Saturday's World
Cup qualifier at home to Chile before being substituted
by Matias Almeyda. The game ended 2-2.
One banner at the River Plate stadium read "Veron
is English" -- the ultimate insult in Argentina
where England manager Sir Alf Ramsey's infamous comment
during the 1966 World Cup that the South Americans
were "animals" is still remembered.
Veron, who did not comment after the match, appeared
unconcerned by the reaction as he produced a performance
that suggested he can put his international career
back on track.