Here is the latest Premier League news for Tuesday, March 22.
Son’s Conte praise
Son Heung-min praised both Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte and the club’s two January signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur. Son scored twice on Sunday to help Spurs beat London rivals West Ham and put themselves right into the top four race, sitting fifth in the Premier League and just three points behind Arsenal.
“We have had ups and downs recently,” he said. “Football, of course, is always about results and there will always be some disappointment because sometimes we can do much better, but we are moving in the right way. We are improving and of course there is still a lot of room to improve further – when we watch match clips and videos back with the video analysts, there is always more we can work on.
“As a team, we should always be thinking there is so much room for improvement. So, if you lose a game, like at Manchester United, you can of course look at it in a negative way like ‘okay, we have played well but we lost ‘. Of course, we are going to be disappointed, but we also have to look for the positives – the chance to improve. We can take lessons from those disappointing results, and even when we win, like finding the right balance and consistency.
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“We always want to do what we can and get the best results. We always want to get three points – that is always our aim. A good performance is of course important, but football is about winning, and I think there is a massive , massive potential with our amazing manager. “
Newcastle travel to Spurs on Sunday, April 3 in their first game back after the international break.
Fan-led review plea
The Government has been urged to commit to legislation in its response to the fan-led review of football by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. Burnham says English football has reached “a now or never moment” and that significant reform will only be achieved if an independent regulator, recommended by the fan-led review, is underpinned by legislation.
Burnham, a supporter of the Fair Game group which seeks reforms to make clubs more sustainable, said: “There’s no doubt English football is at a crossroads. We need a sustainable future for football in England and Wales at every level. A future where the history, heritage and traditions of our clubs are protected.
“Football needs to change. In the next few days, the Government are going to respond to the fan-led review. It is not enough just to welcome the findings, which included a new, independent regulator. There needs to be a firm commitment to legislation and I believe that legislation should be included in May’s Queen’s Speech.
“I appeal to everyone in this country who cares about our beloved game to appeal to the Secretary of State Nadine Dorries to make sure the vital pledge to legislate for a regulator is included in the Government response. Without it, this once-in-a -lifetime opportunity to save the future of English football risks being kicked into the long grass. “
Euro 2028 bid
The UK and Ireland’s bid to host Euro 2028 is set to be unopposed, according to reports. The Times reports that no other bidders have come forward so far to declare an interest, with the deadline set by tournament organizers UEFA for 5pm UK time on Wednesday.
UEFA said – when the tournament regulations were released last October – that the bidders would be announced on April 5. If no other countries come forward and the five-nation bid is declared successful, it will be swift vindication of the decision confirmed last month to go for the Euros instead of launching a bid for the 2030 World Cup.
Speaking last month, Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “When you look at it for the Euros, we’ve got a very clear bidding landscape and bidding timeline and, when we assess everything for that, we know we can put together a highly-competitive bid. I think with the World Cup, there are many areas of uncertainty, in terms of the timeline, in terms of the frequency of the events and so on. “
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