Virgil van Dijk has helped Southampton's new manager Mauricio Pellegrino score an early PR win with the club's fans.
Now their board have to back the Argentine by delivering on their promise to keep Van Dijk at least until the end of the upcoming season and stand up to player power.
By effectively sending van Dijk into exile, Pellegrino has struck a blow not only for Saints but for every so-called smaller Premier League side who are bullied by their more illustrious rivals and egotistical players.
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Celtic's tough test
Celtic continue their Champions League qualifying campaign when they face Rosenborg in a third round first leg clash at Celtic Park on Wednesday. The Hoops eased past Linfield in the last round but should find the Norwegian champions a much tougher nut to crack.
The Trondheim outfit needed extra time to get past Irish side Dundalk in the second round and in truth didn't look great over two legs, but will...
BEIJING -- After a gruelling, two-week trip to Australia and China, Arsenal are back home in London to continue their preseason preparations. It's time to take stock of what can be deduced from the Gunners' travels, in which they followed up easy wins over local teams in Sydney by beating Bayern Munich on penalties, after a 1-1 draw, and then losing 3-0 to Chelsea in Beijing.
Here are five main takeaways:
1. Back three is still Plan A
Arsene Wenger started all four games with three at the back --...
Time to dust off those cobwebs after the international break because MLS is back! Here's who stood out for the right and wrong reasons over the weekend.
Count me as one who is buying into this whole Orlando City-Atlanta United rivalry thing. While these teams do not even have five years in the league put together, this is still SEC country we're talking about here, and anyone who has been in Jacksonville for the World's Largest Outdoor Party will tell you that the denizens of Florida love...