Sport Swansea smash Sampdoria as Premier League sides impress

02:20  06 august  2017
02:20  06 august  2017 Source:

Gylfi Sigurdsson out of Swansea's pre-season clash

  Gylfi Sigurdsson out of Swansea's pre-season clash Gylfi Sigurdsson will miss Swansea’s pre-season meeting with Birmingham at St Andrew’s today amid speculation about a move to Everton. Sky Sports have confirmed the Icelandic international will not feature against Harry Redknapp’s side. Twitter: BREAKING: Gylfi Sigurdsson to miss @SwansOfficial pre-season match today v @BCFC at St Andrew’s due to ongoing tran… (@SkySportsNews) Everton have already failed with a bid for the player, who they have chased throughout the summer. Swansea are thought to be demanding somewhere in the region of £50 million for the player. The player returned to training during the week after missing out on the club’s pre-season training camp in America, but a decision was made between the club and the player that he would not feature today against the Championship outfit. Wales Online also report that due to the player missing out on the training camp in America, which included double sessions, Sigurdsson is still not fit enough to be considered anyway.

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Swansea celebrate - cropped: Swansea celebrate a goal against Sampdoria. © Provided by Goal Swansea celebrate a goal against Sampdoria.

Swansea City put four past Serie A side Sampdoria to headline several successful friendly outings for Premier League teams.

Tottenham and Liverpool both outlined their potential by beating top European opposition while Bayer Leverkusen and Celta Vigo fought out a six-goal thriller in Germany.

We round up the pick of the action from Saturday's pre-season encounters.


Tammy Abraham bagged his third goal of pre-season but came off under an injury cloud in Swansea's 4-0 thrashing of Sampdoria.

The England U21 star scored the hosts' third before being withdrawn for precautionary reasons according to Swans manager Paul Clement.

Leroy Fer's header and a bizarre Ricky Alvarez own goal had earlier given Clement's side a 2-0 advantage, with Federico Fernandez adding the fourth to give Swansea a significant confidence boost ahead of the new season.

Mourinho outlines plans for Champions League .
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keeping his feet on the ground as his side gear up for Champions League involvement again this season. The Portuguese boss led his men back into Europe’s most elusive club competition last term with an impressive victory in the Europa League. United beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm to secure their place in the Champions League ahead of the forthcoming campaign. However, the former Chelsea manager is not getting ahead of himself, and has insisted that United will simply take the competition as it comes this season. As quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho said this ahead of his side’s UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid: “It’s absolutely true that Manchester United are one of the top three football clubs in the world, no doubt about it, but the football club is one thing and the team’s credentials going into a competition are another thing entirely.” “So we have a giant on our chest, one which is really heavy, but we don’t compare our potential to the biggest clubs in Europe right now. So we’ll take it step by step and be humble. The first step is to try to finish in the top three.” “If we manage that, we’ll try to finish in the top two. Then, when you are in the Champions League last-16 draw, anything can happen.” The Red Devils will see the game against Real as the perfect, final opportunity to test themselves against top opposition ahead of their opening Premier League fixture at the weekend, where they welcome West Ham United and familiar foe, Javier Hernandez.

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