In or out? – Premier League teams submit squad lists

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On Wednesday all 20 Premier League teams had to submit their final 25-man squads for the new season.

Following the transfer window slamming shut on Monday, teams have had to reshuffle their players and abide by the homegrown player rule which states that if you select a 25-man squad, at least eight players must be homegrown.

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Some teams have struggled with that, including Chelsea who had named just 20 players in their squad as they only have three homegrown players. However, every PL team can also include their U-21 players in a separate list and can call on those throughout the season if need be. Both Liverpool and Manchester City have registered 59 players under the age of 21.

Notable inclusions to squads include Fabio Borini for Liverpool, who looked as if he was heading out of Anfield on loan all summer. While Benoit Assou-Ekotto has not been included in Spurs’ squad despite Mauricio Pochettino only naming 23 players. Manchester United have included Anderson and Marouane Fellaini in their squad despite both facing uncertain futures, while Stoke City left out Peter Odemwingie following his injury.

These lists can be altered again in January after the next transfer window closes, but for now, this is what they have.

Bonus: Check out the list published on the PL’s official website for some of the craziest middle names you’ve ever seen. We’re looking at you Jack Frank Porteous Cork…

Full squad lists for Premier League teams

Arsenal – Mikel Arteta, Joel Campbell, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Emiliano Martinez, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, David Ospina, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Alexis Sanchez, Wojciech Szczesny, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere

Aston Villa – Gabby Agbonlahor, Leandro Bacuna, Nathan Baker, Darren Bent, Christian Benteke, Aly Cissokho, Ciaran Clark, Tom Cleverley, Joe Cole, Fabian Delph, Shay Given, Brad Guzan, Chris Herd, Alan Hutton, Libor Kozak, Matthew Lowton, Charles N’Zogbia, Jores Okore, Kieran Richardson, Carlos Sanchez, Philippe Senderos, Benjamin Siegrist, Ron Vlaar, Andreas Weimann, Ashley Westwood

Burnley – Scott Arfield, Ashley Barnes, George Boyd, Aleksander Cisak, Michael Duff, Matt Gilks, Tom Heaton, Danny Ings, David Jones, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Michael Kightly, Daniel Lafferty, Kevin Long, Dean Marney, Ben Mee, Luke O’Neill, Steven Reid, Jason Shackell, Marvin Sordell, Matthew Taylor, Kieran Trippier, Sam Vokes, Ross Wallace, Stephen Ward

Chelsea – Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Gary Cahill, Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa, Oscar, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic, Filipe Luis, Nemanja Matic, John Mikel Obi, Loic Remy, Mohamed Salah, Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer, John Terry

Crystal Palace – Barry Bannan, Yannick Bolasie, Fraizer Campbell, Marouane Chamakh, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, Kevin Doyle, Zeki Fryers, Dwight Gayle, Adlene Guedioura, Brede Hangeland, Wayne Hennessey, Mile Jedinak, Andrew Johnson, Martin Kelly, Chris Kettings, Joe Ledley, Adrian Mariappa, James McArthur, Paddy McCarthy, Jason Puncheon, Julian Speroni, Jerome Thomas, Joel Ward, Wilfried Zaha

Everton – Antolin Alcaraz, Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic, Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin, Samuel Eto’o, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, Arouna Kone, Conor McAleny, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Leon Osman, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar, Joel Robles, Francisco Junior, Christian Atsu

Hull City – Sone Aluko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Robbie Brady, Alex Bruce, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson, Mohamed Diame, Ahmed Elmehamady, Maynor Figueroa, Stephen Harper, Abel Hernandez, Tom Huddlestone, Tom Ince, Eldin Jakupovic, Nikica Jelavic, Jake Livermore, James McGregor, Paul McShane, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn, Gaston Ramirez, Liam Rosenior, Yannick Sagbo, Robert Snodgrass

Leicester City – Marc Albrighton, Esteban Cambiasso, Adam Dawson, Ritchie de Laet, Danny Drinkwater, Ben Hamer, Dean Hammond, Matty James, Andy King, Anthony Knockaert, Paul Konchesky, Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan, David Nugent, David Nugent, Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Simpson, Adam Smith, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Leonardo Ulloa, Matthew Upson, Jamie Vardy, Marcin Wasilewski, Chris Wood

Liverpool – Joe Allen, Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, Philippe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Brad Jones, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Kolo Toure

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero, Dedryck Boyata, Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, Edin Dzeko, John Guidetti, Joe Hart, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard, Eliaquim Mangala, James Milner, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, Fernando, Bacary Sagna, Scott Sinclair, Yaya Toure, Richard Wright, Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester United – Ben Amos, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Anderson, David De Gea, Angel Di Maria, Jonny Evans, Marouane Fellaini, Darren Fletcher, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Anders Lindegaard, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Rafael da Silva, Davide Petrucci, Marcos Rojo, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie, Marnick Vermijl, Ashley Young

Newcastle United – Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, Papiss Cisse, Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Facundo Ferreyra, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson

Queens Park Rangers – Charlie Austin, Joey Barton, Steven Caulker, Sandro, Richard Dunne, Max Ehmer, Rio Ferdinand, Robert Green, Karl Henry, Clint Hill, Junior Hoilett, Mauricio Isla, Niko Kranjcar, Alex McCarthy, Brian Murphy, Jordon Mutch, Nedum Onuoha, Matt Phillips, Yun Suk-Young, Adel Taarabt, Armand Traore, Eduardo Vargas, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Bobby Zamora

Southampton – Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand, Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Cork, Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Jose Fonte, Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos, Paulo Gazzaniga, Shane Long, Sadio Mane, Emmanuel Mayuka, Graziano Pelle, Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama, Maya Yoshida

Stoke City – Charlie Adam, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi, Phil Bardsley, Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron, Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf, Dionatan Teixeira, Robert Huth, Stephen Ireland, Bojan Krkic, Victor Moses, Marc Muniesa, Steven N’Zonzi, Wilson Palacios, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shawcross, Brek Shea, Steve Sidwell, Thomas Sorensen, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson

Sunderland – Jozy Altidore, Ricky Alvarez, Liam Bridcutt, Wes Brown, Will Buckley, Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Coates, Steven Fletcher, Emanuele Giaccherini, Jordi Gomez, Danny Graham, Adam Johnson, Billy Jones, Sebastian Larsson, Vito Mannone, John O’Shea, Costel Pantilimon, Jack Rodwell, Cabral, Patrick van Aanholt, Santiago Vergini

Swansea City – Modou Barrow, Kyle Bartley, Wilfried Bony, Leon Britton, Tom Carroll, David Cornell, Rory Donnelly, Nathan Dyer, Marvin Emnes, Lukasz Fabianski, Federico Fernandez, Bafetimbi Gomis, Ki Sung-yueng, Jordi Amat, Jefferson Montero, Curtis Obeng, Jazz Richards, Wayne Routledge, Jonjo Shelvey, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Neil Taylor, Dwight Tiendalli, Gerhard Tremmel, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel

Tottenham Hotspur – Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Cristian Ceballos, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Federico Fazio, Brad Friedel, Younès Kaboul, Erik Lamela, Aaron Lennon, Hugo Lloris, Ryan Mason, Kyle Naughton, Danny Rose, Roberto Soldado, Benjamin Stambouli, Andros Townsend, Jan Vertonghen, Michel Vorm, Kyle Walker

West Bromwich Albion – Victor Anichebe, Chris Baird, Sebastian Blanco, Chris Brunt, Luke Daniels, Jason Davidson, Craig Dawson, Graham Dorrans, Ben Foster, Cristian Gamboa, Craig Gardner, Brown Ideye, Joleon Lescott, Gareth McAuley, James Morrison, Youssouf Mulumbu, Boaz Myhill, Jonas Olsson, Sebastien Pocognoli, Georgios Samaras, Silvestre Varela, Claudio Yacob

West Ham United – Morgan Amalfitano, Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole, James Collins, Aaron Cresswell, Guy Demel, Stewart Downing, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Matt Jarvis, Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Sebastian Lletget, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Joey O’Brien, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho, Adrian, Alex Song, Raphael Spiegel, James Tomkins, Enner Valencia, Ricardo Vaz Te, Mauro Zarate

Struggling Atleti in unfamiliar territory under Simeone

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MADRID — This is uncharted territory for many Atletico Madrid fans.

Few other times in recent years have they seen their team struggle so much under Diego Simeone.

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Few other times have they seen their coach fail so often while trying to put the team back on track.

Atletico hit a new low under Simeone on Thursday when it was eliminated by third-division club Cultural Leonesa in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. The 2-1 loss in extra time was the team’s worst result in the cup competition since losing to third-tier club Albacete at the same stage in 2011-12.

Two days after that loss in 2011, Atletico hired the then-mostly unknown Simeone to replace Gregorio Manzano, a move that kick-started one of the club’s most successful eras and led to a Spanish league title, two Europa League trophies and two Champions League final appearances.

Atletico did go through difficult moments under Simeone, including when the team failed to advance past the group stage of the Champions League a couple of seasons ago.

“There were always complicated moments in past seasons, maybe after we didn’t make it in the Champions League, or when we lost in the Champions League finals,” Simeone said. “After being at the club for so long, things like this can happen, although they shouldn’t happen.”

There is a greater sense of urgency about the team’s struggles this time.

In addition to Wednesday’s embarrassing Copa del Rey elimination, Atletico lost the Spanish Super Cup final to Real Madrid on Jan. 12, and already is eight points off the Spanish league lead after 20 matches.

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Before, there used to be a notion that Simeone would quickly turn things around and put the team back on track, but this time there aren’t many signs things will improve again soon.

Atletico has yet to impress since undergoing its biggest squad revamp under Simeone at the end of last season, when it lost Antoine Griezmann and other veteran players such as Filipe Luis and Diego Godin. Young Portugal forward Joao Felix, who arrived to replace Griezmann after a transfer from Benfica worth more than 120 million euros ($133 million), has yet to meet expectations.

More concerning, Atletico is not being nearly as effective as it used to be, when it always seemed to find a way to win matches despite not playing well.

The team remains solid defensively — it has the second-best defense in the Spanish league with 14 goals conceded — but it hasn’t been able to do much in attack recently.

“Everything is harder when you can’t score,” Simeone said.

Only seven teams have scored fewer goals than Atletico’s 22 in the 20-team standings.

Diego Costa has been mostly out injured, and Victor “Vitolo” Machin and Alvaro Morata haven’t done much in attack. Morata is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, and no one else has more than five.

“We have to be humble enough to be self-critical,” Simeone said. “We need to keep working to try to be ready for the challenges that we have ahead of us. We have a very good squad and I’m sure that the results that we want will start arriving soon.”

Atletico biggest chance to rebound will come next month against European champion Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League. The first leg will be on Feb. 18 in Spain.

Mourinho in favor of PL’s winter break, but says timing all wrong

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Jose Mourinho seems to be quite happy that the Premier League will implement its first-ever winter break next month, allowing players a bit of rest and recovery time during a marathon campaign, but says its timing makes the break almost worthless for clubs competing in European competitions.

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The next four weeks will play out as follows for Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup against Southampton this weekend; PL fixture against Manchester City next weekend; the following weekend off which results in two weeks without a game; PL fixture against Aston Villa the following weekend; Champions League first leg against RB Leipzig three days later.

In Mourinho’s perfect world, that first round of PL fixtures following the break would be held a week earlier, leaving the seven English clubs competing in the Champions League and Europa League with a week and a half between games before setting out once again to chase European glory. Instead, Tottenham, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea will all have a quick turnaround from PL action to UCL competition — quotes from the Guardian:

“It is what it is. I’m not happy that the break comes in the wrong moment. The break should be before the Champions League and, in the end, before the Champions League we don’t have the break. We have to play Aston Villa on the Sunday, playing [RB Leipzig three] days later. So we don’t really care about the break, honestly.”

Mourinho’s point is a solid one: if the winter break is going to exist — and it should — then why shouldn’t its benefits be maximized? Non-European sides — typically those with smaller squads — would still have the full two weeks between games, while those in Europe are able to better leverage their slightly larger squads with only 10 or 11 days between games — still a lengthy break relative to the rest of the season.

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It’s only the first year of the winter break in the PL, so perhaps hopefully they’ll receive Mourinho’s criticism — and that of any other managers — constructively.

Serie A: AC Milan extends unbeaten run since Zlatan’s arrival

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BRESCIA, Italy (AP) Ante Rebic scored his third goal in two matches, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was superb and AC Milan won 1-0 at relegation-threatened Brescia on Friday to climb into the Europa League places in Serie A.

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Rebic, who scored twice in a win over Udinese last weekend, pounced on a loose ball directly in front of the goal following a cross from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 71st minute.

Since Ibrahimovic’s return to Milan over the holiday break, Milan is unbeaten with four wins and a draw across all competitions.

Donnarumma produced several difficult saves to deny Dimitri Bisoli and Ernesto Torregrossa.

Also, Milan fullback Theo Hernandez hit the crossbar in the closing minutes.

The Rossoneri moved up to sixth place, four points behind fifth-place Atalanta.

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“Our goal is to qualify for Europe,” Donnarumma said. “We’ve got to continue like this and not rest for a moment. There’s another big Italian Cup match coming up with Torino midweek and we want to reach the semifinals.

“We’ll take it one game at a time and try to keep this momentum going.”

Brescia was without Mario Balotelli, who was suspended for two matches after protesting a booking last weekend that ended up with the striker being sent off.

Brescia remained one point above last-place Genoa.

FA Cup: Sheffield Wednesday into 5th round; Derby headed for replay

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Sheffield Wednesday became the first club to reach the fifth round of the 2019-20 FA Cup by beating Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Friday.

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The Owls took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Morgan Fox squeezed his shot past the goalkeeper from a tight angle, and Sam Winnall put the EFL Championship side 2-0 up by slotting the ball home just before full-time. QPR pulled a goal back through Nahki Wells just moments later, but it wasn’t enough and the game finished 2-1.

It’s the second time in three seasons that Wednesday has reached the fifth round after doing so just twice in their previous 17 seasons.

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Elsewhere, fellow Championship side Derby County, featuring Wayne Rooney who played all 90 minutes, couldn’t see off League Two side Northampton Town and will be forced into the dreaded replay after struggling to a scoreless draw away from home.

The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.