Swansea City 1-4 West Ham: Bradley’s nightmare continues

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  • Ayew, Reid, Antonio, Carroll score for Hammers
  • Llorente pulled one back
  • West Ham win third-straight game

Swansea City were hammered 4-1 by West Ham United on Boxing Day at the Liberty Stadium as Bob Bradley‘s nightmare continued.

The Hammers raced into a 3-0 lead with Andre Ayew, Winston Reid and Michail Antonio all scoring and even a Fernando Llorente consolation was canceled out by Andy Carroll‘s finish.

With the win West Ham move on to 22 points for the season, while Swansea remain on 12 points with seven defeats from Bradley’s 11 games in charge in the Premier League.

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Borja Baston broke free but skewed his effort wide as Swansea started brightly but West Ham were soon ahead.

A ball to the back post was headed across goal by Carroll and Lukasz Fabiasnki spilled the loose ball after Cheikhou Kouyate‘s effort, with Ayew on hand to tap home on his return to Swansea.

1-0 to the Hammers. Nightmare start for Bob Bradley’s side.

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West Ham almost went 2-0 u soon after as Dimitri Payet‘s cross was flicked on by Ayew by Michail Antonio couldn’t quite get on the end of it but the English winger was in an offside position.

Payet then drilled a low shot in on goal which Fabianski saved as Swansea couldn’t get going in the first half with Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s free kick palmed away by Darren Randolph as close as they got.

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Bradley brought on Jefferson Montero and Fernando Llorente at half time but in the 50th minute West Ham doubled their lead. A Payet corner was headed home by Reid as he beat two Swansea defenders to the ball.

2-0 to the Hammers.

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Wayne Routledge had a header well-saved down low by Randolph as Swansea tried to get back into the game, while Noble’s effort, via deflection, went just wide at the other end.

Randolph tipped Sigurdsson’s over the bar after Llorente’s cross as Swansea piled forward at every opportunity but that left them exposed at the back and West Ham grabbed a third goal.

A long-range shot from Havard Nordtveit was tapped home by Antonio who was all alone in the center of the box and kept onside to make it 3-0. At the other end Llorente pulled one back to make it 3-1 but then Carroll compounded Bradley’s misery to make it 4-1 as the boos rang out at the Liberty Stadium.

Borussia Dortmund signs Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim

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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) Borussia Dortmund signed Germany defender Nico Schulz from Bundesliga rival Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Dortmund, which finished runner-up in the league, said the 26-year-old Schulz signed a deal through June 2024.

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“We will benefit greatly from his physicality, his tempo and his extreme dynamism,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. “A player like him with his fighting spirit and his desire to be successful would help any team.”

Schulz, who will be familiar to Dortmund coach Lucien Favre from their time together at Borussia Moenchengladbach, scored one goal and set up six more for Hoffenheim last season.

Kicker magazine reported that Dortmund was paying 27 million euros ($30 million) for the player, making Schulz Dortmund’s second most expensive signing after Andre Schuerrle.

Schulz has scored two goals in six appearances for Germany.

Dortmund was also reportedly on the verge of signing 19-year-old Spanish right back Mateu Morey on a free transfer from Barcelona, while Belgium international Thorgan Hazard was expected to join from Gladbach and Germany midfielder Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen remained a target.

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Report: Chelsea would let Juventus hire Sarri for $7m fee

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Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”

One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.

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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.

Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.

Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.

Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.