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Micah Richards slams ‘ridiculous’ quotes stating Ruben Dias will replace Vincent Kompany

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Micah Richards has urged for people to not put pressure on Manchester City‘s new signing Ruben Dias.

The 23-year-old centre-back made his debut against Leeds after signing from Benfica for around £65m this summer.

And during Sky Sports’ pre-match coverage of Manchester City’s trip to Elland Road, Richards slammed quotes stating that Dias will replace club legend Vincent Kompany.

Ruben Dias made his much-awaited debut for Manchester City after joining from Benfica

Ruben Dias made his much-awaited debut for Manchester City after joining from Benfica

Ruben Dias made his much-awaited debut for Manchester City after joining from Benfica

Micah Richards has slammed claims that Dias will step in and replace Kompany straight away

Micah Richards has slammed claims that Dias will step in and replace Kompany straight away

Micah Richards has slammed claims that Dias will step in and replace Kompany straight away

He said: ‘I saw some quotes saying he (Dias) was going to replace Vincent Kompany, which I thought were absolutely ridiculous, because they’re putting too much pressure on the boy’s shoulders and he’s just 23.

‘We know of his quality and that’s a position that needs to be improved but don’t want to put too much pressure on him just to start with.

‘He looks like a Manchester City player for the way they want to play. If he can bring a bit of leadership then that’s what they need.’ 

Kompany left an indelible mark at the Etihad Stadium during his legendary 11-year spell at the club.

The 34-year-old went on to become a club legend and helped inspire them to four Premier League trophies before he left in 2019.

Manchester City struggled without the inspirational Belgian last season, losing nine games as they finished 18 points behind champions Liverpool.

Vincent Kompany's prescence has been hard for Man City to replace since he left in 2019

Vincent Kompany's prescence has been hard for Man City to replace since he left in 2019

Vincent Kompany’s prescence has been hard for Man City to replace since he left in 2019

Manager Pep Guardiola has made defence the focal point of the summer transfer window activity, signing Dias as well as Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.

Dias makes his debut after Manchester City made a number of errors during a 5-2 defeat to Leicester in their last Premier League game. 

It is hoped he will build a formidable partnership with Aymeric Laporte at the heart of the club’s defence and help bring some leadership to what has been a frail City back-line in recent times.

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Glenn Hoddle heaps praise on ‘exciting’ Carlos Vinicius after stunning Tottenham debut

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Owen Hargreaves believes Carlos Vinicius has already shown he is too good to be back-up to star striker Harry Kane following his impressive full debut for Tottenham against LASK. 

The 25-year-old Brazilian recorded two assists by setting up Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min as Spurs began their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 win against the Austrian side.

The striker could also have netted his first goal for the club in the opening ten minutes but fluffed his lines, but speaking to BT Sport after the game, Hargreaves insists he has seen enough to know Spurs have a quality replacement on the bench for England captain Kane.

Carlos Vinicius starred for Tottenham on his full debut against LASK in the Europa League

Carlos Vinicius starred for Tottenham on his full debut against LASK in the Europa League

Carlos Vinicius starred for Tottenham on his full debut against LASK in the Europa League

The Brazilian set up Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min (above) in Spurs' 3-0 win against LASK

The Brazilian set up Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min (above) in Spurs' 3-0 win against LASK

The Brazilian set up Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min (above) in Spurs’ 3-0 win against LASK

‘You think about other players they have in there like Lucas or [Steven] Bergwijn, they want to play wide and they’re quick and want to run in behind, Vinicius is comfortable with back to goal,’ Hargreaves said.

‘He had 18 goals in the league and eight assists in Portugal. He can be creative. That’s not a reserve centre forward, the way he played today. 

He will be because Harry Kane’s the best, but they have a really good player that when Kane needs a break he can step in.’

The victory saw Jose Mourinho's side win their first Europa League game of the new season

The victory saw Jose Mourinho's side win their first Europa League game of the new season

The victory saw Jose Mourinho’s side win their first Europa League game of the new season

And former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle heaped praise on the 'exciting' Vinicius

And former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle heaped praise on the 'exciting' Vinicius

And former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle heaped praise on the ‘exciting’ Vinicius

Former Spurs midfielder and manager Glenn Hoddle was also full of praise for the ‘exciting’ forward, who arrived in the summer on a season-long loan deal from Benfica with an option to buy for £36million.

‘He’s going to have to play against better players, but he looks to me as if he’s a focal point, he’s got ability and awareness as well. It’s exciting to see this young kid play. 

‘This tournament will be his tournament. I think he’ll play most of the games and the League Cup. 

Meanwhile, Owen Hargreaves claimed he has already shown he is too good to be a back-up

Meanwhile, Owen Hargreaves claimed he has already shown he is too good to be a back-up

Meanwhile, Owen Hargreaves claimed he has already shown he is too good to be a back-up

Vinicius was brought in on loan in the summer as a back-up option to star striker Harry Kane

Vinicius was brought in on loan in the summer as a back-up option to star striker Harry Kane

Vinicius was brought in on loan in the summer as a back-up option to star striker Harry Kane

‘Jose wants to win trophies. he doesn’t care if he wins the League Cup, Europa League, whatever, he wants to win silverware. 

‘It’s a club that needs it. That’ll be a stepping stone to something bigger along the way.’

Spurs other goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium came courtesy of an Andres Andrade own goal.

The LASK left-back diverting the ball into his own net after a cross from Gareth Bale, who was also making his first start for Spurs since joining from Real Madrid in the summer. 

Spurs' other goal on the night came from a Andres Andrade own goal from Gareth Bale's cross

Spurs' other goal on the night came from a Andres Andrade own goal from Gareth Bale's cross

Spurs’ other goal on the night came from a Andres Andrade own goal from Gareth Bale’s cross

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The EFL has urged the government to commit to a raft of measures as part of a desperate plea for immediate assistance – with many of its clubs at breaking point.

Deferment on tens of millions of pounds of tax payments, a lowering of VAT to 5 per cent and a potential opening up of the Job Support Scheme for support staff to avoid hundreds of redundancies all feature in a written submission, which paints a stark picture of a future without fans in stadiums.

Sources at a number of Championship clubs have disclosed that they are currently grappling with the looming pay day at the end of the month with some concerned they will be unable to give staff their wages in full, unless help is forthcoming. 

EFL chairman Rick Parry and the league have issued a plea for help to the government

EFL chairman Rick Parry and the league have issued a plea for help to the government

EFL chairman Rick Parry and the league have issued a plea for help to the government

A number of Championship clubs are grappling with the looming pay day at the end of October

A number of Championship clubs are grappling with the looming pay day at the end of October

A number of Championship clubs are grappling with the looming pay day at the end of October

When the pandemic first struck, payments to the taxman were placed on hold for a three-month period, with around £100m thought to be involved. Last month, Sportsmail revealed that a number of Championship clubs faced bankruptcy amid fears Whitehall would demand immediate payment of deferred bills believed to be between £4m and £5m to HMRC.

A number of individual payment plans were subsequently agreed, but – as this newspaper also reported last week – some second tier clubs threatened to refuse to pay following a lack of financial assistance from the government.

League rules surrounding non-payment of taxes were relaxed when the pandemic first struck. That meant that the threat of an embargo for non-payment, along with other penalties, was temporarily lifted. While the deadline for that measure has passed, it has been agreed that any punishments will again be held back.

Last month, Sportsmail revealed that a number of Championship clubs faced bankruptcy

Last month, Sportsmail revealed that a number of Championship clubs faced bankruptcy

Last month, Sportsmail revealed that a number of Championship clubs faced bankruptcy

Along with PAYE deferment, the EFL has noted that VAT has been reduced from the standard 20 per cent to 5 per cent for the leisure and tourism industry and has asked for a similar reduction to apply to football clubs.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak brought in the JSS to replace furlough in November. Under its original terms, clubs feared the JSS would be of little use to them as they believed support staff would not be eligible. 

On Thursday, after the submission was sent, Sunak announced big changes to the scheme which more than doubled the maximum payment to £1,541.75 a month, but those concerns remain among clubs who face making hundreds of redundancies. 

A request for the scheme to be accessible featured in the submission, amid hopes that a change will be forthcoming.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has brought in the JSS to replace furlough from November onwards

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has brought in the JSS to replace furlough from November onwards

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has brought in the JSS to replace furlough from November onwards

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Gareth Bale warns defenders his best is yet to come as he reveals first Tottenham games are ‘mini pre-season’ for him

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GARETH BALE has warned defenders his best is yet to come after making his first start since returning to Tottenham.

Bale lasted an hour as he helped Spurs see of LASK in the Europa League and even claimed an assist when his cross was deflected in for an own goal.

Bale made his first Spurs start in seven years

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Bale made his first Spurs start in seven yearsCredit: EPA

But the 31-year-old says he still needs time to get his fitness back – but once that returns he is ready to fire Tottenham’s challenge domestically and in Europe.

Bale said: “It’s one of those periods I have to use as a mini pre-season. I fully expect it’s going to take a few weeks and more minutes to get me going fully.

“It’s one of those adaption periods where I can keep working hard in training and games.

“Once those match minutes get under my belt I will be sharper and better and hopefully contributing more to the team as well.

“I know how good the squad is, the team is, the manager is and how great the club is.

“It was the perfect fit for me to come back and I’m enjoying myself.

“I’m a little bit stiff, but hopefully it won’t take too long to get back to full speed. I’m just enjoying being back on the pitch and back at this amazing club.”

Bale’s second coming was overshadowed by an impressive debut for Carlos Vinicius who set up two goals on his own debut to show there is finally an alternative to Harry Kane.

Gareth Bale believes he will soon be up to full speed

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Gareth Bale believes he will soon be up to full speedCredit: EPA

Vinicius found Lucas Moura to open the scoring and then cushioned a lovely header into the path of Son Heung-min to score the third as Spurs made easy work of their Austrian opponents.

Boss Jose Mourinho said: “I am happy for the squad, we changed a lot of players because we believe in the others and the others worked so hard to be ready.

“I trust the boys and the answer was good. Not a magnificent performance but solid and safe.”

The Welshman grabbed an assist against the Austrians

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The Welshman grabbed an assist against the AustriansCredit: Reuters
Gareth Bale is on the ball in Spurs training

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