Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele admits pace of the Premier League has been a challenge

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Tottenham‘s new signing Tanguy Ndombele revealed that the fast-paced nature of the Premier League has been his biggest challenge since his move to the North London side.

The midfielder played a pivotal role at Lyon and claimed that Spurs’ playing style is similar to that of his former club.

However, he did admit that the Premier League games are very fast, with no time to stay calm and rest.

“They are both teams that play with the ball,” he told the Tottenham website.

“The big difference between the Premier League and Ligue 1 is the speed.

“Here in the Premier League it is always a fast paced game. The players drive forward, but in France there are periods of calm. That is the big difference.”

Ndombele also mentioned that he has not set any individual goals and will look to achieve silverware with Spurs as a team.

He added: “I’m not the kind of person who sets themselves any limits.

“We are going to try to go as far as we can and try to achieve something.

“The season is long and I hope we can achieve to the best of our abilities.”

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Quique Sanchez Flores returns to Watford for second spell after Javi Gracia's sacking

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Quique Sanchez Flores was a well-respected figure at Watford.

Quique Sanchez Flores has returned to Watford for a second spell as manager after Javi Gracia was sacked with the club bottom of the Premier League.

The Spaniard is the club’s 11th managerial change in just over eight years and his appointment was confirmed just 30 minutes after his compatriot’s departure had been announced.

Sanchez Flores, 54, previously guided the club to a comfortable mid-table finish during the 2015/16 season in the club’s first season back in the Premier League.

His return was deemed necessary as the Hornets have managed to score just two goals in the current campaign and have not won in eight league matches – scoring just five times in that period – stretching back to April.

Gracia did guide the club to their first FA Cup final since 1984 but they were humiliated 6-0 by Manchester City, who equalled a 116-year record for the biggest victory in final history.

“Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements,” said chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury.

“Javi Gracia’s staff will also be leaving the club, ahead of the imminent appointment of a new coaching team.

“Everyone at the Hornets wishes Javi and his staff all the very best for the future, and they will always be welcome visitors in the future at Vicarage Road.”

Since the departure of current Burnley boss Sean Dyche in July 2012 they have gone through Gianfranco Zola, Guiseppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinley (on a caretaker basis), Slavisa Jokanovic, Sanchez Flores, Walter Mazzarri, Marco Silva – who went to Everton – and now Gracia.

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Arsenal record buy Nicolas Pepe pulls out of Ivory Coast camp with injury

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Nicolas Pepe.

Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe has left the Ivory Coast training camp after reporting an injury, according to the nation’s football federation.

The Gunners’ club-record signing played the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 Premier League draw against Tottenham on September 1 before heading off on international duty.

In a squad update on the Ivorian football Federation ahead of the friendly matches against Benin and Tunisia, the governing body said: “Nicolas Pepe, injured with his club, came in to declare it late on Wednesday afternoon.

“As a reinforcement, the coach appealed to Bagayoko Mamadou.”

Pepe is reported to have now returned to Arsenal’s London Colney base, where he will continue to work on his fitness ahead of the Premier League match at Watford on September 15.

The forward, 24, did not get a full pre-season behind him after playing at the Africa Cup of Nations before joining the Gunners in a £72 million deal from Lille on August 1.

It has been suggested an agreement had been reached between the Ivorian football Federation and Arsenal that Pepe would join up with the Elephants squad in Deauville, but was scheduled to resume his fitness work back at the club rather than play in the friendly matches.

Arsenal have been contacted for comment by the PA news agency.

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