No Panic City Yet! At Man U

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After two straight losses there isn’t panic city yet at Man U according the Guardians Jamie Jackson.

“Manchester United are continuing to back José Mourinho despite the 3-0 defeat by Tottenham, with the board encouraged by the side’s first-half display against Mauricio Pochettino’s team in particular.

United suffered a second consecutive reverse with Monday’s defeat at Old Trafford. However, Mourinho’s team were bright before the interval as the manager sent out a new 3-3-3-1 shape that had Ander Herrera in a fresh role as the right-sided centre-back.

Although the game remained goalless at half-time, United had created several chances, with Romelu Lukaku missing one clear opportunity to score.

Following the dismal capitulation at Brighton in the previous game the response engendered by Mourinho impressed the club’s hierarchy, it is understood, and there is no move even to consider his future as manager.

He takes his team to Burnley on Sunday before the international break and, unless there is a defeat of an alarming nature, Mourinho is unlikely to be sacked before the visit of Watford on 15 September.

Paul Pogba said he was baffled by the outcome against Tottenham. “It’s bizarre,” he said. “We were determined, we started well and in the end we lost 3-0. It’s a shock. We have to keep going, we must not worry. We must work. We are still Manchester United and we won’t give up on anything.”

The midfielder, used in a new position on the right of midfield in the manager’s formation, described it as an “undeserved defeat” and added: “Even we don’t understand what happened. We started the game really well, we conceded two goals [in quick succession] in the second half. The first goal was a real blow; we didn’t understand why, because we had the game in hand.”

Luke Shaw was one of United’s best performers and was congratulated by Mourinho at the final whistle but he described it as a “sad night”. He told MUTV: “We need to win and win in a good way because we played really well in the first half and, if we keep playing like that, and take our chances, then we will win games.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/28/manchester-united-back-jose-mourinho-tottenham

Spurs Kicked Ass and Took Names in a 3-0 blowout of Man U

Man U got the shit kicked out of them by Tottenham at Old Trafford. Spurs won in a blur 3-0 over the Red Devils.

This could be and will be a long assed season for Man U.

EPL Match Report:” Lucas Moura scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 3-0 win at Manchester United.

After an even but goalless first half, Spurs took control with their first goals at Old Trafford since their win there in January 2014.

Harry Kane put them ahead on 50 minutes with a powerful header from Kieran Trippier’s corner.

Two minutes and 13 seconds later, it was 2-0, Christian Eriksen crossing for Lucas to score.

Despite the entrance of Alexis Sanchez, United could not get a goal back and Moura ran through their defence to make it 3-0.

Spurs go second on nine points behind Liverpool, while United are 13th.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38333

Chelsea and Watford Win! Fulham picks up their First Win!

 

Fulham picked up their first win season of the season. This was a 4-2 thrashing Burnley.

The Cottagers are making their return to EPL for the first time since they were sent packing in 2014.

This is a huge way to go garoto.

Watford defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 and Chelsea won the same score over Newcastle 2-1.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford each have nine points. The Reds at the main man with a plus seven. Chelsea is second with a plus five and Watford is third with a plus five.

Man Shitty is fourth with seven points.

EPL Match Report on Fulham’s huge win:” Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as Fulham beat Burnley 4-2 for their first victory since returning to the Premier League.

A frantic first half began with Fulham taking the lead in the fourth minute, when Jean Michael Seri rifled a spectacular long-range effort beyond Joe Hart and into the top-right corner.

Jeff Hendrick equalised for Burnley six minutes later, finding the net at the second attempt after his initial effort was blocked by Denis Odoi.

Mitrovic scored twice in the space of three minutes near the end of the first half, heading in from crosses by Tom Cairney and Luciano Vietto.

Five minutes before the break, James Tarkowski scored following Ben Mee’s header.

Andre Schurrle wrapped up Fulham’s first points of the season, leaving Burnley on one point from three matches.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38330

Liverpool Grinds out a 1-0 win over The Seagulls!

The Reds grinded out a hard fought 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield. The lone score came off the foot of Moe Salah 23rd minute.

The win lifts the guys into first place with nine points.

Man Shitty is second with seven points a plus seven.

Bournemouth is third with seven points with a plus three.

EPL Match Report:” Liverpool kept up their winning start thanks to Mohamed Salah but had to work hard to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 at Anfield.

The home side started brightly, with Roberto Firmino forcing a save from Mat Ryan and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick hitting the bar.

Salah got the only goal on 23 minutes. James Milner won possession and Salah took Firmino’s pass to curl his shot around Ryan.

Liverpool were unable to add to the goal despite 22 shots, eight of which were on target.

Brighton came close when Anthony Knockaert shot narrowly wide three minutes after the restart. Two minutes from the end, Alisson also saved from substitute Pascal Gross.

Liverpool go top with nine points, while Brighton are 12th with three.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38332

Arsenal Wins ! Man Shitty Tied !

Man Shitty fell behind one nil to Wolves.  Wolverhampton’s Willy Boly nailed a close-range rocket in the 57th minute.

Man Shitty found the equalizer in the 67th minute. Aymeric Laporte perfectly placed header of a sublime free kick from mate Ilkay Gundogan made it one all.

This is the first time since February 3rd Shitty hasn’t won on the road.

My guys from Arsenal fell behind one nil to West Ham. The guys came back and scored three goals to win at our house Emirates 3-1.

EPL Match Report: Arsenal came from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1 at Emirates Stadium for their first points of the season.

Marko Arnautovic had put the Hammers in front when he played a one-two with Felipe Anderson and struck from the edge of the box.

Nacho Monreal equalised for the home side when Hector Bellerin’s cross hit Alex Iwobi and fell for the Spaniard to score from close range.

West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass then sent a great chance straight at Petr Cech and, after Arnautovic went off injured, Arsenal took advantage.

Substitute Alexandre Lacazette’s cross went in off Issa Diop for an own goal on the defender’s Premier League debut.

Danny Welbeck converted Bellerin’s cross in stoppage time to confirm the win that lifts Arsenal up to 11th. West Ham are bottom after a third consecutive defeat.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38328

Everton down to ten men took a 2-0 lead only blow it big time against Bournemouth as the Cherries came storming back to score two goals to for the two all draw.

The Toffees Richarlison was sent packing in the 41st minute.  Everton scored twice Theo Walcott scored in the 56th minute and Michael Keane tickled the twines in the 66th minute for a two-nil lead.

Bournemouth’s Adam Smith was given the heave hoe in the 61st minute. The Cherries were given a life line when Joshua King nailed the PK in the 75th minute to make it 2-1. Bournemouth Nathan Ake’s rammed it home in the 79th minute to break the Toffees hearts.

Everton and Bournemouth drew two all.

Leicester City defeated Southampton 2-1

Cardiff City and Huddersfield kissed their sister nil-nil.

Liverpool squeaked by Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 at Anfield to jump into first place with nine points

Flamengo defeats Cruzeiro 1-0 to Stay One Point Behind Sao Paulo

Flamengo defeated Cruzeiro 1-0. The win keeps the guys a point behind place Sao Paulo. Boo- Mengao has 37 points while top dog Sao Paulo has 38.

Globo Esporte:” Em um Flamengo x Cruzeiro do Brasileiro quatro dias após o primeiro duelo decisivo nas oitavas de final da Libertadores, o time mineiro trocou quase todos os jogadores e entrou só com dois titulares neste domingo, no Maracanã. O rubro-negro poupou menos, mas foi um jogador que ganhou a chance que roubou a cena da partida. Sem jogar há 18 dias e sem marcar a 66, Henrique Dourado foi o autor do único gol da partida. Apesar da vitória de 1 a 0, a vitória do São Paulo por 3 a 1 sobre o Sport, em Recife, impediu a retomada da liderança.

— Nesse tempo fiquei trabalhando bastante, não baixei a guarda. Minha família sempre está nestes momentos — disse Dourado.

No gramado do Maracanã, ainda antes do jogo começar, Maurício Barbieri falou sobre a opção de escalar o centroavante. Além dele, Trauco, o estreante Piris da Motta, Lucas Paquetá e Vitinho entraram nas vagas ocupadas por Renê, Cuéllar, Jean Lucas e Marlos Moreno na derrota por 2 a 0 da última quarta-feira.

— Tenho frisado sempre, temos jogadores qualificados na frente. Dourado é um deles. A gente entendeu que pela característica dos jogadores do Cruzeiro, o Dourado seria uma boa opção para o jogo — analisou Barbieri.

Não foram só os técnicos que pensaram na Libertadores. Assim como aconteceu no meio da semana, a torcida voltou a vaiar o lateral-direito Rodinei. Dessa vez, o Flamengo controlou completamente a posse de bola na primeira etapa. Aos 21 minutos, o rubro-negro tinha 75% da posse de bola. Foi quando, com liberdade, Éverton Ribeiro deu assistência para Henriqeu Dourado, de primeira, chutar de biquinho para marcar. A bola ainda bateu na trave antes de entrar. No fim da etapa, aos 43, Trauco salvou um gol quando Henrique subiu mais alto após cruzamento e cabeceou com força. Também de cabeça, o peruano tirou em cima da linha.

No segundo tempo, Mano colocou seus dois principais jogadores em campo aos 10. Saíram Mancuello e David para a entrada de Arrascaeta e Thiago Neves, autores dos gols na partida da Libertadores. Aos 25, Robinho entrou no lugar de Rafinha. Os visitantes cresceram e pareciam perto de empatar.

A primeira mudança de Barbieri foi a entrada de Arão no lugar de Diego aos 29. Dois minutos depois, os rubro-negro ficaram aliviados quando Diego Alves defendeu em cima da linda uma cabeçada de Arrascaeta. Em novas mexidas, Vitinho e Dourado deram lugar a Moreno e Pará. Com eles em campo, o Flamengo conseguiu segurar a vitória.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/flamengo-vence-cruzeiro-com-gol-de-henrique-dourado-22972081#ixzz5O0VRuacH

Liverpool is Learning to Grind out Wins!

Liverpool is learning how to grind out and win hard matches according to the Guardians Jacob Steinberg.

“On a testing night for Liverpool at a raucous Selhurst Park, fans of dramatic title races were pleased to witness further confirmation that Jürgen Klopp’s speedsters remain the best bet to keep pace with Manchester City. Even at this early stage none of the other pretenders look as ready as Liverpool to sprint alongside Pep Guardiola’s champions now that steel accompanies their raw ability.

In its own defiant way, this slender, bitty, draining victory over Crystal Palace was even more impressive than last week’s humiliation of West Ham. Liverpool, who already know they cannot let City out of their sights for a single second, were rarely at their dizzying best and they had to be tough to withstand Palace’s physical onslaught after James Milner’s penalty. There is a different feel to this team, a more robust vibe after years of flakiness, a sense that they are learning how to win ugly.

They have not had a leader like Virgil van Dijk in their defence for a long time. It was the Dutchman’s clearing header in stoppage-time that allowed Mohamed Salah to set up Sadio Mané for a killer second goal and it was also satisfying for Klopp to see Alisson Becker show why Liverpool were happy to spend £66.9m on a new goalkeeper. The Brazil international was a dominant presence in the second half, making a couple of fine saves and relieving pressure with his command of his area.

Based on this showing, Liverpool’s focus is not going to drop no matter the level of the opposition. They squandered points against Burnley, Everton, Newcastle, Swansea, Watford and West Brom last season and anyone who thinks there are no easy games in the Premier League saw confirmation when Manchester United lost to Brighton on Sunday. United’s defeat was a reminder for Klopp’s players that there can be no room for complacency.

They could certainly not afford to offer Palace any encouragement in front of their feisty supporters. The home team have a habit of making life awkward for the top sides at one of the division’s tightest grounds, where time on the ball is a privilege rather than a right, and Roy Hodgson’s side followed Brighton’s example, working tirelessly to contain Liverpool’s formidable attack for much of the first half.

Palace also had the effervescent Wilfried Zaha up front and the visitors survived an almighty scare when Andros Townsend bent a magnificent effort against the bar. Naby Keïta, Liverpool’s new midfield dynamo, had conceded possession with a sloppy pass and there were times when he looked taken aback by the ferocity of Palace’s desire.

With that in mind, however, Keïta’s willingness to keep accepting the ball was an impressive feature of his game. He refused to shrink, despite making a few unconvincing decisions, and his ability to burst forward made Liverpool’s electrifying attack even more dangerous. Mané was a difficult opponent for Aaron Wan- Bissaka, Palace’s promising right-back, and Keïta, Andrew Robertson and Salah all spurned opportunities before the opening goal arrived just before the interval.

It was a moment of huge controversy, with Salah the villain after making the most of light contact from Mamadou Sakho, the former Liverpool centre-back. Salah walked off to accusations of cheating ringing in his ears at half-time, not that the Egyptian cared after seeing Milner block out the noise and send Wayne Hennessey the wrong way from the spot.

In the second half, Palace fed off their annoyance at Michael Oliver’s penalty award. Zaha ran at Liverpool on his own, drawing a foul from Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick tested Alisson.

On the day when Loris Karius closed in on a two-year loan to Besiktas, it felt fitting for Alisson to demonstrate the value of having an elite goalkeeper. The Brazilian also plunged low to his right to get strong hands to Christian Benteke’s header.

Liverpool struggled to build any flow. Yet Palace’s fight wilted when Wan-Bissaka saw red for denying Salah a goalscoring opportunity and, while it sounds ridiculous to talk of must-win games in August, Liverpool’s relief when Mané sealed the points on the break told the story of a gruelling encounter.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/20/robust-liverpool-signs-win-ugly