Boo Mengao Sucks!

Flamengo got the crap beat outta them by Atlético-PR 3-0. The loss drops the guys into third place with 37 points.

Globo Esporte:” Bastaram os primeiros 20 minutos para o Atlético-PR construir a vitória sobre o Flamengo. Neste período, o Furacão fez os gols do triunfo por 3 a 0 na Arena da Baixada, neste domingo. Depois, segurou a tímida reação carioca e quase ampliou. Pablo, Raphael Veiga e Zé Ivaldo marcaram para o Furacão. Foi a última rodada do primeiro turno.

O Flamengo não vence o Atlético-PR em Curitiba pelo Campeonato Brasileiro desde 1974. Desta vez, sem os poupados Diego Alves, Diego e Réver e o suspenso Henrique Dourado, passou longe de conseguir quebrar o jejum. Tanto que, com a vitória encaminhada, a torcida do Furacão provocou o rival carioca e cantou: “O freguês voltou!”.

Apesar da vitória, o Atlético-PR não deixou a zona de rebaixamento. O Furacão chegou a 18 pontos e assumiu provisoriamente a 18ª posição. O time seguirá com um jogo a menos após o término desta rodada. (Clique aqui e confira as notas de atuações do Furacão)

O Flamengo, por sua vez, perdeu posição. Com a vitória do Inter sobre o Paraná, os cariocas estão em terceiro lugar na tabela, com 37 pontos, e podem ver a diferença para o líder São Paulo subir para quatro pontos.

A estratégia do Atlético funcionou à perfeição: pressionou no início, sem deixar que o Flamengo tivesse tempo para se adaptar à grama sintética. Com os cariocas dispersos e errando muito, os gols saíram um atrás do outro, sempre em velocidade pelos lados.

Com a vantagem construída, o Furacão administrou e pouco foi ameaçado. Santos brilhou com algumas defesas, mas foi mais exigido em chutes de longe – exceção de uma saída à queima-roupa em chute de Vitinho.

O Flamengo melhorou no segundo tempo, mas não foi efetivo. Vitinho esteve entre os que mais tentaram, e Lincoln melhorou o time após entrar. Por outro lado, Uribe, Everto Ribeiro e Paquetá estiveram apagados. “

Man U wins! Tottenham Losses!

Man U stopped the bleeding with a shutout win over Burnley at the Clarets house. Romelu Lukaku led the Red Devils with the daily double.

Man U stays put on tenth place with six points.

Watford came back to upset Spurs 2-1 at the Hornets house. The loss drops Tottenham to fifth while Watford is a four for four good enough for third place with twelve points.

The Blues are second with a plus seven while the Hornets are a plus six.

EPL Match Report on the Red Devils win:” A double from Romelu Lukaku returned Manchester United to winning ways, with a 2-0 victory at Burnley.

After a bright start from United Lukaku headed them into the lead from Alexis Sanchez’s cross on 27 minutes.

Joe Hart saved from Lukaku after a United counter-attack but could not deny him a second a minute before half-time when a deflected shot fell to him.

Paul Pogba missed a chance to make it 3-0 when his penalty, won by substitute Marcus Rashford, was saved by Hart.

Rashford was sent off shortly afterwards for violent conduct off the ball with Phil Bardsley.

Despite the man disadvantage Lukaku was twice denied a hat-trick when through on goal, first by Hart, then by a recovering Ben Mee.

The win sends United 10th while Burnley are second from bottom.

Arsenal Wins Two in a Row!

Arsenal has won two straight matches. The guys are sitting in ninth place with six points.

EPL Match Report:” Alexandre Lacazette scored the winner as Arsenal edged past a spirited Cardiff City 3-2 at Cardiff City Stadium.

Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead on 11 minutes with a powerful header from a Granit Xhaka corner.

Lacazette struck the woodwork before Joe Bennett crossed for Víctor Camarasa to turn and fire in the equaliser just before the break.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb curling shot put Arsenal ahead on 62 minutes but Danny Ward’s header eight minutes later made the score 2-2.

In the 81st minute, Lacazette thundered his effort beyond Neil Etheridge at the near post as Arsenal won for the second successive match.

Defeat moves Cardiff down to 16th on two points, while Arsenal are ninth with six points.

De Futebol Chelsea wins! Wolves pick up Their First Win! Man Shitty Wins!

Chelsea scored two second half goals to beat a tough Bournemouth squad 2-0. Pedro tickled the twines in the 75th minute for the one nil lead.

Eden Hazard put this puppy to bed with a strike in the 85th minute. This strike drove  a stake in the Cherries heart for the final score of 2-0.

The Blues have won their first four matches to match Liverpool’s win streak.

The Reds are top dog with a plus eight while Chelsea is a plus seven.

Fulham jumped out to a two nil lead only allow Brighton and Hove Albion to score twice to earn a two all draw.

Southampton defeated Crystal Palace 2-0.

Wolves picked up their first win of the season when Adama Traore scored in the dying embers of the match 90th minute plus three for the 1-0 win.

Everton and Huddersfield tied one all.

What looked like on paper a blowout city turned into a tussle between Man Shitty and Newcastle at Shitty’s house.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a thunderous strike from long range in the eighth minute to give Shitty the one nil lead. Not to be outdone Toons DeAndre Young nailed a close-range bomb in the 30th minute to level this puppy up at one all.

Man Shitty put this puppy to bed for good in the 52nd minute. Kyle Walker low long range strike found its mark to give Shitty the 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Liverpool wins! The Reds Stay Perfect!

Liverpool scored two first half goals to take a two-nil lead over Leicester City at the Foxes house only to see comical defending to allow Leicester City cut the gap to 2-1.

The Reds hung on for a 2-1 win over the Foxes.

The EPL Match Report:” Liverpool maintained their winning start to the season with a 2-1 victory at Leicester City.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring on 10 minutes when he fired in after Andrew Robertson charged through and teed him up for his fourth goal in four matches.

Alisson Becker saved from Leicester’s Demarai Gray and James Maddison before Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead on the stroke of half-time.

Firmino headed in James Milner’s outswinging corner for his first goal of the season.

Rachid Ghezzal marked his first PL start for Leicester with a goal on 63 minutes, tapping in after Kelechi Iheanacho dispossessed Alisson, but Liverpool held on.”

Is Jose Mourinho The Guy to Man U’s Problems?

The Guardians Jamie Jackson asked a very important question “Is Jose Mourinho the one to fix the problems at Man U?

I think it starts at the top when the Glazers took over the Red Devils however Mourinho has the opportunity to fix the deep seeded problems at Man U.

Sir Alex left the cupboard bar. This is part of the problem. The fix is a hard look at what is right and wrong with this storied club.

The fix will take some time. Patience is the key.

The defence

José Mourinho may point to how all three of Tottenham’s goals were down to errors in his rearguard and use this as evidence of why he wanted an elite centre-back this summer. Yet closer examination makes a case that the manager himself is culpable for the leaky defence against Spurs and that its past record shows this should not be a problem department. Ander Herrera played Tottenham onside for Lucas Moura’s first goal, having been a Mourinho selection in an unfamiliar centre-back role in an (also new) 3-3-3-1. And what good has Mourinho’s public pursuit of a new centre-half done to the confidence of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling? Harry Kane outjumped Jones and Smalling was undone by Lucas’s trickery for the Brazilian’s second goal. Jones and Smalling have been an integral part of United conceding the second‑fewest Premier League goals in each of the manager’s two seasons, improving from 29 to 28. A focus on the defence is a distraction – the real issue is the lack of goals: only 54 and 68.

Who’s responsible? The manager for chasing the red herring of a new centre-back with his own signings in the position, Victor Lindelöf and Eric Bailly, again out of favour.

Can Mourinho fix it? Yes, by reverting to what made United so solid over the past two years and placing more focus on the attack.

Be inventive again

The fielding of a 3-3-3-1 shape failed but was a refreshing move from a manager often accused of being outmoded. It showed Mourinho’s courage via a willingness to innovate in a match he needed to win. He failed in that respect and so the obvious questions are why he had not tried the system in pre‑season and why Herrera operated as a right-sided centre‑back for the first time? At elite level gambles such as these have to work – Pep Guardiola’s use of Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko as left‑backs last season did not backfire so no scrutiny ensued – but it does not mean Mourinho should shy away from any future blue-sky thinking.

Who’s responsible? The manager.

Can Mourinho fix it? Yes – if he is courageous enough to think laterally again to increase the chance of posing the opposition a different problem.

Paul Pogba

Monday was the latest illustration of why the Frenchman’s career at United remains enigmatic. This time Pogba was fielded on the right of the three-man midfield when considered wisdom is he prefers the left. As stated, there is nothing wrong with experimentation and the stance Mourinho has previously taken – that Pogba should be able to operate anywhere centrally – is accepted. Yet against Spurs the 25-year-old was again patchy, which followed his dismal outing at Brighton. Mourinho is correct to keep persisting with Pogba but must be tearing his hair out at a potential world-beater’s inconsistency.

Who’s responsible? Pogba. All true elite players are self-motivators who will drag every last ounce of quality from their talent.

Can Mourinho fix it? He can help by impressing on the player what regrets Pogba might have if he never fulfils his potential but this is one for the midfielder, ultimately.

Improve media relations

The point is not whether journalists should be spoken to curtly – as they were before and after the Spurs game by Mourinho – because this can be part of the trade’s rough and tumble. What matters, though, is how descending relations affect the only entity that should concern any manager: his team. Players would not be human if they did not look at Mourinho’s (seeming) determination to be icy with the press and pick up on their manager’s negative energy and be imbued with this. At his pre- and post-match briefings he hardly bounced along like a supremely confident manager enjoying total control of his working orbit. From the moment he declared pre-season as “very bad” in Los Angeles the Mourinho message has been uninspiring and this is also not what fans wish to hear.

Who’s responsible? Mourinho.

Can Mourinho fix it? Sure – by remembering how only he controls the mood and discourse each time he walks into a press room or speaks into a microphone.

Reconnect with players/fans

As well as the willingness to send out a fresh formation, another positive of the defeat by Spurs was how Mourinho reacted in its immediate aftermath. Instead of striding away instantly as he often does, the manager headed for Luke Shaw to gee him up in defeat, later saying he told the left-back how well he played. Considering how Mourinho has been a serial critic of the 23-year-old, here was an act that offered a welcome counter-balance and Shaw will surely respond to it. Moments later Mourinho was at the Stretford End applauding those supporters who remained and were clapping the side despite defeat. Both the Shaw man-management and pause to recognise the backing can only boost morale with two key constituencies – players and fans – and may in turn help revitalise a man who later rather erroneously demanded “respect, respect, respect” for his three Premier League titles. This is another MacGuffin: Mourinho will always correctly command great esteem for a phenomenal record. But the clock now ticks to over three years and counting since his last domestic championship. What matters is the here and now.

Who is responsible? Mourinho.

Can Mourinho fix it? Yes – why not stop and clap fans (home and away) and publicly congratulate any players who deserve it more often?

Liverpool A Return to the Glory Days !

It is about time for Liverpool get out of their mediocre ways. For crying out loud the guys have won eighteen League titles, finally the Reds have hired a man to lead them back to glory.

The Daily Mail:” Jurgen Klopp and Fenway Sports Group have spearheaded the awakening of ‘sleeping giant’ Liverpool – a club starting to fulfil their potential on and off the field, managing director Billy Hogan has claimed.

The Reds currently sit top of the Premier League after three successive victories to start the season, while the club has been transformed off the field in the six years since Hogan joined as chief commercial officer.

In that time, FSG have overseen the redevelopment of Anfield and the impending move to a new training ground, while Klopp has led a resurgence on the pitch that saw Liverpool reach the Champions League final last season.

Hogan claims the club has ‘moved forward quite a bit’ over the past half-decade.

‘There’s a huge desire to return the club to where we believe it belongs at the top of world football,’ Hogan told the Liverpool Echo.

‘If you go back to when FSG first started looking at Liverpool as an opportunity, people were referring to the club as a sleeping giant. I think that’s something that’s been proven to be true.’

He added: ‘Sitting here today, the club is in a tremendously positive place. The football is terrific, the team is playing great and we’re all excited about the future.’

Hogan also paid tribute to the impact Klopp has had on Merseyside – both on and off the field.

‘Jurgen is a big personality and he’s also tremendously supportive,’ he said.

‘The “Klopp factor” is more than just about his interaction with football, it’s across the whole club. He’s a tremendous fit and we’re so happy that he’s here.’

He added: ‘We’re starting to see the culmination of the strategy we’ve been following. Getting to this place, seeing the way this team is playing and the amount of talent in the squad — seeing what the guys have done at Melwood and the academy — is fantastic.’