De Futebol The EPL is Gearing Up for The New Season!

The guys are no getting ready for the start of the EPL season. The players who played for their countries in the World Cup will be given three weeks off.

The Daily Mail:” With the new Premier League season around a month away, clubs have started to re-group and begin their pre-season training. Holidays are over for some, but not all, and there is still the small matter of the World Cup final to attend to.

Of the top six, Arsenal look to be in the best shape at present – all six sides are still to embark on pre-season tours – while Tottenham and Manchester City still await the return of swathes of their respective first team squads from the World Cup.

Chelsea are missing star names, many of whom are yet to decide their futures now that Maurizio Sarri looks set to take over. Here, Sportsmail looks at the shape of the ‘Big Six’ as they prepare for the new campaign.

Arsenal

Many of Arsenal’s stars from last season are back at Colney – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan – where they are joined by a host of new signings including goalkeeper Bernd Leno and defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The current big omissions are Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, the German in particular enduring a disappointing World Cup campaign, while new signing Lucas Torreira is yet to join up with his new side after a strong showing with Uruguay in Russia.

Back training:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Calum Chambers, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Reiss Nelson, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Eddie Nketiah, Rob Holding, Stephan Lichsteiner, Emile Smith-Rowe, Emiliano Martinez, Chuba Akpom, Shkodran Mustafi, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Sead Kolansinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Chuba Akpom, Lucas Perez, Petr Cech.

Yet to return:

David Ospina (Colombia), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Nacho Monreal (Spain), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica), Alexander Iwobi (Nigeria), Lucas Torreira (Uruguay).

Still at World Cup:

Danny Welbeck (England).

Injured:

Laurent Koscielny.

Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri will take over a somewhat thin squad when he arrives at Cobham. He will be greeted by a host of players deemed not quite good enough for the World Cup – Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, and David Luiz headline the group already back.

Still to return are World Cup finalists Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante, as well as Englishmen Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, plus highly coveted Belgians Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

Back training:

Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davie Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Alvaro Morata, Kurt Zouma, Charly Musonda, Ola Aina.

Yet to return:

Willy Caballero (Argentina), Antonio Rudiger (Germany), Victor Moses (Nigeria), Andreas Christensen (Denmark), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain), Willian (Brazil).

Still at World Cup:

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Gary Cahill (England), Eden Hazard (Belgium), N’Golo Kante (France), Olivier Giroud (France), Michy Batshuayi (Belgium), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England).

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has already overseen victories over Tranmere and Chester, games in which Loris Karius has looked shaky.

At Klopp’s disposal for these games before a tour of the USA has been a large squad featuring the likes of Adam Lallana and James Milner, while new signings Fabinho and Naby Keita have been afforded their first run-outs in red.

Though many players may be at Melwood, Liverpool are far from being a complete side training together with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane yet to join the team.

Dejan Lovren is preparing for the World Cup final with Croatia after defeating Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s England.

Back training:

Loris Karius, Danny Ward, Nathaniel Clyne, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Andy Robertson, James Milner, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo, Harry Wilson, Pedro Chirivella, Fabinho, Daniel Sturridge, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke, Ben Woodburn, Nat Phillips, Rafa Camacho, Curtis Jones, Caoimhim Kelleher, Lazar Markovic.

Yet to return:

Roberto Firmino (Brazil), Mo Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Marko Grujic (Serbia).

Still at World Cup:

Dejan Lovren (Croatia), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England), Jordan Henderson (England).

Injured:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Manchester City

One could be forgiven for thinking that Manchester City are yet to start their pre-season training such is their dearth of players. New signing from Leicester Riyad Mahrez is the only name of note.

Pep Guardiola will have little time to whip last season’s champions into shape as so many are still to return – seventeen first team players, to be exact, practically an entire match day squad.

Given the form of many last season and at the World Cup, however, this is likely no major cause for concern for City.

Back training:

Jason Denayer, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Patrick Roberts, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Lukas Nmecha, Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala.

Yet to return:

Ederson (Brazil), Danilo (Brazil), Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), Bernardo Silva (Portugal), Fernandinho (Brazil), David Silva (Spain), Gabriel Jesus (Brazil), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Leroy Sane.

Still at World Cup:

Benjamin Mendy (France), Kyle Walker (England), John Stones (England), Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Fabien Delph (England), Raheem Sterling (England).

Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez is the biggest name currently training at Carrington with Jose Mourinho, who himself has only just returned from a punditry gig at the World Cup.

Under the stewardship of the Portuguese are those on the fringes of the United team, the likes of Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.

Much of what will form United’s starting XI are yet to return, and will likely join up with the squad on tour in America. The midfield axis of Nemanja Matic, new addition Fred, and Paul Pogba are yet to train together.

Back training:

Lee Grant, Joel Pereira, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial.

Yet to return:

David De Gea (Spain), Victor Lindelof (Sweden), Marcos Rojo (Argentina), Nemanja Matic (Serbia), Fred (Brazil).

Still at World Cup:

Phil Jones (England), Ashley Young (England), Paul Pogba (France), Jesse Lingard (England), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Marcus Rashford (England).

Injured:

Sergio Romero.

Tottenham

Spurs are not as badly placed as Manchester City with four or five first team regulars training, but their Enfield base is still missing a host of key names.

The World Cup play-off could feature as many as eight Tottenham players, including breakout star Kieran Trippier and likely Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, while Hugo Lloris is one match away from lifting the greatest prize in football with France.

Back training:

Vincent Janssen, Victor Wanyama, Michel Vorm, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Moussa Sissoko, Fernando Llorente, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura, Harry Winks, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyle Walker-Peters.

Yet to return:

Davinson Sanchez (Colombia), Son Heung-Min (South Korea), Christian Eriksen (Denmark).

Still at World Cup:

Hugo Lloris (France), Kieran Trippier (England), Danny Rose (England), Toby Alderweireld (Belgium), Jan Vertonghen (Belgium), Eric Dier (England), Mousa Dembele (Belgium), Dele Alli (England), Harry Kane (England).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5950387/How-pre-season-preparations-Big-Six-going.html

De Futebol The Story Behind the Man U loss to Chelsea in The FA Cup!

Here is the story behind the Man U loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup.

The Daily Mail:” When Manchester United lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea there was no inquest, no rallying call. Instead, Jose Mourinho had a quiet word with each of his players, one-by-one.

The Portuguese thanked his men for their efforts. Those who are going to the World Cup were told to enjoy it.

Those who were off to the beach and beyond were told to come back fresh for what promises to be an era-defining 2018-19.

The overriding feeling in the camp was of shock at the 1-0 defeat under the arch. It was not meant to be like this. Mourinho is a meticulous man who leaves nothing to chance. This is well known throughout football.

Sportsmail can disclose, however, that even by his standards the planning was raised by a couple of notches in the build-up to the clash with his former employers – and can also reveal what really happened with Romelu Lukaku.

It started early. All players were told that from the Monday before the match, May 14, their diaries had to be clear. That meant there were to be no commercial activities, either personal or club-related.

There was also to be no media. In short, there would be nothing to distract them from the task at hand. From Tuesday, it was all about Chelsea as the squad headed to Watford, for sessions at the Premier League club’s training ground and a morale-building mini-camp at the nearby, five–star Grove Hotel.

Players were given free time but there was one stipulation from Mourinho, who insisted that they broke bread together. They were also told that there was to be an 11pm curfew. It is commonplace, in the build-up to big matches, for players to arrange tickets for friends and family members.

On many occasions, they drop them into the ticket office in the final hours before the game. But not here. Mourinho told his men that any such issues had to be dealt with before they headed down to the Hilton Hotel, on the Friday.

Some players also enlist the services of a hairdresser to come to their rooms so they are looking at their best before they go before the cameras and their adoring public. This was permitted, on the proviso that any such visits had to take place before they arrived at the Hilton.

Nothing was left to chance. Which leads us to team selection, and what appears to have become two different versions of the same story.

Following the match, Mourinho told the press that Lukaku had declared himself unfit to start. However, earlier this week, the Belgium international said that while there was no rift, the decision to put him on the bench was his manager’s.

Lukaku had trained with the rest of the squad. He was in the starting XI which had been announced earlier in the week, and was expected to play.

However, on Thursday he went to see Mourinho to tell him that he could not start as he did not feel ready.

The manager asked him what he thought he could do and was told that the best he could hope for was to come off the bench for some minutes. While Mourinho may have picked the side, the decision over Lukaku’s input appears to have been taken out of his hands.

At half time, with Chelsea leading thanks to Eden Hazard’s penalty, there was no anger. Instead, Mourinho told his players that they would still go out and win the match. That it did not happen was not for want of planning.

A similar approach has been taken to what lies ahead. Mourinho knows that he has a huge year in front of him.

Officials are hopeful that they can conduct some of their transfer business early, with the first addition, Brazil midfielder Fred, likely to sign before the World Cup.

Work on targets, including the 25-year-old, has been ongoing for months. Successful or not as he prepares for another duel with his old rival across town, nothing will be left to chance.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5796133/The-story-Manchester-Uniteds-FA-Cup-final-defeat-Chelsea.html

De Futebol Chelsea beats Man U 1-0 to win the FA Cup!

Man U sleep walked their way to a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. Both the Red Devils and the Blues looked like neither wanted to be there.

The result was a mistake filled match that the Blues won on a PK in the 22nd minute when Phil Jones was forced to foul Eden Hazard in the box.

The Guardians Daniel Taylor:” If this turns out to be Antonio Conte’s final game as Chelsea manager – and who could really be surprised if they do part ways? – at least he has gone out on a high. For all the problems, the unending politics and the clear impression of a manager who knows his time is up, another trophy has been added to the collection. Last year, the Premier League, this season, the FA Cup; only at Chelsea, perhaps, could a manager with that return now be cut loose.

It is an eccentric twist bearing in mind Chelsea have just won the eighth FA Cup of their history, moving joint third with Tottenham on the all-time list. But this can be an unorthodox club, and who can possibly say the boom-and-bust policy does not work when Chelsea, on Roman Abramovich’s watch, have accumulated so much silverware? This was the 15th trophy of the Abramovich era – and that is not even using the José Mourinho tactic of counting Community Shields.

The Portuguese, in fairness, managed to get through a galling day for Manchester United without feeling it necessary to aim any gratuitous digs at his former club. Well, apart from saying it was undeserved and describing Chelsea’s tactics as “predictable”, namely by aiming the ball up to Olivier Giroud and hoping Eden Hazard could sprinkle some magic on the occasion.

Predictable but effective would have been a better way of putting it and unfortunately for Mourinho his own team had nobody to menace Chelsea in the way Hazard did Phil Jones and the rest of United’s defence. Jones, in particular, looked dizzied by the experience and Hazard, with the decisive first-half penalty, chose a good day to put in one of his more illuminating performances of the past year.

The same goes for Antonio Rüdiger as Chelsea defended with the stoutness that was reminiscent of Conte’s title-winning season. Gary Cahill has rediscovered his best form and, on this evidence, Chelsea’s captain might have overtaken Jones in the pecking order to start for England in the World Cup. Jones is too prone to these kind of accident-laden performances. He finished the game with a bandaged head and a sore hamstring but nothing will hurt as much as watching back the key moments, in the 21st minute, when Chelsea put themselves in a position of strength.

Jones’s first mistake was to back off as Cesc Fàbregas curled the ball into Hazard’s feet. The Belgian came forward, trying to make space for himself. His first touch left Jones stranded and United were vulnerable as soon as Hazard started picking up speed, running inside his marker before shaping to shoot inside the penalty area.

Conte was enraged that Jones avoided a red card for the flailing, desperate challenge that brought down Hazard. It was a clear penalty and the referee, Michael Oliver, was surrounded by Chelsea players wanting to know why Jones had not been sent off.

Conte still looked incensed even after Hazard had expertly rolled the penalty past David de Gea but it was the correct decision if the referee thought Jones had made a legitimate attempt to play the ball. In that case, the regulations state referees ought to show a yellow card, regardless of whether it denies a goalscoring opportunity.

After that, Chelsea had to withstand some concerted pressure, especially in the second half, when Conte’s side started to defend more deeply. A linesman’s flag denied Alexis Sánchez a close-range equaliser and Thibaut Courtois had a fine game. It would be an exaggeration, however, to depict United’s second-half improvement as a full-blown assault.

The width was generally provided by United’s full-backs, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia. Otherwise, it was a six-out-of-10 performance from the more advanced players and in the closing minutes, when an onslaught might have been expected, Chelsea were largely untroubled.

Romelu Lukaku could not make any difference when he replaced Marcus Rashford in the 73rd minute and Mourinho, reflecting on a season without silverware, seemed keen afterwards to clarify that United’s leading scorer had gone to him, rather than the other way round, to say he did not feel ready to start.

Rashford flickered only occasionally and it was a laboured performance from Sánchez, as it often has been since his defection from Arsenal. Hazard, on the other hand, always shimmered with menace when Chelsea looked to spring their opponents on the break.

The disappointment was the lack of refinement from the two teams that finished second and fifth in the Premier League, featuring some of the more celebrated players in English football’s top division. The game hotted up in the final half an hour but, Hazard apart, it lacked any real sophistication and always had the feel of a papering‑over‑the‑cracks final. United finished 19 points behind Manchester City in the league, with Chelsea 30 adrift of the top, and nobody could have left Wembley thinking that the gulf felt like a deception.

Ultimately, though, it finished with Hazard swigging from a bottle of champagne, a blizzard of ticker tape fluttering at the Chelsea end and Blue is the Colour being pumped out as the trophy was passed down the line of victorious players. Afterwards, there were all the usual questions for Conte about whether he will be leaving. If he does, there is one clear certainty – they cannot allow Hazard to follow.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/19/chelsea-manchester-united-fa-cup-match-report

De Futebol Man U wins!

Man U minus some key players shutout Watford 1-0.

EPL Match Report:” Marcus Rashford scored the only goal as Manchester United ended the season with victory over Watford at Old Trafford.

There was a guard of honour at the start of the match for Michael Carrick, on his final Premier League appearance, and the 36-year-old orchestrated his side’s goal.

Carrick picked out Juan Mata with a 40-yard pass and the Spaniard squared the ball for Rashford to score his seventh PL goal of the season, rolling into an empty net on 34 minutes.

Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu came close on the stroke of half-time and Richarlison’s header was well saved by Sergio Romero, starting in place of Golden Glove winner David De Gea.

Despite the best efforts of Roberto Pereyra, who shot wide, and Abdoulaye Doucoure, whose header was saved late on, United held on.

Their 25th win of the campaign leaves United second with 81 points. Watford finish 14th with 41.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22716

De Futebol Liverpool wins!

Liverpool showed why these cats can be very dangerous club in a 4-0 shellacking of Brighton and Hove Albion.

EPL Match Report:” Mohamed Salah made Premier League history as Liverpool secured fourth place with a 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Salah set a record for most goals scored by one player in a 38-match season as the Reds ended 2017/18 unbeaten at Anfield.

The EA SPORTS Player of the season broke the deadlock on 26 minutes with his 32nd goal of a superb campaign.

Dejan Lovren doubled Liverpool’s lead when he headed in Andrew Robertson’s cross just before half-time.

Salah then turned provider by passing for Dominic Solanke to net for the first time in the competition, before Robertson made it 4-0 late on.

In finishing fourth Liverpool qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League ahead of their final in that competition in two weeks’ time”
https://www.premierleague.com/match/22715

De Futebol Arsene Wenger is sent out a winner!

My guys from Arsenal send out Arsene Wenger a winner a 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

EPL Match Report:” Arsene Wenger’s final match in charge of Arsenal ended with victory as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal earned a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town.

The hosts twice came close through Tom Ince, who fired high and then wide in the opening 15 minutes.

Arsenal struck on 38 minutes when an intricate move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey teed up Aubameyang to convert from close range.

On his 13th appearance the January signing became the Arsenal player to reach 10 Premier League goals in the fewest number of matches.

Lacazette’s chip and Danny Welbeck’s effort were both saved by Jonas Lossl, while Aaron Mooy hit the bar at the other end on 88 minutes.

Arsenal held on for their first away win in 2018 and the 476th and final victory of Wenger’s 22-year reign as manager.

They finish the campaign in sixth place, on 63 points. Town finish in 16th on 37 points.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22714

De Futebol The season is Over!

It’s all over but the shouting in the EPL. The EPL season is over

Shitty defeated Southampton 1-0.

Man U edged Watford 1-0.

Arsenal defeated Huddersfield 1-0.

Bournemouth got by Burnley 2-1.

Crystal Palace shutout West Brom 2-0.

In a shootout Tottenham outscored Leicester City 5-4.

Stoke City blew up Swansea City 2-1.

West Ham destroyed Everton 3-1.

Liverpool clobbered Bright and Hove Albion 4-0.

The shocker of the day Toons massacred Chelsea 3-0. The Blues had a chance to earn the final Champions League however Newcastle ended this real quick coupled with the Reds superior firepower win over the Seagulls killed Chelsea’s hopes of making it.

Voce vai are West Brom, Stoke City and Swansea City.

Man Shitty is king with 100 points.

Man U is second with 81 points.

Spurs are third with 77 points.

Liverpool is fourth with 75 points.

Chelsea is fifth with 70 points.

Man Shitty and Man U have the two automatic bids to the Champions League while Tottenham and Liverpool have made to the play on round of the Champions League.

De Futebol Man U tied West Ham! The Red Devils are second!

Man U secured second place in the EPL with nil-nil tie with West Ham at the Hammers house.

The guys have 78 points.

EPL Match Report:” Manchester United will finish as runners-up to Manchester City after West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian limited them to a goalless draw at London Stadium.

The Red Devils are four points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, in third, after the stalemate in their penultimate match of the Premier League campaign.

It was also the 18th clean sheet of the season for Man Utd’s David De Gea, earning him the Golden Glove award, but it was his opposite number who was the busier ‘keeper on the night.

Adrian produced several saves in a fine first-half display, superbly palming away an Alexis Sanchez strike before he diverted Luke Shaw’s follow-up on to the post.

After the break, Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling headed wide from close range, while Marko Arnautovic missed the target with a volley.

The result leaves West Ham in 15th on 39 points, only two points adrift of Newcastle United in 10th.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22651

De Futebol Spurs win!The Terriers are safe. The Blues are still alive for a Champions League Spot!

My guys from Arsenal are limping out of the season. My Gunners lost to Leicester City 3-1 at the Foxes house.

EPL Match Report on the Arsenal stink job:” Second-half goals by Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez helped Leicester City overcome Arsenal 3-1 for their first Premier League victory over the Gunners since 1994.

Leicester took the lead at King Power Stadium when Kelechi Iheanacho scored his second league goal of the season on 14 minutes.

A minute later Kostantinos Mavropanos was sent off for the visitors after bringing down Iheanacho.

Sead Kolasinac hit the post after the break for Arsenal but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled on the rebound after his initial effort had been saved.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan then fouled Demarai Gray in the area, enabling Vardy to record his sixth goal in as many PL matches against Arsenal, from the spot. Mahrez added a last-minute third.

Leicester are ninth on 47 points, while Arsenal’s seventh successive away PL defeat leaves them sixth on 60 points heading into the final day.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22645

Chelsea kept their hopes alive with one all draw against Huddersfield. The Terriers took the lead in the 50th minute when Laurent Depoitre found the bulls eye.

The Blues Marcos Alonso equalizer in the 62nd minute kept  them two points Liverpool for the final Champions League spot.

Huddersfield with the tie at Stamford Bridge have assured their spot in the next years EPL. The Terriers are in sixteenth place with 37 points.

Swansea City is sent packing.

Harry Kane’s match winner in the 50th minute secured Tottenham’s spot in the Champions League.

Spurs defeated Newcastle 2-1.

The Spurs win dropped Liverpool to fourth place with 72 points. Tottenham is third with 74 points. Chelsea is fifth with 70 points.

Man Shitty had little trouble with Brighton and Hove Albion winning 3-1.

Man U West Ham battle later today at the Hammers house.

The Red Devils have already wrapped a Champions League spot.

A win would insure the guys of a second-place finish.

De Futebol Southampton wins! West Brom you’re outta here!

Southampton defeated Swansea City 1-0. The Saints win sends West Brom packing.

EPL Match Report:” Southampton took a huge stride towards Premier League safety with a 1-0 win at relegation rivals Swansea City.

Manolo Gabbiadini scored a 72nd-minute winner to lift Saints three points above the bottom three and with a superior goal difference to 18th-placed Swansea.

The hosts made the better start at Liberty Stadium but it was not until the 47th minute that Jordan Ayew forced a diving stop from Alex McCarthy.

The best chances fell to Charlie Austin, who was denied on four separate occasions by Lukasz Fabianski before Saints struck.

Shortly after coming on for defender Jan Bednarek, substitute Gabbiadini pounced on the rebound of a fifth saved Austin shot to take Mark Hughes’s side up to 16th.

The result also means West Bromwich Albion, in 19th, are relegated.

Huddersfield Town drop to 17th but can secure their PL status if they avoid defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday night.”

https://www.premierleague.com/news/682963