De Futebol Wolves and West Ham Win

Wolverhampton defeated Burnley 3- 1.

The EPL Match Report Raul Jimenez scored the only goal as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Burnley 1-0 for their first home victory of the Premier League season.

Wolves had 30 shots as Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart made a number of impressive saves to keep the scores level. James Tarkowski was also forced to clear off the line.

The home side opened the scoring on 61 minutes when Matt Doherty burst into the right side of the penalty area and crossed for Jimenez (pictured) to finish via the left postSubstitute Matej Vydra created the visitors’ best chance, but his volleyed cross was narrowly missed by Jack Cork.

Wolves move up to ninth with eight points, following an unbeaten start at Molineux this term, while Burnley are 19th with one point.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38357

West Ham defeated Everton 3-1.

The EPL Match Report:” Two goals from Andriy Yarmolenko earned West Ham United their first points of the season with a 3-1 victory at Everton.

The Ukrainian opened the scoring on 11 minutes, converting Marko Arnautovic’s square pass after the Austrian had been put through.

Twenty minutes later, Yarmolenko had his second, a curling strike from outside the penalty area.

Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Everton hope just before half-time when he headed in Jonjoe Kenny’s cross.

But, on 61 minutes, Arnautovic restored West Ham’s two-goal lead after a one-two with Pedro Obiang.

The closest Everton came to a response was when Oumar Niasse hit the bar as West Ham rose to 16th place

https://www.premierleague.com/home

Man U wins two Straight!

Man U jumped out to a two nil lead only to hang on at the end to defeat Watford at the Hornets house 2-1.

The guys have won two straight matches.

The Red Devils are in eighth place with nine points.

EPL Match Report:” Two goals in four first-half minutes earned Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Romelu Lukaku gave United the lead, finding himself in the right place to convert Ashley Young’s cross with his midriff 35 minutes in.

Chris Smalling then hooked Marouane Fellaini’s knockdown past Ben Foster to double the visitors’ lead.

Watford pushed on in the second half and Andre Gray halved the deficit with 25 minutes to go, arriving late to power home Abdoulaye Doucoure’s cross.

Nemanja Matic was shown a red card in the third minute of stoppage time for a second bookable offence.

In a tense finale David De Gea made an outstanding to deny Christian Kabasele’s header.

United held on to end Watford’s four-match winning run and move up to eighth with nine points. The Hornets are fourth with four wins from five.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38356

Chelsea wins! The Blues are Top Dog. Shitty wins! Arsenal wins!

After a scoreless first half my Gunners put this puppy to bed with two goals in a minute span of the second half at Toons house St. James Park to defeat Newcastle 2-1.

EPL Match Report on the guys win;” Second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Jacob Murphy had the best chance of the first half, but his header was saved by the outstretched Peter Cech.

Xhaka opened the scoring four minutes after the restart, curling a 25-yard free-kick into the top-right corner.

Their lead was doubled nine minutes later, Ozil reacting quickest to the loose ball after Alexandre Lacazette’s shot had been blocked.

Substitute Ciaran Clark scored a consolation header one minute into stoppage time, but Arsenal held on for the three points.

The result means Newcastle are third from bottom with one point. The Gunners rise to seventh on nine. “

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38353

Chelsea jumped all over Cardiff City winning a blowout city special 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are now in first place over Liverpool on goal difference. Both have 15 points however Chelsea is a plus ten while the Reds are a plus nine.

Man Shitty took care of business with a blowout 3-0 win over Fulham at Shitty’s house. Shitty is third with twelve points.

Bournemouth had their way Leicester City 4-2.

Crystal Palace defeated Huddersfield 1-0.

De Futebol Liverpool Stays perfect with a 2-1 win over Spurs!

Liverpool is five for five.  The Reds won a thrilling 2-1 win over Tottenham at Spurs home away from home Wembley.

The score is closer than the match really was. Liverpool was in control and totally dominated Tottenham.

EPL Match Report: Liverpool’s perfect start to the new season has continued with a 2-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

The visitors began strongly and they thought they had taken the lead in the opening minute but Roberto Firmino’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Liverpool finally made the breakthrough six minutes before the break when Georginio Wijnaldum’s header just crossed the line for his first away Premier League goal.

Lucas Moura struck the post for Spurs before Liverpool added a second on 54 minutes when Firmino tapped in from close range.

Erik Lamela scored a stoppage-time consolation as Liverpool move to 15 points, three ahead of Chelsea and Watford, who play later on Saturday, while Spurs are fifth with nine points.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38355

Why is David De Gea So Good for Man U and Below par for Spain?

The Guardians Jonathan Wilson asked this question Why is David De Gea so good for Man U and so hot for Spain?

Let’s look inside what Wilson has to tell us. “David de Gea has been named in the PFA team of the year in five of the past six seasons. He has been Manchester United’s player of the year in four of the past five seasons. Last December, in Manchester United’s win at Arsenal, he equalled the Premier League record of 14 saves in a game. He is, by any measure, an exceptional goalkeeper, perhaps the best in the world. And yet De Gea’s position in the Spain starting lineup is far from certain after a run of indifferent form for the national side, the peak of which saw him allow a Cristiano Ronaldo shot to squirm under his body during Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal at the World Cup.

All goalkeepers make mistakes, of course, and the nature of the position means theirs tend to be remembered rather more distinctly than those of outfielders. But this was part of a pattern. De Gea does not play as well for Spain as he does for United. Trying to work out why that may be perhaps explains some of United’s difficulties under José Mourinho.

There is one aspect of the game in which De Gea does not excel. His pass completion rate this season is 50%. Last season it was 57.5%. That is not terrible for a goalkeeper but it is not great. Ederson, for instance, was at 85.3% last season. Of course, Manchester City play a very different game to Manchester United. If Ederson went to United his score would drop and if De Gea went to City his score would rise. But even under Louis van Gaal, when there was an onus on playing out from the back, De Gea’s pass completion rate was only 60.7%. De Gea has brilliant reflexes and great positional sense but he is not especially comfortable with the ball at his feet.

That is not necessarily a problem, so long as the preferred style of the team and the goalkeeper are aligned. For an example of what can happen when they are not, you need only look at Petr Cech’s struggles at Arsenal this season.

Or take Cameroon in the late 80s, when they were blessed with arguably the two greatest goalkeepers in African history, Thomas N’Kono and Joseph-Antoine Bell. N’Kono liked to sit deep. He was a reactive goalkeeper who was noted, like De Gea, for his reflexes and his positional sense. Bell, by contrast, would regularly leave his box to sweep up behind the defensive line. Cameroon’s hierarchy could never quite decide between them, with the result that the defence would play with one style of goalkeeper in one game and a very different style in the next.

Bell blames Cameroon’s exit to England in the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup, when N’Kono played, on that deficiency. “If I’m not there and they move up then the through ball is really dangerous,” he explained. “You could see the way we were playing was not always quite the same. Players would go up if they knew they had somebody who could cover behind. But you have to have a coach who understands. It was not something we were always able to plan because sometimes you didn’t have a coach who could make a difference.” England’s equaliser and winner in that game came from penalties awarded after Gary Lineker had been fouled running on to through balls – exactly the sort of passes Bell’s style of proactive goalkeeping was designed to cut out.

Could that lie behind De Gea’s lack of international form? It is never wise to be too definitive about aspects of psychology but Spain play in a different way to United. They might not press quite like a Pep Guardiola team but they play with a much higher line than a Mourinho side. Even if De Gea is capable of playing like that, it requires an adjustment, and it seems reasonable to wonder whether that process unsettles him.

Equally, Mourinho’s options at United are restricted. It would be a major change of policy for him to press high (although there were times at Porto when he did), and there has been no consistency of defensive selection at all over his two and a bit seasons in charge, but the presence of De Gea – and his excellence as a goalkeeper – means there is barely the option for even a slight tweak.

A defence sitting deep, in turn, means the midfield has to remain relatively deep if dangerous spaces are not to open up between the lines – which in part explains Paul Pogba’s frustrations. He has to be disciplined because there is no defence squeezing up – as there was, for instance, at Juventus, particularly under Antonio Conte – to fill the space behind him. And that deep-lying midfield in turn, explains why United are so often forced to play long and why, on a bad day, Romelu Lukaku can seem isolated.

The question is sometimes asked what would have happened if, in the summer of 2016, Guardiola had taken charge of United and Mourinho City. De Gea, it seems a fairly safe bet, would have been a Real Madrid player by now. A goalkeeper is never only a keeper of goals.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/sep/07/david-de-gea-manchester-united-spain-goalkeeper

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.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38339

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.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38340

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.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/38344

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?

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/28/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-problems-premier-league-paul-pogba