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Premier League Gameweek 6 Review

All the Premier League big boys proved big winners.

Proof of just how much money counts in football.

Manchester City thumped Crystal Palace 5-0 and Chelsea put four on Stoke away without reply.

Also victories for Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.

For City, the goals were spread around with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling (2), Sergio Aguero and forgotten man Fabian Delph.

And the records keep falling.

This was Manchester City’s best goal return after six league games (21).

They are the first side to score 5+ goals in three consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn did so in 1958-59.

Meanwhile Palace became the first team in English Football League history to start a season with six defeats and no goals.

A terrific hat-trick from Alvaro Morata helped champions Chelsea to an easy win over a depleted Stoke City missing five centre backs.

Pedro got the other.

Morata, a £60 million signing from Real Madrid, has now scored six league goals this season.

With Diego Costa finally off to Atletico Madrid after his fall-out with manager Antonio Conte, it was proof that Chelsea remain a very, very good side, Costa or no Costa.

Liverpool did their best to throw it away at Leicester but managed to grab all three points with a 3-2 win.

Philippe Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then swept a great free-kick into the net.

At that point the game started swinging wildly.

Shinji Okazaki poked home from close range, Jordan Henderson capitalised on a Liverpool counter attack to make it 3-1 but Jamie Vardy got another back, heading into an empty net after Simon Mignolet pushed Demarai Gray’s shot into his path.

Vardy then earned a penalty when he was brought down by Mignolet, but the Belgian kept out the England striker’s spot-kick.

The stopper has saved seven of the 15 Premier League penalties he’s faced; more than any other keeper.

Romelu Lukaku was the man who mattered as Manchester United edged a tough contest at Southampton 1-0.

But a stuffy Saints made it hard, so hard in fact that United ended the match with six defenders on the pitch and manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands.

Old story for Southampton – simply could not score.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: “We did well, we played a good game but you have to score goals.

“We gave everything but one action changed the game. It is the most difficult thing in modern football to score.”

In contrast Harry Kane finds it easy, notching a double as 10-man Tottenham hung on to beat West Ham 3=2.

Christian Eriksen fired home the third.

Yet from there the fightback began.

Former Man Utd forward Javier Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range.

Then Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll.

West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku.

But the Hammers couldn’t manage an equaliser.

Premier League Gameweek 5 Review

It’s all Manchester at the top of the Premier League.

United thrashed Everton 4-0 while City hit Watford for six without reply.

United and City have an identical record, both on 13 points after five games.

At Old Trafford, it was a tale of two old boys.

Romelu Lukaku, who left Everton to join United for £75 million in July, scored against his former employers while Wayne Rooney, back at his boyhood love after a distinguished career at United, drew a blank.

Antonio Valencia smashed a shot past Jordan Pickford from 25 yards to put Jose Mourinho’s side into an early lead.

Then, late on, Everton got the old 1-2-3 treatment.

Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home before the Belgium striker bundled in the third himself at the far post, and substitute Anthony Martial added a stoppage-time penalty.

Confirmation that United are going to be right up there after failing to challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down.

But for Everton another big setback after a summer spending spree which is yet to pay off.

The Toffees have not scored a goal in any of four successive defeats in all competitions. They currently lie in the relegation places, third from bottom.

Manchester City’s imperious form continues – inflicting the home side’s heaviest ever top flight defeat.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and there were goals from Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and a Raheem Sterling penalty.

That sent Pep Guardiola’s men top and pundits who tipped them for the title must already be savouring cleaning up.

It was sublime football, another clean sheet and Watford had no answer to it.

An excellent few days coming on the back of a 4-0 win at Feyenoord in the Champions League.

“It was so good,” said Pep. “The way we played as a team, we are so happy.

“I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game.”

Was this the same Arsenal? Surely not.

A team full of steel and discipline as well as attacking intent … yes, it was the very same Emirates side who sometimes look as if they have never met each other.

Held Chelsea 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and probably had the best of the chances.

Aaron Ramsey struck a post and Alexandre Lacazette fired the rebound over an open goal.

Indeed, so frustrated the home team that David Luiz was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Kolasinac late on.

Liverpool’s Achilles Heel emerged yet again – no, defensive frailty is taken for granted, but an inability to beat so-called lesser teams.

Held 1-1 by Burnley at Anfield.

Had it been a boxing match it would have been stopped by half-time, so dominant were the home side.

The Reds racked up 35 efforts at goal to the Clarets’ five, but could have lost had Joel Matip not cleared Ben Mee’s free header off the line late on.

Burnley went ahead through Scott Arfield. Mohamed Salah equalised.

Former Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke’s instinctive side-foot volley against the bar was as close as Liverpool came to a winner.

Premier League Gameweek 4 Review

It is hard enough to play multi-millionaires Manchester City at the Etihad with 11 men on the pitch never mind 10.

So Liverpool found it tough, would most probably have been beaten however well they played, but, given a lacklustre performance, City smacked five past them.

Liverpool were already trailing to Sergio Aguero’s cool finish when Sadio Mane was sent off eight minutes before half-time for a high challenge on Ederson that left City’s keeper requiring lengthy treatment before being replaced by Claudio Bravo.

Gabriel Jesus made it two, Aguero set up Jesus for his second after the break before substitute Leroy Sane added a late brace.

Under pressure  Arsenal, after defeats to Stoke and Liverpool, got the show back on the road, beating Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates.

The visitors are yet to register a point after a fourth successive defeat.

Danny Welbeck headed the Gunners in front after six minutes, record signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled the lead before Welbeck added a third just after half-time.

It was comfortable for Arsenal and Bournemouth already look like they are in a relegation battle.

As per usual, Harry Kane failed to score in August.

As per usual he is up and running in September, notching two as Tottenham secured a comprehensive 3-0 away win at Everton.

Kane got lucky for the first, his 100th Premier League goal, as an attempted cross from the right looped over home keeper Jordan Pickford.

Christian Eriksen scored Spurs’ second from close range before Kane sealed the game with a neat finish immediately after the break.

For Everton, it could have been even worse and follows their loss at Chelsea in their previous game.

They aspire to be a top-four side, but, despite a summer of heavy spending in the transfer market, are still to make that step up.

Tottenham, however, who have been right there challenging for the last two seasons, will hope that this time they can reach the mountain top.

Chelsea march on, winning 2-1 at Leicester and in the process sending out a message that the Champions are intent on retaining their crown.

Alvaro Morata nodded in before half-time and N’Golo Kante made it two, declining to celebrate out of respect to his old club.

Jamie Vardy got one back from the penalty spot but Leicester couldn’t find an equaliser.

Stoke are immensely strong at home and managed to thwart yet another big name visitor.

It ended 2-2 as Manchester United’s 100 per cent start to the season came to an end.

For Stoke, new signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting struck twice.

Marcus Rashford got lucky, scoring with a fluke, and Romelu Lukaku netted another.

Champions League Group Stage Preview 2017/18

The 2017/18 Champions League campaign kicks off on Tuesday with the whole of Europe waiting in anticipation. For every football fan the Champions League theme tune is a sound that sends shivers down your spine.

In this article we will assess the chances of success for each of the Premier League teams involved… but can anyone de-throne Zidane’s Real Madrid?

Chelsea

Champions Chelsea will be expected to have a strong campaign. They have one of the best records by English teams over the last decade and of course won the coveted trophy in 2012. Conte has strengthened his squad over the summer to handle the amount of games they play this season. The likes of Alvaro Morata, Danny Drinkwater, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta will add much needed depth to the squad.

The Blue’s group consists of Spanish heavy-weights Atletico Madrid, Roma and Champions League debutants Qarabag. It will be tough but Chelsea have more than enough quality to qualify from this group and will be hoping for top spot.

Liverpool

Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2014 and will be hoping for a strong campaign. Klopp knows his job is not finished by only qualifying, Liverpool fans will want the team to progress to the later rounds. The Reds finished 4th in the Premier League last season thanks to their devastating forward line. The likes of Coutinho, Firmino, Salah and Mane will all need to be on top form for Liverpool to compete against Europe’s elite.

The Red’s group is made up of Sevilla, Maribor and Spartak Moscow. They will be expected to not only qualify but to take top spot in the group.

Man United

After winning the Europa League last season Manchester United are back where they belong in Europe’s elite competition. Despite a disappointing Premier League campaign United still enjoyed a lot of success in the cup competitions winning the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League. With world-class talents like Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, David De Gea & Zlatan Ibrahimovic United could be dark-horses this season.

The Red Devil’s group consists of Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moskva… anything less than 1st place will be seen as failure for Mourinho.

Man City

Manchester City’s owners have not hidden their desire to win the Champions League and have put their money where their mouth is. Pep Guardiola has been given over £220m to spend on players and has recruited Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Ederson, Danilo and Bernardo Silva. City finished 3rd in the Premier League last season, despite it being a disappointing campaign Pep will be much more experienced this season and most importantly will have his own squad.

Manchester City’s group is made up of Dutch champions Feyenoord, Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli. City are favourites to top their group but could face some difficult away days in Holland, Ukraine and Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the Champions League by finishing second in the Premier League after an impressive campaign. Golden Boot winner Harry Kane was the star man for Spurs as they made a challenge for the title. The London side left it until late with their summer transfer business but still managed to add star quality to their squad with Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente and Davinson Sanchez all coming in.

Tottenham have the hardest draw in this year’s competition after being drawn with current holders Real Madrid, German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.

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The Best Deadline Day Deals

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Yesterday’s transfer deadline day proved to be anything but dull as England’s top-flight clubs once again opened their plush cheque books at the eleventh hour in a bid to make one final, stellar signing. The day saw Premier League spending top £210 million thanks to a flurry of late deals, despite a number of high-profile moves failing to materialise.

With top-flight club’s total summer outlay reaching an astronomical £1.4 billion, a new record figure, we take a look at the top deadline day dealings at some of the league’s high fliers.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal to Liverpool – £35 million

The England International could appear to represent a shrewd piece of business for Jurgen Klopp’s flourishing Liverpool side. Having initially rejected Chelsea’s advances, with a fee being agreed in principle, the former Southampton man opted for Merseyside as he looks ahead to cementing his place in a more centralised attacking position.

The 24 year old made an impressive 198 appearances for Arsenal following his £12 million move from the Saints, and his positive influence on the pitch was undoubtedly clear for all to see. His pace, power and attacking flair made him a defender’s nightmare on many occasions and Arsenal fans will surely be ruing his late exit. Time will tell though on whether Chamberlain will force his way into Liverpool’s central trio and the England man may find himself relying on his ability to stay patient. The current midfield partnership of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum looks to be a relentless force at the moment, with all three starring against Arsenal and in the fabulous Champions League play-off victory.

That being said, the former Gunner will undoubtedly add a valuable layer of creativity to Klopp’s thriving midfield contingent and the Anfield faithful can certainly be optimistic about this deadline day deal.

Danny Drinkwater: Leicester City to Chelsea – £35 million

Drama at the eleventh hour saw reigning champions Chelsea add to their splendid midfield collection with Leicester City man Danny Drinkwater becoming the latest star recruit. The England International, who signed for the Foxes in 2012, enjoyed the highlight of his career in 2016 as his spirited Leicester team lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history, a tremendous feat which astonished the footballing world. It became the fairy tale on the lips of every avid sports fan, and a story in which midfield maestro Drinkwater played a pivotal role.

The 27 year-old fashioned a formidable partnership with former Fox, N’golo Kante, also now of Chelsea, as they dispatched sides with ease to romp to the Premier League title in 2016. Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, will be eager to see the fascinating partnership revitalised as he looks to win his second successive league trophy this year. In Drinkwater, Blues fans can expect a dogged performer whose superb vision and passing capabilities surpass many of the league’s top-drawer players. It is certainly a signing that will give Chelsea fans added confidence ahead of the enthralling season.

Serge Aurier: PSG to Tottenham Hotspur – £23 million

Following the lucrative sale of Kyle Walker to rivals, Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino became eager to find an impressive, attacking minded right back to fill the void. It was found in the form of Paris Saint Germain defender, Serge Aurier, an Ivory Coast International and devastating attacking outlet. The Ivorian possesses outstanding speed, stamina and is also a diligent defender, but his contribution at the other end of the pitch is what will leave Spurs’ fans drooling.

The 24 year old has a profound talent for creating chances in the opposition half and his impressive six goals and six assists in his final season at Toulouse, before his consequential move to PSG, demonstrates just how effective he can be in the final third. Whilst Tottenham Hotspur fans may still be licking their wounds after the reluctant sale of Kyle Walker, they certainly have much to look forward to with new man Aurier.

Fernando Llorente: Swansea to Tottenham Hotspur – £12 million

Paying out £12 million for a 32 year old may be viewed as a gamble by some Spurs fans, but the towering Spaniard will undoubtedly view age as just a number, especially when considering his impressive 15 goal tally in the Premier League last season. Llorente’s qualities and track record suggest that he could provide a significant threat that differs greatly to those in the squad.

With main man Harry Kane likely to dominate proceedings with regards to team selection, the 6ft 5in striker could potentially act as Spurs’ archetypal plan B.  Having scored 3 goals in 5 substitute appearances for Swansea last year, the Spanish International has demonstrated the devastating late impact he can have against tiring opposition. After coming off the bench against Crystal Palace in December, he inspired an emphatic late turnaround at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea snatched a last-gasp 5-4 victory in stoppage time, with Llorente scoring twice. The Spaniard certainly represents a fantastic alternative for any coach, which is why Antonio Conte has been left frustrated on missing out on him – the Chelsea manager enjoyed a successful stint with the striker at Juventus and is thus fully aware of his valuable strengths.

Mamadou Sakho: Liverpool to Crystal Palace – £26 million

Palace fans will be delighted to see the colossal Frenchman make a return to Selhurst Park. The 27 year old made a remarkable impact whilst on loan with the Eagles last season, and they have remained persistent on retaining his services throughout the summer. His immensely impressive loan stint saw him nominated for Palace’s Player of the Year award despite him only making eight appearances on his arrival. It is sentiment to how swiftly the French International ingratiated himself with the Palace faithful and it provides clear justification for why owner, Steve Parish, was so keen to acquire him.

Standing at 6ft 2in, the former Liverpool man represents a towering aerial presence and defensive stronghold. A partnership with the esteemed Scott Dann could give the Eagles a sturdy platform from which to build on and Palace fans can certainly take great optimism as they look to the future.

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Premier League Review: Match Week 3

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AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester City snatched all three points in a dramatic finale at the Vitality Stadium, as Raheem Sterling’s deflected effort looped over a helpless Asmir Begovic, to compound hosts, Bournemouth, to a harrowing league defeat. The goal triggered tumultuous celebration from scorer, Sterling, who received a controversial second yellow card after running to greet the raucous away following in the stands. The game signified City’s second win of the campaign, whilst it was a third successive defeat for Bournemouth.

Keen to atone for their two opening league losses, the hosts had begun the game the brighter of the two, and optimism was surely heightened when a stunning Charlie Daniels’ strike rocketed into the roof of the net on the 13 minute mark, giving the Cherries an emphatic lead. Sky Blues’ hitman, Gabriel Jesus, was on hand, however, to level proceedings just 8 minutes later with a well taken finish from close range. The drama came just as the points looked to be shared; Sterling was on hand to lash the ball into the net, sparking wild City celebrations at the death.

Watford 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League newcomers, Brighton, earned the first top-flight point in history as they held a fiery 10-man Watford side at Vicarage Road. Uruguayan defender, Miguel Britos, was shown an irrefutable red card after committing a reckless challenge on Seagulls’ winger, Anthony Knockaert, who was lucky enough to escape without an injury.

From then, it became an uphill struggle for the hosts, and visitors, Brighton, boasted the best chances with efforts from the industrious Knockaert and Tomer Hemed, both ricocheting off the post. But Watford remained spirited in the face of adversity and showed the strength and resilience necessary to grind out a result.

Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City

Super-subs, Marcos Rashford and Marouane Fellaini, were both on target as Manchester United overcame a stubborn Leicester side to maintain their impressive 100% start to the Premier League season. Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils had been persistent throughout as they looked to unhinge Leicester unwavering back-line, and fans thought they’d got their reward when Michael Oliver pointed to the penalty spot after a seemingly deliberate handball from Leicester’s Danny Simpson in the Foxes’ box.

Romelu Lukaku stepped up as he looked to take his tally to four for the season, but the diligent Kasper Schmeichel was on hand to parry to away his effort, triggering tumultuous celebrations from the travelling faithful. The visitors succumbed to the host’s pressure, however, and a smart finish from Rashford following a corner, gave Jose Mourinho’s side a deserved lead. Defensive frailties began to show as the Foxes went in desperate search of an elusive equaliser, and United exploited the cracks again as Fellaini prodded home a goal-bound effort from wide-man Jesse Lingard. It was job done for Mourinho’s men, who currently sit at the top of the table as we enter the International Break.

 Chelsea 2-0 Everton

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea produced a commanding performance to beat Merseyside rivals, Everton, at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas broke the deadlock within the first half hour with a calmly taken finish following a creative set-piece. And after marquee signing, Alvaro Morata, added a second with a thumping header on the 40 minute mark, the hosts looked to be well out of sight of their faltering opponents.

The visitors did not in fact register a sight of goal until play resumed in the second half, with summer signing, Sandro Ramirez, dragging a scuffed effort wide of the mark after a defensive error from Cesar Azpilicueta. It could have been more for Chelsea, with efforts from Victor Moses and Pedro both coming close to increasing the score line. The game ended in disappointment for Ronald Koeman’s Everton with the Toffees now having to win in their past 23 matches at Stamford Bridge. For Chelsea it was business as usual and the Blues look now to look gather momentum as they challenge for their second successive title.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Stoke City

West Bromwich Albion’s perfect start to the season was tarnished by a terrible defensive blunder as Mark Hughes’ Stoke came from behind to snatch a late point at The Hawthorns. The Baggies, who had boasted a 100% record in the league prior to the game, had looked on course to join Manchester United at the top of the league with an impressive 9 points, but a moment of madness between Baggies’ defender Ahmed Hegazi and keeper Ben Foster allowed Peter Crouch to gratefully head the ball into an empty net.

Despite a calamitous finale, Baggies fans will certainly have much cause for optimism, especially with summer signing, Jay Rodriguez, making a long lasting impression on his home debut. The former Southampton man opened his account in fine style with wonderfully taken header that soared past Potters’ keeper, Jack Butland. In Rodriguez, West Brom may have found a very consistent goal scorer, and fans will be keen for the one time England International to prove his mettle in the coming months.

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal

Reds fans were treated to an attacking masterclass at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool produced a dazzling performance to dispatch a lacklustre Arsenal side with consummate ease. The hosts were in cruise control from the offset, and an opening headed goal from Roberto Firminho in the 17th minute appeared only to be a snapshot of what was to come.

A devastating attacking trio of Messrs Mane, Firminho and Salah terrorised a poorly organised Arsenal side throughout the match and goals appeared inevitable whenever the hosts surged forward. Sadio Mane made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time after Liverpool executed a phenomenal counter-attacking move following an Arsenal corner to leave Gunners’ defenders utterly bewildered. Mohammed Salah added to the tally shortly after the interval after breaking away with the ball on the half way line to calmly slot past a hapless Petr Cech. And the hosts heaped even more misery on the weary visitors when Daniel Sturridge headed home from an exquisite Salah cross. It was certainly a day to forget for Arsenal fans, whose side lacked resilience and cutting-edge; conversely it was a memory to cherish for the Liverpool faithful who are beginning to look like genuine title contenders.

 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Burnley

Burnley new boy, Chris Wood, scored an emphatic injury-time equaliser to frustrate Tottenham Hotspur once again as they continue their search for a first home league win at Wembley.  Spurs had looked calm and composed throughout the affair and had looked on course for victory after Dele Alli stroked home a fine finish from close range to give the hosts a deserved lead. Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane came close to doubling the lead but saw a shot well saved by promising England International, Tom Heaton.

For all Spurs’ possession however, Burnley were not to be beaten, and a superb pass from winger Robbie Brady, set £15 million signing Wood up to direct a smart finish into the bottom right hand corner past the desperate clutches of keeper, Hugo Lloris. Spurs are still awaiting Premier League victory at the national stadium, and with their rivals already beginning to gather pace, they must learn to become more far more ruthless in the final third.

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Liverpool Secure Champions League Group Spot

It became an occasion to savour last night for Liverpool fans up and down the land as their scintillating Reds secured a spot in the coveted Champions League Group Stages for the first time in three years, restoring their rightful place amongst the European elite. Jurgen Klopp’s men were at their brilliant best from the start, producing a magnificent attacking display to stun play-off hopefuls, Hoffenheim 4-2, with three goals in the opening twenty minutes to send the bellowing Anfield faithful into overdrive.

Having held a narrow 2-1 advantage from the opening leg in Germany, Liverpool were keen to assert their dominance swiftly in front of a raucous home crowd, and it wasn’t long before their devastating attacking trio began to unsettle the visitors. Liverpool were again without their treasured talisman, Philippe Coutinho, who was unavailable through illness but it proved immaterial with Messrs Mane, Firmino and Salah providing a dazzling display throughout to put the hosts in complete control of the tie.

And it took only 10 minutes for the Reds to break the deadlock with midfield maestro, Emre Can, slotting home a deflected effort from close-range after an intricate back-heel pass from the pervasive Sadio Mane found the German in space.

Liverpool continued to flood forward with purpose, and the hosts quickly added a second when superb summer signing, Mohammed Salah, reacted quickest to a fortunate rebound to head past a hapless Oliver Baumann.

Relentless in their pursuit of the all-important Champions League spot, Jurgen Klopp’s men refused to sit back, having already raced into a two goal lead. The Reds added a fantastic third on the 21 minute mark, courtesy of the industrious Can, who stroked home after some splendid work from Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian playmaker, who spent four years at Hoffenheim, had started the move from within his own half, trading passes with Mane before surging down the left hand side to deliver an effortless cross to meet his German counterpart, triggering an ecstatic response from the rapturous home crowd.

That was the moment that sparked frenzied celebrations from manager, Klopp, who punched the punched the air in delight as he closed in on his famed return to the Champions League.

Hoffenheim, who finished fourth last season in the Bundesliga, did not lose their optimism however, and struck back with a goal from Mark Uth in the 29th minute, but it appeared to be a mere consolation.

A goal from the visitors certainly did not perturb Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The colourful German, who led Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013, remained adamant that his side maintained their attacking vigour after the break, and their efforts were soon rewarded midway through the second half, as Firmino put the tie beyond doubt with a close-range tap in, following a commanding run from Captain Jordan Henderson.

Despite a spirited final 20 minutes and a second consolation goal from Sandro Wagner, Hoffenheim had been resigned to defeat even from the early stages. Having adopted a hazardous high line in the first half that saw the German side concede three in such quick succession, manager Julian Nagelsmann’s decision to throw such caution to the wind will have undoubtedly attracted heavy scrutiny. But credit must go to Liverpool’s front three, whose devastating pace and energy could, on tonight’s evidence, unhinge even the most composed defensive sides.

It was a job well done in the Liverpool camp and the Reds, along with Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United now await to discover their group stage opponents in tonight’s Champions League draw (17:00 BST).

Man of the Match – Emre Can

The diligent German midfielder shone from the off, grabbing the all-important opening goal thanks to his clever movement and lightening reactions. He posed as a constant threat for the visitors and his willingness to attack the space paid great dividends as he grabbed his second of the night to put Liverpool in cruise control. His performance earned him a standing ovation from the home faithful in the 70th minute. Well deserved.

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, was immensely proud of his team’s performance, and looks forward to the imminent Champions League Draw:

“It has been a brilliant night – the atmosphere was brilliant all night and we were brilliant at the start and set the tempo.

“We let in a couple of goals so we have still got things to work on but overall we’re delighted to get back into the Champions League where Liverpool belong.

“Now we have got to do ourselves justice and win some games there.

“We’re in there and we’ve proved we can play against big teams. We’re happy to play against whoever we’re drawn against.”

The excitement doesn’t stop here for avid Reds’ fans; Liverpool v Arsenal at Anfield takes place this weekend on Sunday 27th August (16:00 BST).

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Jordan Henderson interview quote taken from BBC Sport

England Squad Announced as Rooney Retires

Wayne Rooney retires from International Football

The big news to come from the England camp this week was Wayne Rooney’s shock retirement. Wayne took to social media to announce his retirement from International football on Wednesday.

Wayne Rooney said:

“It was great Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that.

However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.
It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.

Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. But I believe now is the time to bow out”

It came as a shock to most people considering he has started the Premier League season with Everton in fine form scoring two goals in as many games.

Rooney retires from England having set the record for number of appearances (119) and number of goals (53).

Gareth Southgate names two new players in latest England squad

Gareth Southgate has named Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire in his latest England squad. Both players have made an impressive start to the season and deserve their chances with the first team. Chalobah has represented England from U-16 to U-21 level.

After the Premier League Gameweek 3 fixtures this weekend the England team will meet up at St. Georges Park and prepare for the World Cup Qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

Gareth Southgate has stressed the importance of building for the future and has acted upon his words by including Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford & Tottenham Hotspur‘s Dele Alli.

See below details of the full squad:

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Premier League Preview – Game Week 2 2017/18 Season

Chelsea bounced back from their shock home defeat to Burnley as they capitalised on Tottenham’s Wembley jinx.

They won 2-1 with a brace from Marcos Alonso.

Hugely disappointing for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who are playing their home matches at the national stadium this season as White Hart Lane undergoes renovation.

They thought they had a point when Michy Batshuayi headed Christian Eriksen’s cross into his own net on 82 minutes.

But Chelsea found a late winner to get them up and running in the Premier League.

Barely deserved – the shot goes under Hugo Lloris who definitely should have saved it – as Spurs were dominant. Yet Harry Kane still can’t score goals in August. Remarkable.

Different season but the same old Arsenal – can’t beat bogie side Stoke City.

The Gunners went down 1-0 in the bear pit that is the BET365 Stadium.

Former Real Madrid winger Jese Rodriguez got the goal 90 seconds into the second half, put in by Saido Berahino, and the home side hung on from there.

In truth, Arsenal did not have many chances.

Alexandre Lacazette rifled in but was adjudged marginally offside.

But Stoke were dogged and unusually Arsenal were struggling to create

A very disappointing day for the Londoners, just the sort of game they need to win if they are to challenge for glory.

Not that the Stoke crowd cared – they cheered their team’s every kick and howled derision on Arsenal’s every mistake.

Manchester United smashed a poor Swansea City 4-0 away.

Eric Bailly give United a 1-0 lead at half time, but took their time to seal it.

Romelu Lukaku made it two in the 80th minute, Paul Pogba added a third and substitute Anthony Martial fired in low to give United a second 4-0 win from their first two matches of the campaign.

Manager Jose Mourinho has never failed to win the league title in his second season at a club and already looks to be on target.

Liverpool will be exultant at getting three points and a clean sheet at Anfield.

Sadio Mane did the business as Crystal Palace suffered a second straight defeat.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were heading for a frustrating draw after wasting a string of chances when Mane prodded past Wayne Hennessey for his second league goal of the campaign.

Liverpool battered the Palace defence with 16 shots – half of them on target – but for once could not extend their lead.

 

Tottenham v Chelsea: A Game to Live Long in the Memory

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Tottenham Hotspur reignite their fiercely fought rivalry with Chelsea on Sunday as they host the Blues in the day’s thrilling late kick off. The game is undoubtedly the most eye-catching fixture of the weekend schedule, with the two sides not only posing as long-term adversaries but also as the two most formidable Championship title challengers to date.

It will certainly be a momentous occasion for fans up and down the land on Sunday, as Wembley samples its first instalment of cutting-edge Premier League action. The towering national stadium has savoured its fair share of sensational sporting moments over the years but never before has it hosted a fixture in the world’s most renowned domestic league.

The stage is set for a captivating encounter in the capital and the setting could not be more appropriate for a titanic clash that could – even at this early stage – be a season defining moment.

As Conte’s Chelsea look to build on their outstanding title victory of last term, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be all too keen to prove their mettle as they look to avenge their most recent Premier League heartbreak that saw them finish as reluctant runners up.

In preparation for what promises to be yet another fascinating occasion, we’ve decided to take a brief trip down memory lane to re-live some of the most memorable Premier League encounters between the two over the last couple of years.Spurs Hospitality - Wembley Stadium - Corporate Football Packages

Spurs 5 – 3 Chelsea, Saturday 1st January 2015

Chelsea were left stunned by a Harry Kane-inspired Spurs side as Mauricio Pochettino’s scintillating Lilywhites romped to a spectacular victory at a packed White Hart Lane.

The visitors had taken the lead in the early stages after Diego Costa tapped in from close range, but the ubiquitous Kane levelled soon after with a fizzing 20-yard drive that soared beyond the reach of a helpless Thibaut Courtois.

Full back, Danny Rose, opened his account shortly after when he followed up a rebound in the box, before an Andros Townsend’s penalty put the hosts in cruise control on the stroke of half time.

Kane’s terrific turn and shot shortly after the restart gave Tottenham a magnificent fourth with Nacer Chadli adding late on to put Spurs out of sight. Goals from Eden Hazard and John Terry proved to be nothing more than a mere consolation as Pochettino’s men ran away with a memorable Premier League victory.

 Chelsea 2 – 2 Spurs, Monday 2nd May 2016

Tottenham saw their Premier League title dreams shattered after Chelsea came from 2-0 to secure a last-gasp draw at Stamford Bridge. Super-sub Eden Hazard sent Leicester City fans across the land into overdrive when his sublime long-range effort beat Lloris with ease, to give the Foxes a first Championship title in their history.

Spurs’ hopes of claiming a first top-flight title since 1961 had hinged on them winning their final three games of the season, but the immense pressure proved too much as Chelsea emerged an unbearable foe in the second half.

Pochettino’s men were by far the better team in the early stages, storming into an impressive 2-0 lead before half time. Chelsea, however, buoyed by the introduction of Eden Hazard, halved the deficit before the hour mark thanks to a Gary Cahill strike before Hazard himself, struck home a thundering effort from outside the box to ignite Leicester’s rapturous celebrations and consign Spurs to a heart-breaking end to the season.

Chelsea 2 – 1 Spurs, Saturday 26th November 2016

Chelsea came from behind in fabulous fashion at Stamford Bridge to inflict Tottenham’s first Premier League defeat of the season. The league leaders fell behind in the opening stages when a fiery Christian Eriksen struck an audacious long-range effort beyond the clutches of Thibaut Courtois to give the visitors an early lead.

Spurs had looked on course to recover from their midweek Champions League exit but Pedro’s superb curling effort levelled proceedings on the stroke of half time to draw the hosts level.

Spurs’ poor record at Stamford was extended to a 30 game winless run – dating back as far as 1990 – after Blues’ winger, Victor Moses, sunk the visitors with a fine second half strike, giving Chelsea a seventh league successive victory as they marched relentlessly towards the Premier League title.

Spurs 2 – 0 Chelsea, Wednesday 4th January 2017

Tottenham ended Chelsea’s outstanding thirteen game winning run with a thrilling 2-0 victory to keep the hosts within touching distance of the sought after number one spot. Two sensational headers from Dele Alli, either side of half time, was enough to give Spurs a comfortable victory as they looked to push on with their relentless pursuit of the Premier League title.

Tottenham’s season had been in disarray following a disappointing Champion’s League exit but they responded magnificently to halt Antonio Conte’s in-form Blues. Alli’s delightful double made it an impressive seven goals from four games, and it looked like Spurs were once again beginning to gather some much needed momentum as the race for the title began to hot up.

Eden Hazard had Chelsea’s best two chances in each half but the Belgian was unable to convert on either occasion, and Conte’s side were consigned to a rare league defeat.

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