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Premier League weekend featured goals of all shapes and sizes

Relive the top strikes from Week 2 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, including David Silva’s picture-perfect set piece for Man City. From Sergio Aguero’s hat trick, to Harry Kane’s first goal in August, relive all the goals from this weekend in the Premier League. The FC guys are already seeing improvements in Liverpool’s defence and ability to close out games following their victory over Crystal Palace. Gab Marcotti defends his selections and omissions in the second team of the weekend of the Premier League season. The debate about football’s greatest-ever goal has long been contested between an almost undisputed shortlist of three, all scored in international tournaments during the 1970s or 1980s. Notably, they are all completely different, essentially i...

Arsenal need Unai Emery to stick to his vision – it’s the players who need to change

Unai Emery came to Arsenal to make history … just not this kind of history. After a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City and a 3-2 loss at Chelsea in his first two matches in charge, he has officially made the worst start of any permanent Arsenal boss since Thomas Mitchell in 1897 — the club’s first ever manager. The urge to panic is understandable but, despite seeing his methods questioned, now is the time for Emery to remain bold in his vision. Two matches, two defeats; two involved discussions over whether Emery should have compromised key tenets of his footballing philosophy in order to adapt to the demands of facing two of England’s biggest clubs. After the defeat to City, the scrutiny lay on his instructions to play out from the back against the best team in the coun...

La Liga’s plan to play matches in the U.S. isn’t going to ruin football — it’s smart business

Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano explains his vision to build and promote the La Liga brand through games played in the U.S. When the notion of playing a 39th game was first raised about a decade ago, it turned into one of the few times Premier League boss Richard Scudamore badly misjudged public opinion. Such was the opposition that you would have thought Scudamore wanted clubs not just to play an extra game abroad, but to do so while clad in baby seal fur. The idea was so toxic that only one owner — David Gold (then at Birmingham, now at West Ham) – was willing to speak out in favour of the idea. Everybody else ran a mile for fear of angering fans, which was somewhat cowardly since it’s not as if Scudamore and Gold cooked this up on their own. But Spain isn&#...

Is Man United’s Paul Pogba better off at Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG or Juventus?

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola joked on Twitter that he would have “sleepless nights” trying to find his client a new club if Manchester United decided to sell the midfielder. Raiola was hitting back at criticism from United legend Paul Scholes after Pogba’s poor performance in the 3-2 defeat to Brighton on Sunday, but it got us thinking: would another club be better for him than United? Spanish, French and German clubs are still active until Aug. 31, but the chances are slim of a move this summer. Bayern Munich would not get involved in a megabucks auction, but are some of Europe’s elite better suited for Pogba than Man United? BARCELONA Barcelona’s interest in signing Pogba is long-standing. In 2015, the year before he rejoined United, they even held a...

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez deliver in defence with Liverpool clean sheet

James Milner converted a penalty kick moments before half time, and Sadio Mane scored late to secure Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. James Milner converted a penalty kick moments before half time and Sadio Mane scored late to secure Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to play better than they did at Crystal Palace, but he’s willing to look past it after getting the win. James Milner breaks down Liverpool’s victory at Crystal Palace and evaluates the performance of his club’s defence. Less flash, more steel was Liverpool’s motto tonight, as they beat a stubborn Crystal Palace side 2-0. A penalty kick from James Milner and a late Sadio Mane goal ensured maximum points from the first two games — all anyone co...

Axel Witsel a super-sub for Borussia Dortmund in nervy DFB Pokal win

Marco Reus made amends for missing a number of gilt-edged chances in regular time with the game-winning goal in extra time against Greuther Furth. Late drama was required twice for Borussia Dortmund to reach the second of the DFB Pokal against Greuther Furth on Monday night. In the end, it was Marco Reus clean strike late in extra time that saved his team the possible blushes of a penalty shootout and a 2-1 win. The Black and Yellows were in firm control of the game but failed to convert their own chances. In the 77th minute, Sebastian Ernst’s goal shocked the favourites by handing the hosts a surprising 1-0 lead. It looked as though Furth would see their slim lead through until BVB summer signing Axel Witsel’s volley from close range averted the upset in the 95th minute, forci...

Angel Correa nets an 8/10 in wild Atletico Madrid draw with Valencia

Atletico Madrid’s season got off to an entertaining start as they battled out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Valencia on Monday. Los Rojiblancos started strongly and deservedly took the lead through Angel Correa in the first half, however after the break their 120 minutes of exertions in Tallinn in midweek in the Super Cup took a toll as they dropped deeper and deeper, with Rodrigo eventually equalising for Los Che. The match swung back and forth in the final 10, with both teams having ample chances to win it, but a draw just about seemed a fair result in the end. Positives Having been awarded arguably the hardest possible away game they could have got to start the season, to come away without defeat — especially after the extra-time Super Cup — was always the main objective...

Manchester United must get past mixed messages, unacceptable defeats

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop delve into Man United’s performance against Brighton and Paul Pogba’s post-match comments regarding his attitude. Jose Mourinho refused to blame specific players for Manchester United’s shock defeat to Brighton. Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho feels ‘smaller’ teams are harder to beat as they have more ambition when they face the top teams after their 3-2 loss to Brighton. Can Jose Mourinho get his squad to rebound from a tough loss to Brighton or has his negativity and demeanor affected them beyond repair? The FC panel answer your tweets on whether Zinedine Zidane could save Manchester United and if Neymar is still the biggest name at PSG. The Brighton fans on the main stand’s concourse sang in unison when they s...

Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly deserve more chances at Manchester United

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop delve into Man United’s performance against Brighton and Paul Pogba’s post-match comments regarding his attitude. Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho feels ‘smaller’ teams are harder to beat as they have more ambition when they face the top teams after their 3-2 loss to Brighton. Can Jose Mourinho get his squad to rebound from a tough loss to Brighton or has his negativity and demeanor affected them beyond repair? Jose Mourinho refused to blame specific players for Manchester United’s shock defeat to Brighton. Jose Mourinho’s frustration at Manchester United’s failure to sign a new centre-back during the summer transfer window is well-documented, yet perhaps even he did not foresee the scale of difficulty his d...

Cristiano Ronaldo’s memory lingers as Real Madrid begin life without him

A goal and an assist from Gareth Bale against Getafe got Julen Lopetegui’s side off to a perfect start in La Liga. The FC panel answer your tweets on Real Madrid’s needs, Bayern Munich’s UCL expectations and whether Higuain or Ronaldo will score more this season. After nine seasons with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo embarks on his new challenge with Juventus against Chievo Verona. Cristiano Ronaldo is gone but he is not forgotten and won’t be unless Real Madrid continue to win as comfortably as they did in their first La Liga match without him on Sunday. The five time Ballon d’Or winner — who helped Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles and scored 450 goals in 438 games across nine seasons at the Bernabeu — left Madrid for Juventus d...

Man United fans annoyed at Alexis Sanchez fashion promo after Brighton embarrassment

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez chose Monday to launch his new fashion line to the wider public by way of a shirtless, smouldering promo video that he shared on social media. 👌🏽… pic.twitter.com/jgmMVmLFy6 — Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) 20 August 2018 Given that it came just one day after United’s embarrassing 3-2 defeat against Brighton, many fans complained about the Chilean’s questionable sense of timing. Sanchez didn’t feature in the loss at the AMEX due to an unspecified injury, but that didn’t stop dissenting supporters from sarcastically bemoaning the player’s lack of tact. Impeccable timing Alexis. — ¹⁰⚡ (@Rashford101) 20 August 2018 How about you start playing well and delivering mate — Thomas Sankara✊&...

Gareth Bale delivers assured performance in Real Madrid’s La Liga opening win over Getafe

A goal and an assist from Gareth Bale against Getafe got Julen Lopetegui’s side off to a perfect start in La Liga. Steve Nicol explains the role he thinks Gareth Bale should play in Real Madrid’s attack, and Julien Laurens explains how Karim Benzema factors in. Real Madrid put the European Super Cup debacle behind them with an assured 2-0 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night. In Julen Lopetegui’s first game in charge of Real Madrid in domestic competition, Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale scored in either half against an organised visiting side. Positives Lopetegui showed off his ability to tinker without really losing any defensive solidity. He went without Casemiro, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane as they continue to get up to speed after the World Cup. ...