English Premier League

Liverpool knew goals would come after barren spell – Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool blasted Maribor 7-0 and thanks to Sevilla’s loss, now top Group E. Jurgen Klopp revels in Liverpool’s seven-goal output at Maribor, a club record for a European away match. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored twice and provided an assist as his side cruised to a 7-0 win over Maribor. Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said the players always believed the goals would return despite a frustrating run of form. Since beating Arsenal 4-0 on Aug. 27 to take their early-season tally to 14 in five matches, Jurgen Klopp’s side then scored eight in eight, with three of them coming in one game against Leicester. But Netherlands international Wijnaldum, speaking after Liverpool scored seven at Slovenian side Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday, said: ...

Arsenal have done nothing to disprove those who question their character

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Jack Wilshere’s rebuttal of Troy Deeney’s withering character assassination of Arsenal was typically spiky, but it was clear from the tone of the response that the Watford player had landed a stinging blow with his gleefully and publicly expressed belief that Arsenal are missing a set of “cojones.” Speaking to the press ahead of Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Red Star Belgrade, Wilshere earnestly insisted that, “you can’t question our character.” Yet Deeney, enthusiastically, did, and he is far from the first to do so. The question of whether Arsenal lack the necessary inner strength to thrive at the very top level ha...

Ronald Koeman: I have ‘total support’ from the Everton board

Ronald Koeman acknowledges the pressure he’s been put under after Everton fought back for a draw at Brighton. Ronald Koeman says he has retained the Everton board’s backing having met with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Friday, though he accepts his position is dependent on results. Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and others in the club’s hierarchy visited Finch Farm last week to assess recent building work at Everton’s training ground and while on site spoke with boss Koeman. The renovation of Everton’s own playing squad looked impressive during their summer spending spree but reality has so far not matched expectation, with two Premier League wins from eight leaving them two points above the relegation zone. Moshiri said earlier this month that Koem...

Is Abraham good enough for Chelsea? Maybe not, but when will they find out?

The guys respond to your tweets about Tammy Abraham, Milan’s loss to Inter and Manchester City’s dominant start. Tammy Abraham might have been Chelsea’s saviour — a young forward who could have galvanised a club searching for answers as hopes of retaining last season’s Premier League title fade. But he can’t be. Not this season, at least. Abraham, just older than Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, is on loan at Swansea City for the 2017-18 campaign, and the 20-year-old has scored four league goals in eight matches. His parent club Chelsea, meanwhile, are praying that a hamstring problem for Alvaro Mortata, one of only two main strikers in the team now Diego Costa has departed, will only be a short-term issue. As Chelsea sit nine points behind lea...

Deeney targeting FA Cup glory with Watford

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Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare victim of PL Asia Trophy curse?

Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the future of Leicester City after Craig Shakespeare was sacked just four months into the job. Craig Shakespeare was sacked as Leicester City manager on Tuesday just four months into his three-year permanent contract The circumstances surrounding Shakespeare’s dismissal look fairly routine, with the Foxes currently mired in the relegation zone after winning just one of their last 10 league matches. However, it has since come to light that Shakespeare may have been the victim of an ancient and mystical hex: the curse of the Premier League Asia Trophy. It’s the Asia Trophy effect: first de Boer, now Shakespeare. Who’s next? Klopp or Pulis? — Michael Church (@michaelrgchurch) October 17, 2017 Indeed, since the preseason tournament’s incept...

Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel in the frame for Leicester City job

Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the future of Leicester City after Craig Shakespeare was sacked just four months into the job. Keeping on Craig Shakespeare beyond the end of last season was always high-risk, but given the now ex-Leicester boss did everything right over the summer makes his departure look pretty cutthroat. Shakespeare held on to Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy and landed better offseason signings than Claudio Ranieri did in 2016-2017, despite the latter having the carrot of Champions League football to dangle. Shakespeare had some tough early season fixtures to navigate and will rue not taking points against Arsenal (4-3) and Liverpool (3-2) — losses in which Leicester actually rekindled their title-winning quality and spirit. In all likelihood, Shakespeare’s replace...

Tottenham show they belong in the Champions League with draw at Real

Hugo Lloris and Keylor Navas each put on a show between the sticks as Real Madrid and Spurs battled to a draw. The FC panel see Spurs’ draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu as a statement that they can compete in the Champions League. Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane talk the finer points of Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Real Madrid. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris preserved a draw against Real Madrid with this amazing kick save against Karim Benzema. MADRID, Spain — There is usually plenty of swagger about the Santiago Bernabeu on Champions League nights, but it is not often projected by the visiting team. Yet Tottenham Hotspur were every bit as assured and confident as 12-time European champions Real Madrid during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw, a result that keeps Mauricio Pochett...

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Ashley Young rejects Man United criticism over draw: It was a good point

Mark Ogden expected much more out of Liverpool and Man United following their dire goalless draw at Anfield. Alejandro Moreno says Manchester United played like a mid-table side in their scoreless draw at Liverpool. LISBON, Portugal — Ashley Young has rejected criticism of Manchester United’s approach against Liverpool on Saturday and insisted the result will turn out to be a “good point.” Jose Mourinho was accused of negative tactics after his team managed one shot on target at Anfield. Romelu Lukaku had United’s best chance but Jurgen Klopp’s team had just one clear sight of goal themselves when David De Gea saved from Joel Matip. The draw maintained United’s unbeaten start to the season and, ahead of the Champions League clash with Benfica, Youn...

Chelsea need a tactical change to offset the absence of N’Golo Kante

The FC panel assess what Antonio Conte and Chelsea need to correct in order to avoid another shock defeat. The FC panel assess what Antonio Conte and Chelsea need to correct in order to avoid another shock defeat. Chelsea’s midweek return to European action against Roma provides an almost immediate opportunity for Blues boss Antonio Conte to right the many wrongs evident in Saturday’s shambolic Premier League loss to the top flight’s basement club Crystal Palace. Gutless and clueless for the majority of the game, Chelsea were dominated by a Palace side who were both goalless and pointless before the encounter. In the wake of the 2-1 defeat, it wasn’t just the experienced members of the team, players like skipper Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian an...

Which Premier League clubs value style over substance?

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could never play with a style similar to what Man United displayed at Anfield. After Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the defensive approach Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho adopted at Anfield in Saturday’s 0-0 draw would not be tolerated at his club, it got us wondering which teams do value style over substance? Clearly winning is important, but ESPN FC’s club correspondents report that most of their clubs (including Man United) want to showcase some style on the way to success. So is style important? MAN CITY: YES After three seasons without a title, success is the priority and even manager Pep Guardiola admitted after the 7-2 win over Stoke City that: “I am here to win, I’m not here to entertain.” But it’s all the mo...