Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action | Guardian sport

Lampard must hope young players can step up for Chelsea, promoted trio show they are up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at Selhurst Park 1) Howe keeping his options open Eddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been capped at youth level by England and shone in League One with AFC Wimbledon during the second half of last season, who got the nod ahead of Artur Boruc, Mark Travers and Asmir Begovic to make his Bournemouth debut against his former club, having left Sheffield United for around 800,000 on deadline day in January 2017. At the time Chris Wilder was six months …

Referee Stphanie Frappart: ‘Girls see me on TV and know it’s possible’

The official is regarded as one of Frances very best and will take charge of Liverpool v Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday Referees tend not to clapped on to the pitch, let alone greeted with purpose-made banners, but supporters of Amiens decided to make an exception before their match against Strasbourg in April. It was a historic occasion, the first top-flight mens match in France to be refereed by a woman, Stphanie Frappart. Welcome to the Stade de la Licorne, Madame Frappart, read a banner held aloft by home fans. Long live women in football! Maybe Liverpool and Chelsea fans are planning a similar display for when appointed for that Amiens versus Strasbourg match in April, the fixture suddenly received …

Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Manchester United host Chelsea on opening weekend

Manchester United have an eye-catching opener to the Premier league season at home to Chelsea while Manchester City will start the defence of their title at West Ham Liverpool will raise the curtain on the Premier League season when they host promoted Norwich on the evening of Friday 9 August and if the release of the fixture list on Thursday felt early as it always does it has nonetheless generated the usual scrutiny and excitement. It was only 12 days ago that Liverpool were finishing what can now be called last season with Premier League (@premierleague) Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

How a gut decision began Jrgen Klopps managerial rollercoaster | Andy Hunter

With relegation looming Mainz turned to their emotional leader and, 18 years later, the German is in a third Champions League final Eighteen years on Christian Heidel remembers it was gut instinct that prompted him to launch the managerial career of Jrgen Klopp in the desperate hope of saving Mainz from relegation to the third tier of German football. Eight weeks after he started as coach our league position was secured, says Mainzs former sporting director, whose left-field choice propelled the team from the foot of 2. Bundesliga to safety on the penultimate weekend of his maiden season. Our last game was away in Mannheim. We drove 60 buses with 3,000 fans to Mannheim. They swatted us 4-0, but that …

Midfield can give Liverpool edge over Tottenham in final reckoning | Eni Aluko

The relentless pressure to win the ball high up the pitch gives Liverpools engine room a different kind of creativity from Tottenham that may be decisive in the Champions League final What a Champions League final we have in store. I am in Madrid and visited the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday and there was already an anticipatory buzz around the stadium, so the atmosphere should be wonderful. I am lucky enough to have secured a ticket through the Uefa Masters course Im doing and Im expecting the match between two fantastic English teams to be as vibrant as the atmosphere. With the attacking style of both teams it promises to be spectacular. Whichever team wins will have provided the perfect …

Liverpools Mo Salah dreams of scoring winner in Champions League final

Mohamed Salah has said he wants to score Liverpools winner in the Champions League final against Tottenham to banish the misery of last seasons defeat by Real Madrid Mohamed Salah wants to score Liverpools winner in the Champions League final to banish the misery of forced out of the contest by Sergio Ramos and taken to hospital with a shoulder injury that impacted on his World Cup. Salah believes both he and Liverpool merit a change of fortune on European footballs biggest stage. I am so happy that I have the chance to play another final. I hope I can play the full game this time, he said. I am very excited for that. I hope we can right what …

Liverpools dogged pursuit could push Pep Guardiolas side to their limit

Are Manchester City human? Do they doubt? Do they wonder? Is their faith in their own ability as implacable as it often appears? Are Manchester City human? Do they doubt? Do they wonder? Is their faith in their own ability as implacable as it often appears? Does there come a point at which they reflect on their own recent form 12 straight league wins and then at the league table Liverpool two points clear having played a game more and think there is nothing they can do, that a pursuer this dogged, this capable of willing itself to victory in the most unpromising circumstances, can never be shaken off, that there is some other force at work here? If there …

Lionel Messi broke down in tears in Barcelonas Anfield dressing room

Lionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against Liverpool Lionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against Liverpool. The Argentina international was inconsolable in the Barcelona dressing room following lose 3-0 in Rome and go out on away goals. Messi was then selected for a drugs test by anti-doping officials and the team coach departed for Liverpool John Lennon Airport without him as a consequence. Reports in the Spanish media have claimed that, on his eventual arrival at the airport, Messi was involved in an angry confrontation with a group of Barcelona …

Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided | Sachin Nakrani

We look at Tottenhams meeting with Ajax and Barcelona versus Liverpool, plus key dates and odds Tottenham v Ajax The tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football beautiful, wild, unpredictable football happened and now we have a contest between two of the most exciting and dynamic teams in Europe. It promises to be a belter. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is that both sides will feel not only confident of winning but also that they are the favourites. Ajax have nothing to fear having knocked out Juventus while Tottenham must surely believe anything is possible given their stunning The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Barcelona v Liverpool A …

Mohamed Salah downs Chelsea and keeps Liverpool ahead of City

Sadio Man and Mohamed Salah scored second-half goals as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 to stay two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League It was an arrow into the top corner of Chelseas goal and potentially the hearts of Manchester City from Mohamed Salah. The great players rise with pressure and the striker chose his moment and his spot to perfection to drive Liverpool over the most daunting hurdle remaining in their pursuit of the title. We can finally close the slipping book, Jrgen Klopp reflected. A greater sense of closure is tantalisingly within reach should City falter now. Parallels with the Chelsea visit that derailed Liverpools title pursuit in 2014 ran only as far …

Liverpools title charge driven by Champions League pain, says Klopp

Jrgen Klopp believes his Liverpool team are fired by their Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season rather than a league slip-up against Chelsea five years ago Liverpool are driven in their pursuit of the Premier League title by the pain of last seasons 2-0 defeat derailed the title ambitions of Brendan Rodgers team. Klopp admits a determination to make amends is a factor in Liverpools challenge this season but cited defeat by Real Madrid last May as the source, not a different team under a different manager falling into Jos Mourinhos trap. It is not important to talk about what happened. It is too long ago, the Liverpool manager said. We have enough reasons to be positive …

Premier League fans assess the run-in. Part 2: Leicester to Wolves

Fans rate the season so far, and predict what lies ahead Leicester The mood has really lifted around here in the few weeks since Brendan Rodgers arrived. After months of grim, sluggish football, the Foxes are starting to rediscover their swagger again. It might all be too little too late for this season but the longer-term future is looking bright again. More of this please Hamza Choudhury. Make no mistake, hes going to be a top-quality player at this level, but for some reason he never seems to be able to hold down a place in the team. Yes hes young and we do have three more experienced central midfielders, but if Rachid Ghezzal can find himself a place in …

Manchester United have no fear of Barcelona, says Ole Gunnar Solskjr

Ole Gunnar Solskjr said Manchester United hold no fear of Barcelona but would need luck on their side in the Champions League quarter-final Ole Gunnar Solskjr has said Manchester United have no fear of facing Barcelona after drawing them in the Champions League quarter-finals. United host the five-times European champions on 10 April before the return the following week, with the winners facing a semi-final against Liverpool or Porto. The draw also threw up an all-Premier League tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham, whose next opponents will be Ajax or Juventus. Solskjr said United were not scared to face anyone, having The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Liverpool against Porto is a rerun of last seasons …

Man and Firmino lead Liverpools 4-2 win over Burnley to keep City in sight

Liverpool kept the gap behind the Premier League leaders, Manchester City, to a point with a 4-2 win against Burnley with two goals each from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man It would be too simplistic to say Liverpool responded to the test of nerve set by Manchester City. Jrgen Klopps contenders have been doing that since the first day of this enthralling title race. This was a test of nerve, quality and composure set by Burnley, the match officials plus the elements and they delivered on all counts to remind the champions that, as Klopp defiantly put it, nobody gets rid of us. Liverpool remain on Citys shoulder courtesy of an impressive but far from routine home victory over Sean …