Liverpool VS Cardiff City | Premier League Prediction

Liverpool VS Cardiff City | Premier League Prediction

Liverpool will look to continue their fine form when they host Cardiff City on Saturday.

On 27th October, Liverpool will host Cardiff City as the Reds look forward to extending their unbeaten home streak in the Premier League to 26 matches. Anfield has proved to be a fortress for Liverpool this Premier League season with their strong run at home extending from last season into this one. More than just a win, the visitors at the Kop have found it difficult to even find the net at least once in the game. The last someone scored at Anfield was in February when Michail Antonio netted one in the 59th minute, nonetheless, the game was won by Liverpool emphatically with a stunning 4 – 1 scoreline. Since then the Reds haven’t conceded at home, which now totals to 841 minutes in playing time. The club record is 934 minutes and the team this season seems to be inching closer to beating that.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are in a great form as they got back to winning ways in Champions League against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday with a 4 – 0 thumping. The famed front 3 of Firmino, Salah and, Mane all found the net on the weekday fixture with the Egyptian bagging two (which is being considered as Salah’s return to scoring ways as well). LFC’s front three have scored 15 times between them in the Reds’ opening 13 games this season. At the same stage of 2017/18 season, they had recorded a total of 13. The Reds have scored two more goals (16) and conceded 13 fewer (three) than they had at this stage of last season. 

In the last 58 years, Cardiff and Liverpool have met four times with Reds winning all four. Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock has faced Liverpool six times as a manager in league football. He has won once, with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in November 2014 (3-1). He has lost all four visits to Anfield in league and cup, with Notts County, Sheffield United (twice) and Queens Park Rangers.

Liverpool made five changes on Wednesday from the side that defeated Huddersfield Town 1-0 in their previous league outing. The same side is now expected to be fielded on Saturday afternoon with Fabinho making his first start in the league. The fixture hands Fabinho the opportunity to impress during the absence of both captain Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita with the pair both carrying injuries.

On the challenge of facing the Reds, the Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock said: “I think their front three is probably the best around the world. But we’re playing quite well and I think we can cause problems. You’ve got to go there and believe. We’ve all got to play to the top of our potential to give them a good game, and hope that they have a bit of an off day. I know the lads are looking forward to it; it’s not every day you go to Anfield. It’s a special place for football.”

Jurgen Klopp in the pre-match conference noted that no match is ever easy and that Cardiff despite their poor form is a side to be reckoned with, “We are aware of the quality of Cardiff. Last week gave them a big boost but before they were not bad, the games before then were pretty tight, and they could have got a different result. They deserve all our respect and they’ll get it.”

UCL Results: PSV Eindhoven VS Tottenham Hotspur | Lloris gets a Red

UCL Results: PSV Eindhoven VS Tottenham Hotspur | Lloris gets a Red

UEFA Champions League Group B Results: PSV Eindhoven 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs secure a draw away from home as the match ended with their Captain Hugo Lloris getting a red card.

Matchday 3 of UEFA Champions League saw Tottenham Hotspur take the road as they visited Eindhoven with a view to make amends to their poor start to this season’s Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino had demanded a victory to keep Spurs’ European campaign “alive” but their hopes of reaching the knockout stage are flatlining after a result neither team wanted as the night at Philip Stadium drew to a close with a 2 – 2 scoreline.

Spurs put forward a 4-2-3-1 with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele sitting in midfield and Christian Eriksen behind Harry Kane. Lucas Moura played on the right, with Son Heung-min on the left.

Similarly structured were PSV as Gaston Pereiro took the attacking position in the midfield with Jorrit Hendrix alongside Pablo Rosario slightly deeper. Hirving Lozano started on the right with Donyell Malen (once of Arsenal’s youth teams) on the left-hand side.

The match kicked off with a heavy-pressing Spurs side that managed to create several chances and at times also connected with the crossbar, nonetheless failed to convert at all times. Ironically the deadlock was broken by PSV that had patiently defended the Londoner’s waves of attack.

The goal came from a moment’s hesitation from the defender near the halfway line as Alderweireld is robbed by Lozano who rushed clear towards goal. Alderweireld got back to make a last-ditch tackle, only for the ball to loop up over Lloris courtesy, a strong deflection.

Tottenham managed to equalize as their attempt finally yielded the result. Eriksen put Trippier in space inside the box with a cute through-ball and his pull back was swept home by Lucas courtesy of a deflection off Rosario. Spurs were then able to convert another effort that put them in front as Eriksen exchanged a neat one-two with Son on the left-hand side before whipping in a delightful cross on to the head of Kane who headed it in!

Only moments earlier, Zoet had made a good save to deny Eriksen’s well-struck shot. But there was nothing he could do about this one.

After Kane put Spurs ahead, the visitors looked in control until referee Slavko Vincic showed Lloris a straight red in the 79th minute for fouling Hirving Lozano, who had earlier capitalized on a mistake by Toby Alderweireld to put PSV ahead. 

PSV then took full advantage to leave Pochettino still waiting for his first win in Europe this season and hoping for a miracle. Trippier gave away a needless free-kick which came out to Rosario on the edge of the box. His shot was fluffed but it bounced through to De Jong who instinctively and brilliantly lifted it over the helpless Vorm and into the net.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino admitted Spurs’ European chances were almost up in the post-match interview:

“It’s nearly over. We’ll see what happens now in the game between Barcelona and Inter Milan but with only one point after three games, it will be so difficult.”

Pochettino refused to blame the referee after some key decisions went against his side as he added:

“If we need to blame someone it’s ourselves because with all the situations and the circumstances in the game you must win because I think we were much better than them. The situation with Hugo was maybe unfair but that can happen in football. But if you score more goals you are going to win the game. That is why we are so disappointed, not with the decisions but with ourselves because it’s a game you must win.”

There are three more matches to go for Pochettino’s side but with this result, it’s almost blatant that there is little way back into this and top 2 chances look slim. Evidently, Spurs seem to be looking to continue their European campaign with Europa League.

FC Barcelona VS Inter Milan | UCL Match Prediction

FC Barcelona VS Inter Milan | UCL Match Prediction

UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona will be without their No. 10, Lionel Messi as they take on Inter Milan at Camp Nou. Will Icardi steal the show tonight?

On 24th October, Wednesday, FC Barcelona host Inter Milan for a mammoth Group B clash on matchday 3 of UEFA Champions League 2018/19. Both Internazionale and the Catalans boast a 100% record so far in Group B, which will be on the line as the two sides go head-on at Camp Nou.

Barcelona and Inter Milan have a rich history when it comes to European competitions. The Catalans have faced against the three-time European champions, Inter, 10 times, with Barça having registered 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses against the I Nerazzurri.

Inter are on fire, winning seven consecutive games in Italy and Europe and having just beaten their biggest rivals, AC Milan, with a last-minute goal on Sunday. As for Barcelona, a very solid performance and a great victory to reclaim the top of La Liga against Sevilla was spoiled by an injury to Lionel Messi last Sunday. However, Barca looks keen to make it 3 out of 3 against Inter, as they are sure to consider this clash as a warm-up to the El Classico this coming weekend.

Ernesto Valverde’s men looked in good spirits despite Messi’s absence and Barca full-back Jordi Alba is confident his side can come away with the three points nonetheless. ‘Inter are a very hard team to beat and they are playing well at the moment. But we think we can win this, especially with our fans behind us,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘His absence especially affects my own game’ he confessed. ‘But he’s important for all of us because he makes us all play better. We’ll have to do our very best, and I’m more than certain that we will.’

In Messi’s absence, Barcelona will start with Luis Suarez up front supported by Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of either side. Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets will assume their traditional positions in the midfield alongside the heir to Xavi’s throne, Arthur who has made a big impression since arriving at the Nou Camp and will be trusted in the Champions League once again. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are ruled out of the clash, meaning Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will start in the heart of defence. Sergi Roberto will be preferred to Nelson Semedo at right-back, with Jordi Alba on the left side.

Inter have collected maximum points through two matches, topping Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven to open Champions League play in a difficult Group B. The Italian club topped Tottenham 2 – 1 at the San Siro to open the competition behind goals from Icardi and Matias Vencino before defeating PSV in the Netherlands by the same scoreline in their second match.

The man Barca should worry about is Inter’s Talisman Mauro Icardi who has scored six goals in nine games so far this season. Against AC Milan at the weekend, Mauro Icardi did not have the greatest game with fewer than 20 touches throughout the 90+ minutes. On Wednesday, Icardi is likely to once again spend large periods of time off the ball with Barcelona pressing, but he has shown he only needs one touch to score.

Inter has faced a tough start to the season as the I Nerazzurri remain 3rd in the Serie A. However, things are changing for the better at San Siro as Internazionale have recorded 7 wins in the last 7 games with their fine form starting with the win against Tottenham Hotspur in the first Matchday of this season’s Champions League. With this, Inter is sure to take the fight to Camp Nou as the fans will be gifted with an exciting fixture.

Watford 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur, Highlights | Premier League

Watford 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Highlights | Premier League

On Sunday, 2nd September, as the first short segment of this season’s premier league concluded with the international break coming up next, Vicarage Road witnessed pure passion, drama, and energy as the home side came from behind to stun the visiting North Londoners. After four games, Watford now stands third having won all four, with the last one sure to find a special place in the minds of the Watford supporters, as Spurs toppled 2-1, courtesy the Hornets’ sting.

Only Chelsea and Liverpool can match Watford’s record of winning all four Premier League games so far, and while they are ahead of Javi Gracia’s side on goal difference, they are not ahead by much. Never ­before have Watford won their first four matches of a top-flight campaign, and not for 31 years have they achieved victory in the league over Tottenham Hotspur. This is a Spurs side, lest we forget, who had also won their first three games this season, including that 3-0 rout against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Watford were durable but limited in the first half. Spurs had most of the ball and most of the opportunities to ­begin with, as Dele Alli went close with a looping header and then Davinson Sanchez powered a ­effort high and wide. After such a stodgy first half, it felt fitting that Spurs took the lead in the most ungainly fashion. Alli’s lofted pass was cleared to Lucas Moura, whose stabbed cross cannoned off Doucoure’s waist before spinning inside Ben Foster’s near post.

Watford were still 1-0 down with 20 minutes left but continued to push forward tirelessly. The Spurs defense eventually buckled, but before then this was a story of Tottenham’s inability to turn possession into goals at the other end of the pitch. Pochettino has a new attacking system with two strikers – Lucas Moura partnering Harry Kane up front – with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen just behind. However this time, it did not work. Watford had woken up and got their leveler moments later through Deeney, who got up well before glancing a header into the bottom left corner from Holebas’ dangerous right-wing set-piece. The equalizer gave the hosts energy, and they duly took the lead seven minutes later through defender Cathcart, rising highest among a swamp of players to turn a header past Michel Vorm.

Since Javier Gracia took over as Watford manager in January, no side has won more home Premier League games than the Hornets (seven, level with Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, and Spurs). This was the first time that Tottenham lost a game in which they had been leading in the Premier League since November 2016 against eventual champions Chelsea, ending a run of 48 league matches without defeat when taking the lead at any stage.

“It’s so painful to concede two goals like we did and it’s so painful that the first half looks like a friendly,” Pochettino said. “We need to show more respect to this competition and compete much, much better. It’s difficult for me to understand. It was very painful. I think it’s a good wake-up call for everyone.”

“I am, very happy, like all of the Watford fans. We are enjoying the moment, to win four games in a row is not easy, and we try to keep our level in the next games. It had been an amazing start. We are in a good moment and trying to enjoy it, knowing we have won four games – but it is only four games”, said Garcia.

Watford’s best-ever start to a top-flight campaign goes on and they will now have the international break to bask in what they have achieved. Having beaten Brighton, Burnley, and Crystal Palace, they knew that Tottenham would represent a test from a higher level. Despite being below their best until the Doucouré blunder, they passed it.

Tottenham Hotspur VS Watford, Match Predictions | Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur VS Watford, Match Predictions | Premier League

On Sunday, 2nd September, Tottenham Hotspur goes to Vicarage Road, the home of the Hornets for their fourth game of the Premier League 2018/19  season. The North Londoners travel to Watford as they carry the baggage of their winning streak, being one of the only three teams that have won all the games so far in the season. The other two being Liverpool and the hosts: Watford FC. Clearly, one of the two teams will see an end to this streak in Southern England on Sunday.

Watford have not beaten Tottenham in 10 Premier League matches, drawing three and losing seven. Their last league win over Spurs was 1-0 at home in May 1987. They last beat Tottenham in any competition in a League Cup clash back in 1994. However, this season, it’s not going to be a walk in the park for Spurs. The Hornets are looking to win their first four league matches for only the second time in their history, having done so in 1988-89 in the second tier. Their tally of six Premier League home wins since Javi Gracia took charge is second only to Liverpool. Only Liverpool (19) have conceded fewer attempts on goal than Watford’s 23 in the Premier League this season. Roberto Pereyra could become the first Hornets player to score in four consecutive top-flight fixtures at home since John Barnes netted in six in a row from November 1986 to February 1987.

Having said that, Spurs will be expected to bring a tough competition to Vicarage Road. They have begun a top-flight season with three successive wins for only the fifth time in their history. Spurs are aiming to win their first three away matches for the second consecutive campaign. They failed to do this in any of their first 25 Premier League seasons. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost only one of their last 19 league games played on a Sunday, while Harry Kane has scored 19 goals in his last 16 league starts on Sunday’s.

Despite the odds being largely on the side of the visitors, the table seems to be well balanced. Watford is in good form, and the significant absences in Pochettino’s squad seem to favor the Hornets as well. Lloris has struggled with a thigh injury this week in training, meaning Michel Vorm will be given the nod to patrol the posts at Vicarage Road. The Frenchman was in solid form during Spurs’ 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford last week, just days after being charged with drink-driving. Mauricio Pochettino kept faith in Lloris despite his arrest, but he will miss out on the clash against the Hornets. Erik Lamela is also struggling with an injury and is set to miss the game, while Son Heung-Min will miss out due to his involvement in the Asian Games final with South Korea. However, Pochettino can still name a strong starting XI with Lucas Moura giving the Argentine boss plenty to smile about with three goals in as many games.

“We’re going to play on Sunday against a very good team – a team that’s going to fight and is in a very good moment. After three games, they are over the moon. If we are not ready and we believe because we beat Manchester United 3-0 that all is fantastic, I think we are going to crash. That is my mood. That is how I feel”, said Mauricio Pochettino in the pre-match conference. Spurs surely need to have a tab on that high from Old Trafford as they face a tricky opponent. Watford will not hold back and Spurs will hope to make good use of that attacking intent as they so often have.

There is no absolute way to predict how the match will progress or the number of goals. However, entertainment is certain so don’t miss this one as we head into the international break.

AC Milan 2 – 1 AS Roma: Post-Match Review

AC Milan 2 - 1 AS Roma: Post-Match Review

On 31st  August, AC Milan and AS Roma played it out under the floodlights of Sam Siro as the home team emerged victorious in a nail-biting fixture that saw the Rosseneri clinch a late winner.

Following the opening round’s 3-2 defeat at Napoli when they threw away a 2-0 lead, Milan appeared set to suffer another disappointing night before Patrick Cutrone converted a defence-splitting pass by Gonzalo Higuain in the death of  stoppage time moving Roma’s record to 1-1-1.

Milan might not be in the reckoning as genuine title challengers to Juventus this season, but they showed exactly why they are very highly rated. A team with a wonderful balance of experience and youth, flair and grit, this Milan side have genuine potential to challenge for the league soon.  Gennaro Gattuso has Milan playing wonderful passing soccer — in many ways the opposite of how Gattuso himself played — and he would have been proud of the character showed by his team last night to hand Roma their first defeat in over three years at the San Siro. With rumours aplenty that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was being lined up to replace Gattuso in case of a prolonged poor start to the season, the Milan Manager had a lot at stake as he went in the game with the pressure on him.

 Determined to make amends for the slip-up at Napoli, Milan laid siege to Roma’s goal in the opening half.  Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie opened the scoring in the 40th minute, after good work by left back Ricardo Rodriguez, who turned his marker and delivered a clever pass across the face of goal. The pressure was building on Milan with a breakthrough coming in the 59th minute as Roma equalised unexpectedly just before the hour as centre back Federico Fazio unleashed a stinging volley from inside the penalty area after Milan failed to clear a corner.

Gonzalo Higuain then thought he had netted his first goal for Milan after dispatching his effort in the 61st minute. Nevertheless, his goal was chalked off for offside, after replays showed he had strayed fractionally beyond the last defender as he raced clear on goal. N’Zonzi was the next man to fall foul of technology, although the shaky set piece defending on display from the hosts made Roma appear the most likely winners. Cutrone had other ideas. Alisson left sizeable gloves to fill at Roma. Olsen might lack the flashy footwork of his Brazilian predecessor but he is proving an instantly reassuring presence and chipped in with fine saves in either half. Gattuso, famously a combative midfielder during his playing days, was impressed by his team’s willingness to battle through some heavy weather when Roma were in the ascendancy after half-time. “We worked on our mentality and on knowing how to suffer. We can’t think that we can control the game for 90 minutes. Sometimes you need to play with a knife between your teeth”, he said.

And just when it looked as if both sides would take a share of the spoils, Milan’s hard work paid off as Cutrone latched onto a Higuain pass to fire past Robin Olsen. The ex-Juventus striker expertly found the youngster in the centre of the box, who guided his effort into the bottom right corner, much to the delight of the 60,000 Rosseneri fans in San Siro.

Roma dominated the second half. That much was certain. In many ways though, it was this domination and pursuit of all three points that cost them the game. Eusebio Di Francesco will be pleased with the effort put in by his players in the second half, after being thoroughly outplayed in the first, but maybe a little tactical naivety came into play right at the end for his team.

 Roma could have gone to the top of the Serie A table with a point, while Milan picked up their first victory of the campaign after suffering a last-gasp defeat against Napoli last time out.

Schweinsteiger plays out an emotional testimonial

Schweinsteiger plays out an emotional testimonial

Bastian Schweinsteiger took part in his Bayern Munich testimonial against his current side Chicago Fire on 28th  August, Tuesday at Allianz Arena, former home of the 34-year old German international.

The 34-year-old spent 17 years with Bayern, joining aged 13, before leaving for Manchester United in 2015. Bastian Schweinsteiger had spent an ultimately disappointing 18 months at Manchester United, but as it turns out, as per his post-match comments, the Man Utd spell has not had much of an effect on him.

After spending 17 years with Bayern Munich, the club he had joined aged 13, he finally bid an emotional farewell to Bayern Munich as the Chicago Fire midfielder played for both sides in his testimonial match. The midfielder made 500 appearances for Bayern, scoring 69 goals and assisting 100. He won 22 major honors in total, including seven domestic doubles and the 2013 Champions League. He won 121 caps for Germany and lifted the World Cup in 2014, announcing his international retirement after the Euro 2016 finals. The Allianz was lit up in red and illuminated with the number 31, the jersey made famous by Schweinsteiger in his 17 years at the club, to mark the occasion. 

On Sunday, the ex-Germany captain was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit. He was inducted into the Bayern’s Hall of Fame as the 18th member of the club’s prestigious association, joining club legends such as Franz Beckenbauer, Gerhard Muller, Sepp Maier, Lothar Matthaus and Philipp Lahm.

Schweinsteiger played the first half of his testimonial for the MLS side Chicago Fire. The former Germany international then swapped sides at half-time in the encounter, which the Bundesliga side won 4-0, with the final goal coming off the foot of the ‘man of the moment’. After Arjen Robben had made it 3-0, the sell-out crowd had at Bayern’s Allianz Arena had begun chanting: “Bastian Schweinsteiger – score a goal!” With seven minutes left, he fired home from David Alaba’s cross with a spectacular volley. 

While most of the game was played on a positive note, there was a moment when the game went awry as Leon Goretzka of Munich suffered what appeared to be a minor ankle injury in the first half. Goreztka was brought down hard by Christian Dean near Chicago’s goal line. He was then replaced by Woo-Yeong Jeong. Hopefully, he has suffered nothing more than a sprained ankle and it did not appear to be anything more serious as he was able to walk off the pitch on his own which is usually a good sign.

The former Number 31 then addressed the Allianz Arena crowd, as he stood next to his wife, the professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic, “I am one of you and I will always be,” he told Bayern fans after the match. Speaking as he held back tears following a video montage featuring messages from Bayern and Germany icons to their “Fussballgott” (football god), Schweinsteiger added: “My past belongs only to Bayern and nobody else. Without you, I wouldn’t be here.”

The Bayern legend had arrived at Old Trafford amid great fanfare after being signed by Louis van Gaal for £14.4 million in the summer of 2015. Unfortunately, his debut season was mired by injury and he failed to ever truly threaten to break into the first team under Jose Mourinho. He made 35 appearances before moving to the United States on a free transfer in March 2017.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is now in his second year at Chicago after having retired from international duty in 2016.

Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 0 Manchester United | Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 0 Manchester United | Premier League

On Monday, 27th August, Manchester United faced Tottenham Hotspur at the Theatre of Dreams, on a night that concluded with a half empty stadium, crying Red Devils’ fans, and scores of traveling North Londoners who made sure that Manchester knew that they had been beaten at home as they took the celebration to the streets. In losing 3-0 to Spurs on Monday night, Jose Mourinho suffered his worst home defeat in any competition as a manager as pressure increased on the shambolic Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with an emphatic victory at Old Trafford.

Mourinho was hoping United would bounce back from their woeful defeat at Brighton, but Spurs managed to sweep this one from under United’s noses as two goals in as many minutes in the second half saw the visitors take a 2-0 lead in a contest that was seemingly progressing in a balanced manner. As for Tottenham, they maintained their winning streak in the Premier League season as they grabbed their third win in as many games.

United are only three games into the new season and hence it is very early for blips to be showing up on the radar, but there is no escaping the fact this has been a disappointing start for this side that Mourinho has assembled so expensively and they look in no shape to challenge for the title.

The manner – as well as the margin – of this loss only increases the feeling of discontent around Old Trafford since the summer.

The system Mourinho employed after making significant changes to the side that played Brighton had Ander Herrera, a central midfielder, operating as a right-back in a defence featuring recalls for Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw were deployed as wing-backs while Paul Pogba and Fred had modified roles either side of Jesse Lingard in the positions directly behind Romelu Lukaku. In total that meant half a dozen changes from the side that lost to Seagulls, with Anthony Martial not even making the bench. Eric Bailly was also left out of the squad and Juan Mata was another notable by his absence.

One thing is certain, that there was no lack of effort from United’s players. In fact, United were able to sustain the pressure on Spurs until the end of the first half. However United appeared to collapse after their efforts were to no avail and Spurs struck twice so quickly early on in the second half that United found it very difficult to get back on their feet and against a very well organised Spurs side.

Spurs after a slow start grew in authority with their two goals in rapid success laying the groundwork for the rest of the half.

Kane’s goal came from Kieran Trippier’s corner and a brilliant display of centre-forward play to skip past Jones as he kept his eye on the ball, direct a looping header past David de Gea. This was Tottenham’s first goal at Old Trafford in 433 Premier League minutes. The next goal arrived within two minutes, with Eriksen supplying the pass from the right and Lucas firing in a low shot. Mourinho brought on Alexis Sánchez and Marouane Fellaini as he hoped to find dominance in attack. The ploy failed to work and Victor Lindelöf, who replaced the injured Jones, almost gave away another goal with a back-pass that Alli intercepted. De Gea saved that one but soon afterward Kane sent Lucas running through the middle. Smalling’s challenge was weak and when Lucas buried his shot. This made Lucas became the first player to score a double at Old Trafford in the Premier League since Sergio Aguero in April 2015, and his fine start to the season continued with a vibrant display.

The final whistle felt massive. Spurs players celebrated a convincing victory on the pitch while Mourinho went to applaud those fans who had stuck around till the end

Asked whether he thought the fans applauded the team despite the defeat because there was finally some attacking football on show, Mourinho agreed. “We work very well during the week, we play very well. At halftime the result should be two goals difference minimum,” said Mourinho in his post-match TV interview.

United took more shots (23) against Spurs than in their previous two games combined (17). However, only five were on target. Mourinho’s side were getting into advanced positions and getting efforts away at goal. Furthermore, they were pressing high up the pitch. That nearly resulted in the opening goal as Rose’s backpass to Hugo Lloris gave Lukaku a relatively simple chance to score. But Man Utd also made 113 failed passes, a significant jump from the 87 against Brighton and 86 against Leicester.

“We were the best team, the offensive team, the team that pressed hard, that created chances and missed chances, but then from the first corner that Tottenham had they scored one goal and immediately that team was in the game,” said Mourinho.

For all the talk of Mourinho and missed transfer targets, it is worth remembering Pochettino did not buy any players this summer and can now reflect on three wins from three games this season.

In the process, Spurs joined Liverpool, Chelsea, and Watford as the only teams with an immaculate record from their opening three games.

“It is only the start of the season and we need to be consistent. We need to be realistic but want to keep pushing and building our fitness. A lot of our players have only had three weeks training but we want to build something special.” said Pochettino.

Before this victory, Spurs had won only one of 12 league games against the so-called ‘big six’ since beating Manchester City in February 2016, so this result will surely do wonders for their self-belief as they attempt to take the next step in their search for silverware.

Hugo Lloris caught driving intoxicated

Hugo Lloris caught driving intoxicated

Hugo Lloris, the 31-year-old French goalkeeper was stopped by a routine patrol in Gloucester Place in the early hours of Friday and charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police in west London. Lloris and his French team-mates had enjoyed an evening of celebration at Bagatelle, a French and Mediterranean restaurant in Mayfair. Metropolitan Police said, “A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1.” He had failed a roadside ‘breathalyser test’ and was taken to Charing Cross Police Station thereafter, where he spent around seven hours in custody before being charged and released on bail. The Frenchman returned home on foot at 11.00am on Friday morning. He did not train with his team-mates that entire day. 

 Lloris has been at Tottenham Hotspur since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the Premier League club. He is considered to be one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers and has won 104 caps for France, playing a key role in their success in the 2018 World Cup at Russia last month. Lloris is the Spurs captain and was chosen to wear the armband as one of the more senior figures in a relatively young team. He is regarded as a contemplative, experienced figure who takes his role as team captain seriously.

Lloris returned to Tottenham training only five days ahead of the new season following his World Cup exploits but has started both of his side’s games so far, against Fulham and Newcastle.

The arrest of Hugo Lloris for his drink-driving offense will force the gaffer to consider whether the Spurs goalkeeper should be dropped for the Premier League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday (GMT). Mauricio Pochettino will need to assess what kind of message it sends out to the public if Lloris keeps his place in the team having spent seven hours in police custody, and if he does keep his place, whether he should be captain.

 A Tottenham spokesman said that the club takes these matters “extremely seriously” and it will be dealt with internally.

“I wish to apologize wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters,” said Lloris. “Drink driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.” The Metropolitan Police said Lloris had been released on bail and was due at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 September.

Tottenham have started the Premier League season with a 2-1 win at Newcastle and a 3-1 home victory over Fulham. The upcoming fixture is expected to test the North Londoners who are being regarded by many to the favorites this season along with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Liverpool – Karius completes loan move to Besiktas

Liverpool – Karius completes loan move to Besiktas

Karius’ future at Anfield was put under immense speculation the moment he rolled the ball over to Karim Benzema who managed to break the deadlock and put Real Madrid ahead of Liverpool on the most important night of the Reds’ season. Allison Becker, the Brazil international was signed by Klopp in the summer transfer window which further weakened Karius’ no.1 spot. A single appearance off the bench during the club’s pre-season football made it evident that Karius was not going to be Klopp’s first choice for the upcoming season.

Jurgen was always looking to strengthen the defense along with that key goalkeeping position plagued by several instabilities and inconsistencies. However, when Loris piled several fantastic game-changing performances it finally seemed like the German manager had found his reliable no.1 but Kiev changed it all. As the hunt for Liverpool’s new goalkeeper revived, the fans knew that Karius was not to stay.

Karius moved upward from the early offers he received from third division football teams as a deal with the Turkish club Besiktas found potential to meet paper.

The Reds have agreed on an initial two-year loan with the Turkish outfit who will pay a loan fee of £2.25 million. Besiktas are obligated to buy the German shot-stopper for a further £7.25 million in 2020 if certain performance criteria are met. These criteria being related to appearances and Besiktas qualifying for Europe. Thus, at the end of the overall deal in 2020, Liverpool could bank £9.5 million from goalkeeper Loris Karius’ move to Besiktas. Liverpool are also expected to have a 20% sell on clause in a case of the deal-finding permanence.

Besiktas have been searching for a new keeper since Fabri made a move to Fulham last month. The initial attempt by the Turkish club was made at Mignolet on loan but Liverpool would only consider permanent offers for the Belgian. Therefore, Besiktas shifted their attention to Karius and the two clubs have now penned out an agreement.

Seeing that no club was willing to meet Liverpool’s £12 million asking prices for the Belgian international Simon Mignolet, they have decided to let go of Karius instead. Klopp believes that Mignolet’s wealth of Premier League experience and his professionalism makes him the better candidate to be Alisson Becker’s understudy this season. For Karius, this can be a good break for him to find ‘redemption’ as he would look forward to the footballing action in Turkey following the calamitous conclusion to the last season in the Champions League Final.