Manchester City temporarily took the lead in the Premier League after a brilliant victory over Liverpool (5-0). The men of Pep Guardiola made the difference in a first dramatic and agonizing period, marked by the attack of Sadio Mané on the Brazilian guardian of the Citizens.
What better than an attractive Manchester City-Liverpool for the Premier League recovery? In theory, this duel between two forward-facing teams promised spectacle and goals. And at the end of ninety minutes, the eventual winner would take the lead, for a few hours at least. Everything was therefore reunited for a game of fire between two clubs still undefeated this season. On the side of the Citizens, Pep Guardiola opted for his tactical schema used at home: a 3-1-4-2 with Fernandinho before the defense – private of injured Kompany – and the return of Agüero in attack. The absence of Sterling, the heroic striker against Bournemouth (2-1) excluded for having exaggeratedly celebrated his goal.
As for the Reds, Jürgen Klopp trusted the same forwards and midfielders who had pulverized Arsenal (4-0). The defense was turned upside down, with Mignolet’s return in goal, and Klavan and Alexander-Arnold replacing Lovren and Gomez. Finally, Coutinho – still disturbed by his desired transfer to FC Barcelona – stayed home. Liverpool took control of the game in the first minutes, with the trio Firmino-Salah-Mané who combined dangerously. But the high pace of the start of the match hid technical flaws from several players, who may have had legs still heavy international matches. De Gruyne (7th) and Fernandinho (13th) were easily saved by Mignolet. The Reds replied by a mischievous center of Henderson who found a Firmino out of the box, but too eccentric to worry Ederson (14th).
Mané sends Ederson to the infirmary … then Liverpool collapses
At the heart of this first period, which intensified, Manchester City opened the scoring by Agüero, launched in depth by De Bruyne. Taking advantage of the defensive misalignment, the Argentinian had only to dribble Mignolet before scoring in the empty goal (1-0, 23rd). An advantage that the Citizens could have lost quickly, after a big opportunity of Salah who was adjusting Ederson poorly (31st). The men of Guardiola could have made the break just after, with a superb individual feat of Gabriel Jesus (34th) who crossed the defense of Liverpool but stumbled on the Belgian goalkeeper. On the corner after the action, Stones also saw his shot pushed back by Mignolet. The hopes of Liverpool then broke out after Mané’s attack on Ederson (37th). As he made his way to the goal, the Senegalese striker kicked a violent kick in the face of the Brazilian goalkeeper. Results: red card for Sané; a worrying state for Ederson cared for in the infirmary and replaced by Bravo; and to crown everything: the goal of Gabriel Jesus who took from the head a center of De Bruyne (2-0, 45th + 6).
After the anguish of the end of the first act, the match fell into banality. Manchester City controlled his solid lead and Liverpool was inevitably spending more energy at ten to eleven, despite the entry of the new Oxlade-Chamberlain rookie for Salah. The Sky Blues definitely put KO the Reds, with Gabriel Jesus (3-0, 53 ‘) scoring in the empty goal after being served generously by Agüero, who was enjoying a surgical opening by Fernandinho. Liverpool clearly showed up, and his opponent managed quietly until the final whistle. Sané was even invited to the party, resuming at the first post a tense center of the former Monegasque Benjamin Mendy (4-0, 77th). Sané did not stop there, since he offered himself a double in the stoppage of play (5-0, 90 + 1) on a magnificent coiled strike. This is Manchester City leading the Premier League, a point before its rival Manchester United, who moves late in the afternoon to Stoke City (6:30 pm). As for Liverpool, the cardboard against Arsenal is canceled by this stinging defeat, on a score even more salty: 5-0.
Martial: « Mourinho is hard with me »
Author of a good start to the season as a replacement with Manchester United, Anthony Martial looks back on his relationship with José Mourinho.
It’s much better for Anthony Martial. A one-year absence from the French team, the Manchester United striker found Didier Deschamps’ starting lineup against Germany (2-2) on Tuesday and signed a superb assist on the opening of the score of Alexandre Lacazette. A return to the international scene that results from his start to the season with the Red Devils. Lining Marcus Rashford on the left wing, the 21-year-old has turned into a super sub, with 6 goals and as many assists on his meter.
« Toto » Martial especially took the fold of the discipline that José Mourinho imposed on him for a year and a half. « He’s tough with all of us and he’s tough with me, that’s not the question, » said the native of Esssone on the Premier League channel. He recalls his long complicated relationship with the Portuguese coach: « At first we did not know each other very well, but things are better now. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and the result is that we learn to give the best every time. »
I also know that he really loves me
If the former Monegasque, recruited for 50 million euros in 2015, manages to become a top player one day, he will probably thank the « Special One ». « I know it’s for my benefit and I also know he really loves me, so there’s no problem with this discipline », concludes Anthony Martial. Especially since the young striker now knows that the efficiency, which he knows to show today with his limited playing time, can allow him to be in the France group for the 2018 World Cup.
Chelsea without Michy, Musonda ni Moses but with David Luiz
Against WBA, Chelsea will not be able to play Michy Batshuayi, Moses or Musonda.
Batshuayi is injured. (Marc Atkins / OFFSIDE / PRESS SPO / PRESS SPORTS)
Traveling to West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea will have to do without Michy Batshuayi (ankle), Danny Drinkwater (calf), Charly Musonda (knee) and Victor Moses (ischios). On the other hand, David Luiz returned to the group after being sidelined by Antonio Conte.
Chelsea: the cost of the future stadium explodes and becomes historic!
Determined to build a new stadium, keeping the foundations of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has revised upward the cost of its future speaker. Moreover, the next stadium of the Blues could become the third most expensive cave in the world.
In a world of football business where the race for money has become the major stake of clubs, the renovation or the construction of new stadiums are one of the means studied by the trainings to increase their income. In France, the Atlantic Matmut of Bordeaux or the Groupama Stadium of Lyon are two of the most telling examples. In England, the big arms of the Premier League have also yielded to temptation.
And if Tottenham, who plays all his home games at Wembley, is waiting for the delivery of his new White Hart Lane at the start of the 2018/2019 season, Chelsea is also preparing to give Stamford Bridge a serious facelift. Like the Spurs, the Blues rely on existing infrastructure to expand their stadium. A mission entrusted to the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. For the moment, nothing has been built yet, but according to the Times, the cost of the case is being exposed.
Clearly, the London club had expected a renovation to the tune of £ 500m, or about 561 M €. But the English newspaper reveals that the bill should eventually amount to 1 billion pounds, or 1.122 billion euros! A total cost that would be multiplied by two. A great accounting difference that would bring the new Stamford Bridge into the record books. Indeed, the future speaker of the Blues would become the third most expensive stadium in the world, behind two American behemoths: the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons) and MetLife Stadium (New York Giants) whose cost is estimated at 1.3 billion euros.
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