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Today in Premier League

October 4th, 2009

It was all blues at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea defeated Liverpool 2-0 and regained the top spot in the league table. Though Chelsea had a better side on paper than Liverpool, it took Chelsea 60 minutes to actually prove that they were better than the reds on the pitch.

Drogba probably settled the debate for now, regarding who is the best striker in the Premier League. Both goals that Chelsea scored this afternoon were assisted by Drogba. Anelka scored the first and the second was added in the last minute by substitute Malouda. Liverpool hardly troubled the South Londoners as their star player Torres failed miserably.

Arsene Wenger got the perfect gift for completing 13 years as Arsenal’s boss in England’s Premier League. The North Londoners defeated Blackburn Rovers 6-2 at the Emirates. Fans were shocked when Zonzi scored the first goal for Blackburn inside 4 minutes. Vermaelen equalized in the 17th minute but Blackburn took the lead again in the 30th minute with a goal from Dunn.

Arsenal seemed in no mood of giving up as the last hour of the game saw 5 different Arsenal players getting on the score sheet. Persie and Arshavin scored before half time making sure that they go into break with a lead. Fabregas, Walcott and Bendtner did their bit for the afternoon in the second half.

Everton and West Ham managed to score a point at home this afternoon after a draw against Stoke City and Fulham respectively. The hammers equalized in the last minute against 10 men Fulham as Stanislas made sure that his club scored a point.

Today in Premier League

September 26th, 2009

Cheslea faced defeat for the first time this season at the JJB stadium playing against Wigan Athletic. Wigan opened score in the 16th minute with a header from Bramble. Chelsea equalized two minutes into the second half with a goal from Drogba but Wigan’s attempt to score in the 52nd minute saw Petr Cech bringing Rodallega down in the box. Cech was shown a straight red card which left reserve keeper Hilario with the job of saving the penalty. Rodallega stepped up and took the penalty which he netted comfortably, making the score 2-1.

Chelsea tried attacking, but with a man down there was always a fear of counter attack. Chelsea did not capitalize on the opportunities that came their way and were punished again in 90+2 minutes when Paul Scharner scored, giving Wigan their first win ever against one of the top 4 English clubs.

Manchester United defeated Stoke City 0-2. First half saw United making sloppy passes but soon Ferguson replaced Nani with Giggs which proved to be a master stroke as Giggs helped United to score both the goals. With assists from Giggs in both united goals, Berbatov and O’Shea scored a goal each in the 62nd and 77th minute.

Liverpool defeated Hull at Anfield with a thumping 6-1 lead. Torres took 3, Babel 2 and a goal from Gerrard saw Anfield live with action. 4 goals from Keane saw Spurs defeating Burnley 5-0 at home. Portsmouth continued their losing run as they faced their seventh consecutive defeat this season, this time at the hands of Everton.

Blackburn won against Aston Villa 2-1 in front of home fans. Birmingham and Fulham were not able to capitalize on their home advantage and lost 1-2 to Bolton, and 0-1 to Arsenal respectively.

League Cup Updates

September 23rd, 2009

The third round of the League cup saw the big England teams, Arsenal, and Liverpool, going through to the next round. Arsenal defeated West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates stadium. Ex gunner, Jerome Thomas of West Brom was shown a red card by referee L Mason in the 37th minute for slapping Jack Wilshere of Arsenal. This left West Brom with 10 men to play the remaining 53 minutes.

The score at half time remained 0-0 but the outnumbered West Brom squad were not able to hold the gunners for long. A goal each from Sanchez Watt, and Carlos Vela made sure that Arsenal goes through the next round. Arsene Wenger had promised a young Arsenal team would start for the League cup encounter, and accordingly the average age of the team for the night was 20 years.

Elsewhere, Leeds United was hosting Liverpool. The match ended with a 0-1 win for Liverpool. 20 year old French striker David Ngog scored the only goal of the game in the 66th minute. Newly demoted Newcastle United lost against Peterborough United 2-0. The Newcastle fans faced a big question of whether their side will again play in the Premier League next season. Sunderland defeated newly promoted side Birmingham City 2-0 in an encounter which saw two Premier League clubs clashing for a place in the next round. Elsewhere, Bolton Wanderers defeated West Ham 3-1.

Other matches of the night saw Barnsley defeating Burnley 3-2, Carlisle United losing 1-3 against Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest losing 0-1 against Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City defeating Blackpool 4-3, and Scunthorpe United winning 2-0 against Port Vale.

Stoke City v Chelsea

September 10th, 2009

Chelsea travel to resilient Stoke and the Britannia Stadium on Saturday looking to continue their very impressive start to this current Premier League season. With four wins from four games so far, Carlo Ancellotti’s team are brimming with confidence and head the table on goal difference from fellow London side Tottenham.

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Stoke City have also started the season well, currently occupying fifth spot in the league table with seven points; points that have come from two wins (both at home) one draw away to Birmingham, and a rather comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Anfield by Liverpool.

With both teams coming into the game after the two week international break, Stoke will feel they will have the “fresher” options as most of Chelsea’s squad will be flying in from around the world just a day or two before the clash. Nevertheless, Ancellotti knows the strength of his current squad and will be confident that whatever team he puts out on Saturday afternoon will be well equipped to deal with the pressures at hand.

Stoke manager Tony Pullis this week welcomed former Thailand boss Peter Reid to the Britannia Stadium as the teams new assistant manager, and he will be hoping that Reid’s vast experience in the game can benefit the club further. With two wins out of two so far this season at home, Stoke look well equipped to see out the current campaign without any major relegation hitches hanging over their heads.

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Updates from Barclays Premier League

August 29th, 2009

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has accused Captain Steven Gerrard with not performing at his best level. The mersyside has already faced two defeats out of the three they played. Gerrard and Rafael know very well that losing points early in the league will only hamper their chances of winning the title.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that his team has not made any sort of attempt to bring French striker Franck Ribery to London. He also added that Andiry Shevchenko is all set to leave the club with mutual interest. Shevchenko failed to produce his magic which made him one of the most feared strikers in Europe. Though it’s not definite where Andiry will be heading this season but there are speculations about him joining his old club AC Milan where he spent the last season on loan.

Paul Hart has successfully made four new signings for his club Portsmouth. The new signings include 32 year old Michael Brown, an English midfielder from Wigan Athletic, 22 year old German midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng from Spurs, 28 year old Ivorian striker Aruna Dindane from Lens on loan and another 22 year old striker, Jamie O’Hara from Spurs on loan. Though the exact figures of the deals have not been made public yet but Hart said that the new signings were at the minimal possible rates.

Turkey‘s captain, and Middlesbrough star, Tuncay has left the red army to join Stoke city for a reported sum of £5 million. The 27 year old forward, winger and midfielder followed his red army mate 25 year old German Robert Huth, who too was reportedly signed for £5 million by Stoke.

Ronaldo: I am trying to keep a check on my temperament

March 11th, 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United winger, is trying his level best of curbing his temper, whenever he is playing on the field against defenders known for rough tackles.

The treatment, which Ronaldo receives from the defenders of his opposition, has again come under the scrutiny after Steven Taylor was involved in an incident involving the Portuguese International.

Ronaldo, himself, escaped punishment during this season after kicking on numerous occasions. He was involved in clashes with Andy Wilkinson (Stoke fullback) and Michael Dawson (Spurs Centre-half).

FIFA Player of the Year has accepted that oppositions are always targeting him. However, he feels confident that his battle on keeping the temperament in check will be successful.

While speaking to the Sun on the eve of their Champions League game against Inter Milan, Ronaldo said, ‘There is no denying the fact that I’m a target and hence it gets difficult for me to avoid certain situations.’

‘I do try controlling my anger. However, there are times when things get out of my control and this is where I wish to improve.’

‘Sometimes, the feeling comes out of the atmosphere in the stadium. Again, there are cases where the importance of the matches takes the front guard in me.’

‘I am only 24. Still, I’ve got enough experience of playing big games, which helps a lot as you can learn through different situations.’

‘If someone tackles me roughly, I get back to my feet and start playing again. I do not have a fear of getting kicked, as it’s part of the game. I believe that they kick for stopping me, as they do not have any other method of getting on top.’

Kuyt: We are getting better with each game

January 7th, 2009

Liverpool striker, Dirk Kuyt, is confident that his club will only get better with each game.

Holland International was given rest for the 3rd-round game against Preston in the FA Cup. However, he is certain to get a recall when league leaders pay a visit to Stoke City on Saturday.

This trip will give Reds the chance of gaining some revenge against the side, who were involved in one of their poorest performance of this season.

Stoke was able to hold Liverpool for a goalless draw at Anfield in September and impressed everyone with their ultra-defensive display.

Liverpool has been on an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions. They will be looking forward to avoid slipping up at Britannia Stadium like Tottenham, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Kuyt said, ‘The best thing about this season is that we’ve got a better beginning than previous ones.’

‘We’ve injected some fresh faces in the club, who have helped us in performing better. At the same time, other players, who’ve been a part of this club for long, have shown consistency needed at this level.’

Kuyt underlined the desire in Liverpool players to erase memories of their disappointing draw against Stoke.

‘That was really a frustrating day for us. This is why, I feel it’s tough to explain football. Many opportunities came to our helm that day, but we were just not able to do it.’

With the season already into the second half, pressure will mount on each team in the Premier League to perform well in each game. Liverpool will also have to avoid showing a laidback attitude and win the coming games, if they wish to hold onto their top position.

Ferguson: Stoke will give everything they have

December 26th, 2008

Manchester United Boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, isn’t expecting an easy outing against Stoke City during their Boxing Day encounter at Britannia Stadium.

Current Champions will be playing their first match in Premier League after 13 days, as they were away participating in Club World Cup, which was held in Japan.

Potteries venue has been amongst the toughest places for away teams, since Stoke made a promotion to the big league in previous season. Ferguson believes that they might receive the hostility level of an Anfield crowd at the Britannia Stadium.

Ferguson said, ‘I’ve visited Britannia Stadium several times in the past and always was greeted by hot atmosphere.’

‘Stoke fans are passionate and you have to deal with it properly. You’ll find situation here similar to Anfield, Sunderland or Newcastle.’

‘I expect Stoke to give us a tough fight. If you look at the bottom of the table, you’ll find 10 clubs separated by only 7 points. I haven’t seen the competition getting this tight till date.’

‘Difference between fourth-bottom side and the bottom one was 14 in the previous season. It’s a healthy change. This time, teams may require over 40 points for guaranteeing safety.’

Meanwhile, Ferguson seems happy with his current lot of players. He is showing no intentions of recruiting anyone.

‘I don’t think that there will be any transfers in January, as I’m satisfied with the available options.’

‘We might get back some of our young players, who were on loan with other clubs. They will help us in giving the added protection, which we might require when the going gets tough.’

Charlton backs Ronaldo for another remarkable season

November 19th, 2008

Former Manchester United Legend, Sir Bobby Charlton, believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is once again racking up goals for his club.

During last weekend’s 5-0 demolition job of Stoke City at Old Trafford, Ronaldo scored 2 goals and took his tally for Manchester United to 101.

This was the first time in this campaign that both his goals came off free-kicks and left Thomas Sorensen, Stoke’s goalkeeper, baffled.

Currently, the United star has 9 goals in this season, which is following a remarkable season where he scored 43 times for the Devils.

Charlton had 249 goals in 758 appearances for United. During an interview, he showed his delight for seeing the return in form of Portuguese winger.

Charlton said, ‘Free-kicks from Ronaldo haven’t been going lately. But thankfully, it worked during the Stoke’s game.’

‘I find his scoring rate to be fantastic. His last campaign was an incredible one and this one is heading in the same direction.’

There was a period during the transfer season where Ronaldo seemed ready for a move to Real Madrid, but eventually decided otherwise.

Charlton claims that Ronaldo is currently playing at the best club in the world. According to him, only Red Devils can hone his talents with the presence of Sir Alex Ferguson.

‘I feel that Cristiano would have given a thought about his decision. Eventually, he also realized, like the most of us, that this club is the best in the world.’

‘With the presence of Sir Alex Ferguson, who I consider the best manager of the modern game, his talent is going to be well nurtured.’

No break in ankle for Richards

October 22nd, 2008

Mark Hughes, Manchester City Boss, who had his share of problems in the recent games, finally received a boost when it was reveled that the ankle injury of Micah Richards was not as serious as it was thought to be.

Manchester City Defender didn’t sustain any break in his ankle during the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United at St. James Park on Monday, though he did strain his ligaments.

However, Richards is still going to face a considerable spell on the sidelines, which will start with Barclays Premier League game against Stoke that is going to take place on Sunday.

Nedum Onuoha, who has also been one of the players with numerous injury troubles, played as a substitute for Richards in that match. He might retain his place in an important encounter against Stoke.

While speaking in an interview, Hughes said: ‘ When Micah was injured at an important stage in the game, we had no choice but to throw Onuoha in.’

‘I think that he did well, considering the state of the game when he entered it.’

‘Although we have a cover in Onuoha, still we would prefer going into the Stoke’s game with Micah fully fit and raring to go.’

On being asked about the recent woeful defending of the club, Hughes said, ‘We will give our full efforts in Sunday’s crucial encounter and challenge every ball that gets thrown in our box.’

After a good start to the season, City has lost their way considerably mainly due to their poor defending. Now with Richards out of the next game, it will tough for Hughes’ side to come back to winning ways.