Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas answered critics that he does not score enough, scoring two terrific goals in extra-time to lead Chelsea to a thrilling victory over Leicester in the league cup on Tuesday night.
And for those who say that he does not run enough, there was an 80-yard sprint to celebrate the second with a knee-slide before more than three thousand traveling fans.
The Chelsea fans had been singing his name for much of the second-half as his influence grew and Leicester’s two-goal lead courtesy of Shinji Okazaki and some generous defending was wiped out. Read more... (441 words, 1 image, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
There is a growing confidence on Merseyside that this could be a special season fir Jurgen Klopp’s side this season. The league might be beyond them, but a domestic cup is well within their realm of possibility, especially with Philippe Coutinho in this kind of mood.
Seven months ago Coutinho was inconsolable at Wembley after becoming one of three Liverpool players to miss in the League Cup final penalty shoot-out against Manchester City.
Klopp would love to go one stage better in the same competition and certainly Coutinho played as if on a mission to deliver. Read more... (458 words, 1 image, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Spending money does make a difference, it seems, as two of Arsenal’s big-money summer signings helped the Gunners into the fourth round of the league cuo.
Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez, £47 million worth of talent, scored either side of half-time to set up a routine win for Arsenal ahead of their crunch derby against Chelsea on Saturday.
Forest’s fall from grace meant these two icons of English football had not faced each other since 1999. Last night was the 12th anniversary of Brian Clough’s death — an occasion marked by the Forest fans with a minute’s applause in the 12th minute. Read more... (319 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Barcelona have made the signing of Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin their top priority for next summer’s transfer window.
The Spaniard left Barca to join Arsene Wenger’s side five years, but could become the latest in a long line to return to the Catalan giants after moving away.
The defender has become a first-team fixture at the Emirates Stadium and has made his international debut after coming through the feted La Masia academy system.
And speaking in Sport, Barca vice-president, Jordi Mestre confirmed that Bellerin could follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Denis Suarez in returning to the Nou Camp. Read more... (285 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Goals from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic cancelled out Stephan Lichtsteiner’s opener for Juventus and Inter held on to clinch a deserved 2-1 ‘Derby d’Italia’ win that they fully deserved after a dominant display.
Stephan Lichesteiner opened the scoring for Massimiliano Allegri’s visitors against the run of play on 66 minutes, but Mauro Icardi continued his impressive form against Gianluigi Buffon by hitting the leveller just two minutes later.
Perisic then came off the bench to nod the winner from Icardi’s deft cross 12 minutes from time to send Inter up to seventh place in the table. Read more... (438 words, 1 image, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho believes his players may be struggling under the pressure as Manchester United continue to suffer an alarming drop in form, and singled out Luke Shaw for criticism following Sunday’s defeat at Watford.
The Red Devils had not lost to Watford in 30 years but were deservedly beaten 3-1 at Vicarage Road, adding to derby defeat at home to Manchester City last weekend and Thursday night’s Europa League loss away to Feyenoord.
Etienne Capoue’s fourth goal of the season opened the scoring for the hosts. Marcus Rashford equalised in the 62nd minute with United’s first shot on target but Watford responded as substitute Camilo Zuniga fired them back in front having just come off the bench. Read more... (728 words, 1 image, estimated 2:55 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger was impressed by the way Arsenal brought a tough week to a convincing end at Hull.
Having required a last-gasp penalty to fortuitously secure victory against Southampton last weekend, the north Londoners rode their luck as they started their Champions League campaign with a draw at Paris St Germain.
Alexis Sanchez scored Tuesday’s late leveller and again proved integral as Hull were comprehensively overcome 4-1 at the KCOM Stadium, netting a brace that was complemented by a Theo Walcott effort and Granit Xhaka’s stunning stoppage-time strike. Read more... (395 words, 1 image, estimated 1:35 mins reading time)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is not sure whether his side are still haunted by last season’s 10th place finish following the club’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Friday.
Goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson were enough to give Jurgen Klopp’s side all three points, despite Diego Costa pulling one back in the second half.
Chelsea, who won maximum points from their first three Premier League games, have stuttered in their last two, picking up just one point.
After winning the league comfortably in 2014-15, Chelsea surprised football fans all over the world last season, picking up only 50 points. Read more... (352 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp claimed Liverpool played “football like hell” after they inflicted Chelsea’s first defeat of the Premier League season.
The Reds ran Chelsea ragged in a blistering first half and led thanks to goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson. They then showed their defensive mettle to hang on for a deserved 2-1 victory after Diego Costa halved the deficit.
And Anfield boss Klopp beamed afterwards:
“The beginning was brilliant. We played football like hell! It was very intense, very lively, very flexible, our build-up was brilliant in the first half. Read more... (342 words, 1 image, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
A year to the day since losing their Champions League opener at PSV Eindhoven, United endured another night to forget in Holland.
Their much-changed line-up boasted quality but looked cumbersome and unwieldy in Rotterdam, where Feyenoord snatched a 1-0 win through Vilhena’s strike.
It was hardly the response Jose Mourinho craved after Saturday’s derby defeat at home to Manchester City, with few of the eight changes doing themselves any favors.
Marcus Rashford has been blazing a trail through English football since announcing his arrival in this competition nearly seven months ago, but he left after 63 minutes having given plenty of effort with precious little to show for it. Read more... (373 words, 1 image, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)