One of the many things that make football the popular sport it is, is the simplicity.
The experienced midfielder missed the win over Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Wednesday with a minor problem but was named in Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad on Thursday.
Arsenal’s Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina drops the ball over the line from a corner during the Gunners’ match with Porto. United’s players are more intent on keeping control while Arsenal’s are intent on probing forward, springing their forwards.
Last season Italian clubs gained 5.42 coefficient points for their performance compared to their English rivals, while a further 6.786 were gained as the 2010-11 season was knocked off the ranking – heading into the start of the season Serie A clubs needed to gain just 4.179 points to overtake.
A known goal for most Premier League teams is to finish in the top four to be able to qualify for the Champions League.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the authorities must do more to help English teams in Europe after the Champions League setback.
The Lilywhites played a high-voltage fixture in north London derby when they came up against Arsenal in the midweek in a League Cup encounter.
I guess their fans don’t like the official website as much as they like their team. It happens with the other federations and the other countries. Had Liverpool managed their home game against Arsenal they would have been crowned champions.
The Blues have made a disappointing start to their season as they sit in 15th place with just eight points from their first seven games.
“So if he’s fit enough to warm up and sit on the bench presumably he’d be fit enough if anything had happened to Ospina so it was a unusual decision, particularly with the importance of the game, they got beat and the pressure is right on them now”.
“One fake game in the Champions League and you can be out, while the Premier League is all about the work you do over the entire year”. I also think the big teams overseas can sometimes win games at 70 per cent and conserve their energy and be fresh.
However, former Scotland striker Kevin Gallacher, who played in the Champions League for Blackburn and Newcastle, has dismissed Rodgers’ claims.
To back their warning, EUFA has issued a table of top performing countries and explained how scoring for the rating system works.
The hosting Hornets may have lost the game, but they are still yet to concede a goal in the first half of a Premier League match this term. They still give 110 per cent.
So why have English teams struggled to dominate in Europe? Another interesting trend to take note of is the emergence of two fantasy defenders who scored impressive phantom points without clean sheets/goals/assists: Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City) and Winston Reid (West Ham United).
Man United captain Wayne Rooney ended a Premier League goal drought that dated back to April and 1,000 minutes.