English Premier League, Match Day 10

Here is a brief recap of match day 10’s EPL matches. Two huge derbies took place this weekend; one was the Tyne-Wear derby (Newcastle vs Sunderland). Newcastle had 60% possession and 21 shots, but were defeated by Sunderland, 3-0. The other was the Manchester derby (Manchester United vs Manchester City), which ended in a 0-0 draw. Andre Ayew’s 87th minute goal gave Swansea a 2-1 victory over last place Aston Villa. Leicester City beat Crystal Palace thanks to Jamie Vardy’s 59th minute goal. West Brom were 1-0 victors over Norwich. Stoke City fell 2-0 to Watford. Chelsea suffered their 5th loss this season to West Ham, 2-1. They will also be without Matic for their next match due to a red card. Arsenal won 2-1 against Everton. Harry Kane (who hasn’t had the greatest start to the season) netted a hat-trick as Tottenham crushed Bournemouth, 5-1. Liverpool tied Southampton, 1-1. That’s all for match day 10’s Premier League action.

UEFA Champions League, Match Day 3, Part 2

Here is a brief recap of the match day 3 UEFA Champions League matches that took place on Wednesday. Markus Rosenberg’s solo goal gave Malmo a win against Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester United drew 1-1 with CSKA Moscow. Atletico Madrid dominated FC Astana, crushing them 4-0. Galatasaray came back from 1-0 down to beat Benfica, 2-1. Juventus (who had 22 shots) and Borussia Mochengladbach tied, 0-0. Manchester City were 2-1 victors over Sevilla thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s stoppage time goal. PSG and Real Madrid each went home with a point after drawing 0-0. PSV lost 2-0 to Wolfsburg. That’s all for match day 3’s UEFA Champions League action.

UEFA Champions League, Match Day 3, Part 1

Here is a brief recap of the match day 3 UEFA Champions League matches that took place this past Tuesday. Ivan Rakitic (who came on as a sub in the 18th minute) netted both of Barcelona’s goals in their 2-0 win over BATE Borisov. Arsenal really needed a win and were up against a very tough Bayern Munich side. Bayern dominated the match, but Arsenal won 2-0. Roma came back from being 2-0 down to 4-2 up on Bayer Leverkusen. Then in the last 6 minutes Bayer scored twice to salvage a point. Brown Ideye’s solo goal gave Olympiakos a 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb. Chelsea drew 0-0 with Dynamo Kiev. Maccabi Tel-Aviv are still without a point after their 2-0 loss to FC Porto. Valencia beat KAA Gent, 2-1. Zenit maintained their perfect record, winning 3-1 against Lyon. That’s all for Tuesday’s match day 3 UEFA Champions League action.

English Premier League, Match Day 9

Here is a brief recap of match day 9’s EPL action. Jurgen Klopp drew his first game as Liverpool manager 0-0 against Tottenham. Chelsea beat a struggling Aston Villa side, 2-0. Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet’s late goals gave West Ham United a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Manchester United won 3-0 against Everton. Manchester City destroyed Bournemouth, 5-1 with Raheem Sterling netting a hat-trick. Leicester City came back from 2-0 down to tie Southampton 2-2. West Brom beat Sunderland thanks to Saido Berahino’s solo goal in the 54th minute. Arsenal dominated Watford, crushing them 3-0. Georginio Wijnaldum hit four past Norwich’s keeper as Newcastle steamrolled the Canaries, 6-2. Bojan Krkic’s 4th minute penalty conversion was enough to give Stoke the victory over Swansea. That’s all for match day 9’s Premier League matches.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

Goals of the Week

From now on some of the EPL match day recaps will include a goals of the week section. The goals of the week are chosen by liverpoolfan1. Below each goal is a link to where you can view it. Here are this weeks goals.

1. Murray vs. Man C (22′)
2. Wijnaldum vs. Norwich (85′)
4. Schniderlin vs. Everton (19′)
I hope you enjoyed the first edition of goals of the week on Touchline80!

   

Chelsea Crisis: What’s Wrong with the Blues

If you have been following the English Premier League you will know that Chelsea are experiencing a crisis. As of now they sit 16th in the table. Why are they having these troubles, though. This post is my opinion on why Chelsea is experiencing a crisis. One reason is they have just come off winning a title and may be having a hard time motivating themselves. After their first few losses they probably started to lose confidence in themselves too. Another big reason they have fallen upon hard times is because of their manager, Jose Mourinho (the “Special One”).

It seems to me that he has had a bit of a falling out with some of his players. In their game against Southampton he subbed Matic on at halftime and then subbed him off 28 minutes later. I’m sure that Matic doesn’t like him very much after that incident. Earlier in the season he sat John Terry, who played every minute of every game last season, on the bench. Granted he hadn’t been playing very well, but he is the captain and by sitting him on the bench all your doing is making him mad and possibly lowering his confidence. If he would have played him it would have given him a chance to get back to playing well. Also, Chelsea rely a lot on their center-backs being able to make it very hard for their opponents to score. They only let in 32 goals last season, the least of any team. This year though, they have already conceded 17 goals, the second most in the league. This may be due to the fact that their defenders are getting old. John Terry is 34, Branislav Ivanovic is 31, and Gary Cahill is 29. None of them are particularly fast. So far Chelsea hasn’t looked good, but maybe they can pull it together and win a few matches. They’re going to have to if they want a spot in the UEFA Champions League. I think everyone can agree that it is very unlikely that they will be defending their title.

Peruvian Hidden Talents

Over the summer an international tournament called the Copa America took place. The tournament was to determine who was the best international team in South America. While I was watching I observed that Peru had a lot of talent. In the group stages they just barely lost to Brazil in extra time, beat Venezuela, and tied Columbia. Then they managed to get to the semi-finals where they looked like the better team against Chile (they would go on to win the tournament), but lost, 2-1. The Peruvians went on to win 2-0 in the third place match against Paraguay. Two players especially stood out to me during their campaign. Striker, Paolo Guerrero who plays for Flamengo and center-back, Carlos Zambrano who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. Guerrero was tied for top goalscorer with 4 goals and on the team of the tournament. Carlos Zambrano was a rock in the back and made countless great tackles. Judging by their performances in the Copa America both of these players would be great additions to any team. Maybe we’ll see them at top clubs in the coming years.

English Premier League, Match Day 8

Here is a brief recap of match day 8’s EPL action. Crystal Palace dominated West Brom, deservedly winning, 2-0. AFC Bournemouth drew 1-1 with Watford. Marko Arnautovic solo goal in the 55th minute handed Stoke City the three points over Aston Villa. After going 1-0 down to Newcastle United in the 18th minute, Manchester City came back to win 6-1 with Sergio Aguero netting five. Leicester City bounced back from their 5-2 loss to Arsenal, beating Norwich 2-1. Sunderland let a 2-0 lead slip and ended up tying West Ham, 2-2. Chelsea supporters were once again disappointed, losing 3-1 to Southampton. They now sit 16th in the table, two places above the relegation zone. Everton and Liverpool tied 1-1 in a hugely important Merseyside Derby for both teams. Alexis Sanchez scored a brace as Arsenal destroyed a poor Manchester United side, 3-0. Tottenham only managed to tie Swansea, 2-2*. Well, that’s all for match day 8’s Premier League matches.

*WARNING: BRACE YOURSELVES TOTTENHAM FANS, FOR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ MAY SHOCK YOU!

Harry Kane scored an own goal when playing against Swansea City, but look on the bright side, at least he has two goals in the EPL now.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

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