Tuesday, September 21

Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 talking points of the weekend | Football

1) Far superior city … now by killer instinct

As Manchester City went through the gears in the first half, their game resembled the 2019 FA Cup final, a glorious 6-0 dissolution of Watford. But the goals of the first half never came and doubts descended. City were better than last week at Wembley when Chelsea snuffed out hopes of a quadruple, but their problems were similar. They lack a real finisher, with the departure of Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesús, who scored twice two years ago against Watford, in which Pep Guardiola no longer trusts. Raheem Sterling’s poor form hasn’t been helpful either. A team hoping to reach the club’s first Champions League final when they face PSG this week and next week lack the killer instinct in attack that recent winners like Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah, and Mohamed Salah, could lean on. Bayern Munich, with Robert Lewandowski. Finally, patience and quality showed, but Guardiola would surely prefer not to rely on defenders’ set pieces to win games that should have been out of sight. John brewin

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2) Klopp turns his anger on the players

“Really close to being unacceptable.” Jürgen Klopp’s patience was broken in all directions last week as a result of his owners ‘greed, but it was simply and significantly his players’ performance against Newcastle that pushed him to the limit as a football coach. The protection he gave them during the six-game losing streak at Anfield is no longer available. Liverpool had more shots on goal than when they beat Crystal Palace 7-0 on December 19, a result that moved the champions five points clear at the top, but was indebted to the ridiculous rule of handball by a point. Given the scale of the recession, Klopp was asked: is it too simplistic to believe that Liverpool will rejuvenate once the injured cavalry return? “Did not answer. “Long-term solutions are fine, but we have to work in the short term. We no longer have anything to lose. We want to deserve the Champions League. We don’t want to be cheeky and get in some way. We want to win it and with these results you don’t win it ”. Andy hunter

3) The shape of the son was taken for granted

In October 2017, Pep Guardiola described Tottenham as ‘Team Harry Kane’. Son-Heung min has served Guardiola several servings of his own words. Son, no Kane has been the common denominator in Spurs’ victories over Guardiola’s City. He has scored six goals against them, including three in the heartbreaking 2019 Champions League quarter-finals. At Wembley, he was far from his best. Son finished the match squatting, crying, being consoled by Phil Foden and Ilkay Gündoğan. They were tears of disappointment, probably also of frustration at his own performance. Son is usually such a dynamic and decisive player, but he took the safe option throughout and seemed especially reluctant to run in Kyle Walker.Earlier in the season, it was said ad nauseam that José Mourinho had a chance to win trophies at the Spurs if Kane and The Son stayed in shape. We took their shape for granted. Rob smyth

Son Heung-Min was devastated at the final whistle at Wembley.
Son Heung-Min was devastated at the final whistle at Wembley. Photograph: Michael Zemanek / BPI / Shutterstock

4) Fernandes’ depression can’t last much longer

Bruno Fernandes has scored just once in Manchester United’s last 10 games, a late-game penalty against Granada, and seized a golden opportunity to break the stalemate at Elland Road. The mark of the Portuguese playmaker’s class is that he remains the club’s top scorer this season at 24, four ahead of Marcus Rashford. Their drought surely cannot continue for much longer, which may be bad news for Roma as they travel to Old Trafford for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Fernandes’ recent lack of power also shows an encouraging development for Solskjær’s side, a sign of less confidence in the midfielder. This draw was a first setback after five straight league wins and United are ending the season as strong as they were weak at first. Now, the hope is that Fernandes can relocate his auction. Jamie jackson

5) Arteta feels the heat when the roads to Europe narrow

Mikel Arteta was furious after Arsenal’s loss to Everton and, taking the subject of his anger at face value, no one could blame him. VAR is testing the patience of most football fans and the Premier League would be better off without its dominating presence. But it seemed like a convenient outlet for further frustration: Like nearly everyone in the sport who isn’t an absent billionaire Arteta was rocked by the Super League fiasco, so audible protests from fans outside of the Emirates as the game progressed. match must have hurt. There’s also the uncomfortable truth of what Friday night’s result meant. Arsenal can already forget about winning European football via the domestic route, so it all depends on a Europa League double with Villarreal, led by Arteta’s predecessor Unai Emery. It’s a winnable tie, but the alternative would make things clearly awkward ahead of a summer in which Arsenal require top-down changes. Can you afford to get it wrong? Nick ames

6) Werner is not another forward failure for Chelsea

Timo Werner is having a very strange season. In a sense, the German has been a disappointment since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig. Werner’s brilliantly worked goal in the crucial 1-0 win at West Ham was only his third in his last 32 appearances and still managed to conjure up a comic flaw during the second half, underscoring his ability to go from the sublime to the ridiculous. in the space of 90 minutes. However, the forward’s erratic finish doesn’t tell the whole story. Although Werner is a puzzle in front of goal, he is a nightmare to score. He has more to his game than goals, that’s why Thomas Tuchel chooses him. Werner is fast, his movement is good and he makes things happen. He created the winner of Hakim Ziyech against Manchester City in the FA Cup and he has been far more effective than previous failures like Álvaro Morata and Fernando Torres. Jacob steinberg

7) Bielsa reveals her pragmatic side

Games can give off a season-ending stench at this time of year, and this was one of them. But the way in which Marcelo Bielsa adapted his tactic was significant; His method is characterized by its relentlessness, but Leeds’ man-to-man marking system was broken when the teams met at Old Trafford forcing a rethink. So Bielsa made the courageous decision to have Kalvin Phillips follow Bruno Fernandes, effectively sacrificing his most important player to subdue his opponents, as West Germany and Germany did in the 1966 and 1990 World Cup finals. placing Franz Beckenbauer and Lothar Matthäus in Bobby Charlton and Diego Maradona respectively. This was a bold decision, and he did not know that Paul Pogba, his other creator, would remain on the bench for 76 minutes. But he showed that Bielsa is willing to give in when circumstances demand, embroidering his idealism with just a hint of pragmatism. It bodes well for the progression of your team. Daniel Harris

8) Maupay miss sums up the Brighton problem

“The challenge is not to think about what just happened,” said Graham Potter. The problem for Neal Maupay is that his mistake at Bramall Lane was so memorable it can be unforgettable: From ten feet away, he skied a shot over the bar. If he was a defender, it would have been a brilliant punt from the most dangerous positions. Instead, he is a profligate forward, the epitome of Brighton’s profligacy. Only Timo Werner and Roberto Firmino have surpassed the expected goals for more than Maupay; this possibility, based on the metric, would be a goal 87% of the time. According to xG, Brighton “should” have beaten Arsenal and Tottenham this season; Instead, they only average one goal per game, with none in their final 347 minutes. It is to Maupay’s credit that, as an anxious runner, he places himself in the positions to fail; it is a concern that it continues to do so. Richard Jolly

Neal Maupay reflects on a three-yard error that condemned Brighton to defeat at Bramall Lane.
Neal Maupay reflects on a three-yard error that condemned Brighton to defeat at Bramall Lane. Photograph: MI News / NurPhoto / Shutterstock

9) Burnley offers the Wolves a lesson in team spirit

It was difficult to see the Wolves’ lifeless display at Molineux and not link it to the way the team has been put together. Jorge Mendes’s influence on the club has been widely documented and, at first glance, has been very useful for the team: successive seventh places attest to a squad with a serious (and very expensive) talent pool. But perhaps the trap of allowing a superagent to be the curator of your team is that factors such as attitude, bonding and commitment to the project get in the way. Not all wolf players may be laissez-faire mercenaries, but certainly a fearsome team at Burnley made them look like this, which made up for their limitations with tenacity and effort. Nuno Espírito Santo’s task, if he wants to avoid rumors about his work, is to galvanize an exhausted and indifferent squad with nothing to play for. Perhaps you should remind them that it is not just your reputation that is at stake, but theirs as well. Alex Hess

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10) Will Allardyce stay with Baggies after the crash?

West Brom appears to be relegated, after Keinan Davis’ late draw took away what would have been a life raft to cling to. When the almost inevitable happens, what happens next to Sam Allardyce and his squad? Of those he’s working with, Matheus Pereira, the best player in the park against Villa, appears to be someone many Premier League clubs would want to take a chance on. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, excellent from being overworked at Villa Park, has had a solid season. Granted, Yokuslu, a 6-foot-3 midfielder on loan from Celta de Vigo, was a typically skilled Allardyce signing in January. And Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, gives his all in the heart of the midfield and would be one of the most classy players in the Championship if he stays next season. However, the main question is whether Allardyce himself stays. What’s your appetite for coaching in a division you last visited with West Ham in 2012? JB


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