Brighton add to Spurs Woes

Not so Hot Spur

This is probably an understatement but it’s a bad bad bad week for Tottenham. After the 7-2 humiliating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the champions league, Spurs fans and supporters alike hoped the premier league game against Brighton would be the perfect springboard for a positive reaction.

Oh boy Oh boy how wrong we were (trust me we were a mile off). Brighton hosted Spurs in the lunch time kickoff on Saturday and were gifted their first goal after another howler from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris. The France international was taken off injured after practically giving Maupay the easiest goal he’s ever going to score in the 3rd minute of play. I sincerely hope Lloris recovers from his injuries and is back in the mix for Spurs. However, the inadvertent injury caused to Lloris may be a blessing in disguise for Pochettino as his number one keeper has been absolutely awful in recent weeks (then again the backup keeper isn’t much to write home about).

Brighton knew Tottenham were on the ropes and theirs for the taking, and Brighton did just that. They were exceptional and looked full of confidence and adventure (a far cry from how they’ve performed in the past two games). Brighton striker Connolly capped off a man of the match display with two quality goals. Ok, the first was a tap in but credit to the young striker for being alert in the box while the Spurs defence was on snooze. He gave the Tottenham back four a torrid time as he embraced his first premier league start of the campaign adding his second goal on the 65th minute (what a delightful finish it was!!).

The game ended 3-0 to Brighton and the delight and joy could be felt all around the south coast at the  Falmer (Amex) stadium. The question now remains, what the hell is actually happening down at the Lane? I don’t have the answers, do you? I’ve heard some pretty crazy rumours concerning the Spurs dressing room but that’s just speculation and none of my business. Here’s hoping they get it together and get back to winning ways (the last thing we want is for Spurs to return to the dark ages of the 90s…..not good!!).

Liverpool make it 8 wins in a row in the league after a last minute winner against Leicester. Mane put the home side ahead in the 40th minute just before half time. The Reds defended well and looked good for the 3 points before Maddison leveled for Leicester in the 80th minute to silence the KOP. One could be forgiven for thinking Leicester had stopped Liverpool in their tracks but there seems to be a belief within Klopps team that just motivates them beyond believe.

Liverpool endeavoured and kept on pushing for an opportunity. Their efforts paid off when Mane was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty ( for me it definitely was a penalty although it looked soft) late in the last minute of injury time. The penalty was converted by James Milner which gave the home side all 3 points and leaving them 8 points ahead of their nearest rivals. Leicester gave a good account of themselves and could possibly finish in the top four this term. One thing is for sure, Liverpool are in pole position and should win the league.

Manchester City seemed to struggle this weekend having lost 2-0 against Wolves. Traore gave the visitors the win with two late goals in the 80 minute and 94th minute respectively. City are still second in the league after 8 games and will no doubt want a reaction in the next match. However, they have a lot of work to do if they are to stop Liverpool this season.

Aston Villa totally smashed Norwich City 5-1 whilst Chelsea beat Southampton 4-1. Chelsea have put in some noteworthy performances and their starlets Abraham and Mount seem to be delivering week in week out (that’s 8 goals in 8 games for Abraham, I’m impressed). There were also victories for Newcastle who beat Manchester United 1-0 and Arsenal who beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the emirates (David Luiz with the only goal of the game).

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Bright future for Connolly!!!

10 Man Arsenal Punish Villa

Gunners fight hard

Arsenal showed and proved their worth by overcoming Aston Villa in a thrilling encounter at the emirates. Villa had taken the lead through McGinn in the 20th minute and it seemed as though luck was on their side when Arsenal defender Maitland-Niles was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game in the 41th minute.

Arsenal defended and held strong until the 2nd half. Emery must have given his team great encouragement at the break (or an ear full). The Gunners came out on the other side full of determination and a will to win every challenge and every ball. Their endeavour was rewarded after Pepe equalised for the home side via a spot kick which excited the gunners faithful.

Aston Villa showed little respect for Arsenal by the way they moved the ball and attacked the gunners defence and there were no surprises or complaints when Da Silva put them ahead. It looked like Villa would have it their own way but the 10 men of Arsenal showed great resilience (very impressed by banter FC) and fought back to equalise again through Chambers on the 81st minute before Aubameyang slotted home the winner on the 84th minute. Does this victory mean Arsenal are back to their hay day? NO, no no.

Manchester City bounced back after their defeat against Norwich last week by totally demolishing Watford at the etihad. The result was crazy and City were absolutely relentless in this game (gave us a reminder that they are champions). The final score ended 8-0 and to be honest they could have got a lot more goals. Perhaps the Norwich game was a wake up call and City could now go on a winning streak.

Current leaders Liverpool, maintained their 100% start to the season with another win against top four hopefuls Chelsea. Alexander-Arnold put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute before Firmino added another in the 30th minute. Chelsea pulled a goal back in the 71st minute through Ngolo Kante but it was not enough as Liverpool earned an important 3 points away from home.

Meanwhile Tottenham gave up another lead after going ahead as they were beating 2-1 by Leicester. Spurs looked like they couldn’t be bothered in stages of the game and really should have done better. Take nothing away from Maddison’s finish which proved to be the winner (a future England international) but Spurs need to get their act together as quickly as possible. VAR played a part also having ruled out goals for both teams although Tottenham will feel hard done by.

There were wins for Burnley who beat Norwich City 2-0, Sheffield United who beat Everton 2-0 also and West Ham United who beat Manchester United 2-0 at home. Crystal Palace and Wolves drew 1-1 whilst Newcastle and Brighton ended goalless. There were some heavy criticism this weak aimed at Manchester United from past players (one Roy Keane) concerning United’s lack of fire power having sold Lukaku and not finding an adequate replacement. They need to find a solution to their woes as soon as possible otherwise Solskjaer could be picking up his P45 in the coming weeks.

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Aubameyang flying high!!!!!

Norwich win battle of two Cities

City Shocker

Correct me if I’m wrong but Norwich City winning against the reigning Premier League champions has raised so many questions over the past week. Some fans believe the league is definitely going to Liverpool (after 5 games….reallyyy!!!) and many say Manchester City have finally run out of steam. To be fair, there are two factors that will affect City this season, firstly the loss of Kompany through retirement and the Laporte injury.

I’ve said it since the start of the season that Kompany will be sorely missed and no direspect to Stones and Otamendi but they’re not made of the same cloth. Kompany is a different calibre. However, don’t think for a second that City will just give up after a loss or a 5 point deficit….if you believe this then you’re greatly mistaken. Let’s not forget Liverpool were 9 points clear at a stage last season and still ended the season as runners up (it’s far from over, but I’m still backing the REDS though hehe!!).

I like how Klopp came out and still declared Manchester City the best team in the country. Is he right or just playing mind games?  I’ll leave that to the masses to consider. What’s definitely factual is the surprises and entertainment value the premiership brings on a weekly basis. You cannot deny the drama, if it was a show it would win the best soap opera year in year out (I’d award VAR best supporting actor).

Right, so on Saturday Norwich did the unimaginable and gave City a spanking. Rather than being negative, I believe Norwich actually played well and deserve every credit for their achievements. The game itself was absolutely thrilling and packed with end to end action with both teams gun-ho on attack.

Norwich went ahead through Mclean on the 18th minute before Cantwell added a second on the 28th minute after great work from Pukki. Man City didn’t seem affected by the score and carried on attacking until finally rewarded through Club all time top scorer, Aguero on the 45th minute.

One thing you cannot do is rule out Man City and after the break you felt they would bounce back. Unfortunately for Guardiola, Norwich striker Pukki had other ideas and the Finland international (who has made a great start to the campaign by the way) made it 3-1 in the 50th minute sending the home supporters and perhaps some Scousers around the country into jubilation. City pulled one back in the 88th minute through Rodri and by the time De Bruyne and Mahrez got on the pitch it was all too late.

Meanwhile, Liverpool carried on impressing with another fine display after easily breaking Newcastle with 3 goals to 1. Red hot Mane was in fine form and grabbed a brace whilst golden boy Mo Salah scored the third in the 72nd minute. Firmino deserves a special mention because some of his touches during the game was unbelievable (took me back to the Barca days of Ronaldinho…..ok am reaching, just a tad peeps just a tad).

The mighty Spurs were also victorious in their London derby game against Crystal Palace with a 4-0 demolition of the South London Outfit. Benteke made an appearance for Palace but looks like a shadow of his former self (I’ve seen toothless PUB strikers hit the ball harder).  Chelsea with all their transfer embargo are relying heavily on their youngsters and Tammy Abraham and co are living up to the expectation. They comfortably dispatched Wolves away, winning the game 5-2 and Abraham grabbing a hat trick.

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You’ve been PUKKIED!!!!!

United suffer a hammering

City back on top

Man Utd suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham to add more pressure to the Club, the players and Jose Mourinho. In a week that had been plagued with rumours surrounding both Pogba and the manager with a certain Zidane also thrown in for good measure, losing away to West Ham was the last thing they needed. Earlier in the week a video footage  was doing the rounds on social media depicting a frosty encounter between Mourinho and Pogba at a united training session  (say what you want but one if not both has got to go).

Man Utd were absolutely awful against the hammers. No leaders out on the field. A flat and lackluster display was what travelling fans were treated to (I’d ask for a refund mate) from a team that appears to be in turmoil. This season was supposed to be the year Mourinho and the Red Devils stake a claim to the league since Ferguson’s departure. Let’s be honest that isn’t going to happen for a long while if things remain as they are.

Take nothing away from West Ham who put on a good performance from the start and took their opportunities. Goals from Anderson, Lindelof (og) and Arnautovic for the hammers ensured victory. Rashford pulled one back for Utd but the game was already over by then.

The big match of the weekend was in no doubt between Chelsea and Liverpool. Chelsea appeared to have the upper hand and bragging rights after knocking out their opponents in the midweek league cup match thanks to a magnificent solo effort from Hazard. Roll on Saturday and yet again the same outcome with Chelsea’s brilliant number 10 opening the scoring to put the blues ahead. Things weren’t looking too great for Liverpool and they looked like ending their 100% record until Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser in the 89th minute to give Liverpool a draw.

Elsewhere, Man City are back at the summit after Liverpool slipped up against Chelsea. City were in cruise control against Brighton as Sterling and Aguero signed City off with a 2-0 victory. Everton beat Fulham 3-0 with a brace from the influential Sigurdsson. Arsenal left it late the see off Watford in their 2-0 win at the emirates whilst Spurs also won 2-0 away to Huddersfield (Harry Kane at the double).

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 Super Daniel with the goal of the weekend!!!