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Man Utd, Arsenal and the unpredictable trip (Part 1)

Man Utd, Arsenal meet the home teams, who are leading the Belgian and Greek scorecards, in the first round of the round of 16 Europa League.

Man Utd rewinds the trip to Belgium with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League. Ole Solskjaer teachers and students still have many chances to compete for the Champions League next season, including the path of winning the Europa League. But, Brugge is not an easy opponent to play when they just lost a match in the Belgian championship.

Man Utd is still missing a number of injuries pillars, such as Victor Lindelof, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. Midfielder Scott McTominay has just recovered and left the opportunity to start. Replacing Rashford on the attack could be rookie Odion Ighalo – a substitute in the match against Chelsea.

Solskjaer can count on 18-year-old Mason Greenwood. He scored four goals in five matches in the group stage and could return to the right wing. In the middle, rookie Bruno Fernandes plays the conductor. On the other side of the front line, striker Emmanuel Dennis is considered a detonator of Brugge. He has scored three goals in the Champions League group stage this season, including the goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Man Utd met Brugge in the match to win the group stage of the Champions League 2015-2016. At that time, Louis van Gaal’s teachers and students won then with a total score of 7-1.

Two teams four times in the same table in the Champions League. In the first six encounters, the home team won. When the two teams meet in the 2015-2016 season, the results are changed when the away team wins two turns.

Confrontation history shows that this will be a balanced match, although the two teams first met in the knockout round. During his trip to Greece, Arsenal were without Mesut Ozil, when the German midfielder’s wife was about to give birth.

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After Brexit, English football is tough

The towering television rights are about to be devalued, 65% of the players become foreign soldiers and the clubs losing their competitive strength in the European arena are the risks that are gradually appearing after England left the European Union.

The UK officially broke up with the European Union (EU) from 1-2-2020, opening a new era, and at the same time, changing a lot of the kingdom’s future relationships in all fields. field. The fog of football in the country has also faced enormous challenges.

The British have long been proud of the Premier League, which is not only worth watching in Europe because of its attractiveness, mass popularity but also a sporting event that brings countless resources, even has become an industry.

The most watched entertainment in the world. However, when the Brexit process was completed and closed for 47 years of “peaceful coexistence” between England and the EU, the English football fans could not help but worry about the consequences.

According to statistics of the English Football Association (FA), there are currently more than 330 foreign players playing in 20 English Premier League teams, accounting for 65% of the army. The majority of these players are from EU countries, enjoying a common rule when playing football in England.

Now, when the UK leaves the EU, non-British players will have to apply for a work permit, which is very stringent and complicated. These foreign soldiers need to prove they do not occupy the job market of their British colleagues, have a certain number of times to wear the national team or to achieve a value of some degree above. transfer market.

The FA sees Brexit as an opportunity to make a “revolution” while promoting the reduction in the number of foreign soldiers in each club from 17 to 13, while increasing the number of English players from 8 to 12 each. team. However, it is important that the FA cannot prove how the use of foreign players in the Premier League affects the quality of England if not the fact that it is the opposite.

With the FA’s strict rules for foreign soldiers, more than 100 players are expected to bid farewell to the Premier League clubs when the 2019-2020 season ends. If so, the chances of success of the English teams in the European arena will be greatly affected when the quality of each club and the Premier League is certainly reduced, contributing to the economic value of the field. This play goes down, even losing the most attractive tournament position in the world.

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Coach Klopp has done an unprecedented thing in Premier League history

Liverpool manager Pep Guardiola over the number of times won the best coach title of the month in a season.

The German leader has just been announced as the best coach in the tournament by the Premier League organizer in January.

This is the fifth time Klopp has won this award in the 2019/20 season, thereby setting a record for the number of times this title has been won in a season in 28 years of Premier League history, surpassing Pep Guardiola’s previous record. (4 times) in the 2017/18 season.

The German leader has made Liverpool an unbeaten team this season.

It should be stressed, the Premier League 2019/20 over 6 months but Klopp won in 5 months. The only time the German leader was not the winner was in October, when Frank Lampard won the award.

It was also the moment Liverpool lost points only this season when drawing MU 1-1 at Old Trafford. The last time Klopp and Liverpool lost in the Premier League was January 3, 2019 when they lost 1-2 to Man City at Etihad.

Klopp and Liverpool are going through the highest season when they won 24, drew 1 after 25 rounds, monopolizing the top of the Premier League rankings with 22 points more than the second-placed team Man City.

Liverpool only need to win the next 6 games to win the championship despite the results of the pursuing rivals. The clubs that Juergen Klopp teachers and students face during this period are also quite light. These are Norwich, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace.

If this happens, Liverpool will officially win the championship right after the 31st round. The prospect of the championship is even more glorious with The Kop.

Man City will be the opponent in the 32nd round of Liverpool, then Pep Guardiola’s team will have to stand in two rows to welcome Juergen Klopp’s army to enter the Etihad field.

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Barca emphasizes style, Real only needs the title

Through the first matches of 2020, Real Madrid is showing the effectiveness of changing the style from florid to pragmatic.

When defeating Valladolid 1-0 in La Liga last Sunday, no Real member could leave with a good memory except defender Nacho – the only goal scorer. In fact, Nacho is not too proud of what he can do.

His goal was only salvation in an unattractive match, where Real was nothing better than the 15th place team. It was also not beautiful enough to remember long, when it was just a simple header. from the cross of Toni Kroos.

But that match shows the new philosophy of Real. Zinedine Zidane’s teachers and students do not need to play beautifully, only need efficiency and titles. They are succeeding with this philosophy by taking three points more than defending champion Barca.

When Zidane regained the torn Real ship during the disastrous 2018-2019 season, Zidane understood that he was facing an unprecedented reconstruction mission. In addition to his weak experience in rebuilding a team, he still lacks many good players with high performance, good age … to bring stability.

As a result, they changed their philosophy and focused more on the results. Zidane is aware that, no matter how beautiful he plays, the plan will be broken and he will have to leave if Real does not win anything this season.

Supporters are also tending to support Zidane’s change. They are not interested in Real struggling to win against Valladolid, the picture is the opposite of the win time of six, or seven goals as when Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are willing to ignore all problems if the team ends with the title. champion.

The victory over Valladolid is the kind of match that only historical enthusiasts can remember in a few weeks. But with Real, it is important that they have an advantage over Barca. While the rivalry is still struggling to get acquainted with the style of the new coach Quique Setien, Real has quietly moved into a favorable position to prepare to accelerate.

In recent weeks, the line of the Royal team has been almost numb. While Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard are sidelined for convalescence, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Vinicius and Lucas Vazquez are helpless to replace.

However, with good adaptability and willingness to change, Real still has the necessary number of goals. Scorer from all front lines such as defender Nacho, Varane, or midfielder Luka Modric, Casemiro.

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Bayern won Schalke 5-0 inthe 19th round of the Bundesliga

Bayern home team followed the top of the table of Leipzig, after defeating Schalke 5-0 in the 19th round of the Bundesliga on 25/1.

Taking advantage of Leipzig’s 0-2 defeat at Frankfurt, Bayern pulled the gap down to one point. Club owner Allianz is scoring 39 points, after a series of six wins.

Starting the victory over the familiar bait is striker Robert Lewandowski. He led Timo Werner in the race to the title of “Top Scorer,” with the 21st goal. The last time the striker did the same was Gerd Muller, for Bayern from 1972 to 1973.

The great match helped the teachers and students Hans-Dieter Flick reach 55 goals, four more goals than Leipzig and Dortmund. It is the best achievement in the Bundesliga after 34 years. In the 1985-1986 season, Werder Bremen scored 57 goals in 19 matches, but was still behind Bayern because of the goal difference.

Bayern was good, but Schalke lost himself. Young goalkeeper Markus Schubert made two mistakes that led to the first and last goal. Since the number one goalkeeper, Alexander Nubel, was imprisoned on the bench by Schalke for demanding a transfer to Bayern, Schubert was awarded the first arrest. Things did not go smoothly for the 21-year-old goalkeeper.

In the sixth minute, he went in and out of the error and allowed Ivan Perisic to create for Lewandowski to open the score. The Polish striker also cleared Thiago’s score to 4-0 in the 58th minute, though he had a good chance of finishing.

Schalke was only dangerous in the first half of the first half, including a shot from Rabbi Matondo’s crossbar. On the other side of the line, Bayern still braked and twice put the ball into the net, but the goal was not recognized.

At the end of the first half, the host doubled the gap with a beautiful arrangement. Perisic fishes a ball for Leon Goretzka to head in front of Thomas Muller. Muller judged well and moved first, just in time to strike the ball into the near post.

This match Goretzka, is outstanding in midfield Bayern. His effort was rewarded with a goal that made it 3-0 in the 50th minute. He tipped the lamp to the bottom of the area to score, after a corner. The score of 5-0 was fixed by Gnabry in the 89th minute, with a shot from the left. Goalkeeper Schubert flew in the wrong direction and received a bitter fruit.

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Totttenham did not win the fourth match in a row

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga saved a penalty in the 70th minute, helping Tottenham draw home host Watford 0-0 in the 23rd Premier League round on January 18.

Tottenham were penalized when captain Jan Vertonghen let the ball touch the ball in the penalty area. Troy Deeney takes responsibility for the penalty, but is caught by Gazzaniga in the face of the penalty spot. The visitors goalkeeper dropped to the right, pushing Deeney’s low kick.

Watford regrets the broken penalty, but they also have reason to be satisfied with a point. In the second minute of injury time, the host replaced Ignacio Pussetto to save the ball on the line after Erik Lamela’s finish. Referee Michael Oliver has to solicit VAR before determining there is no goal for Tottenham in this situation.

Totttenham did not win the fourth match in a row

Penalty phase and VAR intervention situation are two distinctly rare highlights in the London derby without too many exciting happenings. Tottenham is more appreciated, but the captain Harry Kane’s injury makes their shots less mutant, when both Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura do not have the necessary sharpness.

Meanwhile, Watford continues to give it no coincidence that they are unbeaten in the last five matches (won 4, drew 1) with new coach Nigel Pearson.

The home side’s defensive defensive football made Tottenham in the first half really uncomfortable. During the 45 minutes, Mourinho’s students only had about two clear opportunities. Moura failed to beat Ben Foster in the 38th minute, Son volleyed into the bar two minutes later.

Towards the end of the first half, when Tottenham appeared impatient, pushing the squad high, Watford began to counterattack. Deeney chilled the visitors with a comfortable finish, sending the ball into the right position of the Gazzaniga at the end of the half, and Doucoure hitting the edge of the net at the beginning of the second half.

Tottenham’s best chance came in the injury time with Lamela finishing, but the save on the lime line of Pussetto and VAR caused Mourinho’s teachers and students to leave with a 0-0 draw.

This is the fourth match in a row that Mourinho’s teachers and students have not won in the English Premier League, counting from the Brighton match at the Gift giving ceremony on December 26. In the last four matches, Tottenham drew Norwich 2-2 respectively, lost to Southampton and Liverpool with the same score 0-1, then drew Watford 0-0.

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Man Utd reached a sad milestone after 22 years

Losing Man City 1-3 in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on January 7 was the first time since 1997 that Man Utd conceded three goals in the first half of a home game.

The last time Man Utd had a similar bad result was 5/5/1997, in the draw of Middlesbrough 3-3 in round 36 Premier League. That day, Juninho, Emerson and Craig Hignett netted Man Utd in the minutes 15, 37 and 40.

After 22 years, Solskjaer is the witness of a sad milestone of Man Utd, this time as a coach. After conceding the first goal in the 17th minute, from Bernardo Silva’s long shot, “Reds” were swept away in the style of Man City, then received two more goals.

Mahrez doubled the lead in the 22nd minute, before Pereira scored an own goal because the ball bounced off the foot from De Bruyne’s shot in the 39th minute.

Man Utd played better in the second half, but it was only enough to shorten the gap to 1-3 thanks to Rashford. The team therefore still faces a difficult mountain when going to Etihad Stadium to play the semi-finals on January 29. League Cup history shows that the last 15 teams that won the first leg of the semi-finals all won tickets to the final.

Meanwhile, Man City have another important victory, helping them ease the disappointment from losing Man Utd 1-2 at home in the Premier League in December last. Great first half helped Man City have the 13th under Guardiola to lead at least three goals before halftime in away matches in all competitions.

Man Utd 1-3 Man City

In the same period, since Guardiola arrived in England in the summer of 2016, Tottenham has the best statistics behind Man City, with four times. Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Leicester and Swindon are all only three times, according to Opta.

The derby yesterday was also the seventh time Man City won in the last 10 times (the remaining draws one, losing two) as guests at Old Trafford in all competitions. This statistic marks the change of the Manchester half, because they have won only seven of 42 previous visits to Old Trafford.

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Man Utd have to play again in the FA Cup

He missed many opportunities, Man Utd drew host Wolverhampton 0-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on 4/1.

Once the ball hit the crossbar and a penalty was denied, Ole Solskjaer teachers and students probably are not happy to have to play with Wolves again in the next 10 days. Man Utd’s schedule will be even thicker, as they have to strain on three domestic arenas. Their competitive density maintained about three days a game.

The two teams proved to be in balance, with dangerous opportunities dividing the two ends of the field. Wolves hosts only four positions and tries to impose the game. 13 minutes, from a corner, Dendoncker headed into the head of the far post. Matt Doherty was waiting to pad the ball into the net, but goalkeeper Romero reflected quickly and pushed the ball into the corner with his hand.

Wolves 0-0 Man Utd

The most remarkable situation of the first half came in the 31st minute, when Dendoncker controlled the error and was banned from Williams by the ball. Attempt to save the Belgian central defender Williams fell down. Referee Paul Tierney did not cut the whistle, then VAR also confirmed no fault of Dendoncker. The Molineux spectators cheered after the home team was not penalized, then shouted slogans against VAR.

The visitors were more sorry with 70 minutes, when the Wolves player broke the yard. The visitors quickly gave Greenwood, leaving the 18-year-old striker to make a clearance for Rashford to face the keeper. Rashford takes the ball long and his kick hits the defender’s opponent, then bounces off the crossbar.

Wolves quickly responded. 76 minutes, Jonny cross ball for Doherty headed into the net Romero hit the net. But the goal was disallowed because the ball touched Doherty’s hand before it went into the net. Five minutes later, Raul Jimenez wisely pressed to eliminate Maguire, then broke into the narrow right corner. Without a support partner, Jimenez went over the bar and went over the bar.

The two teams will play again at Old Trafford on January 14 or January 15. Between these two matches, Man Utd will play two matches at home, against Man City in the semi-final first leg of the League Cup and Norwich in the Premier League.

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Chelsea won Tottenham in the 18th round

Winning the hosts Tottenham 2-0 in the 18th round of Premier League on December 22, Chelsea preserved the position in the top four.

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Willian at the 12th minute and 45th minute

Willian is the focus of the match, not just with the brace. The Brazilian midfielder miserable the Tottenham defense with wise situations on the left. He failed to concede Tottenham in the previous 11 matches, but shone just in time to bring back three valuable points for Chelsea.

After the match, coach Frank Lampard ran to the Chelsea audience and jumped incessantly. He shouted and inspired the fans. This was Jose Mourinho’s first defeat when he met his former team. This victory has a special meaning for Lampard – the old game of Mourinho.

Lampard showed that he was taller than Mourinho when using the three-center-back scheme, instead of the two center-backs as usual. This is not the first time the English coach has used this scheme.

Chelsea used the same scheme in the 5-2 win over Wolverhampton on September 14. At that time, Wolves also used the three-center-back scheme and Lampard found a way to exploit the weakness from this diagram.

Tottenham also used three center-backs, and Lampard reverted to the tactic that thrashed Wolves. Willian, Mount and Abraham constantly tormented the Tottenham defense from the start. After the first 10 minutes, Chelsea had three shots. By the 12th minute, Willian went the ball from the left wing into the middle and pleaded to the far corner to open the score.

Tottenham held the ball a lot but did not create a dangerous opportunity, while Chelsea stalked the ability to counterattack unexpectedly. At the end of the first half, from Chelsea’s counterattack, Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga – missed the ball and accidentally made a mistake with Marcos Alonso.

Referee Anthony Taylor did not initially blow the penalty. After VAR intervened, he caught Chelsea’s penalty. On the 11-meter mark, Willian deceived the keeper to set a 2-0 victory. This is the first time the Brazilian midfielder made a brace for Chelsea in three years.

The second half is less beautiful. The highlight is the direct red card of Son Heung-min and the reaction of the Tottenham audience.

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Is Carlo Ancelotti a suitable choice for Arsenal now?

You don’t know what will happen to Arsenal, it’s a certainty, when its players don’t even know what they’re fighting for, because of the salary they get, for not wanting to be criticized like Fools or simply go out and finish your game any way you want.

Similar things have been happening at the Emirates Stadium, Mesut Oezil has always been the most boring, Dani Ceballos disappears in a hurry, Pepe does not show that he deserves to be the most expensive player in the club history, Aubameyang doesn’t feel like sticking around any longer, and young talents play football without clear direction.

One can only bow to the victories that Carlo Ancelotti has achieved across the former continent, admiring the wisdom and football ideas that have changed the world’s perception of the sport.

Ancelotti is calm, calm, a friend to the players, knows how to handle complicated relationships with famously difficult presidents like Abramovic or Florentino Perez. He has every reason to succeed at Arsenal, but there are many other reasons to fail at the Emirates Stadium.

The current people at Arsenal need something else, a ferocity from the coach, who can take a walking stick on the training ground and force them to follow the rules. Carlo Ancelotti is too soft, he is not the type of coach to issue steel orders, does not require the players to practice hard, do not like to shout at them and force everyone to obey absolutely.

If so, then it will be a repeat of the Arsene Wenger era, a more benevolent father than a coach shouting out fire. Arsenal don’t need that.

And with all due respect, in the treasure trove of his experience, Carlo Ancelotti has never shown him capable of creating something from the rubble. He is not a strategist for long distance races, even having incredible squads at AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid.

He is very strong when he owns a stable team, owns the throne of big star, and number one in the European arena. But it is not good to take over the turbulent and chaotic clubs.

What happened at Napoli was the latest warning, he lost his influence on the players and could not create a revolution for the club, failed to create a team with enough competitive stability through. Every year. And for the average Arsenal player now, Ljungberg is the best for this situation, just like Lampard with Chelsea.