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Three things we learned from the Premier League

Liverpool unveiled their ‘fab four’ as the Premier League champions moved within touching distance of first place.

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Manchester United and Chelsea‘s goalless draw showed the flaws in both teams, while Manchester City are still searching for their peak form.

Here are three things we learned from the weekend’s Premier League action:

Liverpool on song with Jota

Diogo Jota staked his claim to become part of Liverpool’s ‘fab four’ as the Portugal forward capped their comeback in a 2-1 win against Sheffield United.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had fallen behind to Sander Berge’s penalty at Anfield, but Roberto Firmino equalised before Jota headed the winner to move Liverpool level on points with leaders Everton.

Jota has scored twice in four league games since signing from Wolves for £45 million in September.

He was deployed as the right-sided forward in a 4-2-3-1 system as Klopp fielded all four of his main attackers together for the first time.

In the hometown of The Beatles, Jota’s contribution conjured memories of the period when Philippe Coutinho played alongside Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in Klopp’s original Anfield ‘fab four’.

“The player he is: he is quick, he has the physicality, he is strong, he is good in the air, he is good on the ground,” Klopp said.

“A lot of good things. He has exactly the quality we need, so that helps a lot.”

No joy for United, Chelsea

As rain lashed down on Old Trafford, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard looked as gloomy as the conditions that left them drenched on the touchline.

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A dour goalless draw showed the problems both men have to resolve if they are to turn their teams from top four contenders into title challengers.

Solskjaer and Lampard finished last season with reasons for optimism after taking their clubs into the Champions League via top four finishes.

But there have been precious few signs of progress this term, with United failing to win any of their first three home league games for the first time in 48 years.

Even the debut cameo from Edinson Cavani, who nearly scored with his first touch after coming off the bench, couldn’t inspire United, who looked a pale shadow of the team that surprisingly beat Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League in midweek.

United’s inconsistency will irk Solskjaer and while Lampard took pride in Chelsea’s second successive clean-sheet, the Blues weren’t much more impressive.

Set out to contain United after conceding far too often in recent weeks, Chelsea needed two fine saves from Edouard Mendy to hold onto their third successive draw in all competitions.

It was hardly the kind of swashbuckling performance many expected from Chelsea after Lampard spent over £200 million on a host of new signings in the close-season.

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Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are all still finding their feet and Chelsea look lost at times as a result.

Guardiola needs answers

Pep Guardiola’s frustrated expression told its own story as the Manchester City manager fended off another round of questions about his team’s struggles.

City’s underwhelming 1-1 draw at West Ham left them languishing well behind the Premier League pace setters and underlined the growing feeling that Guardiola is struggling to find answer to the problems that ail his team.

After surrendering the title to Liverpool with barely a whimper last season, City were expected to bounce back this term, but they remain defensively frail and inconsistent in attack.

“I would prefer to have results but we have to analyse where we are. Many injuries, a lack of preparation, no recovery time, and tough games we’ve played so far,” Guardiola said.

Adding to Guardiola’s problems, Sergio Aguero was forced off against West Ham with a muscle injury.

It took the second half introduction of 20-year-old Phil Foden to spark some life into City at the London Stadium and the dynamic England midfielder’s equaliser suggested it is time Guardiola finally leans more heavily on his brightest young talent.

 

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Just In: Fan attendance authorized in EPL

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Mysoccer24.com has learned via French premium paper L’equipe, that fans will finally be allowed to watch games in England, ranging from the top-flight to the fith-tier of English football.

The ‘starved’ football and sports fans will make their return on December 2, as the PM has relaxed Covid-19 rules.

This comes barely seven months of total anguish, for fans of the so called ‘best league’ in the world.

The Premier League was suspended in March earlier this year, due to the widespread of the coronavirus outbreak, following an emergency meeting by the board.

It became the latest high-profile football competition to take preventative action, with the Champions League and Europa League, as well as La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, announcing suspensions in the mid – March.

It became the latest high-profile football competition to take preventative action, with the Champions League and Europa League, as well as La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, announcing suspensions in the mid – March.

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The announcement certainly has a lot to do with drugmaker Pfizer, whose coronavirus vaccine has shown it is more than 90% effective, according to the CNN — a much better than expected efficacy if the trend continues.

The interim analysis looked at the first 94 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the more than 43,000 volunteers who got either two doses of the vaccine or a placebo. It found that fewer than 10% of infections were in participants who had been given the vaccine. More than 90% of the cases were in people who had been given a placebo.

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English Premier league: Zambo Anguissa records the most successful dribbles so far.

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Cameroon International midfielder,  Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa records the most successful dribbles in the English premier league after eight league games according to BT Sport.

The Cameroon and Fulham midfielder has been involved in all eight league games for the cottagers this season and has so far played 8 league games, one assist this season.

One of Cameroon’s valuable players at the moment,  according to English Media,  BT Sport the 25 year-old has completed 28 successful dribbles in the English premier league this season, more than any other player in the English top tier.

Top four players with the most successful Dribbles so far. 

1. Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa(Fulham)-28 successful dribbles.

2. Saint-Maxima (Newcastle United)- 26 successful dribbles.

3. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)- 21 successful dribbles.

4. Jack Grealish (Aston villa)- 20 successful dribbles.

Zambo Anguissa is not only making his name with his club but also for his country and he is regarded by many as the man of the match in Cameroon’s 4-1 victory over Mozambique in the ongoing AFCON qualifiers.

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Cameroon play Mozambique in a match day four clash in Maputo,  Mozambique tomorrow Monday November 16,  2020 at 5pm.

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Pochettino insists he has no hard feelings for Spurs or ‘good friend’ Mourinho

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Mauricio Pochettino has explained that he holds no animosity towards Tottenham after his sacking last year.

The Argentine was dismissed from his position as manager of the North London club in November 2019 following a poor run of results that saw the club sit 14th in the Premier League, just months after they lost the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Hours later, Spurs announced the signing of Jose Mourinho as the new boss after Pochettino’s five-and-a-half year reign.

The 48-year-old, who admitted he is ready to return to management, let on that he was upset following his exit from Tottenham but understood that a change may have been needed.

‘After one year now, I’m not going to say I was not disappointed,’ Pochettino told Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

‘I was a bit upset and was not happy when we left a club that you feel after five-and-a-half years the relationship is massive with the staff, players and of course the fans. I’m not going to lie.

‘But I understand football very well and the stadium maybe in our period, in the chapter, that maybe the club needed to change. But I’m not going to complain at the decision of the club.’

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Mourinho, apart from a few hiccups, has overseen an exciting season so far for the club as they sit third in the Premier League table as the highest scorers in the top flight.

Pochettino added that he had a very strong relationship with his successor and labelled him a ‘good friend’.

‘What I can do is support because I will still have a very good relationship (with the club) and the guy who replaced me was a good friend,’ he added.

‘He always treated me very good when I was at Espanyol and he was at Real Madrid. And I always remember going to watch a Champions League game of his at Ajax and we chatted before the match.

‘Someone had to tell him ‘Jose, we need to go out to the match the game is starting’. And he said, ‘Sorry, sorry’.

‘I love Tottenham and I know Jose and I want then best for him and the best way is (for him) to try to win. We missed (the chance) to win a title. That would have put the cherry on the cake.’

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Following his departure from Spurs, Pochettino has been linked with a number of European giants, with Real Madrid among those clubs reportedly eyeing up the Argentine boss.

He has also been linked with Manchester United on several occasions with constant pressure looming over current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pochettino revealed that he and his backroom staff are still working away to find their next opportunity as he expressed his desire to return to the sidelines.

‘I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game,’ Pochettino said. ‘It’s not stress when you are working, it’s not stress going into the training round to prepare the match and to compete.

‘I hope to go back soon so we can start again to work. I am looking forward to being back in the game. I love this game but it’s difficult. We are inside and working on doing things. That’s the reality.’

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