Chelsea – Bournemouth: Delicious bait at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea will have to win all 3 points in the meeting with Bournemouth in the 17 Premier League to consolidate the 4th position which is starting to waver.

Chelsea’s form has recently started to show signs of decline as they have only won 3 points in the last 4 matches. However, having just officially reached the knockout round of the Champions League in the middle of the week will certainly help Frank Lampard’s army to relieve many burdens to pay full attention to the domestic arena.

Man City’s confrontation with Arsenal in this round is an opportunity for Chelsea to close the gap to occupy the third place of the Etihad home team, especially in the context of Manchester United and Wolves are gradually approaching from the side. following with 5 points less.

Meanwhile, coach Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth is even going through a much worse time when they have lost five matches in a row. Although desperate to end the game, the continuous confrontation with the big guys and the storm of raging injury makes Bournemouth drowned in 15th place with only 1 point more than the relegation group. However, before the match, the boss of “The Blues” was still very cautious after two games of losing to West Ham and Everton.

Lampard is not only the head coach but also the legend of Chelsea with 14 seasons for this team. However, this is the first time in Lampard’s training and playing career against Bournemouth, who have lost to Chelsea 11 times in 15 previous encounters.

The worry is that Bournemouth has won 2 of the last 3 confrontations with Chelsea and collective strength is the most dangerous weapon in front of the Stamford Brigde youth team. But at the moment, Eddie Howe’s army is seriously weakened by the trauma of pillars like Callum Wilson, Nathan Ake and David Brooks.

Once again the visitors were unlucky to encounter Chelsea having almost full mighty generals. The main striker Abraham came back from injury and ready to fire, along with the return of pillar-back Rudiger after 3 months of injury will help Lampard feel more secure in the defensive wall in front of the goalkeeper Kepa.

Although not in good form in the Premier League, Chelsea’s midfield has regained stability in the Champions League match against Lille in the middle of the week thanks to the excellent coordination of Jorginho’s brain and the mobility of the two. shuttle midfielder Kante and Kovacic. Perhaps Lampard will continue to use this trio to maintain stability for “The Blues” because they will have exactly one week to prepare for the Christmas match.

Chelsea became Everton’s lifebuoy

In a severe crisis of form, Everton suddenly got life buoys in the Premier League round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea, the team is ranked 4th with a fairly stable performance this season.

Before the match at Goodison Park, Everton and Chelsea were at two opposite extremes. If coach Frank Lampard’s youth army maintains a steady-state and has just received news of a transfer ban reduction, Everton are diving in the relegation group (losing 8 of the last 11 matches) and sacked coach Marco Silva just before the match.

With pressure to win to find a way out, interim manager Duncan Ferguson was relieved somewhat when Everton soon had a heavy psychological relief goal in the fifth minute after a fair equalizer by Richarlison. The goal helped the feet of the home team players more confident to block the speed up the ball of the foursome of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Willian of Chelsea.

In addition to the defense defending his net in the first half, Everton once again made “The Blues” again conceded early in the second half after the goal of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (49 minutes). Although Chelsea rekindled their hope of earning points with Mateo Kovacic’s equalizer in the 52nd minute, Everton proved they were regaining a new spirit in the game to aim for a full 3 points.

The speed of former England stars Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi in two wings constantly makes Chelsea’s inherently uncertain defense always in an embarrassing position. But most importantly, coach Duncan Ferguson brought a strong spirit to the players to overcome the most difficult time. One of those efforts and desires, the home team Goodison Park had submerged hope to reverse the situation of Lampard’s students when Calvert-Lewin completed his double in the 84th minute, setting the victory 3-1 for Everton.

Winning against Chelsea not only helped Everton with disappointment after losing to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last round, but most importantly helping them temporarily escape the red light area. Chelsea, meanwhile, have not faced the risk of losing the fourth position, but the Stamford Brigde team has missed the opportunity to temporarily occupy the third position of Man City, the team will face rivals Manchester United in this round.

What happened to the player Mesut Oezil?

Mesut Oezil was not even on the reserve list, when Arsenal met Standard Liege in the Champions League on midweek.

Earlier, the German player was not included in the list, when Arsenal clashed with M.U in the Premier League. Coach Unai Emery explained: “Ozil has no room because other players deserve better.”

Again, we’re just talking about bench seats. From M.U in the Premier League to Standard Liege in the Europa League, these are different opponents, in different leagues, with completely different nature, requiring different players. Coach Emery has changed to 10 positions in the main team in those two matches. But, in any case, Oezil just made the audience. Gabriel Martinelli didn’t play at all in the match against M.U. But he started, scored 2 goals and created one in the match against Standard.

Ozil’s appearances in the Premier League have decreased in the last 5 seasons: 35, 33, 26, 24, 1 (he has only played one match this season). The number of goals also decreased in that order: 25, 17, 12, 7, 0. Obviously, the value of Oezil has decreased even when he was at the most brilliant age (28-29 in 2 seasons. past). The problem here is not about age. Besides, it is no longer a surprise when Oezil is not used by coach Emery this season. The surprise is just: it’s hard to imagine him falling to the point where he no longer has a place on the bench, in a side tournament.

When competition density is increasing, the military must naturally turn around the squad to avoid the risk of tired players. Teams like Arsenal will naturally replace almost the entire squad when playing in the League Cup or the Europa League.

James Rodriguez is a similar case. Ozil is not even better than Rodriguez as “number 10”. But the Colombian star has struggled over the years because of the general situation: the death of the “number 10” role in modern football. Anyway, Rodriguez is very modest, and he knows how to adjust to survive. Similarly are Isco, Christian Eriksen, Paolo Dybala. They are all more talented than they are. But anyway, they are not completely turned on as Oezil, because they know or subject to change.

Changing to a striker, winger or central midfielder is the solution for the “number 10” to save themselves. But the problem is the gameplay, not the position. Ozil must be free to play and promote creativity. He did not want to change, or could not change.

Tottenham fired Pochettino coach, Mourinho waited

The Tottenham club decided to fire coach Mauricio Pochettino after a miserable start this season. According to British media sources, “Special person” Jose Mourinho is said to be ready to replace the Argentinian military leader.

The decision to fire was issued by the Tottenham club management on November 19 after Spurs experienced a poor start to the Premier League this season. Currently, after 12 rounds, Pochettino’s army is ranked 14th in the rankings (3 wins, 5 draws, 4 losses), eliminated from the League Cup (Carabao Cup) in September by Colchester United – the team is playing in the fourth division.

Pochettino is the leader who has left the most marks in the history of Spurs since arriving from Southampton in 2014 despite not winning a trophy in 5 and a half years leading the London team.

The biggest success of the 47-year-old Argentine ruling came from the season before Tottenham reached the final of Europe’s most prestigious tournament (Champions League) for the first time but lost to Liverpool 0-2. Besides, during his time in London, Pochettino helped Tottenham won the Champions League four times.

However, Spurs have started a serious decline this season in the Premier League and are now 11 points behind City’s fourth team and are far behind by leaders Liverpool with a gap of 20 points. In the Champions League, Spurs experienced an embarrassing 2-7 home defeat to Bayern Munich in Group B in September. Despite revival to rise to 2nd place and rekindle the body was in the round of 16, but the Tottenham leadership could not keep the patience.

“We had to be reluctant to make this change. Unfortunately, domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season are extremely disappointing. That makes the board must make a difficult decision this time. We have had memorable moments with Mauricio and his coaching team but the team has to do so for the best benefit”, said Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy.

In fact, Pochettino has received admiration not only from Tottenham when the team has achieved certain success despite a tight budget in the context of the club having to build a new stadium at a cost of over 1 billion pounds. Pochettino’s success comes from the youth growing up from the Spurs training room like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Pochettino’s departure is foreseen after disagreements with the team leader. After 18 months of not signing a player, Levy finally relaxed his financial position for Tottenham to buy Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record £63 million in July and added Jacani lo Celso (borrowed) and Ryan Sessegnon during the summer transfer window last. However, injuries prevented the trio from being able to contribute to the team, while Pochettino had a headache about Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are no longer in the mood to devote themselves to wanting to leave.

Mourinho is currently expected to take over Tottenham. According to Sky Sports, the Spurs leadership is negotiating with the famous Portuguese leader. Mourinho is currently hungry to return to the hot seat after being sacked 11 months ago by Manchester United.

Former FIFA vice-president is banned from football for life

After being sentenced to nine years in prison for corruption, former President of the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) and FIFA Vice President Juan Angel Napout have been banned from football for life.

A lifetime ban on Napout was granted by FIFA on September 12. Earlier, the former South American football official was convicted of corruption by a New York court and received a nine-year prison sentence. This is the heaviest prison sentence of 42 officials and directors of the world’s most powerful football organization in the trial of the FIFA corruption court, also known as “Fifagate”.

FIFA ethics committee on 12.9 said they found Napout guilty of corruption and decided to ban him from participating in all activities related to football for life with a fine of nearly $1 million.

The U.S. investigation revealed tens of millions of dollars in bribes paid by sports companies to CONMEBOL senior figures in exchange for the right to broadcast and marketing events at tournaments belonging to Such organizations as: Copa America and Copa Libertadores. The US court also fined Napout $1 million and forced the 61-year-old Paraguayan official to pay $3.3 million in bribes he received.

Napout is one of the highest FIFA officials to be indicted by the US for corruption charges along with Jack Warner, former FIFA Vice President and President of the North Central American Football Association & Caribbean (CONCACAF). Mr. Napout had headed the Paraguay Football Federation from 2007 to 2014, then held the position of President of CONMEBOL from August 2014 until he resigned on 12 November 2015 due to his arrest in Zurich (Switzerland) related to “Fifagate”.

Earlier, in the hearing of the case, the court sentenced former Brazilian Football Federation President Jose Maria Marin to 4 years in prison. Meanwhile, Mr. Warner is likely to be extradited from Trinidad & Tobago to the US for trial in the near future.

La Liga: Messi scored, Barcelona still lost

Lionel Messi continued to score but was helpless to help Barcelona extend the series of victories when receiving a shock defeat to Levante with a score of 1-3 in La Liga round 12. Real Madrid is not much better when Real Betis is held at home.

Messi successfully carried out an 11m penalty in the 38th minute to put Barcelona ahead. However, the Argentine superstar’s sixth goal in five matches only served as a backdrop for an impressive comeback in just seven minutes of Levante at home to Ciutat de Valencia.

Jose Campana and Borja Mayoral scored respectively in the 61st and 63rd minutes before Nemanja Radoja scored in the 68th minute to finish Barcelona with a 3-1 victory. “Everything was made too clear when we didn’t play well at the beginning of the second half. We did not create chances and although they did not naturally score two goals. The third goal drove us down a lot”, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the match.

Thus, after 7 consecutive victories in all competitions, Barcelona had to taste bitter fruits on the day Messi marked the 500th goal with his left foot for the Catalan team. Worse, Barcelona also saw Luis Suarez being forced to leave the field in the 41st minute due to an injury to his right calf and may be absent in the Champions League group stage match against Slavia Prague by midweek.

Winning the La Liga giant, Levante rose to 8th place. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s unexpected defeat (22 points) opened the door for Real Madrid (21 points) to retake the throne. headboard. However, in the late match, Zinadine Zidane’s army missed the chance to take the lead when Real Betis held 0-0 at home. In this match, Real Madrid have to blame themselves when creating a series of scoring opportunities to be able to bring back 3 points but Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Ferland Mendy, etc., cannot be converted into goals.

Before Real, the same team at Atletico Madrid (21 points) also missed the opportunity to occupy the top of Barcelona when dividing points on the Sevilla field with a 1-1 draw in the match where they have many chances to succeed upstream.

Premier League: Arsenal plummeted, Liverpool was rescued

Unai Emery’s chair was increasingly wobbly after Arsenal were held 1-1 by Wolves at home in the 11th round of the Premier League on November 3. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Man City continued to compete in the top 2 positions after successive victories against Aston Villa and Southampton.

A week after a rude reaction to Arsenal fans when being substituted in a match held by Crystal Palace at home, captain Granit Xhaka was removed from the squad by coach Emery with the goal of reducing the tension between the players and Fans. Instead, Arsenal fans backed the return to the starting line-up of star midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Ozil made a small impact on his second appearance in the starting line-up this season by helping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang open the scoring for Arsenal in the 24th minute. Arsenal found an easy victory but on the contrary, “Gunners” lost the posture afterward. This caused Emery’s army to pay the price with an equalizer of Raul Jimenez in the 76th minute. Even, if goalkeeper Leno did not have excellent saves, Arsenal had to be empty at home.

This is the third match in a row that the “Gunners” of London have not won and are being pushed back in the hope of reaching the top 4. So it is easy to understand why after the whistle ended the match, Arsenal encountered. Boos from disgruntled home fans. It was seen as a sign of Emery’s gloomy future after the previous Spaniard was repeatedly asked by his fans to resign.

In other matches, the double of striker Sadio Mane in the last 3 minutes of the match helped the top team Liverpool upstream to beat home owner Aston Villa 2-1 to maintain an unbeaten record this season. Similarly, Man City also came back to beat Southampton 2-1 with 2 goals from Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker in the second half of the second half. This result helps Pep Guardiola’s army continue to cling behind. Liverpool with 6 points less (25 compared to 31).

Meanwhile, after a stumbling defeat to Manchester United in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, the youth team of coach Frank Lampard maintained an impressive performance in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at Watford. Two young talents Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic are the ones who helped Chelsea temporarily rise to 3rd place with 23 points.

M.U and Arsenal hold each other in the Premier League

Manchester United (M.U) and Arsenal showed that they are no longer the scary forces in the Premier League through the late match in round 7 with a 1-1 draw.

In the past, the confrontation between M.U and Arsenal has always been very attractive when both are teams competing for the Premier League title. However, in recent years, both teams have declined a lot.

Scott McTominay opened the scoring for MU before the first half ended, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal was recognized by VAR in the 58th minute. However, this was a match where both teams exposed the weaknesses of the surname.

On the Arsenal side, one can easily see the gaps in the defense. Meanwhile, despite the return of Paul Pogba in the squad, M.U still lacks effective attack plans.

Despite the transfer process, what the two teams have shown is also disappointing. M.U showed that they are still far from being able to return to their original position and that Arsenal spent a lot of money in the transfer window last summer is not really effective.

The first half was quite tedious with not many chances being created and it was not until the last minutes that it was really exciting. In the 44th minute, goalkeeper M.De Gea of ​​M.U had 2 consecutive saves, preventing Bukayo Saka and later Matteo Guendouzi scoring.

Shortly thereafter, M.U opened the scoring when Marcus Rashford passed the ball smoothly for McTominay to score with a soft shot to touch the Arsenal defender.

Arsenal responded in the beginning of the second half and brought the game back to the starting line after a controversial situation. M.U’s left back Axel Tuanzebe delivered a broken ball on the home court and Saka assisted Aubameyang to score. The assistant referee raised the offside flag, but VAR then intervened and recognized the goal when it showed that Harry Maguire was rising too slowly, helping the visitors striker to receive the ball legally.

That’s all M.U and Arsenal players did in the last match and they had to accept a 1-1 draw. With this result, “Red Devils” stood in the middle of the rankings when there were only 9 points while the “Gunners” ranked fourth with 12 points.

Juventus isolated 2 Ronaldo teammates

The latest developments from Juventus show that Mauricio Sarri’s army is trying to liquidate striker Mario Mandzukic and midfielder between Emre Can.

This is no more happy news for MU when having the opportunity to own 2 world-class stars at a very good price right at the beginning of the new year.

Although not injured, the striker who won the World Cup runner-up 2018 with Croatia has not played any match this season when the “Bianconeri” has gone through 7 rounds in Serie A and 2 matches in the Champions League.

In the context of Mandzukic being contacted by MU and rumored to leave Juve in the January 2020 transfer period, remarkable new information related to this striker has just been revealed.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference before Juve’s match against Bologna in Round 8 of Serie A, coach Sarri said: “Mandzukic will not train with us according to the agreement with the club. If the agreement changes, I always open to everything.”

Juventus’ isolation of Mandzukic made former Bayern Munich striker “at home” to play instead of going to the training ground with teammates was also confirmed by the “Old Lady of Turin” on the club’s official Twitter account. with the message:

“Mandzukic at home: Not only does he not practice but he does not participate in video meetings and tactical technical discussions with Sarri and the coaching staff. He is still at Continassa (Juve’s training center) but will never be able to participate in activities with his teammates, everything has received the agreement from the club.”

Also according to Tuttosport (Italy), the previous coach also led Juve – Max Allegri is approaching the agreement to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to lead MU with a £ 6.5 million contract. The 52-year-old Italian strategist has a very good relationship with his former student Mandzukic since he joined the “Old Lady of Turin” in 2015 for 19 million euros (£ 16.38 million).

Sharing in an interview from Przeglad Sportowy (Poland), Allegri also gave many words to the striker wearing the number 17 shirt in Juve disgrace:

“Mandzukic is a special player for me. He gave the club dressing room great things. It’s a great football player. He changes his clubs regularly. , so he can face difficulties. But he has stayed at Juventus for the past 5 years. This is one of my greatest successful contracts (when leading this club)”.

Mandzukic is one of the desired transfer goals in the upcoming winter transfer period of MU, alongside Moussa Dembele (Lyon), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) and James Maddison (Leicester City).

Mandzukic’s teammates at Juve, Emre Can are also in the sights of the Red Man. Tuttosport newspaper of Italy on Thursday (17/10) reported on the German midfielder wants to leave Juve with a priority destination is MU.

Despite being the preferred choice of coach Max Allegri last season, this season, the former Liverpool midfielder was suddenly cheated by Maurizio Sarri. It can have only been used three times in Serie A (both from the bench) and was not even named on the list of Champions League group stage.

Also according to Sky Sports, if really determined to have Can, MU will pay Juve about 35 million pounds. This is a pretty reasonable number for the talent of the German international, who is still young and talented and experienced after 4 seasons playing for Liverpool.

The Premier League star sows to Spain

Last-minute goal of Joshua King has made Spain unable to be sure to win the ticket to the UEFA EURO 2020 finals.

EURO 2020 qualifiers have not yet ended with Spain in the 7th round, when they could not win all 3 points on the Norwegian field.

Traveling to Northern Europe, Spain soon felt the determination of the Norwegian host. With 9 points obtained after 6 rounds, Norway is still capable of winning tickets to EURO, especially if they get good results against Spain. And they did it.

Playing on a level with Spain, Norway also has more chances than the visitors. With the confidence of striker Joshua King, and the maneuverability of Odegaard, especially right-winger El Abdellaoui, Norway continuously launched dangerous pieces towards the goal of Kepa.

Losing the first half, but Spain was the team that opened the scoring first, only 2 minutes after the second half started. The Spanish impasse was temporarily solved by Saul’s superb long-range shot. However, the opening goal of Spain only made Norway more determined.

The host attacks throughout the second half after Saul opened the scoring, and Norway paid off in extra time. Joshua King is the one who made everyone burst with an equalizer on the 11m mark. Earlier, Kepa had clumsily committed a fuse with Abdellaoui. Last-minute equalizer, Spain did not promptly back up, they had to accept leaving with 1 point, with the ticket temporarily suspended EURO.

With 19 points, Gaur needs 3 more points in the remaining 3 rounds to be able to qualify for EURO 2020 finals. Currently, the following 3 teams still have the opportunity with a score of 14, 13, 10 of Sweden, Romania, and Norway. (Formula: each team will take the first 2 teams, so the teams can come to EURO as the second group).

Line-up to Norway vs Spain

– Norway: Jarstein (GK); Aleesami, Nordtveit, Ajer, El Abdellaoui; Henriksen, Berge, Selnaes, Johansen; Joshua King, Odegaard.

– Spain: Kepa (GK); Bernat, Albiol, Ramos, Navas; Saul, Busquets, Fabian Ruiz; Oyarzabal, Ceballos, Rodrigo.