Winners League hits and misses

How can you drop Tuanzebe?

Axel Tuanzebe’s performance against PSG was extraordinary considering the last football match this particular man played came against Colchester in the EFL Cup 10 several weeks ago. That day he designated Frank Nouble. In Paris, this individual was tasked with keeping Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at bay, probably the two most dangerous forwards in planet football.

Yes, these were perhaps a little below par of the usual standard but Tuanzebe appeared as if he had been bossing Champions Little league games his whole life. Filled with speed, power and excellent positioning, the particular defender twice stopped a full-flowing Mbappe from charging onto their goal with strong last-ditch protective play.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a nice issue on his hands. United – being a defensive unit – looked very tight in a back three along with Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof equally as impressive. So , where will this leave skipper and £80m man Harry Maguire, who acquired a muscle injury at the weekend break but is expected to be suit for Saturday’s Premier League battle with Chelsea, live on Sky Sports activities?

Will Maguire — whose issues have been well publicised – struggle to get back in this group? Tuanzebe – surely – is usually un-droppable after putting Neymar plus Mbappe in his pocket.
Lewis Jones

Faint expect Liverpool without Van Dijk

A win is definitely the most important thing in football. But in conditions, a clean sheet against the potent Ajax side wasn’t remote for Liverpool on Wednesday night time, with the pre-match bustle dominated simply by talk of Virgil van Dijk’s extensive absence, and Jamie Carragher even questioning whether it will stop all of them from defending their Premier Little league crown.

Without their particular £75m man, Liverpool took a while to get to grips with Ajax’s difficult front three, and had Adrian in order to thank for a first-half reflex conserve to deny Quincy Promes, prior to Fabinho went one better plus cleared Dusan Tadic’s chip from the line.

But after they had settled, and with the experienced mind of Jordan Henderson ahead of the untested combination of Fabinho and Joe Gomez, they looked as solid because they have done all season, something associated with little surprise to Klopp which said after the game his B razil midfielder is perfectly “comfortable” together with his new position.

A few not forget Van Dijk was existing for all seven of the goals Gatwick conceded at Aston Villa prior to the international break, and while his world class credentials should not be called into query, the Red wall has crumbled a little even with him in it since the restart in June.

If this was a test associated with whether Gomez and Fabinho may sit together as a competent, in case never first-choice, backline pairing, the end result was an encouraging pass following the latter’s man-of-the-match performance, although they are of course early days.

The larger issues more likely lie on the physio’s table, which has already claimed Fran Matip – Liverpool’s only some other senior centre-back – this week. Maybe only if injury should strike once again, as is eminently possible in the overloaded era of coronavirus rescheduling, can Klopp be left scratching their head for their next solution.
Ron Walker

Could be the City attacking machine malfunctioning?

Sergio Aguero celebrates their equaliser against Porto

Manchester City defeating Porto 3-1 looks on paper such as one of those run of the mill nights for Town in the Champions League.

But the scoreline didn’t tell the entire story.

Pep Guardiola’s men struggled for attacking fluency and had to rely on a penalty through Sergio Aguero and a moment associated with dead-ball brilliance from Ilkay Gundogan to keep Porto at bay. Apart from the strike that led to the penalty, Town didn’t manage a shot on Porto’s goal in the first half.

And, their total associated with nine shots on goal has been their lowest tally recorded within a Champions League home game beneath the watch of Guardiola. To give this some context, they managed twenty two in their last-16 second leg towards Real Madrid in the summer.

Perhaps the ruggedness of the Porto protection, led by Pepe, needs a few praise in restricting Raheem Sterling and Aguero to so little area but the lack of rhythm in ahead areas has become the norm so far this year. City’s expected goals data will be well down on the average of second . 34 in home matches within the Guardiola era – against Leicester it was 0. 87 and in spite of beating Arsenal 1-0, a find of 1. 34 spoke volumes about how exactly little they created.

It’s back-to-back wins for Town but improvement is still required.
Lewis Jones

Balance still eludes Chelsea : but hopes of progress

Kurt Zouma got two of Chelsea' s 6 efforts at Stamford Bridge

Successful groups have are usually built from the back. Chelsea flew in the face of that last time of year; conceding 54 Premier League targets, and 16 in eight Winners League games, but it did not quit them from reaching the last sixteen, and finishing fourth domestically.

However , after shipping 9 goals in their opening five little league games this season, winning only two times, something has clearly snapped. Chelsea kept a valuable clean sheet within Tuesday’s Champions League-opening stalemate towards Sevilla. But for all their talent plus expenditure going forward, it came in the cost of creativity, managing only 6 shots all night and failing to try Yassine Bounou once.

The game marked the Blues’ 1st goalless draw under Frank Lampard since he took over nearly 1 . 5 years ago. That is no coincidence; he’s rarely, if ever, prioritised his defenders’ clean-sheet bonus over paying out to get his attacking talent to get one of the goals.

But right after throwing away a 2-0 and 3-2 lead against Southampton on Sunday – the second time Chelsea have got conceded three goals in a sport already this season – no wonder he or she called the stalemate a “positive result” and admitted a clean linen was a “big deal” for the membership.

The problem is finding a stability. And it has been a delicate behave for Lampard ever since an attacking-minded and potent Chelsea played properly but were clinically thumped 4-0 by Manchester United in his 1st game as manager.

And it certainly eluded a Doldrums side whose best effort originated from Kurt Zouma’s header from a part on Tuesday night. Not Alfredia Pulisic, Timo Werner or Kai Havertz, a trio who price the Blues in excess of £150m to boost their forward ranks, but hardly had a sight of goal together.

There are certainly advantages to be taken from an unusually strong defensive performance against a bunch of clever visitors in Sevilla.

But while Chelsea must enhance at the back, they cannot afford to reduce their best asset, their potency with all the ball, as the trade-off. Can they take care of both with the squad at their disposal? That it is early days, but far from guaranteed.
Ron Walker

Gatwick fixtures

Sat Oct 24: Sheff Utd (h)

Tues Oct 27: FC Midtjylland (h)

Sat Oct thirty-one: West Ham (h)

Tues November 3: Atalanta (a)

Sat November 7: Man Town (a)

Get married Nov 25: Atalanta (h)

Sitting Nov 28: Brighton (a)

Tues Dec 1: Ajax (h)

Sitting Dec 5: Baby wolves (h)

Get married Dec 9: FC Midtjylland (a)

Sat Dec 12: Fulham (a)

Man City

Sat Oct twenty-four: West Ham (a)

Tues April 27: Marseille (a)

Sat April 31: Sheff Utd (a)

Tues Nov 3: Olympiakos (h)

Sitting Nov 7: Gatwick (h)

Get married Nov 25: Olympiakos (a)

Sitting Nov 28: Burnley (h)

Tues Dec 1: Porto (a)

Sitting Dec 5: Fulham (h)

Get married Dec 9: Marseille (a)

Sitting Dec 12: Guy Utd (a)


Sat Oct 24: Man Utd (a)

Wed Oct twenty-eight: FK Krasnodar (a)

Sat April 31: Burnley (a)

Wed November 4: Rennes (h)

Sat November 7: Sheff Utd (h)

Tues Nov 24: Rennes (a)

Sitting Nov 28: Tottenham (h)

Get married Dec 2: Sevilla (a)

Sitting Dec 5: Leeds (h)

Tues Dec 8: FK Krasnodar (h)

Sat Dec 12: Everton (a)

Man Utd

Sat Oct twenty-four: Chelsea (h)

Wed Oct twenty-eight: RB Leipzig (h)

Sun November 1: Arsenal (h)

Wed November 4: Istanbul Basaksehir (a)

Sitting Nov 7: Everton (a)

Tues Nov 24: Turki Basaksehir (h)

Sat Nov 28: Southampton (a)

Wed Dec 2: PSG (h)

Sat Dec 5: West Ham (a)

Tues Dec 8: RB Leipzig (a)

Sat Dec twelve: Man City (h)

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