Saturday, September 28, 2019

Despite the summer exit of his Italian mentor, the midfielder has grown into an important figure on and off the field at Stamford Bridge

Jorginho has never had any issues putting himself forward to take a penalty but it's nonetheless impressive how he's also stepped up to the mark at Chelsea following the departure of Maurizio Sarri during the summer.

The Italy international isn't just surviving under Frank Lampard, he's thriving.

The midfielder once dubbed "Sarri's son" because of his importance to his mentor's preferred style of play had been expected to struggle at Stamford Bridge this season.

Indeed, many saw the midfielder as a one-dimensional regista but he is proving himself so much more than that under new Blues boss Lampard.

At Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Jorginho dominated the midfield in one of Chelsea's most solid displays of the season so far, laying the foundations for a comfortable 2-0 win over lowly Brighton.

The Blues had 17 shots in the first half alone but squandered a succession of gilt-edged opportunities, one of which Jorginho created for Pedro with a lofted through-ball.

It was ultimately left to Jorginho to break the deadlock in the 50th minute, after Mason Mount had been fouled in the area by Adam Webster.

The Brazilian-born playmaker took over the penalty-taking duties from Ross Barkley after the latter's miss against Valencia and showed exactly why.

Jorginho sauntered confidently towards the ball, performed a little skip and then slotted the ball past Mat Ryan.

It was his 12th penalty scored from 13 taken in all competitions (excluding shootouts) and it was the 100th penalty to be scored at Stamford Bridge.

Willian went onto make it 2-0 with a shot deflected off Dan Burn as Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his Premier League return with an assist.

However, Jorginho deserves most of the plaudits for the platform he provided in the middle of the park.

Almost impeccable penalty-taking is just the icing on the cake when it comes to Jorginho, who, despite Sarri's exit, continues to control the tempo of games, either speeding up or slowing down the play with his passing.

In addition, he is competing better from a physical perspective this season, after being criticised for being lightweight on a semi-regular basis last term.

He is also one of Chelsea's most intelligent pressers and won the ball high up the pitch on several occasions against Brighton, who like to play it out from the back.

Lampard has been keen to highlight the importance of Jorginho, who was even booed by some Chelsea fans during a turbulent first season in England, so it was nice to hear the Matthew Harding End chanting his name as he went over to applaud the fans after the final whistle.

The midfielder has put in plenty of effort to improve his English over the past year and it has helped him become a popular figure in the dressing room. He is now conducting interviews in English and he has been seen leading Chelsea's youngsters with pep talks at half-time.

The 27-year-old has quickly become a leader within a dressing room filled with young players and his extra dynamism this season has been hugely important given N'Golo Kante's injury issues.

Jorginho's metronomic style of play rarely sees him afforded any time the spotlight but he is quietly dictating Chelsea's play under Lampard.

He epitomises the emphasis on keeping possession and winning it back consistently which earned Lampard a first clean sheet after 10 games in charge and a first home win in the league since he returned to the club.

Sarri's son has been reborn: he's a Lampard player now.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits to having been left pleasantly surprised by the performance levels of Mason Mount this season.

“He was brilliant for me at Derby. I did not expect this level but he is improving daily.”

He added: “It is great for the club and a long time coming.

“The work is done in the academy. The mentality is great. They want to play for this club. At the moment they are earning it and setting a level for others.

“I have complete confidence in the lads. They are there on merit. Whatever game they take it on board and long may it continue.”

Victory over the Seagulls on Saturday was Lampard’s first in the Premier League as Chelsea manager.

The Blues manager added: “We needed the win.

“We haven't had a 90-minute game where we've controlled it enough. The only disappointment is we didn't have more goals. A clean sheet as well. It is good for the confidence of everyone.

“We had a lot of shots first half. But weak finishing and a bit of bad luck. You do start to wonder but you have to remain confident it will come and it did.”

Dean Henderson might have known better than to expect sympathy from Sheffield United's no-nonsense manager Chris Wilder after the costly howler against Liverpool.

Henderson, on loan from Manchester United, allowed Georginio Wijnaldum's volley to slither from his grasp and through his legs into the net to give the Premier League leaders a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane.

It did not help to have Gareth Southgate in the crowd and the home supporters tried to lift the spirits of their England U21 'keeper when they stood to applaud and sing his name as he trudged down the tunnel at the end.

Wilder, however, is not the type to worry about hurt feelings. 'I'm not bothered how people feel,' said the Blades boss. 'This is a real tough sport. I'm certainly not going to put my arm around him and rub his head.

'We set a high bar. It always amazes me when pundits talk about not criticising players in the press. This game has been beamed around the world. There's no hiding place.

'He has to get on with it. He's gutted. He's a good 'keeper. He has to learn and move on from his mistakes. We're here to get points. We're not here for people to think we're a good side. We're here to compete.'

Henderson responded to his mistake by making a fine save to stop Mohamed Salah from extending the lead but Sheffield United were unable to find an equaliser. Substitute Leon Clarke missed their best chance late in the game.

'We have had a glorious golden opportunity to put a marker down and show we are in this division to compete and pick up points,' fumed Wilder.

'When these unbelievable sides have slight off days we have to capitalise and with a little bit more quality in both boxes we could be talking about not just hosting the European champions but beating the European champions.'

Liverpool, meanwhile, are under investigation for featuring an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup third round against Milton Keynes Dons.

Pedro Chirivella came on as a substitute in the 2-0 but it has emerged Liverpool had not secured international clearance for the Spaniard who was on loan at Extremadura last season, even though they applied for it in July.

The EFL will look into the matter and have a full range of punishments at their disposal but Jurgen Klopp's team are not expected to be expelled from the competition.

A fine is more likely in line with a similar offence committed by Sunderland in 2014.

There has been much debate about the captaincy at Arsenal in recent weeks.

Never, though, do we hear quarrel about the wearer of the armband on the other side of North London.

Perhaps it is time to start that discussion. Hugo Lloris is the skipper in these parts, appointed by Mauricio Pochettino in the summer of 2015.

It is said that the bond between manager and captain is unbreakable. The former stood by the latter following his drink-driving ban last year and Pochettino even has a gift from Lloris in his office, a replica of the World Cup trophy lifted by the France skipper in 2018.

But it was on that day in Moscow, one that should rank as the greatest of Lloris’ career, that he made an uncharacteristic mistake which, in the time since, has become somewhat characteristic.

At PSV, Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool last season he was culpable of giving away costly goals. Unforced errors do not look good for one who should be leading by example. Trust, you suspect, must surely erode on the back of such calamity.

In the World Cup final, Lloris gifted Croatia a goal when attempting to dribble away from Mario Mandzukic, who poked the ball into the unguarded net. With France already leading 4-1, the blunder has since been relegated to a footnote in the story of the final.

But Lloris was at it again here, at a time when his side least needed a needless concession. Southampton’s Danny Ings was the beneficiary of his brain-fade after the keeper failed to take the ball with him when attempting a Cruyff turn inside the six-yard area. It was a horrendous gaffe.

That left 10-man Spurs at 1-1 approaching half-time with the spotlight very much on the manager. How the Southampton supporters revelled in a chant of, ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ towards their former boss.

Enter Harry Kane, the England skipper and the man who again took the heat off Pochettino with what proved to be the winning goal just before the break. That is what captains do, they come good in bad situations.

In fairness to Lloris, he produced two fine saves in the second half, but it was Kane who bailed his side out, and not for the first time.

Could it be that a change of skipper is considered at the end of this season, especially if that means bestowing an honour upon Kane that could persuade him to remain at the the club in the long term?

For now, Kane wears the look of the captain and that much was evident in the closing stages, protecting the ball and the lead as he relieved pressure amid a late rally from the visitors.

It is something for Pochettino to think about at least, if indeed he sees out the season himself.

Alexis Sanchez already surpassed his league tally in last season.

- league goals for Manchester United in the last season: 1

- league goals for Inter 22 minutes into his first start: 2

This is the 223rd Madrid Derby in history and the 165th Madrid Derby of league matches. How will Hazard perform today? And will he score his first La Liga goal in this significant game?

The last Madrid Derby in 20th century is the round 10 of 1999-2000 La Liga. Hasselbaink got 2 goals and 1assist so that Atletico beat Real Madrid with 3-1. However, Atletico beat Real Madrid no more since that game for 13 years, while Real Madrid won the UCL title in 2000.

Former Liverpool and Chelsea star Joe Cole has stated his belief that Manchester United made a mistake axing Jose Mourinho from his role at Old Trafford last December.

United replaced the Portuguese boss with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who, after a fine start that earned him the job on a permanent basis, has struggled to find consistent results.

Results are needed and questions will be asked if positive outcomes are not witnessed this week and Cole has made a big claim, stating the decision to relieve Mourinho of his duties was a mistake.

“One thing with Jose that we all know is that he's a winner and what he will tell you that if things are not right, he will address it,” he told BT Sport.

“His issue at the club when the signings weren't quite right, he brought that into the light. That Mourinho, Pogba, Ed Woodward, that signing sort of summed up the club. You had fans pulling in one direction, the manager trying to say 'we want these players' and Woodward saying 'we can't get these for whatever reason'.

“Jose is not one who will sit there quietly being a good boy, thinking 'I'm happy to be Manchester United manager', he knows that his reputation was at stake and he was telling people that it wasn't right, he wants a centre-half.

“For me, it was glaring that things behind the scenes were wrong and I think getting rid of Jose at the time they did was the wrong call for the club, that wasn't where the problem is.

“As a financial man, commercial deals, getting deals done, his contacts, Woodward is second to none and he's running a successful business but for Manchester United fans, who are used to massive success, used to a well-run club, at the moment it's all over the gaffe.”

The Blues have always enjoyed their meetings with the Seagulls, and secured a record-breaking ninth successive victory over them on Saturday

Chelsea have made Football League history by overcoming favoured opponents Brighton once again.

The Blues eased to a 2-0 victory over the Seagulls at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Few expected the visitors to take much from a trip to west London, with Chelsea starting to show signs of promise under Frank Lampard.

Brighton’s record against the Blues also suggested that they were always going to find the going tough.

The men from the south coast have never taken anything from a league meeting with Chelsea.

The two sides have now locked swords on nine occasions, with the Blues collecting maximum points from every fixture.

No side in English football can claim to boast such a faultless record against one foe.

A Jorginho penalty and a deflected effort from Willian saw Chelsea to their latest triumph over Brighton.

That result has maintained a remarkable record which started back in September 1983. At that time, the Blues and Seagulls were second-tier outfits.

Chelsea prevailed 2-1 in the first league clash between the two clubs, with a trend being set.

There have been long periods in which a one-sided rivalry has seen no action.

Between 1989 and 2017, Brighton found themselves in a different division to the men from the Bridge.

Promotion to the Premier League brought them back onto the Blues’ radar and there has been no letting up from the capital club.

Chelsea’s latest success means that they have taken 15 points from five top-flight meetings with Brighton.

During that run they have netted 13 goals and been breached just once.

They have only conceded two league efforts in total and suffered just one defeat across all competitions when meeting the Seagulls.

That solitary setback came in the club’s first-ever contest, with Brighton claiming a 2-1 victory in the third round of the 1932-33 FA Cup.

They will next get a chance to claim a positive league result against Chelsea on New Year’s Day, with the Blues set to open 2020 by taking in a trip to the Amex Stadium.

Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Saturday afternoon to record their first away win of the season, although thoughts immediately turned towards their Champions League clash with Inter after the match.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Carles Perez were arguably Barcelona's best performers on the day, while Valverde recognised the importance of sealing their first win away from the Camp Nou this season.

"After some bad matches away from home, we needed to win," Valverde said.

"It's always a tough game here. If you want to win LaLiga, you have to win away games against a hard-to-beat opponent."

Luis Suarez returned to scoring ways by grabbing Barcelona's opener, which Valverde believes will help his confidence after the Uruguayan was whistled as he came off at home to Villarreal in midweek.

"Goalscorers sometimes score and sometimes they don't, but Luis always perseveres," he stated.

"He fought for a long ball and was rewarded."

Ousmane Dembele was originally named in Barcelona's squad for the trip to Getafe, but just before the match itself, he was left out. Valverde states that it was just as a precaution after the Frenchman didn't feel 100 percent.

"It's true that I left him out of the [matchday] squad," Valverde noted.

"It was more as a precaution. He's told me that he is calm.

"We think it's a little nuisance, but it's nothing serious."

When pressed if Dembele would feature against Inter, Valverde was reserved.

"I don't know," he added.

"I wish that wasn't the case, but I can't say for sure."

The Italy international saw Ross Barkley miss against Valencia and Pedro convert versus Grimsby but has now been made the Blues' main man

Frank Lampard has declared the penalty-taking debate at Chelsea to be over, with Jorginho handed the responsibility after converting in a 2-0 win over Brighton.

The England international fluffed his lines, but stated afterwards: “When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty.

"Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties. I didn’t score the goal but I felt confident.

“If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take the pen. You can miss penalties.”

While Barkley believed that he was still the main man, it was Pedro who stepped up during a Carabao Cup clash with Grimsby.

He found the back of the net, but slipped down the pecking order against Brighton as Jorginho took charge once more.

The Italy international never looked like missing and is now the go-to man for the Blues.

“Yes he is, end of story,” Lampard said when quizzed on the issue.

The Blues boss was then pressed further on his decision and added: “I knew you’d ask me that question again. I’m surprised about the obsession with penalty takers.

“Jorginho took it and he scored. He’s a penalty taker.”

Jorginho impressed against Brighton in the middle of the park, with Chelsea preserving their faultless league record against the Seagulls.

He did not have France international N’Golo Kante alongside him, with Lampard opting not to take a risk on the fitness of the World Cup winner after seeing him carry a few niggling knocks since the summer.

Lampard said of Kante: “It’s an awareness, I didn’t want to take a risk.

“I spoke to N’Golo about it and he’s so important for us. We know that.

“He’s had a difficult pre-season. It’s been difficult for us but mainly for him because of the break-up of his pre-season, with the injury carrying over from last year.

“It wasn’t right to risk him. He could have a chance for Lille.”

Chelsea will return to Champions League action on Wednesday before heading into the next international break on the back of a Premier League trip to Southampton.

Mauricio Pochettino took the blame for Hugo Lloris' clanger against Southampton and praised the return of Tottenham's spirit after their gritty win.

Harry Kane finished off a flowing team move to spare his teammate's blushes and put the 10 men in front before Lloris responded after half-time with a very assured performance that included two brilliant saves to repel the visitors.

"Don't blame Hugo, blame me, I demand him to play in this way," Pochettino said.

"He showed great mentality [in the second half] and that is why he is one of the best in the world."

With that record in mind, this victory over Southampton came at an important time and Pochettino was delighted to see the Tottenham "spirit" return.

"I am so happy because of the players, because of the fans and the staff - they deserve to be in a different situation to the one we've been living in in the past few weeks for sure," he added.

"A few months ago we played in the Champions League final, not because of luck, it was because we fully deserved to be there. We cannot have changed too much in a few months.

"I'm proud. I was so happy for them, my players, my squad. We have unbelievable players, only we needed to recover the spirit that we showed today."

Chelsea earned a deserved 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday through a Jorginho penalty and a deflected strike from Willian.

Match Report

Chelsea bounce back from their defeat to Liverpool last time out in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

A Jorginho penalty and a deflected strike from Willian earned Chelsea their first home Premier League win under Frank Lampard as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 on Saturday.

Lampard's men had drawn two and lost one of their opening three matches at Stamford Bridge this term, but they deservedly got off the mark on this occasion.

Brighton, now beaten in all nine of their league meetings with Chelsea, survived an onslaught on their goal in the first half but Adam Webster gifted the Blues a spot-kick early in the second half.

Match Events

15' OFF THE POST! Abraham nearly scores

The Blues are denied by the woodwork as Abraham glances his header at goal. The forward rises highest from Mount's free-kick into the box, getting a run on his marker in the middle. However, his header comes back off the post before the visitors hack away the loose ball in the box.

50' Penalty Goal! Chelsea 1-0 Brighton (Jorginho)

Mount puts the pressure on Webster and forces the mistake from the defender with a short backpass. He sticks out a leg to bring down the midfielder, leaving the referee to point to the penalty spot.

Chelsea take the lead as Jorginho holds his nerve from 12 yards. He goes for the staggered run-up and then places his effort into the left bottom corner. Ryan is fooled and is rooted to the spot.

61' CLOSE! Abraham's shot saved

Brighton play themselves into trouble at the back once more. A backpass from Stephens is cut out by Abraham on the stretch and he pokes an effort towards goal, but Ryan remains big and makes the block with his body to deny the forward.

63' Sub! Hudson-Odoi replaces Pedro

Hudson-Odoi makes his first Premier League appearance of the season as he replaces Pedro.

76' GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Brighton (Willian)

Chelsea have their second goal to take the contest away from Brighton. Willian runs at Burn in the right inside channel and finds enough space to fire at goal. His effort takes a deflection off the leg of the defender to wrong foot Ryan and find the net.

PSG's last three wins in Ligue 1 all have to thank Neymar.

1-0 vs. Strasbourg
⚽️ Neymar
1-0 vs. Lyon
⚽️ Neymar
1-0 vs. Bordeaux
⚽️ Neymar

The U.S. international has now failed to see the field in four of his team's last five matches

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has admitted that his lack of playing time is "very frustrating" after yet another game spent on the bench.

“Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play,” Pulisic told Pro Soccer Talk after Saturday's game.

Pulisic signed for Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in January for £58 million ($73m), before spending the second half of last season back on loan with Dortmund.

His Chelsea career began with three starts in the team's first four Premier League matches, but the 21-year-old's last league appearance came on August 31 against Sheffield United.

When asked if Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had given him specific reasons why his playing time has dropped off, Pulisic said the advice he's gotten has been more general.

“Not so much. He said to keep working and I have to improve myself in training and try to get back in the line-up," Pulisic said.

After spending his entire career in Germany, the American has said that he knew moving to a new league in a new country was always going to be difficult at first.

"There are going to be challenges,” Pulisic said. “I knew it was going to be tough coming here. It is never going to be easy. I’ve got to grind out. I want to be back and be a part of the team and help the team win games.

“I want to play as many minutes as I can, that is really my goal, I want to be on the field.

"It is tough for me right now. I just have to continue to learn. Like I said, I want to be on the field really bad, I have to continue to work and prove myself to be there."

Pulisic found himself in a similar situation last season, as Jadon Sancho's emergence at Dortmund cut into his playing time.

When asked if he can learn from that situation, Pulisic said: "Of course. In the end I got minutes again and I played well towards the end of the season, so I just have to get my head down and get to work.”

The Barça defender spoke after Barça overcame Getafe 2-0 and said the club had to be united.

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué spoke in the mixed zone after his side's 2-0 win over Getafe and sent a pointed message to the club's bosses.

Winning here, and in the manner we got the victory, gives us confidence. I think it was a hard-fought win and a positive for the team. At a ground like this it's hard to have a brilliant game. Because of the sun. You need to play practically.

I'd have watched it anyway. We need to focus on ourselves. We'll stay up there if we keep winning games.

We never want anyone to be injured.

He's the first person who doesn't want to be injured. That's it, rapid treatment, take care of yourself, and get back as quickly as possible.

If the gaffer thinks it's the right thing to do he'll play. If he's in the first team squad it's because he's more than good enough to play for Barça.

A bit of everything. At the end of the day, everything came together and if we're good up front and focused at the back we know we'll win. The feeling in the dressing room is that we'll be at the top fighting right till the end.

The team organised it. It was good for everyone, but we need to be together. And when I say together, I mean the fans and the board too. When one person doesn't want to get angry you don't have fights. We know the club and the people we know, we know who writes certain articles even though they don't put their name to them.

We don't want to be angry. We want to go out and win. We're hoping nobody tries to provoke battles that aren't there, and which we don't want. We need to keep the club united. If not, we'll hurt ourselves.

Frank Lampard hailed Jorginho as a leader for Chelsea's young players to look up to after his penalty helped the Blues to a 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

Jorginho converted coolly from the spot after Mason Mount was fouled by Adam Webster soon after half-time at Stamford Bridge, with Willian's deflected strike completing Chelsea's first home win under Lampard.

The midfielder was a divisive figure among supporters last season, his close relationship with Maurizio Sarri coming under scrutiny, but he has kept his place in the Chelsea team under Lampard and the manager is delighted with his contribution on and off the pitch.

"He's a leader in his personality," said Lampard. "Whatever happened last year, I wasn't here. For whatever reason, people will make judgements, but all I can judge is what I see in front of me and from pre-season he has been one of the leaders, clearly, in the dressing room and on the pitch.

"He wants to win, and I know that should be the basics and it is the basics for everyone, but to show it in everything you do is important. He does that, so I'm pleased with Jorgie and the young players need to look up to that attitude he has daily."

Chelsea's academy graduates have been the stars of their season so far, but Lampard believes the progress of their young players owes a lot to their more experienced team-mates.

"The kids are playing because they deserve to, because I don't really consider age, but they will also always need that experienced player around them," he said.

"You talk about Jorginho, the coolness of head to score the penalty. You talk about Willian, who not only created chances for himself and got his goal, but his work ethic was fantastic today.

"Those are the standards. Some of the experienced players set those standards and the youngsters must follow."

Chelsea were wasteful with their finishing at times but Lampard, who also confirmed that Jorginho is the first-choice penalty taker following recent confusion, was relieved that they overcame the frustration of the first half to clinch his first win in charge at Stamford Bridge.

"We want to strive to be the best that we can be and the home games have been frustrating so far, for different reasons. Not that we've played terribly, it just hasn't happened for us.

"But today was a nice one. You could almost feel the frustration at half-time, not because we had had a poor half but because the ball hadn't gone in the back of the net.

"My message to the players at half-time was not to get despondent, not to feel flat, not to get sloppy, which we did at moments in the first half.

"So yes, I was frustrated. Because of the no home win yet, I suppose you fear the worst, obviously. But there was a different feel today. The ball moved quickly, it looked good.

"Mason [Mount] was moving it quickly, Willy was getting his shots away and moving people, Tammy [Abraham] was all-action.

"I felt it was coming and it was important to say that to the players and send them back out because they deserved something to drop and the penalty was the moment."

Chelsea were without N'Golo Kante, who was left out as a precaution, but Lampard confirmed the midfielder has a chance of being fit to face Lille in the Champions League in midweek.

The 31-year-old hit his 200th goal for the club just last week, and has now scored in eight consecutive games in league, Champions League and cup

Robert Lewandowski’s barnstorming start to the season has hit another high, with the Bayern Munich striker breaking an all-time Bundesliga record on Saturday.

He scored what proved to be the winning goal in a topsy-turvy 3-2 win at Paderborn, taking his league tally to 10 goals in six games – the best total of any player at this stage of the season.

Four players had previously hit nine in their first six, including two Bayern icons. Jupp Heynckes, Gerd Muller, Peter Meyer and Lothar Emmerich were the men knocked off their shared perch for the six-game record.

Lewandowski, 31, has been unstoppable in every competition so far this season, also notching in the DFB-Pokal and Champions League to take his own scoring streak to eight games. He has never enjoyed such a lengthy purple patch.

Lewandowski’s strikes so far this season include a hat-trick at Schalke, two apiece against Hertha Berlin and Cologne, and further goals against Mainz and title rivals Leipzig before Saturday’s effort at Paderborn.

Lewandowski’s form may have Mauricio Pochettino and Hugo Lloris sweating in the coming days, as Bayern travel to face Tottenham in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night.

He is now on 203 goals in all competitions for the Bavarians, with Rainer Ohlhauser and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge just ahead of him on 215 and 218 respectively.

Lewandowski may need to extend his scoring streak for a little while longer if he is to reach top spot, however, with the legendary Muller still sitting pretty on 564 competitive goals for the club across a 15-year spell.

Everton winger Theo Walcott has been taken to hospital for a precautionary assessment after he suffered a head injury against Manchester City.

The 30-year-old was hit on the back of his head by a Raheem Sterling cross just three minutes into the game at Goodison Park.

After a lengthy stoppage, Walcott was stretchered off and replaced by Alex Iwobi in the seventh minute.

Walcott was making his first Premier League start of the season for Everton after four previous substitute appearances.

Courtois will start in the Madrid Derby, will he rebuild the confidence and prove himself today?

Marc-Andre ter Stegen became the first goalkeeper to provide an assist in LaLiga for Barcelona in the 21st century.

Goalkeepers at Barcelona are frequently consigned to a watching brief, afforded an unobstructed view of one of the world's all-time great sides.

As the goals fly in at the other end, the keeper is often left to celebrate on his own, unable to claim any direct credit.

But Marc-Andre ter Stegen decided on Saturday that it would be nice to get involved at the sharp end, providing the long-range pass for Luis Suarez's opener against Getafe.

In doing so, the German became the first Barça keeper to provide an assist in LaLiga in the 21st century.

Ter Stegen is involved in a battle with Manuel Neuer for the Germany number-one spot and Saturday's exploits at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez will have done his cause no harm.
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  6. Documentation of Income: Official statement of annual salary from parent(s) employer(s) on company letterhead or most recent statement of income tax returns from parent(s).

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen was once again key for Barcelona as they beat Getafe 2-0 away from home on Saturday afternoon.

The goalkeeper has been in inspired form to start the 2019/20 campaign, and he even recorded an assist as his long ball led to Luis Suarez opening the scoring.

"It was at the perfect moment," Ter Stegen said about Barcelona's first goal.

"Luis started [running] and it was a marvellous goal.

"I was missing an assist.

"I was happy to do something [extra] for the team.

"We're going back to Barcelona with all three points."

The 27-year-old understands how difficult it is to come to the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez and win.

"It was not easy to play here," Ter Stegen explained.

"I am happy to win and take three points.

"It is a step forward. We must avoid conceding goals."

With the fixtures coming thick and fast, it's a welcome relief to pick up back-to-back wins against Getafe and Villarreal midweek, after losing to Granada.

The Barcelona No.1 spoke of the team using their experience to improve.

"In some moments, we have used our experience, which is very important," Ter Stegen added.

"We play every three or four days and in the end you get together and know how to defend.

"We have failed sometimes, but today we have improved."

Mbappe assisted Neymar on his return from injury to help PSG beat Bordeaux 1-0.

And he is happy to come back with an instant impact.

He wrote on Instagram: “We’re back 👬🔴🔵... @neymarjr (I’ll have to give you another assist bro)”

It was nearly two hours after the final whistle when Fabian Delph emerged to talk things through.

The Everton midfielder was last to leave the dressing room following a wretched day for his new team, a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United that had the locals howling with fury. On the same afternoon, 40 miles down the road, his old club Manchester City had played football from another planet to put eight unanswered goals past Watford.

Delph, consummate professional that he is, insisted there were no feelings of regret that he had left Manchester behind nor did he complain about his current lot. Privately, though, he must have felt some concern about the reunion that loomed with his former employers. Given the respective performances, it had the potential to be a mismatch.'

During the course of that conversation with Delph, though, he made the revelation that he “cannot stand losing” and won’t let his three daughters win at anything. He is not someone who would readily accept second best and he wasn’t going to put up with that against the team that helped him fill his trophy cabinet.

Clearly, he was happy to see some old friends. When Theo Walcott received treatment for five minutes after being laid out by a Raheem Sterling cross, Delph and Gabriel Jesus spent most of the time laughing and joking; he had exchanges with Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan too.

When the serious business began, however, Delph was superb. Old relationships didn’t matter for a second as he kept Everton in the game in a manner that reminded you of Gareth Barry, another former City player who found sanctuary at Goodison Park after being deemed surplus to requirements in Manchester.

Marco Silva was desperate to sign Delph, to give leadership and experience to his midfield, and this display typified what the Portuguese wanted to see. Cool under pressure and controlled in possession, the 29-year-old was at the hub of the best things Everton did.

One moment typified that early in the first half when he bought himself some space with a back heel in his own area that enabled Everton to wriggle out of trouble. There were other telling interventions, not least the thundering challenge that flipped Raheem Sterling up in the air midway through the second period.

Delph was desperate to win this, as were his team. Everton have been wretched at varying points of this campaign but they at least showed the desire to fight and do the basics that had been so horribly lacking seven days earlier.

You could imagine his frustration, then, in the 72nd minute when City - who had seen Dominic Calvert-Lewin peg back Jesus’s header - took the lead for a second time thanks to a free kick from the excellent Riyad Mahrez.

Delph was stood on the end of the wall where Mahrez aimed his shot; he tried to stick out a leg but it was a fraction out of his range. You could see from his reaction, as he jumped in the air and clapped his hands in frustration, how much it had hurt him. This was not a day that deserved to end with Delph on the end of a comfortable defeat. This has to be a day that Everton use as a building block to move forward.
UNILORIN Pre-degree/Remedial Admission, 2019/2020 Announced

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admissions into the 2019/2020 academic session of the School of Preliminary Studies Programme. Admitted Remedial candidates who pass the School’s examinations at the end of the programme and obtain the minimum UTME cut off point approved by the University SHALL be considered for admission into degree programmes based on performance and quota for each programme.       

Admission Requirements

  • Qualification:
  1. Arts and Arts Education:
  2. Applicants must pass five subjects at Credit level at not more than two sittings in the SSCE/GCE organised by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and should include the major subjects of study. Note that Credit grades in English Language and Mathematics are compulsory for eventual admission into any programme at the University of Ilorin.
  3. Two of the five subjects must be from Arts while the other subjects may be from the Social Sciences.       
Note: There is no preliminary programme in B.A. (Hons.) English 
Agriculture, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Science and Science Education, Technology Education and Educational Technology       
Applicants must pass the following subjects at credit level: English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at NOT more than two sittings in the SSCE/GCE organised by WAEC/NECO and NABTEB
  • Specific requirements:
Faculty of Agriculture will accept Credit grade in Agricultural Science in lieu of Credit grade in Biology.
  • Duration of Programme:
The programme is for a duration of two semesters (one academic session).
  • Eligibility:
The preliminary programme is primarily opened to applicants from the Catchment States of the University of Ilorin, (i.e. Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara States. However, applicants from other states of the Federation are also given considerable opportunities.
  • General Conditions:
  1. The Board of the School, in its policy thrust of inclusiveness in university education, has approved that applicants who have credit pass in five (5) O’ Level subjects but deficiency inEITHER of English Language or Mathematics may apply for the programme; PROVIDED that they MUST have registered for and obtained credit pass in the subject to be considered for admission into degree programme.
  2. Candidates who want to study Engineering must obtain Credit grades in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and sit forEnglish Language, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at the 2019/2020 JAMB/UTME.
  • Candidates MUST write the 2019/2020 JAMB/UTME with relevant subject combination to any programme in either Arts or Sciences and MUST obtain the minimum UTME approved cut off point by the University.
  1. Consideration for admission into programmes shall be based on performance and quota for each programme.
  2. Students who passed the School’s end of the programme examinations but could not obtain the minimum JAMB/UTME cutoff point approved by the university can BANK the Remedial result for use the following year only; PROVIDED that the minimum JAMB/UTME cutoff point approved for the following year is obtained.
  3. Applicants are to note that the programme is residential.
  • Venue of Programme:
The venue of the programme shall be at the School of Preliminary Studies, Fufu, Ilorin South Local Government Headquarters, Kwara State. 
  • Method of Application:
Candidates are to visit the University of Ilorin website and follow the link for the 2019/2020 SPS Application. Application forms are to be completed online after a payment of N15, 000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira Only) application fee using interswitch enabled ATM card either Master or Verve card.
After the completion of the form, each candidate MUST Download a Local Government Confirmation Form which MUST be endorsed by the Chairman/ Secretary of the local Government Area.
A candidate who is offered admission will be expected to bring the form and SSCE/GCE certificates/result slips during registration.
Closing date for application is 15th November, 2019. 

Raheem Sterling has now scored 100 goals across all competitions in his senior club career.

🔴 Liverpool  =  23

🔵 Man City  = 77

More to come!

There's nothing like a centre-forward scoring a goal to answer their critics, and that is exactly the case with Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan has not been having the best time of late and the fans let him know it at home to Villarreal in midweek as he was whistled as he was replaced by Ansu Fati, although he is aware that he needs to improve, too.

Suarez kept quiet and waited for the next opportunity to respond in kind, with a trip to Getafe being the next game on the calendar.

The 32-year-old was decisive in the match, opening the scoring with a decisive goal against a team that concedes very few.

He was attentive and reacted well to a long ball from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, which caught Getafe's defence off guard. From there, everything was much easier for the Catalans.

With his goal against Getafe, Suarez already has three goals in LaLiga Santander this season, trailing Pichichi leader Gerard Moreno by three and second-placed Karim Benezema by two.

Now, the former Liverpool man has to transfer that positive energy into a solid performance in the Champions League with Inter coming to the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

According to stats, Everton's 8 shots on target is the most Man City have faced in Pep Guardiola's 121 PL games in charge.

Barcelona looked shaky until an uncharacteristic goal from the Catalans put them ahead, with Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo netting at Getafe.

Match Report

Suarez lobbed in the 41st-minute opener, and Junior Firpo tucked in Barcelona's second from close range early in the second half for his first goal for the club.

Getafe spurned first-half chances they might have gobbled up on another day and Clement Lenglet's 84th-minute dismissal for two yellow cards came too late to give them any real advantage.

Match Events

10' CHANCE! Perez's shot saved

 Barca's replacement for Messi - picks up the ball on the right flank. The winger teases Nyom and drills in a low cross but it's blocked and rolls nicely to Soria.

15' SO CLOSE! Suarez's shot wide out

Suarez sends another chance wide! Firpo dinks the ball over the top for Suarez who is through on goal. Soria closes the angle and Suarez rolls his shot just wide of the far post. Two decent chances for Barca already.

20' Great save from Ter Stegen!

Chance for Getafe! Some excellent Getafe play gives Rodriguez time in the box and he forces a block save from Ter Stegen! Barca look to counter through Perez but Nyom muscles the winger fairly off the ball. The home side are easy on the eye when they have the ball.

22' NICE SHOT! Suarez's shot wide out

Suarez picks up the ball and has a pop from the edge of the box that bounces just wide. The Uruguayan's easily Barca's biggest threat so far.

41' GOAL! Getafe 0-1 Barcelona (Suarez)

Getafe have played pretty well but you just can't keep Suarez quiet for long. Suarez gets through on goal, chips it over Soria and into the net. Lovely.

49' GOAL! Getafe 0-2 Barcelona (Firpo)

82' Red card for Lenglet

Barca's centre-back receives his marching orders for a second yellow card after stepping on Molina's foot. Will that change things at all?

Player Ratings

Manchester United secured their first WSL victory of the new season with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.

United had opened the campaign with 1-0 loss against rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and then were beaten by reigning champions Arsenal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were also on the back of two defeats, losing last time out at newly-promoted Tottenham, where they had a player sent off.

After being frustrated during a goalless first half of few clear chances, United went close when Lauren James, who turns 18 on Sunday, saw her shot come back off the crossbar.

United slowly started to assert their dominance following the restart and Liverpool 'keeper Anke Preuss saved from Leah Galton after she was through one-on-one.

James broke the deadlock on 71 minutes, when the teenager took a pass from Jess Sigsworth to turn and drill the ball into the bottom corner.

United then hit the crossbar twice in the same attack, as Galton's header came back off the woodwork before Ella Toone did the same from the rebound.

In stoppage time, Katie Zelem added a second from the penalty spot following a foul by Niamh Fahey on Galton to wrap up a hard-earned win.


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