After Manchester United’s thumping 3-0 victory over Young Boys, their fans had more delight in store as noisy neighbors Manchester City were stunned 2-1 by Lyon in their Champions League opener at the Etihad Stadium.
United’s former players, Memphis Depay and Rafael da Silva too did their bit to paint Manchester red as they were part of the playing XI that inflicted the huge upset over City.
The players further endured themselves to fans after showing they remain loyal United supporters with their social media activity after the victory.
While Rafael – who became a cult figure at Old Trafford after spending eight years at the club – showed his colors on Twitter, Dutch winger Memphis took to Instagram to express his delight.
Check out the social media posts below:
After a difficult start to the season, Rangers have gotten their season back on track with a 4-0 thrashing of Dundee last week. Steven Gerrard’s men will now begin their Europa League group stage with an away game against Villarreal tonight.
While the match looks tough on paper, Rangers fans will certainly be up for the game as it’s their first taste of European football they’ve had outside of qualifiers for more than 6 years.
The Gers have their work cut out to qualify for the next stage as Spartak Moscow are also part of what looks like one of the toughest groups in the competition. Rangers fans are thus determined to enjoy their involvement in the competition for as long as it lasts, and their enthusiasm was in full display before the game against Villarreal with fans lighting up the street with flares.
Check out this video of Rangers fans making their voices heard in the Spanish city yesterday:
Let’s just say if Steven Gerrard’s men show the same effort on the field today that their fans have off it, they certainly have a chance of getting something from the game.
Leeds fans will be over the moon with how things are going for them at the moment. They are playing great football and sitting pretty at the top of the table. New manager Marceleo Bielsa has brought the whole club together fighting for the same cause.
Leeds brushed Preston aside 3-0 on Tuesday to put themselves 1 point clear of Middlesbrough in second place. So you would think all the Leeds fans will be in a great mood after the final whistle. Well, you would be wrong.
A fan posted a video of a fight breaking out between a couple of Leeds supporters in Elland Road’s South Stand towards the end of the game. Although, to be fair, it hardly counts as a fight since they didn’t even make contact with each other.
Check out the spectacular fail when one fan went to punch another:
From the way he tumbled down the stairs, its clear the fan in question had one pint too many. It is safe to say that these fans are in the minority as the majority of the Elland Road faithful are probably loving life at the moment based on how well the Whites are playing.
Manchester United started off their Champions League campaign in perfect fashion as they overcame Young Boys 3-0 at Bern. 19-year-old Diogo Dalot was handed his first start for the Red Devils by manager Jose Mourinho, and the Portuguese didn’t miss the opportunity to show what he was capable of.
The 19-year-old, who is just coming back to full fitness after a knee injury, certainly gained rave reviews from his manager who said after the game that the full-back could star for the Red Devils for the next decade.
There was one moment in the game in particular where the teenager showed tremendous skill to skin Young Boys full-back Loris Benito. After Chis Smalling pinged in a pass to Dalot on the right flank, the youngster took one touch on the volley to put it past Benito and ran past him like he wasn’t even there.
Watch the move below:
With a few question marks over Antonio Valencia’s recent performances now that the Ecuadorian is getting on a bit in terms of his age, Dalot could become a regular feature in the United first team sooner rather than latter.
Olivier Giroud has perhaps been one of the most underrated players during his time at Arsenal but did manage to build a strong reputation for bagging crucial goals as well as his ability to hold up the play as he brilliantly showed his critics in Russia.
And now statistics have come out in the open which shows the tremendous effect the 31-year-old has had on one of his Chelsea teammates. According to this graphic released by Sky Sports, the World Cup winner plays a vital role in star man Eden Hazard finding the net.
The Belgian winger has found the net 9 times when playing with Giroud and just once without him in all competitions for Chelsea. Unsurprisingly Giroud started for Sarri during the 4-1 rout against Cardiff City in which Hazard bagged his first hat-trick since 2014.
Numbers certainly don’t lie and the data points to Giroud’s growing influence on Hazard’s goal-scoring abilities and as their chemistry continues to grow over the season, Blues fans should be bracing themselves for a stellar season from the Belgian.
Check out the said stats below –
Anfield witnessed yet another historic European night as Liverpool beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in a thriller.
While the Reds raced into a 2-0 lead before half-time, the French champions fought their way back into the game and made it 2-2, courtesy of a goal from Thomas Meunier and another late one by Kylian Mbappe.
While that would have knocked the stuffing out of most teams, the Reds kept going and pushed hard for a winner. Liverpool’s summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri was thrown in by manager Jurgen Klopp in the hope of finding a late goal. The Swiss international had to deal with bottles being thrown at him by the PSG fans whenever he went up to take a corner.
However, the 26-year-old had the last laugh as Liverpool finally got their winner courtesy of a brilliant strike from another second-half substitute, Roberto Firmino.
When Liverpool won a corner just before Firmino’s goal, Shaqiri showed his passion for his new club, by urging the supporters to push the team on.
Check out what Shaqiri did below:
After the game, the Swiss international said he thoroughly enjoyed his first European night at the historic stadium and felt how loud the fans were throughout the game. It was certainly a memorable Champions League debut with Liverpool for the 26-year-old.
Lucas Torreira put in a great performance to help Arsenal overcome Newcastle 2-1 at the weekend. The midfielder came on as a second half substitute and changed the game, providing much needed solidarity to the Gooners midfield. Although, the 22-year-old midfielder has impressed as a substitute in several games, Unai Emery is yet to hand him a start so far this season.
If rumours are to be believed, the Uruguayan’s wait for a first Arsenal start might finally be over as he is set to be named in the Arsenal eleven that will take on Ukraine’s Vorskla Poltava in their Europa League opener on Thursday.
For all his combative attributes, the 22-year-old who stands at 168 cms isn’t the biggest of players by any stretch of imagination, and it seems Torreira might be guilty of attempting to make himself look taller than he is.
Arsenal fans have spotted Torreira attempting something fishy in their official team photo for 2018/19 season. See if you can spot it too:
As you can see, the Uruguayan is trying to look taller by standing on his toes. Perhaps, it’s not entirely his fault with Mustafi sitting in front of him but it would have probably made more sense to have the midfielder seated in the front row.
Image via Twitter
Leeds United continued their amazing start to the season as they demolished Preston North End 3-0 at Elland Road last night. The result which took the Whites three points clear at the top of the table saw some fantastic individual performances, with Jack Harrison’s being one of them.
The 21-year-old winger who is on loan from Manchester City has proved a great acquisition for Marcelo Bielsa’s side due to his performances so far this season. The young Englishman was at it again last night as he looked in fantastic touch, taking on and beating players with ease.
Preston’s relatively inexperienced left-back, 19-year-old Josh Earl had the unenviable task of going up against Harrison and he was certainly given the runaround by the Manchester City loanee.
There was one moment in the first-half when Harrison turned Earl inside-out and left him on his backside. The moment summed up Earl’s struggles against the wily Harrison.
Watch the move below:
While it is safe to say that it was a pretty embarrassing moment for Earl, this was probably one of the toughest tests the teenager has ever faced and he will certainly learn from this going forward.
Tottenham started off their Champions League campaign in disappointing fashion as they were beaten 2-1 by Inter Milan at the San Siro.
After a scrappy first half, Spurs were the much better side in the second half and took the lead in the 53rd minute courtesy of a deflected strike from Christian Eriksen. That is how the score remained till the last five minutes of the game as the Lilywhites squandered several chances to score the second.
However, after Inter decided to throw the kitchen sink at Tottenham in the last few minutes of the game, the away side crumbled and let in two late goals.
Former Tottenham player and manager Glenn Hoddle who was analyzing the game for BT Sport, was in a visibly angry mood after the game and certainly didn’t mince words while criticising the players.
Hoddle pointed the finger at the lack of leadership within the Tottenham team and explained why players on the field can’t always leave it to the manager to make adjustments during the final minutes of the game.
Watch Hoddle’s passionate critique of his old club’s performance:
Spurs fans will certainly recognize that the 60-year-old’s points have merit. They will be hoping Pochettino will be able to resolve the issue soon so that their season does not get entirely derailed.
Though the season is only five matches old, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world appears to be settling in quite nicely at Chelsea.
Blues’ fans are aware that Kepa Arrizabalaga, part of a growing breed of goalkeepers comfortable with the ball at their feet, is essential to manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of play that’s based on possession play and building attacks from the back.
While the 23-year-old hasn’t had many opportunities to make saves, he looks quite assured with his footwork and has impressed with his passes, both long and short.
The Spaniard’s long range accuracy was on display during Chelsea’s 4-1 victory against Cardiff City last weekend when he casually picked out some long cushioned passes to his teammates.
Check out a compilation of Kepa’s passes from that game: