Chelsea have belied their manager Maurizio Sarri’s initial expectations after quickly adapting to his attacking style of play and now sit at the top of the table having won their opening five matches.
Team camaraderie also seems to be flourishing under Sarri and players appear rejuvenated after enduring a troublesome last year.
Among those rejuvenated is David Luiz – who played a key role in the Blues’ title winning season in 2016/17 before being frozen out by former coach Antonio Conte last year. The experienced defender looks happy and is enjoying a new lease of life under Sarri, having started all the games so far.
The 31-year-old Brazilian is known to be a bit of a joker and is an asset when it comes to keeping the morale of the dressing room high.
As Chelsea prepare for their upcoming Europa League encounter against Greek side PAOK, Luiz was spotted trying his hand at boxing with new recruit Jorginho, who has become the team’s driving force on the pitch under Sarri.
It was a playful session with both players displaying some impressive footwork while throwing light punches at each other. Check it out:
Marouane Fellaini has had his fair share of critics during his time at Man Utd. While a section of the United faithful don’t seem to be fans of his playing style, he has proved that he has earned Mourinho’s trust. The 30-year-old Belgian started United’s game against Watford last Saturday and played a pivotal role in both of the goals his team scored, directly setting up Smalling’s second after winning a header in the box.
While Fellaini might be focused on assisting on the field, it looks like the midfielder is attempting to score off it. Evidently, the 30-year-old tried his hand at flirting with Tina Stinnes, a contestant on hit British reality show, Love Island. Fellaini sent Stinnes two personal Instagam messages asking, “Hey.. How are you”.
Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, Stinnes’ boyfriend got to know of his messages and decided to out the Man Utd star by posting a screenshot of Fellaini’s messages to his girlfriend, along with the caption, “Fellaini, Get out of my Girlfriend’s DM”.
Check out his post below:
By the looks of it, the Belgian is not having the same success off the pitch as he his having on it recently. Man Utd fans will be hoping Fellaini and co don’t similarly shoot blanks when they open their Champions League campaign against Young Boys on Wednesday.
Most English football hate their local rivals with a passion but one team has the privilege of being hated by most fans up and down the country – Leeds United. Fans of various teams often break into songs about how much they hate Leeds even when the Whites aren’t involved in the game at all.
These kinds of derogatory songs about Leeds are not just heard in and around Yorkshire but also in places like Manchester, London and the North East. This phenomenon reached a whole new level a few days ago when an anti-Leeds song broke out in Birmingham, not in a football match but a cricket match.
Sussex Sharks were taking on Worcestershire Rapids in the T20 blast final in front of a capacity crowd in Edgbaston, when the crowd suddenly started singing, “We all hate Leeds sc*m”, in the middle of the game.
It was a surreal moment as everybody decided to join in the song in the song, with the exception of one Leeds fan who proudly displayed his team’s colors when the song began.
Watch the video of the crowd breaking into the song:
At a time when the country is deeply divided on the basis of football rivalries and political issues like Brexit, the one thing that seems to bring the country together is everybody’s hatred of Leeds United. Leeds fans certainly won’t mind that as not only are they used to it but they actually seem to revel in it.
If Leeds continue their great start to the season under Bielsa, you might just hear songs of this kind quite regularly in Premier League grounds from next season onward.
One of the best moments in the first half of Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain as Sadio Mane gave number three best footballer on the planet a taste of his medicine with a skillful move.
The Senegalese turned the Brazilian inside out with one of the filthiest piece of footworks we have ever seen.
Liverpool went into half time with the a scoreline of 2-1 after goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner. PSG got back in the game with a decent strike from Thomas Meunier.
Check out the video of Mane ruining Neymar below –
Roberto Firmino’s participation in Liverpool’s Champions League opener against PSG remains doubtful as he is yet to get the all clear after sustaining a horrendous eye injury during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham.
Having scored the winning goal for his side at the start of the second half, the Brazilian had to be substituted in the 75th minute following a grisly tussle for the ball with Jan Vertonghen.
As the Spurs defender lost balance and flailed his arms wildly, his finger jammed in Firmino’s eye socket. The 26-year-old was unable to continue due to the painful blow and was spotted walking off the pitch holding a bandage to his eye.
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans were left unimpressed by Vertonghen’s eye poke and reacted with some pretty nasty comments on his Instagram.
The English wasn’t too good to read but umm…one gets their sentiment. Check out the nastiness:
Image via Twitter
Leeds under-23 side earned a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Thorp Arch to stretch their unbeaten run to six games in the Professional Development League.
While it was a competitive match on the whole, the start was pretty shaky as both sides got their openers through own goals inside the first thirty minutes.
The first of those was especially comical and came with barely two minutes into the game as Sheffield stabbed themselves in the foot when Defender Ciaran Brennan played an innocuous ball to goalkeeper Cameron McCullogh, who took a touch and somehow just let it roll over the line.
It was one of the most bizarre things to watch as no Leeds player was near the keeper putting pressure and there was no real power in the pass, but his touch was so bad that he managed to conjure a goal out of nowhere.
Check out the hilarious own goal below:
Eh? #U23s OG #LUFC
Posted by WALMOTtv on Monday, September 17, 2018
Graham Roberts is rated as one of Tottenham’s all time greats by fans of the North London club. In his playing days, the former defender wore his heart on his sleeve and always gave 100% for the cause. In the six years that he spent at White Hart Lane, Roberts led Spurs to two FA Cup wins as well as one UEFA cup win. Nowadays, the 59-year old is one of the team’s biggest fans, regularly attending Spurs games and always backing the team on social media.
As Tottenham fans who follow Roberts will know, the former center-half is very outspoken is his defence of current Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino. While Pochettino is a fan-favourite among the Tottenham faithful, Levy still splits opinions in some quarters. This is why one Tottenham fan from Brazil decided to take issue with Roberts’ praise for Daniel Levy.
The fan in question posted a really insulting comment in response to Roberts’ defence of the Tottenham chairman. The Tottenham legend decided to engage the troll and give as good as he got, asking the fan to go away, in no uncertain terms. However, the fan continued to insult Roberts before several Spurs fans decided to intervene on Roberts’ behalf and defend him.
Check out the screenshots of the tweets below:
These kinds of incidents are common in the social media era where players are often subject to insults by trolls. While some choose to ignore it, others decide to engage the trolls. One thing is for certain though – Tottenham fans in general love most of what Roberts has to say about the club on Twitter and will be hoping this incident doesn’t make the 59-year-old reconsider putting his opinions out there.
After a poor start to the season, Manchester United are now back on track with two consecutive away wins over Burnley and Watford. The United defence has looked solid in the past two games, after letting in three against both Brighton and Spurs a few weeks ago. It was rumoured throughout the summer that Jose Mourinho wanted to bring in a new center-half as he wasn’t happy with the options available to him in the position.
Since United failed to get a defender in, the Man Utd manager has experimented with different combinations between Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. After starting the season with a Bailly-Lindelof pairing, the 55-year-old Portuguese had opted to start with Smalling in United’s past three games.
Watford had a 100% record in the league this season coming into the game against United and their front pairing of Troy Deeney and Andre Gray had troubled every defence they had come up against so far. However, Smalling who started the game alongside Lindelof, put in a faultless performance and kept Watord’s front two quiet all game.
The 28-year-old was not only phenomenal defensively but also scored at the other end by brilliantly controlling the ball with his chest and volleying it into the top corner, after Fellaini won the initial header from a United corner.
Smalling’s performance even secured him a place in German football website DAZN’s best eleven of the week. DAZN produce a combined team of the week from the top 5 leagues in Europe, namely the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1, and Smalling was the only player from the Premier League to be named in the team apart from Eden Hazard who scored a hat-trick for Chelsea against Cardiff.
Check out DAZN’s team of the week below:
Few Man Utd fans would have believed that this was a possibility a few weeks ago but the English defender undoubtedly deserves it on the back of his recent performances. So, after weeks of chopping and changing has Mourinho finally found his best center-half pairing in Smalling and Lindelof? Man Utd fans will certainly be hoping so.
Image via Twitter
Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the season with a decisive 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur to once again reassert their status as one of the favorites for the title this year.
After a summer of heavy spending, the onus was on Jurgen Klopp and his team to deliver on pitch and that’s exactly what they have done so far in the season with 5 straight wins.
The Reds have been unplayable at times with the new reinforcements adding to the attacking panache of last year’s team and treated the away fans to another masterful display as goals from Wijnaldum and Firmino proving too much for Spurs to overturn.
While several spectacular photos were undoubtedly taken during the match, one photographer’s shot really stood out with the shutterbug managing to capture the celebrations during the first goal while keeping Alisson in the shot at the other end of the pitch.
How did he get this frame! Check out the stunning photo below:
Leeds United, lacking a cutting edge in front of goal due to the absence of injured strikers Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe, earned a 1-1 draw against rivals Millwall on Saturday after finally finding the equalizer in the 89th minute through Jack Harrison.
Even though Millwall fought hard, a defeat at the Den would have been tough on Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who were superior for large spells but could not find the end product before falling behind in the 55th minute.
While both teams can claim to have had chances to win the match, in the end, both sides will be happy with the draw.
However, much to the exasperation of Leeds fans, their former defender Stephen Warnock thought a little differently while speaking on Quest and commented that “Millwall deserved to win”.
The fans were having none of it and Warnock’s comment was soon proved wrong as they brought out the stats from the game that showed the Whites had more chances on goal, along with seeing more of the ball.
Check out the video below: