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Month: November 2018

One Nice Rush for Success

Tottenham’s 1-0 Wembley win over Inter earned in the waning moments of the game was an even back-and-forth affair.

Spurs’ midfielder Sissoko was the difference maker. Normally the whipping boy for Spurs whenever he plays, had a fantastic run towards the box before sliding a beautiful pass across to Dele Alli to the have the conclusion executed by Christian Eriksen.

Both these teams are now tied. But The Spurs path to the next round is still uphill. They have to go a grab the win at Camp Nou, while Inter faces an already Euro-eliminated (with a nontheless valiant effort against Barça) Eindhoven.

Arsenal Back in Pack

Aftre three draws – or 6 lost opportunity points, Arsenal is back in the leader pack, thanks to Chelsea’s trip-up. Highlights show how a surprise 3-man defense unblanced the Bournemouth side at the start. The hosts were playing better, yet Arsenal struck first. Opportunities then sprung to double the lead, but the hosts nixed that and reversed the pressure, sending the teams to a tie at the half.

Arsenal just cannot seem to take a lead to the break, always ensuring tense matches.

Aubameyang signed the victory mid-way through the second half on a well-placed cross.

A road win, after a respite due to internationals is always good tonic.

Spurs Jiggle the Table

When you miss in one end what was supposed to get chalked up, it often comes right back to bite you in the rear end.

Tottenham took the lead, deservedly so, on this notable header.

Then a foul in the box on Hazard (video) gets overlooked by referee. And, alas, the inevitable pay-the-price goal, really slanted the table of play. This says something about Chelsea’s mental resilience. Instead of going into the half possibly at 1-1, the Blues had to come out down by 2, and their unbeaten streak hanging by a thread.

And the obvious happens. The Spurs bury the game 15 minutes into the second half. An 85th minute marker is barely balm on the sore. Sarri is going to work on the mental side now, while Tottenham will justifiably walk about with their head held up high.

Hammers Pendulum Season

Thoughtful piece on how things shift.

There are a lot of factors that come into play to make a great team. Consistency is probably the most under-rated, as the mental aspect is always the one to bring you over the top.

Arsenal Has Cash, Roma Apparently Not

Injured defender Welbeck forces Arsenal to re-evaluate their roster. A loaner is a clear sign of hunger for cash.

Meanwhile, it is dawning on the odd situation the club’s performances present. 16 straight games undefeated. Yay! 3 straight winless games. Oops.

Draws are OK when there is a tournament after regular season. But not in a Championship.

Arsenal, Where Art Thou?

Undoubtedly timid Gunners in the first half, allowing the wolves to take the lead. Angst time… Half-time adjustments are the sign of really strong teams.

And that is what Aresenal is; certainly a better than average club, deserving of their top-5 spot in the tables. Disaster averted, some will say with a touch of good fortune. There is also history in play… But City is still pulling away, slowly but surely. The only chance now is if the major clubs defeat Ciy outright.

A Tougher Test and a Tough Result

At Stamford Bridge, a first half that left fans displeased with the carding with Bernard headbutting (video) Rudiger, and thus keeping forces on the field even, the second half was weak, not the reaction Sarri certainly expected. Some drew positives, some not. The players are saying the right words; the next match will give weight to their sincerity.

Although Sarri remains undefeated after 12 games, a bit of spacing is occuring in the tables – unless ManU can bring City back down to earth in the derby later on…