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#1 07-05-2018 11:21:37

Date d'inscription: 19-04-2018
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the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Gareth Wheeler brings you the news, notes, and commentary each week from the Barclays Premier League. This weeks notebook is all about first impressions, times two.  Back from vacation and two weeks in the books with time to make team assessments.  Any assessment, however, is incomplete with Mondays transfer deadline taking centre stage.  Thus far, four teams on perfect records and early disappointment for Manchester United; heres whats catching my attention. - The panic button is already being pressed amongst some of the millions of Manchester United supporters worldwide.  A home loss (Swansea), an uninspiring away draw (Sunderland) and an embarrassing 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to League 1 MK Dons have contributed to a less than ideal start to competitive matches for Louis Van Gaal.  Difficult introductions are nothing new to LVG, he only won one of his first four games after taking over Bayern Munich in 2009.  His team ended up winning the Bundesliga and reached the Champions League Final, so the process and patience Van Gaal is preaching should be well received.  This is not another David Moyes situation in the making for United.  Van Gaal has the vision, stature, and tactical grasp essential to lead a club like United.   Angel Di Maria brings genuine top-level talent and dynamic play lacking in the team.  No matter the price tag, this is not a panic buy.  United will get better, yet the problems are plain to see: A) the team is weak thru the spine - look around the world and all top teams are strong through the middle.  United are not.  Reinforcements in central midfield, whether it be Arturo Vidal or a younger, physical threat in William Carvalho, as well as and a top quality centre-half are a must for Van Gaal, and as soon as possible. B) Poor quality in squad depth - United has a big squad but its not very good.  Expensive role players and young players not good enough fail to make the grade.  Early season injuries have complicated the issue.  Forget the injuries, its well warranted to question the talent in the team.  United desperately needs quality in quantity. C) Team belief - building confidence sounds simpler than it actually is.  Seeing full internationals hesistant wearing red is difficult to watch and is a fall-out from failure under Moyes.  The number of back-passes and absolute refusal to take on an opponent in fear of losing possession is disturbing.  Belief in team movement will come in time.  The bravery to win one-v-one battles with a team not big, nor quick enough is more complex.  The passive nature of the product is plain to see. While player recruitment is a must, a bigger reclamation project is at play for Van Gaal.  As he puts it, he is building a new team.  That takes time.  Wins are expected in the meantime.  Van Gaal knows that but he wont waver.  Embrace yourself for a roller coaster ride. - Arsenal was my pre-season pick to win the Premier League and Im going to stick with it.  I was impressed with the way the Gunners battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.  Olivier Giroud showed his worth with an equalizer out of nothing.  The news Giroud will be out until late December-early January is worrisome.  With all due respect to Joel Campbell, Giroud is Arsene Wengers only true number 9.  Its a significant loss for Wenger and leaves him with a big decision.  It seems a no-brainer for the club to dip back into the market and bring in reinforcements.  Although it doesnt seem the Wenger-way.  Can Arsene get by playing a variety of attacking players, none a true target-man?  Theo Walcott is working his way back from a knee injury, and perhaps Wenger has a re-think what to do with Lukas Podolski.  But are useful players but natural fill roles occupied by others with the team.  A false nine could work, but is a risky proposition for a team with aspirations in multiple competitions.  Manchester Uniteds available striker Danny Welbeck seems a reasonable fit and an alternative option.  His pace would certainly compliment the superior ball movement in the team.  Although the nature of the failed transfer of Thomas Vermaelen whom United believed they had captured may have something to do why this move is highly unlikely. - Most impressive performance of the early season goes to Manchester City in a comfortable 3-1 win over Liverpool Monday.  It was the kind of self-assured, composed performance you see from top teams mid-season, not match-day two.  The addition of Fernando looks to be a savvy one, with the player looking at home and positionally sound in the central midfield.  The plaudits rightfully point out the play of Stevan Jovetic in a two-goal performance goes a long way to adding depth in attack, putting a season of injury behind him.  Hes still just 24 years old, and looks ripe for a big season, pending opportunity.  What a luxury for Pellegrini to have Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo on the bench in a match against last years runners-up.  With depth superior to anyone else in the league at all positions, there is good reason City remains favourite to repeat as Champions. - Risk vs. Reward: Mario Balotelli for £16 million was a no-brainer for Liverpool.  Brendan Rodgers is a superior leader and kept Luis Suarez on point en route to one of the top individual seasons in Premier League history.  Its not Balotellis persona that should worry; its his form.  No player is as enigmatic as the Italian marksman.  His natural physical make-up makes him unmarkable at times.  Yet his footballing intelligence can and should be rightfully questioned.  Does he read the game to a level Rodgers tactical influence can help the player shine?  And how will he pair up with Daniel Sturridge in attack?  Liverpools success a season ago came from teamwork and sacrifice.  Thats tough with a selfish player.  I still say its absolutely worth the risk. - Chelsea has been there methodical best through two games.  They will never run teams off the field, but they will break their opponent down thoroughly through precision and perseverance.  It always seems a 12 round championship fight.  Body-blow after body-blow makes staying with Chelsea over 90 minutes as difficult as it gets.  The central midfield partnership of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic look very much the part.  There is still concern too much of the goal scoring responsibilities will fall to Diego Costa.  The returns thus far have been right on script.  A reported hamstring injury to Costa threatens to throw the team into unbalance.  Dipping back into the transfer window would be a virtual certainty if Costa is set to miss any lengthy period of time.  He is that important to the team. - Spurs at first glance: big, strong and fast.  An in-form Erik Lamela makes this team a different kind of dangerous from a season ago.  Spurs get even bigger at the back with the signing of Federico Fazio from Sevilla.  Size and strength goes a long way in the Premier League.  With a top goalkeeper and a coach who looks a good fit at White Hart Lane, Spurs are trending in the right direction. - Swansea and Southampton were two teams deemed to be in trouble before the first kick of the season.  Both teams have impressed out of the gate.  The Swans have a perfect record and are showing indications this team will remain strong throughout.  Pace down the wings and dangerous men up top means they will be a constant threat.  There is also a lot to like about Ki Sung-Yeung in the midfield, back from on-loan at Sunderland, showing wonderful growth over recent seasons.  They could use another centre-half before the transfer window closes.  Southampton will take a bit longer to come together with so many changes within the team.  Ronald Koeman remains steadfast he will not sell Morgan Schneiderlin, and nor should he.  James Ward-Prowse continues to impress and Dusan Tadic in time may be the perfect replacement for Adam Lallana.  There is a good mix here and looks to improve whenever James Rodriguez is fit to play a part.  Goal scoring remains a question.  £12 million for Shane Long was sheer lunacy. - Aston Villa look weak on paper and ever worse on the field.  Paul Lambert has to be the most likely manager next to be facing the sack.  Villa didnt register a shot on goal in a home scoreless draw with Newcastle on the weekend.  Further embarrassment came Wednesday losing to Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  How long will it be before Roy Keane takes over as caretaker manager?  An opening weekend win can only cover up so much. - I like the move by Hull City for Michael Dawson.  The centre-half may lack the top quality expected at a club like Spurs but fits the bill for Hull who are embarking on a Europa League journey.  The team needs depth and capable players.  The imminent arrival of Abel Hernandez up top will help too.  You wonder how much more than can extend themselves without spending silly.  Another midfielder/attacker would go a long way.Team of the Week (1 & 2): 4-4-2 McGregor (Hull City) Dier (Spurs) - Williams (Swansea) - Kompany (Man City) - Ivanovic (Chelsea) Dyer (Swansea) - Fabregas (Chelsea) - Ramsey (Arsenal) - Lamela (Spurs) Zarate (West Ham) - Costa (Chelsea) Match-day 3 Game of the Week: Tottenham v. Liverpool (830am Sunday, TSN4) Everton and Chelsea from Goodison Park Saturday afternoon is attractive as well, but the potential debut of Balotelli as a Liverpool player is must-see television.  Its been a difficult week for Liverpool with back-to-back away matches at City and Spurs.  This season proves to be a constant challenge for Rodgers & Co, back in the Champions League.  So basically, get used to.  Squad depth will be tested and the jury is out whether this group is good enough.  Spurs, meanwhile, are top the table and look to continue what has been an impressive start.  Tottenham have a Europa League match Thursday, so squad rotation is to be expected.  These two teams both have eyes on top four this season.  Success in matches as such is critical towards achieving that end.  Look for how Spurs deal with the speed of Sturridge and Raheem Sterling being critical to the outcome.   Next weeks Notebook will feature a complete wrap of Match-day 3 as well as club-by-club grades after the transfer window closes Monday. 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Hes probably one of the best in that position." Mark Scheifele scored two goals in 36 seconds to build a 2-0 second-period lead for the Jets, who have lost four of their past five games. "Lets be honest, our second period was horrendous," said Sabres captain Steve Ott, who also scored. "We had turnovers after turnovers and they capitalized twice on it. It simply wasnt good enough." What Nolan say after two periods that made such an impression on Moulson and the Sabres? "I just raised my voice a little bit longer than I usually do," Nolan said, "But I just said we gotta compete. If we compete, were good and we cant compete for 55 minutes, we have to compete for 60 minutes." The Jets were playing their third game in four nights and got through a scoreless first period that saw Buffalo outshoot them 19-7. "I never really liked the game even from the onset," Jets coach Claude Noel said. At the 1:02 mark of the second period, Scheifele moved between two stick-checking Sabres into the slot, scoring on a point-blank wrist shot over Ryan Millers right shoulder. Thirty-six seconds later, he carried the puck down the right side of the Sabres zone before taking a step toward the net and beating Miller over the same shoulder to give the Jets a two-goal lead. Scheifele has five goals and five assists in his past 12 games after getting just five points in his first 24 games.dddddddddddd "I think we thought that the opponent would fold up and play and obviously that wasnt the case," Noel said. Ott put the Sabres on the scoreboard at the 10:16 of the second. Drew Stafford took a shot that Ondrej Pavelec redirected to Ott. The Sabres captain scored his fourth goal of the season and his first since Nov. 15. Stafford and Ott paired up on their next shift, but Pavelec was able to cover up Otts one-timer. The Sabres broke through 50 seconds into the third period when Foligno went to the net and tapped in a pass from Cody Hodgson to tie the score at 2. Less than two minutes later, with Eric ODell in the penalty box for hooking, Moulson deflected Christian Ehrhoffs shot past Pavelec to give the Sabres their first lead of the night. The power-play goal relieved a unit that had scored on just two of its previous 30 opportunities. "Our momentum took over like we played in the first period and that was the difference," Ott said. Buffalo added a fourth goal when Kevin Porter, recalled earlier in the day from Rochester of the American Hockey League, stole the puck from Eric Tangradi in the slot. His high backhand shot was batted out of the air by Ellis and past Pavelec. Buffalo hadnt scored more than three goals in its previous 16 games. "You have to play the percentages, Im a strong believer in that," Moulson said. "Eventually, they gotta go in. Weve been getting a lot of shots recently, a lot more than we were getting before. We eventually gotta find the back of the net at some point." The Sabres had a 3-on-1 break during a first-period power play, but Pavelec pushed Hodgsons shot wide of the net. Buffalo outshot Winnipeg 31-27 for the game as 12 different Sabres recorded points. Miller made 25 saves in the win. NOTES: The Sabres recalled Porter and D Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester before the game, sending D Mark Pysyk, D Brayden McNabb and LW Luke Adam down to the Americans. ... C James Wright was scratched for Winnipeg, making way for C Eric ODell. ... The Sabres next play Thursday at home against Boston. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '

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