Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s events | Premier League


1) Ten Hag confuses Casemiro derby decision

Erik ten Hag is nothing if not a serious football man, but there was a comedic element about Manchester United’s breakup into the union. There was a comment from Tin Hag that Cristiano Ronaldo did not show “respect for his great career”. It may or may not be a great stinging joke. More importantly, he was there on Casemiro’s face when he started the game already dead, having worked his way through five Champions League medals only to discover that, in fact, he wasn’t quite as good as Scott McTominay. So, there is some useful information out there for the Brazilian. Tin Hag is the latest Manchester United manager stuck between the inappropriate signings of celebrities and the building of a cohesive squad. It was never likely that the famous 37-year-old black hole was a Tin Hag man. But not starting Casemiro, a midfielder who was the best in the world in his role, didn’t make much sense. Barney Ronai

2) The smell of Leeds and Villa from Super Sunday

Leeds and Aston Villa do not like each other. Their previous four competitive meetings have featured 23 yellow cards and one red card. A pre-season “friendly” game in Australia is also furious. Sunday’s tally of seven yellow and red featured in Luis Sinistera’s second attack, was “not a smart play” as his manager, Jesse Marsh, put it on par. Stewart Attwell, the referee, was lenient at times but was offered no choice about a second booking when Sinistera set foot to block a free kick. The Colombian was engrossed in his backlash from Douglas Luiz who fired the kick quickly but may have a few complaints. He wasn’t alone in being distracted by cheating and aggression that dragged the game down as a spectacle. Marsh accused Villa of trying to slow the match down to “snail speed” while Steven Gerrard admitted: “We came here to frustrate Leeds”. It was a poor choice for the art show opening on Sunday at 4.30pm. John Bruin

3) Arsenal feel real hope under Arteta

“You see a sense of something unique and real,” said Mikel Arteta, after watching Arsenal differentiate between Tottenham Hotspur. The league leaders are having fun: they are not the final article but there is a real self-confidence and joy in their playing, as well as in their interaction with each other, suggesting that no one should set a limit on their potential. Aaron Ramsdale nodded his head in the press conference room afterwards with a “hello” and, shortly afterwards, explained that the wound Missing the UEFA Champions League Football contributes to their energy. “We all have these fires burning inside because of what happened,” he said. “The day I went back to pre-season, the level of training went up. People [are] They demand more from each other.” They deliver, and with Liverpool arrogant visiting the Emirates afterwards, Arsenal can rightly feel a level of hope that has deserted them for years. Nick Ames

‘The red card killed the match’: Conte and Arteta react after Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur in the derby – video

4) Is Conte’s counterattack working for Tottenham?

An Antonio Conte side has never played a season in the league with a possession percentage below 50%. Currently, Spurs’ cumulative total is 48%. So who’s responsible, is this a problem, and can it be changed? Spurs’ inability to hold the ball is partly tactical and deliberate: low defensive blocking, reliance on counter-attack, and a midfield made up of players chosen for fitness rather than control. This does not have to be a weakness in itself. Conte would argue that without a midfield playmaker like Marcelo Brozovic, Andrea Pirlo or Cesc Fabregas, and with four top-tier strikers, he is simply playing on Spurs’ strengths. But this means that they will often have to absorb pressure against the technical aspects. Jonathan Liu

5) Anxiety grips Anfield amid defensive uncertainty

The anxiety inside Anfield was palpable as Liverpool struggled to maintain their 3-2 lead over Brighton. He was also revealing when Jurgen Klopp compared the anxiety – which he shared – to the early ‘heart attack’ days of his reign, when he stared at fans heading for the exits before the final whistle. Doubts returned for good reason. Roberto de Zerbe’s side were awkward at times and could have gone four in 17 minutes. While Liverpool’s ability to recover cannot be overlooked, neither can their defensive weakness. with Arsenal and Manchester Then in the Premier League, the recurring glitch must be addressed immediately. “We try to press the ball but the teams adapt to us too,” admitted Virgil van Dijk, whose mistake allowed Leandro Trossard to secure his hat-trick. “Defence starts from the front and we all do it together. We have to get back to that consistency, and play with joy and freedom. But it all starts with doing it together and working hard.” Andy Hunter

6) LAG leaves style without substance

Bruno Lagg’s struggles with Wolves have raised a philosophical question: How long can it be acceptable to play good football and not feel like winning the game? Sunday’s dismissal brought the answer. At the London Stadium the fine play came from Lage’s side but Wolves showed nothing like the slit that brought West Ham goals. Wolverhampton have won only once in 15 league games and scored just three goals this season. Without suspended Nathan Collins, their defense destroyed West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen. in Chelsea Next Saturday, whoever is responsible, Wolves will again be without Collins, Ruben Neves, also suspended, and likely injured Pedro Neto, with Mateos Nunes also in doubt. Lage was booed by Wolves fans for being kicked out of Nunes, the precursor to a fierce barracks who came full time. “If a new coach comes in, he will still have the same problems,” Lage said on Saturday, accepting the inevitability of his departure.
John Bruin

7) Longstaff thanks loyal fans after defeating Fulham

If anyone sums up Newcastle’s hunger in a hammer Fulham Then it was Sean Longstaff. While Miguel Almiron deservedly grabbed the headlines for his superb shot, the 24-year-old midfielder set the tone all over Craven Cottage as Eddie Howe’s side took full advantage of Nathaniel Chaluba’s early red card due to his poor challenge on Longstaff. The lifelong Newcastle fan apparently enjoyed celebrating his goal with traveling fans before the break, and on the day most of the country’s rail networks came to a standstill, Longstaff praised their commitment. “You can make it as hard as you want for them,” he said, “but they’ll always pack the far end no matter where it is.” “That’s why they are the best fans in the world and we are fortunate to play against them.” Ed Aarons

Newcastle United fans celebrate.
Newcastle United fans enjoyed the atmosphere of their team at Craven Cottage. Photography: John Walton/PA

8) Eze heads to the top for Crystal Palace

It was an era of anger and frustration for Crystal Palace and they generally did not play well, but in the defeat to Chelsea there were still positives for the south London club. Among them is another Eberechi Eze fan show almost a year after he was back on the court after a serious knee injury. The 24-year-old had a particularly lively presence in the first half, linking the midfield to attack and twice forcing Kepa Arrizabalaga to perform with low kicks. Eze has also done his share of defensive duties, and has teamed up with his other performances this season, most notably in 1-1 draw with Liverpool in AugustThere is no doubt that this is a player who is slowly but surely working his way back to the consistently high levels he was at with Palace before the unfortunate setback. Sachin Nkrani

Match report: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

9) Lampard pleases fans with added steel

Frank Lampard has repeatedly hinted at the strength of character in his country Everton The team after beating Southampton, a spirit that was often evident in their absence last season. Conor Cowade and James Tarkowski partner of steel in front of Jordan Pickford, while Idrissa Joy and Amadou Onana, two other summer signings, force the St Mary’s midfield. Dwight McNeill, among the eight new faces at Everton, scored the winning goal to send their 3,000-strong support team away happy. “Fans fought against the train strike, the cost of living, all of those things that are there all the time right now,” Lampard said. “There is definitely a feeling that the fans appreciate and see a character in the team that they want and demand. There was a change of staff and I think it was necessary. We tried to bring in the good people as well as the good players. I think we did that in a lot of areas.” Ben Fisher

Match report: Southampton 1-2 Everton

10) O’Neill makes his mark on Bournemouth

On the face of it, a goalless draw at home to Brentford is a poor result for Bournemouth, and it’s the exact type of game a rising team hopes to win. But given the context, this goalless draw at home to Brentford is progress. When Gary O’Neill succeeded Scott Parker after the 9-0 defeat at Anfield, Bournemouth had conceded 16 times in three matches. In the four they’ve played since then, they’ve only been hacked four times. In general, O’Neill used the same players as his predecessor; What has changed is that his defense has become better organized. But what has really changed is that his defense has become more confident, thanks to a coach who believes in his players and convinces them that they belong to that level. There is still work to be done – a lot of it – but the team that seemed highly likely to back off is now looking at a serious chance to stay awake. Daniel Harris


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