Steve Bruce He was named Premier League Manager of the Month after two wins and two draws to keep Newcastle safe as they watched this month with Leicester's 4-2 demolition.
Not so long ago people didn't want him out and Newcastle's presence in the league was in serious doubt. Strong work from him and his team to address these issues and numerous injuries to key players before finishing strong.
Here's a nice read from Suzanne Wrack chelsea manager Emma Hayes spoke with family and friends to tell the story of the UEFA Women's Champions League final.
Manchester United and Liverpool It could be scrapped after protests surrounding the Premier League meeting at Old Trafford.
The two rivals had discussed holding a friendly match. Pre-season preparations due to the lack of international tours and the return of the fans to the stadium to help with the 29th of July. A second friendly match at Anfield was also offered in August, but was ultimately rejected.
July's fixture could also be abandoned, but United and Liverpool are worried about the potential for further protests against the Glazer family outside of Old Trafford. Their scheduled Premier League match for May 2 was postponed when United fans entered Old Trafford and attempts were made to block the Liverpool team coach ahead of last night's rescheduled game.
High praise from Marcelo Bielsa on Sean Dyche's Burnley team. Burnley host Leeds at 12:30 on Saturdays:
“Burnley is a team with its own style, fully defined and very advanced. I have rarely seen a team with such defined styles. Sure, it's more natural to watch (Manchester) City than it is to watch Burnley, but not all teams that aren't that high in football – and Leeds is an example – can't aspire to create the same beauty. aesthetically as a great team. But to the extent of our possibilities, to maintain a style and develop it, I think it's something to be deserved and a path to follow. ”
Bielsa continued: “Burnley is an example that when things don't go as planned, the fundamentals of the way the team plays should not change, but it is better to improve the better parts of the team's function. It does not work well. As you know, this 'plan B' is a constant demand when things don't go well, but what I've observed is that good teams and coaches who manage the best teams don't give up on style in challenges, but they fix it, they do it better. ”
3,3467 fans will be in the stands for Liverpool vs Burnley on Wednesday. Sean Dyche is delighted that they haven't won at home since January after a period in which Burnley secured a Premier League presence with strong away performances:
“What we missed this year – they play a big role at this club – the fans,” said Dyche.
“Outside of my first year here, when I had a lot of clubs, they stood by me and stood by the team and the club and had a good energy and a good connection that was very, very important.
“This year was very important. It is difficult for them and very difficult for us. ”
Speaking of undefeated teams, this is exactly what Chelsea will face in Sunday's UEFA Women's Champions League final.
Barcelona's league record is incredible: 26 matches played, 26 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses . Barcelona scored 120 goals and conceded 5. Away records actually scored 51 goals and conceded 1 goal. What some have described as primarily the result of a weak league looks much better on the way to the Champions League final, beating Manchester City and PSG on the way. This will be incredibly difficult for Chelsea.
Earlier today, Steven Gerrard was surprisingly named Scottish Premiership Manager of the Year as Rangers handed their first league title in a decade.
League records: 37 matches played with 31 6 draws and 0 wins and losses. One game away from an undefeated season.
Jesse Lingard was named Premier League Player of the Month for April.
He contributed 4 goals and 2 assists as his resurgence continued for West Ham in April.
Jonathan Liew on Trent Alexander-Arnold:
Few players have embodied Liverpool's woes. The season is as loyal as Alexander-Arnold. One minute you are a virtual unknown; next, you're one of the hottest soccer establishments on the planet and maybe the most famous corner taker in history; You've lost your place in the next England and everyone has basically agreed that you can't defend it. This is a familiar cycle of boom and bust with many claiming talent 22 – a year in the past. But somehow in the last few weeks, something has stirred inside of him: the courage and resilience we perhaps expected to see but not necessarily so soon. 1620991021000
Virgil van Dijk offered some wise words in an excerpt from a book on martial arts :
“Some people suggest that I make the game look easy, but trust me, every game is very difficult. We play with world-class forwards, very physical forwards, and I never think 'This is easy'. Maybe I want my opponent to think I am. Look at Roger Federer. If you see him playing tennis, you'd think he's not sweating. Mentally, it must be very difficult for his opponent who thinks he hasn't tried.
“Sometimes I think so. Try to come up to the opponent, talk to him, not kick him, but try to make him think that if he's going to play well or score today, he needs to step up. Yes, you have to be sure of your own ability, otherwise people will march on you. There are other ways to win games; You don't have to fire or curse people. ”
Dean Smith regularly describes Ollie Watkins as "the best striker in the Premier League" and Aston Villa drew 0-0 with Everton, while the suspended player was definitely missed last night. His replacement is Keinan Davis, not a dynamic but a different kind of forward. Instead, Ross Barkley, working just behind the center forward, did most of the pressure from the front, even forcing Séamus Coleman to watch backwards at one point for 30 yards and game over to accept a corner. But put together Barkley has created very little. This was his last game at Villa Park as he was ineligible for the remaining home fixture, against parent club Chelsea on the final day.
Dean Smith praised Barkley's stance, but he has no plans to make his loan a permanent transfer. “We never really made a decision,” Smith says. I think he has two years left on his Chelsea contract. The deal was always to bring him into the season. We wanted a high caliber player to lend to our quality that we signed on permanently. He started the season like a house on fire and then, with the Covid breakout after his injury, he was probably just as inconsistent as we as a team. But his future is at Chelsea for the next two years and we haven't had any discussion about it and I think it would be wrong to do that as it is a one year loan. “
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From Nick Ames: “For Leicester, their first cup final win will rekindle the emotion five years after them. That they are here to remain league champions, a club that can win big prizes. In many ways, 2016 has been as impressive as the victory inspired by Claudio Ranieri. Leicester continues to mock the idea that the "big six" exists anywhere in inflated egos, and they may prove it once again on Saturday. “
Departure room from Carla Birmingham
Birmingham Women's head coach Carla Ward has announced she will step down at the end of the season.
This comes after a turbulent season in which Ward's team contested the FA Cup semifinals and survived relegation, but also sent a letter criticizing his working conditions. From Louise Taylor's article in April:
The letter alleged that some players earned less than minimum wage and complained of delays in medical treatment for injured team members, lack of access to training ground, substandard training grounds, lack of pre-match. overnight hotel stays, lack of payment for non-contract players, and inadequately changing facilities and travel arrangements prior to away fixtures.
Here's Ward's explanation:
“Last August, when I had the opportunity to direct at the BFAWSL for the first time, I couldn't have predicted what next year would be like. It's been a journey, and one that I'm extremely proud of. ”
“I was very lucky to work with a group of players who delivered every day, taught me so much and was a tribute to the Club and the BFAWSL. ”
“Goals that assure our safety that will live with me forever, from our first league win at Reading to the FA Cup semi-finals and the end this year. ”
“All the great memories made possible by this incredible cast of actors and ultimately how much we have accomplished that people said we couldn't do. ”
Speaking of Merch Drop FC...
Outside of English clubs, it is still a La Liga issue to be resolved. This is how things go with two games left:
- Atlético Madrid - 80 points (Goal difference: 40)
- Real Madrid – 78 points (Goal difference: 37)
- Barcelona – 76 points (Goal difference: 47)
All three teams are on Sunday at 17:30 BST. Atletico Madrid 11 Osasuna, 9th place Athletic Club host Real Madrid and Barcelona will face 8th place Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.
Hello there! Welcome to today's Friday blog, ahead of one of the last weekends of this grueling season.
There's a lot going on this week as we move in and out of the Premier League, of course. Newcastle will host Manchester City we'll see tonight at 20:00, then Saturday at 12:30 Burnley vs Leeds , Southampton vs Fulham and Brighton – West Ham . Premier League action on Sunday Crystal Palace – Aston Villa will start with and then Tottenham vs Wolves , West Brom vs Liverpool and Everton-Sheffield United .
But the biggest games of the weekend are the two big cup finals. Chelsea will encounter Leicester City , 17: 15 tomorrow in the FA Cup final , then at 20:00 on Sunday Women's Champions League final Will see Chelsea against a dominant player Barcelona.