Daily Archives: October 26, 2016

Liverpool edges Tottenham with Sturridge double

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Liverpool edged Tottenham by 2-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup thanks to a Daniel Sturridge brace.

Reds Manager Jurgen Klopp may have made 11 changes to the team at Anfield, but the players looked just as formidable and confident. In comparison, Spurs made just one less change, and was just unable to do enough as Liverpool proved their creativity in front of goal.

Sturridge – who himself had been experiencing a goal drought this season – had been left out as an unused substitute last weekend against West Brom.

However, the England international needed less than ten minutes to put his name on the scoresheet. He reacted quickly to poke it above keep Michael Vorm from close range in under nine minutes.

After half-time and a couple of wasted chances, Sturridge tried a little feint to put Vorm down. But when the keeper didn’t buy it, Sturridge simply slotted the ball between his legs and into the net, doubling Liverpool’s advantage.

Spurs – who started with eight players aged 23 or under – were by no means overawed but struggled in going forward before Vincent Janssen slammed home a penalty when substitute Erik Lamela was fouled.

The latter stages saw Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino on his knees in frustration as his team put pressure on the Reds but wasted opportunities. It also saw Sturridge curled against the bar with the outside of his left foot, and substitute Danny Ings with one-on-one chance saved as Liverpool moved into Wednesday’s draw.

Rooney has Southgate ‘vote of confidence’ as England captain

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England interim coach Gareth Southgate has claimed that Wayne Rooney’s status as England captain is secured despite his irregular appearances for Manchester United.

Rooney, 31, has not started any of United’s past four Premier League games, missing the 4-0 defeat at Chelsea through injury and was also left out of Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup qualifying draw in Slovenia this month.

In their next qualifier, England will face Scotland in Wembley on November 11th, before playing Spain in a friendly four days later.

Southgate, whose four-match contract to replace Sam Allardyce expires after the Spain match, has hinted the record goalscorer will be a part of his squad.

“He’s the England captain and although he didn’t start in Slovenia, to me he is a hugely influential person in that group and that won’t change,” he said.

“Let’s see what that scenario is but I thought his leadership qualities in the 10 days with us shone through. I hadn’t been able to see that first hand and it was hugely impressive. I could see how he’s held in the eyes of the rest of the players and the positive influence he has in that environment. If that wasn’t the case I wouldn’t say those things. That’s as it was.

“I haven’t spoken to him since the camp but I’m always conscious players are back into a run of fixtures with their clubs, but I will pick up with him and the others later.”

On the other hand, Rooney’s United and fellow England international teammate Marcus Rashford could participate in the European Under-21 Championship next summer. However, United’s manager Jose Mourinho said last week that it would make “no sense” if he is already established as a regular for the senior side.

“It’s always a case of what’s right for the individual player,” Southgate replied when the question was put towards him.

“That’s why you can’t make decisions on players at this stage of the season. You have an idea what you think is the ideal pathway for an international young player but you have to bear in mind the season they have and where they are in terms of being involved in the senior team.”

Jose Mourinho challenges players to be ‘men’ against City

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has challenged his players to show they are “men” by recovering from their 4-0 humiliation by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as they hosts Manchester City in the EFL Cup later today.

The match will be the second encounter between City boss Pep Guardiola and Mourinho since both took charge of the two Manchester clubs. The Portuguese will be hoping for a better result than when the sides met in the Premier League in September, where City claimed a 2-1 win.

“We have had a very difficult period of matches. We lost points this week and, even in the match when we played phenomenal against Stoke [a 1-1 draw], we lost points then. Now we need to win matches.” Mourinho said.

“We are really, really sad, but again this is not for kids, this is for men and… we have to be men and work for the next one.”

However, Manchester United will have to play without defender Eric Bailly after he picked up a knee injury in the match against Chelsea.

City also suffered an injury blow as midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will miss out with a calf injury. Pablo Zabaleta is also out but Vincent Kompany, who made his first league start since April on Saturday, will be fit.

City are without a win in five games in all competitions and manager Pep Guardiola said he will make changes to his team.

“Some are going to play. I need to see the players in training and after we will decide the team,” Guardiola said. “They are a strong team with quality. They are six points behind – just two games behind. [and] Derbies are always special. We are going to try to play seriously and try to win the game.”


Manchester United (2) – (1) Manchester City