Month: November 2015

Premier League Result and Highlights:  (Week 14)

Week 14
Saturday, November 28

Bournemouth 3

Everton            3

Aston Villa 2

Watford     3

Sunderland 2

Stoke City    0

Crystal Palace 5

Newcastle        1

Man. City        3

Southampton 1

Leicester City  1

Man.Utd.         1

Sunday, November 29

Tottenham     0

Chelsea           0

West Ham    1

West Brom   1

Liverpool        1

Swansea City  0

Norwich City   1

Arsenal             1

Highlights of the week

Jamie Vardy has now carved his name into the history books.
Jamie Vardy has now carved his name into the history books.

Jamie Vardy scores in 11 Premier League games in a row and beats Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record 10 in the process.

The goal is Vardy’s fourteenth of the season, making it an extraordinary result for the Leicester striker who barely made the headlines in football.

He just needs one more to equal the record of 12 set by Jimmy Dunne for Sheffield United more than 80 years ago.

Vardy was congratulated by Leicester City Manager Claudio Ranieri and Ruud Van Nistelrooy himself.

“I am very happy,” Ranieri said, “because before the match I said to my players we had two objectives today: 1) win the match and 2) try to help Vardy score and achieve the record.”

“We take one point which is good for our table and Jamie made the record. It is fantastic for us, a very good evening.”

Van Nistelrooy himself tweeted his congratulations. “Well done vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it.”

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Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was furious as precious points were dropped and the goal that was conceded.

“We organised ourselves defensively to contain Vardy so we have to be disappointed at the way Leicester scored,” the United manager said after witnessing what can only be described as a trademark Vardy strike.

“I am very disappointed with the result, because I felt we could have won this game. We could have been first in the league and we are not. If you want to be champions at the end of the season, and we all do at Manchester United, then you have to win these type of games.”

However, it was noted that almost every fan and critics are attacking the new Manchester United style of football, calling it “boring” and “lacking inspiration”.

Louis van Gaal’s managerial style is often criticized.
Louis van Gaal’s managerial style is often criticized.

Club legend Peter Schmeichel is among the latest of a long list of former players and critics who sympathises with United fans.

In 14 Premier League games this season, they have scored 20 goals from 146 shots with 53 on target. Even in the miserable Moyes season in 2013-14, they had struck 22 times after the same number of games.

In Ferguson’s final title winning season in 2012-13, at this stage of the campaign they had scored 33 goals from 229 shots, with 84 on target.

Manchester United now seems set to bore their way to the title, but they will surely have to rely on the failings of others rather than any deeds of their own.

 

Manchester City to break bank for Messi

Manchester City is willing to pay Messi £800,000 each week.
Manchester City is willing to pay Messi £800,000 each week.

The Citizens are willing to offer the Argentinian an astronomical salary of £800,000 per week to join them.

The Barcelona superstar has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp in recent months with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all linked.

But Manchester City have upped their interest in the Argentine by holding initial discussions about a switch to the Premier League.

City have been given encouragement that Messi is willing to end his time in Spain after 11 years as his current £500,000 a week deal ends in 2018.

And despite a buy-out clause of £250m, the Spanish champions are believed to be open to offers at a more realistic £120m for the four-time Ballon D’Or winner.

City would be capable of forking out the money to sign Messi, with the funding provided on the back of a new TV deal that begins next campaign, thought to be worth £150m per season.

The Manchester club also hope that signing the Argentina international would boost their chances in bringing Pep Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium.

Zlatan wants Ibrahimovic chant from Malmo

The Paris St-Germain forward wants Malmo fans to sing his name.
The Paris St-Germain forward wants Malmo fans to sing his name.

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he wants fans of his hometown club Malmo to sing his name when he returns there for a Champions League clash.

Ibrahimovic, 34, was born in Malmo and played for the club between 1999 and 2001.

He has never before returned to Malmo to play a competitive game with a club side and, with tickets scarce, he arranged for the game to be shown on a big screen in the city’s main square, Stortorget.

“A perfect scenario is that we win, I score three goals and everyone chants my name after the match.”

“When the draw was made, I called Malmo FF directly and said ‘Book Stortorget,'” he said.

“It took a while, but then they called back and said it was booked. I want everyone to have a chance to see the game.”

PSG are currently in second place in the group on seven points, three points behind Real Madrid, while Malmo, on three points, must win to keep their slim qualification hopes alive.