Liverpool vs Chelsea ~ 25/11/2017 – Nigerian Fans0
Dan pada akhir pekan nanti, The Lilywhites akan menjadi tuan rumah dalam lanjutan Premier League pekan ke-21 ketika menjamu West Bromwich Albion di White Hart Lane. Spurs memang tak terkalahkan sejak pertengahan Desember kemarin dan mampu meraih six kemenangan beruntun.di semua kompetisi, di mana 5 pertandingan di antaranya terjadi di Premier League. Hal tersebut telah membuat anak-anak asuhan Mauricio Pochettino berhasil merangsek naik ke posisi ke-three klasemen sementara. Momen terbaik Tottenham dalam six kemenangan beruntun mereka adalah saat The Lilywhites berhasil mengalahkan sang pimpinan klasemen Chelsea dengan skor two- di laga derby London yang sekaligus memangkas jarak antara kedua tim menjadi tinggal 7 poin saja. Sementara itu, tim tamu West Bromwich Albion kembali tampil mengecewakan pada pekan lalu saat mereka harus tumbang 1-two di kandang saat melawan tim dari Divisi Championship, Derby County di ajang Piala FA.
Meski belum berada pada bentuk permainan terbaik mereka baru-baru ini, namun posisi The Baggies setidaknya masih terbilang baik dengan berada di papan tengah klasemen sementara Premier League. West Brom kini bercokol di posisi ke-8 dengan raihan 29 poin. Sebelum mengalami kekalahan di ajang Piala FA pada pekan lalu, anak-anak asuhan Toy Pulis sebetulnya berhasil meraih dua kemenangan beruntun dii Liga Primer Inggris. Mereka tentu saja berharap akan dapat melanjutkan bentuk kemenangan mereka tersebut saat bertamu ke White Hart Lane. Gelandang Inggris ini pantas diberikan kredit lebih dari para pemain Tottenham lainnya dalam pertandingan kontra West Brom akhir pekan nanti. Dele Alli memang telah menjelma menjadi pemain berbahaya di kotak penalti lawan dalam satu bulan terakhir.
Buktinya Chelsea turut menjadi korban ketajamannya usai takluk 2- di White Hart Lane. Alli juga telah mencetak ten gol dalam 19 pertandingannya bersama Spurs, di mana 7 golnya ia buat dalam four laga terakhir Spurs di liga. Meski harus menelah pil pahit usai kalah 1-two dari Derby County di ajang Piala FA, namun Matt Phillips berhasil mencetak satu-satunya gol bagi West Brom. Gelandang Skotlandia ini memang setidaknya harus dijaga pergerakannya oleh barisan pertahanan Tottenham lantaran assistnya mampu membuka peluang terciptanya gol bagi pemain depan The Baggies. Namun Phillips tidak hanya piawai memberikan umpan, ia juga mampu mencetak gol yang ia buktikan dengan raihan 4 gol sejauh ini.
Tottenham Hotspur: H. Lloris, D. Rose, T. Alderweireld, J. Vertonghen, K. Walker, M. Dembele, V. Wanyama, E. Dier, C. Eriksen,D. Tidak ada banyak perbedaan di antara kedua tim dalam pertemuan mereka sebelumnya, di mana Tottenham berhasil memenangkan 43 pertandingan dan kalah 41 kali dari West Bromwich Albion. Sementara ketika mereka bertanding di White Hart Lane, Spurs sukses memetik 27 kememangan, 16 kali imbang dan mengalami kekalahan di 13 laga. Sedangkan dari tiga pertemuan terakhir antara kedua tim semuanya berakhir dengan skor imbang 1-1, dan 5 dari 7 pertemuan terakhir mereka juga harus berakhir dengan hasil remis. Dengan kecepatan permainan yang dimiliki Tottenham saat ini, maka akan sulit untuk setiap tim di luar enam tim teratas yang bisa mengatasi perlawanan mereka. Spurs telah menampilkan kinerja yang sangat brilian dalam beberapa pekan terakhir terutama di pertandingan derby London melawan Chelsea. The Lilywhites juga terbilang baik di depan gawang setelah mereka berhasil mencetak total 17 gol dalam six pertandingan terakhir mereka. Tim asuhan Mauricio Pochettino juga telah mencetak setidaknya two gol di masing-masing 6 pertandingan terakhir mereka.
Having said that in the last 10 meeting between the two sides, Chelsea commanded 4 victories compared to Liverpool’s two, with each side sharing point in four other games. In addition the last 2 meetings of each side in Anfield ended in a score draw, with each happening in the league and capital a single cup respectively. We are going to see an entertaining and electrifying overall performance from both sides regardless of their fumbling league performances. Liverpool will looking for a doable double against the blues side, and have lost three of their last 18 league games at dwelling so far, with a single been from the popular Manchester united side. Chelsea on the other hand have had their season filled with ridiculous performances, but they have come to the celebration at any time the players are ready and interested in playing football.
Memory is a baffling point. We never truly get it. And that is without having even touching on the other aspect – recovery. Cos unless you are me moving house, there’s no point shoving stuff in a box which will by no means be opened once more and anyway what if it comes in useful shut up I’m not a hoarder you’re a hoarder. So some memory is clear and we access it every day. How to do tasks, remembering faces and so on. A lot of this is subconscious but there is also the flipping by means of the mental roladex to get the data you want. Then there’s the random incursion triggered by some unknown switch. Your thoughts may hyperlink a particular smell or a sound or song to a memory quickly bringing the past front & centre.
But we also get triggers from bizarre stuff. The “I do not know what you did there Brain, but I kinda liked it” surprises. Which is essentially the entire reason for the final 300 words. I was seeking for someway to speak about Chelsea losing to Spurs & for that reason ending their winning streak. Arsenal consecutive wins record issue but also Spurs are Spurs (thanks Prime Minister for enabling us to get away with meaningless definitions in just about every day contexts now. Who remembered she existed? Who’s now humming the song to themselves? In other footballing news, Man City’s redemption continues, Man Utd preserve on rolling like Old Man River, Arsenal managed to win 3-three just after Bournemouth seriously really should have put the game to bed at 70 odd minutes. Hull & Swansea appointed new managers to try and turn their seasons about, Liverpool have righted themselves after their stutter and Everton are still inconsistent as heck. Palace’s new manager has still to do something of note other than drink a pint of wine as a grown man. Assume that’s sufficient waffle for now. ECI is on me. FT is on them.
As we had carried out in our last property game of last season vs Chelsea we had agreed to use the international charitable initiative logo “Seeing is Believing” which is aimed at tackling avoidable blindness in creating countries. The limited edition shirts worn by the players will be signed after the match and auctioned off with each and every pound raised matched by Normal Chartered. This is a wonderful gesture of assistance by our club which is to be anticipated. What we didn’t know was the other meaning of the logo till the end of this bad evening for us when we were offered a different reality check to exactly where we genuinely are as a club/squad. All the guarantee of performances in draws against Arsenal and Manchester City was wiped away in 90 torturous minutes as we suffered our very first household defeat since mid-December.
West Brom are not supposed to like Mondays. Nonetheless, they appeared extra than comfortable in a disappointing very first half which saw each teams manage just two shots on target between them. Both of those were registered by us as the Baggies were not intent on displaying considerably adventure but with us not clicking into any sort of gear they had been not in a great deal danger either. With Daniel Sturridge’s thigh dilemma not getting risked we were shorn of the pacy, incisive operating which caused the Premier League champions so quite a few challenges in the two-two draw at the Etihad Stadium. The 20-year-old did place the ball in the net early on but was well offside, which sort of set the tone for the half which was briefly enlivened by Suarez making a brilliant behind-the-leg cross.
Agger had a header which he really should have scored from a Downing cross tipped over by Foster, who also caught Stewart Downing’s stinging drive at the second try. The closest we truly came to scoring in the first half was when Steven Reid’s attempted left-footed clearance of Shelvey’s low cross cannoned off his standing leg and looped over the crossbar from four yards. A lack of fluidity and crispness was noticeably absent in our passing game as the Baggies harried and hassled and tried to stifle as considerably of our attempted movement as doable. Each and every pass from us seemed half-a-yard as well short or long and our control of the ball was continuously wasteful.
Improvements had been created by Brendan Rodgers for the second half as Downing had a shot blocked and Gerrard’s comply with-up was crowded out just before Henderson’s cheeky close-variety back-heel from Glen Johnson’s pass was stopped by Foster. With an hour gone additional perform was needed and Raheem Sterling and Borini have been sent on for the ineffective Shelvey and the tiring Henderson. Borini was denied an fantastic chance by a totally-stretched West Brom goalkeeper just after lashing Downing’s lay-off goalwards, McAuley slid in to block Suarez’s shot and the wrong-footed Foster stuck out a hand to quit Gerrard’s drive. The chance to take a vital lead was then missed when we won a dubious penalty by the unusually quiet Suarez becoming bundled more than. Our captain marvel Gerrard stepped up but devoid of the normal conviction and it was no surprise to see Ben Foster save the penalty.
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Obtaining dominated proceedings we were then were hit with the sucker punch nine minutes from time following an exceptional finger tip save by Reina had conceded a corner from a Mulumbu driven shot. With us now chasing the game, we had been once again exposed even later on when Lukaku, having initially been dropped to the bench, breezed previous the now extremely low on confidence Agger to then stroke property their second. The disgust on our captain’s face when the second goal went in summed up the thoughts of all LFC fans about the world, it said standard of us to control a game once again and then throw it all away! With the chase for 4th spot pretty much more than we now have to rely on winning the Euro league to get any longer joy out of this really disappointing season. Kop man of the match – Steven Gerrard in spite of his essential penalty miss!
Our captain developed some raking lengthy variety Exocet missile form cross field passes which did not influence the result but once more demonstrated that he is nonetheless undisputedly our greatest player. Positives – a mini cameo from our new attacking midfielder Coutinho but absolutely nothing else to shout about for us. Negatives – the defending in current games of our main very first decision defenders Skrtel and now Agger, both players have been equally woeful in the last two months and have to wish this season could just finish now. Agger has not too long ago invested about half a million in his brother’s sewer firm and he played final night like he had fell in the sewer and could not get out!
Rodgers attempted employing Shelvey as a centre forward. Shelvey is not a Daniel Sturridge by any implies, is not positionally sound as a striker, does not have excellent hold up play and is not pacy by any stretch of the imagination. I do understand Shelvey was put up prime due to the fact his shooting is basically a lot more correct than any of our strikers, but he doesn’t move or assume like 1. A different travesty by Rodgers is Henderson as a left winger. Hendo and Shelvey really should probably have swapped positions, seeing as Shelvey’s game is about moving the play and Henderson’s is about help. Hendo does come about to have excellent hold up play and intelligent movement. Suarez could have utilized the assistance up front from Henderson far better. A incredibly disappointing outcome for our plans for the season certainly and our manager will have to reflect on the adjustments and techniques created. Liverpool (4-three-three): Reina Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Johnson Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson (Sterling 60) Downing (Coutinho 78), Shelvey (Borini 60), Suarez. Subs: Jones, Coutinho, Allen, Skrtel, Wisdom. Subs: Rosenberg, Myhill, Thomas, Jones, Tamas. Booked: Reid, Morrison, Brunt.