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Hope

Liverpool finished fourth place on the Premier League table last season. This meant that they were entered into the qualifying play-offs for the Champions League this season. In order to reach the group stages they must get past Hoffenheim.

Liverpool defeated Hoffenheim 2-1 to increase their chance of competing in Europe. As the Reds played away from home, they have now bagged two away goals which could help them in the second leg.

The win was especially spectacular as they won with less possession. Plus, one of the goals Liverpool claimed was actually an own goal netted by a Hoffenheim player.

Liverpool will play Hoffenheim again, but at Anfield, on the 23rd of August. Let’s hope that their luck is just as good as it was the first time around.

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Manchester United are Europa League Champions

Manchester United’s experienced team defeated Ajax’s juniors to win the Europa League and, ultimately, qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Reds defeated their opposition 2-0, the goal scorers being Pogba (18′) and Mkhitaryan (48′). Although Mourinho was too skeptical to celebrate the first goal, he definitely raised his hopes of lifting the cup by the time the second goal was netted.

Manchester United might have finished 6th on the Premier League table, but all that is now irrelevant. They will be joining the top four Premier League finishers in the Champions League next season, and that is what they’ll truly be celebrating.

Arsenal now remains the only top English Club to not be participating in the Champions League next season. How times have changed! Nevertheless, we wish all the English clubs the best next year.

Who knows, just like United, the Gunners could gain success outside of the Premier League. The FA Cup Final will be played this weekend, and the only thing we know for sure is that one London club will be walking away with a trophy!

All in all, congratulations Manchester United!

Top Four Decided

After an action-packed final day of the Premier League, some teams have come out on top! Manchester City and Liverpool have both confirmed their place in the Champions League next season!

Manchester City secured third spot on the PL table with a whopping 0-5 victory over Watford. Kompany gave City the lead in the 5th minute of the game, and from then on the goals just kept coming. His goal was followed by two from Agüero, one from Fernandinho and the last from de Jesus.

Considering that the first four goals came in the first half, City were clearly not leaving anything to chance.

Liverpool on the other hand had to overcome their anxieties before truly dominating their game against Middlesbrough. The referee decided not to give a penalty to Middlesbrough in the first half of the match, which could have ruined Liverpool’s top four chances.

Instead, Liverpool were first to score a goal at the end of the first half. This confidence allowed them to score two more goals in the second half, one from Coutinho and the other from Lallana. The best part about it all was that the home fans were cheering them on all around the stadium!

Arsenal was the unlucky club that missed out by one point. However, they did put up a great final performance. Bellerín gave Arsenal the lead in the 8th minute. Then, when Arsenal went down to ten men after Koscielny received a red card six minutes later, all looked as if it would go down hill.

However, the Gunners simply stepped up to the challenge. Sánchez scored another goal for the club and, even though Arsenal conceded a penalty in the second half, Ramsey ended the game on a high note with a final goal in extra time! The Gunners were glorious!

Although Arsenal’s attempts were in vain, they’ve showed that they are a great club who we can expect great things from next season. It’s the first time in 21 years that they have finished outside the top four. However, this shocking change is perhaps what’s needed to push them to greatness. Just take Chelsea for example.

Chelsea finished tenth place last season and first this season, without the stresses of the Champions League. The Gunners might just find glory next season.

ARSENAL UPDATE

2017 has been an uphill battle for Arsenal, who began well but soon started to stumble. As we reach the end of the Premier League season, it’s hard to see how much they can make of their last few games whilst in their current form.

Since February the Gunners have been struggling to maintain any sort of winning streak, and haven’t really been managing to draw matches either. They faced a heaving 3-1 defeat against Chelsea and a hefty 5-1 defeat from Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Then in March, both Liverpool and West Brom defeated the Gunners 3-1; and the Reds also suffered another 5-1 against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League Match. Quite understandably, they are no longer competing in Europe.

Quite frankly, they have enough troubles at home to be worrying about. Some fans have lost confidence in the team, with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Wenger and key players, such as Sanchez, at the club. After suffering a 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, many, unshockingly, felt huge disappointment.

However, there is still hope. Arsenal might be currently 6th on the Premier League table, and risk finishing outside of the top four for the first time in 21 years, however, their recent win against Middlesbrough suggests that there is still hope.

The Gunners are set to play Manchester City for the FA Cup Semi final this weekend. Perhaps after a great start to the week they might just have enough motivation to gear themselves towards a trophy this year!

GOOD TO BAD AND VICE VERSA

Manchester City began the week on a high after defeating Barcelona 3-1! However, by this weekend they had been brought down a notch. Luckily, the opposite was true for Manchester United.

Messi gave Barcelona the lead against Manchester City in the 21st minute. However, three goals from Gundogan (39′, 74′) and De Bruyne (51) silenced the team known as the best in the world!

Perhaps it was the energy needed to secure this win that caused City to underperform in their match against Middlesbrough. Although Aguero managed to net a goal for his team in the 43rd minute, de Roon scored the equaliser for the opposition in extra time. By this point, it was too late to make amends.

Manchester United did the reverse of what Manchester City did. The Reds lost their Europa League match against Fenerbahce 2-1. They began losing from the second minute of the match, and Rooney’s late goal in the 89th minute couldn’t save them from defeat.

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Fortunately, United had a better fate this weekend. They defeated Swansea City by only conceding one goal and by netting three. That’s more like it!

Manchester City are one win away from securing their entry into the next round of the Champions League. However, they are down to third place on the Premier League table.

Manchester United still have a chance to reach the next stage of the Europa League, however, they are going to have to perform a lot better in order to do so. Despite this, they seem to be on the up as they are now sixth place on the Premier League table.

Nothing is ever clear cut in football. As more games are played, the clearer things will become. Soon it will be evident which teams are strong and which ones are not.

 

 

 

WE’VE GONE INTERNATIONAL INSTEAD

Arsenal were successful in their Champions League match on Wednesday. Their victories abroad make it hard to believe that they aren’t the masters of their home ground.

Ludogorets Razgrad scored two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game. Although this was worrying, Arsenal shocked us all with their response to this. Xhaka netted a goal in the 20th minute and Giroud scored the equaliser just before half time. They weren’t going to let the game end the way it started!

As the two teams were level again, all was to play for in the second half. The Gunners made sure that were the team to take advantage of the remaining time, for Giroud netted the winning goal in the 87th minute. Hurrah!

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The Gunners have qualified for the last-16 round of the Champions League with two games left to go. Perhaps now they can give a bit more attention to the Premier League.

The Gunners had to face their old rival, Tottenham, for their weekend Premier League match. Although they took the lead when Wimmer netted an own goal in the 42nd minute, they conceded a penalty which put them level with Spurs when it was converted into a goal by Kane. This was irrecoverable.

Arsenal are third on the Premier League table, with a point less than the leaders, Chelsea. Even if they don’t end up winning the title race, maybe they’ll have a Champions League trophy in their hands instead!

 

 

All or Nothing

Both Arsenal and Manchester City played Champions League matches which had bulging scorelines. However, only one of them was able to claim victory; whilst the other suffered a merciless defeat.

The best team is worth mentioning first. Arsenal were tremendously successful in their match against Ludogorets Razgrad. A total of six goals were scored by the Gunners (six!), and they could have even scored twice that amount as they had 12 shots on target! Yes, 12!

The first goals came from Sanchez (12′) and Walcott (42′) in the first half; followed by a goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain (46′) and a hat-trick from Ozil (56′, 83′, 87′) in the second half. Every kick of the ball was a step closer to triumph!

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It’s a shame that Manchester City were not subject to the same gleeful fate as the Gunners. City was embarrassingly thrashed 4-0 by Barcelona, with Messi scoring a hat-trick and Neymar netting a late goal.

 

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It could be said that City was put at a disadvantage, as Bravo was sent off in the 53rd minute. However, this drawback was not held for too long, for Barcelona were also reduced to ten men when Mathieu was shown a red card 20 minutes later.

Aguero was left on the bench for most of the game, and was only sent onto the field in the 79th minute. Bad move. By then, it was all too late for him to rescue his team. Pity.

Arsenal are now topping group A with 7 points (the same as Paris St Germain) and, luckily, Manchester City is second in their group despite them having 5 less points than Barcelona. Well, they did only lose to the best.

For now, it looks as if all the English teams will progress to the next stage of the Champions League. Even Leicester has been thriving, as they are topping group G with 9 points, and Tottenham is second in group E. Perhaps the time has come for an English team to dominate Europe!

 

 

 

All In This Together

Even now the Champions League continues to pose a challenge to even the biggest giants in English football. However, not all the teams shied away from their opponents.

Manchester City just managed to grab a draw against Celtic. Dembele was quick to give Celtic the lead with a goal in the third minute. Fernandinho soon equalised for the City but it wasn’t long before Celtic took the lead again.

In the 20th minute, Sterling netted an own goal to put his team back at a disadvantage. City weren’t making things any easier for themselves.

Luckily Sterling rectified his mistake with another goal eight minutes later! All was forgiven. Even though Dembele managed to score another goal in the second half, it wasn’t long before Nolito netted the third equalising goal for City.

All City were doing was playing catch-up! This was nothing compared to the way Arsenal were playing. 

The Gunners defeated Basel 2-0 with both goals being netted by Theo Walcott. He has scored four goals in his last three games! Walcott is proving to be quite the striker this football season.

If there’s anything that can best represent the way Arsenal played tonight it’s the ball that burst during the match! They had passed the ball just one too many times it seemed!

Tottenham and Leicester City also won their Champions League matches, so it looks as if no English team is being left behind this year.

Manchester City was the only team who showed a real struggle in their Champions League match. Perhaps now they will be a little more humbled in their approach to seemingly easy matches.

Red Rage

Arsenal had a shocking blow in the Champions League match this week, similarly to Manchester United in their Europa League game. The only different between the two teams was that Arsenal managed to recover. It’s sad that the same can’t be said about Mourinho’s team.

Paris St Germain wasted only but a few seconds before taking the lead against Arsenal. Cavani gave PSG an extremely early lead when he netted a goal just after 42 seconds! Well, there’s no time like the present!

The Gunners did eventually manage to equalise in the 77th minute (thanks to Sanchez), however, this wasn’t even the most exciting part of the game. 

In extra time, when the result had pretty much been confirmed, both Verratti (from PSG) and Giroud were sent off the pitch. All they had to do was hang in there a little longer. Pity.

Nevertheless, the great news is that all the teams in Arsenal’s group drew and, so, every team in group A has one point. Therefore, the Gunners still have a clean slate and an equal chance of progressing to the next stage!

Tottenham, sadly, were the only England team to lose as they conceded two goals to Monaco which they failed to cancel out.

But honestly, Spurs weren’t the only English club in dismay. In Europa League, the great Manchester United fell under the petite power of Feyenoord. It only took one goal, from Vilhena in the 79th minute, to punish Mourinho’s team. The Reds are going to have to work a lot harder if they want to succeed in Europe.

Arsenal still have a stable chance of being successful in the Champions League; however, Europa League might just prove too difficult for Mourinho’s United. Manchester United just haven’t been the same since Ferguson left. Maybe it is wise to keep the same manager for a lengthy period of time… 

Go Big or Go Home

Both Manchester City and Leicester City excelled in their Champions League matches this week. Not only did they win their games, they also did it in style!

Manchester City took their early lead against Monchengladbach when Agüero netted a goal in the 8th minute. He then doubled the scoreline 20 minutes later by converting a penalty. Every kick of the ball was to his advantage!

In the second half Agüero continued to show his skill to the international audience. He netted his third goal in the 77th minute, warning himself a hat trick! He put his all into the game and it by all means paid off!

In extra time, Iheanacho was able to net the fourth goal for Manchester City. With no goals conceded, it was crystal clear which team was the victor and which team wasn’t.

A similar level of brilliance was displayed by Leicester in their match against Club Brugge. In fact, Leicester even took the lead earlier than City did as Albrighton netted the first goal of the match in the 5th minute. Talk about starting from the get go!

The second goal was netted by Mahrez in the 29th minute and he extended Leicester lead once again by scoring a penalty in the 61st. Leicester might be underperforming in the Premier League, but they’re definitely not committing the same mistake in Europe!

Manchester City and Leicester have begun the Champions League group stages with a lot of fire, a clear aim and an awe-inspiring display! If they continue like this, there won’t be any arguments about who the contenders for the trophy are.