Daily Archives: August 29, 2010

Torres nets winner

Hubert Robert, The Old Bridge
“Striker Fernando Torres may still be some way short of his lethal best but he underlined his quality – and importance to Liverpool – with a brilliant strike to defeat 10-man West Brom at Anfield.” (ESPN)

Liverpool’s Fernando Torres ends goal drought against West Bromwich
“Fernando Torres scored for the first time since April to put a flattering gloss on Liverpool’s performance against West Bromwich Albion this afternoon. Roberto Di Matteo’s side, who had James Morrison sent off late on, were a comfortable match for Liverpool throughout but one touch of class from the Spain international gave Albion another painful lesson away from home.” (Guardian)


Tottenham Hotspur take their seat at Michel Platini’s grandest party

“The competition’s anthem is a stirring call to arms, a signature tune for excellence and, as Spurs fans will soon appreciate, the opening bars to an extraordinary symphony conducted with a baton of iron by Uefa. Briefly deemed under the sway of greedy clubs, the Champions League is now utterly ruled by Michel Platini, the Uefa president.” (Telegraph – Henry Winter)

Barcelona: Mascherano to be Used in Double Pivot?

Javier Mascherano
“When I previously wrote about how signings will affect Barcelona’s squad, I naively assumed that Guardiola’s summer transfers were over. Then, possibly their two biggest transfers were completed – Javier Mascherano was signed from Liverpool and big money signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent out on loan (with a view to a permanent move) to AC Milan.” (A Tactical View)

Manchester United 3-0 West Ham: a slow start, but a comfortable victory for United

“Manchester United struggled to get going, but were always comfortable after Wayne Rooney ended his goal drought from the penalty spot. Avram Grant set West Ham out in a conservative 4-1-4-1 system, with Scott Parker deep in midfield. Grant chose to field Kieron Dyer on the left of midfield, and Luis Boa Morte in a central role. Mark Noble was the central midfielder with most license to get forward and support Carlton Cole.” (Zonal Marking)