Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Torres strikes and positional discipline see Liverpool through

November 7, 2010

“Two excellent first-half goals from Fernando Torres secured Liverpool’s best result under Roy Hodgson. Dirk Kuyt came back into the side after a long period out injured, with Martin Kelly the other surprise name on the team sheet. Maxi Rodriguez continued in midfield. Didier Drogba was only considered fit enough for the bench, so Carlo Ancelotti used Saloman Kalou on the right and Nicolas Anelka as the main forward. Frank Lampard was injured, as was Michael Essien, so the midfield trio was the same as in the win over Spartak in midweek.” (Zonal Marking)

Liverpool 2 – 0 Chelsea
“Fernando Torres produced a striker’s masterclass to score twice as Liverpool inflicted only a second defeat of the season on Premier League leaders Chelsea. Torres has a liking for playing the Londoners at Anfield, as his six goals in five matches against them at home shows. Chelsea were heavily linked with a summer bid for Torres but it never materialised and manager Carlo Ancelotti said he did not need to buy the striker as he was satisfied with his own forwards.” (ESPN)

The real Fernando Torres stands up
“His body language has been overanalysed, his future debated and his commitment criticised, but one statistic seemed to suffice to sum up his start to the season. Fernando Torres had scored as many goals as Sotirios Kyrgiakos. After a brace to pull ahead of the Greek in a Mediterranean mini-league at Anfield, to scythe Chelsea stylishly apart and to give Roy Hodgson much the best result of his nascent reign, one thing is clear. He’s back.” (ESPN)

We’re All Wrong, We’re All Right
“At long last, Liverpool look like a proper team again. Not a great team, admittedly, but at least a team. My criticisms from the summer relating to the appointment of Roy Hodgson remain, although my reactions a few weeks ago after a run of eight dire league games (and performances, which makes it even worse) obviously look increasingly premature.” (Tomkins Times)

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – EPL
(The 90th Minute)

English Premier League Match Of The Day (MOTD) Video Highlights

November 7, 2010

“Below are MOTD video highlights for all the EPL matches on November 6, 2010. You can watch the full episode of MOTD here (contains all matches).” (The 90th Minute)

Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle United – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – EPL
(The 90th Minute)

Ajax 0 – 1 ADO: Analyzing Jol’s tactical failings

November 7, 2010

“This week might well prove a turning point for Ajax’ season. Losing away at Auxerre saw the club effectively eliminated from the Champions League and losing a second Eredivisie home match this early in the season has put the club three and four points behind PSV and Twente, respectively, in the race for the title. ADO, meanwhile, will definitely take this. They’ve managed to defeat Ajax with their open, direct 4-3-3 game. Even without top scorer Bulykin, ADO showed that they belong among the clubs competing for the play-off places should they be able to keep this strong run of form going.” (11 tegen 11)

Il Derby Della Capitale

November 7, 2010

“The twice yearly clash between Roma and Lazio is one of world football’s most passionate derbies. On Sunday, the two sides meet with Lazio in fine form. Rocco Camisola looks forward to an exciting clash.” (In Bed With Maradona)

Boca lose on Riquelme’s return

November 7, 2010

“Juan Román Riquelme – and, lest it be forgotten, Claudio Borghi – took on their old club, Argentinos Juniors, and lost 2-0 thanks to two late goals in quick succession after a late nightmare by Boca Juniors goalkeeper Cristian Lucchetti. Riquelme had a few moments, but by and large lacked precision – as you’d expect, him having been out for six months. Elsewhere today, Racing and Arsenal de Sarandí drew 2-2 in an entertaining match, Gimnasia beat Quilmes 1-0 in a very dull one, and Godoy Cruz and Newell’s drew 0-0 with visiting goalkeeper Sebastián Peratta putting in a phenomenal performance. All the highlights are right here.” (Hasta El Gol Siempre)

Groningen 2 – 1 NAC: Three goals by Groningen captain Granqvist, yet still a narrow score line

November 7, 2010

“Groningen managed to beat NAC Breda, two teams separated by only three points in last year’s final standings, but having quite different season starts this year. Young manager Pieter Huistra continues to impress with a 4-2-3-1 that suits the Groningen players very well. Against NAC they dominated the match, although the score line suggested otherwise, but creating 11 shots on target while allowing only one sums up the story here.” (11 tegen 11)