Daily Archives: February 6, 2011

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool: Meireles grabs winner

St George and the Dragon, Vittore Carpaccio
“Two interesting formations produced a tense, tight game which was won by Raul Meireles’ goal. Carlo Ancelotti gave Fernando Torres his debut, fielding the same 4-4-2 diamond system as against Sunderland in midweek, with Nicolas Anelka in the hole behind the front two. Kenny Dalglish continued with his three/five at the back formation, with Jamie Carragher in for Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Maxi Rodriguez replacing Fabio Aurelio.” Zonal Marking

Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool
“Fernando Torres’ much-anticipated Chelsea debut ended in disappointment for player and club as Raul Meireles sealed a memorable win for the Spaniard’s former Liverpool team-mates. Meireles hooked home from close range after 68 minutes to take the game – and potentially any lingering title aspirations – from the big-spending Blues. It was a different story for £5 million Torres though, with the most expensive player in British football history hauled off after 65 unremarkable minutes. Torres received a noisy reception when his name was called, with his new fans cheering and his old ones booing the announcement.” ESPN

Luis Suárez, the romantic hothead who fought his way to Liverpool
“Luis Suárez is famous for many things but to employees of Beter Horen, a Dutch hearing aid company, he will always be remembered as the face of a television advertisement promoting its discreet earpieces. That oft-repeated commercial offered some instructive insights into the character of Liverpool’s new £22.8m attacking acquisition from Ajax.” Guardian

Rafael Benitez talks to Football Focus

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool – Video Highlights
The 90th Minute

Bowen eases past Evans in number nine battle

Luke Bowen
“Port Talbot Town 3-0 Caersws – Welsh Cup 4th Round – 5th February 2011 by Mark Pitman. Attentions turned to the Welsh Cup for Welsh Premier League side and last season’s finalists Port Talbot Town as Cymru Alliance opponents Caersws arrived at The GenQuip Stadium. Manager Mark Jones has built a young and talented squad at Port Talbot and their latest test would be against a Caersws side guided by experienced manager Mickey Evans and featuring a number of players with a wealth of Welsh Premier League experience.” The Ball Is Round

Vitesse 1 –1 Feyenoord: By all means no winners here

“The teams ranked 14 and 15 in the Eredivisie before the kick-off went into this game knowing that, after wins by both Excelsior and VVV, a loss today would bring them close to the relegation play-offs. Unfortunately this insecurity shone through the start of the match with both teams clearly lacking confidence.” 11 tegen 11

Ajax 2 – 0 De Graafschap: The ugly game explained
“Frank de Boer’s Ajax faced newly promoted side De Graafschap at home in a must-win match to keep up with title contenders PSV and Twente. They ultimately succeeded in their goal of winning three points, but the style of play did not please the home crowd at all as a lot of simple passes were misplaced and De Graafschap proved more stern opposition than most Ajax supporters had expected. Let’s dive into the tactics of this match to find out why Ajax never succeeded to turn on the style…” 11 tegen 11

Wolves 2-1 Man United: poor defending from set-pieces costs United their unbeaten record
“Manchester United lost in the league for the first time this season. Mick McCarthy made two changes. David Jones and David Edwards made way for Jamie O’Hara and Nenad Milijas. Sir Alex Ferguson’s right side of his defence changed – Rafael in for John O’Shea, whilst Jonny Evans was a late replacement for Rio Ferdinand. All the goals here came in an action-packed first half. It was not a particularly ‘tactical’ contest – United were 4-4-2, Wolves were 4-4-1-1 with Jamie O’Hara just off Kevin Doyle. Both sides played their natural game, and didn’t particularly look to change things throughout.” Zonal Marking