Match ends, Rangers 1, Motherwell 0.
“Le téléphone a sonné”, a raconté Giancarlo Inzaghi, père du patron de l’Inter Milan Simone. “C’était Romelu Lukaku.”
“Mon fils a essayé de le convaincre”, a déclaré Inzaghi Sr à la Gazzetta dello Sport. “‘Ici, tu es le roi. Ce sera différent à Londres.’”
C’était trop tard. L’attaquant belge avait décidé de retourner à Chelsea, à la grande déception de l’entraîneur Inzaghi.
“C’était comme perdre trois joueurs d’un seul coup”, a-t-il gémi à son père après le déménagement de Lukaku en 2021, trois mois seulement après qu’Inzaghi a rejoint l’Inter.
Inzaghi est arrivé avec l’espoir de poursuivre le merveilleux travail de son prédécesseur Antonio Conte. L’objectif était de remporter des titres consécutifs mais, avec des départs de grands noms, dont Lukaku, l’Inter a raté le Scudetto.
Avance rapide jusqu’en avril de cette année et, plutôt que de se battre en tête du classement après le retour de son attaquant vedette en prêt, l’Inter était sixième.
Trois défaites consécutives et un match nul à Salernitana avaient fait monter la pression et Inzaghi semblait exaspéré par la débauche de Lukaku.
Début avril, Lukaku n’avait marqué que trois buts en championnat, dont deux sur penalty. Des rumeurs émanaient de chaque crevasse de chaque tabloïd. L’attaquant et Inzaghi ne sont pas d’accord. Apparemment. Inzaghi était au bord du gouffre. Prétendument. L’Inter était en crise. Certainement.
Monza était le suivant, une équipe nouvellement promue et une autre défaite pour l’Inter. Leur 11ème défaite de la saison. Les vautours tournoyaient. Dans la vie, on nous apprend que les gars sympas finissent derniers, mais c’est particulièrement vrai dans le football en Italie. Inzaghi a été accusé d’être juste cela – un gars sympa, un homme de compagnie.
Pourtant, alors que l’Inter se prépare maintenant pour la finale de la Ligue des champions de samedi contre Manchester City, c’est l’une des nombreuses raisons pour lesquelles il a été choisi pour ce rôle.
Lorsque le PDG Beppe Marotta est arrivé en décembre 2018, il a été chargé de ramener l’Inter à d’anciens sommets. Forcé de s’asseoir et de regarder la Juventus dominer pendant neuf ans, l’Inter aspirait à briser son hégémonie et à redevenir une force en Europe.
Marotta a été l’architecte du succès dominant de la Juventus. Aux côtés du bras droit et protégé Fabio Paratici, il a développé un projet à long terme qui a produit une immense quantité de joie et de trophées.
Ainsi, lorsque la Juventus a décidé de ne pas proposer de nouveau contrat à son réalisateur vedette en août 2018, choisissant de compter sur Paratici à la place, Marotta est passée à la compétition.
À l’Inter, il a trouvé une maison et un club qui avaient besoin de son expertise. Aux côtés de leurs autres réalisateurs, Marotta a formulé un projet gagnant visant à restaurer la gloire et cela a commencé dans le vestiaire.
Une atmosphère saine et heureuse engendre le succès, et la première priorité de Marotta était d’éliminer toute toxicité, même si cela impliquait de sacrifier un grand talent. Certains acteurs sont partis et ont été remplacés par ceux qui ont envie de grandir, d’écouter et de s’adapter.
Vient ensuite le développement d’une mentalité de gagnant. L’Inter est un club notoirement incohérent où les hauts sont élevés mais les bas peuvent être déprimants. Ils sont appelés “Pazza” (fous) Inter pour une raison.
Ils avaient besoin d’un manager capable de discipliner et d’inspirer une cohérence gagnante. Arrive Conte, le monstre mental. Scudetto atteint, l’hégémonie de la Juventus brisée. Vérifier.
L’Europe était le prochain rêve et, lorsque Conte est parti, Marotta avait des exigences différentes de son successeur.
Il recherchait la paix et la stabilité au sommet, une figure fiable qui voulait le travail à long terme et prospérerait malgré les limites financières du club. Quelqu’un qui pourrait établir de bonnes relations avec les joueurs, élever le style de jeu et réussir en Europe à gagner beaucoup d’argent.
Entrez Inzaghi – le “normal”
Marotta avait suivi Inzaghi pendant un certain temps. Après tout, il était le meilleur ami d’enfance de Paratici. Familier avec son caractère et son talent naissant, Marotta a vu Inzaghi construire et gagner avec la Lazio malgré les difficultés subies dans ce club. Il devait être le successeur de Conte mais était-il le bon personnage ?
Comme nous avons appris à le comprendre, l’Inter fait de son mieux lorsqu’il est présidé par des personnages maniaques prêts à tuer pour la victoire – les Jose Mourinhos ou Contes de ce monde – des hommes qui ont toujours eu quelque chose à prouver.
Inzaghi était le normal. Il manquait de flair pour le théâtre. Il se plaindrait beaucoup et il peut être plutôt ennuyeux sur la touche, mais son aboiement est toujours pire que sa morsure.
Perdre contre Spezia en mars malgré 70% de possession de balle et 28 tirs a laissé les critiques perplexes. Oubliez le titre ; oublier même difficile. Les Nerazzurri n’étaient plus définis par leur mentalité de vainqueur mais par leur manque de cruauté et les querelles sans fin sur le terrain.
L’équipe reflétait la personnalité de leur leader et le travail d’Inzaghi devait être en jeu.
Des titres interminables faisant état de successeurs potentiels ont fait la une des journaux sportifs, mais Inzaghi n’a jamais fléchi sous la pression. Au contraire, les moments les plus difficiles semblaient renforcer sa concentration.
Selon son entraîneur adjoint, Massimiliano Farris, la défaite contre le Bayern Munich en phase de groupes de la Ligue des champions a été suivie d’un dîner au cours duquel Inzaghi a insisté sur le fait qu’ils pouvaient le faire – ils pouvaient vaincre Barcelone et devenir l’attaquant en Europe. Ils l’ont fait.
Le match nul contre Salernitana en avril a donné la même sensation à l’entraîneur. Le dos contre le mur, Inzaghi a retourné le scénario. Il n’allait pas se battre ; cela ne provoquait que la peur. Il était temps d’alléger la charge mentale, de baisser l’intensité des entraînements et de retrouver le plaisir du football.
L’Inter a recommencé à gagner. Ils ont rasé la Lazio, qui sous Maurizio Sarri a terminé la saison à la deuxième place. Nous avons rarement vu une équipe de Sarri se recroqueviller au fond de sa propre moitié alors qu’elle tentait de contenir un Inter sauvagement affamé. Cette victoire est intervenue juste après que l’Inter ait largement battu Empoli une semaine auparavant.
L’accent mis sur l’entraînement individualisé et la réduction de l’intensité dans l’entraînement de groupe tiraient le meilleur parti de Lukaku et Lautaro Martinez et ils sont depuis devenus imparables.
Lors de ses 11 derniers matchs, Lukaku a marqué sept fois et délivré cinq passes décisives. Martinez a marqué 10 buts lors de ses 12 derniers matchs.
L’Inter ne gagnait pas seulement mais appréciait son football. Les querelles qui menaçaient leur saison ont été remplacées par des plaisanteries saines et beaucoup de rires.
Inzaghi leur a demandé de ne penser qu’à la façon dont ils pourraient aider leur coéquipier. Pas de plainte, pas de geste sur le terrain – “on fait ça ensemble”, en équipe, comme la famille qu’ils étaient devenus.
Lorsque les Nerazzurri croient en eux-mêmes, ils sont la présence indomptable de l’Italie. Ils peuvent vous submerger dans l’oubli avec leur technique et leur athlétisme en attaquant par vagues, ou ils peuvent s’asseoir profondément, remettre la possession et contre-attaquer rapidement.
Ils peuvent remplacer leurs attaquants et leurs arrières latéraux tandis que les réchauffeurs de banc peuvent être encore plus menaçants. Ils peuvent être directs ou passer autour de vous et ils sont combatifs et sales quand ils le souhaitent.
Inzaghi étudie sans cesse ses adversaires pour concocter le plan de match parfait. Il répond à ses détracteurs là où ça compte – sur le terrain.
L’entraîneur de la Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri, s’est éloigné en murmurant des critiques à l’encontre de l’Inter après avoir été éliminé de la Coppa Italia. L’Inter a remporté tous les matchs sauf un depuis, remportant son deuxième trophée de la saison et se battant maintenant pour un troisième.
Ils ne posséderont peut-être jamais la qualité de Manchester City, mais c’est une équipe qui mérite sa place en finale.
Ils ont été construits pour se battre à nouveau au sommet et ils ont prouvé qu’ils apprécient plutôt la pression et peuvent vibrer dans les grands moments.
Inzaghi n’a perdu qu’une seule finale, sa première. Depuis, il en a remporté sept. Un homme pour la grande occasion, peut-il recommencer ?
Rangers 1-0 Motherwell: Deflected Dessers goal sends hosts third
Rangers “got away with one” said Michael Beale as his side laboured to a narrow win over Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership to make it three wins from three since the international break.
Rabbi Matondo’s first-half shot took a huge deflection off Cyriel Dessers for what would be the winning goal to settle a nervy Ibrox.
The visitors, who began the day third in the table, started the game confidently, but failed to convert their play into goals or capitalise on intense late pressure.
“Our decision-making was really poor,” the Rangers manager told BBC Scotland.
“They say it’s a good sign when you win when you’re not playing well. I’m not taking much comfort from that. That performance concerned me.
“We gave them lots of opportunities to counter. We just about got away with it. I’m wanting and demanding more from my team.
“We need to decide what team we are. Are we the team that perform at that level on Thursday, or the team that played today?
“It’s a win today, but it doesn’t feel like one.”
Beale’s side, who beat St Johnstone last weekend and then Real Betis on Thursday, leapfrog the Fir Park side in the table.
Motherwell started very brightly with Sam Lammers close to gifting a glaring chance before Callum Slattery found space and tried to bend one to the far corner. It was off target with Jack Butland exposed.
Rangers knew then they were in a game as they struggled to connect in key areas. On the first occasion they did, it paid off.
Nice interplay outside the area led to a powerful Matondo strike. It seemed to be arrowing slightly off target but struck Dessers, who seemed to be trying to evade it, and the ball flew high past Liam Kelly.
A much-needed stroke of luck that proved decisive. For Motherwell, luck proved elusive.
Rangers did engineer one or two good chances in the second half with Lammers volleying wide and Kelly denied Dessers and Lammers in quick succession.
However, they were so close to conceding several times late on with Butland superbly denying Oli Shaw and Brodie Spencer when a goal seemed certain.
James Tavernier then somehow bailed his side out, getting back on the line to knock Blair Spittal’s shot away as Motherwell pushed on in an impressive display that deserved more.
Player of the match – John Lundstram
‘Job done but more needed for Rangers’ – analysis
Job done, points in the bag for Rangers but performance levels will need to be way, way better.
This was far from vintage against an excellent Motherwell side offering composure, a strong game plan and a nice balance of threat and solidity. They came ever so close to an equaliser with Rangers increasingly ragged as the clock ticked on.
Injuries, fitness and a tight schedule are hampering options at Ibrox in terms of chopping and changing the starters up top. The result seems to be impacting fluidity in the final third.
That may come in time, but it still feels like Dessers and Lammers lack a little bit of confidence and quality at times. There’s also another injury blow to contend with after Matondo limped off in the opening half.
The reaction from both sets of fans at full-time said it all.
The visitors were never overawed, stayed in the game but just couldn’t find that one moment of execution to get on level terms. They certainly had the chances.
What they said
Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell: “I don’t want to become like a broken record by saying we’ve performed exceptionally well, we’ve carved out all kinds of chances, we’ve had real good possession of the ball in good areas of the park and we’ve got nothing to show for it.
“But again, when you are coming to a place like this and the team performed in the way that they did, I would love to think that 50-odd thousand in here acknowledged that the team were excellent today.”
Rangers return to Viaplay Cup action on Wednesday (20:00 BST), looking to reach the semi-finals in another home fixture against Livingston.
Motherwell will look to find a formula to trouble a Celtic side who are clear at the top of the Premiership next Saturday (12:30).
- 26DaviesBooked at 90mins
- 15CifuentesSubstituted forRiceat 78′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 17MatondoSubstituted forSouttarat 38′minutes
- 14LammersSubstituted forRoofeat 79′minutes
- 23WrightSubstituted forSimaat 68′minutes
- 9DessersSubstituted forJackat 67′minutes
- 15CaseyBooked at 32mins
- 38MillerBooked at 58minsSubstituted forShawat 71′minutes
- 22SpencerSubstituted forGentat 83′minutes
- 14BairSubstituted forWilkinsonat 78′minutes
- Alan Muir
Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Motherwell 0.
Attempt saved. Conor Wilkinson (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen O’Donnell with a cross.
Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Motherwell).
Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).
Harry Paton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Borna Barisic.
Bailey Rice (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Bailey Rice (Rangers).
Callum Slattery (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ben Davies (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, Motherwell. Conor Wilkinson tries a through ball, but Oli Shaw is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Oli Shaw (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Ryan Jack (Rangers).
Callum Slattery (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Blair Spittal (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Slattery.
Substitution, Motherwell. Georgie Gent replaces Brodie Spencer.
James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Brodie Spencer (Motherwell).
Sheffield United 0-8 Newcastle United: Visitors thrash Blades to match their record Premier League win
Newcastle matched their record Premier League win with a scintillating display as they embarrassed winless Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Any fears of a European hangover following their Champions League exertions on Tuesday soon vanished as Eddie Howe’s side cruised to victory with eight different players getting on the scoresheet.
Sean Longstaff put the visitors in front on 21 minutes as he swept in from Anthony Gordon’s cutback with the Blades’ appeals for a handball and claims the ball went out of play in the build-up dismissed.
Paul Heckingbottom’s hosts had started brightly but found themselves three down before half-time after a further two goals in four minutes for Newcastle.
Both came from Kieran Trippier set-pieces with Dan Burn stooping to nod in a corner at the back post before Sven Botman scored his first Newcastle goal with a well-directed header from a wide free-kick.
Callum Wilson missed a number of presentable opportunities before the break but got his goal 10 minutes into the second half, heading in from close range following another pinpoint cross from Trippier.
With Newcastle seemingly able to carve through the Blades at will, it was the irrepressible Gordon who added the fifth.
The former Everton winger cut in from the left and effortlessly curled the ball into the far corner past Wes Foderingham in the Sheffield United goal.
Miguel Almiron slotted in number six and Bruno Guimaraes made it seven with 17 minutes still remaining against an increasingly despondent home side.
That was plenty of time for substitute Alexander Isak to pounce on another defensive error, turn his man and calmly finish to make it 8-0, the same score by which Newcastle beat Sheffield Wednesday in 1999.
The result is also Sheffield United’s record league defeat.
Gordon shines in sparkling Newcastle display
Unlikely as it seems given the scoreline, Newcastle started relatively slowly and it was the home side that looked the more threatening in the opening exchanges.
That all changed the moment the first goal went in and Gordon was key to it, twisting smartly on the byeline before finding Longstaff to finish.
Gordon was only on the pitch because of an injury to Harvey Barnes but the winger’s introduction helped change the game.
While the match became something of a procession in the second half, it was the pace and trickery of Gordon down the left that helped Newcastle get into such a position.
“They can’t handle Gordon. He is causing them all sorts of problems,” former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison told BBC Radio 5 Live at half-time.
“They can’t deal with him.”
Gordon got his goal as Sheffield United capitulated after the break and Newcastle continued relentlessly on.
After an underwhelming start to their league campaign – losing three of their first five games – this was a statement win that will keep spirits high at St James’ Park and add to the belief that they can make their mark domestically, as well as in Europe, this season.
No positives for Blades after record loss
“I can’t stand here and say anything positive,” Sheffield United captain John Egan said after the match.
This was the Blades’ largest defeat in their league history in their 4,988th game.
That speaks for itself but the worrying truth for them is that it could have been worse.
Having been unable to make the most of a couple of early chances – Luke Thomas saw one shot blocked and sliced another wide when in space at the far post – they crumbled after going behind.
Three goals in 14 first-half minutes left Sheffield United looking dazed and the concern is that the half-time break only seemed to make things worse.
Newcastle players were able to find space all over the pitch and the home side were outclassed. That may not be a surprise against a Champions League side but the fact they were completely outfought as well is more of a worry.
Despite four defeats in their first five games, this is the first time Heckingbottom’s side have lost by more than a goal and they have to hope this proves to be an aberration.
- 15AhmedhodzicBooked at 28mins
- 12EganBooked at 90mins
- 19RobinsonBooked at 34mins
- 20BogleSubstituted forTraoréat 45′minutes
- 16NorwoodSubstituted forDaviesat 62′minutes
- 21de Souza Costa
- 28McAteeSubstituted forBashamat 75′minutes
- 8HamerSubstituted forBen Slimaneat 66′minutesBooked at 75mins
- 25Ben Slimane
- 2TrippierSubstituted forLivramentoat 70′minutes
- 36S Longstaff
- 39Bruno GuimarãesSubstituted forHallat 81′minutes
- 24AlmirónSubstituted forTonaliat 70′minutes
- 9WilsonSubstituted forIsakat 70′minutes
- 15BarnesSubstituted forGordonat 12′minutes
Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8.
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8.
Offside, Sheffield United. Tom Davies tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Archer.
Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).
Vinicius Souza (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
John Egan (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).
Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Vinicius Souza (Sheffield United).
Offside, Sheffield United. John Egan tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.
Goal! Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8. Alexander Isak (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Basham.
Elliot Anderson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Davies (Sheffield United).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Lewis Hall replaces Bruno Guimarães.
Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Newcastle United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Sandro Tonali with a cross.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.
Kilmarnock boss sent off for kicking ball while still in play
Sportscene’s team debate Derek McInnes’ red card as the Kilmarnock boss is sent off against Dundee.
Sheffield United ‘outfought’ and ‘outrun’ in 8-0 loss to Newcastle, says Paul Heckingbottom
Sheffield United have played 4,988 league games in their history.
They had never been beaten as heavily as they were by Newcastle on Sunday – a humbling 8-0 defeat at Bramall Lane that could have been worse, such was the visitors’ dominance.
A painful 2-1 loss at Tottenham in their previous game left the Blades on just one point from their first five games back in the Premier League.
However, they had been competitive in every match, briefly drawing level with Manchester City late on, taking a lead into injury at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and never losing by more than a single goal.
The size of the task ahead of them was clear, but the displays in the defeats provided cause for a little optimism.
Against Newcastle, more so even than the record margin of the defeat, it was the manner of it that was so concerning.
“We were undone by our organisation. We can’t afford to put ourselves behind in that sort of fashion if we want to compete,” Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Sport.
“A lot of the things I saw in the second half I’ve never seen here. There are certain things that aren’t acceptable, which they know.”
‘Outfought and outrun – that is not acceptable’
Heckingbottom anticipated his team would be competitive and would have demanded they at least match Newcastle for energy and effort.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: “You could see moments where Newcastle outfought us and outran us. That is not acceptable.
“We want to compete. There is still a level of competition we expect. We know they have top-class players but there is an expectation from us that we are here to compete.”
Sheffield United made a reasonable start but seemed to lose all belief when Newcastle scored their second goal. The third followed four minutes later and, for much of the second half, the away side were able to cut through the Blades defence whenever they so chose.
The hosts lacked defensive discipline and showed little inclination to try to change that. On the rare occasions they did manage to build possession, they were promptly muscled off the ball by a Newcastle side who remained by far the more eager long after the three points were secured.
“These results are going to come, we expect them, but it is the nature of the performance that we are upset about,” Heckingbottom said.
“No-one wants to see that. The supporters were first class, you could hear them all the way through. It has been a tough week for everyone, we wanted to do our bit to change that but we’ve failed.
“You can’t feel sorry for yourself. We are ready to go tomorrow morning. There are things we have to address from that, we can’t shy away from it, but the good thing is you always have another game.”
Sheffield United have been in mourning following the death on Wednesday of Maddy Cusack, a midfielder from their women’s team who also worked at the club as a marketing executive.
Tributes were paid on Sunday to Cusack prior to kick-off and during the game by supporters.
Despite the team’s record defeat, the Press Association reported it understands Sheffield United have no immediate plans to sack Heckingbottom.
Former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand, speaking on Sky Sports, said such results cause boardroom alarm.
“It certainly does. Especially when you see the crowd leaving the stadium,” Ferdinand said.
“Lack of quality you can deal with, but I have to say that for a large part of that game, Sheffield United didn’t compete with Newcastle.”
Heckingbottom looks set to be given the chance to put things right and will have to show that this insipid display was an anomaly. Fight and determination are the minimum the Blades require if they are to beat the drop.
Paris Saint Germain 4-0 Marseille: Kylian Mbappe injured as PSG win
Kylian Mbappe went off with a suspected ankle injury as Paris St-Germain returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 with an easy victory over Marseille.
PSG’s star forward tried to carry on after an early challenge with Leonardo Balerdi but went off before half-time.
Mbappe could be a doubt when the French champions play Newcastle away in the Champions League on 4 October.
PSG cruised past Marseille after goals by Achraf Hakimi, Randal Kolo Muani and two from Goncalo Ramos.
It lifted them into third spot in Ligue 1, two points behind early season leaders Brest.
Luis Enrique’s side had lost their previous Ligue 1 game 3-2 at home to Nice on 15 September but they never looked back once Morocco full-back Hakimi scored straight from a free-kick.
Hakimi then provided the cross for Muani to score his first goal since signing from Eintracht Frankfurt for £64.2m plus £12.2m in add-ons earlier this month.
Substitute Ramos sealed the points with the third and fourth goals after replacing the injured Mbappe.
Marseille, whose manager Marcelino resigned last week, should have equalised at 1-0 down but Vitinha headed against the bar.
Their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season leaves them seventh in the table, two points behind PSG.
- 99G Donnarumma
- 21HernándezSubstituted forDaniloat 69′minutes
- 2HakimiSubstituted forMukieleat 83′minutes
- 29BarcolaSubstituted forSolerat 83′minutes
- 10DembéléSubstituted forRuizat 69′minutes
- 23Kolo Muani
- 7MbappéSubstituted forGonçalo Ramosat 32′minutes
- 9Gonçalo Ramos
- 4GigotBooked at 73mins
- 5BalerdiSubstituted forMeïtéat 83′minutes
- 7ClaussSubstituted forNadirat 84′minutes
- 8OunahiSubstituted forHaritat 45′minutes
- 27VeretoutBooked at 82mins
- 12LodiBooked at 85mins
- 9Carvalho OliveiraSubstituted forNdiayeat 45′minutes
- 10AubameyangSubstituted forCorreaat 75′minutes
Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 4, Marseille 0.
Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 4, Marseille 0.
Warren Zaïre-Emery (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Iliman Ndiaye (Marseille).
Foul by Gonçalo Ramos (Paris Saint Germain).
Chancel Mbemba (Marseille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Paris Saint Germain 4, Marseille 0. Gonçalo Ramos (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Randal Kolo Muani following a fast break.
Foul by Warren Zaïre-Emery (Paris Saint Germain).
Iliman Ndiaye (Marseille) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gonçalo Ramos (Paris Saint Germain).
Pau López (Marseille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Renan Lodi (Marseille) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Randal Kolo Muani (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Renan Lodi (Marseille).
Fabián Ruiz (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Veretout (Marseille).
Substitution, Marseille. Bilal Nadir replaces Jonathan Clauss.
Substitution, Marseille. Bamo Meïté replaces Leonardo Balerdi.
Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Nordi Mukiele replaces Achraf Hakimi.
Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Carlos Soler replaces Bradley Barcola.
Match of the Day 2 analysis: How Newcastle exposed ‘terrible’ Sheffield United
Match of the Day 2 pundits Shay Given and Ian Wright analyse how Newcastle United exposed Sheffield United’s defensive frailties in their 8-0 win at Bramall Lane.
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Monday’s gossip: Oblak, Thiago, Guimaraes, Mbappe, Diomande, Januzaj
Manchester United are weighing up a move for Atletico Madrid’s Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 30, if they decide to show Cameroonian Andre Onana, 27, the exit door after his poor start to life at Old Trafford. (Fichajes – in Spanish)
Liverpool would be willing to accept a big offer for Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 32, in January. (Football Insider)
Liverpool are still keen on Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes even though the 25-year-old Brazilian has verbally agreed a new contract at St James’ Park. (Fabrizio Romano via Caughtoffside)
Paul Heckingbottom’s job as Sheffield United manager is safe despite the 46-year-old having seen his side thrashed 8-0 by Newcastle (Talksport)
Paris St-Germain have not held any secret negotiations with Kylian Mbappe, 24, over his future and no meetings are currently planned despite the France striker’s contract expiring next year and Real Madrid’s longstanding interest. (Le Parisien – in French and subscription required)
Ivory Coast defender Ousmane Diomande is happy at Sporting Lisbon despite interest in the 19-year-old from Arsenal and Manchester City. (O Bola – Portuguese)
Everton are set to revive their interest in Belgium midfielder Adnan Januzaj with Sevilla willing to sell the 27-year-old to the Blues in January. (Fichajes – in Spanish)
AC Milan’s English defender Fikayo Tomori, 25, turned down a move to Paris St-Germain during the summer. (Calciomercato – in Italian)
Aston Villa remain in talks with striker Ollie Watkins, 27, over a new contract. (Express & Star)
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Real Madrid: Alvaro Morata scores twice as hosts win
Alvaro Morata scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended Real Madrid’s 100% start to the La Liga season with a fine victory over their city rivals.
They led inside four minutes when former Real forward Morata converted Samuel Lino’s dangerous cross.
Antoine Griezmann then made it 2-0 with another header, before Toni Kroos’ fine low strike halved the deficit.
But Morata sealed Atletico’s victory when he rose highest to meet Saul Niguez’s ball in after the break.
Victory moved Atletico up to fifth in the table, while Real are third – behind leaders Barcelona and Girona – after dropping points for the first time this season.
Atletico had only won one of their past 14 La Liga Madrid derbies before this match, but stunned their bitter rivals with two goals in the opening 18 minutes and then defended resolutely thereafter.
England midfielder Jude Bellingham, who has been in inspired form since joining Real in the summer, cut a frustrated figure throughout, culminating in a yellow card for a poor challenge on Angel Correa in stoppage time.
The 20-year-old scored six goals in his first six appearances for the club in all competitions, but this result means he tastes defeat for the first time as a Real Madrid player.
- 16MolinaSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 65′minutes
- 2GiménezBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCorreaat 86′minutes
- 12Dias LinoSubstituted forGalánat 87′minutes
- 6KokeSubstituted forWitselat 45′minutes
- 19MorataSubstituted forDepayat 82′minutes
- 25Arrizabalaga Revuelta
- 17VázquezSubstituted forNachoat 57′minutes
- 20García TorresSubstituted forMendyat 57′minutesBooked at 67mins
- 12CamavingaSubstituted forTchouaméniat 57′minutes
- 8KroosSubstituted forDíazat 70′minutes
- 10ModricBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJoseluat 45′minutes
- 5BellinghamBooked at 90mins
- Javier Alberola Rojas
Match ends, Atletico Madrid 3, Real Madrid 1.
Second Half ends, Atletico Madrid 3, Real Madrid 1.
Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid).
Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Rodrygo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by César Azpilicueta (Atletico Madrid).
Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Atletico Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ángel Correa following a fast break.
Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid).
Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid).
Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Javi Galán replaces Samuel Lino.
Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Ángel Correa replaces José Giménez because of an injury.
Foul by Joselu (Real Madrid).
Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Samuel Lino.
Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Memphis Depay replaces Álvaro Morata.
Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid).
Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week: Martinez, Evans, Trippier, Bissouma, Foden, Son
After every weekend of the Premier League, BBC football pundit Garth Crooks gathers his thoughts and gives you his Team of the Week.
Here are this week’s choices. And as ever, Garth also discusses the game’s big talking points in the Crooks of the Matter.
Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa): The save by Martinez from Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson was so important and at a crucial time in Sunday’s match. Robert Sanchez was also showing good form in the Chelsea goal but was eventually, like so many of his Chelsea team-mates, found wanting when Ollie Watkins’ effort went through his legs from a tight angle at the near post. Watkins shouldn’t be scoring from there.
Martinez meanwhile pulled off the save of the match, with Ben Chilwell clean through. The Argentine managed a superb one-handed save that secured Villa the points. When your team is struggling – and Chelsea are – you need your keeper to pull you out of the mire. The only difference on the day between the two teams was the keepers.
Kieran Trippier (Newcastle): This was an impressive victory by Newcastle. They were involved in a goalless draw and a titanic tussle in the Champions League against AC Milan in midweek and dealt with the fixture extremely well.
To then go to Bramall Lane and be 3-0 up after just 36 minutes and 6-0 after 70 suggests just how far the Magpies have come since their ascent to the top flight and how far Sheffield United need to improve if they have any chance of staying in the Premier League.
Sheffield United never laid a glove on Newcastle. It was like a battle-hardened team playing a side just coming to terms with the division. As for Newcastle’s captain Tripper, his leadership knows no bounds.
James Tarkowski (Everton): Crisis, what crisis? Not if Everton keep playing like that. The urgency with which Tarkowski raced back to defend an attack in their win at Brentford was expected, but to nudge the ball expertly away from the oncoming Keane Lewis-Potter, who was about to tap the ball into the net, was a turning point in the game.
Brentford had already equalised and looked like they had Everton on toast. Had it not been for an outstanding all-round display by Tarkowski, Everton would have been nursing another defeat. The former Brentford defender didn’t mind celebrating his well-taken headed goal against his old club either. That’s always a good sign. I never understood players who scored against their old club and thought it was somehow a betrayal.
Jonny Evans (Manchester United): I overheard a conversation recently where an Arsenal supporter said how surprised he was to see Evans come on against his team a few weeks ago and I must say so was I. However, he went on to suggest that Evans was, at the tender age of 35, no longer good enough for Manchester United.
Well the point of view couldn’t have been further from the truth. Evans was the star performer against Burnley. The Northern Ireland international had a headed goal disallowed, played the most exquisite pass to Bruno Fernandes to volley home and helped United keep a clean sheet.
I’m not entirely sure what Arsenal fans know about top-class centre-backs anyway. The last ones they had were Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Sol Campbell and they all played into their thirties.
Kyle Walker (Manchester City): City demolished Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League in midweek and had no trouble at all doing the same with Nottingham Forest a few days later.
The desire by Walker to yet again get in behind the opposition defence and then watch a 40-yard pass from Rodri fall out of the sky onto his foot for the perfect volleyed lay-off for Phil Foden to finish was football at its finest.
Walker has started the season for club and country like a dream. I said last week the City captain is my early candidate for footballer of the year and we’re only in September. More candidates are sure to follow but Walker’s the only one on my list so far.
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): What a cracking finish by Fernandes. I was keen to see how United might react after their Champions League defeat in midweek against Bayern Munich.
Admittedly they were playing Burnley, who are finding their time in the Premier League somewhat challenging, but this was about nerve and bottle for United as much as it was about performance. United stood up to the test and deserved the victory.
The tackle by Casemiro on Luca Koleosho, who showed some fabulous footwork as he entered the box with the ball at his feet, was sensational. All credit to referee Tony Harrington who was quite right to wave away any appeals.
Yves Bissouma (Tottenham): The mere fact that this lad struggled to get a regular game under Antonio Conte is more a reflection on the high-profile Italian manager than it was on the Mali international. Bissouma has been a revelation for Tottenham so far this season and played against Arsenal with the sort of passion you expect from a midfield player in a north London derby.
The player’s ability to engage the opposition and at the same time cover ground has been outstanding. A draw against Arsenal was probably a fair result but the Gunners couldn’t have screamed if Tottenham had come away with all three points.
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle): This is a different player for Newcastle than I saw for Everton. Not only does Gordon look a better player in the colours of the North-East club, his performance in midweek against AC Milan in the Champions League proved it.
Gordon started on the bench for Newcastle against a Sheffield United side in desperate need of points – hardly surprising bearing in mind how hard he worked in Milan. But, having come on for the injured Harvey Barnes after just 12 minutes, Gordon practically ran the show in what turned out to be an 8-0 romp. I wasn’t convinced by Gordon’s transfer to Newcastle but manager Eddie Howe obviously saw something I didn’t.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (Everton): Brentford may have only lost one of their previous 18 home league games but that didn’t cut any ice with Everton. The nod down by Tarkowski was precise but the finish by Doucoure for Everton’s opening goal was superb.
I’ve seen the Mali international sky opportunities like that before but not on this occasion. It would appear a masterstroke by manager Sean Dyche to move Doucoure further up the field where his height and presence is clearly proving to be a problem for the opposition. It certainly did against Brentford.
Phil Foden (Manchester City): We are six games into the season and Foden has only scored one goal for City. You wouldn’t have thought so the way he struck his shot to put the league champions ahead against Nottingham Forest. City at this stage looked imperious.
However the reaction by Rodri on Morgan Gibbs-White, and Ederson’s extraordinary and unnecessary response to a perfectly reasonable attempt by Taiwo Awoniyi to place the ball over the oncoming Manchester City goalkeeper, was not just temperamental but juvenile.
I sincerely hope City are not becoming prima donnas. They might be the best team in Europe but that doesn’t mean the opposition can’t tackle them. It also means that on occasions those tackles will hurt and you might get your hair ruffled.
Son Heung-min (Tottenham): This was an impressive Tottenham performance against their north London rivals. To go behind twice away at Emirates Stadium having had the most shocking penalty decision awarded against you takes some steel and Son displayed plenty of it.
Since the departure of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich, I detect a maturity in Son’s game I haven’t seen before – I also see a better team player this season. Both of Tottenham’s goals were brilliantly taken by Son. Spurs didn’t sulk over the awarded penalty either but had every right to make a fuss. The rule is a joke and must be scrapped. Read why I think the rule is destroying football in the Crooks of the Matter below.
The Crooks of the Matter
How have we got here? Football fans suffered VAR, with its intrusive searchlight, going about the match looking for incidents that no-one else had seen – and certainly weren’t clear and obvious – for two seasons before some semblance of order was restored. It had the vast majority of us incandescent with rage and had fans chanting exactly what they thought of the technology.
We now, for some inexplicable reason, have to suffer a rule change where if the ball strikes a player’s hand or arm, whether its intentional or not, is a penalty. What was wrong with the original handball rule in the first place?
I can’t remember a player, coach, manager or football fan stating that they were dissatisfied with the original rule. Why are football’s bureaucrats interfering with the same rules that have successfully served the industry for generations?
They have now created such a febrile atmosphere at grounds. Referees are now compelled to stop the game every time the ball strikes a player’s arm regardless of the speed the ball is travelling or whether the player can get his arm out of the way or not.
Players are now asking for penalties regardless of whether a player has gained a material advantage while referees are taking an age to make a decision. Surely if a referee is having to take any time to make up his mind there must be sufficient doubt not to give the penalty at all.
When elder statesmen like Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson make it clear that he has no interest in winning football matches based on bogus penalty decisions, we begin to understand the depth of feeling among some managers about this ridiculous rule. It’s time that more managers spoke out and saved us from this absurd nonsense.
Federico Chiesa : La cible phare de l’Atletico Madrid pour l’été prochain
L’Atletico Madrid aurait un intérêt pour Federico Chiesa. Il est clair que le directeur sportif Andrea Berta est depuis plusieurs saisons obsédé par l’idée de faire venir son compatriote au club. Maintenant, il semble que les conditions soient réunies pour que Chiesa débarque au Metropolitano.
La Juventus, quant à elle, a besoin de renflouer ses caisses et, contrairement aux années précédentes, elle est prête à ouvrir la porte à un départ de Chiesa. Les Italiens auraient déjà fixé le prix de l’international italien à 70M€, une somme tout à fait abordable, d’autant plus si le transfert de Joao Félix se confirme.
Cependant, le principal obstacle actuel réside dans la forte concurrence pour Chiesa. En effet, Chelsea et Liverpool ont également placé le joueur en tête de leur liste de priorités. Cette compétition accrue pourrait rendre la tâche plus difficile pour l’Atletico Madrid dans sa quête de recruter Chiesa.
Chiesa est un joueur talentueux et polyvalent, capable d’évoluer à différents postes sur le terrain. Son style de jeu dynamique et sa capacité à marquer des buts en font une cible attrayante pour de nombreux clubs européens. Son arrivée à l’Atletico Madrid pourrait apporter une nouvelle dimension à l’équipe, renforçant ainsi ses chances de succès dans les compétitions nationales et internationales.
L’Atletico Madrid semble déterminé à faire de Federico Chiesa son grand objectif pour la saison estivale à venir. Avec le soutien d’Andrea Berta, le club espère pouvoir s’assurer les services de ce talentueux joueur italien. Cependant, la concurrence avec des clubs tels que Chelsea et Liverpool pourrait rendre cette tâche plus ardue.
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