Any games on today?
Yes. Two. One in Ligue 1: Lyon vs Toulouse at 3:00 PM EST, and in Coppa Italia Sampdoria vs Hellas Verona, also at 3:00 PM EST. That’s it!
What’s the big story today?
Well, the Premier League came and went last night like an insane whirlwind. Thirty two goals, only one 0-0, a seven goal thriller between Chelsea and Sunderland, four goals from Luis Suarez, and a very compelling, historic 0-1 victory for Everton at Old Trafford, the first in over twenty years, putting Moyes’ problems with United back in the spotlight!
Too much to write here, but the winner in the media focus stakes seems to have been Moyes. While other papers, perhaps remembering that not a few days ago things were looking good in the Champions League, were reticent to get the knives out, the Daily Mail of course shows no such compunction:
The naked numbers make uncomfortable reading for David Moyes, while on the pitch his side’s frailties are being laid brutally bare.
Beaten 1-0 by former club Everton with Manchester United having slumped to ninth the table, the Scot is under mounting pressure at Old Trafford.
The shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson is a pretty lonely and chilly place to reside right now as a winter of discontent looms in M16.
Well, not exactly. The raw numbers indicate United took more shots and shots on target, but had a conversion rate of 0% and a save percentage of 75%. But yeah, United aren’t where they should be. Which many predictive models forecasted at the start of the season based on United’s numbers last year under Ferguson. All I’m saying is, don’t discount the possibility Moyes was handed a shit sandwich by the last guy.
Moyes to his credit thinks Man Utd are still in the title race, with 12 points separating them and Arsenal. Sure, David.
Any other news?
Luis Suarez scored four goals against Norwich. This guy, man. And he also rubbished claims that he might move to Arsenal in the January transfer window:
Luis Suárez says he is “happy to stay” at Liverpool and wants to fire the club into the Champions League.
The striker had been determined to leave Anfield in the summer, with Liverpool rejecting a £40m plus £1 offer from Arsenal.
Xavi defends under fire boss Tata Martino at Barcelona following a pair of losses.
Oh hey! Michel Platini needed some attention and so he started talking about bringing in the rugby “sin-bin” into football. Cool idea Michel!
Pele didn’t want to be involved in the World Cup draw for fear of being the guy who put Brazil in a tough group. Which at first sounds weird, but fair enough!
Any fun stuff?
Any good reads?
I think the Guardian is as good a source as any for a decent round up of yesterday’s Premier League shenanigans. A sample:
It does not feel like a coincidence that, a matter of days after Martin Jol’s sacking at Fulham, Dimitar Berbatov wants a transfer. Jol loved Berbatov, considering him as one of the few world-class players at the club and he made him the focal point of the team. But Berbatov is enduring a barren season and, with his champion now departed, he clearly feels that it is a good time to explore his options. New Fulham manager, Rene Meulensteen, is a fan of Berbatov’s as well – he worked with him previously at Manchester United – but he did not sound optimistic about keeping him in January.