LNTUP 5 Hot Topics Of The Day
1. First Home win for the Spurs.
Christian Eriksen gave Tottenham Hotspur a long-overdue first Premier League victory at their temporary Wembley Stadium with the only goal in a laboured 1-0 win over struggling Bournemouth on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were in danger of becoming the only club in English Football League history to win their first four away league games without tasting victory in any of their opening four at home after a drab first half. Eriksen scored a 47th min goal.
2. PSG 6 points clear in Ligue 1.
Defender Thomas Meunier scored again as French league leader Paris Saint-Germain won at Dijon 2-1 to move six points clear on Saturday.
Benjamin Jeannot’s stunning volley in the 87th minute looked to have earned Dijon a draw, but Meunier pounced in the second minute of injury time after being set up by Kylian Mbappe’s pass from the left wing. It was cruel for Dijon, but deserved on the balance of play.
“When they equalized we threw everyone forward, and that shows PSG’s determination,” Meunier said.
3. ‘Take a Knee’.
Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday. “We wanted to make a stand against racism,” Hertha captain Per Skjelbred said after their 2-0 loss to Schalke.
Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while Pal Dardai’s coaching staff, general manager Michael Preetz, club officials and substitutes took a knee off it before kickoff.
“Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!” the club said on Twitter.
4. Marco Silva is praised after The Arsenal win.
Watford’s players sung the praises of manager Marco Silva after a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Vicarage Road on Saturday lifted them to fourth place in the Premier League.
The Hornets have collected 15 points from eight matches and are enjoying their best start to a top-flight campaign since Graham Taylor led them to 16 from eight games in 1982-83. Watford were poor in the first half against Arsenal and trailed 1-0 at the break, but they improved significantly in the second period and claimed all three points thanks to Troy Deeney’s 71st-minute penalty and Tom Cleverley’s 92nd-minute winner.
“The manager said to play with a bit more belief in the second half,” Cleverley told reporters. “We did that and I thought we deserved the win.” Deeney added: “Credit to the manager – he gave us a bit of a roasting at halftime. We are building something really good here.”
5. Conte put the blame to injuries.
Conte was without the injured Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante and his problems mounted when Victor Moses limped off midway through the first half. Chelsea lost the game by 2-1 to Crystal Palace. Chelsea fell behind to a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal in the 11th minute and although Tiemoue Bakayoko equalised seven minutes later Wilfried Zaha scored a winner for Palace on the stroke of halftime.
“We played this game without three important players and that’s not straightforward,” Conte said. “We started very badly and it was a very difficult day. But we need also to understand the situation and to continue to work, to find solutions despite our injuries. They are big losses for us but we can only accept the situation and then do our best.”