Michael Haughey moves us along. “In summer 2000, Aston Villa entered the Intertoto Cup just as they were demolishing the Trinity Road stand at Villa Park,” he writes. “The two home games, against Marila Pribram and Celta Vigo, were switched to the Hawthorns. In the 1985 FA Cup, Burton Albion played ‘at’ Leicester City in a tie switched to Derby’s Baseball Ground. After Burton’s goalie was knocked unconscious in a 6-1 Foxes win, the FA ordered the game to be replayed behind closed doors – at Coventry’s Highfield Road.” … [Read more...] about Which football clubs have played home games at a rival’s ground?
He said: “When I say we’ve come back from deficits I don’t mean to draw comparisons, but we know we’ll get chances and we can’t go into the game thinking we’re not going to score. They do drop deep and sit behind the ball but it’s down to us to stay patient, play our way and things will open up.” … [Read more...] about Liverpool’s Klopp right to take Mané off amid Atlético antics, Gomez says
Injuries offer only the slightest mitigation. They are not the reason Mourinho has made 53 changes to his starting lineup in the Premier League this season, eight more than anybody else. They are not the reason he would have changed every single outfielder from Tuesday’s defeat at Valencia had Chris Smalling not pulled up in the warm-up. What’s the plan? What’s the strategy? This feels like a manager shaking a kaleidoscope and hoping for the best. Clinging on until you can throw Marouane Fellaini at a problem should not be a long-term plan. The only other constant seems to be ostracising Paul Pogba, at which Mourinho’s diligence has, admittedly, been thoroughly rewarded. … [Read more...] about Even a José Mourinho gripped by defensive dogma was better than this
Mourinho brought on another centre-half, Victor Lindelof, in the final exchanges for Ashley Young, a converted defender playing here as a right winger, and the game huffed and puffed to its end under the glare of the autumnal sun. It was the first time ever there have been back-to-back 0-0 draws in this fixture and Klopp was asked afterwards if he would ever set up a team in the way that Mourinho had. “You could not play this way at Liverpool,” he replied, “but it’s OK for Manchester United.” … [Read more...] about Liverpool left frustrated again by David de Gea and Manchester United
And from the start Liverpool tore into those deep blue-grey shirts. Eric Bailly’s first significant act was to come charging forward out of defence and perform a kind of rugby spear-tackle on Firmino. For a while United looked like a massively hung-over pub team startled to find itself facing a group of peak-condition professionals. What’s the point of picking a tough, battling, muscular team if they get out-battled, out-muscled and out-toughed? … [Read more...] about With football this dire you have to wonder if José Mourinho is enjoying it