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Reuters monitors the following highlights from the tenth round of the English Premier League.
- United collides with bitter reality
Cautious optimism prevailed in Manchester United after achieving three consecutive victories in all competitions, but its 3-0 loss to its local rival Manchester City made it collide with bitter reality.
United did not perform convincingly in defeating Brentford, Sheffield United, and Copenhagen, and its weaknesses were clearly visible against coach Pep Guardiola’s team.
After the loss, United is eight points away from the top four and ten points away from the relegation places, which is a reflection of the current level of the team that has been crowned champion of England 20 times.
This is the first time since 1986 that United have lost five times in their first ten league matches, and although the dismissal of Erik ten Hag, as happened with Ron Atkinson at the time, is unlikely, the Dutch coach is under pressure again.
- Chelsea to the starting point
After Chelsea achieved two victories away from home, followed by a draw at home against Arsenal, coach Mauricio Pochettino returned to the starting point yesterday, Saturday, when his team lost 2-0 to Brentford despite controlling the match.
Pochettino shook his head positively when a journalist highlighted the absence of goals from the team, some of whose members cost the club’s coffers greatly, as he has scored only 13 goals in ten league matches so far, seven of which were against struggling Luton Town and Burnley.
Pochettino said, “We must be decisive and score more goals. This is what we lack. We must maintain our confidence.”
- Nikitah is in good faith with Arteta
No part of Arsenal fans saw Eddie Nketiah as the outstanding striker capable of scoring goals that would contribute to the team’s title quest.
The striker proved that coach Mikel Arteta’s confidence was misplaced, as he scored three goals in a 5-0 win over Sheffield United the day before Saturday.
Nketiah started in most of the ten matches that Arsenal played in the league this season, and although he was absent from the starting lineup in the previous round, he started against Sheffield following the injury of Gabriel Jesus and showed that he is a striking force in front of goal.
With Jesus out of action for a few weeks due to a hamstring injury, Nketiah will have more opportunities to attract doubters.
- Liverpool’s attack shines
Perhaps facing Nottingham Forest on Sunday was not the toughest test facing Liverpool this season, but its attack was successful as it scored two wonderful goals after teamwork in an easy 3-0 victory.
The first two goals were similar, as the team recovered the ball in a dangerous position and made their way down the right side, with Diogo Jota scoring the first goal before Darwin Nunez scored the second goal.
The top teams usually face a tight defense consisting of five players, but not all of them are able to find solutions as Liverpool did.
Selfless movements and passes contributed to the team’s success against Forest, and if it is able to maintain this combination, it may be easier for it to deal with defensive blocks in the future.
- Everton finds a way to victory outside its stadium
Over the past few seasons, struggling Everton have performed modestly, to say the least, outside their stadium, but they have shown signs of change under coach Sean Dyche.
The team achieved four victories in 40 matches played away from home in the Premier League, before defeating its host West Ham 1-0 on Sunday, thanks to a goal scored by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The victory came after defeating Brentford in the league earlier this month and Aston Villa in the League Cup, which means that he won three times in the four matches he played away from home in all competitions and in stadiums where it is difficult to win.
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