Without further adieu, let’s crack on with a brief preview of both games.
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Watch live on CNBC at 8:30am ET
Both the teams have the chance to climb into second spot with a win, do they need anymore motivation than that? The Toffees have been terrific since Roberto Martinez took charge and look dangerous going forward and steady as a rock at the back. Romelu Lukau has scored four goals so far and looks a real bargain on loan from Chelsea. As for Spurs, manager Andre Villas-Boas hit out at fans for negative comments following his sides 1-0 win against Hull last weekend. Tottenham have won four games 1-0 and striker Roberto Soldado has scored PK winners in three of them, so you can see why Spurs fans are frustrated. They won’t more panache, cutting edge and spark going forward… will that get that at Goodison Park? What a game we have in store, as two teams pushing to make it into the top four this season clash in a high-tempo affair.
Cardiff City vs. Swansea City, Watch live on NBCSN at 11am ET
Well, this rivalry needs no introduction. The South Wales derby will be making it’s first-ever appearance in the Premier League on Sunday, it’s going to be boisterous, ferocious and a gruesome battle… and that’s just in the stands! All joking aside, ProSoccerTalk spent some time in both cities earlier this week and got the lowdown on the intense rivalry on and off the pitch. Cardiff have made a decent start to their first-ever season in the PL and with a win they can leapfrog over their successful neighbors to the West. As for the Swans, they’re excelling in the Europa League and have had a tough fixture list to start. That said, the free-flowing attractive soccer they play is still a joy to watch and it’ll be very interesting to see it clash with Cardiff’s psychical approach and see who prevails amongst a mighty crescendo of noise, passion and rivalry at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Spain’s football federation criticised the Barca players for their “exaggerated reaction” and for celebrating in front of home fans, but added “nothing justified” the reaction of the Valencia supporters.
There’s an easy joke to make about playacting/diving here, as Luis Suarez hits the deck despite not appearing to be hit.
But it’s critical to remember that these players at the moment don’t have any idea what’s happened, only that they’ve been hit. And Suarez is covering head, perhaps wondering what’s coming next. Neymar laying on the pitch for a while seems a bit overboard, but I don’t blame Messi nor his teammates for being furious with the supporters.
But he’s talking about being under the personal microscope, paparazzi and the like. And he’s talking about missing his family. Because, believe it or not, the man is a human being (at least we’re pretty sure).
“I just want to cross the bridge and go to a restaurant. I can’t, so it’s really bad,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“For me it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t.”
That last line isn’t talking about tactics, title ambitions, or even the 4-0 loss to Chelsea. True story.
Mourinho’s comments regarding his life at Manchester are interesting and newsworthy, but allow us to go behind the curtain here. The media world is driven by monetization in the form of clicks and time spent on site.
Trumpeting the term “disaster” is tricky. Yes, there are seeds of discontent in Mourinho’s Manchester concerns — and credit to you for clicking through and reading what them in full — but let this thing play out, no? There’s a derby in town today.
Less than five months have passed since Real Madrid won the Champions League final, yet in Florentino Perez’s mind that’s a lifetime. ()
Real’s president is anything but patient with managers, the latest example being Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian was fired a year after winning the club’s long-desired Decima and losing a whopping 19 of 119 matches in charge.
So even though Real Madrid leads La Liga under Zinedine Zidane and won the UCL last season, people are always imagining the future.
Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel’s style of play has captured the imaginations of so many supporters. And with BVB president Hans-Joachim Watzke claiming that Real is tracking the German, the questions are heading for Tuchel.
“It’s dangerous if you are flattered as a coach.You lose focus on the important things. I read it as a rumour before our game in Ingolstadt and so I already said back then that it’s dangerous to admit it and to think about it because it takes on too much importance.”
There’s no reason for Tuchel to have to ask those questions. Perez has called Zidane’s appointment one of his proudest moments, and that was just three days ago. Even in Perez’s world, that’s only a solid month, maybe two. %tags%