Premier League roundup: Bournemouth, Palace win on day of dramatic draws

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With six games on the slate across the Premier League on Saturday, there was plenty of late drama on tap.

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On a day where the “hot weather” in England forced drinks break and amusement among fans in the U.S., we had a first PL win for Bournemouth, plus Crystal Palace prevailed late on against Aston Villa. The other four matches ended in draws, as it was tight and tense across the PL.

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Below you will find recaps, reaction and videos from all the action, as well as full match replays by clicking on the link above.

Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

Don’t let the scoreline deceive you, this was a very good game at Old Trafford. United started well and Wayne Rooney had a goal controversially disallowed, but Newcastle United hit the bar in the first half via Aleksandar Mitrovic. In the second half United piled on the pressure and Javier Hernandez was denied by Tim Krul, then Newcastle new boy Florian Thauvin went close. Three clean sheets to start the season for United, as the Magpies dug in for a good point on the road.

West Ham United 3-4 BournemouthRECAP

What. A. Game. Bournemouth raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half through Callum Wilson, but then the Hammers fought back to make it 2-2 via a Mark Noble penalty kick and Kouyate’s cool finish. Marc Pugh then restored Bournemouth’s lead with a fine goal, then Wilson was given the chance to score his hat trick from the penalty spot after Carl Jenkinson had fouled in the box and was sent off. Wilson scored to make it 4-2 and although Modibo Maigi made it 4-3 late on, Eddie Howe’s side hung on after some hairy moments to secure their first-ever PL win.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston VillaRECAP

A slow burner in the sun at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace took the lead through Scott Dann’s header but an own goal leveled things up in south London. Late on new signing Bakary Sako curled home past Brad Guzan to send the Palace fans wild and make it two wins from three for the Eagles to start the season.

Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

An end-to-end encounter at the King Power Stadium which really burst into life at the death. Both teams traded plenty of chances but Spurs went ahead in the 80th minute when teenager Dele Alli scored his first PL goal after jumping off the bench. However moments later Leicester were level as Riyad Mahrez scored his fourth goal in three games to rescue a point. Brilliant entertainment.

Norwich City 1-1 Stoke CityRECAP

Another tight game at Carrow Road, as Norwich rallied from a goal down to grab a point. Mame Diouf gave Stoke the lead early on with a header, but Russell Martin scored his second in two games just before the half hour mark. Both teams pushed hard for the winner but went home happy with a point in a game which had a drinks break in each half as the sun beat down on Norfolk.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Bafetimbi Gomis and Jermain Defoe traded eerily similar goals in each half to share the spoils at the Stadium of Light. In a slow burner that really got going in the second half, Swansea hit the crossbar through Andre Ayew and Jeremain Lens had a goal disallowed for being offside but it finished 1-1 as the Black Cats got their first points of the season, while Swansea remain unbeaten.

De Ligt not fazed by price tag after move to Juventus

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If you can’t beat them, buy them. That appears to be Juventus’ philosophy as it continues its quest for the Champions League title.

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In 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid against Juventus to eliminate the Serie A champion from Europe’s premier club competition. A few months later Juventus signed him.

This year Matthijs de Ligt scored the goal that eliminated Juventus from the Champions League in April as he captained Ajax to the semifinals. On Thursday, Juventus signed the Netherlands defender.

Juventus is an overwhelming favorite to win a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title but it is desperate to end its long wait for European success.

Since Juventus’ last title in 1996, it has finished runner-up five times in the Champions League.

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“We want to win them all: this is the mentality of Juventus,” said De Ligt at his first news conference as a Juventus player on Friday. “I’m 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. It’s important to work hard every day and to learn, and I hope to become a better player.”

De Ligt became the most expensive defender in Serie A history when he completed an $85-million transfer from Ajax.

But the teen is not fazed at the price tag.

“Of course, when a club buys you for a big amount of money, there’s a lot of pressure, but pressure is normal in football,” De Ligt said. “I think pressure is the most important thing and if you want to be a good player, you have to deal with it.

“It’s not a big deal for me. I’ll just play my game, work hard and show it on the pitch. In the end, everyone will see how I deal with it, but it’s not going to be a problem.”

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A photo emerged during the week of De Ligt wearing a Juventus shirt as a child and he admitted he grew up idolizing Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy to World Cup success in 2006.

“The photo of me in a Juventus shirt was taken when I was about six or seven, at that time Fabio Cannavaro was a defender that I admired,” he said. “I always had a good feeling about Juventus and I’ve always been a fan.”

Another reason De Ligt chose Juventus was because of new coach Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season.

“I spoke to Sarri on the phone before coming, just to get to know each other,” De Ligt said. “He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defense.”

Pulisic makes Chelsea debut, but Blues lose in Japan

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While much of the country was still asleep, well before 8 a.m. on the east coast of America, Christian Pulisic made his Chelsea debut in the Blues’ preseason friendly against Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama, Japan.

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Pulisic came on as a 65th-minute sub and didn’t have a huge impact on the game. Chelsea lost the game 1-0 on an 88th-minute header from former wonderkid Leandro Damiao. The Blues have won just one of their three preseason fixtures thus far.

Chelsea weren’t without chances in the game, though, but various combinations of Pulisic, Michy Batshuayi, Pedro and Olivier Giroud proved to lack the finishing touch required on a number of occasions. Despite the result and his side’s poor finishing, manager Frank Lampard insisted he was happy with the overall performance.

David Luiz was named Man of the Match and handed a very peculiar award from shirt sponsor and tire company Yokohama.

Conte calls Lukaku an “important” part of his plans at Inter

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So much for diplomacy. Antonio Conte is downright recruiting Romelu Lukaku to join him at Inter Milan, and he’s doing it through the press for all to hear.

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The rumors linking Lukaku with a move away from Manchester United have been swirling all summer, but as of yet the two clubs haven’t been past the “bid(s) made and rejected” portion of proceedings. As such, Conte is prepared to go a step further in courting the 26-year-old Belgian, stating his longstanding admiration and calling him “an important players for us” — quotes from the BBC:

“You know I like this player. In the past, when I was Chelsea’s coach, I tried to bring him to Chelsea.

“As I said before, I like this player and consider him an important player for us to have a good improvement but at the same there is a transfer market.

“We know very well which is our situation at the moment and we will see what happens but for now Lukaku is a United player.”

Man United paid $96 million for Lukaku just two years ago, so it would be unwise to expect them to let him leave for anything short of $80 million, if Inter are lucky.

Pochettino: I might have left if Spurs won Champions League

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Mauricio Pochettino admits that might have left Tottenham Hotspur had the north London club found a way to beat Liverpool in last month’s UEFA Champions League final.

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In Pochettino’s mind, reaching the pinnacle would have caused everyone at the club — from the players, to the rest of the coaching staff, and even himself — to “behave differently.” If/when Pochettino wins his first major trophy as a manager, he won’t be one to rest on his laurels for more than a day or two — quotes from the BBC:

“When you touch the glory, you behave differently, the players behave differently, the challenge becomes different.

“If the result had been different, maybe you can think it is a moment to step out of the club and give it a possibility for a real new chapter with a new coaching staff.

“But, to finish like this? I am not a person who won’t face problems or avoids difficult situations.”

Fortunately for the long-term viability of the club, Pochettino is set to begin his fifth season as Tottenham manager. Still, though, Spurs’ best shot at a trophy remains in the cup competitions, with Manchester City and Liverpool seemingly set to lead the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

One player who might not be around long enough to enjoy any of Spurs’ future successes is Danny Rose. While the entire first team is in Singapore for preseason, Rose is back in London after being granted time “to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs.”

Pochettino says Rose has 10 days to sort out a transfer for himself — with PSG and Schalke both reportedly interested abroad — otherwise “he will be normal with the team” once they return to north London.