AC Milan beats Inter in front of new owners; Giroud, Leao score (video)

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MILAN — In front of the club’s new owners, Rafael Leao inspired AC Milan to a 3-2 victory over fierce rival Inter Milan in a fiery Serie A derby on Saturday.

Leao had a hand in all three Milan goals, scoring two and setting up the other for Olivier Giroud.

[ MORE: Serie A scores, schedule ]

Marcelo Brozovic gave Inter the lead in the 21st minute and Edin Dzeko pulled one back for the Nerazzurri in the 67th.

Milan moved to the top of Serie A. The defending champion is one of six teams still unbeaten, as is Juventus despite struggling to draw at Fiorentina 1-1 earlier. Two others, Lazio and Napoli, met in Rome later.

New owners see AC Milan score big win

Milan announced the closing of its latest ownership change on Wednesday, when RedBird Capital Partners took a controlling interest and the New York Yankees a minority stake. Gerry Cardinale, the founder and managing partner of RedBird, was in the stands at San Siro for the Derby della Madonnina.

This matchup of Italy’s best clubs saw Inter break the deadlock against the run of play when Lautaro Martinez backheeled the ball to Joaquin Correa, who immediately sent a ball through to release Brozovic, who slotted into the bottom left corner.

Boos rang out from Milan fans every time former player Hakan Calhanoglu touched the ball, and it was much to their delight that a wayward pass from him led to the equalizer seven minutes later. Sandro Tonali intercepted the ball and raced forward before side-footing it across for Leao to blast in.

It was all Milan as Inter struggled to get out of its own half. Tonali played a delightful one-two with Giroud before sending a scuffed effort directly at Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, shortly before Theo Hernandez fired narrowly over.

The Rossoneri took the lead in the 54th when Leao picked out Giroud and his flicked effort bobbled past the hapless Handanovic.

And Leao doubled his tally six minutes later with a magnificent goal as he shimmied his way past three Inter defenders before firing into the bottom right corner from a tight angle.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi rang the changes and two of his substitutes had an immediate impact; Dzeko fired Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross in off the left post.

Serie A standings

Serie A standings

Premier League transfer list: Summer 2022

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The summer is delivering so many transfers in the Premier League, with players also being released (and of course loaned out) ahead of the much-anticipated 2022-23 Premier League season.

VIDEO: Premier League analysis ]

The 2022 summer transfer window remains open until 6pm ET on September 1.

There have been big stories with the top two teams in recent seasons: Erling Haaland is moving to Man City, Sadio Mane has left Liverpool, but Mohamed Salah stuck around Anfield and Gabriel Jesus has signed for Arsenal.

It’s already been a wild summer for transfer rumors and news, and we’ve just started to see Chelsea and Manchester United make incoming splashes for managers Thomas Tuchel and Erik ten Hag.

[ TRANSFER NEWS: Liverpool | Chelsea | Tottenham | Man United | Man City | Arsenal ]

Below is a list of the ins and notable outs at all 20 Premier League clubs.


AFC Bournemouth

In
Ryan Fredericks (West Ham)
Joe Rothwell (Blackburn)
Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough)
Neto (Barcelona)
Marcos Senesi (Feyenoord)
Jack Stephens (Southampton) Loan

Out
Gary Cahill (Released)
Gavin Kilkenny (Stoke City) Loan
Zeno Ibsen Rossi (Cambridge United)

Arsenal

In
Marquinhos (Sao Paulo)
Fabio Vieira (Porto)
Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City)

Out
Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille)
Alexandre Lacazette (Released)
Auston Trusty (Birmingham City) Loan
Harry Clarke (Stoke City) Loan
Omar Rekik (Sparta Rotterdam) Loan
Tyreece John-Jules (Ipswich) Loan
Mika Biereth (Waalwijk) Loan
Jordi Osei-Tutu (Bochum)
Daniel Ballard (Sunderland)
Nikolaj Moller (Den Bosch) loan
Dinos Mavropanos (Stuttgart)
Omari Hutchinson (Chelsea)
Nuno Tavares (Marseille) Loan
Bernd Leno (Fulham)
Folarin Balogun (Stade de Reims) Loan
Charlie Patino (Blackpool) Loan
Lucas Torreira (Galatasaray)
Pablo Mari (AC Monza) Loan
Alex Runarsson (Alanyaspor) Loan
Nicolas Pepe (Nice) Loan

Aston Villa

In
Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)
Diego Carlos (Sevilla)
Robin Olsen (Roma)
Rory Wilson (Rangers)
Ludwig Augustinsson (Sevilla) Loan
Ewan Simpson (Hearts)
Leander Dendoncker (Wolves)

Out
Indiana Vassilev (Inter Miami) Loan
Matt Targett (Newcastle)
Conor Hourihane (Released)
Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split)
Louis Barry (MK Dons) Loan
Trezeguet (Trabzonspor)
Wesley (Levante) Loan
Carney Chukwuemeka (Chelsea)
Aaron Ramsey (Norwich City) Loan
Keinan Davis (Watford) Loan
Bertrand Traore (Istanbul Basaksehir) Loan
Kortney Hause (Watford) Loan
Anwar El Ghazi (PSV Eindhoven)

Brentford

In
Max Dickov
Max Wilcox (Bolton)
Aaron Hickey (Bologna)
Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City)
Kyreece Lisbie (Free)
Thomas Strakosha (Lazio)
Yehor Yarmoliuk (SC Dnipro-1)
Ben Mee (Burnley)
Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria)
Isaac Holland (Sheffield Wednesday)
Lucias Vine (free)
Michael Olakigbe (Fulham)
Mathias Jorgensen (Free)
Edon Pruti (Slough)
Charlie Farr (Free)

Out
Ben Hockenhull (Tranmere)
Hans Mpongo (out of contract)
Mads Bidstrup (Nordsjaelland) Loan
Gustav Mogensen (Sarpsborg)
Christian Eriksen (Man Utd)
Paris Maghoma (AFC Wimbledon) Loan
Dominic Thompson (Blackpool)
Marcus Forss (Middlesbrough)
Lachlan Brook (Crewe) Loan
Tariqe Fosu (Stoke City) Loan

Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Julio Enciso (Libertad Asuncion)
Benicio Baker-Boaitey (Porto)
Simon Adingra (Nordsjaelland)
Imari Samuels (Reading)
Levi Colwill (Chelsea) Loan
Luca Barrington (Man City)
Pervis Estupinan (Villarreal)
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)

Out
Jayson Molumby (West Brom)
Lars Dendoncker (Released)
Fynn Talley (Cliftonville) loan
Yves Bissouma (Tottenham Hotspur)
Alex Cochrane (Hearts)
Fynn Talley (Cliftonville) Loan
Aaron Connolly (Venezia) Loan
Leo Ostigard (Napoli)
Taylor Richards (QPR) Loan
Marc Leonard (Northampton) Loan
Jensen Weir (Morecambe) Loan
Shane Duffy (Fulham) Loan
Marc Cucurella (Chelsea)
Matt Clarke (Middlesbrough)
Kacper Kozlowksi (Vitesse) Loan
Neal Maupay (Everton)

Chelsea

In
Eddie Beach
Raheem Sterling (Man City)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal)
Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire)
Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa)
Marc Cucurella (Brighton)
Cesare Casadei (Inter)
Wesley Fofana (Leicester)
Denis Zakaria (Juventus) Loan
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona)

Out
Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid) Free
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) loan
Andreas Christensen (Released)
Danny Drinkwater (Released)
Charly Musonda (Released)
Jake Clarke-Salter (QPR)
Lucas Bergstrom (Peterborough) Loan
Nathan Baxter (Hull City) Loan
Ethan Wady (Woking) Loan
Ian Maatsen (Burnley) Loan
Tino Anjorin (Huddersfield) Loan
Levi Colwill (Brighton) Loan
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Malang Sarr (Monaco)
Emerson (West Ham)
Ross Barkley (Released)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Bayer Leverkusen) Loan
Baba Rahman (Reading) Loan
Xavier Mbuyamba (Volendam)
Xavier Simons (Hull City) Loan
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)

Crystal Palace

In
Sam Johnston (West Brom) free transfer
Malcolm Ebiowei (Derby)
Cheick Doucoure (Lens)
Cormac Austin, free
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich)
Kofi Balmer (Larne)

Out
Martin Kelly (Released)
Jaroslaw Jach (Released)
Nya Kirby (Released)
Reece Hannam (Bromley) Loan
Christian Benteke (DC United)
Cheikhou Kouyate (Nott’m Forest) Free

Everton

In
James Tarkowski (Burnley) Free
Ruben Vinagre (Sporting) Loan
Dwight McNeil (Burnley)
Conor Coady (Wolves) Loan
Amadou Onana (Lille)
Neal Maupay (Brighton)
Idrissa Gana Gueye (Paris Saint-Germain)
James Garner (Manchester United)

Out
Jonjoe Kenny (Released)
Richarlison (Tottenham Hotspur)
Joao Virginia (Cambuur) Loan
Harry Tyrer (Chester) Loan
Ryan Astley (Accrington) Loan
Jarrad Branthwaite (PSV Eindhoven) Loan
Lewis Dobbin (Derby) Loan
Lewis Gibson (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Dele Alli (Besiktas) Loan
Niels Nkounkou (Cardiff) Loan
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Trabzonspor) Loan

Fulham

In
Joao Palhinha (Sporting Lisbon)
Kristian Sekularac (Juventus)
Andreas Pereira (Man Utd)
Callum McFarlane, free
Manor Solomon (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg)
Bernd Leno (Arsenal)
Shane Duffy (Brighton) Loan
Issa Diop (West Ham)
Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan
Willian (Corinthians)
Daniel James (Leeds) Loan
Carlos Vinicius (Benfica)

Out
Taye Ashby-Hammond (Stevenage) Loan
Fabio Carvalho (Liverpool)
Cyrus Christie (Released)
Fabri (Released)
Michael Hector (Released)
Alfie Mawson (Released)
Jean Michael Seri (Released)
Sonny Hilton (Carlisle) Loan
Steven Sessegnon (Charlton) Loan
Kieron Bowie (Northampton) Loan
Luca Ashby-Hammond (Aldershot) Loan
Michael Olakigbe (Brentford)
Paulo Gazzaniga (Girona) Loan

Leeds United

In
Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg)
Rasmus Kristensen (RB Salzburg)
Marc Roca (Bayern Munich)
Darko Gyabi (Man City)
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord)
Sonny Perkins (free)
Joel Robles (free)
Wilfried Gnonto (Zurich)

Out
Kalvin Phillips (Man City)
Charlie Cresswell (Millwall) Loan
Tyler Roberts (QPR) Loan
Raphinha (Barcelona)
Jamie Shackleton (Millwall) Loan
Leif Davis (Ipswich)
Helder Costa (Al-Ittihad) Loan
Lewis Bate (Oxford United) Loan
Ian Poveda (Blackpool) Loan
Daniel James (Fulham) Loan

Leicester City

In
Alex Smithies (Cardiff City)
Wout Faes (Reims)

Out
Eldin Jakupovic (Released)
Vontae Daley-Campbell (Released)
Khanya Leshabela (Crewe Alexandra)
Kasper Schmeichel (Nice)
Hamza Choudhury (Watford) Loan
Wesley Fofana (Chelsea)

Liverpool

In
Fabio Carvalho (Fulham)
Darwin Nunez (Benfica)
Calvin Ramsay (Aberdeen)
Arthur Melo (Juventus) Loan

Out
Divock Origi (AC Milan) Released
Takumi Minamino (Monaco)
Loris Karius (Released)
Sheyi Ojo (Released)
Ben Woodburn (Released)
Conor Bradley (Bolton) Loan
Jakub Ojrzynski (Radomiak Radom) Loan
Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich)
Billy Koumetio (Austria Vienna) Loan
Takumi Minamino (Monaco)
James Balagizi (Crawley Town) Loan
Marcelo Pitaluga (Macclesfield Town) Loan
Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest)
Rhys Williams (Blackpool) Loan
Ben Davies (Rangers)
Tyler Morton (Blackburn) Loan
Leighton Clarkson (Aberdeen) Loan
Sepp van den Berg (Schalke) Loan
Owen Beck (Bolton) Loan

Manchester City

In
Erling Haaland (Dortmund)
Stefan Ortega Moreno (Man City) free transfer
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)
Sergio Gomez (Anderlecht)
Manuel Akanji (Dortmund)

Out
Fernandinho (Released)
Gavin Bazunu (Southampton)
CJ Egan-Riley (Burnley) free transfer
Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Burnley) Loan
Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)
Darko Gyabi (Leeds)
Tommy Doyle (Sheffield United) Loan
Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough) Loan
Raheem Sterling (Chelsea)
Romeo Lavia (Southampton)
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal)
Yan Couto (Girona) Loan
James McAtee (Sheffield United) Loan
Arijanet Muric (Burnley)
Liam Delap (Stoke City) Loan
Kayky (Pacos de Ferreira) Loan
Luke Mbete (Huddersfield Town) Loan
Juan Larios (Southampton)
Samuel Edozir (Southampton)
Claudio Gomes (Palermo)

Manchester United

In
Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord)
Christian Eriksen, free
Lisandro Martinez (Ajax)
Casemiro (Real Madrid)
Antony (Ajax)
Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) Loan

Out
Edinson Cavani (Released)
Juan Mata (Released)
Paul Pogba (Released)
Jesse Lingard (Released)
Lee Grant (Released)
Nemanja Matic (Roma)
Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest) Loan
Andreas Pereira (Fulham)
Dylan Levitt (Dundee)
Alvaro Fernandez (Preston North End) Loan
Alex Telles (Sevilla) Loan
Ethan Laird (QPR) Loan
Hannibal (Birmingham) Loan
Amad (Sunderland) Loan
James Garner (Everton)
Tahith Chong (Birmingham City)

Newcastle United

In
Alex Murphy (Galway United)
Nick Pope (Burnley)
Matt Targett (Aston Villa)
Sven Botman (Lille)
Charlie McArthur (Kilmarnock)
Jude Smith (East Fife)
Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad)

Out
Oisin McEntee (Walsall)
Mo Sangare (Accrington)
Isaac Hayden (Norwich) Loan
Lewis Cass (Port Vale)
Freddie Woodman (Preston)
Dan Langley (Gateshead) Loan
Jeff Hendrick (Reading) Loan
Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United) Loan
Dwight Gayle (Stoke City)
Lucas De Bolle (Hamilton) Loan
Martin Dubravka (Man Utd) Loan
Matty Longstaff (Colchester) Loan
Kell Watts (Peterborough) Loan
Federico Fernandez (Elche)

Nottingham Forest

In
Ryan Hammond (Millwall)
Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin)
Dean Henderson (Man Utd) Loan
Giulian Biancone (Troyes)
Moussa Niakhate (Mainz)
Omar Richards (Bayern Munich)
Neco Williams (Liverpool)
Wayne Hennessey (Burnley)
Brandon Aguilera (Alajuelense)
Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town)
Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield)
Jesse Lingard, free
Orel Mangala (Stuttgart)
Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)
Cheikhou Kouyate (Free)
Remo Freuler (Atalanta)
Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves)
Ui-jo Hwang (Bordeaux)
Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Willy Boly (Wolves)
Loic Bade (Olympiacos)
Josh Bowler (Blackpool)

Out
Carl Jenkinson (Released)
Gaetan Bong (Released)
Mohamed Drager (Luzern) Loan
Jayden Richardson (Aberdeen)
Ethan Horvath (Luton Town) Loan
Brice Samba (Lens)
Fin Back (Carlisle United) Loan
Lewis Grabban, released
Brandon Aguilera (Guanacasteca) Loan
Riley Harbottle (Mansfield) Loan
Richie Laryea (Toronto FC)
Xande Silva (Dijon)
Joe Lolley (Sydney)
Hwang Ui-jo (Olympiacos)
Alex Mighten (Sheff Wed) Loan Details
Josh Bowler (Olympiacos) Loan

Southampton

In
Alex Iwumene (Sutton United)
Gavin Bazunu (Man City)
Mateusz Lis (Altay)
Armel Bella-Kotchap (Bochum)
Romeo Lavia (Man City)
Joe Aribo (Rangers)
Sekou Mara (Bordeaux)
AInsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) Loan
Samuel Edozie (Man City)
Juan Larios (Man City)
Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille)

Out
Harry Lewis (Bradford City)
Fraser Forster (Spurs) Free
Caleb Watts (Morecambe) Loan
Kazeem Olaigbe (Ross County) Loan
Shane Long (released)
Dan Nlundulu (Cheltenham Town) Loan
Will Smallbone (Stoke City) Loan
Nathan Tella (Burnley) Loan
Kayne Ramsay (Harrogate)
Oriol Romeu (Girona)
Will Tizzard (Chippenham) Loan
Jack Stephens (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Yan Valery (Angers)
Mateusz Liz (Troyes) Loan
Jake Vokins (Woking) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Ivan Perisic (Free)
Fraser Forster (Southampton) Free
Yves Bissouma (Brighton)
Richarlison (Everton)
Tyrell Ashcroft (Reading)
Josh Keeley (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Clement Lenglet (Barcelona) Loan
Djed Spence (Middlesbrough)
Destiny Udogie (Udinese)
Cristian Romero (Atalanta)
Will Lankshear (Sheffield United)

Out
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic)
Steven Bergwijn (Ajax)
Jack Clarke (Sunderland)
Troy Parrott (Preston North End) Loan
Dane Scarlett (Portsmouth) Loan
Joe Rodon (Rennes) Loan
Kion Etete (Cardiff)
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal) Loan
Destiny Udogie (Udinese) Loan
Tanguy Ndombele (Napoli) Loan
Sergio Reguilon (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Harry Winks (Sampdoria) Loan
Marcel Lavinier (Swindon)

West Ham United

In
Nayef Aguerd (Rennes)
Alphonse Areola (PSG)
Patrick Kelly (Coleraine)
Flynn Downes (Swansea City)
Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo)
Maxwel Cornet (Burnley)
Thilo Kehrer (PSG)
Lucas Paqueta (Lyon)

Out
Ryan Fredericks (Released)
David Martin (Released)
Mark Noble (Retired)
Andriy Yarmolenko (Released)
Sonny Perkins (Released)
Arthur Masuaku (Besiktas) Loan
Nikola Vlasic (Torino) Loan
Issa Diop (Fulham)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In
Nathan Collins (Burnley)
Goncalo Guedes (Valencia)
Matheus Nunes (Sporting Lisbon)
Sasa Kalajdzic (Stuttgart)

Out
Marcal (Released)
John Ruddy (Released)
Romain Saiss (Released)
Ki-Jana Hoever (PSV) Loan
Ryan Giles (Middlesbrough) Loan
Bendeguz Bolla (Grasshoppers) Loan
Louie Moulden (Solihull Moors) Loan
Dion Sanderson (Birmingham City) Loan
Meritan Shabani (Grasshoppers)
Renat Dadashov (Grasshoppers)
Taylor Perry (Cheltenham) Loan
Fabian Silva (Anderlecht) Loan
Conor Coady (Everton) Loan
Morgan Gibbs-White (Nott’m Forest)
Patrick Cutrone (Como)
Luke Cundle (Swansea) Loan
Willy Boly (Nott’m Forest)
Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa)

10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 3

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What did we learn from Week 3 of the 2022-23 Premier League season? That the league, top-to-bottom, continues to grow deeper than at any point in its history.

There’s still one more match to go in Week 3 and it’s a doozy. Given the way Manchester United and Liverpool have started their seasons ahead of Monday’s scrap at Old Trafford, we may learn 10 more things (Watch live at 3pm ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

[ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]

Here’s a look at 10 things which stood out, as our writers Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Andy Edwards (AE), and Nicholas Mendola (NM) share their observations from across the most recent PL games.

VIDEO: PL highlights ]

Let’s get to it.


10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 3

1. Arsenal has the attack to go unbeaten for a while (Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal): Crystal Palace, Leicester City, and now Bournemouth have looked largely ill-fit to deal with the new-look Arsenal attack, and Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko are looking like players sprung from their cages, chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected, and stepping out over the line (Zinchenko, to be fair, could’ve used with a bit less freedom at times on Saturday). They were good, of course, as part of Man City’s system. Now given freer reign to show their style in space, the pair make the Gunners the last unbeaten team in the Premier League because their goals need canceling out to put an ‘L’ on the board. Perhaps scariest for many Premier League teams (and Bournemouth supporters)? The Gunners rarely looked like they had to shift into second gear. (NM)

2. Chelsea misses key components vs busy, directed Leeds (Leeds 3-0 Chelsea): The No. 1 thing that seemed set to put Chelsea amongst the top four again was their incredible midfield, led by steady eddies Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and N’Golo Kante. The latter two were injured on Sunday and that led to a Jorginho and Conor Gallagher pairing that wasn’t terrible but hardly terrifying. Leeds enjoyed their freedom and it’s no surprise Chelsea’s backs found themselves under duress. (NM)

3. Newcastle, Man City show a taste of what’s to come? (Newcastle 3-3 Man City): Just as Chelsea was a blueprint for Man City after its big takeover, Newcastle is looking to Man City (and others) for how to fast-forward a rise to top-four and eventually title contender. The biggest difference between the Magpies and Citizens right now is that City brought Ruben Dias off the bench and had Kalvin Phillips, Riyad Mahrez, and Julian Alvarez waiting if needed. Newcastle brought off Callum Wilson, Joe Willock, and Miguel Almiron for Chris Wood, Sean Longstaff, and Jacob Murphy. No wonder Joao Pedro’s being chased so hard by the Magpies. (NM)

4. Resilient Tottenham ready to take next step (Wolves 0-1 Tottenham): Their spirited draw at Chelsea and this narrow win over Wolves prove that Antonio Conte is ready to take Tottenham to the next level. These are the kind of games you need to win if you’re serious about challenging for the Premier League title and that is the next step for Spurs. They may not be serious contenders this season but they do look to have closed the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City, especially when it comes to their mentality and resilience. We know Spurs have the attacking talents to blow teams away but we now know they have the mental toughness to hang in there and grab points when perhaps they didn’t deserve them. (JPW)

5. Everton still in some trouble without (attacking) signings (Everton 1-1 Nottingham Forest): If the Toffees have to sell Anthony Gordon to bring in two, three, or even four attackers, well, it has to happen. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was good and you can expect the defense and midfield to stabilize to some degree, but there’s just nothing going on up top outside of Gordon’s engine. And given a stay at Goodison Park he’s gonna wanna show finish befitting his reported Chelsea price tag. (NM)

6.Jesse Marsch’s identity all over Leeds (Leeds 3-0 Chelsea):There are plenty of similarities between this Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, so let’s start by lauding the ownership for hiring a proper replacement. Jesse Marsch’s energetic team may, too, one day burn out like Bielsa’s did, but they are working relentlessly and with purpose. The system asks for pressure but also creativity, and a team that sold Raphinha and has went and scored two, two, and three goals in their first PL games. Not too bad. (NM)

7. Brighton owns the midfield (West Ham 0-2 Brighton): More like Yves Bi-who-ma, right? Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo have kept the Seagulls midfield cruising despite the sale of Yves Bissouma to Tottenham. The duo is keeping Enock Mwepu and Steven Alzate on the sidelines and there’s no arguing against it. Brighton remains a star center forward away from true European contention (and they may be able to do it anyway). To be fair to Danny Welbeck, he’s not been bad at all. But like Callum Wilson at Newcastle, you’re gonna need better or deeper to contend for bigger things. (NM)

8. Leicester City going through the motions (Leicester 1-2 Southampton): The Foxes had plenty of the ball throughout but didn’t really force the issue aside from James Maddison’s cheeky free kick. Leicester’s players weren’t taking responsibility and there is a malaise around the King Power Stadium right now. With Wesley Fofana being left out of the squad after being distracted by Chelsea’s ongoing pursuit of him, plus Youri Tielemans left on the bench, Brendan Rodgers has to reignite the hunger in his team after a summer of frugality and consolidation. (JPW)

9. Fulham win derby by setting tone with tempo, pressure (Fulham 3-2 Brentford): At halftime, Fulham’s three most-forward attackers combined for 79 touches between them, compared to just 37 for Brentford’s front-three. Fulham’s press gave Brentford’s midfield and defense fits anytime they tried to pass out of the back, while playing a very high line to shrink the space in which Ivan Toney could be targeted with outlet balls. Brentford, the Premier League kings princes of chaos, were simply overwhelmed. It was clever from Marco Silva, taking away the Bees’ two favorite paths forward. It was a real departure from the way Silva’s previous sides (Watford and Everton) ever played in the PL. No doubt about it, there’s more substance and structure to this iteration of Fulham than anything we ever saw from them during their last two stints in the PL. (AE)

10. Eze, Edouard fitting in with everpresent Zaha (Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa): For far too long, the entirety of Crystal Palace’s attacking gameplan consisted of “get Wilfried the ball and just get out of his way” and very little else. In Eberechi Eze, Palace has a wonderful creative complement to Zaha’s pace and direct approach — intentional languid and ponderous but quick with a burst over short distances, a tight-alley dribbler with exceptional timing for passing and immediately moving. When he goes wide and Zaha tucks inside (or vice versa) there’s no end to the danger they pose the right and center backs. Nightmares. Odsonne Edouard will score a fair few goals by proximity to Zaha and Eze, but he serves the side best as a facilitator dropping in between the lines. It all fits together so well. (AE)

Leeds vs Chelsea: Marsch’s men spring complete defeat of sleepy Blues

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USMNT attacker Brenden Aaronson was one of the stars of the show as Leeds United stunned Chelsea 3-0 at Elland Road on Sunday to stay undefeated on the young Premier League season.

Aaronson scored his first Premier League goal in the 33rd minute, Rodrigo made it 2-0 within moments, and Jack Harrison completed the score line in the second half.

[ MORE: Aaronson post-match reaction | Marsch interview ]

Chelsea was without Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante and looked it, run ragged by Leeds and behind the 8-ball well before injecting Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic with a half-hour to play.

Insult was added to injury when Kalidou Koulibaly was shown his second yellow card with minutes to play with the score line already 3-0.

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The Blues’ first loss of the season leaves them on four points, five back of leaders Arsenal, while Leeds’ seven points have Jesse Marsch’s men in third.

Rodrigo added to his Premier League goal-scoring lead with his fourth of the young season after Aaronson caught Edouard Mendy flat-footed as Leeds scored twice in five first-half minutes.

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What we learned from Leeds vs Chelsea

Chelsea missing key components: The No. 1 thing that seemed set to put Chelsea amongst the top four again was their incredible midfield, led by steady eddies Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and N’Golo Kante. The latter two were injured on Sunday and that led to a Jorginho and Conor Gallagher pairing that wasn’t terrible but hardly terrifying. Leeds enjoyed their freedom and it’s no surprise Chelsea’s backs found themselves under duress.

Jesse Marsch’s identity all over Leeds: There are plenty of similarities between this Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, so let’s start by lauding the ownership for hiring a proper replacement. Jesse Marsch’s energetic team may, too, one day burn out like Bielsa’s did, but they are working relentlessly and with purpose. The system asks for pressure but also creativity, and a team that sold Raphinha and has went and scored two, two, and three goals in their first PL games. Not too bad.

Rodrigo resurgence for real: Remember that Rodrigo’s arrival to Bielsa’s Leeds seemed like the right fit at the right time, but the Spaniard got just 13 goals across two seasons in the Premier League. But three of those goals came in Marsch’s first month (ish) in charge and the man is wearing the arm band now. Four goals from three against Wolves, Saints, and Chelsea, the first and last of the bunch quite good at that whole “defending” thing during the 2021-22 Premier League season.


Tactical focus

Leeds’ press was intended to dishevel Chelsea’s midfield and backs, and it did that and then some in shaking up Edouard Mendy as well. The Blues’ Thomas Tuchel stuck with his unit for too long — especially in the case of on-yellow Kalidou Koulibaly, it turns out — and Chelsea dipped from the ranks of the unbeaten in unceremonious fashion.

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Stars of the show

Brenden Aaronson

Rodrigo

Tyler Adams

Jack Harrison

Illan Meslier


What’s next?

Leeds gets a tasty visit to Brighton and Hove Albion at 10am ET Saturday while Chelsea hosts Leicester City at the same time.


How to watch Leeds vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Sunday
TV: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Luke Ayling (knee), Junior Firpo (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Patrick Bamford (adductor), Liam Cooper (achilles)

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Mateo Kovacic (knee), Marcos Alonso (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Christian Pulisic (achilles), Armando Broja (undisclosed)

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Leeds vs Wolves, live! How to watch, stream link, score

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The Yorkshire Yanks Leeds United host Wolves at Elland Road on Saturday, as Jesse Marsch kicks off his first full Premier League season as a manager.

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After escaping relegation on the final day of last season, the main feeling around Leeds this summer has been relief. Then they sold star duo Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips and there is a little concern around Elland Road that they may be in a relegation battle once again. Jesse Marsch has spent plenty of money, including on USMNT stars Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams, and he will need a positive start to prove he’s the right man for the job.

As for Wolves, not much has changed with them. Bruno Lage’s side threatened to qualify for Europe for most of last season but they nosedived badly at the end of the campaign and the style of football wasn’t exactly electric. Lage needs a fast start to this campaign to rebuild some momentum.

Below is everything you need ahead of Leeds vs Wolves on Saturday.

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How to watch Leeds vs Wolves live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: Peacock
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines

Even though he arrived for the final months of last season and kept Leeds up, the jury is still out for most Leeds fans on Jesse Marsch. It was always going to be tough to replace the legendary Marcelo Bielsa but Marsch has the chance to reshape Leeds’ approach and we’ve seen that during preseason. They are now more solid with a 4-2-3-1 system and the balance seems better, at least defensively. Seeing how Leeds cope without Raphinha (sold to Barcelona) and Phillips (sold to Man City) is going to be intriguing because they were two players who helped carry Leeds over the line last season.

Wolves’ issue remains scoring goals. Defensively they are solid but with Raul Jimenez missing for the first month of the season due to injury, who is going to step up to the plate? Bruno Lage’s side can keep the ball extremely well and in Jose Sa they have one of the best goalkeepers outside the top six in the Premier League. Their ambitions have changed, though, and a lack of spending this summer shows that European aspirations aren’t realistic for Wolves and being steady in midtable is their main aim.


Leeds team news, injuries, lineup

Marsch has a lot of injury issues to deal with as Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Junior Firpo, Adam Forshaw and Luis Sinisterra out, plus Dan James is suspended and Liam Cooper is also out. But with Patrick Bamford back fit and Aaronson and Adams playing well in preseason, Leeds have plenty of options and all three of those aforementioned players start.

Wolves team news, injuries, lineup

Raul Jimenez is out until September after suffering a knee injury in preseason, which is a huge blow. Chiquinho is also out, while Adama Traore, Nelson Semedo are both missing too. Conor Coady is on the bench.