Friday’s football news begins with by Christian Pulisic Chelsea at by Zack Steffen Manchester City tomorrow in a top-flight Premier League encounter. City have a ten-point lead over Chelsea with both from 21 games played. Liverpool are one point behind Chelsea in 3rd place, one point behind Chelsea with one game less.
“Man City haven’t opened the gap for the last few months, they’ve opened the gap for the last few years and I’ve never been shy about saying that,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “We are trying to close it. We were sure enough of them to say that we will try to close it on the first day of the season. That’s what we did and we did it very well.
With all due respect to Tuchel, Manchester City lost at home to Crystal Palace on October 30. Since then, City have gone on an 11-game winning streak as they rack up the points in this era of parity in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Chelsea have lost twice this season, most recently at West Ham on December 4. Their home defeat was a 1-0 loss to Chelsea on September 25.
“We played down the European champions when they had all the players in good shape”, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said. “It was really exceptional, but at that time we were below them, we knew the difficulty if we didn’t score points at Stamford Bridge. Our engagement with and without the ball was exceptional. That’s why we won, unfortunately it was a small margin because we could have scored more. The victory was nice but tomorrow will be completely different because we learned from that. We can do better, especially in attack.
City doing better should resonate throughout the Premier League. The league leaders’ manager thinks they aren’t doing enough. This puts pressure on all other potential candidates to keep pace with a team that is no longer used to dropping points.
FIFA has published its annual report on the transfer market. “These 18,068 transfers involved a new record of 4,544 clubs from 185 different associations, compared to 4,162 clubs in 2020, with 15,617 players representing 179 different nationalities,” Read the FIFA press release. Transfer fees fell for the second consecutive year in 2021 to $4.86 billion, down 13.6% from 2020 and 33.8% from the all-time high in 2019.”
IF Creditor Avi reports on the USMNT as they work toward the next qualifying round. MLSfootball J Sam Jones with one team per team MLS preseason guide. The Independents Michael Delaney Explain Manchester City influence on the Premier League. iNews’ Daniel Floor with the interaction between England Ligue 2 and National League. Soccer Italy Laurent Bettoni at AS Roma trains behind closed doors. Fifa announcement Best Male Player nominees, Robert Lweandowski, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah. Athleticism Matt Slate request about club ratings.
WEEKEND FOOTBALL TV
Saturday has the Premier League in the United States: Newcastle vs Watford at 10 a.m. Aston Villa vs Manchester United is on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Super Lig on beIN Sport: Sivasspor vs Trabzonspor at 8 a.m. beIN en Espanol in Antalyaspor vs Fenerbahce at 11 a.m. Ligue 1 on beIN Sport: St Etienne vs Lens at 11 a.m. and PSG vs Brest at 3 p.m. Primeira Liga on GolTV: Boavista vs Gil Vicente at 10.30am, Benfica vs Moreirense at 1pm and Estoril vs Arouca at 3.30pm.
Liga MX on TUDN: Atlas vs. San Luis at 6 p.m. Univison has Tigres vs. Puebla at 8 p.m. and Cruz Azul vs. Juarez at 10 p.m. Tijuana vs. Leon is on ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m.
Sunday has the Premier League in the United States: Liverpool vs Brentford at 9 a.m.
Ligue 1 on beIN Sport: Rennes vs Bordeaux at 7 a.m., Monaco vs Clermont at 9 a.m., Troyes vs Lyon at 11 a.m., and Marseille vs Lille at 2:45 p.m. Primeira Liga on GolTV: Vizela vs Sporting at 1pm and Belenenses vs Porto at 3:30pm. Supercopa de Espana final on ESPN2: Real Madrid vs Athletic at 1:30 p.m.
Liga MX on Univision: Toluca vs Santos Laguna at 1 p.m. and Pachuca vs Chivas at 6 p.m.
Monday a Nations Cup on beIN Sport: Burkina Faso vs Ethiopia at 11 a.m. All times Eastern
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