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Man City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur: US star Alex Morgan will be up against it to make a serious impact

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Alex Morgan says she must have ‘missed the memo’ telling her that Manchester, not London, was the destination of choice for the armada of US players who have landed here to find some football and escape the sporting chaos of their own nation.

She could do with some powers of persuasion to entice a few of her compatriots south. Tottenham are in the formative years of their development as a force. Less than a year ago, their players were turning up for training with a sandwich and were not even allocated a fridge to put them in. They were a very long way from challenging one of the division’s best.

It means that for Morgan, not even yet fit enough for the bench, this was a bullet best dodged. She will be up against it if she is to make a serious impact when the moment comes.

Chloe Kelly was the star of the show as Manchester City were dominant against Tottenham

Chloe Kelly was the star of the show as Manchester City were dominant against Tottenham

Chloe Kelly was the star of the show as Manchester City were dominant against Tottenham

Alex Morgan will be aware of the magnitude of the task facing her new team after a heavy loss

Alex Morgan will be aware of the magnitude of the task facing her new team after a heavy loss

Alex Morgan will be aware of the magnitude of the task facing her new team after a heavy loss

Alanna Kennedy, the rangy Australian seen as the most probable supply line for Morgan, could not develop any kind of passing range. Kit Graham, the 24-year-old who has only known London football, at Charlton before Spurs, offered the best creative threat but nothing could come of it.

It will take time for a side only promoted to the top flight last year, but the WSL needs a strong Spurs as soon as possible. The weekend’s results reinforced the sense that the power is coalescing around five sides.

Everton’s 6-0 evisceration of Aston Villa cemented their threat to the established elite, as did Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat of Brighton on Sunday. Spurs now face United at home and Arsenal away, so a benign introduction for Morgan will require a few more weeks on the sidelines.

Ellen White was the joint-top goalscorer at the 2019 Women's World Cup and scored the fourth

Ellen White was the joint-top goalscorer at the 2019 Women's World Cup and scored the fourth

Ellen White was the joint-top goalscorer at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and scored the fourth

Match facts 

Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Roebuck 6; Morgan 6, Bonner 6 (Stokes 70min, 6), Houghton 6.5, Greenwood 6; Walsh 7; Beckie 6, Mewis 7 (Scott 70, 6), Weir 6 (Lavelle 62, 6), Kelly 8 (Park 62, 6); White 7. Subs not used: Bardsley, Taieb, Coombs, Stanway, Bronze. Manager: Gareth Taylor 6.5.

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Spencer 6; Percival 5.5, Zadorsky 6, Harrop 5, Worm 6; Kennedy 5.5, Filbey 6; Graham 7 (Addison 46, 6), Green 6 (Quinn 70, 6), Davison 5.5 (Leon 79); Dean 5.5 (Ayane 69, 6). Subs not used: Martin, Godfrey, Neville. Manager: Karen Hills 6.5. Referee: Stacey Pearson 7.

 

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City’s visit to Chelsea next Sunday, though, will tell us something about the balance of power in this competition. The manner of their victory here demonstrated the value of bringing Chloe Kelly in from Everton.

The first of the 22-year-old’s two goals — a right-foot shot which arced into the top-right corner from just outside the area — was easily the standout moment of the afternoon. She supplemented it with a penalty when Ria Percival shoved City’s Gemma Bonner in the back.

But though City’s dominance was supreme, their forward movement does look more predictable than Chelsea’s. The flanks feature prominently, while Emma Hayes’ side transfer the ball around with dynamism through small pockets of space.

City’s Ellen White breaks out of any City predictability. She is a throwback in some ways: an old-fashioned striker who just looks for goal and sets out in pursuit of it. You gave thanks for her 30-yard first-half shot, which struck the bar, amid all the pretty stuff which brought little end result.

Her header which diverted Steph Houghton’s own aerial effort into the net made it 4-0 and by then Sam Mewis, one of City’s new US stars, had signalled her own promise by shrugging off Gemma Davison and finishing. Anna Filbey’s header from a corner brought Spurs’ consolation.

‘We’re going to work hard to assist her,’ Spurs manager Karen Hills said of Morgan last night. ‘We are early in our development and it’s no surprise that we find it hard to break teams like this down. Alex can bring that leadership and work for us in the transitions.’

None of which will be as easy as it sounds.

Anna Filbey headed home a consolation for Karen Hills' team on a very difficult afternoon

Anna Filbey headed home a consolation for Karen Hills' team on a very difficult afternoon

Anna Filbey headed home a consolation for Karen Hills’ team on a very difficult afternoon

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Mesut Ozil pins Arsenal exile on club’s links to China

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Mesut Ozil is convinced Arsenal‘s commercial interests in China influenced the club’s decision to omit him from their Premier League and Europa League squads.

The former Germany midfielder launched a scathing attack on his employers on Wednesday in which he accused Arsenal of disloyalty, before pointedly adding that he will continue to use his global profile to fight against inhumanity.

Ozil’s inflammatory statement is understood to have been a reference to his infamous Instagram post last December in which he condemned China’s alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province, which despite being quickly disowned by Arsenal still had damaging commercial consequences for the club. 

Mesut Ozil accused Arsenal of disloyalty after he was left out of their Premier League squad

Mesut Ozil accused Arsenal of disloyalty after he was left out of their Premier League squad

Mesut Ozil accused Arsenal of disloyalty after he was left out of their Premier League squad

The midfielder has fallen out of favour since Mikel Arteta took over the reins last year

The midfielder has fallen out of favour since Mikel Arteta took over the reins last year

The midfielder has fallen out of favour since Mikel Arteta took over the reins last year

China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, responded by dropping coverage of Arsenal’s Premier League game against Manchester City the following day, while Ozil’s comments were condemned by the Chinese foreign ministry and the Chinese FA.

He was removed from Chinese editions of the Pro Evolution Soccer video game and his profile was erased from the social media platform Weibo, on which he had four million followers.

Arsenal retain a significant commercial presence in China, where the club own a restaurant chain and have an official lottery partner and vehicle provider, which has strengthened Ozil’s conviction that he has been singled out.

Ozil appeared at pains to avoid criticising coach Mikel Arteta, but was scathing towards the club. 

Ozil is convinced Arsenal's commercial interests in China influenced the decision to omit him

Ozil is convinced Arsenal's commercial interests in China influenced the decision to omit him

Ozil is convinced Arsenal’s commercial interests in China influenced the decision to omit him

Ozil condemned China's alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province last year

Ozil condemned China's alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province last year

Ozil condemned China’s alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province last year

An Ozil poster was brandished at a demonstration in Istanbul in support of Uighur Muslims

An Ozil poster was brandished at a demonstration in Istanbul in support of Uighur Muslims

An Ozil poster was brandished at a demonstration in Istanbul in support of Uighur Muslims

‘Upon signing my contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated,’ Ozil said. ‘As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays. I can promise you that this hard decision won’t change anything in my mindset.’

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The £42m signing started Arteta’s first 10 Premier League matches in charge last season, but has not played since May 7 and will now train with the Under 23s after being omitted from Arsenal’s first-team squads. ‘I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice,’ he added.

Arteta said: ‘What I can say from my side is that it is a football decision. My conscience is very calm because I have been really fair with him.

‘I have to be the one getting the best out of the players. It is my responsibility. It is nothing related to any behaviour or, like I read, the pay cuts.

‘It’s my decision. If someone has to (be blamed) blame me. Here I feel at the moment that I have failed.’  

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Bayern Munich 4-0 Atletico Madrid: German giants ease to victory

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The man who scored the last goal of last season’s Champions League got the first of holders Bayern Munich’s new campaign as they brushed aside Atletico Madrid with ominous efficiency.

Kingsley Coman scored and assisted as Hans-Dieter Flick’s team took a 2-0 first half lead and, in unplayable form, he got the fourth as they ran out 4-0 winners.

Atletico will play a lot worse this season and come away with a win. But ruthless Bayern punished their every lapse.

Kingsley Coman scored twice as Bayern Munich thrashed Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena

Kingsley Coman scored twice as Bayern Munich thrashed Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena

Kingsley Coman scored twice as Bayern Munich thrashed Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena

Coman scored and assisted as Bayern took a 2-0 first half lead and then got the fourth goal

Coman scored and assisted as Bayern took a 2-0 first half lead and then got the fourth goal

Coman scored and assisted as Bayern took a 2-0 first half lead and then got the fourth goal

Leon Goretzka added a second for the reigning Champions League winners on home soil

Leon Goretzka added a second for the reigning Champions League winners on home soil

Leon Goretzka added a second for the reigning Champions League winners on home soil

MATCH FACTS 

Bayern: Neuer, Pavard (Sarr 73), Sule, Alaba, Hernandez, Kimmich, Goretzka (Martinez 83), Muller (Davies 83) Tolisso, Coman (Costa 73), Lewandowski (Choupo-Moting 83).

Subs not used: Zirkzee, Boateng, Roca, Nubel, Musiala.

Goals: Coman 28 and 72, Goretzka 41, Tolisso 66.

Booked: Alaba, Muller

Atletico: Oblak, Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi, Llorente (Lemar 79), Herrera, Koke (Torreira 79), Carrasco (Vitolo 76), Felix, Suarez (Correa 76).

Subs not used: Grbic, Saponjic, Hermoso, Roman, Sanabria.

Goals: None

Booked: Torreira, Lodi, Koke, Herrera 

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The warning signs were there early on as Jan Oblak saved from the Koman but the Atletico keeper could do nothing on 28 minutes when Joao Felix was caught napping in midfield and Joshua Kimmich clipped a pass over the top of Atletico’s defence.

Koman ghosted in behind Kieran Trippier and he beat the keeper with a precise finish.

Diego Simeone was furious with Felix for his sloppy midfield play but the Atletico coach was almost celebrating as Luis Suarez had the chance to level only to send a cross from the impressive Yannick Carasco wide.

Koman made the second, when gifted possession by Hector Herrera he crossed and Leon Goretzka lashed the ball into the far corner past Oblak.

The first half had passed Joao Felix by but at the start of the second it looked as if he had pulled a goal back. His shot from the edge of the area beat Manuel Neuer but Suaerz and Herrera were offside and judged to have been blocking the keeper’s view.

There was more hope when Felix found Carrasco but the Belgian winger sliced his shot into the side netting. Atletico did not fold but at the start of the second period but many of their forward forays were under-manned – the fear maybe that leaving space behind they would suffer Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League fate.

A drubbing was coming all the same. Corentin Tolisso’s shot from 30 yards out whistled past Oblak and into the top corner to make it 3-0 and Koman still had another rabbit in his hat to make it four.

Corentin Tolisso’s shot whistled past Jan Oblak and into the top corner to make it 3-0

Corentin Tolisso’s shot whistled past Jan Oblak and into the top corner to make it 3-0

Corentin Tolisso’s shot whistled past Jan Oblak and into the top corner to make it 3-0

Diego Simeone was powerless on the touchline as Bayern proved too good for his Atletico side

Diego Simeone was powerless on the touchline as Bayern proved too good for his Atletico side

Diego Simeone was powerless on the touchline as Bayern proved too good for his Atletico side

Luis Suarez suffered a second humiliating loss to Bayern this year after Barcelona's 8-2 defeat

Luis Suarez suffered a second humiliating loss to Bayern this year after Barcelona's 8-2 defeat

Luis Suarez suffered a second humiliating loss to Bayern this year after Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat

With Atletico’s defence for once parked on the halfway line a ball over the top sent him clear and having turned Felipe one way and then the other he scored past Oblak.

Bayern flexed their squad-depth muscle bringing on Alphonso Davies – the last thing Trippier wanted to see having been tormented by Koman in the first period.

Joao Felix sent a late free-kick sailing over Neuer’s bar as Atletico looked for a goal. As they traipsed off at the end the consolation was that having forced 16 chances Bayern might have scored more.

‘We have been beaten by perhaps the best team in the world,’ said Herrera at the end. Surely no need for the ‘perhaps’ there. 

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Rio Ferdinand revels in Fabinho’s sublime display in the heart of Liverpool’s defence

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Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Fabinho after the Brazilian flawlessly filled in at centre-back for Liverpool in their 1-0 Champions League win at Ajax.

Fabinho – naturally a deep-lying midfielder – stepped in for expected long-term absentee Virgil van Dijk and saved a certain goal with a stunning piece of defending to ensure Liverpool’s lead in Amsterdam – gained through a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal – was preserved.

Van Dijk could yet miss the rest of the season after suffering anterior cruciate ligament injury, and former United defender Ferdinand insisted Fabinho must form a solid partnership with Joe Gomez if Liverpool are to cope without their star defender. 

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Fabinho (left) for his defending in Liverpool's win at Ajax

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Fabinho (left) for his defending in Liverpool's win at Ajax

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Fabinho (left) for his defending in Liverpool’s win at Ajax

The Brazilian made a spectacular clearance as the Reds claimed a key victory in Amsterdam

The Brazilian made a spectacular clearance as the Reds claimed a key victory in Amsterdam

The Brazilian made a spectacular clearance as the Reds claimed a key victory in Amsterdam

‘He’s been the best player when he plays there, Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘This guy is a top operator and he played right back at Monaco as well so he knows how to defend. 

‘But he’ll be judged on it now because he’ll have a chance to play there for a sustained period. He has read the game really well today. It’s about him starting to establish a relationship with Joe Gomez. 

‘The problem he has got is he is filling the boots of the best defender in the world and Gomez as well, there will be pressure on both of them and if they can do it. 

And Ferdinand admitted he was impressed with the natural deep-lying midfielder's display

And Ferdinand admitted he was impressed with the natural deep-lying midfielder's display

And Ferdinand admitted he was impressed with the natural deep-lying midfielder’s display

Ferdinand however insisted he must strike up a solid partnership with Joe Gomez in defence

Ferdinand however insisted he must strike up a solid partnership with Joe Gomez in defence

Ferdinand however insisted he must strike up a solid partnership with Joe Gomez in defence

‘After the week they’ve had with injuries, it was just what the doctor ordered. Three points and a clean sheet, Klopp will be going back a happy man.’

Fabinho’s team-mate James Milner was also complimentary of the Brazilian’s versatility and paid tribute to his spectacular clearance off the line.

Ajax almost equalised just minutes before the interval when Dusan Tadic was sent clear through and looped a finish over Adrian, but fortunately for Liverpool, Fabinho’s defensive instincts had kicked in and he got back to spectacularly clear the ball just in the nick of time.

‘He’s (Fabinho) a top player and top players can adapt,’ veteran Milner said.

Liverpool could yet be without star defender Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the current season

Liverpool could yet be without star defender Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the current season

Liverpool could yet be without star defender Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the current season

‘He’s played there before and done well and it was a fabulous clearance as well.

‘It’s a big clean sheet, especially with the changes we made. It was almost like an old-fashioned England game, at times we couldn’t find that final pass on the counter attack but in the end the own goal was enough for us.’

Jamie Carragher – who earlier this week criticised the club for their defensive recruitment – was also glowing in his praise of the defence, tweeting: ‘Huge win for @LFC in Amsterdam, back 4 excellent especially Fabinho & the 3 attacking subs very good also!’

Liverpool did win the game thanks to a Tagliafico own goal, with the left-back diverting Sadio Mane’s deflected cross into his own net. 

James Milner was also full of praise for Fabinho and in particular his spectacular clearance

James Milner was also full of praise for Fabinho and in particular his spectacular clearance

James Milner was also full of praise for Fabinho and in particular his spectacular clearance

Liverpool were victorious in Amsterdam thanks to a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal in the first half

Liverpool were victorious in Amsterdam thanks to a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal in the first half

Liverpool were victorious in Amsterdam thanks to a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal in the first half

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