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The start of a revolution
Manchester United’s players’ effort level this season has been widely lauded. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his job because of his inability to maintain a consistent level of play, but Ralf Rangnick’s hard ethic was undeniable in his first game at Old Trafford.
After Michael Carrick‘s final match as caretaker manager, Rangnick took over for the first time. In a recent SG news report, there was just one 45-minute training session with his new team before their matches against Crystal Palace on Sunday and Arsenal on Thursday.
During the week that his work visa was granted and his employment was finalized, Rangnick sought to downplay the pace at which his arrival may improve United’s fortunes. Even Rangnick was taken aback when it became clear that things were going in the right direction almost immediately.
The Conte effect
After Tottenham’s victory over Norwich, Lucas Moura’s screamer was rightfully the talk of the town. Finally, the hosts got what they had been looking for with this thunderbolt. The fact his team is starting to play them exactly how he wants is arguably the most rewarding thing for Conte as he focuses on the 3-0 triumph.
The hosts had an odd first half, finishing bottom of the table. If you’ve missed the Straits Times article about the thrilling match, Norwich had the majority of the ball, but Spurs showed flashes of their early-season form when Oliver Skipp drove down the middle of the pitch and Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane linked up quickly.
It was a much more consistent result in the second half, with Spurs having better command of the match. There was a sense of optimism at full-time in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that perhaps the club had regained its footing.
However, a win over the 20th-placed Premier League side wouldn’t be a cause for celebration, but the way Tottenham performed and the atmosphere at White Hart Lane suggests that Antonio Conte’s reign is starting to take form.
Gerrard secures victory
Steven Gerrard’s impressive start as Aston Villa manager remains. Many news in Singapore state that the former Liverpool player guided them to their third win in four games with a 2-1 triumph over Leicester City. Gerrard’s victory was sweeter because it went against his former boss.
In the second half, Steven Gerrard’s leadership was as stunning as Konsa’s second goal of the game. When Rodgers’ Leicester team used to be as well-organized and deadly on the break, Villa was a match for them.
On Saturday, when Aston Villa visits Liverpool at Anfield, it will be interesting to see if Gerrard can repeat Rodgers’ feat against Jurgen Klopp, the guy who brought him his initial coaching role in Liverpool’s academy and whose shoes he hopes to one day fill.
Rodgers struggling to find a solution
After Leicester’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa, Brendan Rodgers commented how It’s “killing” them right now. When he spoke of the Foxes’ fragility from set-pieces, the manager was alluding to the latest team to take advantage of that weakness, Aston Villa.
He landed a toe to Emi Buendia’s effort after Leicester failed to clear their marks from a free-kick to equalize the score. It’s all over the Singapore news sites. He pounced on sloppy defending to knock down John McGinn’s corner towards the far post for the winner.
A dismayed Rodgers couldn’t hold back in pointing the criticism at his players following their defeat. He plainly believes that his players are to blame, yet they may feel that their strength and conditioning preparations are lacking.
Whichever way you look at it, Leicester City is paying dearly for their poor play. They are now at the bottom of the table after their sixth loss of the season.