- Fri Aug 31 4:01 PM
So excellent are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City that last week’s dropping of two points at Wolves may be the last time they do so for a while. Rafael
Benítez’s struggling Newcastle United (1 point from 3 games) could be the latest team to suffer before the Etihad Stadium crowd. Jamie Jackson Sat...
- Wed Aug 29 9:56 PM
For about a minute Newcastle thought they had got away with it. They had trailed since the second minute to a goal by Daryl Murphy but Salomón Rondón came off the bench to bail them out with a stoppage-time equaliser. Or so it seemed. It turned out Rafael Benítez’s team could not even hold on for...
- Wed Aug 29 1:04 PM
The Spaniard said: ‘You can only drive the car you have’ – but could he push his side closer to the speed limit? It won’t last long, but the infant Premier League table is about as close to telling porkies as a league table can ever get at the moment, giving the wholly misleading impression that...
- Mon Aug 27 8:58 AM
Arsenal’s defence requires urgent attention; Bournemouth cannot keep relying on their powers of recovery; Wolves’ Rui Patricio has produced an early contender for save of the season Arsenal’s defending against West Ham was a shambles. Their back four were constantly disconnected while the midfiel...
- Sun Aug 26 10:57 PM
Maurizio Sarri sounded relieved to watch his Chelsea side grab a late 2-1 win over Newcastle, thanks to a DeAndre Yedlin own goal. Rafael
Benítez, meanwhile, bemoaned his side conceding from two preventable incidents, and cast doubt on the legitimacy of the penalty and the free-kick which left to...
- Sun Aug 26 9:04 PM
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- Sun Aug 26 8:41 PM
• Hosts’ five-man defence catches the Italian off guard • Late own goal maintains Chelsea’s winning start Maurizio Sarri joked that breaching Newcastle United’s back-line was tougher than breaking down Serie A defences after his Chelsea side preserved their perfect start to the Premier League sea...
- Sun Aug 26 6:15 PM
The temperature felt far too low for Italy in August and the rain had a drearily English persistence about it but for, long periods, Maurizio Sarri must have felt convinced he was somehow back in Serie A. Rafael Benítez preceded Chelsea’s manager at Napoli and, clearly remembering that schooling...
- Sun Aug 26 3:37 PM
Live updates from the 4pm (BST) kick-off at St James’ Park Sarri prepared for problems while changing Chelsea’s mindset Sunday scoreboard: all the goals as they go in around Europe Drop Rob an email with your thoughts 3.37pm BST Watford beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in a controversial match earlier thi...
- Sat Aug 25 9:00 AM
Jamaal Lascelles was on Chelsea’s radar last season and Newcastle’s captain hopes to remind them of his defensive abilities. He is certainly in confident mood. “We’re raring to go, we fancy ourselves, ” he said. “These games tend to bring out the best in us.” Rafael Benítez is without his Chelsea...