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English premier league — liverpool maintains its lead by beating blackburn

English Premier League — Liverpool Maintains Its Lead by Beating Blackburn

The 18-time champion of the Premier League, Liverpool, vindicated its leading position on the table this past Saturday by beating Blackburn Rovers 3-1 on the road in an amazing way. The game was well-played by the two teams but the consistency and determination of the Reds were higher than the Rovers in the second half, when they had trouble on their defense in various occasions.

The Reds for their part, played with conviction and its tactical plan was one that gave positive results to Benitez and his players at the end of the game. The Reds did not score any goals in the past two Premier League matches that finished in draws against Fulham and West Ham, but their effort in this game to find their winning strategies, gave them what they deserved, the victory.

This lost was the 5th consecutive for Blackburn in the Premier League, which remains in the relegation zone with only 13 points. Its coach Paul Ince is trying to find the way to win but some injuries on his key players and the clueless tactical plans in the matches have not helped to get a triumph, even when his players are playing hard.

On the other hand, Liverpool is working hard to maintain their pole position at the table and add more points to achieve their big ambition; winning their 19th title of the Premier League.  However, we have to mention that Liverpool has also had struggles and difficulties, but even so they have managed to remain at the top.

In Saturday’s game, Blackburn started with more chances than Liverpool during the first 10 minutes of the match, but they couldn’t convert due to the fact that “Pepe” Reina was amazingly saving all of the Blackburn’s attempts. Even so, the Reds didn’t have any clear-cut opportunities during the first 45 minutes and the team’s frustration started to show.

Nevertheless, in the second half things turned around for the Reds, who entered more aggressive and with more conviction than ever. Gerrard and Xavi were doing a great job in the midfield to create spaces and convert opportunities of goals. So at minute 68, Xavi Alonso opened the score with a great goal by an assist from Gerrard. Only 11 minutes later, Benayoun scored again for Liverpool placing a 2-0 in the scoreboard. Then at minute 86, Roque Santa Cruz scored the only goal of the match for Blackburn. Finally, to close the game at minute 90, Gerrard wrapped up the victory by scoring the final goal for Liverpool, finishing 3-1. This victory gives Liverpool a total of 37 points in the table, just one point ahead of Chelsea.

Moreover, Benitez was delighted with his team performance, as even when things were not completely on their side; his team took every chance to win. “We know we can play a lot better than we have been but what gives me confidence is that we can come to places like this and get results, even when we are not at our best,” expressed the Spaniard Coach. “Clearly it was an important three points for us. We are in a very good position and we want to stay there.”

Benitez also stated that players like Mascherano and Gerrard will improve with the time and that key players like Torres and Skrtel will be back to the field soon. That could help to balance the team and given them more support in the attack. The next match of Liverpool will be against Hull City on December 13th at home.

English football — manchester united conquers premier league title

English Football — Manchester United Conquers Premier League Title

For the third consecutive time, the Manchester United has appropriated the trophy of the English Premier League; this time the team obtained it after facing Arsenal in match that although finished without goals, helped the red devils to reach one more point to add a total of 87 which was enough for them to get the championship since their closest pursuer is Liverpool which has 83 points and with only one game left in the competition, they do not have opportunity to reach them. This it is a very touching triumph which has a great significance for the team directed by Sir Alex Ferguson, since with this trophy they ascend to 18 titles obtained in most prestigious league in the English football, thus reaching Liverpool’s record, that has the same amount of titles. This is the third great celebration for the Manchester United during the present season; they have also obtained the FIFA Club World Cup and the League Cup. In addition, the team could add one more honour this year since they will defend last year’s UEFA Champions League title next Wednesday May, 27th when they face the Spain champion, Barcelona FC. The meeting between the Gunners and the Red Devils, that took place at the Old Trafford, initiated with the local team, Manchester, fully prepared to give a strong fight with the objective of reaching the point needed to retain their title. Manchester’s stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney were the ones in charge of the actions at their team, which despite its superiority did not get in the comfort zone at any moment of the game. The pressure from both teams was mutual and constant; they were attacking each other with shots in the goal areas, which were well defended by Edwin van der Sar and Lukasz Fabianski respectively. Although there were no goals in the game, it was an enjoyable show full of good football where both teams struggled to remain firm. During the first half, the attempts to open the score were more common from Manchester. In one of those occasions, the star Cristiano Ronaldo received a pass from Darren Fletcher and sent it straight to the goal of Fabianski, but Gunners defender Alexandre Song diverted the ball away, along with the illusions of their opponents. Another who had a chance to score was Wayne Rooney, but again, Arsenal did not allow it. For the second part, the heated match continued with pressure from both teams, but at this time of the game, it was the Arsenal who tried to take control of the field, making some dangerous plays which Manchester United knew how to repel since they changed their game strategy to strengthen their defence so the red devils remained firm, not allowing the visitors to get closer to their area, which was well protected by Park Ji-Sung with the help of Brazilian midfielder Anderson. In this way, Ferguson’s squad resisted the threats of an Arsenal that appeared dangerous and threatening, but that in the end it was shadowed by the imposing figure of a team that shines with its own light and that has earned in a great fashion and effort the honor to be considered as one of the best football clubs in the world.

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