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‘Betrayed’ Mourinho turns on Chelsea players

first_imgLEICESTER, England (AP):The most remarkable Premier League story in years shows no sign of ending. After only narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign, Leicester (35 points) lead the heavyweights (Arsenal, 33, Manchester City, 32, Manchester United, 32) of England by at least two points nearly halfway through this season.Jamie Vardy (34th) and Riyad Mahrez (48th) scored for Leicester, while Loic Remy reduced the deficit close to time.”It’s magical,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who used to coach Chelsea. “I don’t want to wake up.”Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned on his players after the team’s latest loss in their dreadful English Premier League title defence, saying yesterday he felt “betrayed” and accusing them of not trying their best.”If I was a player, I’d be giving a lot more,” Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss that left Chelsea (15) one point off the relegation zone after 16 games.Chelsea, which won the Premier League by eight points and with three games to spare last season, have lost nine games so far and are 20 points off the lead.”All last season I did a phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is not their level, it is more than they really are,” said Mourinho, who appeared at a loss to explain Chelsea’s regression.”I feel my work was betrayed,” he added, as he criticised the defending for Leicester’s goals.Asked if Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League, Mourinho said: “We can’t finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points. But at the moment we’re in a zone where I feel ashamed.”Even before the Leicester loss, Mourinho acknowledged he is in the toughest spell of his managerial career.”The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager,” Mourinho said. “I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.”I want to stay and I hope (Chelsea owner) Mr. (Roman) Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”Champions League drawMeanwhile, the Champions League draw produced some familiar pairings yesterday with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quarterfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011 and beat the English club in the 2006 final.Arsenal will host the five-time champions on February 23 after advancing to the knockout round for the 16th straight season. The Gunners will be hoping to end a five-year losing streak at the round-of-16 stage.French champions PSG and Chelsea will be meeting for the third consecutive season in the knockout phase. Chelsea won in the quarter-finals in 2014, but PSG advanced from the round of 16 last season.Also, five-time champions Bayern Munich will play away first against 2015 runner-ups Juventus, while record 10-time champions Real Madrid will face Roma.Still, there was one fresh look in the eight pairings as the two newcomers to the knockout rounds were drawn together: Gent will host Wolfsburg first in Belgium.Also, it was: PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid; Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City; and Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg. City’s first leg in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium because Dynamo has been sanctioned by UEFA for racist incidents involving fans.The first legs will be played on Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, with the second legs scheduled for March 8-9 and 15-16.last_img read more

Scorpions, Jaguars clash in Guyana

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars will launch the defence of their regional four-day title when the WICB’s Professional Cricket League bowls off across the region with the opening round starting today.Jaguars take on Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium in a morning start, confident of making a winning start and setting the tone for another title-winning campaign.And even though the hosts have been successful against their opponents in their last four outings, skipper Leon Johnson said they were taking nothing for granted.”I think our chances of defending our title this season are very good. Of the 13 players that have been selected, 11 have been with us for the last two seasons and make up the core of our team, so those players have gained a lot of experience and were previously experienced,” the Test opener said.”Recently, we’ve been having the better of the Scorpions, but traditionally, Jamaica have always performed well at the regional level. We’re all starting back at zero points. Everybody starts the same this season, so we just have to go out and play good cricket.”Scorpions, meanwhile, finished third last year, and new captain Nikita Miller said he was confident his side could improve on that finish. He also said that Scorpions would not be intimidated by facing the reigning champions.”I think we have improved a lot as a unit from last year. A few guys have moved on … but in terms of the batting unit, and on the whole, I think we have improved, and I hope that can manifest itself in our play this coming season and enhance our chances of finishing higher,” said the seasoned campaigner.In another morning fixture, Leeward Islands Hurricanes host Barbados Pride at Warner Park, with newly-installed skipper Kieran Powell attempting to prevent the 10th straight defeat at the hands of the powerhouses.”Obviously, it is important to break any losing streak, but we are quietly confident going into this season,” Powell said.While Hurricanes finished bottom of the table last year, Pride were second, just seven points off the winners, and captain Kevin Stoute said they were focused on being consistent again.”We’ve been playing consistent throughout the last couple of years. Sometimes, at the end of the day, you need the luck going with you as well as it doesn’t always work out that you come out on top in every game you play,” the all-rounder noted.The day/night game of the round, which bowls off at 3 p.m., will see Trinidad and Tobago Red Force hosting Windward Islands Volcanoes, hoping to end a run of three defeats to the visitors at Queen’s Park Oval.Volcanoes, who have won five of their last seven outings against Red Force, finished one from bottom last season, and long-time skipper Liam Sebastien said a strong start would be important to a successful campaign.”I think what is important is that we get off to a winning start. Yes, we have been doing well against Trinidad over the last couple of years, but it’s a new tournament, a new game, a new season, as well as a day/night fixture,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Gab Banal savors chance to play for dad Joel, uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgPBA IMAGESHe may be in a unique situation, but Gab Banal is enjoying the chance to work with his father Joel and uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“This is my first time to be on the same team as them,” said a smiling Banal.ADVERTISEMENT “Eleven out of the 13 teams this conference are school-based, so their advantage is that they’re playing with each other everyday, and some of whom are even dormmates,” he said. “So that’s what we have to adjust to, to quickly become solid and jell as a team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas PLAY LIST 02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tennys Sandgren blasts media in final shot at Aussie Open MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Banal admitted that it felt weird when he first joined the team with his father serving as the consultant and his uncle as the head coach.“I don’t know how I’ll act. You treat them as a coach inside the court, but when we go home, we’re back to being family members,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the 27-year-old said that the pros outweighed the cons as he thrives playing under mentors who have watched him play the game growing up.“It’s fun because they know how I play and I know how they coach. We’re familiar with each other and it really helps,” said Banal, who is coming off a confidence-boosting run with Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup. “I was able to bring the confidence I gained there and I think I can really help this team reach heights this conference.” LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments In his first game for Marinerong Pilipino, the 6-foot-3 forward was everywhere as he racked 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals in the 94-92 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum back in opening day.Unfortunately, it’s not all roses for Banal as he also committed 10 turnovers and expected to get an earful from his coaches.Luckily, he was spared, but he knows that he has to perform better in the Skippers’ coming games, starting on Thursday against Akari-Adamson.“I have to keep my composure and I have to stick to the system, run our offense, and not be in a hurry,” he said.Banal’s adjustment will be a huge factor as Marinerong Pilipino  seeks to compete against far more cohesive school-based teams.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Semana could miss remainder of PVL tournament due to ankle sprain

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Semana will undergo a medical checkup on Thursday to fully diagnose the extent of her injury.The playmaker’s absence would be a big blow to the Lady Warriors who have now dropped to a 3-3 record after losing to the Angels, 25-19, 20-25,28-26, 25-21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAs of Sunday, Semana is at the fourth spot of the Best Setters list with an average of 6.79 excellent sets per period. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READcenter_img San Miguel ends 3-game slump, defeats Phoenix Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Wendy Semana writhing in pain after injuring her ankle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPocari Sweat-Air Force setter Wendy Semana could miss the remainder of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference after injuring her right ankle Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Semana suffered a high ankle sprain during the second set of their game against PetroGazz after she accidentally landed on Paneng Mercado’s foot.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Windies seeking to level series after humbling defeat

first_img2018 Windies tour of India 2nd Test…– Roach, Holder return to sideAfter a humbling defeat at the hands of the Indians, a shaken up Windies will look to rebound in a major way as they prepare to lock up in the second Test which bowls off from October 12-16 at Hyderabad.The Windies were crushed by a whopping innings and 272-run margin after a number of centuries were scored by India Captain Virat Kohli, debutant Prithiv Shaw and all-rounder Ravi Jadeja who scored his maiden Test ton.The second Test will be crucial for the Windies after they have been outplayed in virtually both departments. It was important for the visitors to have a first-hand look at the ruthless Indians in their own backyard as they would have learnt a little when it comes to reassessing their approach for over the weekend.Kohli and his men, namely the two other centurions will be itching to carry on from their respective hundreds in the last game while a solid middle-order with Cheteshwar Pujara, Vice-Captain Ajinka Rahane and possibly both KL Rahul could suffice for the batting players.Jason HolderIndia flexed their ultra-potent bowling attack primarily dominated by the spinners in the skillful Kuldeep Yadav, veteran Ravi Ashwin and Jadeja who will seek to feast upon the Windies weakness to spin in the subcontinent. The spinners were lethal in the first game but India will want to see a bit more venom from their fast-bowlers on the Hyderabad surface.The visitors showed a decent amount of fight with a few individual surprises from the likes of Kieran Powell who scored 80 odd, Guyanese Keemo Paul who scored a resurgent 47 in the first innings and bagged a few scalps, spinner Devendra Bishoo who snared 4 wickets and Roston Chase who battled for his half-century, stood out as the main performers.Cheteshwar PujaraA number of expectancies will be looming in the second Test as the likes of Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich will need to play more responsible innings this trip around. The Caribbean side will also want more out of their bowlers, who were lackluster in the first game with Holder and country-man Roach set to return to the side which will allow the Windies to reform their seam department along with Shannon Gabriel and PaulKuldeep YadavBishoo’s 4 overs went for more than 100 runs while a Kemar Roach and Jason Holder-less Windies bowling unit, toiled in the pace department. Recently Windies Captain Holder, who missed the first game due to recovering from an injury, said that his team was in India to win despite the pressure of playing in such a hard cricketing district. The all-rounder further pointed out that the aim was to abolish memories of the last game and perform better in the second Test. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Virtual touring a reality

first_imgNEW YORK – The tour was a whirlwind: dancing at a beachside disco in Spain surrounded by scantily clad women, grabbing a seat at a lively pub in Dublin, flying in a small aircraft above a lush, tropical forest. Time elapsed? Less than two hours. With no tickets required, no money spent and no need to leave your seat, touring in the virtual world of “Second Life” holds a certain appeal for travelers willing to delve deep into the Internet to find their escape. Visitors need only download a free program, then log in. With the help of elaborate 3-D locales designed and built by the world’s residents, tourists can watch their online embodiments – known as their avatars – lounge at the beach, dine at a romantic restaurant, or go out dancing at a crowded nightclub. In “Second Life,” even language difficulties are a thing of the past. Visitors can pick up a free translation program and carry on typed conversations with others speaking any of nine languages. For those looking to get their bearings, one option is the guided tour. Virtual travel agency Synthravels seeks to match up “tourists” and volunteer guides in 27 different online worlds, including “Second Life,” “World of Warcraft” and others. On one recent tour of “Second Life,” Synthravels founder Mario Gerosa led the way to a virtual representation of the Spanish island of Ibiza, stopping first at a shop selling traditional flamenco garb, then at a disco surrounded by sand and sea, where with the click of a mouse avatars can dance. Also on the tour: Dublin, a popular hangout among Irish users, and an island called Svarga, where a flying pod carries avatars above what appears to be a rain forest filled with huge trees and giant mushrooms. Like any guided tour in “Second Life,” though, this one carried its own inherent difficulties. With both leader and led under their own power, it was quite easy to get separated. Like the Vatican in the height of tourist season, “Second Life” locations tend to get especially crowded when it’s evening in the U.S. or Europe, and the resulting computer lag time can make navigating cumbersome. And finding a guide can be a challenge. The Synthravels Web site has connected guides and tourists more than 200 times, according to Gerosa. For now, it does not charge visitors or pay guides, and finding a tour depends on the sometimes-fickle interest of volunteers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like in the real world, it’s easy to get lost. Longtime inhabitants of “Second Life” are creating automated tours, opening virtual travel agencies and even publishing travel guidebooks modeled after those seen in the hands of confused tourists. Of course, there are some glaring differences between your average Frommer’s guide and “The Unofficial Tourists’ Guide to Second Life,” published in April by St. Martin’s Press. “There are sections on how to fly and how to hover,” said co-writer Paul Carr. But despite such necessary adjustments, he said, “it’s very much like going to a foreign country.” With the ability to fly and even teleport from place to place in “Second Life,” which hosted more than 1 million visitors in April, a vacation does not need to be a lengthy affair. As they travel to virtual Roman neighborhoods and fantastical worlds, visitors can interact with other participants from all over the (real) world – about three-quarters of users are from outside the U.S., mostly from Europe, Brazil, Canada, Japan and Australia. last_img read more

Why Fabian Delph was right to say ‘no’ to Manchester City

first_imgTake it from a former Aston Villa team-mate – Milner enjoyed a successful end to his City career, but suffered early on from his ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ label and never fully established himself as a first-team player throughout his time at the Etihad.When the ‘polyfunctional’ – as manager Manuel Pellegrini branded him – midfielder did play, he was often out of position; starting in as many as nine different roles for the Blues in the league last season.Such was his frustration that he jumped at the chance to join Liverpool when they came along this summer, with the Reds offering him regular minutes in his preferred central role.Much like Delph, that was the position he made his name in during his earlier career at Villa – would Pellegrini have looked to use the Villans skipper in the same way and not allow him to fulfil his potential in the middle of the park?Scott Sinclair 6 6 6 Aston Villa star Fabian Delph 6 Ok, so he’s not English, but Bony’s first six months as a City player has been as frustrating as anyone else’s.Wanted by a host of other top clubs, where he arguably would have been one of the first names on the team sheet, Ivory Coast international Bony was on fire in two seasons at Swansea, netting 25 goals in his first full season and nine in his second before joining City in January for around £28million.Since then, though, Africa’s most expensive player has been limited to just 11 appearances in all competitions, scoring just two goals.To be fair, he has one of the most difficult jobs in world football in playing understudy to Sergio Aguero, but it’s fair to say that if he stayed at Swansea, or even moved to other linked sides Liverpool or Arsenal, he could have eclipsed his previous season’s goal tally.Jack Rodwell A player who showed so much promise but seemed to have all the confidence squeezed out of him in a nightmare three years at the Etihad. The forward, who earned a £6.2million move after an impressive Premier League debut with Swansea, made just 13 premier league appearances (11 of those as a substitute) in three years as a City player.Again thought to have been signed to fill the club’s homegrown player quota, Sinclair’s playing time was limited by a host of talent in front of him, including David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas.He spent his second season on loan at West Brom but failed to make an impression after his demoralising debut campaign, playing just eight games, and it wasn’t until he moved to Aston Villa on loan in January that he began to rediscover his best form, before making that move permanent in May.With Delph now team-mates with the 26-year-old, perhaps Sinclair put in word of warning about what a move to City could do to his progress.Micah Richards 6 6 Former England international Richards made over 245 appearances in a City shirt, playing a key role in their dramatic 2012 Premier League triumph, but was slowly phased out of first-team affairs.The 27-year-old played just nine top flight games since that title win, losing his place to Argentina international Pablo Zabaleta and never winning it back.His career stagnated; he became just a name on a squad sheet, a picture in the team photo, as he spent two full seasons away from regular first-team action.Sick of his back-stage role, Richards joined Fiorentina on loan last term and his performances for the Serie A side attracted the interest of Villa, who snapped him up on a free when the transfer window opened.Wilfried Bony It’s no secret Manchester City are on the hunt for English talent this summer.With Premier League squads only allowed a maximum of 17 overseas players the Blues need to boost their number of homegrown stars, but it appears they are set to miss out on one of their main targets after midfielder Fabian Delph put his career over his wallet and insisted he’s staying at Aston Villa.The exits of James Milner, Gareth Barry, Scott Sinclair, Joleon Lescott and Adam Johnson over the past few years have left Manuel Pellegrini with just two British players in his first-team squad – goalkeepers Joe Hart and Richard Wright.That number is expected to rise to three with the anticipated arrival of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, with the clubs reportedly opening negotiations over a £45million bid for the 20-year-old.And with Yaya Toure’s long-term future in doubt and City stalling on a big-money move for Juventus’ Paul Pogba, the Blues highlighted a potential alternative in Delph following a decent season which saw the 25-year-old named Villans captain and called up to the senior England squad.The clubs have already struck a deal this summer with defender Micah Richards arriving at Villa Park in a free transfer, and he revealed on Tuesday that his new team-mate had asked him about Man City’s interest.But Delph did what many past promising stars didn’t and turned down the chance to make an £8million switch, saying he looks forward to captaining the Villans next season.Did he make the right choice? Here’s just a few players who may have regretted buckling to the interest of the Premier League moneybags…James Milner Emerging as one of England’s most exciting talents during his early career at Everton, boyhood Toffees fan Rodwell made over 100 club appearances before sealing a £12million move to the Etihad in August 2012.However, with a Yaya Toure in the peak of his powers in his way, the man from Merseyside had few opportunities to prove himself at the top level. Ongoing injury troubles only added to his frustration, as he failed to make an impression.After playing just 16 Premier League games in two seasons in Manchester, he moved to Sunderland in a £10million switch and proved an instant success, playing a vital role in the side’s great escape from relegation last season – making 26 appearances and scoring three goals.Thoughts?It takes huge courage to turn down what could be a career-defining move to a title-contending Premier League side, but it seems Delph has done so for the right reasons.More time plying his trade and developing his leadership skills in the claret and blue shirt may see him move on at some point in the near future, but it’s pretty clear that Villa Park, under the watchful eye of Premier League-winning midfielder Tim Sherwood, is currently the best place for him to thrive.Do you agree? Have your say in the poll below…last_img read more

Worst penalty ever? Watch the failed copy of the Messi and Suarez spot kick

first_imgWhen Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez combined to score a world class penalty against Celta Vigo in February, it was lauded as a moment of genius from two of the world’s best players.A copy of Johan Cruyff’s famous spot kick, it involved Messi tricking the keeper into a dive, but laying off the ball to Suarez rather than shooting. Then, it was just a simple finish for the Uruguayan striker.That kind of goal was always going to have imitators, but the last attempt came from Peruvian side Alianza Atletico – who royally screwed it up.Whilst the dummy and lay-off are perfect, with the keeper diving without the ball being kicked, the player who follows up can only shoot the ball against the inside of the post, watching on in horror as it flies away from goal!Is it the worst penalty ever? You can watch it above and decide for yourself…last_img read more

Things couldn’t be more Christmassy at Eclipse Cinemas this week!

first_imgEntertainment: Festive family nights and a mix of family films and sci-fi thrillers are on the way to Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane. Here’s all the great entertainment planned for this Christmas week:Thurs Night 22nd Dec is Family Night @ Eclipse Cinemas Lifford /Strabane Thursday 22nd meet and greet with Old St Nicholas (Mascot), Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven & Christmas Minion then watch THE SANTA CLAUSE @ 7pm. Tickets €5.00. Book yours today. https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=LIFFORDCP&p=tickets&perfCode=101946Kids Club Fri 23rd & Sat 24th @ 12noonMon 26th – Thurs 29thTickets €1.80New Films This Week Ballerina An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.Passengers A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.comLoyalty CardsGet yours today Available to Christmas Eve Open from 9am on Christmas Eve for VouchersDon’t forget to check out our Christmas Video Things couldn’t be more Christmassy at Eclipse Cinemas this week! was last modified: December 20th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmasEclipse CinemasFilmsLiffordstrabanelast_img read more

Six things we learned from the Premier League’s opening weekend

first_imgManchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all showed they looked the real deal with victories in their respective games.Manchester United and Tottenham didn’t look as convincing but they both managed to get over the line and earn three points in their opening matches but the same old problems seem to remain for Arsenal under new boss Unai Emery.Meanwhile, we saw Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham make their returns to the top flight and the promoted sides got off to a mixed start.Cardiff and Fulham lost to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace respectively while Nuno Espirito Santo’s men showed “character” in his words to earn an entertaining draw against ten-man Everton. 8 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 8 smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won But what were the key points from the first gameweek of the 2018/19 season?Fear not, talkSPORT have picked out six things you can take away from the action.Is Luke Shaw back?The left-back’s career at United looked over a few months ago but Luke Shaw came out fighting during the Red Devils’ win over Leicester on Friday.Shaw has been criticised in public a number of times by manager Jose Mourinho for his sub-standard displays but there were only good reviews for Shaw this time as he scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 2-1 victory – the 23-year-old’s first senior goal. 8 8 Getty How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener His post-match interview was more revealing than the average conversation with a footballer – offering a frank assessment of how his time at United has not been good enough so far before saying he was desperate to show why United signed him in the first place.If he carries on like this then Shaw even has every chance of even clawing his way back into the England set-up.Manchester City are still brilliantCity were incredible last season and they carried on from where the left off with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.Pep Guardiola’s side controlled the game from start to finish against a new-look Gunners side that seemed to crumble at points, such was the intense pressure put on them by their classy opponents. Keita had a decent run out on his competitive Liverpool debut Jose Mourinho described Shaw’s performance against the Foxes as ‘very complete’ The new Gunners boss has a lot of work to do REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 8 NEW ERA 8 They were outclassed in every department and there were shades of the rusty Arsenal of Wenger’s latter years on show – the worst of which saw Petr Cech nearly score a comical own goal.Fulham are not the finished articleIt was not a brilliant weekend for all the promoted sides but perhaps Fulham’s defeat to Crystal Palace was the biggest anti-climax given the range of talent at Craven Cottage.However, despite receiving a standing ovation at half-time for their exciting style of play at half-time, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side lost to the more experienced Eagles. Jurgen Klopp said there would be more to come from Keita and maybe there’s more to come from the rest of the team too.Don’t write off Chelsea just yetAfter their 2-0 defeat to City in the Community Shield things looked a bit bleak for Chelsea.But a week is a long time in football and things are looking a lot more bright for Maurizio Sarri’s men now.They found a replacement for Thibaut Courtois in Kepa Arrizabalaga and also signed talented Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan. 8 Fulham have been incredibly busy in the transfer market and seven of their starting XI were signed this summer.Perhaps that is something for their fans to cling on to as they will surely get better as the weeks progress. Manchester City won the Premier League title last season silverware Latest Premier League News gameday 8 Calum Chambers was one of seven summer signings to start the 2-0 defeat to Palace ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Not to mention, the Blues looked very good in their first match – a 3-0 win at Huddersfield so perhaps we can talk about this Chelsea side as dark horses for the league title.Reality check for ArsenalIt must be quite surreal for Arsenal fans to not see Arsene Wenger in the dugout but it’s a very real thing as it’s Emery who is now at the helm.It was a positive Gunners summer with the signings of five new players including Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira and decent pre-season results against the likes of PSG and Chelsea.But their defeat to the reigning Premier League champions certainly put things into perspective with the display being labelled as ‘same old Arsenal’ by former player David Seaman. possible standings possible xi A three and easy weekend for Chelsea’s new manager It’s good to be back.The weekend saw the return of the Premier League and there was plenty of incident as always. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? The Citizens’ boss was even forced to deny suggestions his job is easy but you can see why some people might think that when you consider the way his side appear to sweep aside teams so effortlessly.Liverpool have the makings to mount a serious title challengeCity are the favourites to win the league but Liverpool showed this season’s race for the title could be a lot more competitive than the last campaign.The Reds have spent over £175million this summer so there’s a lot of pressure to have a good season but it seems Liverpool were not feeling that pressure after romping to a 4-0 win over West Ham.Their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio mane were menacing as usual but new signing Naby Keita shone on his Premier League debut. The champions faced Arsenal in the opening weekend Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva scored City’s goals How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more