"Thomas …! Lacquer…! Ale …! Martin…!". The nom de guerre of Arsenal players – Thomas Partey, Lacazette, Pepe, Odegaard … – echo in the cavity of empty stands at the Emirates. Their coach, Mikel Arteta, who stood in the band ordered each one of them when to jump to the pressure, was shouting them. That's what Arsenal's game was summed up to. Basically. To resist. To react. To chase. To hinder the transitions of Liverpool, the current English champions , who visited North London this Saturday in the Premier. It was his last season on the way to Valdebebas to settle the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals and the pace was unstoppable. At least for this Arsenal more focused on defending than attacking. PPD Diogo Jota opened the scoring in the 68th minute. The Portuguese got between the centrals and headed the squad with a diabolical center from Alexander-Arnold. More than a center, a pass directed with a rope to the forehead of the spiker. It was the culmination of the long visiting domain. If Liverpool did not go 0-3 by then it was because Salah, Mané and Millner rushed each other on scoring occasions. When Leno's resistance finally broke down, the Arsenal was no longer a ship: it was a log dragged by the current of the game that started from the boots of Fabinho, Thiago, Mané and Firmino, splendid in a connection that they could rarely show this season. The punished line of defenders helped, finally stabilized with the figure of the young Kanbak.
ArsenalLeno, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney (Cedric Soares, min. 45), Robert Holding, Chambers, Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe, Aubameyang (Martinelli, min 76), Dani Ceballos (Mohamed Elneny, min. 57), Thomas and LacazetteLiverpoolAlisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak (Rhys Williams, min. 83), A. Robertson (Diogo Jota, min. 60), Nathaniel Phillips, Fabinho, Milner, Thiago, Salah, Roberto Firmino (Wijnaldum, min. 77) and Mane Goals0-1 min. 63: Diogo Jota. 0-2 min. 67: Salah. 0-3 min. 81: Diogo Jota. RefereeStuart AttwellYellow cardsDiogo Jota (min. 72) and Gabriel (min. 90)
Arsenal broke down exactly after Arteta replaced Ceballos with Elneny. It was a conservative change. Klopp retaliated boldly: he removed Robertson, moved Millner from the middle to the left back, and put Jota on a false nine . Jota made it 0-1; Salah sealed the 0-2 with a pipe to Leno; and Jota made it 0-3. The result lifts Liverpool to fifth place in the table in the English championship, just two points behind Chelsea, which is fourth and suffered the first defeat of the Tuchel era against West Brom (2-5). , so many months off, it seems to be reborn with spring. At the height of the season. Just before meeting Madrid.
's pace "The national team stoppage affects the pace of all teams," Guardiola warned before the start of Manchester City's game in Leicester. Liverpool did not seem affected. Neither did City, which won 0-2 with a line-up made up based on the level of match load on the players' legs. De Bruyne had been a substitute in the last meeting with Belgium; Rodri had hardly played with Spain; Fernandinho had trained all week at the club, the same as Agüero or Gabriel Jesús. They all played at the start.
The most striking thing about City's disposition was the deployment of Rodri, who positioned himself as an interior in a more advanced step, ahead of Fernandinho, on the same plane as De Bruyne. The Spanish midfielder interpreted the game between the lines with great success, considering that he was moving on strange terrain, before an opponent who overcrowded his field, closing all the inner lanes without releasing a single player from exhaustive defensive duties. The formula had worked for Brendan Rodgers in the first leg (2-5). On the return leg it was no use.
Deactivated every time he recovered the ball by the pressure coordinated by the insightful Fernandinho, Leicester failed to leave their field. On the rare occasions that Tielemans and Ayoze enabled Iheanacho or Vardy, the points either fell offside or were quickly covered by Laporte and Dias. Leicester remained unbeaten until in minute 58 Rodri, open to the right side, put in a cross that Mendy solved with a cold blood that few expected. He controlled with the left, cut Allbrighton, and defined with the right, opening his foot to place the ball on the post that Schmeichel protected the least. The 0-2 was a monument to De Bruyne's breakthrough pass and Sterling's feint, which was assisted by Gabriel Jesús.
The victory was a reward for the tenacity of City, which is heading towards the title with 74 points, 17 more than United who have played two fewer games. He plays well on all terrains, with all his players, with permanent rotations, increasingly solid in defense. Guardiola's team has only conceded 26 goals in 47 games this season. A milestone in the coach's career.
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