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Premier League: Man City drop to third, Arsenal and Liverpool win

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LONDON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) — Manchester City dropped to third place in the Premier League behind Arsenal and Liverpool after being held to a 3-3 draw at home to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham overcame a long injury list to come back twice from behind to claim a point in a game with plenty of alternatives.

Son Heung-min finished off a counter-attack to put Spurs ahead in the sixth minute, but he then had the misfortune to put the ball into his own net after Erling Haaland flicked on a cross.

Phil Foden put City ahead in the 31st minute, but Giovani Lo Celso equalized with a curling shot in the 69th minute. Jack Grealish again gave City the advantage when he slid in Haaland’s ball nine minutes from time, but Dejan Kulusevski looped over an equalizing header in the last minute of normal time.

Liverpool scored two late goals to claim a thrilling 4-3 win at home to Fulham, with Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring an 88th minute winner to give his side all three points.

Alexander-Arnold had helped open the scoring when his free kick bounced in off Bernd Leno, but former Liverpool player Harry Wilson leveled for Fulham just four minutes later

Alexis Mac Allister volleyed Liverpool back in front, but again Fulham quickly equalized thanks to Kenny Tete.

It looked like Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s 80th-minute goal would give Fulham a shock win, but Wataru Endo equalized in the 87th minute and a minute later Alexander-Arnold secured Liverpool’s nerve-shredding win.

Chelsea held on with 10 men to win 3-2 at home to Brighton after Conor Gallagher was sent off in the 45th minute.

Enzo Fernandez scored on 17 and 65 minutes and Levi Colwill struck on 23 minutes for Chelsea, while Facundo Buonanotte and Joao Pedro netted for Brighton, who were always chasing the game.

West Ham and Crystal Palace took a point each in a 1-1 draw with Mohammed Kudus opening the scoring for West Ham after 13 minutes, and Odsonne Edouard scoring for the visitors eight minutes into the second half.

Ollie Watkins’ 90th minute goal ensured a 2-2 draw between Bournemouth and Aston Villa that helped confirm Bournemouth are finding their feet under Andoni Iraola.

Antoine Semenyo fired Bournemouth ahead after an error from Diego Carlos after 10 minutes, but Villa were level when Leon Bailey cut in and equalized.

Dominic Solanke put Bournemouth back in front in the 52nd minute, but Watkins’ late header save a point for the visitors.

Two goals in the first 13 minutes gave Arsenal a 2-1 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, which extends their lead at the top of the Premier League after Manchester City’s draw.

Bukayo Saka opened the scoring in the sixth minute and the impressive Martin Odegaard doubled the lead seven minutes later as Arsenal looked to be cruising, although they failed to kill Wolves off and Mathias Cunha’s 86th minute effort meant some nervous moments in the Emirates Stadium.

Anthony Gordon’s 55th minute finish from Keiran Trippier’s cross gave Newcastle United a deserved 1-0 win at home to Manchester United that confirms Newcastle’s good form, despite injuries, and highlights that their rivals are still in crisis.

Dwight McNeil’s 67th minute goal gave Everton a 1-0 win away to Nottingham Forest to give his side a boost after their 10-point deduction for breaching financial fair-play rules.

Burnley thrashed 10-man Sheffield United 5-0, taking advantage of Oliver McBurnie’s 42nd red card to claim their first home win of the season with goals from Jay Rodriguez and Jacob Bruun Larsen before halftime, before Zeki Amdouni, Luca Koleosho and Josh Brownhill scored further goals in the last 17 minutes.

Second-half goals from Neal Maupay, Ben Mee and Shandon Baptiste gave Brentford a 3-1 win at home to Luton Town.

Source(s): Xinhua

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Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino part ways after just one season

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LONDON, May 21 (Xinhua) — Chelsea have parted with coach Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff after just one season, the club announced on Tuesday.

Chelsea announced the news with a brief statement on their official website saying: “Chelsea FC can confirm that the club and Mauricio Pochettino have mutually agreed to part ways”, while Pochettino thanked the club for “the opportunity to be part of this football club’s history”, adding that Chelsea was now “well positioned to keep moving forward in the Premier League and Europe in the years to come.”

The former Tottenham, Southampton and Paris Saint Germain coach arrived at Stamford Bridge last May, after a disastrous campaign that saw the club sacked Thomas Tuchel in September 2022, before then showing his replacement, Graham Potter the door in April 2023 and appointing Frank Lampard as an interim coach until the end of the disastrous campaign which Chelsea finished 12th in the Premier League.

The club spent heavily over the summer, mainly on young players, while losing several veterans such as Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

An important turnover in playing staff and as young squad saw Chelsea struggle for performances and results for much of the season, although a strong finish to the campaign saw Chelsea win their last five matches and finish sixth in the Premier League to qualify for next season’s Europa League.

Pochettino also led Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Liverpool, while they also lost the FA Cup semifinal 1-0 to Manchester City.

The south London club has now had seven coaches since Antonio Conte left the job in the summer of 2018.

Source(s): Xinhua

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No Rashford as Southgate names 33 man preliminary England squad

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LONDON, May 21 (Xinhua) — England coach Gareth Southgate produced a surprise on Tuesday when he named his preliminary squad for the forthcoming European Championships when he left out Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

The absence of Rashford, who has 17 goals in 60 appearances for England, is the biggest surprise in the 33-man squad (which has to be reduced to 26 by June 7), which is also without veteran midfielder Jordan Henderson and central defender Eric Dier, who has been in excellent form for Bayern Munich.

Southgate has included Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, despite him not playing since February, but with no Ben Chilwell in the squad, if Shaw isn’t fit enough to make the final cut, England will go into the tournament without a specialist left-back.

“I just feel other players in other areas of the pitch have had better seasons,” said Southgate when asked about Rashford’s absence.

Everton’s exciting young defender Jarrad Branthwaite and Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah are both in the squad, along with Joe Gomez, who could be an option at left-back if Shaw isn’t fit.

20-year-old midfielder Adam Wharton is also given a chance after impressing following his move from Blackburn Rovers to Crystal Palace in January.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Brentford forward Ivan Toney have been given a call up, with Toney perhaps lucky to be preferred to Bournemouth forward Dominic Solanke, who ended the season with 19 goals in the Premier League.

“There’s definitely much more attacking options than compared to other squads,” commented Southgate, who was also happy his players had more “tournament experience.”

“We’re really happy with where the squad is at. But everything starts from zero. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past,” he added.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, James Trafford.

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite, Lewis Dunk, Joe Gomez, Marc Guehi, Ezri Konsa, Harry Maguire, Jarell Quansah, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Gallagher, Curtis Jones, Kobbie Mainoo, Declan Rice, Adam Wharton.

Forwards: Jude Bellingham, Jarrod Bowen, Eberechi Eze, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Anthony Gordon, Harry Kane, James Maddison, Cole Palmer, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins.

Source(s): Xinhua

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Liverpool confirm Feyenoord boss Arne Slot as new head coach

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LONDON, May 20 (Xinhua) — Liverpool have confirmed Feyenoord coach Arne Slot as their new head coach with an announcement on their official website.

“Liverpool Football Club can announce Arne Slot has agreed a deal to become the club’s new head coach, formally taking up the position on June 1, 2024, subject to a work permit.”

“The 45-year-old will join the Reds from Feyenoord ahead of the 2024-25 season after a deal was reached with the Eredivisie club for his services,” explained Liverpool.

Slot’s arrival to replace Klopp has been an open secret in recent days and Jurgen Klopp even lead the supporters at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium in chanting his name as he said ‘goodbye’ after a Sunday’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, which ended the season.

Slot joins Liverpool after three years at Feyenoord in which he led them to the 2023 Eredivisie title which was their first title in six years, and this year he followed that success by leading them to the Dutch Cup in April.

Source(s): Xinhua

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