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Arsenal maintain perfect post-Europa League record in the Premier League

first_imgChelsea have struggled in the league after playing on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Sarri’s side are level on 66 points with Arsenal, but sit fifth in the Premier League due to goal difference.Arsenal also have a game in hand over their local rivals, but the victory over Watford was the Gunners’ first away from home since Boxing Day.While Chelsea have to travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United before the end of the season, Arsenal have three more away games this season. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Apr 2019 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link598Shares Advertisement Arsenal maintain perfect post-Europa League record in the Premier League Comment Maurizio Sarri speaks after Chelsea lose 2-0 to LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:20FullscreenMaurizio Sarri speaks after Chelsea lose 2-0 to Liverpoolhttps://metro.co.uk/video/maurizio-sarri-speaks-chelsea-lose-2-0-liverpool-1905494/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Emery post-Watford: ‘We can be happy with result’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:48FullscreenEmery post-Watford: ‘We can be happy with result’https://metro.co.uk/video/emery-post-watford-happy-result-1906276/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea have struggled in the league after their recent Europa League games and are yet to win any of the three matches played immediately after a Thursday night appearance in 2019.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea have drawn two and lost three of the games they have played in total directly after their Europa League appearances, having been dumped out of the FA Cup and lost the Carabao Cup final after each of their last-32 round games against Malmo.The Blues’ form after the Europa League in 2019 has had a significant effect on their push to qualify for the Champions League next season. Advertisement Emery is yet to suffer any Europa League hangovers (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has steered Arsenal to a perfect record in the Premier League in matches played directly after an appearance in the Europa League knockout stages.The 1-0 win over Watford on Monday night was the fifth game Emery has successfully won directly after Arsenal played on Thursday night in Europe.Arsenal are yet to drop points after their Europa League knockout games, but Chelsea have not been so lucky. Arsenal beat Watford on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s game in hand over Chelsea is an away trip to Wolves, who have a superb record against the Premier League top six this season.The impressive statistic for Arsenal may prove crucial in the run-in with the Gunners and Chelsea on track to qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League.Arsenal are two goals to the good ahead of their second leg against Napoli on Thursday, while Chelsea have an away goal to bring to Stamford Bridge in their game against Slavia Prague.last_img read more

A.J. Pollock’s 3 home runs not enough as Dodgers fall to Giants

first_imgAdmittedly, some of it is a result of resting some front-line starters (and there is more of that to come) and testing others (such as Julio Urias, Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May). But Dodgers’ starters have a 5.67 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over the past four games while averaging less than five innings per start. The last Dodgers starter to pitch into the sixth inning was Walker Buehler on Aug. 27 (nine games ago) in San Diego.Over their past four starts each, the three pitchers expected to front the Dodgers’ playoff rotation have ERAs of 9.95 (Hyun-Jin Ryu), 5.73 (Kershaw) and 4.50 (Buehler).“Sometimes … just like your lineup has a momentum and a confidence, same thing with a starting rotation,” Kershaw said. “One guy rolls, another guy rolls. I think maybe – there’s a lot of excuses that I can come up with in my head that I need to not think of – just need to pitch better, more than anything.”Not coincidentally, the Dodgers have split those 14 games, going 7-7 while the Arizona Diamondbacks have won 10 of their past 11. That has cut the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to a still-cushy 17 games (albeit the lowest it has been since Aug. 3) while stalling their magic number to clinch at four.Perhaps of greater concern – it has allowed the Atlanta Braves to move within 3½ games of the Dodgers for the best record in the National League (and the postseason home-field advantage that comes with it). “Tonight was frustrating for sure.”@ClaytonKersh22 on his outing. pic.twitter.com/hWhKwCsmfX— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 7, 2019 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dave Roberts on Kershaw’s start, AJ Pollock’s night at the plate and his takeaways from tonight’s loss. pic.twitter.com/qafvy0lQk8— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 7, 2019 The battle of Will Smith vs. Will Smith goes to Will Smith. (MLB x @GEICO) pic.twitter.com/VbMCAa7n44— MLB (@MLB) September 7, 2019 “I guess a little bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, acknowledging the loss of momentum. “I think a lot of our momentum all year long has been starting pitching. When you have good starting pitching, consistent starting pitching, guys who go deep in games, that’s contagious and that gives you a chance to win on a nightly basis. If you look back at the last two weeks, the common factor is that our starters just haven’t been consistent. You expect these guys to turn it around.”Kershaw had to work entirely too hard for the 12 outs he did record Friday night. Seven of the first 13 Giants batters reached base – four singles, a double (a 102-mph bullet over Pollock’s head in left field) and two walks. But none scored as Kershaw struck out two with the bases loaded, two more with runners on second and third and another with a man on third.But Mauricio Dubon bounced a solo home run off the left field foul pole in the fourth inning. It was the ninth home run Kershaw has allowed in his past four starts and career-high 24th of the season.Austin Slater singled to lead off the fifth (the fourth time the Giants put the leadoff man on base against Kershaw) and Kevin Pillar worked Kershaw for a 12-pitch walk. That put Kershaw’s pitch count at 99.The Dodgers have not let Kershaw throw more than 101 pitches in any start this season and this wasn’t the time to break that ceiling. He left having allowed just one run, but Dylan Floro replaced him and gave up a two-run double to Mike Yastrzemski and a two-run single to Mauricio Dubon.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousThe Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock tracks the flight of his solo home run – his third of the night – during the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, right, celebrates a solo home run with Gavin Lux, center, during the second inning of a baseball game as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey stands at left, in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon follows through on a solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shows his frustration after allowing a solo home run to the Giants’ Mauricio Dubon during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon, right, reacts while crossing home with a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game, as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith watches in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon, right, celebrates with manager Bruce Bochy after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski watches his two-run double during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Austin Slater, left, celebrates with Kevin Pillar after both scored on a double by Mike Yastrzemski during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon hits a two-run single during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)The Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski slides home safely in front of Dodgers catcher Will Smith, scoring on a two-run single by Mauricio Dubon during the fifth inning of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The Giants won 5-4. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski, center, is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a two-run single by Mauricio Dubon during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux, right, throws to first after forcing out San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Buster Posey was out at first base. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)The Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, right, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run – his third of the night – off of Giants relief pitcher Will Smith during the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Will Smith pitches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. The Giants won 5-4. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Giants catcher Buster Posey, right, celebrates will relief pitcher Will Smith after the final out of their 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)The Giants’ Donovan Solano, right, celebrates with Mauricio Dubon after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. The Giants won 5-4. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, hugs Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after being given a signed Sandy Koufax jersey to commemorate his last series with the Giants at Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledges the crowd after receiving a signed Sandy Koufax jersey to commemorate his last series at Dodger Stadium as Giants manager, prior to the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)The Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock tracks the flight of his solo home run – his third of the night – during the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 20The Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock tracks the flight of his solo home run – his third of the night – during the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — After three consecutive losses in Arizona last week, Clayton Kershaw stood in front of his locker and voiced accepted baseball wisdom.“Momentum is a weird thing in baseball,” Kershaw said. “You’re only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher.”Kershaw and his fellow starting pitchers have not been very good lately and the Dodgers’ lack of forward progress reflects it. The left-hander couldn’t retire a batter in the fifth inning on Friday night and the Dodgers lost to the San Francisco Giants 5-4 despite three home runs from A.J. Pollock.“Just a frustrating game. Really frustrating all around,” Kershaw said after being driven to throw 99 pitches in four-plus innings. “I don’t take much from it except frustration, I guess.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I walked a few guys. Dubon … hit the ball hard a few times,” Kershaw said. “Other than that, I didn’t give up a whole lot of contact. It’s just that the pitch count kept getting up there. Guys kept getting on base. It was just frustrating.”The Dodgers’ hitters had a frustrating night as well – except for Pollock.He had solo home runs off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija in the second and fifth innings then off closer Will Smith with two outs in the ninth.“I think I just kind of tried to dumb it down a little bit. Get a good pitch to hit,” said Pollock, who had a three-homer game for the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2018. “I don’t know. Some days it works. I got my pitches and put a good swing on it.”The Dodgers’ bullpen retired the final 13 Giants after Dubon’s single. But their hitters managed just six hits in the game (five by Pollock and Joc Pederson).A. J. Pollock for 3!(MLB x @GEICO) pic.twitter.com/kCMCQRrkiA— MLB (@MLB) September 7, 2019 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Germany’s World Cup defeat: five things we learned

first_imgIneffective OzilWhether it was down to a distracting pre-World Cup scandal or the result of an average season at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil was woeful.Ozil and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, who were born in Germany to Turkish parents, drew the wrath of fans after posing for a photo alongside President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month.On Sunday, the attacking midfielder offered only token resistance during the build-up to Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal as the Mexicans tore through Germany’s midfield.Head coach Joachim Loew has said Ozil struggled emotionally after being booed by German fans in a warm-up friendly following the Erdogan incident.With fleet-footed Marco Reus in form, Loew may choose to start with a different playmaker against Sweden in Sochi next Saturday.Manuel Neuer is fitGermany midfielder Mesut Ozil was ineffective during their opening Group F defeat to Mexico at the World Cup © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVDespite twice fracturing his left foot in 2017, the world-class stopper was bossing Germany’s penalty area until his defence leaked and Lozano scored.Germany’s captain conceded just four goals in seven games during the successful 2014 World Cup campaign and looked sharp in Moscow despite nine months on the sidelines.Of the problems Loew has to fix, Neuer is not one and he had little to do in the second half as Germany pushed for an equaliser that never came.Germany lack out-field leadershipPhilipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger have retired since the last World Cup but the next generation of leaders failed to calm the situation when Mexico went ahead.When counter-attacks poured through the middle of the German ranks in the first half, experienced defensive midfielders Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira, who was taken off after an hour, failed to stem the flow.With Ozil offering precious little and Thomas Mueller having a rare off-day, Timo Werner, Reus and Julian Draxler — none of whom are World Cup winners — looked like the men most likely to equalise.Loew has been guilty in the past of putting too much faith in his senior players and the German press are bound to raise the issue again.He has a contract with the German FA until the 2022 World Cup and defeat in Moscow is the first serious black mark against his name during 12 years as head coach.Werner needs more timeGermany’s defence was unable to snuff out Mexico’s first-half counter-attacks © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZWerner, the golden boot winner when Germany lifted the Confederations Cup last year, is still a work in progress and it showed in Moscow.The 22-year-old striker could not convert the half-chances which came his way, but with his pace, strength and willingness to help in defence, he deserves another chance against Sweden.Burly Mario Gomez, who came off the bench in Moscow, is an alternative or Loew could push forward Mueller, who scored a hat-trick up front against Portugal at Brazil 2014.Germany lack pace at centre-backCentre-backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng initially looked solid in Moscow, snuffing out attacks and clearing danger, but the German defence was badly caught out when Mexico hit the gas.The world champions were torn to pieces when Mexico attacked at lightning speed on the counter, leaving Boateng and Hummels to try in vain to plug the gaps.Boateng could not snuff out the danger during the crucial break and Hummels was out of position.The problems started further up as Kroos and Khedira failed to close the space and the attack failed to press.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s coach Joachim Loew is under intense pressure after the world champions lost their opening match against Mexico at Russia 2018 © AFP / Yuri CORTEZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Germany crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their opening World Cup match in Moscow on Sunday.AFP looks at five things we learned on a frustrating night for the reigning world champions at the Luzhniki Stadium:last_img read more