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L’ Arsenal continua a guidare la graduatoria dellaPremier League nonostante la sconfitta sul campo del Man United.

Ne approfitta il Liverpool che si avvicina a due lunghezze mentre il Chelsea pareggia solamente in casa ed il Man City perde con il Sunderland sprofondando lontano dalla zona titolo.

Terzo il sorprendente Southampton.

In Scozia sedicesima vittoria consecutiva dei Rangers, capolisti in “League One” ed apunteggio pieno, con un margine di quattordici punti sulle seconde. Amsterdam amara per i tifosi dei Celtic: squadra sconfitta in Champions’  League dai padroni di casa dell’ Ajax, pessima situazione nel girone con scarse possibilità anche solo di ottenere il terzo posto che garantirebbe di rimanere nell’ Europa “minore”, ossia in Europa League.

Tifosi biancoverdi aggrediti dai fans olandesi all’ esterno di un pub ed in città, scontri con la polizia, diversi gli arresti.

 

 


 

Robbie Savage: How Man Utd beat Arsenal with so little possession

In his regular BBC Sport column on football tactics, Robbie Savage looks at Manchester United’s win over top-of-the-table Arsenal.

It was the sort of game you often get between two of the top teams: tight and tense, rather than open and entertaining – and settled by a goal from a set-piece.

Robin van Persie scores Manchester United's winning goal against Arsenal

Robin van Persie meets Wayne Rooney’s corner to score Manchester United’s winner against Arsenal

The game was low on quality but, on this occasion, that suited United down to the ground.

Man Utd not passing, or keeping possession

Against the Gunners, Manchester United had the least possession (39.87%) and worst passing accuracy (75.87) of any of their Premier League games this season.

United also played their lowest number of passes (344) in any league game at Old Trafford for seven years, since a draw with Chelsea in a top-of-the-table clash in November 2006, when they played 310.

They played over 200 more passes (532) when they last played Arsenal at home in the league, in a 2-1 win in November 2012.

In fact, there have only been seven away league games since the start of the 2006-07 season where United have played fewer passes than they managed on Sunday.

So the question is, how did they still manage to get their most significant win since David Moyes took charge against the most in-form team in the country, who were fresh from beating Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday and had won 14 of their last 15 away games in all competitions?

United’s passing and possession in the Premier League this season

Opposition Result Possession % Passes Passing accuracy %

Source: Opta

Swansea (a)

W 4-1

46.3%

471

83.44%

Chelsea (h)

D 0-0

55.21%

550

84.18%

Liverpool (a)

L 1-0

56.96%

478

82.01%

C Palace (h)

W 2-0

60.38%

556

84.71%

Man City (a)

L 4-1

58.44%

478

86.19%

WBA (h)

L 1-2

59.11%

527

86.15%

Sunderland (a)

W 2-1

62.5%

571

84.06%

S’hampton (h)

D 1-1

46.44%

393

78.88%

Stoke (h)

W 3-2

66.74%

565

88.5%

Fulham (a)

W 3-1

53.05%

517

84.33%

Arsenal (h)

W 1-0

39.87%

344

75.87%

The changes forced upon Arsenal by the sickness bug that hit their squad played a part. But United boss Moyes got his team selection and tactics spot on.

It was a scrappy game, which is what Moyes wanted. And United scoring first was the key to the game going in the direction he wanted it to. Arsenal are the best counter-attacking team in the country but they could not play the way they wanted to once they were behind.

Sunday’s game at Old Trafford started very differently to the way it finished, and it was Robin van Persie’s goal that made the difference.

United had 66.4% of possession in the first 10 minutes and 58% after 20 minutes.

But, once van Persie scored after 27 minutes, both teams changed their approach. After that, United were the team playing on the break, and they were happy for Arsenal to have a lot more of the ball. The Gunners had been playing a containing game, but that went out of the window when they needed an equaliser.

By half-time, Arsenal had enjoyed 56% of possession and, in the second half alone, that rose to 64.4%. But the Gunners could not turn that into chances, let alone goals.

Arsenal miss key personnel

Arsenal have made lots of changes in midfield this season without it upsetting their rhythm. This time it did.

Arsenal’s midfielders starting Premier League games this season

Opposition Result          

AOC = Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Aston Villa (h)

L 1-3

Rosicky

Wilshere

Walcott

AOC

Ramsey

Fulham (a)

W 3-1

Rosicky

Podolski

Walcott

Cazorla

Ramsey

Tottenham (h)

W 1-0

Rosicky

Wilshere

Walcott

Cazorla

Ramsey

Sunderland (a)

W 3-1

Flamini

Wilshere

Walcott

Ozil

Ramsey

Stoke (h)

W 3-1

Flamini

Wilshere

Gnabry

Ozil

Ramsey

Swansea (a)

W 2-1

Flamini

Wilshere

Gnabry

Ozil

Ramsey

WBA (a)

D 1-1

Flamini

Wilshere

Arteta

Ozil

Ramsey

Norwich (h)

W 4-1

Flamini

Wilshere

Arteta

Ozil

Cazorla

C Palace (a)

W 2-0

Flamini

Cazorla

Arteta

Ozil

Ramsey

Liverpool (h)

W 2-0

Rosicky

Cazorla

Arteta

Ozil

Ramsey

Man Utd (a)

L 1-0

Flamini

Cazorla

Arteta

Ozil

Ramsey

Wenger has only started the same set of five players in consecutive Premier League games once – Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Serge Gnabry, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey against Stoke and Swansea.

And the only other time the same five midfielders have started more than once together was at Old Trafford. Flamini, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Ozil and Ramsey also played against Crystal Palace last month.

Wenger could not play the same midfield he did when his side beat Liverpool – or Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek – because Tomas Rosicky was ill.

He was able to bring Flamini back into the team instead, and his defensive ability and organising skills might have seemed ideal for a trip to Old Trafford.

The way the game panned out, however, Arsenal needed far more of a creative spark.

They looked unbalanced, with Ramsey forced to play out wide on the right rather than centrally where he has been so effective recently.

Phil Jones (r) worked tirelessly to keep Arsenal quiet

Phil Jones (r) worked tirelessly to keep Arsenal quiet

Ramsey was poor and Ozil, who was playing behind Olivier Giroud, was hardly in the game.

All the play was in front of United, with no penetration behind them. Arsenal did not have anybody running past Giroud until Wilshere came on after an hour.

And the only time Arsenal got behind the United defence was when Wilshere burst forward and Phil Jones ushered the ball out.

With Jones starting in midfield, United’s team was perfectly set up to stop Arsenal from playing once they had their lead.

Jones ended the game in defence after Nemanja Vidic was injured, but Tom Cleverley came in and worked very hard to deny Arsenal time and space, as did the rest of the United team – including Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who both covered a lot of ground.

Arsenal’s threat in the second half was restricted to two dangerous crosses into the box from their right-back Bacary Sagna.

United hardly created a lot either but they had the better chances, especially when Chris Smalling headed wide from Van Persie’s free-kick.

Neither keeper really had much to do and that suited United just fine.

Settled by a set-piece

I am not a fan of zonal marking. If you mark a man then if he scores it is your fault. Zonal marking just allows players to make excuses, because it could be one or two players at fault.

I never played in a team that used zonal marking and, if I was a manager, I would always designate players to be picked up at free-kicks and corners.

Robin van Persie scores Manchester United's winning goal against Arsenal

Robin van Persie ran in unopposed to meet Wayne Rooney’s corner

With zonal marking, each player is given an area of the box to cover but that allows an attacker to get a run on you and the extra height they can get on their leap gives them the advantage in winning the ball in the air, which is exactly what happened for United’s goal.

The way to stop those runners is to have blockers on the penalty spot, which is what Ramsey should have been doing rather than allowing Van Persie to run unopposed to the near post, where he beat Giroud.

Would Per Mertesacker have been designated that zone if he had been able to play? Possibly. Van Persie would still have had a run on him, though.

That was the first league goal Arsenal have conceded from a set-piece this season, so it has obviously worked for them in the past. It cost them on Sunday, however.

 

League One leaders Rangers secured their 16th successive victory with a comfortable win over Airdrieonians.

After a goalless first half, Jon Daly scored his 16th goal of the season and Lee McCulloch converted a penalty.

Daly’s header came only 30 seconds after the interval and McCulloch hit the net after David Templeton was fouled by Gregor Buchanan.

The win extends Rangers’ lead at the top of League One to 16 points and also maintains their winning streak.

McCoist’s side knocked on the door as early as eight minutes when Lee Wallace’s deep cross was met by the in-form Daly to no avail.

Clark, replacing the injured Andrew Little, was presented with a superb chance after 16 minutes, controlling a wasteful kick-out from Andrew Duncan but lashing past the far post.

The closest Gary Bollan’s men came to troubling Cammy Bell was from an over-ambitious bicycle kick from Jamie Bain, but Rangers continued to dominate towards the end of the half.

Wallace unleashed a 30-yard drive that trundled through to Clark, who had his close-range finish saved by Duncan at his bottom left-hand corner.

Nicky Law’s incisive and tireless energy in midfield was Rangers’ biggest source of creativity in the first half and the Englishman would have been presented with three open goals if the Light Blues had been sharp enough.

The former Motherwell midfielder roamed clear on 35 minutes, cutting back cleverly to Wallace, who blazed over the bar under intense pressure from the Lanarkshire side.

Rangers came out from the interval and, within 30 seconds, Honduras international Arnold Peralta crossed for Daly, who headed into the far corner of the net.

His strike-partner, Clark, missed three gilt-edge chances, denied twice by Duncan and then by the woodwork after 54 minutes.

The Ibrox side were awarded a spot-kick on 63 minutes after David Templeton was fouled by right-back Gregor Buchanan and McCulloch fired home his second penalty in two games.

McCoist was able to stretch his squad depth with Lewis MacLeod returning to first-team action from the bench as Rangers cruised to another convincing win.

 

 (bbc )

 

 50 Celtic fans attacked in Amsterdam pub last night – hours after they featured on Dutch TV

6 Nov 2013 08:34

THE Hoops supporters were drinking in Cafe Old Sailor in the city when masked men burst in and reportedly shouted “Amsterdam Hooligans.”

 
Old Sailor pub in AmsterdamOld Sailor pub in Amsterdam

 

AROUND 50 Celtic fans were attacked in an Amsterdam pub last night – hours after they featured on Dutch TV.

The Hoops supporters were drinking in Cafe Old Sailor in the city’s famous red light district when masked men entered.

A Dutch news website said the thugs shouted: “Amsterdam Hooligans.”

Witnesses said a fight broke out before the attackers fled and security staff barricaded the doors.

A man who answered the pub phone last night declined to comment.

Dutch police were unable to provide any details.

Earlier, Celtic fans in the bar were interviewed by a local news crew ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Ajax.

It is feared yobs targeted the pub as they knew Celtic fans would be inside.

Ajax could face sanctions from Uefa over fans’ behaviour during the first leg at Celtic Park last month.

Dutch supporters clashed with stewards after Celtic’s first goal in a 2-1 win, ripping up seats and throwing them into the home sections.

The case will be dealt with by Uefa’s disciplinary body on November 21.

 


Celtic fans arrested after clashes in Amsterdam city centre ahead of Champions League match with Ajax

7 Nov 2013 07:14

POLICE said eight officers were injured after violence flared and 15 fans were arrested but Hoops supporters accused the police of heavy-handed tactics.

 
Cops confront fans in streetCops confront fans in street
Imago/Barcroft Media

 

CELTIC fans were attacked again as they gathered in Amsterdam ahead of last night’s Champions League clash with Ajax.

Many Hoops supporters accused Dutch police of heavy-handed tactics after riot cops with dogs and horses waded in.

But cops blamed Celtic supporters for attacking them with bottles and sticks, ­injuring eight officers.

The trouble began when an organised gang targeted Celtic fans in Dam Square, throwing missiles and jeering.

Riot police were deployed along with scores of plain-clothes officers.

A small number of Celtic fans who were charged by mounted police responded by throwing bottles.

Others were grabbed or hit by policemen then arrested.

Police said 15 fans – mostly Celtic supporters – were held after plain-clothes officers were attacked.

A spokesman added: “Eight officers were injured and one was knocked unconscious. Bottles and sticks were used in the attack which came out of nowhere.”

The flashpoint followed a terrifying organised attack on well-behaved Celtic fans in Amsterdam’s Old Sailor pub on Tuesday night.

Some 10,000 Celtic supporters are thought to have travelled to Holland for the crunch Euro match, which Ajax won 1-0.

Among those arrested was Barry Currier, 40, from Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire. He said: “I was minding my own business when all hell broke loose. Ajax fans had started up at the other end of the square and plain-clothes police had been waiting to pounce.

“They charged in and one guy ran up and punched me. I punched him back to defend myself.

“When police start steaming in mob-handed the way they did, it’s no wonder that people get angry and defensive.”

Meanwhile, CCTV footage released yesterday showed masked thugs with pickaxe handles attacking Hoops fans in the Old Sailor.

(Daily Record )



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