Weekend Football Round up
Sunderland manager David Moyes may have been disappointed that Sunderland failed to secure a win, as they drew against West Brom but he would be thankful Van Aanholt’s 83rd minute goal sealed a point for his side, who have suffered 6 consecutive defeats in the English Premier League.
Watford were lucky to have secured a point against Bouremouth as they fought back twice to secure a 2-2 draw. Nigeria’s Isaac Success turned out to be the hero of the match as he came off the bench to score the final goal in the 65th minute.
West Ham United vs Middlesbrough also ended in a draw. The Hammers were quick to give a response to Cristhian Stuani’s 51st minute goal, thanks to a goal from Dimitri Payet in the 57th minute. Both teams tried but neither could find a winner and the match ended 1-1.
Conte must have been relieved when struggling Chelsea sealed all three points against Hull City with a convincing 2-0 win. Hull City was the better side in the first half, with Thibaut Courtois having to make several saves. The blues came back as a much more determined side. Goals from Willian and Diego Costa did the trick for the blues.
James Milner’s goal proved to be the deciding factor as Liverpool sealed a 2-1 win over hosts, Swansea City.
Moving over to the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich dropped their first points of the season as their match against KOLN ended 1-1, with goals from Joshua Kimmich and Anthony Modeste.
Dortmund suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Bayern Leverkusen, as they failed to close in on Bayern Munich and were left trailing points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
In Ligue 1, Cavani stepped up with a brace and grabbed all three points for PSG against Bordeaux. He scored in the 3rd and 30th minutes, to prove that even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG are still a team to be reckoned with.
Valencia names Cesera Pradelli as new coach
Well that didn’t take long. Struggling La Liga side Valencia have appointed Cesera Pradelli as coach and issued an official statement to this effect.
It will be recalled that last coach Pako Ayestaran, was sacked after he failed to improve Valencia, after taking over from Gary Neville 6 months ago.
Pradelli’s contract will run until 2018 and the statement reveals that he will officially take charge by Monday.
“Valencia wish to communicate to fans that they have reached an agreement with Cesare Prandelli, with the Italian being appointed as first team coach through to June 30th, 2018,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“Prandelli, aged 59, put pen to paper on the deal today alongside VCF Chairwoman LayHoon Chan, and will be in attendance in the presidential box at Mestalla for tomorrow’s game between Valencia CF and Atletico Madrid. The new coach will be presented to the media on Monday at 12pmat Mestalla.
“Later on Monday, Prandelli will take charge of his first training session at the Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna.”
Kevin Durant struggles in Pre-Season debut
Fans were left worried as Golden State warriors put up a disappointing performance and lost 97-93 in a pre-season game.
Latest addition to the team, Kevin Durant, had all eyes on him but struggled to make an impact in the game, only scoring 2, out of 9 attempts. The last being a three pointer.
“Just missing [shots], no rush for me, I felt great out there. Shot looked good. I don’t know, tight rims, you gotta swish them in,” said Durant. “I think both teams, shots were going in and out the basket, but I feel like I should make every shot, so of course I was frustrated.”
Unlike Durant, the pressure didn’t get to Klay Thompson, who is also a new addition to the team. He made 13 attempts in 19 minutes, and scored in 5. The only consistent player on the lineup.
Though, it’s only preseason, fans were expectant and it is quite obvious the players need to work harder to get better results.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan