EPL: Chelsea face Brighton hurdle

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Brighton vs. Chelsea Venue: Amex Stadium Kick off: 1:30PMChelsea make the trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon looking to strengthen their grip on fourth position in the Premier League standings. While Chelsea have been hampered by their lack of consistency since the arrival of Frank Lampard, the presence of the club legend has also played a pivotal part in the team’s ability to frequently bounce back from setbacks with significant wins. During a period where they have lost at home to Bournemouth and Southampton without troubling the scoresheet, Chelsea have recorded maximum points at the grounds of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. To some degree, witnessing his players perform with class against Spurs and sheer desire versus the Gunners will frustrate Lampard, who did not hide his disappointment after the previous defeats at Stamford Bridge. Nevertheless, the Englishman will at least feel optimistic for the future as the club look to close the gap on second and third place, while also defending their hold on fourth position. While achieving Champions League football for next season has become the natural priority target, Lampard will feel that this side is capable of more if they can maintain a high level over a prolonged period. Most of the attention this season has been focused on a misfiring backline and a youthful attack, but Jorginho reiterated his importance to the team and squad in general at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Despite the Italian being fortunate to remain on the pitch during the closing stages, his presence after his introduction settled the Blues down at a time when their opponents could have effectively ended the game as a contest. The performance creates a selection dilemma for Lampard going forward, although it is one which he will like having when no-one in his squad is producing the consistency he is demanding. Chelsea travel to the south coast having now won seven of their 10 away matches in this season’s Premier League, although that record will not intimidate Graham Potter’s Brighton squad. While the Seagulls have only registered four wins at the Amex Stadium from 10 attempts, their style of play has regularly caused problems for their opponents this season, regardless of their position in the table. That said, Brighton desperately needed their success against Bournemouth at the weekend after falling to within a defeat of being pulled into the bottom three. There is the perception that Brighton are a team on the up under Potter, something which may be the case, but a four-match winless streak had highlighted the need for results over displays which are easy on the eye. The manner of the victory over the Cherries delivered both of those aspects, with Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Mooy scoring brilliantly-taken individual goals to get off the mark for the season. With more breathing space to work with, Potter will now hope that his players can replicate that performance four days later against Chelsea, who outplayed them at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign. There is also the added motivation of trying to record back-to-back Premier League wins for just the second time this season – something which has not been achieved since the start of November. Given that Chelsea have also not put together successive triumphs since October 26, the opportunity is there to get another three points on the board, which would ultimately leave Brighton not far away from the top 10. Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Bissouma, Propper, Trossard, Mooy, Jahanbakhsh, Maupay. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Palmieri, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham.Tags: AMex StadiumBrightonChelseaFrank LampardPremier LeagueTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

No. 5 Syracuse crushes Siena, 18-5, in season opener

first_imgTo dissolve the memory of a season-ending loss to Johns Hopkins 272 days ago, Dylan Donahue focused on what his new role in Syracuse’s offense would be.Instead of being the finisher on acrobatic passes from Kevin Rice or Randy Staats, Donahue was the one slinging passes around the crease to a revamped Orange offense.The senior attack spearheaded the offense with nine points in a season-opening, 18-5, No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) win against Siena (0-1). He gave the Orange its first goal of the season, firing a low shot as he danced around the crease and slithered past the long stick of Siena’s Jon-Michael Tokar.The early goal was cushioned by three more in the opening quarter from transfers Nick Piroli and Nick Mariano, as well as first-line midfielder Sergio Salcido.Donahue patrolled the offense primarily from the X position behind Siena’s net, and that’s where he dished a pass to Salcido over the heads of several Saints defenders. The 5-foot-5 midfielder swung a 10-yard shot past Siena goalkeeper Tommy Cordts and pumped both fists in the air to put SU out in front by three.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMinutes later Donahue found Jordan Evans weaving between Saints defenders. From the X position again, Donahue dished to the junior attack, who scored while Siena midfielder Michael Cox closed in. Cox looked up at the Carrier Dome ceiling in frustration while the Orange offense swarmed Evans in celebration.While largely setting up the offense on Saturday afternoon, SU’s first 50-goal scorer in 24-years found the back of the net four times to pad his nine-point outing.This time second-line midfielder Matt Lane assumed the X position behind Siena’s net. Donahue positioned himself just outside the left of Cordts’ crease, and angled his stick just above the ground to fire in the low feed from Lane.Cordts raised his stick in anticipation of Donahue’s shot, but it was too late to prevent the SU lead from ballooning to 9-0 with three minutes left in the first half.Donahue scored again 37 seconds later in one of his most coveted situations. He led the Orange with 15 extra-man goals last year, and bounced a shot past Cordts and the Saints’ defense in his first chance this season to extend the lead out, 10-0.After finding Tim Barber standing on the edge of the crease for a quick stick goal, Donahue retreated with many of the Orange’s starters for the remainder of the second half.Syracuse hardly let up its scoring pace, and dropped in eight more shots in the game’s final 30 minutes. Comments Published on February 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘Betrayed’: Jose Mourinho savages Chelsea players after Leicester defeat

first_imgJose Mourinho accused his Chelsea players of betraying his hard work after the club’s ninth Premier League defeat of the season at Leicester.Mourinho let rip on Sky Sports after the defending champions lost 2-1 to top-of-the-table Leicester, claiming last season’s success was down to his “phenomenal” work bringing his players “to a level they aren’t really at”. Highlights from his interview with Patrick Davidson:’I feel like my work was betrayed’ “We concede two goals that are unacceptable for me. I know my best quality is to read the opponents for my players and to identify every detail and these two goals – with the movement of (Jamie) Vardy between the two central defenders and then (Riyad) Mahrez one-against-one when I want one-against-two – are difficult to accept. “I feel my work was betrayed.”‘Last season I took them to a level that is not their level’ “When you have some players in crucial positions not playing at a normal level, it is difficult.  “All last season I did phenomenal work and I took them to a level that is not their level. It’s more than they really are. It’s not all of them, of course, but clearly for some of them it is more difficult (to reach that level again)”. Hazard went down injured in the first half, tried to continue but quickly concluded he could not play on. Mourinho said, appearing to border on sarcasm: “The only thing I know is in 10 seconds he made the decision himself. It must be a serious injury as he made the decision himself and just left the pitch.”Mourinho was critical of striker Diego Costa, specifically accusing him of failing to get into scoring positions inside the penalty area. “We put on an extra midfield player, then an extra striker, because clearly Diego (Costa) is in trouble in the box. Normally his movement is outside the box, so I tried to bring (Loic) Remy in to have another body there.” Mourinho accused Leicester of timewasting after Chelsea pulled a goal back to make it 2-1. “We scored a goal with 15 minutes to go, but it was almost five because of the ballboys, the injuries, the ball disappearing and all this stuff. It’s not nice, but they did it very well.” He later called the ball boys: “A disgrace to the Premier League.”–last_img read more