Paul Merson predicts who will win the Premier League and Champions League

first_imgAdvertisement / Read More Paul Merson has predicted who will win the Premier League and Champions League (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has backed Liverpool to end their long wait for a Premier League title and explained why Manchester City will not win the Champions League this season.Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League holders are still six points clear at the top of the table despite drawing 1-1 with arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds fell agonisingly short last season, eventually finishing just one point behind Manchester City, but Arsenal legend Merson believes the title will be heading to Anfield this time around. PLAY The Arsenal legend is expecting big things from Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)‘The gap is still six points and that’s still a lot,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘Forget about where Manchester United are, that was always going to be a difficult game for Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Manchester City won the Premier League title last term (Picture: AP)And Merson can see the Reds conquering Europe again this term after raising question marks over fellow contenders Man City, Juventus and Bayern Munich.‘City are a very good team, but they are not going to win the Champions League, playing against the best teams in Europe, with two holding midfielders in defence,’ Merson said.‘They need Aymeric Laporte back. I thought Juventus would be one of the dangers, but I watched them the other night and they are not going to win it.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘When Bayern Munich rinsed Tottenham the other week, I didn’t think they were the team to beat. I didn’t think that at all if I’m being honest. I thought they looked quite open.‘I still think Liverpool are the team to beat. They lost in the final two seasons ago and then won it last season. Who’s got better form than that?‘They hardly ever lose at home, if ever. No one wants to go and play at Anfield. I still think Liverpool will be there or thereabouts come the end of the competition.’MORE: Paul Merson slams Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left Advertisement Coming Next Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Paul Merson predicts who will win the Premier League and Champions League by Metro 1/1 Read More Read More SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling center_img Read More 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Skip Video Settings Read More Full Screen Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE ‘It’s the biggest game of the season for both teams so neither side is lying down for the other.‘Liverpool found a way to get back into the game, and it’s the sort of game you’ll look back on later in the season and think that was a big point.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 City‘Despite not playing very well, they kept going and got what could prove to be a big goal. There’s always going to be pressure on Liverpool because they are the top team at the moment, everybody wants to beat them.‘The gap is still six points and they haven’t lost a game in the league yet this season. Six points is a big gap at this stage of the season, so I thought Sunday’s result was a good one for Liverpool.’The Gunners hero added: ‘They didn’t do anything wrong last season, did they? Manchester City won their last 14 games of the season. They pulled up trees. What can you do about that? You can’t do anything about that. Skip Ad Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 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 link733Shares Comment Jurgen Klopp: VAR still has its problemsTo 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 11:10FullscreenJurgen Klopp: VAR still has its problems 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.‘They just have to worry about themselves. That’s all you can do. They’ve got to keep going and they are still favourites in my eyes.‘Liverpool need to win next weekend [against Tottenham]. Manchester City play before them and if Pep Guardiola’s side get a win then the gap is down to three points.‘There will obviously be a game in hand, but the pressure will be different as Liverpool will need to win. Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League holders are top of the Premier League (Picture: Getty)‘They then play Man City in a few weeks and if Jurgen Klopp’s side win the game and go nine points clear, you’d probably say goodnight to the title race.‘Liverpool would have to throw it away big time from there.’Despite missing out on the Premier League title last season, Liverpool still enjoyed a brilliant campaign, lifting the Champions League after beating Tottenham in Madrid.last_img read more

Syracuse looks to eliminate late defensive lapses and improve offensively

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 19, 2017 at 12:52 am Contact Anthony: [email protected] After Syracuse’s first victory of the season on Oct. 13, it eyed a weekend sweep against Providence.After taking a commanding 2-0 lead, the Orange defense faltered in the final period, a recurring theme this season. With the Orange struggling offensively, Providence tied the game before winning in overtime. On Friday, Syracuse (1-4-1) will look to correct its mistakes when it hosts No. 9 Northeastern (2-3-1).“What we’re finding, certainly three weekends in,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said, “is that we’ve struggled in the third periods. We’ve been outscored and I think we have been outplayed quite a bit.”In practice, Syracuse puts a focus on improving its third-period performance. Flanagan attributes much of SU’s struggles to conditioning, something he says the team is working harder on.“I thought we played some real good first periods, and parts of second periods, we have really struggled in the third,” Flanagan said. “So I would attribute that directly to our lack of being as fit as we need to be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textProvidence’s overtime goal, which handed the Orange its fourth loss of the season, is one the team could’ve prevented, senior defender Megan Quinn said. She believes there were multiple mistakes made that eventually led to the goal.There are a few things Quinn believes the team can do to improve defensively, such as knowing one’s role and where to be on defense. In practice, she said, the team has been working on blocking shots and defending after opponents enter the zone.Quinn believes the defensive collapse can be taken as a learning experience, one that the team can improve on as the season progresses. There are some positives to take away from, such as a quick offensive start and Victoria Klimek’s first collegiate goal.“I was happy we got up another goal,” Klimek said.Klimek was ultimately disappointed in the outcome, despite her first goal. In order to improve on the offensive end, she said, the Orange must work harder and be more creative on three-on-two attacks and in the neutral zone.Skating fast, checking hard and being in the right position will also be key in improving SU’s offensive output.Flanagan is happy with the opportunities the Orange is getting on the offensive end of the puck, pointing toward SU’s eight breakaways this past weekend. Syracuse has jumped on loose pucks and created space.“I like the fact we’re getting opportunities,” Flanagan said, “and now we have to bear down on our execution.” Commentslast_img read more