LONDON -- Three thoughts on Chelsea's 3-1 win vs. Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
1. Morata sends Chelsea second
Alvaro Morata does not exactly radiate confidence as a centre-forward (as his manager admitted even after this game) Quite the opposite, in fact: More often than not, he can look uncertain, nervous and lacking the sort of ego that powers someone like Diego Costa, his predecessor at Stamford Bridge. His current demeanour, though, should betray growing belief.
Diving and simulation has been a hot topic in football for years and ahead of matches it is not uncommon to see players and managers warn opponents against diving or even alert the referees to a specific player's propensity to dive. Ahead of Crystal Palace's trip to Watford this weekend, Palace manager Roy Hodgson has delivered the latest stern warning against diving.
The only difference is that Hodgson has picked quite an unusual target to issue the warning to... "Harry the Hornet". For those confused...
LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Liverpool's 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday.
1. Liverpool withstand tough test at Palace
The Premier League needs a strong Liverpool this season. We're only two games in, but Manchester City seem to have improved since last term, absurdly, while the other main challengers are either in flux or have significant points of weakness. If there's to be any sort of title race, Liverpool have to be at it from the start.
LONDON -- It was roughly 90 minutes before kickoff when the Fulham team bus alighted on Stevenage Road and Premier League footballers ambled into Craven Cottage for the first top-flight fixture in these parts for over four years.
Home fans were there in number to greet them, white replica shirts on their backs, broad new-season grins on their faces, the warm August sunshine gently beating down on their heads. The names and numbers melded pride in last's season swashbuckling promotion charge -- MITROVIC...