Luis Suarez Returns
Sky Sports’ Chris Kamara reviews “a Premier League weekend.” Luis Suarez made a return to Liverpool, Fernando Torres clashed with Jan Vertonghen, and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey continued a “fantastic” season. Managers such as Kevin Ball and David Moyes face scrutiny and Jonny Howson “pushes on to help Norwich progress.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers discusses Suarez’s return after his 10-game ban for biting, as well as the striker’s partnership with Daniel Sturridge. “These two can be the best in the country,” Rodgers told the press after Liverpool’s win at Sunderland. The Guardian features Rodgers’ statements and highlights from Liverpool’s win at Sunderland.
Oliver Kay of The Times writes, “Sunderland needed a shot in the arm.” However, Kay adds Sunderland did not need to face the “fearsome partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez” or fall behind to a “controversial goal that flew in off the former’s bicep.”
David Usher reviews Suarez’s Liverpool return for ESPN FC. “A player like Suarez can be the difference in tight games,” Usher writes. “And every game Liverpool have played this season has been exactly that — tight.” Daniel Sturridge was the “real star of the show.” While Liverpool’s overall performance was “far from being a perfect display,” Suarez and Sturridge give the team “every reason to be optimistic.”
Real Madrid Struggle
Real Madrid’s loss to Atletico Madrid raises concerns about the team’s future in the league. Ian Hawkey reports on Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale for The Telegraph.
“In his first month as a Real player,” Hawkey writes, “Bale has now accumulated 110 league minutes on the pitch.
“For none of them has his team been in the lead.”
When Bale left Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Saturday, he asked a couple of “urgent” questions: “Is La Liga always a two-horse race? And, hang on – it is definitely Real Madrid or Barcelona for the title, is it not?” Hawkey affirms that during negotiations between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur over Bale’s transfer, the “most expensive footballer in history had plenty of time to read the guidebooks.”
The Independent reports on fans’ reaction to Real Madrid’s “first derby defeat since 1999,” as well as some good news for Gareth Bale: “The last time Real lost to Atletico, they want on to win the Champions League at the end of the season.”
David Moyes and Manchester United
“These are not crisis times for Moyes but troubled times,” the BBC’s Phil McNulty writes. Stepping into Alex Ferguson’s shoes at Manchester United has seemed “tougher than expected” for former Everton manager David Moyes who “lost the guiding hand of chief executive David Gill following his departure.” McNulty explores issues affecting United such as Moyes’ new leadership, failures in the summer transfer market, and the “Ferguson factor.” He also explains “what Manchester United needs” going forward.
The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden reports: “Manchester United’s manager David Moyes may live to regret acknowledging the deficiencies in his team following home defeat to West Brom.”
DailyMirror features predictions about United’s Wayne Rooney from Old Trafford legends Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. “I said years ago that as long as he stayed fit he would become the highest scorer and I have no doubt he’ll break the record,” Law said in regards to Rooney’s chances at breaking the Manchester United scoring record.
In Other News
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was absent from his team’s Champions League game against Celtic last night. He was injured during Barca’s win over Almeria. STV Sport predicts that Messi’s absence “may not diminish the threat they pose to Celtic.” Barcelona has “coped” without him in the past.
The “failed friendship” between Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho “dominated the background to their first meeting as managers.” The BBC’s Phil McNulty describes the pair’s “lukewarm” encounter and the road ahead as each manager focuses on “rebuilding his job.”
ESPN FC writer Simon Curtis satirically compares Aston Villa’s “mysterious” win over Manchester City to an episode from the television series “X-Files.”
By INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett
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