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It is a week when all good things come to an end for Arsenal and this was in keeping with that theme as Arsène Wenger suffered his first defeat against Leicester City in 23 games, leaving his team without a point away from home this year and enduring their worst run of form on the road since 1966. Men's Majestic Philadelphia Phillies #5 Nick Williams Authentic Green Salute to Service MLB JerseyIn many ways the evening felt like a microcosm of Arsenal’s season as they pressed the self-destruct button not once but twice. Konstantinos Mavropanos was sent off after only 15 minutes for hauling down Kelechi Iheanacho, who had just punished some poor Arsenal defending to put Leicester ahead, and although Pierre‑Emerick Aubameyang equalised early in the second half, Wenger’s side handed the initiative to the home team again when Henrikh Mkhitaryan brought down Denny McLain Womens Jersey Demarai Gray. NHL Adidas Vegas Golden Knights #18 James Neal Gray Backer Pullover HoodieJamie Vardy, who turned down the chance to sign for Wenger two years ago, dispatched the penalty kick for his 21st goal of the season and Riyad Mahrez applied the coup de grace for Leicester with a superb third in the 90th minute, leaving Wenger to reflect on another disappointing night that he blamed on the officials. “It’s a frustration because I believe we played a great game and with 10 against 11 we have shown quality in our game and spirit,” he said. “Overall it is very sad because the decision went against us and we are upset that we lost a game that we should not have lost. It does not have big consequences but it’s just a continuity of what we have faced all season.” Wenger was talking initially about the straight red card that Mavropanos received for tugging at the shorts of Iheanacho, who had forced the young Greek defender into a mistake by closing him down as he tried to play the ball out from the back. Graham Scott, the referee, Authentic Robin Yount Jersey was well positioned to make the call. “I disagree with the red card because [Rob] Holding would have caught this ball, because he was not the last man,” Authentic Pierre-Edouard Bellemare JerseyWenger said. That was a dubious interpretation of the incident given that it was Authentic Marquise Goodwin Jerseyhighly questionable whether Holding would have been able to get across and stop Iheanacho in his tracks. As for the penalty kick, Mkhitaryan appeared to be playing with fire when he challenged Gray from behind, after Shkodran Mustafi abjectly passed the ball straight to the Leicester winger, although Wenger was convinced that Scott got that badly wrong. “The penalty is a very creative, imaginative aspect from the referee,” Wenger said. “We’ve watched it again, it’s a nice dive and it’s not a penalty. Mkhitaryan plays the ball.” The evening finished with Wenger acknowledging the Leicester supporters as they sang his name, yet it was tempting to wonder whether the home crowd would have been quite so generous if they were losing, rather than winning. It was an important victory for Claude Puel, who had registered only four wins from Leicester’s previous 19 league matches, and opens the door to the possibility of his side pipping Everton to eighth place on the final day. Iheanacho’s goal set Leicester on their way, the Nigerian thumping a bouncing ball inside the near post, after Fousseni Diabaté nodded down Christian Fuch’s cross, and only a string of fine saves from Petr Cech prevented the home team from adding to their lead before the interval as Arsenal struggled to cope with their numerical disadvantage. The visitors were brighter early in the second half, however Aubameyang turned the ball in from six yards after Eldin Jakupovic had repelled his first attempt. Leicester, though, were back in front 14 minutes from time, when Vardy sent Cech the wrong way from the spot, and Mahrez then turned Holding inside out to score a lovely third and put a smile on Puel’s face. “It was a good feeling to win our last home game,” Leicester’s manager said. cheap jerseyswholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys
DeAndre Yedlin is centre stage in a primary school gymnasium, helping to teach a group of suddenly rather self‑conscious children the art of trapping, volleying and heading a football. As they gradually shed their initial shyness in the face of the vividly dressed Newcastle player leaning casually against the wallbars, Yedlin, too, relaxes. Men's Nike Jacksonville Jaguars #22 Aaron Colvin Limited Olive 2017 Salute to Service NFL JerseyYet if Rafael Benítez’s first-choice right-back is ideally qualified to help spearhead a charitable mission to promote physical activity among North Tyneside’s children, the 24-year-old United States international is most definitely not your stereotypical one-dimensional elite athlete. #21 Nike Authentic Thaddeus Young Men's Navy Blue NBA Jersey - Indiana Pacers City EditionGrowing up in Seattle and studying at university in Ohio, a love of art and design almost rivalled football for first place in his Authentic Adam Oates Jersey affections. The interest has resulted in a clothing range named Roselle, Yedlin’s middle name. “It’s going well,” he says. “I’m just waiting for some samples to come back to me from LA, then we’ll be ready.” Judging by his Robert Golden Jerseytrademark style – slightly bling with an abstract twist featuring splashes of primary colours – footballers could prove ideal consumers. “Players, yeah, but I don’t like to put a market on it,” he says. “It’s whoever likes the clothes. It doesn’t matter to me if someone wearing the clothes is 10 or 90; what matters is that they like them.” If the admittedly unlikely idea of Benítez modelling Yedlin’s range while prowling the technical area would provoke delight, the prospect of Donald Trump as a client is less appealing. “I’m not really a political person but I’m not the biggest fan of Trump,” Yedlin says. “I have my thoughts on him. I’m not a fan of his policies, the things he says, the things he’s brought to the table.” In contrast, a player looking forward to renewing old acquaintances against Tottenham Hotspur n Wednesday night has nothing negative to say of the three managers he has played under in England. “Mauricio Pochettino [Spurs], Sam Allardyce [Sunderland] and Rafa have improved the defensive side of my game 100%,” he says. “They’ve all got different qualities but they’ve all been good to me. Allardyce is more the traditional English coach, Pochettino’s a little bit standoffish, he just kind of lets you do your own thing, and Rafa’s much more hands-on. Rafa does a lot more one-on-one work with players. “Rafa understands that every player’s different and needs different things. He connects with everybody on a personal level. I’m really fortunate to be working under him.” Benítez has taken the trouble to understand Yedlin’s background, to grasp the depth of his relationship with the grandparents, who brought him up and regularly visit him in Newcastle. The defender has never met his father, who is serving life in a US prison, but he is now on good terms with his mother. A mix of Eric Berry Jersey Latvian, African American and Native American heritage, Yedlin sports tattoos in Hebrew paying homage to Authentic Danny Salazar Jerseyhis great grandparents and the role of his great-grandfather, Irving J Schaffer, in flying fighters for the US airforce during the second world war. “I’m not a practicing Jew but my great-grandparents were,” he says. “It’s part of our family history.” In 2005 Schaffer published Red Skies at Night in the hope his searing accounts of combat missions and the psychological damage inflicted by battle might help veterans afflicted by Gulf war syndrome. Schaffer’s great-grandson knows he is lucky to inhabit a very different world. Even so, in a football context, this season has contained some tense moments for last season’s Championship winners. “If, before Christmas, you’d have asked a lot of people if we’d be safe in early April they’d have said: ‘You’re crazy,’” Yedlin says. “You have to give credit to the fans. They didn’t turn on us when results went badly, they stuck with us, stayed positive and it’s paid off.
A night of drama and tension ended with Southampton all but securing their Premier League status for another season, Swansea City staring relegation in the face and West Brom joining Stoke City in the Championship next season. Manolo Gabbiadini was the player who set that chain of events in motion with a goal that was scrappy and untidy but worth its weight in gold to Mark Hughes and his players. Men's San Jose Sharks #28 Timo Meier Reebok Black Third Authentic NHL Jersey“We are staying up,” chanted the Southampton fans as the players joined hands to celebrate in front of them at the final whistle. Hughes was as pumped up as anyone as he strode on to the pitch without shaking hands with Carlos Carvalhal, clenching his fist and embracing the players who have taken Womens Julian Edelman Jersey Saints to the verge of safety. Women's Nike Arizona Cardinals #64 Dorian Johnson White Vapor Untouchable Limited Player NFL JerseySwansea were crestfallen. They are three points adrift with only one game left and will need to beat Stoke at home on Sunday and hope Huddersfield lose their final two fixtures, against Chelsea and Arsenal, to have any chance of staying up. Authentic Mike Bossy Jersey On this evidence there is little chance of Swansea keeping their side Womens Zack Greinke Jersey of that bargain. The Carvalhal revival has crashed and burned. Swansea have failed to win in nine matches and this was the eighth home game of the season in which they have not scored. They are toothless in attack and Carvalhal’s negative approach over the last couple of months – he has become obsessed with playing five at the back – has done nothing to help their cause. Hughes read the script in that respect. Southampton sat deep initially, defending in numbers, and effectively asked Swansea to break them down. As has been the case so often struggled to do so, and there was always a feeling Southampton had the wherewithal to punish them at the other end, especially when they started to attack with more conviction after the break. The goal arrived in the 72nd minute and it was a desperately poor one to concede. Dusan Tadic’s corner was headed back across goal by the unmarked Shane Long, it was flicked on again by Oriol Romeu and although Lukasz Fabianski managed to keep out Charlie Austin’s shot, Gabbiadini was perfectly positioned to sweep home from inside the six-yard box four minutes after coming on. Hughes said he had always planned to introduce Gabbiadini at some stage, and the Southampton manager made it clear he had felt this was a must-win game because Saints face Manchester City on the final day. A heavy defeat against City and an emphatic Swansea win could still see Hughes’s team relegated in theory, yet nobody can realistically expect a nine-goal swing in the respective fixtures. For Hughes, victory was particularly sweet because of some of the shenanigans that went on before the game. The Swansea hotel Southampton planned to stay in was cancelled at short notice on Sunday, forcing Hughes and his players to find alternative accommodation in Cardiff, and there was more frustration for the visitors when they arrived at the Liberty Stadium and were told they would have to wait on the bus. Hughes had had enough at that point and instructed his players to leave the team coach and walk the 100 yards or so to the entrance. Although the atmosphere crackled inside the Liberty Stadium the early stages game was something of a slowburner. Swansea had plenty of possession and tried to dictate the tempo but they created little going Womens Kenny Wiggins Jersey forward. Andy King’s low drive was comfortably saved by Alex McCarthy and Sam Clucas’s glancing header fell the wrong side of the far upright; but that was the sum total of Swansea’s threat before the interval and it was difficult to know what opportunities Carvalhal was referring to afterwards when he talked about his team creating plenty of chances. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys china cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys from china
Nah, nah, it was quiet,” Marcelo grinned and everyone laughed. A few metres away, through the door to the left, Ernesto Valverde took a seat and came straight out with it. “Decaffeinated,” he said dead pan, the hint of a smirk of his face. There was a bit of a laugh then too. Everyone knew what they meant, the irony not lost on anyone, Valverde’s first word of the week, sent right back at them. Youth Richard Jefferson Swingman Green Nike Jersey: NBA Denver Nuggets #22 Salute to ServiceOutside, the confetti had settled all around the Camp Nou, billions of bits of colour everywhere, and it was quiet now, midnight approaching and 97,797 people heading home, but still their minds raced and their hearts too, trying to make sense of it all, picking their way through what they’d just seen. “Bloody hell, what a clásico!” Barcelona’s manager said. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Decaffeinated was the word, but it was wrong. All week, it had been repeated endlessly: Barcelona were champions and double winners already while Real Madrid were preparing for the European Cup final, happy just for no one to get hurt. There was nothing to play for, or so they said, but there was: for Barcelona, history called, the chance to complete a first unbeaten season for 86 years – and back when Madrid did it in 1932 and Athletic Club did it in 1930, there were only 18 games, so you could pretty much call it the first ever. With four matches left, it felt like only Madrid could deny them and they would do all they could. Besides, football tends to find a way, a momentum all of its own, and in a clásico there’s always something to play for. So, they played – the way they so often do in this game, the match that always seems to deliver, even when it’s not supposed to. Set up to be “as exciting as a hospital dinner,” as David Gistau wrote, instead it was very, very tasty. Decaffeinated? Aye, right. “There was plenty of caffeine,” Valverde said. “Caffeine? It was pure taurine,” wrote Marca. They called it “war”; and “in war there is no peace,” insisted Manuel Bud Dupree Youth jersey Jabois in El País, likening it to “fishing with dynamite”. It was explosive, all right. There were 28 shots, chances at one end then the other, seven yellow cards given and a penalty not given, maybe two. A red card, a goal disallowed, controversy and confrontations everywhere. Sergio Taylor Decker Jersey Ramos and Luis Suárez, Luka Modric and Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Marcelo. Messi went in on Ramos, the world upside down. There was an argument in the tunnel as they headed off at half-time, Barcelona having just been reduced to 10 men and Messi recriminating the referee, and another one as they headed back out again at the end of it, Nacho shaking his head and muttering “unbelievable” at Gerard Piqué. Which was one word for a night that ended with the players embracing, spent but smiling, the final score 2-2. There were four goals, all of them superb– one each for Suárez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Gareth Bale – and enough to keep everyone going for weeks, AS suggesting that it bordered on the days of Mourinho v Guardiola. Not least when it came to the thing some of them love best of all: the referee. “It’s a good job there’s no VAR or we’d still be out there,” Valverde joked. In the first half Alejandro Hernández Hernández ruled out a goal from Suárez for offside and sent off Roberto for hitting out at Marcelo; in the second he didn’t give a penalty when Marcelo was fouled by Jordi Alba and didn’t blow when Suárez left Raphael Varane on the floor, hooking his ankle as he passed to make the second goal, later admitting: “It was a bit of a foul.” Above all, it was a bit good. “A mad house”, Marca said. “Mucho clásico, not much of a referee,” AS insisted. “Surrealism takes the clásico,” declared El Mundo. “Colossal,” El País’s headline called it, capturing it best. Because for all the controversy there was football too; the clásico it lived up to its usual billing again, if not the billing it had been given in the week before. The speed of it, the skill, the quality. The commitment, too. Yes, it was edgy at times, and there were complaints too, but there was also a dignity in the way they competed, as if everything was at stake, wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys
If God exists and one day I go up there and he will ask: ‘Do you want to come in? What have you done in your life?’ The only answer I will have is: ‘I tried to win football games.’ He will say: ‘Is that all you have done?’ And the only answer I will have is: ‘It’s not as easy as it looks.’” Youth Taurean Prince Swingman White Nike Jersey: NBA Atlanta Hawks #12 Association EditionAnd so said Arsène Wenger. For 22 years, from his red and white corner of north London, he has tried to win football matches in the name of Arsenal. On Sunday, for the last time, he walked into the stadium he helped to create, through a guard of Paulo Orlando Jersey honour with an amiable wave, and was able to soak up an atmosphere of gratitude and happiness. Unusually, perhaps, on this day of all days, maybe it was as easy as it looks but few would begrudge him that. “There’s only one Arsène Wenger” chimed around in the blazing sunshine and, with the pressure off, Arsenal kicked back to relish a rare afternoon of sweetness and light. The game itself was a sideshow, as the fan base – unified at last – came together to honour the only manager they have known since the faraway past of 1996. The post‑match ceremony will have meant a great deal to him personally. Two of the men he began to work with on day one, Pat Rice as his assistant and Bob Wilson as the goalkeeping coach, gave him Womens Jamaal Williams Jersey the tribute and the greatest prize of all. “The visionary Arsène Wenger, an inspiration,” Wilson announced. “There is only one gift that is truly appropriate of what Arsène has given to Arsenal. Yes, it is the special gold trophy presented to our club following the historic 2003‑2004 season. This is the one and only Invincibles trophy which Arsène Wenger will have to keep.” Rice handed it over and the embraces dripped with shared history. In all honesty all the attention is not Wenger’s cup of tea. He just about tolerates it. He composed himself to address the crowd and speak from the heart. “I would like to wish my fellow manager Ferguson well,” he began, to great applause. “Thank you for having me for such a long time. I know that’s not easy. But above all I am like you. I am an Arsenal fan. That means more than just watching football. It is a way of life. It is caring about the beautiful game, the values we cherish and something that goes through every cell of our body.” One could hear a pin drop. After the prolonged, neurotic, conflicted noise around the subject of the future of Arsenal under Wenger, the sound of peace breaking out was a balm. A mood of contented nostalgia washed around the Emirates Stadium. It was packed, some fans flew in from far and wide, the queues for the commemorative programmes wound through the concourses, the Merci Arsène T‑shirts on every seat turned the stadium a deeper shade of red. The fans rummaged through the silver-lining playbook – singing for Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Dennis Bergkamp – the players that symbolise the greatest Wenger teams, the most polished successes – then boomed out their special chant for the retiring Per Mertesacker as the German ambled on for a last hurrah. This is the second weighty goodbye of the Wenger years. The scenario 12 years ago also came with mixed emotions. Departing Highbury was a huge turning point for the club and one that was linked with the big ideas for modernising that seemed to go hand in hand with the success of early-era Wenger. That farewell was marked by Thierry Henry kneeling down to kiss the turf he called his garden on scoring a hat-trick that sealed Champions League football for the umpteenth consecutive season. Arsenal said their goodbyes and headed to their one and only Champions League final. There was a worry this goodbye might be flattened slightly by the dashed dream of a Europa League final. But Arsenal put on the kind of show that epitomised Wenger’s unwavering belief in what he always called “the game we love to play”. The front players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, dazzled.
AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons will always live in each other’s shadow, destined forever – or at least for a long while – to be mentioned in the same breath. Both clubs were born of the decision to allow the original Wimbledon FC to be uprooted and moved to Milton Keynes in 2002, since when one has struggled to maintain its status and the other fought to catch them. Women's Adidas Jack Roslovic Authentic Purple NHL Jersey: Winnipeg Jets #52 Fights Cancer PracticeTwo years ago they stood for the first time on the same rung of the footballing ladder, as MK Dons tumbled out of the Championship while Wimbledon came through the League Two play-offs to secure their sixth promotion. Over the last seven Justin Coleman Youth jersey days they have been separated once again: last MK Dons lost 2-0 to Scunthorpe and were relegated; on Tuesday Wimbledon drew at Doncaster to guarantee survival. “It’s something that’s built up a lot,” says George Williams, the MK Dons full-back and reigning player of the season (he will reign for another year, as this campaign has been so disappointing the prize has not been handed out). “As a player you’ve just got to get on with your job. We’re disappointed to be relegated and it doesn’t matter who finished above us. It’s not focused on any particular team – we’re disappointed we finished below everyone. We wanted to finish top of the pile.” Erik Samuelson, Wimbledon’s chief executive, sighs when the question is put to him. “We don’t make that comparison,” he says. “It’s the media and, to be fair, fans. My consistent message is we will not have our achievements measured by comparison with anyone else.” Before the season’s final fixture the clubs are separated by four places and 10 points but their campaigns could hardly have been more contrasting. Wimbledon were among the favourites for relegation, constrained by one of the division’s more humble budgets, while the well-funded MK Dons were expected to challenge for promotion; Wimbledon have had the same manager since October 2012, while MK Dons are on their third since the turn of the year. “Robbie Neilson had a really good end to last season and that’s why we all had really high hopes for this year and why we were one of the favourites to go up,” says Williams. “It just never got going like it did last season. There were a lot of changes and for one reason or another it didn’t work out.” Though the club started reasonably, and were mid-table in October, Neilson was sacked in January when they first hit the bottom four. “Dan Micciche came in, which was a bit of a surprise for some people because he didn’t have a lot of experience,” Williams continues. “He did really well with what he had and we started playing really good football. We didn’t get the results but in terms of style of play we’d come on leaps and bounds.” Micciche was sacked last month, having won Mike Shannon Youth jersey three of his 16 games in charge. “I want to apologise to our supporters and the city of Milton Keynes,” said the club’s chairman, Pete Winkelman, who admitted to “two bad managerial decisions”. Keith Millen, Micciche’s assistant, has guided them through the remainder of the season but remains a caretaker; Exeter’s Paul Tisdale is current favourite to take permanent charge. The curtain comes down on the Dons’ season at Shrewsbury, who with a comparatively minuscule budget have won more than twice as many points and are preparing for the play-offs. “I think the club, everyone from the players and staff to the fans, are at a real low point right now, one of the lowest points the club’s ever been at,” says Williams. “But you’ve Kris Letang Youth jersey got to face it head on and build an optimism around the place. It’s an opportunity to create something again. It’s a chance to build success here.”,99652
Brighton have enjoyed plenty of giddy highs since their restoration to the top division last summer but this was a victory to cap them all. By securing a first win over Manchester United in 36 years Chris Hughton’s team are safe. The wave of relief that swept round the Amex at the final whistle swiftly turned to raucous delight. There will be top-flight football in Sussex by the sea for another year. Nike Women's Bo Jackson Elite White Jersey - Oakland Raiders NFL #34 Rush Vapor UntouchableThis was a glorious way to achieve a season’s objective, a success achieved as Brandon Carr Youth jersey Pascal Gross’s header crept exactly 28.3mm over the goal-line before Marcos Rojo could hook the effort away, and one to be savoured through the delighted din of the players’ post-match lap of appreciation. Gross was outstanding, as he has been for much of his first season in England since joining for £3m after Ingolstadt slipped out of the Bundesliga. The German’s determination to reach José Izquierdo’s centre, which had flicked off David de Gea’s glove into a muddle of bodies off the far post, summed up the home side’s urgent desire to secure safety, even if their goal celebrations were briefly delayed until the referee’s watch had buzzed. Albion’s run-in had always looked daunting, with trips to the Premier League champions and Champions League finalists to come in the final week. Yet by winning for the first time since early March and discomforting United all night, they have quelled fears of a late sting in the season’s tail. “It’s a relief because I felt we’ve deserved to stay in this league for our season’s work,” said Hughton. “If we’d lost today and the next two and somehow gone down, it would have been a real feeling of injustice. Normally when you win this type of game it’s because you’ve played at a good level and maybe your keeper has had to make some good saves or they’ve missed some chances. But United didn’t have a clear-cut chance in the 90 minutes. We were good value for the win.” That was an understatement. Brighton’s attacking approach play had been more assured and incisive all night, led by Izquierdo and Anthony Knockaert, who tends to rouse himself for occasions such as these. The hosts’ back-line was obdurate and organised, their midfield industrious and energetic and neither of United’s centre-halves ever appeared at ease in trying to combat the splendidly awkward Glenn Murray. De Gea’s stunning first-half save denied the striker from distance. Izquierdo would be thwarted in similar fashion before José Mourinho could haul his players back into the dressing-room for a dressing-down. This is the first time United have been beaten at the three promoted teams in a top-flight season and, while they are still likely to finish second, few of those offered chances to impress will, on this evidence, now merit inclusion in the FA Cup final line-up. The Portuguese was a picture of disgust through most of the first half, eventually retreating from his Klim Kostin Authentic Jersey technical area as if to distance himself from such a mess of a performance. Where Albion were urgent and energetic, the visitors were horribly slack. Simple passes were repeatedly guided out of play, team-mates delivering blindly and misreading colleagues’ runs, their wavelengths forever scrambled. Sloppiness infected the visitors’ approach, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, players for whom there has been a clamour for greater involvement, either too anxious to impress or too rusty to do themselves justice. In the end the injured Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku actually emerged with their own reputations enhanced in absentia. Both will hope to be fit for the game at Wembley against Chelsea. United’s best opportunity was spurned as the final whistle approached, Rashford flicking a return pass inside for the substitute Jesse Lingard just inside the penalty area, only for the former Brighton loanee to skew his shot wide as Shane Duffy dived in to challenge. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys
According to Benjamin Disraeli Rome symbolises the ideal of conquest. Not quite yet, it doesn’t. Liverpool may have earned their moments of unbound joy inside the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday, capped by a lovely interlude as Jürgen Klopp went bowling through the security lines to exchange a little joyful energy with the Liverpool fans, waving his arms like a drunken dad at Christmas, all goofy warmth and unaffected pleasure in a shared achievement. Men's Nike Chicago Bears #99 Dan Hampton Limited Olive/USA Flag Salute to Service NFL JerseyBut as Klopp pointed out, nothing has been settled just yet. The run to the final has had its memorable subplots. From James Milner’s elevation to the status, on the season’s stats, of most creative player in the history of modern European football. To the sustained excellence of Andy Robertson. To the spectacle of players as diverse as Loris Karius and Ragnar Klavan blocking it out en route to a Champions League final. Nike Youth Ra'Shede Hageman Limited Red Jersey - Atlanta Falcons NFL #77 Rush Vapor UntouchableStill, no permanent mark has been made and certainly Real Madrid will present a different kind of obstacle. For the first time this season Liverpool face a meeting with European aristocracy. Deep down Real will see them as extras in this show, a disposable piece of ballast, there to provide a backdrop to the imperial parade. Yet for all that it is perhaps time to park thoughts of Kiev and wallow just a little in the moment, because Klopp is wrong in Bryce Petty Jersey one sense. Something significant has already been achieved just by making it to this stage. First for Klopp himself; and second for English football, so angst-ridden in its endless search for things such as identity and purpose, for the right DNA, the right Stephon Tuitt Jersey borrowed suit of clothes. Yes: it’s time to talk about Jürgen – and about us. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply and acts boldly. That was also Disraeli but it could at a pinch be a Klopp-ism, just without the guffaws and the swearing and the slang, a Victorian translation of one of those asides tossed into his rambling late-night press conferences where you sit up and think, hang on, what did he just say? Liverpool have been down this road but the boldness, the deep feeling of this team, is Klopp’s own work. This is a manager who has done that rare thing of rebuilding a team entirely in his own image in the space of two years and eight months. Klopp signed eight of the Liverpool players on the pitch in Rome and gave another his professional debut. There is nothing in this team that isn’t basted in his juices. Liverpool lost their best (inherited) player in January and still got better on the back of it – got a new best player, a better best player. Klopp has always been a systems manager. He remains wedded to his founding revelation at Mainz that the right tactics implemented correctly can beat better players, a theme he has returned to often in the current run. This is David Booth Jersey the other big thing about this Liverpool team Martin Brodeur Jersey in a Champions League final. As Emlyn Hughes once said: “The greatest good you can do for another is not to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” Actually that was also Disraeli but it captures Klopp’s potential to affect English football more widely. Real are fitting opponents in this sense. Liverpool’s 4-0 defeat of pre-Ronaldo Madrid in March 2009 is an overlooked staging point in the modern history of European club football. It was after seeing their team physically overpowered by Gerrard and Mascherano, Kuyt and Carragher (and also Babel, Spearing and Dossena) that Real made a slight change of policy, re-gearing to match the power of the Premier League. That summer 13 players left. Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, as did Karim Benzema and Liverpool’s own Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa. That Premier League intensity had revealed something to Real, offered a route to further riches. The hope now is that Klopp’s example may do something similar for English football. Like it or not Liverpool are deeply Premier League, oddly indigenous in their style.
Arsène Wenger went back to Madrid – in his own mind – when he was asked last week to reveal his most memorable European with Arsenal. It came in February 2006, the manager said, in the Champions League last‑16 first leg, when his team outplayed a Real Madrid line-up that featured Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and the Brazilian Ronaldo to win 1-0. Adidas NHL Women's Bryan Rust Camo Authentic Jersey - #17 Pittsburgh Penguins Veterans Day PracticeThierry Henry scored the goal and it was the first time that an English side had beaten Real on their own ground. Arsenal completed the job with a 0-0 draw at Highbury and they advanced to the final, where they lost 2-1 to Barcelona – the greatest regret of Wenger’s near 22-year tenure. The Frenchman’s critics will note that it says a good deal about him that he has to retreat so far to find an authentic moment of greatness. It is one of the reasons why his time at the club is almost up. But what the Arsenal manager would give for a repeat of the scoreline on Thursday nightin a different part of the Spanish capital; the delight of upsetting the odds. Before the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atlético Madrid – the first match finished 1‑1 – it is clear that Wenger will need a similarly thrusting and if his team do prevail, the result would be comparable with the one against Real. It would also stand the test of time because Diego Simeone’s Dante Fowler Jr Youth jersey Atlético side are such a fiendish proposition, even if the manager is banned from the touchline after his sending-off in the first leg. Arsenal have to score but their opponents have conceded only nine in 26 matches in all competitions at the Wanda Metropolitano, where they moved this season. They have also kept clean sheets in the previous 11 home games. At the other end Antoine Griezmann and the fit-again Diego Costa, who has previous for tormenting Arsenal, will be licking their lips in anticipation of getting at Wenger’s error-prone defence. “In history Costa has shown he can make differences,” Wenger said, with one of those rueful half-smiles. Arsenal’s fragility has been a talking point and it has been exemplified by their away form in 2018. They have lost seven and drawn one of their eight domestic away games, including an FA Cup third-round tie at Nottingham Forest, although they have roused themselves on their Europa League travels. They have to show overdue steel here. Wenger wants no more regrets and it will be a defining occasion on several levels. The 68-year-old’s desire to bow out from Arsenal with the first European trophy of his career is a compelling storyline and he offered the juiciest soundbite when he warmed to the theme. “I want to finish this love story well,” he said. Yet the club, who do actually pre-date Wenger, are hardly well-stocked with European honours. They have only two – the 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup. Above all, it is a huge opportunity for them and that is before a potential Champions League qualification place is considered. Were Arsenal to triumph against Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg in the Lyon final on 16 May, they would return to Europe’s elite competition. “The next game is always the most important in life and this one influences the future of my club,” Wenger said. “The future of Arsenal is not exactly the same if we qualify for the Champions League or Matt Martin Youth jersey not. That’s why it’s a very, very big game for us.”
Is it too presumptuous, when Liverpool have conjured up so many thrilling occasions en route to the Champions League final, to believe they might just have the attacking riches to prevent Real Madrid, the most successful team in the history of the European Cup, from registering a 13th triumph? The final will be on 26 May in Kiev and Liverpool, on this evidence, will be to Ukraine to score goals, live dangerously and examine the theory that Madrid can be susceptible at the back. Authentic Reebok Men's Roberto Luongo Navy Blue Third Jersey - NHL #1 Florida PanthersEvidently, Jürgen Klopp’s team will need to tighten up their own defence, eliminate the mistakes that briefly threatened a late meltdown and cling to the hope their goalkeeper, Loris Karius, avoids one of his more accident-prone performances. Attacking-wise, though, it is certainly within their reach to ensure another year, 2018, is added Dalton Pompey Youth jersey to all those banners on the Kop – many of them visible here in Rome – acclaiming their previous wins in 1977, 78, 81, 84 and 2005. Klopp’s team have now accumulated 46 goals, qualifiers included, in this competition and Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have 31 of them. True, they will need to find a way to subdue Cristiano Ronaldo et al but if there is one certainty about this Liverpool side it is that they will attack with vigour and confidence. That approach was too much ultimately for Roma and, though it was a night of high drama, it was only in the final exchanges that Radja Nainggolan’s two goals meant Liverpool’s aggregate lead was down to one. Even then Roma did not actually manage another touch after Nainggolan’s stoppage-time penalty had made it 4-2. The game kicked off again, the final whistle sounded straight away and Klopp was charging on to the pitch to bearhug his players, one by one, starting with James Milner. There were wonderful scenes as the players celebrated in front of the corner where Liverpool’s supporters were going through their victory songs. There was even a team photograph which featured a touching tribute to Sean Cox, the Liverpool supporter so badly hurt last week. Despite the defeat, it felt like we were witnessing a group of players who had come of age. Barcelona, lest it be forgotten, had buckled under the pressure here, blowing a 4-1 first-leg lead in the quarter-finals. The score might suggest Liverpool almost did the same and, granted, it was closer than Klopp must have imagined after the first‑half goals from Mané and Georginio Wijnaldum. In truth, it was never really in doubt that it would be Liverpool in the final. That does not mean Klopp can be entirely happy Andre Burakovsky Youth jersey with their performance bearing in mind the three second-half goals they conceded, the eccentric goalkeeping from Karius for Roma’s third goal and the two occasions in the same period when Serie A’s third-placed team should have been awarded a penalty. Roma gave everything and had a raucous crowd willing them on. Anfield was special for the first leg. Stadio Olimpico, a seething, whistling pit of bias, somehow managed to make even more of a racket. Of all the places Liverpool have been in this competition, all the stories they have accumulated over the years, have they ever experienced such a febrile din? That, however, was probably the most impressive part of Liverpool’s performance: their fearlessness. Roma’s record of having not conceded a single home goal in this competition – some achievement when their opponents have included Barcelona, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid – was gone within eight minutes. Liverpool began the game like a team in a hurry, not showing a flicker of apprehension, and had strong penalty claims of their own because of two Kostas Manolas challenges either side of Mané’s goal. Even when Milner’s freakish own goal offered Roma new hope, there was not a single part of the first half when Liverpool started playing with more restraint. Another side might have tried to draw the sting out of the game. Liverpool refused to sit back and it was typical that the corner for their second goal originated from a surging run by their outstanding left‑back, Andy Robertson. Roma could not clear Milner’s corner and when Edin Dzeko inadvertently headed the ball the wrong way, under pressure from Virgil van Dijk, it was too good an opportunity for Wijnaldum to pass up. wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china
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