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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool don't play as a team and need to reinvent themselves after Napoli defeat

Liverpool had the worst possible start to the Champions League season with a 4-1 defeat at Napoli; Jurgen Klopp believes his side don't play as a team and need to reinvent themselves; Liverpool have won just two of their seven games this season (Author: Gardener)

Jurgen KloppJurgen Klopp believes Liverpool are not currently playing as a team following their 4-1 defeat by Napoli in the Champions League - and has urged his side to 'reinvent themselves' quickly. The Reds started the Champions League group stage in southern Italy with the worst possible start. Last season's runners-up were 3-0 down at half-time thanks to a Piotr Zielinski penalty and goals from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Giovanni Simeone. That three-goal lead could have been four if Alisson Becker hadn't saved Victor Osimhen's first-half penalty - but Napoli scored the fourth goal right after half-time when Zielinski knocked home. Klopp's Liverpool have won just two of their seven games in all competitions this season and the German believes his side need to be better at 'just about everything'. "It was really hard to take but I would say not that hard to explain," Klopp told BT Sport. "Firstly, Napoli played really well and we didn't. The two penalties we conceded were both a bit unlucky. "The next two goals we concede will be handed to them on a plate. It's not cool and we should have defended better from the start and of course at the last moment. With Alisson in goal you have to be really bad to concede three goals [in the first half]. We didn't work as a team. Liverpool's next game sees them take on Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday and Klopp believes Bruno Lage's side should 'laugh' at the prospect of playing his side. "We need to reinvent ourselves," added the Reds boss. "It's missing a lot of things, not all games, but the funny thing is we have to do it in the middle of a Premier League season and a Champions League season. We need a line-up to be better at pretty much everything." "We have to play Wolves in three days. If Wolves saw that game tonight, they wouldn't stop laughing and saying it was the perfect moment." The Liverpool manager also reacted to Chelsea's sacking of Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday night, with the Blues in the Premier League are a point ahead of Klopp's team.Klopp admitted he doesn't expect to be under the same pressure as Tuchel - despite Chelsea and Liverpool enjoying similar starts to the season - and says he has the full support of the Reds hierarchy. Whether he was worried about his own future after Tuchel's sacking on Wednesday, Klopp said: "Not really, but who knows? Chelsea are over now, Jurgen Klopp's problems are an ongoing problem after Liverpool's 4-1 defeat by Napoli The result was the club's biggest defeat in the Champions League and it could have been a lot worse, with Alisson saving a penalty and Virgil van Dijk clearing in the he 1st half close to the line, Napoli substitutes squandered late, Joe Gomez was at fault three times and hooked at half-time but it was the fourth defender in the starting XI who nailed his fellow defenders' problem 'We were miles too open' , explained Andy Robertson, "You can't come to a place like this and not be compact." It's the lack of pressure on the ball that makes a mockery of Klopp's high defensive line and means the problems faced by the Liverpool manager faces are a little more complex than simply changing his defense staff - like he did when he sent for Joel Matip. At best, Liverpool is a team machine, with the system being as much a strength as individual quality. From Klopp's point of view, Liverpool's midfield was too far. James Milner doesn't find it easier to be the engine of this team as he approaches 37. Klopp noted that the kind of counter-pressing situations he loves from his side only emerged when the fit Thiago appeared on the bench. That will make Liverpool a better team. Diogo Jota will need time to find his best form as he recovers from injury, but his ability to seek the ball high up on the pitch was also lacking - making Sadio Mane's absence more felt in attack, than it might have been. Liverpool can press again. The challenge now is to fix this team on the fly in the midst of a crowded calendar. Wolves head to Anfield on Saturday before Ajax are the guests on Tuesday. Identifying the problems is the easy part for Klopp. The correction must come quickly, not to speak of a crisis.

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Why Blues wanted to bring the Brighton boss' magic touch to Stamford Bridge

Graham Potter has signed a five-year contract with Chelsea after moving from Brighton; Potter led the Seagulls to ninth place in the Premier League last season, succeeding Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked on Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

BrightonIf Chelsea are serious about rebuilding the club from top to bottom, a long-term job, whoever is in charge, they have chosen a man in Brighton-based Graham Potter who ticks many of the right boxes. After six games into the new season, his now-ex-Seagulls side sit three points and two places above Chelsea in the table, despite being significantly inferior in resources to the Blues and every other team around them. What Potter built in Brighton took much longer. The obvious result of his philosophy was their style of passing, but his work on the South Shore went well beyond the tactics board. Now his success has proved enough for Chelsea owner Todd Boehly to decide the 47-year-old is better suited to run his new club than a man who guided them to the Champions League just 15 months ago . That decision to pull the trigger just 100 days into his possession will raise eyebrows when it comes to appointing a man like Potter, who finished 15th and 16th in his first two seasons at Amex Stadium. "If I were Graham Potter I would find it very difficult to believe that they will do things differently," said Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher as the Blues parted ways with a sixth permanent manager in 10 years. But if Boehly's reasoning was to appoint a manager whose long-term vision he can better direct, as he privately said, then Thomas Tuchel's sacking, while still harsh, could prove wiser than it first appeared. One of his other sports projects, the LA Dodgers baseball team, has had the same manager since 2015, and it's not uncommon for new owners to want their own man at the helm. That was Potter telling Sky Sports how he planted the seeds of his managerial career at Östersunds, the Swedish minnows he brought from Tier Four to European football. But it sounds just as true as Boehly wants to run one of the biggest clubs in the world. Since walking through the door at Amex in 2019, he has been instrumental in making Brighton one of the Premier League's most cohesive entities, all on a net £30m win. The Seagulls have earned a reputation for tactical flexibility and back-forward passing, all the more impressive given the more pragmatic style favored by predecessor Chris Hughton. That comes in comparison to Tuchel's Chelsea, who have always struggled to nail down a clear identity, even in their brightest moments. Check out the path Leandro Trossard has traveled since he joined Potter the same summer. Signed as a winger, he played as a number 10, false nine, in central midfield and most recently as a full-back, impressing in every role. It requires players with the ability to be molded, but must be a clear sign of a coach who understands their players' strengths and can improve on them. Tuchel has made his name on this front, unleashing the potential of Antonio Rudiger as one of the Premier League's strongest centre-backs, but more recently his fine work on full-back Reece James has been overshadowed by the unfortunate decision to switch Chelsea's best cross to the right centre-back. "[Graham's] biggest strengths are how he plans the game and what he wants from us," Mac Allister told Sky Sports News this week. "Tactically, he's fantastic, the coaching staff is really good, they always try to help us in every way. Marc Cucurella, who was signed just last summer, was sold to his new club Chelsea last month for a £40million profit. Potter undoubtedly deserves better players and Chelsea's acquisition of Kyle Macauley, a recruitment analyst who followed him from Ostersunds to the Amex, could be another bonus: he's credited with being the mastermind behind Cucurella's signing, as well as the club's impressive purchases from South America, including Caicedo Tuchel's shattered relationship with the new owners of Chelsea and his team contributed to his downfall and helped put the writing on the wall in Cobham as they toyed with the idea of ​​changing something but Potter's quiet Temperament should serve him better at Stamford Bridge. Ever since his early days in Sweden, he has made it his mission to make his players and staff as human as footballers, and built a 'cultural academy' in Östersunds to challenge this I'm outside of their normal roles - from shaping their own art exhibition to participation in a performance of the Swan Lake Ballet. "It was about being open to new things, breaking down the barriers that sometimes exist in a team, breaking down all hierarchies and developing the players as people," Potter told Sky Sports. Raheem Sterling and Ben Chilwell are unlikely to be learning pirouettes any time soon, but Potter's philosophy remains the same and has shown through his relationships with his players in his more recent jobs. "He's a player manager," former Swansea winger Nathan Dyer told Sky Sports News. Tactically, he's incredible at making sure everyone knows what he's doing when you step onto the pitch. "He's a very calm person and if he wants you to do something on the pitch, he takes responsibility if it goes wrong. Motivation is also his biggest question mark, as with all non-elite club managers Potter has been tapped for a top job for some time but with a managerial history consisting of Ostersunds, Swansea and Brighton he is largely untried to work with World-class players and the demands they place on and off the pitch wouldn't be the first talented coach to find it difficult to get the necessary buy-in from a squad that is often difficult to impress. Chelsea's long string of managerial appointments owes almost as much to the atmosphere in the dressing room as Roman Abramovich's high standards. But there are promising signs of the respect he's garnered from the likes of Adam Lallana, fresh from winning the Premier League with Liverpool in 2020, and Manchester United and Arsenal veteran Danny Welbeck Brighton is struggling to adapt adapting the more possession-oriented frontfoot play of the top teams since he walked through the door - and on some of those key metrics they were already spot on with his new side's top six rivals last season. "He and his staff have 12-hour days that you have to do if you want to be the best. You can leave no stone unturned. “There are so many different dynamics within the team that you need to look at. They have a squad of 25 players, each one at a different stage in their career and life with different issues, but Graham and his team really cover all the academy's limited history in nurturing youth, though Ben White's rise to the top and the performances of Robert Sanchez alone are a strong argument for his record.In any case, the crème de la crème in west London will be at a different level to what he's used to from Brighton, and his belief in Process and networked thinking will help him build that unity across Cobham.There are no certainties in football, let alone taking a risk where a manager is untested but when someone is willing to move up the ranks at a club like Chelsea and make a name for yourself, then it's Potter.

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What can we learn from one man's very public flop?

The Rishi Sunak's Guide to Failure: What Can We Learn From One Man's Very Public Flop? -- LET'S BREAK THIS: It's not necessarily the end for Rishi Sunak, the 'almost-man', even though he finished second to Liz Truss in today's Conservative leadership election. Tom Ough chats with life coach Jacqueline Hurst about what we can all take away from a losing victory, whether in front of the nation or not (Author: Gardener)

oneAs Liz Truss' name was read out today by Sir Graham Brady, who confirmed her as Britain's new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak's smile never broke. Whether his heart has broken a little we cannot know; professional to the end, he showed no sign of disappointment. For all his friendliness, Sunak — who received 42 percent of the final vote on Truss' 57 — needs to know what we all knew when the conservative leadership contest began. It is an injury added to the insult; Like Truss, Sunak has suffered from relentless scrutiny and criticism in recent weeks. Even duels at dawn, banned almost 200 years ago, seem in some ways more humane than a Tory leadership election. So far as we know, Sunak's life has been gilded with success. Sunak was elected to the House of Commons in 2015 and was chancellor just five years later, dizzyingly. But failure affects us all in one way or another. Every human mind harbors an intersecting multitude of tightly or loosely held dreams and ambitions. What now for Sunak? If we can learn lessons from losing a leadership election, perhaps we can absorb them without having our own ambitions thwarted before the nation. Jacqueline Hurst is a Certified Life Coach who has worked with more than 7,000 clients, including many high achievers who may have something in common with Sunak. Hurst, author of How to Do You, wonders if Sunak should view his election loss as a failure. There is no such thing as failure, she says. "So I don't really believe in the big word failure — 'Oh my God, it's a failure.' There's no such thing as failure. Because every time things don't go to plan, there's a bigger reason. And something better always comes out of it. One doesn't have to believe that everything happens for a reason, as the saying goes, to accept that there are different productive perspectives on failure. "Either you look at your life," says Hurst, "and you're like, 'Oh God, I failed here and I failed there,' and sit in the negative mindset, or you can use that to jump off, to start a to become smarter person. If Sunak were sitting in front of her, Hurst would say this to him: “First of all, good job you entered something so massive. And second, maybe not getting it isn't a bad thing. Sunak is hardly starved of options. He could remain in politics, poised for another senior position should Liz Truss's government be voted out in 2024, after spending a number of years grappling with existing crises (cost of living, energy, housing, Ukraine, etc.) and crises yet to emerge . If so, Sunak could consider this year's leadership election a hospital pass, which thankfully he didn't get. He could leave politics altogether, perhaps to take up a lucrative role as an advisor to either a bank or, like Nick Clegg, a big tech company. Sunak, who was the recipient of one of David Cameron's texts on behalf of the now-bankrupt financial firm Greensill Capital, may not choose to follow the former prime minister into lobbying. But he might also take note of the many post-political lives of George Osborne, who at the time of writing has held nine jobs — university lecturer, newspaper editor, bank adviser, chairman of the British Museum, hobbyist, tailor, soldier, rather spiteful commentator on Theresa May — since her left the government in 2016. "There's a million things he could do," Hurst says of Sunak. Liz Truss beams just after becoming Britain's new Prime Minister (Getty) For now, Hurst says Sunak has to ask himself this. Are there things I should have learned?' And I'm sure there will be because we always learn through these experiences. “And what do I do with this new knowledge? He'll look back and say, 'Thank God the other one didn't happen.'” From those insights – and one wonders if the torturous fishbowl life of a prime minister is that much worse than Sunak's lucrative and pro-social alternatives – Hurst says, "You might not see it right away. For those who feel they have failed, Hurst advocates a rethink. However, they don't happen immediately; they require hard work. It's not enough to agree with the idea that setbacks are part of success; the idea must be received both emotionally and intellectually. "We're not taught this stuff in school, and I wish we were," says Hurst. "The first step, and I don't want to sound la-la, is awareness and awareness of what you're actually thinking. We don't know what we're thinking, most of the time we walk around clueless and unconscious. So step one is to ask yourself, “What am I thinking? And that can take time.” The second step, she says, “is to tell yourself, 'I have a choice. When I think negative, I still feel negative.” Your mind is the most powerful muscle in your entire body when you learn to use it properly and ask yourself these questions. 'How do I want to think about it?' That's one of my favorite questions." Hurst doesn't want to speculate on Sunak's personality or resilience, but she believes he, like anyone, will benefit from the support of family and friends. He might look at classic examples of people turning failure into success; in addition to Williams, Hurst also quotes Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey and the Wright brothers. Losing, she says, teaches us more than winning. What Rishi Sunak Will or Won't Do Anytime Soon (AFP/Getty) Hurst has her own recovery story; After a difficult childhood, she became addicted to drugs. It wasn't until she broke her addiction that she decided to become a life coach. "It's definitely something I don't see as a failure," she says of that time in her life. "I got 19 years clean last week, and getting clean, all that stuff, is a big part of who I've become." Hurst hears countless stories from her clients about what can be viewed as either failures or more constructive than setbacks could designate. Hurst imagines someone whose coffee shop has been closed during the pandemic. So that's what I'm saying: there's always a bigger picture.” It's not true that things always work out for the better. We benefit from the success of scientists who have developed mRNA vaccines; we're going to tremble this winter because we're not building more nuclear power plants. But success and failure are usually much less clear-cut. The human mind, so prone to storytelling, is quicker than we think to find meaning in endeavors we never imagined we were pursuing. The hedonic treadmill is spinning faster than we can imagine. Rishi Sunak won't become prime minister, but he might end up happier about it. From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent has a variety of free newsletters to suit your interests. Click here to find the stories you want to read and more in your inbox.

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Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

Sunday morning UK briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph (Author: Gardener)

TelegraphUK Morning News Briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a roundup of the top stories we're covering today. Sign up for our free Front Page newsletter to receive twice daily email briefings. A source close to the foreign secretary, who is most likely to be announced as the next Conservative leader on Monday, said she would take a "two-pronged approach": unveiling immediate financial support for budgets while trying to address the problem-rooted issues, uncovered by the impact of Covid and the war in Ukraine. George Alagiah looks handsome in his glossy portrait taken by famed photographer Rankin as part of a new Macmillan Cancer Support campaign. That will come as no surprise to those who tune in to the BBC One news at six every night to see him as effortless, reassuring and handsome as ever, and perhaps even forget that he announced in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Alagiah has occasionally given updates on his health: in late 2017 he announced the cancer had returned, and in 2020 he shared that it had spread to his lungs. Nearly all of England's major water companies employ former government agencies, a Telegraph analysis has revealed, prompting calls to curb the revolving door between Ofwat and the companies it oversees. At least seven of the nine water and wastewater companies currently have senior staff in regulatory or strategic roles who previously worked for Ofwat, the industry regulator. For centuries, Savile Row has been home to immaculately dressed and well mannered gentlemen in search of the finest quality bespoke suits Britain has to offer. Pharmacists say they don't have enough Covid vaccines as national rollout of booster shots underway. This week the NHS will invite more than four million people to come forward for vaccinations. The program begins Monday in care homes, with all over 75s being offered places in pharmacies, GP surgeries and stand-alone vaccination centers from September 12. Read the full story. Read the full story. To receive such briefings by email twice a day, sign up for the Front Page newsletter here. Try The Briefing for 2-minute audio updates—on podcasts, smart speakers, and WhatsApp. Sign up for the free Front Page newsletter: your essential guide to The Telegraph's agenda - delivered straight to your inbox, seven days a week.

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Laid-back Cameron Norrie bids farewell to US Open with a whimper against ruthless Andrey Rublev

Laid-back Cameron Norrie bids farewell to US Open with a whimper against ruthless Andrey Rublev (Author: Gardener)

Cameron NorrieCameron Norrie falls through reckless Andrey Rublev at US Open - AP For some reason, Norrie couldn't access his competitive self against Andrey Rublev yesterday. Given that most top athletes need to be tense to perform at their best, Norrie's relaxed demeanor didn't help his chances of progressing to the quarterfinals of the US Open. As he admitted after his lopsided 4-6, 4-6, 4-6 defeat: "I actually felt very relaxed, and I think maybe too relaxed. Andrey Rublev of Russia hits a forehand against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain - Frey/TPN/Getty Images The difference between these two players became clear when tournament organizers inexplicably failed to close the roof and rain delayed the game for 24 minutes midway through the second set. During that dead time, Rublev paced the court in his jerky, overcaffeinated manner. Norrie, on the other hand, sat disconsolately in his chair, tossing up a tennis ball and catching it aimlessly. "I felt like I was just too relaxed between points," admitted Norrie. I felt like Rublev was the better player and he really didn't give me a chance when I had momentum to get back into the game. Norrie is such an admirable, methodical player that it came as a surprise that he falls so far short of the standards he has set himself this year. Rublev clearly noticed something was wrong on the other side of the web, although his best guess was that Norrie was over-scared rather than under-scared. In his on-court interview, Rublev said: "I think he was a bit tense" - player slang for nervous - "because he helped me at some moments." Cameron Norrie (GBR) hands his racquet to a young fan while he leaves the court after his match against Andrey Rublev - Geoff Burke - USA TODAY Sports Alert. Rublev, a slightly robotic player, nonetheless batted away on either wing with great accuracy and power. While his playing may lack nuance, Rublev is a wildly intense character. He follows each miss with a Basil Fawlty-esque display of frustration, holding his hands in front of his face with fingers clenched as he rants, red-faced, at his player box. As Rublev later explained, “All the important moments, when I have to make an ace or make a first serve, it always happens that I've made it. Every time Cameron had a chance he missed or I played good shots.” The only moment Norrie seemed poised to prevail came when he knocked down his racquet in the third set 2-3. That was a rare temperament show from Norrie, whose first name might as well be Calm. It was also a win as he spooled through the next six points to earn his only break of the game. "I felt like maybe that one time I had a chance when I threw my racquet," Norrie later admitted. “I ended up getting a little more energy and moving a lot better over the next 20 minutes. That was probably the best part of the game for me, the only game where I had any chance of really breaking. "I felt like I could let go a little bit. Maybe I can somehow - maybe not keep breaking racquets - but do something else to change the energy when I'm feeling too relaxed and chilled on the court. I wasn't really moving like I'd like and I was uncharacteristically missing second-serve returns." While Norrie's uncommitted mood may have been odd, it's also true that Rublev has considerably more experience at this stage in the Majors, even though he is three years younger. The Russian is in his sixth Grand Slam quarterfinal and will be desperate to improve his miserable record of five losses from the previous five. It was tough the last time he hit me, so I knew I had to play really well. Cam might have been a bit tight today but in the end I was able to win in three sets and I'm super happy. It was an excellent performance from the Russian, who erased any notion that his temper could get the better of him. The powerful serve and accurate shots proved too much for Britain's number one, Norrie. An ace opens the game before a Rublev smash pins Norrie in the back of the court. Another superb forehand from the Russian earns him three match points, the first of which Norrie saves. Pressure on Norrie for a double fault puts him 0-30 behind. And that's just too good from the Russian, whose powerful punching is too much for Norrie. There are three breakpoints. The first and second are saved but then Rublev hits with a great backhand winner as Norrie goes into the net. Rublev will serve for the match. After the drama of the last two games, Rublev gets back to business. A convincing love hold from the Russian, who regains control after his outburst in the previous game. He yells at his pits after Norrie beats another exceptional rally. Norrie gets to 40-0 before Rublev produces a backhand return in what might be the game's best shot so far. And there's another contender, a stabbing forehand crosscourt by the Russian brings it back to 40-30. Norrie then gets a stroke of luck when his volley gets a net cord. Frustrated, Rublev smashes the ball into the net... that's going to be hot. Norrie hurls his racquet onto the court after missing another backhand. Uncharacteristic of the Brit, but maybe he needs something like that to cheer him on. Norrie wins a long rally to earn two break points. Norrie is working so hard to win points on serve, but a cool backhand volley at the net puts him at 30-15. A drop shot misses and the Brit is under pressure at 30-30. He needs to win this game, you feel. Ah, but then a shaft falls wide from his forehand and Rublev has a great chance....which he takes! Well, it's more likely Norrie who gives it to him when a forehand slams into the net in midfield. This break could be deadly for Norrie. Norrie just can't get traction at all on the Rublev serve as the Russians race to another economic love handle. Strong stuff from Rublev, but Norrie has to try and weather the storm here. Norrie quickly gets to the point before a lashing Rublev backhand ends in a winner. Then a missed shot by Norrie brings the game to a standstill. But the Brit reacts well and holds. Rublev is looking very, very good on serve here. Big serves mix with powerful groundstrokes and he's holding on to love. No pressure on Russian serve for Norrie A nasty backhand return winner from Rublev puts Norrie under immediate pressure at 15-30. Norrie fights back, although he tucks away a backhand volley before Rublev netted on the return. Another mistake by the Russian secures the game for Norrie. That was a crucial stop early in that third set. The Russian erased any notion that the roof closure would throw him off rhythm there. It's a long road for Norrie, now Norrie is racing to 0-30 and there's a feeling Rublev is just a little close here. But three big serves get the Russian out of jail and he has a set point. But he netts a forehand in the middle and we're back to two before Norrie then netts! Rublev doesn't make a mistake this time and he has two sets for good. Norrie starts with a double fault but soon runs to 40-15. Can Rublev use this sentence now? Excellent from Rublev who lasts to 15 right after the resumption. That's exactly what he must have wanted after a 24-minute delay. Norrie will serve to stay in the second set. Rublev will serve on the resumption and the Russian leads the second set 4-3. The players are on the baseline now, but there are still patches of moisture on the pitch that are delaying us even further. Players are now given a three-minute warm-up once the court is ready. The place is quite wet now and it will take more time to dry it. I can't help but feel that closing the roof immediately might have avoided this. We're now almost eight minutes late for the roof to close. Strange decision making at Flushing Meadows here, but it feels like they finally got the right result. Norrie responds with his own convincing hold. Has this break reinvigorated the Brit? Rublev holds but it still spits at Flushing Meadows. A break for Cam Norrie....could this change the dynamic in this match? Are they going to close the roof here? Norrie could use a comfortable hold here and looks like he'll get it after a 40-15 race. Rublev gets a point but Norrie saves. This is a big game for Norrie. Norrie does well going 30-30, but another unforced backhand error gives Rublev a game point. That shot is a real Achilles' heel for the Brit at the moment, but then a huge forehand pulls him to the debut. Oooooo, Rublev's double fault. Breakpoint Norrie... but he can't be covered after Rublev finishes with a smash. And then another backhand error for Norrie and Rublev now has a game point. But he then misses after Norris puts him in the net. OH THIS IS GREAT FROM RUBLEV. Incredible recovery on the forehand side gets him the point before securing a crucial hold. Rublev seems a step ahead of Norrie here and the Russian gets back up to 15-40. This feels like a big moment in this game's trajectory. Rublev loses a break point with an unforced error on return. Yes, a superb return earns the Russian an early break in that second set. Norrie's body language isn't right at the moment, he's clearly frustrated but is there a physical problem for the Brit? Rublev has a reputation for being one of the more combustible players on tour and you're wondering how much that missed forehand might linger in his psyche. Norrie tries to exploit any mental weaknesses and gets to 15-30, but another backhand error sends Rublev off the hook. More errors on this side give Rublev the game. Something has to click on the Brit's backhand. Norrie tries to start this movement quickly, but Rublev has undeniably found a rhythm here. It's 30-30 after another Norrie error - they're starting to crack now... and there's another one! Early break point for Rublev but he lets him slide past after an ambitious forehand misses the line. Norrie fights back to take three points in a row and holds. But then two drop points from the Russian, the second coming from a double fault which he attributes to the noise of the crowd. An ace gets us back to par before a simple error from Norrie on Rublev's second serve gives the Russian a set point. Rublev senses this could be an opportunity and comes up 15-40 after some heavy hitting resulted in three Norrie errors. He takes his first chance and it's the first break of the match. It's excellent stuff from the Russian. He will now serve for that first set. Norrie has a great chance to go 0-30 with Rublev's serve, but nets a weak second serve from the Russian. Rublev fights back at 30-15 thanks to the game's point-scoring game so far, a back-and-forth 35-shot rally that ends with an excellent backhand pass. Norrie responds with an impossible backhand cross-court off the Rublev serve and then is able to open with another pass, this time with a forehand down the line. However, Rublev closes the door, an ace putting him back on par in this set. Norrie races to 40-0 again and wins seven points in a row on serve. A rublev smash earns him a point, but he then misses an ambitious backhand crosscourt. Norrie clearly aims for Rublev's backhand, the weaker of the two Russian teams. Rublev responds well, however, back-to-back aces at 129mph are followed by a ball forehand down the line while he holds. Norrie has the ability to pull off some excellent angles and shows it off with a simple love handle. Three heavy topspin forehands are too much for the Russian. Rublev races to 40-0 thanks to some clean, powerful hits, but fails to finish the game after scoring a drop shot at game point. However, Norrie misses out on the next return and we're all tied up in the first. A big ace from Norrie puts him at 40-15 before the players exchange some heavy groundstrokes that end with Rublev's nets. This game got off to a rather rocky start as both players struggled to find their reach. Rublev responds to Norrie's double faults with one of his own, but concedes Norrie's unforced errors to take the game to 15. Norrie starts with a double fault, hardly the best start, and suddenly finds himself under pressure at 15 in the first game. 30. But the Brit fights back and takes three points in a row to win the first game. The seventh seed Norrie has already gone further than ever at Flushing Meadows. If you win today, he'll face either four-time winner Rafael Nadal or 22nd-place American Frances Tiafoe on Wednesday. Both players are out on the pitch ready for their respective warm ups. ...and welcome to the Cameron Norrie vs. Andrey Rublev coverage. Norrie, the last Briton to stand in the singles competitions, is aiming to make it to the quarterfinals of the 2022 US Open. After finally achieving his long-cherished goal - the second week of a Major - at Wimbledon two months ago, Norrie is showing a new sense of belonging that matches his career-best finish of world No. 9. Win today and he would be the first Brit to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open since Andy Murray in 2016. I think I sure could look better in it than in yellow. Aside from his outfit choices, things have been smooth sailing for Norrie in New York so far, although Rublev - the 24-year-old Russian, who is ninth here - is likely to pose the first serious threat. "I think I have to be very proactive and be the one who dictates the point as much as possible," Norrie said. The pair have played twice before, with Rublev winning in St. Petersburg in 2020 and Norrie coming out on top in San Diego last year. It's going to be long rallies, it's going to be mental; it's going to be a very physical game," Rublev said.

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11 of the former culture minister's gaffes and controversies

Nadine Dorries: 11 mishaps and controversies of the former culture minister - Nadine Dorries has resigned as culture minister (Author: Gardener)

11Nadine Dorries has announced that she will step down as Minister for Culture as Liz Truss takes over as Prime Minister. In a letter shared on Twitter, Ms Dorries, a staunch Boris Johnson ally, revealed that she was asked by Ms Truss to stay in her position but "after much thought" decided to step down. The Mid Bedfordshire MP and part-time romance novelist - who grew up on a council estate in Liverpool and trained as a nurse at Warrington before seeking elected office in 2005 - wrote: "I have personally assured our future Prime Minister that I would be better off in the Will be able to support her from outside Cabinet.” During her two-year tenure as Culture Secretary, Ms Dorries made a number of gaffes and sparked controversy, including fomenting a clothes war between Rishi Sunak and Ms Truss during the Tory leadership contest after she then-Secretary of State for wearing affordable earrings. Accusing the BBC of nepotism after hiring her own daughters At last October's Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Ms Dorries raised her eyebrows when she told a Telegraph podcast that the BBC was occupied by people, " whose parents worked there,” an unfounded claim raised only accusations of hypocrisy, as she employed two of her daughters as clerks in her Parliament office in 2013, costing taxpayers up to £80,000. She's on form in this area, having blasted LBC talk radio host James O'Brien on Twitter as the public school "Push Boy F*** Wit," despite sending her own girls to the same school run by attended by her enemy - Ampleforth College, a fee-paying Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire. During an appearance by the select committee on November 24 last year, the former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to give her her full title, falsely claimed that Channel 4 "receives public funds", completely undermining her insistence that it is should be privatized, and probably their credibility in the job. Though she doesn't understand how the channel is funded, she has since lashed out at him for his "edgy" news offerings, accused him of spoofing his reality TV shows that feature paid actors, and called his supporters a "left-wing lynch mob." A redacted version of Senior Official Sue Gray's report on the Partygate scandal was released on January 31 and offered a scathing assessment of Downing Street residents for breaking their own Covid rules to party while voters were indoors stayed. In a heated session of the House of Commons following its publication, a struggling Boris Johnson fought desperately to defend himself and even threw out a lurid and utterly false conspiracy theory that Sir Keir Starmer attempted to kill pedophile Jimmy Savile during his tenure before the judiciary to protect his tenure as chief prosecutor, a libel for which he was subsequently pressured to apologize. Ms Dorries then attempted to defend the untenable in a series of increasingly unhinged lobby interviews with Sky News, the BBC and Channel 4, grudgingly insisting Mr Johnson "always tells the truth" despite mounting evidence for the opposite. inspirational many many memes. Four days later, with the scandal still raging, Mr Johnson returned to be pilloried again in the House of Commons, an occasion on which Mrs Dorries went viral again, this time for beaming admiringly at her wounded Galahad from the front benches . Social media began to wonder if she was really in love with him, so intense was her facial expression, an accusation she was eventually forced to deny while appearing as a guest on his sister Rachel's LBC show on June 20. If those previous press interactions in Mr Johnson's defense were a disaster, another at BBC Breakfast on Saturday February 5 was downright odd. Ms Dorries, who appeared to be calling into the studio from a cursed attic, bizarrely took offense when the veteran presenter innocently asked her if she had spoken to the prime minister who was under fire in the past 24 hours. An interview with CNN five days later took the Dorries brand across the Atlantic, noting that she stated that she would be more offended if Mr Johnson kicked a dog than at misleading Parliament. A more recent botched attempt to defend the Prime Minister came after he was booed by royalists on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which they denied despite clear video evidence being captured at the scene. “As much as I disagree with @AngelaRayner on almost every political issue, I respect her as a Member of Parliament and deplore the misogyny anonymously directed at her today,” Boris Johnson tweeted on April 24, 2022. “As much as I disagree with @AngelaRayner on almost every point agree On any political question, I respect her as a parliamentarian and regret the misogyny anonymously directed against her today," Nadine Dorries tweeted on the same day. As much as I disagree with @AngelaRayner on almost every political issue, I respect her as a parliamentarian and regret the misogyny anonymously directed at her today. — Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) April 24, 2022 This post was on the May 27 viral video platform scorching hot all day and should not be viewed by the faint of heart. In one of the great self-owners of our time, Ms Dorries berated former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for his disloyalty to the Prime Minister ahead of the crucial vote of confidence in his leadership in a series of tweets on June 6 describing her own the government's preparation for the Pre-Covid pandemic response 'poor and inadequate' 3/4 Her six-year pandemic preparedness as Minister of Health was found wanting and inadequate. Even more so your duplicity at the moment in destabilizing the party and the country to serve your own personal ambition. — Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) June 6, 2022 Much like the Channel 4 blunder, Ms Dorries raised serious questions about her suitability for the prestigious position she holds by heading to St Helens on June 30 and attending Jonny Wilkinson's World Cup -winning last-minute drop goal against Australia in 2003. With the government on its knees after Mr Johnson's defenestration over the Chris Pincher affair and the Conservative leaders at their throats over who is the bigger Brexiteer and Thatcher supporter, Mrs Dorries was once again the center of attention in the House of Commons for her boorish heckling to the opposition leader. With the ugly Tory parade succeeding Mr Johnson to the latter two, Mrs Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Holmes and Watson of deluded Johnsonism, have given strong support to Liz Truss and made it clear that they view Mr Sunak as the arch-conspirator against her idol . Ahead of a key TV debate on July 25, she tweeted the cost of the independently wealthy Chancellor's suit as the reason he was unfit to govern, while citing the Foreign Secretary's £4.50 Claires Accessoires earrings as the represented stuff of great leadership. an attack that was as ridiculously superficial as it was overtly partisan. From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent has a variety of free newsletters to suit your interests.

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British duo Murray and Draper are eliminated from the US Open

Andy Murray's hopes of reaching the fourth round of the US Open are ruined by Italy's Matteo Berrettini while Jack Draper retires injured in the third round. (Author: Gardener)

BritishAndy Murray's hopes of making the last 16 of a Major for the first time since 2017 were dashed by Italy's Matteo Berrettini at the US Open. Britain's Jack Draper is also out after being injured against Russia's Karen Khachanov. The 20-year-old Draper equalized with a set and served for the third set but had to stop 6-5 behind. Murray and Draper were among four British men to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows and set a new record for the nation at the US Open. Britain's number one Cameron Norrie, seventh, and Dan Evans, number 20, form the quartet and play their last 32 games on Saturday. After being hampered by a catalog of minor issues following major hip surgery in 2019, Murray, 35, won back-to-back games at Flushing Meadows and reached the third round of a major for the second time since his comeback. For the Scot, who feared that he would no longer be able to play after the career-threatening operation, this meant a tough test against the strong Berrettini. On a bright New York afternoon, Murray struggled to serve in the first two sets - landing 42% of his first serves and losing three of five break points - and the constant pressure proved too much against someone of Berrettini's quality. "I served pretty badly for a lot of the game, which hurt me a lot. It's always difficult to play an ending at this time of day [because of the sun]," said three-time major champion Murray. Berrettini, who reached the semifinals in 2019, tested Murray's movement by using the drop shot in the first set and the tactic proved successful as the 26-year-old Italian went 4-3 up. There had been little between the two, but a double fault at the break point cost Murray big bucks. That gave Berrettini the confidence and impetus to finish the set and seal it with a hold to love that was completed by an unstoppable forehand winner. A second double fault came at another awkward time for Murray, creating a break point in the first game of the second set that Berrettini scored after a long rally with another forehand winner. Murray, now ranked at No. 51 in the world, fought back quickly as Berrettini failed to consolidate, but produced another double fault at a break point in game 9 that allowed Berrettini to serve for a commanding lead. If anyone could fight back two sets down it would be former world number one Murray. Murray had done this ten times before in his career, but a low percentage of the first serve continued to trouble him early in the third set. Murray had to salvage five break points in his first three service games, show more of his typical struggle to hold the set at serve, and then fend off three more break points at 5-5. Murray's resistance was rewarded as he fought back with an excellent tie-break but saw a tight fourth set swing away from him quickly. After he couldn't get a break point to lead 4:3, the Brit served poorly in the next game - first a thoughtless dropshot to 0:15, then a volley into the net and a weak backhand from the baseline - allowed Berrettini to to end the victory. That ended Murray's run, 10 years after his landmark major win in New York. "I thought I was doing well physically considering I wasn't feeling great when I came in," said Murray, who used to suffer from cramps on the North American hard court swing. At the opposite end of the generation of British men's tennis, Draper, 20, was looking to build on his burgeoning reputation in his first appearance at this stage of a Major. Draper, who was playing in the main draw of an overseas Grand Slam tournament for the first time, achieved an impressive first-round win over Finland's Emil Ruusuvuori and surpassed that by defeating sixth-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. His hopes of another notable win, this time against former world number eight Khachanov, were cruelly ruined by a hamstring injury. "I've had issues with that before and maybe this time it was just a lot of tennis that I've played in the last seven weeks, maybe it just caught up with me a bit," Draper said. Climbing into the world top 50 next week after an impressive breakthrough season, Draper has once again shown what trouble he can cause experienced opponents. Khachanov, seeded 27th, dominated the first set with his big serve while Draper struggled with his own share of first serve. But he showed his struggle and mentality to win the second set after a collapse and led 5-2 in the third as 26-year-old Khachanov's spirits soured. By this point, Draper had already shown signs of the leg injury and required a medical timeout after game five before the problem worsened. Now struggling to break away on serve, Draper hit a double fault at break point when he served 5-4 for the set, producing three more en route to a 6-5 break. This was the 16th game of Jack Draper's North American tour, which was the longest of his life. Draper was outside the world top 250 earlier this year: he will make his debut in the top 50 when the post-US Open list is released.

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Fans are losing it over Salma Hayek's new makeup-free selfie at 55

She uses coconut oil to remove her makeup. (Author: Gardener)

Salma Hayek'sSalma Hayek kicked off the week with a radiant makeup-free Instagram selfie. The 55-year-old "Eternals" star takes care of her skin with a simple routine. * Salma Hayek, 55, started the week with a fresh-faced no-makeup selfie while sporting a sun hat and bikini. * She loves to pose in bikinis on Instagram and takes care of her skin with a simple, intuitive routine. Sunday scares are no problem for Salma Hayek, who started the week with a celebratory makeup-free selfie. 😘. #sundayvibes #nomakeup,” the Eternals star captioned the Instagram post. "You are so stunningly beautiful...who needs makeup when you look like you," one person commented. "Blessed Sunday to you 🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥," added another. In the close-up photo, the House of Gucci star wears a woven sun hat, what appears to be a pink bikini top and a cover-up of sorts. The 55-year-old's Instagram grid makes it look like she practically lives in swimsuits, and that portrayal isn't very far off. (She even followed her makeup-free selfie with a black two-piece suit.) Modeling swimsuits admittedly makes the House of Gucci star feel empowered. In February 2021, she told Entertainment Tonight that she finds the process "liberating." When she goes on vacation, she rotates through her bikini wardrobe and has fun in front of the camera. "I'm spreading the love [on Instagram] like every two weeks." She continued, "You'll think I wear a bikini every day. And of course, most of these snaps show off her makeup-free skin, which she maintains with a very low-maintenance routine. In 2017, she told The New York Times that she never washes her face in the morning, uses coconut oil to remove makeup, and is careful not to over-exfoliate. "Frequent exfoliation might make you look good in the short term, but I don't think so in the long term," she said. In 2015, she told Glamor that sometimes she pours rosewater into the mix, "sometimes straight into the cream," she added. Most importantly, she listens to her skin. "You have to see how the skin feels every day," she said. Obviously this intuition worked for her (and it's free!) so it's definitely worth a try.

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The Independent's pound-for-pound fighter list

UFC Rankings: The Independent's pound-for-pound fighter list - Here are our top ten male fighters in the UFC in a list that's updated monthly (Author: Gardener)

IndependentThe UFC is home to some of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world, so it's no surprise that fans often discuss how the elite fighters compare to one another. In addition to their weekly-updated rankings for each weight class, the UFC has its own pound-for-pound rankings of 15 names — as with any list for each division. Here, The Independent has compiled its own top 10 ranking for male UFC fighters, which is updated monthly. The Mexican has two ties in his last eight games, but in any case went unbeaten for three and a half years until he returned the flyweight title to Deiveson Figueiredo in January, falling from 10th place on this list. In his previous fight, Moreno won the belt with a stunning submission from the incredibly dangerous Brazilian in June after beating him for nearly two rounds. A fourth duel seems inevitable as Moreno won the interim flyweight title by stopping Kai Kara-France in July. The Jamaican-American was mocked by some fans after winning the 2020 bantamweight title via disqualification when Petr Yan landed an illegal knee that left Sterling unable to continue. While Yan won the interim belt, Sterling was recovering from neck surgery and had to wait more than a year for his rematch against the Russian. With many predicting Sterling would suffer the loss he threatened to suffer when he first met Yan - and others hoping he would - he silenced some doubters and angered others by winning a close decision over his rival this April. That result gave the grappling specialist seven straight wins (including the DQ win over Yan) and earns Sterling our honorable mention. The former featherweight champion has lost four of his last seven bouts, though one of those losses have been at lightweight and one has been disputed point losses. Despite what recent results might suggest, the Hawaiian appears to be in his prime, excelling even in losses and putting on an intriguing performance in victories. Holloway moved into our top 10 at the expense of Moreno after the Mexican lost to Figueiredo at UFC 270, but he was eliminated after losing his trilogy fight with Alexander Volkanovski in July - the third loss of 30 years -year-olds against the man who dethroned him. The former interim welterweight champion is one of the best 170lbbers in the world, behind Kamaru Usman and perhaps new champion Leon Edwards. Usman retained his belt against Covington twice in the last three years before losing it to Edwards this August. Covington responded to the latter of those losses by easily beating friend and rival Jorge Masvidal in March, and he climbed back into our top 10 when Holloway tumbled after UFC 276 after two losses in the last six years - against the all-time greatest lightweight in Khabib Nurmagomedov and currently the best active lightweight in Charles Oliveira. The "diamond" holds seven wins against five different former world champions in the sport, having beaten Conor McGregor twice in 2021 to improve on that tally. Stipe Miocic holds the record for most successful UFC heavyweight title defense (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The consensus heavyweight GOAT, the part-time firefighter, holds the record for most successful title defense in the division — the heaviest weight class it's too mastering is an endurance run. The American traded the belt to Francis Ngannou and the Frenchman's insane knockout power from Cameroon in March 2021, but before that in Daniel Cormier he had back-to-back wins over one of the all-time greatests. The veteran also has a decision win over Ngannou, as well as victories over fellow UFC champions in Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum and Andrei Arlovski. Petr Yan is one of the most clinical and creative forwards in the UFC (Zuffa LLC). He went exactly five years undefeated until being disqualified while defending the bantamweight title against Sterling in the spring of 2021. In one fight he looked on his way to victory. The Russian responded by claiming the provisional gold by exposing Cory Sandhagen in a fight of the year contender. Was considered by many fans to be the true champion at 135 pounds despite his naïve foul against Sterling and some hold that view despite his loss to the Jamaican-American in their unification clash in April. The rematch was a hard fought affair, which Sterling won via split decision, although some fans felt the Russian had done enough to improve it. Leon Edwards became Britain's second UFC champion in August (UFC via Instagram) Edwards became Britain's second UFC champion with a stunning last-second knockout of Kamaru Usman this August. After beating the Nigerian-American fighter in Round 1 - something no fighter had ever managed in the UFC - Edwards kept getting up over the next few frames as the champion pressured him to assert himself in the fight . Then, one minute on the clock, Edwards cold-headed Usman with a perfect headbutt to take his gold, beating the man who had overtaken him seven years earlier. Since that loss to Usman in 2015, Edwards, 31, has gone unbeaten and has won 10 straight fights, culminating in his title win. He's endured bad luck over the years and seen bouts against top contenders fail on numerous occasions, but in the end he didn't have to prove his quality against any of them. He did so in spectacular fashion against Usman to enter our top 10. He also wins against former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and fan favorites Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone. Both losses came to the phenomenal Israel Adesanya, with Whittaker losing the middleweight belt by TKO to his rival in 2019 before dropping a controversial decision to the Last Stylebender this February. Between those bouts, the "Reaper" racked up three straight victories against elite competition, and his earlier run to the belt saw him successfully navigate a grueling array of opponents that is almost incomprehensible. He bounced back from his second loss to Adesanya with a masterful point win over Marvin Vettori. Francis Ngannou (right) wields knockout power from hell (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Arguably the hardest hitter the sport has ever seen and the honorable "baddest man on the planet" as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. All but one of his wins came from stoppages, with 12 knockouts to his name - some in under 60 seconds. After suffering back-to-back decision losses in 2018, the Cameroonian recorded four straight first-round KOs before avenging a loss to Miocic to secure the gold with another vicious finish. He then shocked fans and pundits alike by defeating interim champion Ciryl Gane for a successful first defense in January of this year. Charles Oliveira has the most placements and submission wins in UFC history (Getty Images). However, the former featherweight has turned his career around (apart from a half-pound miss in May this year) and has won 11 straight for the past five years to succeed the retired Khabib at the helm of the lightweight division. Oliveira holds the records for most finishes (19) and most submissions won (16) in UFC history. His recent weight loss saw him stripped of the lightweight title he won last year, but his submission in the first round from Justin Gaethje the next day made him an instant No. 1 contender. Israel Adesanya is one of those Most Dedicated Fighter Alive (Getty Images) The "Last Stylebender" suffered his first loss in pro MMA in 2021, but that even had its perks as the Nigerian-born New Zealander moved up a weight class to challenge then-champion Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title . He "laps the opposition" - a term that will return below - with back-to-back rematch victories over Marvin Vettori and Whittaker before his crucial victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 276. Kamaru Usman went 3-0 in 2021, retaining the UFC welterweight title with every win (AP) In 2021, Usman was arguably the top mixed martial artist in the world, let alone the UFC. Last year, Usman extended his unbeaten streak to nine years, his 19-fight win streak including a dominant title win in 2019 and five successful defenses before dropping the title with a late, intriguing knockout loss to Leon Edwards in August of this year . Despite that loss to a man he pointed out in 2015, Usman retains second place here. Also of great credit is the fact that the 35-year-old has fought three times in 2021, more than any other fighter on this list except for Poirier. In fact, he was close to a second points win over Edwards until the Brit scored one of the biggest KOs in UFC history. Alexander Volkanovski maintains a 22-fight winning streak (Getty Images) Since the only loss of his pro career in 2013, Volkanovski has won an impressive 22 fights in a row. In fact, his only pro loss came against a world welterweight champion. Six of the Australian's last seven bouts have seen him against 'elite' featherweights, with some fans unjustly holding grudges against the champion due to the controversy surrounding the second of his three decider wins against Max Holloway. In July, he produced a master class to surpass Holloway for the third time, leaving no doubt as to his superiority over the man he dethroned in 2019. Volkanovski made the Hawaiian, considered by some fans to be the greatest featherweight of all time, look like another contender. He even has a win over the other standout contender for that title - Jose Aldo - as well as Chad Mendes and Brian Ortega. However, in his most recent performance against Holloway, he overtook both teammates Adesanya and Usman, with that outing leading some to eventually claim that Volkanovski is the best mixed martial artist currently alive.

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Everton anti-Benitez, Rashford revival of Man Utd and VAR madness infuriate West Ham

Daniel Storey gives his conclusion on the Premier League weekend (Author: Gardener)

Everton anti-BenitezThe Score is Daniel Storey's weekly assessment of the performance of all 20 Premier League teams. Arsenal's latest "Invincible" era is over, even if it only lasted for the month of August this time. Manchester United were always a great test and inspiration from Christian Eriksen combined with a resurgent Marcus Rashford and influence from debutant Antony gave Erik ten Hag's side a 3-1 win. Elsewhere, Manchester City's lost points at Aston Villa would normally have given Liverpool a glimmer of hope - had the Reds not already stuttered to a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby. For Mikel Arteta, more questions after an August in which Arsenal threatened to finally offer definitive, long-term answers to old problems. What happens next will determine how they are judged, but now there will be inevitable accusations that they only beat a few struggling teams and then failed the first grueling test. Arsenal were comfortable for a long time but were thwarted by a lack of focus and their own tendency to overplay in the penalty area. For Manchester United's first goal, Oleksandr Zinchenko was pulled to the ball, releasing Antony. In the second case, Arsenal took on too much because they had built up a lot of steam and thought they could overpower United. At this point, Arteta probably made a mistake. Arsenal's manager made a triple switch in an attempt to follow the game. Zinchenko came on for Eddie Nketiah, Fabio Vieira made his Premier League debut in a side that now had just three defenders and midfield controller Martin Odegaard came on for the more attacking Emile Smith-Rowe. A minute later, United interrupted an Arsenal side still trying to find their form, killing the competition. On the whole, his team created the better chances and had more than twice as many ball contacts in the penalty area. This was very similar to some of Arsenal's defeats under Arsene Wenger at Old Trafford where they had the style but Alex Ferguson's United the killer instinct which ultimately makes a bigger difference. And that will worry Arteta a little because they will face better sides than Manchester United this season. United are in roughly the same position as them, albeit a bit earlier in the process and with more expensive parts: young team (six of the starting XI were 24 or under), new players attempting a makeover to get back into the Champions League. And it was United who weathered the storm, not Arsenal. It was United who mastered the greatest moments, not Arsenal. If anyone encapsulated Aston Villa's tenacity against Manchester City, defending resolutely in unlikely circumstances to take a point, it was Ashley Young. After playing less than a minute of league football, Young was asked to come off the bench and play at right-back when Matty Cash injured himself. He had 63 minutes against arguably the best attack in the world and he's 37 years old. Keeping Phil Foden calm, pacing up and down the right flank like a man ten years his junior, he helped Villa secure a tie that could potentially help fill Steven Gerrard's tenure. There was a period of play where Young chased down Kevin De Bruyne, caught up to him and then snatched the ball away while De Bruyne moaned about not getting a free kick. He then played a quick pass to launch a counterattack. Gerrard has been quick to deflect criticism this season, urging his players to take some responsibility for their own actions. They suspect he could use Young as an example of what he expects this week. A season-defining second half? They were down 2-0 at halftime in a game they've declared must-not-lose and somehow slogged their way to victory. The first goal sent nerves seeping into every corner of the City Ground. They did have three relatively low-percentage chances - Philip Billing's sensational and Dominic Solanke's overhead kick - but who cares if they go in? It seems unlikely - Parker's defeatism made life harder for players when they needed a boost. Lost 2-0 under him at half-time after being told they weren't good enough, how could he possibly motivate them to come back? It's never a totally accurate barometer, but it's always worth checking the opinion of the majority of fans after a perceived harsh layoff. There were few angry Bournemouth fans and even fewer surprised that Parker's pessimism was punished. Saturday's comeback suggests the same can be said for the players. Now they are waiting for a permanent coach who is willing to talk about their chances of staying up rather than relegating them in August. There's no better feeling as a supporter of a non-financially elite Premier League club than after your most valuable player put on a career-best performance in the first game following the transfer window. Summer may bring excitement over the arrival of new heroes, but the price paid for overperformance is the transfer market predators lurking on your doorstep. There's a good chance that at least two of the Big Six will either regret their decision to buy a specific forward (Chelsea) or not buy a forward at all (Manchester United). And on Saturday Toney produced a highlights package of everything he does brilliantly. Thomas Frank believes his striker is the best penalty taker in the world and he scored his 18th in 18 attempts for Brentford. The free kick against Leeds was outrageously good, perfect poise and power. The third was the crowning glory because it shows how fast the best strikers think to maximize every situation. The third goal also shows Toney improving as a forward. Prior to Saturday, none of his career league goals at Brentford had come from outside the box; now he has two. Only four Premier League players have scored more goals than Toney since the start of last season. No searing glimpses here, just an interesting statistical nugget and further proof of Graham Potter's work: on Sunday they scored five goals in a top-flight game for the first time in Brighton history. After Saturday's win over West Ham, Thomas Tuchel urged his players that the season starts now. Tuchel had asked more of his team, particularly in responding to adversity, after the defeats to Southampton and Leeds and they have responded. There were four new players in the starting eleven, as well as Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja. They are practically new players because Tuchel had never used them before this season. But there are caveats to any predictions that Chelsea are coming into form now. First, they were extremely lucky to beat West Ham after a controversial late VAR call. Secondly, there is clearly a midfield balance issue that Tuchel is trying to solve on the fly by trying different options in different roles. Against West Ham, Tuchel used a 3-1-4-2 with Ruben Loftus-Cheek as deepest midfielder - it's certainly not his best role. Gallagher started again but seems to be struggling knowing how much license he has to drive up front and how often he should help the midfielder behind him. Mateo Kovacic is another similar player, neither a holding midfielder nor a destroyer nor a pure creator. With N'Golo Kante injured, Chelsea appear to be losing the glue. They also have three midfielders - Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher - who Tuchel doesn't seem too comfortable with. Tuchel is right that an ugly win is infinitely better than a nice loss, and he's also right that given the chaos (nine new first-team players including returning loanees; 14 departures), Chelsea's form may be affected by closure of the transfer window is supported. But it's telling that Chelsea's summer makeover under new ownership has produced a squad the manager is still comfortable with. Having spent more than £250million, Tuchel needs to get it right fast. Defensively, Crystal Palace had a difficult start to the season. They've played against three of the Big Six, hadn't kept clean sheets before the weekend and some players were struggling for form. But on Saturday at St James' Park, Guehi returned to form in style. When that happens it's a key defensive partnership on par with almost any in the Premier League. Joachim Andersen is the defender's defender - against Newcastle alone he made 18 clearances, more than any of his team-mates combined. Andersen also tends to play the longer passes, diagonal balls to a winger. Guehi is the ball player who plays in midfield and occasionally on the wings – he nailed 53 of his 57 passes on Saturday. Without the ball, Guehi will fold while Andersen tries to win headers and tackles, the safety net behind him. Guehi didn't make a single tackle against Newcastle and only made seven clearances. The fact that Everton are still winless after six Premier League games and that the mood at Goodison on Saturday was nonetheless one of hope turning into actual, tangible pride shows two things: Everton have some logical deals with one this summer Budget done and there is determination from the backers to make sure everything works. Frank Lampard assembles a new team with a significant number of unknown parts. If these new players rightly believe that they will be welcomed by the fans and can finally take this club forward, it becomes - in a way - a self-fulfilling prophecy. Benitez was not a popular appointment, the majority of supporters did not agree with his appointment and therefore had less patience when things went wrong. His win rate is almost identical to that of his predecessor, but during his tenure there is a completely different vibe. It's as if a memo went around every Everton supporter that they should give the manager and the team the benefit of the doubt. Everton lost two of their best centre-backs from last season in the opening weekend and now have good partnerships in Conor Coady and James Tarkowski. Amadou Onana is a midfielder with all the qualities that fans would find attractive on derby day. Everton didn't beat Liverpool and Jordan Pickford was probably their best player. They are still without a win this season. But step back three or four steps and a different, larger picture emerges. Everton supporters have decided they have a role to play in making this work and they intend to maximize it. Nobody will celebrate defeat, but there are ways to lose. When Fulham last played in the Premier League, there were two of their first three defeats by a margin of three goals or more: 3-0 to Arsenal and 3-0 to Aston Villa. In between, they conceded four times against Leeds. Those heavy defeats are important after promotion because they widen the gap between you and the strongest clubs in the division. With Aleksandar Mitrovic able to take chances that come his way as efficiently as any opposing striker, Fulham will aim to protect their centre-backs and limit the quality of chances they allow. They have played against three members of the Big Six and conceded six goals. They drew one of those games and lost the other by a single goal. Even with a loss, it gives Fulham confidence that they can be competitive when playing against sub-elite teams. Don't be surprised if Mitrovic frustrates Chelsea next weekend. "We want managers to have personality and be animated, but after the game, Marsch accepted his behavior went too far and said he escalated that behavior to try and get the referee to change subsequent decisions. Not only is that a slightly derogatory ploy (and it didn't work, so fair play for referee Michael Salisbury), but Marsch also accused his players of allowing emotions to get the better of them and thus being unable to deal with it keep schedule and gets a little too "freestyled" for the coach. Cut to Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday, where Marsch was sent off after persistently complaining to the officials. This has come after the uproar with Bruno Lage and the overreaction last weekend when he was cautioned by the referee and accepted he deserved the penalty. Marsch obviously tries to motivate his players with his own animation. He may also be trying – unwittingly or otherwise – to prove to Leeds supporters that he cares as much as they do about generating simple popularity. Presumably he's trying to create an "us against the world" mentality that fans and players alike can benefit from. If Leeds have had an obvious mistake this season, they have allowed chaos to reign where control would be preferable. If your manager is sent off in a 5-2 loss, it's reasonable to ask if his behavior on the touchline is helping or hindering. Less than three years ago, Caglar Soyuncu was named Premier League Team of the Year. On Sunday he was left out of Leicester City's matchday squad despite Wesley Fofana being sold and Wout Faes unavailable due to an unresolved visa issue. There can be few top-level players who are still in their supposed prime years and have fallen so far in that time. Nobody seriously argues that Soyuncu should be in Leicester's team - he could well be traded to Turkey's Super Lig this week. Soyuncu was one of the standout stars of Brendan Rodgers' Leicester team. If this was to be the last bad day of Brendan Rodgers' tenure at Leicester City, it was fitting that a defensive collapse ensued, with a senior centre-back left out of the squad and a midfielder unsuccessfully filling in. So far this league season, his total shots have dropped from 4.0 to 2.8 per 90 minutes played compared to last season. But that's not surprising when you look at Salah: only if you get into the penalty area can you expect a high number of shots in the penalty shoot-out. He had six touches of the ball in the penalty area against Everton on Saturday. We might think Salah - and Liverpool in general - are only adjusting to the arrival of a new centre-forward in Darwin Nunez, but then three of Salah's six games this season have started with Roberto Firmino starting after Nunez's suspension. It could be that Salah stays outside because Trent Alexander-Arnold doesn't push as high up the field to cover Liverpool's less secure defense (again likely due to the lack of midfielders). Last season he created 63 chances over the course of the league season; He has already managed 24 this season, more than any other player in the Premier League. If he continued at his current pace, he would create 123 chances this season, almost double the number of last season. Is Klopp trying to turn his elite goalscorer into an elite creator because he has a new forward? There's little point in giving Salah his new deal and working so hard financially to keep him if you were then trying to change what made him so great to deserve that deal. City may have lost the same number of points as they did to Newcastle, but in very different circumstances. Then their decision to play with a back two was uncovered by an effective counter-attacking team that nearly humiliated them before the second-half comeback. Here City made one of their old blunders of dominating a game without killing it, missing a number of presentable chances and being guilty of several weak closes by a goal, and then were caught when Villa made one of their own. City will get away with it most weeks because Erling Haaland has enough chances to make any waste unnecessary. You don't have to try hard to be happy for Marcus Rashford as long as you're able to temporarily put aside any club bias. He's spent much of the last 18 months looking half broken, a man staring at his feet in their boots and asking them rhetorical questions as to why they aren't doing what he's asking them to do. You don't have to believe in karma to believe that Rashford probably deserved a bit of luck, a break or two along the way. This is a man who decided to use the platform he earned through sporting excellence to fight child starvation and forced the country's government to do an about-face. And instead of getting universal praise, some used him as a stick to hit him when his form faltered. And that included Manchester United fans. Being out of shape is worse than being injured. With forms, you don't know exactly what to blame for it and how to fix it. You want to try harder, but you've already done your best. You won't lose your sharp edges overnight and they won't be fixed that quickly either. But there are signs that Rashford is finally loving being on a football pitch again. It is nothing more than an unscientific guess to say that he would not have scored his two goals on Sunday a year ago. He would have snapped at the first chance, maybe grabbed too fast or twisted wide - the slight deflection would have made it easier for the keeper, not harder. He would have reacted too slowly for the second goal and would have been obsessed with his own struggles on his hips. This time we got a smile. The 4-0 defeat at Brentford may have seemed like Manchester United's lowest tide, proof that a manager can't hold back the tide of incompetence, but it gave Ten Hag a mandate for change and he's had every decision ever since right hit. Playing Rashford as a central striker is one of them; as well as trusting Tyrell Malacia over Luke Shaw, dropping Harry Maguire and picking Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay. This is a team of fresh faces and finally new energy. If you thought Manchester City were the only club in the Premier League to use their full-backs as playmakers in central midfield, think on – ish. At Newcastle, Kieran Trippier is increasingly being used in a multi-functional role that aims to exploit his attributes beyond crossing latitudes. He remains one of the best in the division when it comes to delivering on the run from the right. His free-kick is also excellent and we already know that his free-kick shooting has improved tremendously throughout his career. Howe has adjusted Trippier's instructions this season. Rather than just overlapping the wide midfielder, Trippier also makes underlap runs aimed at getting him the ball closer to the box. At this point, Trippier can either go straight and cross the ball closer to the goal line, or make passes from the feet into the box. What's interesting is that he's doing that - a very offensive role - in a team that averages less than half the ball. On Saturday, Trippier created six of Newcastle's 14 chances. No one on Howe's team has accomplished more this season than he has. It will be interesting to see whether Alexander Isak plays as a right-winger over Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson starts centrally when he is fit. With four points from their first five relatively tough games, Steve Cooper knew how important the September games would be in determining Forest's natural bottom and top this season. After the home defeat by Bournemouth, on paper the most victorious league game of the season, there is no more word. Losing from a dominant position only made it worse. Let's list the reasons why this defeat was so bitter (and potentially significant in the longer term): 1) It increases criticism from outside the club of transfer activity. No one doubts that Forest have had to sign many new players because of the many players lost, but the danger has always been that signing so many new faces reduces each player's average loyalty to the club and cause. They risk undermining the identity that clearly played such an important role last season. 2) It will cause some fans, who are likely to get louder and louder online, to lose faith and turn against players and managers. This is especially true for the players who helped Forest rise. Therein lies another danger of buying so many players: there comes a tipping point where some fans think, "well, we might as well replace them all". See point 1) why this could only make things worse. 3) Cooper too is now under scrutiny from some of the club's support, which reflects the owners' desperation and ambition to stay in the Premier League. Cooper likely got things wrong on Saturday, most notably using Jack Colback as a substitute when the situation called for a more technical midfielder to try and control the game. It was he who showed his faith in Forest a year ago when he agreed to take over from a championship bottom and guided them to promotion in his first stint. If the owner of your club has spent the summer making it clear that they expect consolidation in the Premier League, don't be surprised if this also creates impatience among fans. 4) It reiterated the doubts about this squad, namely that the central defenders are too slow and that Forest signed 21 new players but no outstanding goalscorer. Forest underperforms according to the opportunities they create. 5) It sends a message to the rest of the Premier League that no leading Nottingham Forest hold is safe. The same message will be sent to Forest players as well. Next time they score the first goal or lead at half-time, will they just think about what went wrong on Saturday? This will be a theme of Southampton's season and the three seconds that define it could be Che Adams jumping on a header a yard from goal and somehow nodding into his own hands to eliminate any chance of a goal. Southampton have actually been pretty efficient in front of goal this season. They are the sixth most efficient shooters in the division based on the number of goals scored compared to how many goals we would have expected based on their chances. On Saturday we saw why that is likely to fall back to average as this season progresses. Last season Southampton were 16th by the same measurement and they actually have fewer forwards than last season – Armando Broja returned to Chelsea and no centre-forward was signed. Southampton will be great fun with their young players and high energy levels and they are unlikely to get into trouble. But their center forward options will act as a natural ceiling on their potential. Much has been said about the depth Tottenham have gained in central midfield (Yves Bissouma), in the front three (Richarlison) and in full-back (Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence), but far less about their central defensive capabilities. There was some dismay when Spurs allowed Joe Rodon to go on loan after signing Clement Lenglet. Lenglet's reputation had taken a significant hit at Barcelona (although he wasn't alone) and fans feared they were about to sign a short-term dud. But on Saturday, Lenglet made his first Spurs start and looked remarkably confident. With the left centre-back playing alongside an attacking full-back, it was interesting how well prepared Lenglet was to take the ball into the field and get higher than Eric Dier or Cristian Romero - almost 20 per cent of his touches were in Fulham's half. "I think Lenglet proved to be a really good player with personality and quality," said Antonio Conte after the game. "When you sign a player from Barcelona he certainly comes with a great background and for me it's easier to explain football to him." Having lost in terribly controversial circumstances and most of Saturday's defeat at Chelsea the better team, there is little point in criticizing West Ham. Instead, it was fascinating to see how David Moyes will line up with Lucas Paqueta in the team. According to early reports, Moyes will use a 4-2-3-1 combination with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek as midfielders, allowing one of them to move forward if the full-backs aren't too high on the pitch. This allows Paqueta to have a fairly fluid role in which he doesn't have to backtrack too much, especially while he's settling in. He completed just 10 passes in Chelsea's half and failed to create a chance, but recovered the ball just one less than Soucek. Kurt Zouma was the only West Ham player to make more clearances and he also blocked a shot. They suspect Moyes appreciates those traits in a player reportedly signed for his creativity. There was an interesting dynamic at Molineux on Saturday, which came with the introduction of Hwang Hee-chan as a substitute. Hwang sometimes struggled at Wolves and it was his release that led to Newcastle's equalizer last weekend. His arrival on the pitch was booed by some of the home support. Fans have every right to be frustrated and are free to express that frustration however they choose. But if the ultimate goal is to have a fitter player, does booing them and breaking their confidence even further really help that? Thankfully, other supporters saw reason and chanted Hwang's name for several minutes. As it is, Hwang then took to Instagram to thank them for that support. There aren't many forwards in the Premier League who could use a goal more than he does, especially now that Sasa Kalajdzic has been injured.

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