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Premier League stops matches until April 4 due to COVID-19

After Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi catch coronavirus, all professional football in England is halted for three weeks. Therefore, Premier League stops matches until April 4.

The Premier League, League One, League Two, the Championship, FA Women’s Championship, FA Women’s Super League, and FA Cup quarter-finals have all immediately halted competitive action.

The two friendlies on March 27 and 31 of England at Wembley have also been postponed – while the Champions League and Europa League ties next week were called off as well as the European Championships in June are presently under threat.

However, with the situation expected to get even worse, it is not certain that the season will be ready to restart on April 3. Moreover, the packed football calendar can make it impossible to fit in every match before the planned end date of May 17.

Chief executive of Aston Villa Christian Purslow said that it was unsure whether or not the Premier League season would be completed after leaving a meeting at the League’s office in London.

Meanwhile, English non-league fixtures are still going ahead with the National League’s decision to allow matches in its three divisions to take place this weekend – offering an option to fans left without attending any game.

Scottish football has also announced an immediate suspension across all leagues, with every match postponed until ‘further notice’ while the Football Association of Wales has decided to postpone domestic football in Wales, until April 4.

The advice of government on mass gatherings in England has not changed in spite of the decision to move into the ‘delay’ phase in fighting with the virus, but the spread of COVID-19 among competitors has forced organizers.

It follows staff and players being affected by coronavirus, or individuals self-isolating after reporting the symptoms. Three players of Leicester are being tested and the squad of Everton are now in self-isolation.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo Headline Full 2019 UEFA Team of the Year

UEFA has named its 2019 Team of the Year, with European champions Liverpool dominating the list alongside FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meanwile Virgil van Dijk was a colossus at the back for Jurgen Klopp’s side, full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson excelled. Sadio Mane is among the forwards selected, while Goalkeeper Alisson Becker is at the base.

Elsewhere, Barcelona and Juventus have two representatives each.

Unsurprisingly, Messi and Ronaldo make the cut after successful years, while Matthijs de Light and Frenkie de Jong are also included; they both shone for Ajax last term before joining Juve and Barca, respectively.

The remaining two footballers have enjoyed exceptional starts to the 2019-20 season, with Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne arguably the Premier League‘s standout player and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski one of the game’s best goalscorers this year.

Last June, Liverpool won the Champions League beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. They’ve backed up that success by dominating England’s top flight this term and sit 14 points clear of City in the race for the prize.

With their dominance in the Premier League and progression into the Champions League knockout stages, it wouldn’t be a surprise if next year’s team was dominated by Liverpool again.

There aren’t a lot of signs that Messi or Ronaldo would slow down on an individual level, though.

Only Lewandowski found the back of the net more often than Messi in European football’s top 5 leagues in the previous year.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo was crucial to Juventus winning the Serie A title in his debut season at the club. Champions League glory will be on his radar, as will succedd in the summer, when Portugal look to defend their European Championship title successfully.

In spite of winning a domestic treble last year, City only have one representative in De Bruyne.

De Jong and De Ligt were both sensational for Ajax in the last season, though they have each had mixed starts to life at their new clubs.

They will both be hoped to make more strides in the next months, having inspired the Dutch giants to an unlikely Champions League semi-final appearance in the last campaign.

Man City – the brightest candidate for the Premier League champion (Part 4)

Benitez neutralized the midfield space to force Man City to play wide, ensuring there were not too many gaps between defense and second line, and kept Guardiola’s players as far away from Newcastle as possible.

Claude Puel, who helped Leicester defeat Man City in the Premier League and drew them to the League Cup, has another priority. “You have to accept you don’t have the ball,” he said. “The first touch, the first pass after you regain the game, is very important. It has to be on the front line.”

Puel’s squad in the last two City games was not entirely the players who only chased and intercepted. He picked out people with good technical qualities to play “safely” under the terrifying pressure of City. Puel told the students not to risk losing the ball with long passes or lucky kicks, because those things only made them “suffer another attack.”

Instead, Puel said, he asked Leicester to play “two, three, four passes, one or two touches, fast and quality, to open up space,” in order to break the pressure from the City. It was not his favorite game. “I’m not interested in matches like that,” Puel said. “But adaptation, here, is the key to survival.”

This season, Man City promises to be even more perfect, because Guardiola is constantly looking for perfection. They will become a formidable opponent more than last year. Benítez and Puel colleagues will have to find a way to follow them.

Pochettino also with Tottenham eliminated Man City from the Champions League last season, in a crazy game in the second leg. But Pochettino also understands: defeating Guardiola in the Champions League and in the Premier League are two completely different things. He will have a headache before a rematch with Pep. There is so much to do, including … burning candles!

Man City – the brightest candidate for the Premier League champion (Part 1)

Just in the season, Man City proved they are the brightest candidates for the championship that is considered the most difficult planet.

Rafael Benitez has never been terrified by any powerful opponent. If the opponent surpasses his team in every way, with an immense level of distance that cannot be leveled, he also conceals a very good fear.

That’s why Premier League clubs want to hear Benitez share his “know-how”, because Newcastle is the closest team to beat Man City in the domestic league. Benitez did not show any pride or attempt to hide his career.

Of course, his more specialized ideas are not so bleak. “Defeating Man City is possible,” Benitez said. But it requires two things: a perfect match and the help of luck. The players of the opponent must show the optimal performance, and the player of Pep Guardiola suddenly malfunctioned. Otherwise, all preparations will become meaningless.

That comment is not too words. Man City is dead with the Premier League rivals last season. Liverpool, Mr. King of Europe, playing a perfect asymptotic season. They finish with 97 points – the highest in the club’s history. They only lost exactly one match for the whole season, but still only finished second.

The championship last season was the eloquent message for the quality of the team that coach Guardiola built, with a meticulous plan and a frightening effect in the way he pinned the students’ brains. The statistics about them are amazing. In the past two years, Man City have won 201 in 231 maximum points – including the opening round of the season where Man City beat West Ham 5-0 recently. They lost only six in 77 rounds, scoring 206 goals and conceding 50 goals. Exceptionally British has never witnessed any more destructive machine than that.

70 percent of the UK are watching Premier League title race


The most exciting title race in years of Premier League has attracted some record-breaking television audiences all over the world, Sportsmail reveals.

While clubs such as Juventus are pushing for the formation of a European Super League in order to weaken the domestic leagues, the latest figures show that the appeal of English football has been greater than ever before.

The full season’s international figures are not yet in with the final weekend of fixtures to go; however, they are tracking a lot higher and in some territories around the world, the Premier League has achieved its highest audience for an individual match.

Interestingly, that appeal is not only limited to any single marquee fixture such as Liverpool versus Manchester United.

In India, it was that match, but in Brazil, it was Chelsea versus City, while in Canada, the Netherlands, and Denmark, it was Manchester City against Liverpool. It was United versus Huddersfield in Norway while Tottenham’s encounter with Wolves has attracted a record audience in South Korea.

Although live TV viewing figures have not reached record levels in the UK, there has been a notable 9% uplift on last season with about 70% of the total population watching Premier League across BT Sport, Sky, or the BBC’s Match of the Day.

With the fact that traditional TV viewing is in decline, Premier League finds this hugely encouraging.

Sky has had 16 matches with more than 2million audience this season, that is more than the past two seasons combined.

Richard Masters, the Interim Premier League chief executive, said that they always hoped the race for the title continued right up till the final day and Liverpool and Manchester City had delivered on that in some style.

Moreover, the Premier League claim that tickets sold is tracking at 95%, while their efforts have also played a part in the increasing of TV viewing. They have successfully blocked up to 175,000 illegal streams in the UK this season.