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Premier League Weekly | Latest News & Stories – Dec. 06, 2021
Hello, Premier League fans! Today we will review some exciting news in the past seven days in English Premier League. So sit tight and enjoy the show!
Marcel Brands leaves Everton
Everton’s sporting director Marcel Brands left the club after just seven months since signing a new three-year deal. Brands came to Everton in 2018 from PSV Eindhoven. He spent around 250 million pounds on new players, but Everton hasn’t improved the squad very much since then. Last season they finished in 10th place, and the year before, they were 12th. Everton is struggling so much this season, and they are currently in 16th place with 15 points. They are only five points above the relegation zone.
The owner Farhad Moshiri decided to give Rafa Benitez more power to control transfers in the January transfer window, and he promised reasonable transfer funds.
The Everton fans are furious with Moshiri and Benitez and want both of them to leave the club. Tonight Everton is playing against Arsenal at home, and fans are planning to protest in the 27th minute because Everton is 27 years without a trophy.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) December 5, 2021
Steven Gerrard’s perfect start at Villa Park
The perfect start for the new Aston Villa boss and his managerial career in England. After defeat to Southampton on 5th November, Aston Villa sacked manager Dean Smith. A couple of days later, Steven Gerrard was announced as a new boss. Gerrard left Rangers and decided to prove himself in one of the most challenging competitions in the world – the Premier League.
He debuted at home against Brighton, and Aston Villa won that game 2-0. After that game, Villa beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. If anyone says that Villa had an “easy” schedule at the start of his tenure, the game against Man City really showed that something changed at the club.
Villa lost the game 2-1, but they were a much better team in the second half. They pushed Man City, made the game very difficult for them, scored one goal, and had a couple of amazing chances. Aston Villa simply deserved a point in that game. On Sunday, Aston Villa defeated another strong opponent. Steven Gerrard came up as a winner against his old manager Brendan Rodgers as Aston Villa won against Leicester 2-1. That was the third win in the last four games, and Aston Villa made progress to 10th place in the table.
Another difficult game is ahead of Steven Gerrard in the next week. Probably the hardest in his career. He will visit Anfield and have to play against his club Liverpool.
▪️ Three wins out of four matches with Aston Villa
▪️ Defeats former manager Brendan Rodgers
Next up for Steven Gerrard: Anfield 👀 pic.twitter.com/bg7bi777v0
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 5, 2021
English teams in Europe: What do they need in the last round?
This midweek the last round in European competition will be played. England has four teams in Champions League, two in Europe League, and one in Europe Conference League. All English teams that play in the Champions League made progress to the knockout phase. Man City and Liverpool secured first-place finish, but Man Utd and Chelsea must pick some points in the last round if they want to finish as group winners. Man Utd is playing at Old Trafford against Young Boys, and they need only a point to secure first place in the group. Chelsea travels to Russia, where they play against Zenit. Chelsea must win that match because they are level on points with Juventus, and the Italian side has a game against Malmo at home.
West Ham has secured a first-place finish in his group and knockout phase of the Europe League, but Leicester is not yet. The Foxes travel to Italy to play against Napoli, and they must avoid defeat in that match if they want to finish at least in the second place. Leicester can go to the knockout phase even with defeat, but in the other match in the group, Spartak and Legia must draw their match, and goal difference will be essential. Tottenham cannot finish as a leader of his group in the Europe Conference League, but Antonio Conte’s side must beat Rennes at home on Thursday if they want to finish second and make it to the knockout phase. A 1-0 win maybe will not be enough for Tottenham because Vitesse has a game against Mura at home, and if Tottenham won only 1-0, and Vitesse won 3-0, Vitesse will go through because of the better head-to-head score. They will have the same goal difference, the same number of goals scored, but the Holland team will have a better head-to-head score.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 5, 2021