DORTMUND, Germany -- Three quick thoughts from Germany's 1-0 win over England in an international friendly.
1. Podolski claims spotlight against positive England
It probably did not need Lukas Podolski's stunning goal on his final performance for Germany to remind England of the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent, but a promising display by Gareth Southgate's players was put into proper context by the 31-year-old's spectacular, match-winning strike.
MANCHESTER, England -- Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool players were breathing hard as the final whistle blew in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City. With the point they gained at the Etihad Stadium, Klopp's team move four clear of fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification.
(For the record, Pep Guardiola's home side were similarly drained, but given that they arrived back in Manchester on Thursday from a draining Champions League defeat against Monaco the previous evening,...
MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from the 1-1 Premier League draw between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
1. Liverpool maintain unbeaten record against the best
The reality is that at the end of a breathless game that was both brilliant and flawed, very little had changed. Manchester City stayed third and Liverpool fourth, neither in any danger of catching Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp's charges remain the team the best cannot beat, extending their unbeaten...
LONDON -- Three thoughts on Tottenham's 2-1 win vs. Southampton in the Premier League.
1. Ten in a row for Tottenham at home
Can Tottenham cope without Harry Kane? On this evidence, they can, but it was a little too close for comfort against Southampton as they extended their winning run at home to 10 Premier League matches with a 2-1 victory.
Their record sequence began with a 3-2 win against West Ham in Kane's first home game after seven weeks out with an ankle injury. The England striker...
MIDDLESBROUGH, England -- Three thoughts on Manchester United's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough in the Premier League.
1. Man United climb to fifth
It had to happen at some point. Before this weekend, Manchester United had been in sixth place since Dec. 3, some 105 days ago. Everton's win on Saturday briefly pushed them down to seventh, but this 3-1 win over Middlesbrough has now taken them to the vertiginous heights of fifth.
Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia were just about...
WEST BROMWICH, England -- Ultimately, it was Arsene Wenger himself who provided the most comprehensive summary of Arsenal's damaging 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
"It was a typical Premier League game now, that you see a lot, where one team has a lot of the ball and the other defends deep well, waits for counterattacks and set pieces," Wenger explained. "West Brom did that very well. We had 77 percent of possession but didn't create enough chances."