A couple days after Juventus scored seven goals in a game, Marseille topped that, scoring nine in their Coupe de France game on Tuesday night. Kostas Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos both had had tricks for Marseille. Incredibly, Marseille scored those nine goals on only 10 shots. Marseille have now scored 27 goals in all competitions in 2018 so far, the second highest among Europe’s top five leagues, behind only their Ligue 1 counterpart Paris Saint-Germain. Marseille are second in Ligue 1, one point ahead of Monaco, and if they keep up their scoring pace (or even something more reasonable), they will be well on their way to a Champions League spot next year.
The Premier League is the only major soccer league in Europe that does not have a winter break. And not only do they play games during the winter holiday period, but the schedule is compacted so that teams are playing frankly unsustainable numbers of games in a short amount of time. This definitely fatigues some of the major stars that play in England, and it’s also been suggested one of the reasons English teams have struggled in the Champions League knockout rounds lately is the lack of a winter break (though there’s no real evidence to back this claim up). Dale Johnson of ESPN has the lowdown for how a winter break in the Premier League might work.
This weekend Harry Kane scored his 100th goal for Tottenham, and he did it in truly dramatic fashion, scoring a penalty to equalize against Liverpool with the last kick of the game. Kane has been a revelation for Spurs since he was promoted to the first team, but back in his early years, Kane was actually at Arsenal’s academy, where he was cut from the team at age 8. It’s hard to know what will happen in the future, but I’m sure Arsenal fans are wishing Kane hadn’t slipped through their fingers. Harry Kane talks about his journey in his own words on the Players Tribune.
It’s been a frustrating year for Adam Lallana, his season has been fraught with injuries, and he is trying to recover so he can return for Liverpool, and make sure he pushes for a World Cup spot with England over the summer. It’s surely been a frustrating season for him, and it appears that frustration boiled over in a reserve game against Tottenham’s U-23 team. Lallana lost out on an aerial challenge against 19-year-old George Marsh. He then grabbed Marsh from behind and choked him before he was restrained and eventually sent off. Fortunately for Lallana, he is only banned from U-23 games, he does not face any additional punishment at the senior level. He should, but Lallana caught a break this time.
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