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Rejected proposal to reduce the Premier League to 18 teams

Clubs with modest finances in the Premier League oppose the plan proposed by Man Utd and Liverpool.

“The shareholders of the Premier League agreed, as a group of 20 members, that Project Big Picture will not be implemented”, the announcement from the Premier League Organizing Committee had the paragraph. “We will continue to discuss the restructuring plan for the tournament as well as ensure the financial situation for the teams in the future”.

“Project Big Picture” was initiated by the Big 6 group in the Premier League, led by Man Utd and Liverpool. This club group wants to change the structure of the first tournament in the fog, such as reducing the number of participating teams to 18 and only two teams being relegated directly. The 16th placed team played a play-off with one of the four First Division teams, ranked third through sixth. In addition, this project also calls for the elimination of the British Super Cup, and possibly the League Cup.

The goal that the bosses of Man Utd and Liverpool are aiming for is to increase the share of TV rights. Currently, the ratio between the top and bottom teams of the Premier League is 1.8: 1. The Big 6 wants this ratio to be 4: 1, similar to how La Liga prioritized Real Madrid and Barca.

If through “Project Big Picture”, the English Football Federation (FA) will receive $ 130 million immediately. First-place teams also earned $ 325 million, and were committed to receiving 25% more Premier League revenue. This is a great source of support, especially when many teams are seriously affected after Covid-19.

Premier League Organizing Committee (EFL) chairman Rick Parry supported the project, saying it would help solve many of the problems facing lower clubs. In addition, reducing the number of teams participating in the Premier League and dropping the League Cup will help teams avoid losing their fitness when attending the European Cup.

The representative of the opposing group “Project Big Picture” said: “Football really needs reform. We’ve talked about it for years, but not by concentrating power on the hands of six billionaire owners “Collaboration is a specialty of the Premier League, and we need to immediately eliminate any elements that are intended to be profitable.”

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Chelsea battle Liverpool in the second round of the Premier League

The Stamford Bridge Stadium on Sunday afternoon 20/9 saw a confrontation between the challenger Chelsea – the strongest spending team in the summer of 2020, with the defending champions Liverpool.

Last season, Liverpool won 15 games with a difference of one goal on the Premier League championship. They opened the new season with a similar victory over Leeds (score 4-3). In the last 14 matches, Liverpool conceded 19 goals in total. This situation is not easy to accept, especially for the fans who are familiar with the overwhelming style of teachers and students Jurgen Klopp.

With a spend of $ 32 million to recruit midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern, the Anfield team promises to create a new position. The Spain international is the second rookie behind left-back Kostas Tsimikas and is considered the perfect piece for Liverpool’s midfield. However, Thiago is probably not ready to play in this important match.

Chelsea poured more than $ 260 million to rebuild the squad this summer, aiming to close the gap with Liverpool. Klopp once said Liverpool cannot spend such money because they do not have the backing of tycoons. The statement of the Liverpool coach was later rejected by Frank Lampard. Therefore, the confrontation on the coaching chair in this match is also worth the wait.

This is a good time for Liverpool to face Chelsea, when Lampard still has to accept an unstable goalkeeper like Kepa Arrizabalaga in the wooden frame. Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech are not fully fit and Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have not fully integrated. But Werner still showed sharpness in the promotion to Brighton while Havertz has the ability to change the game at any time.

* Force information: Lampard has not confirmed whether recruits Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva are capable of playing or not. Mateo Kovacic returned from suspension but Christian Pulisic was still absent. Liverpool don’t have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but Xherdan Shaqiri and Tsimikas are ready to return.

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Why De Bruyne is better than all when City clash

While Liverpool have performed better than any other team this season, City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne deserved to be the best individual.

As Man City prepares to face Arsenal on the day of the Premier League return, let’s find out why De Bruyne will be the recipient of the most coveted individual award of English football – PFA Player of the Year.

This season, Spreadex measured the performance of Premier League players through the “Player Performance Score” system.

Spreadex’s data includes 25 points for each goal, 10 points for each assist, 10 points for each shot of a wooden frame, 5 points for each shot hit the goal and 2 points for each accurate pass in the opponent’s court.

Based on this series of skills, De Bruyne has surpassed Premier League colleagues in the rankings.

The Belgian midfielder accumulated a total of 2,465 points, 166 more than the second-ranked player, Rodri of Man City.

The most impressive thing about De Bruyne is the superiority in all the data. He has created 16 goals for his team-mates this season, four more than Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and double his teammate at City, Riyad Mahrez.

With 5 more assists, De Bruyne will surpass Thierry Henry’s English Premier League record in the 2002/03 season (20).

In addition, De Bruyne also scored 8 goals, made 23 shots on goal and had more important passes (96) than any other player. In total, De Bruyne created 23 great opportunities, more than Alexander-Arnold 7.

Hailed as an artist with the ball at his feet, Pep Guardiola’s admiration for De Bruyne is also partly due to the amount of work he does.

Instead of wandering in a third of the back of the pitch without caring about defending, De Bruyne has moved a distance (275.1 km) longer than any other Man City player this season. On average in 90 minutes, De Bruyne moved 11.5 km, just behind Rodri (11.8) and Mahrez (11.6).

However, to assess the true impact of De Bruyne on Man City, the numbers are not fully reflected.

Having missed most of Manchester City’s 2018/19 championship campaign due to injury, De Bruyne is now reimagining himself as the most comprehensive midfielder in the tournament.