The Morning Kick: Premier League links round up

- Chelsea’s Gary Cahill furious after Club World Cup final sending-off - Chelsea’s attempt to become club world champions ended in tears of regret and angry accusations of play-acting, with Gary Cahill incensed at the reaction of Corinthians’ Emerson after tangling with the forward in the last minute… (The Guardian)

- Corinthians 1-0 Chelsea: Corinthians disrupt Chelsea’s passing and pinch a scrappy goal - Corinthians lifted the World Club Cup after a typical 1-0 win. Tite left out his number ten, Douglas, and instead selected Jorge Henrique to play a disciplined role on the right. Rafael Benitez moved David Luiz to centre-back with Branislav Ivanovic going to right-back. Frank Lampard and Ramires started in the middle, and Victor Moses was chosen over than Oscar… (Zonal Marking)

- Premier League clubs wear black armbands as tribute to Newtown shooting victims - A day after the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, four Premier League clubs paid tribute to the victims by wearing black armbands during their matches on Saturday… (Dirty Tackle – Yahoo)

- (Gif) Hugo Lloris’ goalie punch versus Michu - Tottenham’s keeper Hugo Lloris and Swansea City’s star striker Michu collide on an aerial through ball in their match Saturday… (Reddit)

- Tottenham take the initiative as Swansea surprisingly play conservatively - Most mid-table sides are expected to play conservatively away from home against those in the top tier of English football, but Swansea won many admirers for their dedication to a particular type of football last season under Brendan Rodgers… (SB Nation)

- Reinvigorated Rangers celebrate win at last - If the Mayans were correct and the world does end on Friday, at least Queens Park Rangers can perish in the satisfaction of being a winning team. No longer the winless wonders, Harry Redknapp’s regime is undefeated and a West London derby spoils are Rangers’ to celebrate. They are not even bottom of the league any more… (ESPN)

- Just how good is Villa star Benteke? - Christian Benteke has been one of the most talked about strikers this season and he delivered a performance against Liverpool to justify the hype. Brimming with muscular aggression and providing Aston Villa’s slick build up play with a cutting edge, Benteke found himself being likened to Didier Drogba… (Daily Mail)

- Transformed Adel Taarabt has Harry Redknapp purring as QPR beat Fulham - After Queens Park Rangers were promoted from the Championship in 2011, the then-Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was asked how he thought his former player Adel Taarabt would perform in the Premier League. “He will take the division by storm,” said Redknapp… (The Guardian)

- Marouane Fellaini is sorry for headbutting Ryan Shawcross - Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has apologized for headbutting Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross during Saturday’s 1-1 draw. The incident occurred just before Everton took a corner kick and was missed by the referee, allowing Fellaini to go unpunished… (Dirty Tackle – Yahoo)

- Tottenham Set To Revive Pursuit of Playmaker Joao Moutinho With £24m January Bid - AVB still keen to bring former charge to White Hart Lane. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is set to revive his interest in Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho and will test his former club Porto’s resolve with a £24 million bid in January, according to reports… (Caught Offside)

- Manchester City Half Their Loss But Not Their Financial Fair Play Problems - Last week Manchester City announced a loss of $157M for the year to May 2012. Most of the headlines focused on the reduction from last year’s record setting loss of $320M (exchange rate of 1.61 used for both)… (Forbes)

- Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley provide Manchester United their best balance in midfield - It was about two years ago that I began writing for this site and during that time,Manchester United were staying afloat in the Premier League title race due to the individual brilliance of Dimitar Berbatov and Nani in attack and a world-class Nemanja Vidic at the back… (The Busby Babe)

- Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind - If Carlos Bocanegra was supposed to be out for six weeks with the injury he sustained in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s November friendly with Russia, no one told him that. Just over a month removed from tearing a muscle in his left leg, Bocanegra slipped back into Racing Santander’s starting lineup for the club’s match against CD Sabadell on Sunday… (Soccer by Ives)

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