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This Week: A Standout Performance

This Week: A Standout Performance

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Rich, Laura and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.

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This Week: A standout performance

Laura: Hello my name’s Laura and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English. 

Jack: Hi there. I’m Jack. We’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

Rich: My name’s Rich. If you want to listen and read at the same time we have a transcript of this podcast on the Premier Skills English website.

Laura: This week we focus on Chelsea women’s stunning victory in the League Cup Final, the North London Derby and wins for the top three in the Premier League.

Jack: We’re going to look at three headlines from the weekend’s action and look at some words and phrases connected to those headlines. 

Rich: We want you to use and practise these words and phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.

Laura: If you listen to us on Apple Podcasts, you can leave your comments in the review section. We do read all the reviews and would love to hear from you.

Jack: You can find all our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page. 

Rich: The words and phrases we are looking at this week are: to retain, standout, to bring someone back down to earth, to turn something around, to be on track and to see off. 

Laura: Later on we’ll also have a language challenge for you to have a go at so you need to be ready for that.

Headline 1

Jack: Chelsea win the first trophy of the season.

Laura: Chelsea brushed aside Bristol City’s challenge to retain the Women’s League Cup with a 6-0 win in the final. It was a sensational display but there were two standout performances by Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby. Kerr scored a hat-trick and Kirby was involved in all six goals - she scored twice and got four assists.

Rich: Chelsea are looking so good at the moment - they are top of the league, have just won the league cup and are into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Jack: Chelsea are aiming for a clean sweep of all the trophies this season.

Laura: A clean sweep - that’s a nice phrase. A clean sweep means to win all the trophies or prizes that are available. 

Rich: You often hear it at the Olympics. China made a clean sweep of the medals in the gymnastics or that’s a French clean sweep in the cycling.

Jack: It means they finished in the top three places and won the gold, silver and bronze medals. They won all the medals available.

Laura: Let’s look at some language from the headline. We said that Chelsea retained the League Cup.

Rich: To retain something means to continue to have or to keep something. 

Jack: Chelsea won the League Cup last season and they have won it again this season - they have retained the cup.

Laura: Another phrase I want to look at is standout. In the headline, we used standout as an adjective when we said there were two standout performances.

Rich: It describes something that is easy to notice because it’s much better than everything else around it. There were standout performances by Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby.

Jack: We might use this word more generally like in these examples about music and acting. The standout track on the album is … or it was a standout performance and that’s why she won the Oscar.

Laura: Stand out is also a phrasal verb and has the same meaning. We can say that Sam Kerr’s performance stood out or this is the track on the album that stood out for me.

Rich: Let’s move on to our second headline.

Headline 2 

Laura: Lamela brought back down to earth in North London Derby.

Rich: Erik Lamela scored one of the Premier League’s best-ever goals when he scored with a ‘rabona’ shot that put Spurs in the lead but it was Arsenal who finished the happier as they came from behind to win the North London Derby. Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette turned the match around for the Gunners and Lamela’s day didn’t end happily as he was sent off with fifteen minutes left to play.

Jack: OK, a great win for Arsenal but let’s start with that goal. Was it the best-ever in the Premier League?

Laura: It was pretty special, wasn’t it? And it included a nutmeg and it was against their fiercest rival as well.

Rich: I think it’s the first rabona I’ve ever seen in the Premier League but I do know that Lamela has done it before for Spurs. You can find that one online and let us know if you think it was the best goal the Premier League has seen.

Jack: Let’s look at some language. In the headline, we said that Lamela was brought back down to earth.

Laura: To bring someone back down to earth is an idiom that means to bring someone back to reality after they’ve been very excited about something.

Rich: Lamela must have been over the moon when he scored that goal but the referee brought him back down to earth when he showed him a red card.

Jack: We said that Arsenal turned the match around. To turn something around can literally mean to move the position of something, ‘can you turn that table around?’, but it can also mean to make something successful that has been unsuccessful for some time.

Laura: Arsenal were losing but they turned the match around to win the North London Derby.

Rich: It’s a phrase that is also common to talk about business. A new manager may be hired to turn around a failing business and make it profitable again.

Jack: Let’s move on to our final headline.

Headline 3

Rich: Top three break away from the pack.

Jack: There were important wins for Manchester City who won 3-0 at Fulham to keep their title charge on track, Leicester City who beat Sheffield United 5-0 with a Kelechi Ihenancho hat-trick and Manchester United who needed an own goal to see off West Ham. There is now a five-point cushion between Leicester in third and Chelsea in fourth.

Laura: Yes, City keep going with another win and Leicester and Manchester United are starting to look good for Champions League spots. 

Rich: Yes, all three are definitely on track for that. 

Jack: That’s our first phrase from this headline - to be on track. To be on track means to be doing the right thing in order to achieve the result you want.

Laura: Manchester City are on track to win the league. They are doing the right thing which is winning games to achieve the result they want which is to win the Premier League title.

Rich: Our final phrase this week is to see off. We said that Manchester United needed an own goal to see off West Ham.

Jack: In this football context to see off basically means to beat someone. West Ham challenged Manchester United but United saw off the challenge by winning the game.

Laura: We can also use this phrase when we say goodbye to someone - usually because they are going travelling. I could say something like: I went to see off my sister at the airport.

Rich: OK. We’ve looked at three stories and lots of vocabulary in our headlines. The words and phrases we’ve looked at were: to retain, standout, to bring someone back down to earth, to turn something around, to be on track and to see off. 

Jack: Listen to the headlines again to hear these words and phrases in context and don’t forget to look at the website for the transcript if you want to check your understanding of this vocabulary.

Headlines - Repeat
Prediction

Jack: It’s time for our prediction and I’m very happy to say that it was me who got the prediction right last week. I always thought Arsenal would beat Tottenham and they did.

Laura: That means we want you to choose the match for this week’s prediction and start us off.

Jack: OK, so the match I’m going to watch this weekend is in the FA Cup. It’s the quarter-finals and the match of the round has to be Leicester City against Manchester United. Both teams are on track to finish in a good position in the Premier League but would love the chance to add a trophy to the cabinet. I’m going to go for Leicester because they have home advantage. Final score: Leicester City 2-1 Manchester United.

Laura: I’m going for United. 2-0.

Rich: Remember there can be extra-time and penalties in the cup so I’m going for a United win in a penalty shootout.

Jack: What do you think the score will be? Do you agree with me, Rich or Laura?

Rich: We want all of you to make your predictions for this match and the rest of the FA Cup quarter-finals which you can find on the Premier Skills English website.

Language Challenge

Laura: To finish up the show we’ve got a quick language challenge connected to this week’s vocabulary.

Rich: Earlier we spoke about the idiom to be on track. We said that Manchester City are on track to win the Premier League this season.

Jack We’re going to give you three more sentences which include idioms with the word track. Do you know the missing words?

Laura: Manchester City are ______ on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

Rich: She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should _____ track her to the first team now.

Jack: I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere ____  the beaten track.

Laura: We want you to write the answers on the Premier Skills English website where we have some more questions and activities connected to this week’s show.

Jack: Or write your answer on Apple Podcasts if that’s where you listen to us. Just write the answers in the review section and say hi.

Rich: Before we finish we just wanted to say that we hope you found this lesson useful and we hope all of you stay fit and healthy.

Laura: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Headlines

Chelsea win the first trophy of the season

Fran Kirby was involved in all six goals Chelsea scored.

Chelsea brushed aside Bristol City’s challenge to retain the Women’s League Cup with a 6-0 win in the final. It was a sensational display but there were two standout performances by Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby. Kerr scored a hat-trick and Kirby was involved in all six goals - she scored twice and got four assists.

Headlines

Lamela brought back down to earth in North London Derby

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates his winning goal in the North London Derby.

Erik Lamela scored one of the Premier League’s best-ever goals when he scored with a ‘rabona’ shot that put Spurs in the lead but it was Arsenal who finished the happier as they came from behind to win the North London Derby. Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette turned the match around for the Gunners and Lamela’s day didn’t end happily as he was sent off with fifteen minutes left to play.

Headlines

Top three break away from the pack

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat-trick for Leicester against Sheffield United.

There were important wins for Manchester City who won 3-0 at Fulham to keep their title charge on track, Leicester City who beat Sheffield United 5-0 with a Kelechi Ihenancho hat-trick and Manchester United who needed an own goal to see off West Ham. There is now a five-point cushion between Leicester in third and Chelsea in fourth.

Vocabulary Alert

Language in the headlines

Lewis Dunk got the winner for Brighton against Southampton.

We looked at six words and phrases in our headlines that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you understand what they mean?

Chelsea brushed aside Bristol City’s challenge to retain the Women’s League Cup.

There were standout performances by Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby.

Lamela brought down to earth by red card.

Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette turned the match around for the Gunners.

Manchester City kept their title charge on track.

Manchester United needed an own goal to see off West Ham.

Prediction

FA Cup Prediction: Leicester City v Tottenham

Leicester City play Manchester United in the FA Cup this weekend.

Jack thinks Leicester will beat Manchester United but Rich and Laura think United will be victorious. What do you think will happen in the other FA Cup quater-finals?

FA Cup Quarter-Finals

Fixtures

Leicester City v Manchester United

Everton v Manchester City

Chelsea v Sheffield United

Bournemouth v Southampton

Language Challenge

John Stones scores for Manchester City against Fulham.

Jack, Laura and Rich set you a language challenge. In the podcast, we used the idiom to be on track. Here are three more sentences that use idioms with track. Can you guess the missing words?

Manchester City are ______ on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should _____ track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere ____  the beaten track.

Write the correct answer in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Discuss

Talk about the headlines

Was this the best-ever goal scored in the Premier League?

Jack, Laura and Rich looked at three stories in the news and some vocabulary that might be new to you. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.

  1. Was Erik Lamela's 'rabona' the best goal you've ever seen?
  2. Who gave a standout performance last weekend?
  3. Who Manchester United see off at the weekend?
  4. What are your FA Cup predictions?
  5. Can you do our language challenge?

Write your comments and answers in the section below.

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Rich's picture
Rich
24/03/2021
ES
517
points

Hi everyone,

The answers for the language challenge were:

Manchester City are BACK on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should FAST track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere OFF the beaten track.

Well done if you got the right answers!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
24/03/2021 13:03
Spain
Liverpool
517

Hi everyone,

The answers for the language challenge were:

Manchester City are BACK on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should FAST track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere OFF the beaten track.

Well done if you got the right answers!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Jembot
22/03/2021
ID
9
points

Hello all. Could you help me understand what the phrases "turn on the jets" and "connect" mean in football?

Lingard turns on the jets and romps down the inside-left channel.

30 min: A Fulham cross comes in from the right, but Loftus-Cheek can’t connect and Robinson trips on the ball at the far post to allow Sánchez to clear


Jembot
22/03/2021 07:09
Indonesia
Manchester United
9

Hello all. Could you help me understand what the phrases "turn on the jets" and "connect" mean in football?

Lingard turns on the jets and romps down the inside-left channel.

30 min: A Fulham cross comes in from the right, but Loftus-Cheek can’t connect and Robinson trips on the ball at the far post to allow Sánchez to clear

Rich's picture
Rich
24/03/2021
ES
517
points

Hi there,

The phrase to turn on the jets means to suddenly speed up/run faster. 

To connect means to touch the ball in this sentence.

Hope that helps!


Rich's picture
Rich
24/03/2021 13:05
Spain
Liverpool
517

Hi there,

The phrase to turn on the jets means to suddenly speed up/run faster. 

To connect means to touch the ball in this sentence.

Hope that helps!

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mobeckham
20/03/2021
TR
5797
points

Language Challenge :

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should ( keep on ) track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere *** the beaten track.


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mobeckham
20/03/2021 12:33
Turkey
Manchester United
5797

Language Challenge :

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should ( keep on ) track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere *** the beaten track.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/03/2021
TR
5797
points

FA Cup Predictions :

Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United
Everton 0-3 Manchester City
Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield United
Bournemouth 1-2 Southampton


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mobeckham
20/03/2021 12:26
Turkey
Manchester United
5797

FA Cup Predictions :

Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United
Everton 0-3 Manchester City
Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield United
Bournemouth 1-2 Southampton

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mobeckham
20/03/2021
TR
5797
points

1. Erik Lamela’s rabona was absolutely exquisite and we were stunned while watching it live with my friends. I think it’s one of the best goals in the history of the Premier League and it might win Puskas award for goal of the year whereas I think Rooney’s overhead kick vs Manchester City a decade ago is the best PL goal ever.

2. Sam Kerr who scored a hat-trick and Fran Kirby who scored twice and set up 4 goals gave a standout performance last weekend.
Imagine having both of them in your Fantasy team :)

3. Manchester United won by an own goal to see off West Ham United and retain the second place again after Leicester City’s win earlier at the weekend.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/03/2021 12:24
Turkey
Manchester United
5797

1. Erik Lamela’s rabona was absolutely exquisite and we were stunned while watching it live with my friends. I think it’s one of the best goals in the history of the Premier League and it might win Puskas award for goal of the year whereas I think Rooney’s overhead kick vs Manchester City a decade ago is the best PL goal ever.

2. Sam Kerr who scored a hat-trick and Fran Kirby who scored twice and set up 4 goals gave a standout performance last weekend.
Imagine having both of them in your Fantasy team :)

3. Manchester United won by an own goal to see off West Ham United and retain the second place again after Leicester City’s win earlier at the weekend.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
19/03/2021
UA
5796
points

Liverpool will fight against Real Madrid in the CL - they should definitely get even for Kiev's Final and get through to the 1/2.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
19/03/2021 12:19
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

Liverpool will fight against Real Madrid in the CL - they should definitely get even for Kiev's Final and get through to the 1/2.

Kontol
18/03/2021
FR
8
points

Please help me understand the meaning of the words "give away" and "get the better of" in this context

Koundé gives the ball away to Haaland, who can’t quite work it through to Reus.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sevilla (Haaland, 35 mins)
Sevilla give a goal away!

It is a ludicrous challenge from the midfielder to give away a penalty, and Kane makes no mistake from the spot.

Alioski gives away a silly free-kick in a good position for Chelsea on their right.

Ronney gets the better of Kane and wins a corner for his team.

[b]thanks[/b]


Kontol
18/03/2021 17:43
France
Chelsea
8

Please help me understand the meaning of the words "give away" and "get the better of" in this context

Koundé gives the ball away to Haaland, who can’t quite work it through to Reus.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sevilla (Haaland, 35 mins)
Sevilla give a goal away!

It is a ludicrous challenge from the midfielder to give away a penalty, and Kane makes no mistake from the spot.

Alioski gives away a silly free-kick in a good position for Chelsea on their right.

Ronney gets the better of Kane and wins a corner for his team.

[b]thanks[/b]

Rich's picture
Rich
19/03/2021
ES
517
points

Hi there,

To get the better of someone means to beat someone or to gain an advantage. It's often used when a player wins a tackle or there is when a player takes the ball past another.

To give away is used when a team makes a defensive mistake for example a player loses possession (a player gives away the ball) or concedes a penalty (the midfielder gave away a penalty).

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
19/03/2021 21:00
Spain
Liverpool
517

Hi there,

To get the better of someone means to beat someone or to gain an advantage. It's often used when a player wins a tackle or there is when a player takes the ball past another.

To give away is used when a team makes a defensive mistake for example a player loses possession (a player gives away the ball) or concedes a penalty (the midfielder gave away a penalty).

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Jembot
17/03/2021
ID
9
points

I heard a commentator saying "Manchester United are up in numbers". What does " up" mean here?

Thanks in advance


Jembot
17/03/2021 10:07
Indonesia
Manchester United
9

I heard a commentator saying "Manchester United are up in numbers". What does " up" mean here?

Thanks in advance

Rich's picture
Rich
17/03/2021
ES
517
points

Hi there,

It means attacking; usually at a set-piece such as a corner or free-kick when defenders can be used as attackers in the opponent's penalty area.


Rich's picture
Rich
17/03/2021 14:22
Spain
Liverpool
517

Hi there,

It means attacking; usually at a set-piece such as a corner or free-kick when defenders can be used as attackers in the opponent's penalty area.

Jembot
17/03/2021
ID
9
points

Thanks, Rich. I also heard a commentator saying "melt" and "intimidated". Could you tell me what they mean in football context?

Villa aren't looking to intimidated at the moment as they knock the ball around confidently.

37 min City 1 Saints 1
Southampton chance as City's defence melts but Redmind and Djenepo get in each other's way.


Jembot
17/03/2021 21:05
Indonesia
Manchester United
9

Thanks, Rich. I also heard a commentator saying "melt" and "intimidated". Could you tell me what they mean in football context?

Villa aren't looking to intimidated at the moment as they knock the ball around confidently.

37 min City 1 Saints 1
Southampton chance as City's defence melts but Redmind and Djenepo get in each other's way.

Rich's picture
Rich
18/03/2021
ES
517
points

If a team is looking intimidated it means the players are nervous and don't look very confident.

If a defence melts it disappears; like ice when it becomes water.


Rich's picture
Rich
18/03/2021 08:16
Spain
Liverpool
517

If a team is looking intimidated it means the players are nervous and don't look very confident.

If a defence melts it disappears; like ice when it becomes water.

pavao.22
17/03/2021
PL
13
points

still, be, on


pavao.22
17/03/2021 09:20
Poland
Tottenham Hotspur
13

still, be, on

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
17/03/2021
UA
5796
points

I sincerely thank MoBeckham for his standout performance on the PSE site - it helps me greatly to stay in form and compete on the level.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
17/03/2021 05:45
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

I sincerely thank MoBeckham for his standout performance on the PSE site - it helps me greatly to stay in form and compete on the level.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/03/2021
TR
5797
points

It’s a pleasure to keep you on track , Alex and it’s really a great way to help all of us learn and benefit from this amazing website.

Thanks a lot for your comment :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/03/2021 12:36
Turkey
Manchester United
5797

It’s a pleasure to keep you on track , Alex and it’s really a great way to help all of us learn and benefit from this amazing website.

Thanks a lot for your comment :)

wsanta's picture
wsanta
17/03/2021
AR
4690
points

In the comments of this podcast that I leave here below I explain what rabona means and why this shot is called that.

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/podcasts/english-and-the...


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wsanta
17/03/2021 02:46
Argentina
Leeds United
4690

In the comments of this podcast that I leave here below I explain what rabona means and why this shot is called that.

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/podcasts/english-and-the...

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
19/03/2021
UA
5796
points

It was interesting to get to know, thanks!


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Alex_from_Ukraine
19/03/2021 00:37
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

It was interesting to get to know, thanks!

Rich's picture
Rich
17/03/2021
ES
517
points

Thanks for that, Wsanta! Very useful!

All the best!


Rich's picture
Rich
17/03/2021 08:02
Spain
Liverpool
517

Thanks for that, Wsanta! Very useful!

All the best!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/03/2021
UA
5796
points

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should surely track her to the first team now.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/03/2021 17:08
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should surely track her to the first team now.

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Yoshichika
16/03/2021
JP
73
points

Hi all,

About Language Challenge, I think
# Manchester City are going on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

# She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should have track her to the first team now.

# I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere like the beaten track.


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Yoshichika
16/03/2021 05:22
Japan
Liverpool
73

Hi all,

About Language Challenge, I think
# Manchester City are going on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

# She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should have track her to the first team now.

# I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere like the beaten track.

Kontol
16/03/2021
FR
8
points

I don't understand the phrases "sat back in numbers, steam down and drift in. What do they mean?

46 min: Chelsea are on the front foot quickly, Hudson-Odoi steaming down the middle and nearly finding Werner with a clever sliderule pass down the right channel.

53 min: Hudson Odoi drifts in from the left and shovels a pass forward for Havertz, who chests down, swivels, and lashes low past Pickford into the botom right.

44 min: Luton sat back in big numbers.


Kontol
16/03/2021 05:20
France
Chelsea
8

I don't understand the phrases "sat back in numbers, steam down and drift in. What do they mean?

46 min: Chelsea are on the front foot quickly, Hudson-Odoi steaming down the middle and nearly finding Werner with a clever sliderule pass down the right channel.

53 min: Hudson Odoi drifts in from the left and shovels a pass forward for Havertz, who chests down, swivels, and lashes low past Pickford into the botom right.

44 min: Luton sat back in big numbers.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/03/2021
ES
517
points

Hi again Kontol,

This language is a little tricky. 

1. Steaming down is a very informal phrase to describe a player who is running quickly and showing good strength.

2. To drift in usually describes what wingers often do during certain points in a game. They move inside a little - they move slowly away from the sides of the pitch and into more central positions.

3. To sit back means to defend and not attack. In numbers means with more players than normal. When a team is winning 1-0 away from home they will often sit back in numbers.

Hope that helps,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
16/03/2021 08:46
Spain
Liverpool
517

Hi again Kontol,

This language is a little tricky. 

1. Steaming down is a very informal phrase to describe a player who is running quickly and showing good strength.

2. To drift in usually describes what wingers often do during certain points in a game. They move inside a little - they move slowly away from the sides of the pitch and into more central positions.

3. To sit back means to defend and not attack. In numbers means with more players than normal. When a team is winning 1-0 away from home they will often sit back in numbers.

Hope that helps,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Kontol
15/03/2021
FR
8
points

What is the meaning of the words "tease", openings, tails here?

Lucas Moura teases a dipping cross towards Kane at the far post, forcing David Luiz to get back and concede a corner.

83 min Southampton are struggling to create openings, never mind chances. They were good in the first half but have really struggled since the break

36 mins: The Everton tails are back up. Richarlison glides towards the Burnley box and aims for the bottom right. Pope does extremely well to smother. A great game, this.

<strong>thanks</strong>


Kontol
15/03/2021 23:06
France
Chelsea
8

What is the meaning of the words "tease", openings, tails here?

Lucas Moura teases a dipping cross towards Kane at the far post, forcing David Luiz to get back and concede a corner.

83 min Southampton are struggling to create openings, never mind chances. They were good in the first half but have really struggled since the break

36 mins: The Everton tails are back up. Richarlison glides towards the Burnley box and aims for the bottom right. Pope does extremely well to smother. A great game, this.

<strong>thanks</strong>

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Rich
16/03/2021
ES
517
points

Hi Kontol,

This is really difficult language but I'll have a go at a few explanations. 

1. To tease can mean to make someone want something - make something look really inviting or appealing. A teasing cross is a good cross that is very appealing for strikers. If they can get to the cross it will probably be an easy finish. The verb (to tease) has the same meaning here.

2. An opening in football English is usually described as a chance to score a goal. Southampton are struggling to create chances. However, here it's being used to describe attacks that penetrate the opponent's defence which may lead to creating a chance.

3. To have your tail up is an idiom that is used to describe being happy or confident. Everton are playing confidently - Everton's tails are up.

I hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
16/03/2021 08:42
Spain
Liverpool
517

Hi Kontol,

This is really difficult language but I'll have a go at a few explanations. 

1. To tease can mean to make someone want something - make something look really inviting or appealing. A teasing cross is a good cross that is very appealing for strikers. If they can get to the cross it will probably be an easy finish. The verb (to tease) has the same meaning here.

2. An opening in football English is usually described as a chance to score a goal. Southampton are struggling to create chances. However, here it's being used to describe attacks that penetrate the opponent's defence which may lead to creating a chance.

3. To have your tail up is an idiom that is used to describe being happy or confident. Everton are playing confidently - Everton's tails are up.

I hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021
UA
5796
points

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should definitely track her to the first team now.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021 22:41
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should definitely track her to the first team now.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021
UA
5796
points

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021 22:30
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021
UA
5796
points

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere *** the beaten track.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021 22:29
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere *** the beaten track.

Vic
15/03/2021
MX
544
points

1. It was artistic and best.But it wasn't an ever seen goal position.
2. Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby
3. West Ham.


Vic
15/03/2021 20:32
Mexico
Liverpool
544

1. It was artistic and best.But it wasn't an ever seen goal position.
2. Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby
3. West Ham.

Vic
15/03/2021
MX
544
points

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should be back on track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere to turn something the beaten track.


Vic
15/03/2021 20:31
Mexico
Liverpool
544

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should be back on track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere to turn something the beaten track.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021
UA
5796
points

Leicester City 1 : 1 Manchester United

Everton 0 : 1 Manchester City

Chelsea 2 : 1 Sheffield United

Bournemouth 2: 0 Southampton


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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/03/2021 19:38
Ukraine
Liverpool
5796

Leicester City 1 : 1 Manchester United

Everton 0 : 1 Manchester City

Chelsea 2 : 1 Sheffield United

Bournemouth 2: 0 Southampton

Jembot
15/03/2021
ID
9
points

Hello. Could you tell me what the meaning of these words: to prober for, swallowed up by the sea, and realise.

Every City player is probing for an equaliser.

Fred and McTominay link up on the edge of the area, but Fred is swallowed up by the sea of West Ham bodies and the Hammers can clear, albeit briefly.

Excellent challenge from Moreno! A long ball released Dembele in behind but a slightly heavy touch gave Moreno a chance to recover and he executed it perfectly


Jembot
15/03/2021 19:29
Indonesia
Manchester United
9

Hello. Could you tell me what the meaning of these words: to prober for, swallowed up by the sea, and realise.

Every City player is probing for an equaliser.

Fred and McTominay link up on the edge of the area, but Fred is swallowed up by the sea of West Ham bodies and the Hammers can clear, albeit briefly.

Excellent challenge from Moreno! A long ball released Dembele in behind but a slightly heavy touch gave Moreno a chance to recover and he executed it perfectly

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Rich
16/03/2021
ES
517
points

This is really challenging football language. I'll try to explain each word in context:

1. To probe can mean to look for something very closely so in this example all the Manchester City players are trying really hard to find space and a goal to level the match.

2. In this example Fred is alone and surrounded by lots of West Ham defenders who are able to clear the ball.

3. Here released means set free or played into space. One player played a good pass to Dembele which meant Dembele had lots of space to run into with no defender in front of him.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
16/03/2021 08:33
Spain
Liverpool
517

This is really challenging football language. I'll try to explain each word in context:

1. To probe can mean to look for something very closely so in this example all the Manchester City players are trying really hard to find space and a goal to level the match.

2. In this example Fred is alone and surrounded by lots of West Ham defenders who are able to clear the ball.

3. Here released means set free or played into space. One player played a good pass to Dembele which meant Dembele had lots of space to run into with no defender in front of him.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

hsn
15/03/2021
TR
2012
points

1. It was artistic and best.But it wasn't an ever seen goal position.
2. Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby
3. West Ham.
4. Predictions; L.City (1) M.United (2) ---- Everton(0) M. City (2)
5. Language Challenge;

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should KEEP track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere *** the beaten track.
PHRASES;

• She achieved a clean sweep of the medals at the triathlon in the running , cycling and swimming.

• The people who likes to talk so much don't retain secrets. So don't tell them anything anymore.

• Team played very well but striker had a standout performance. She/he scored two outstanding goal.

• He was living in a fantasy world and sure about his marriage proposal would be accepted. She brought him back down to earth by refusing .

• The company needs to turn around decreasing sales trends and catch up with rivals.

• This investor lost a lot of money at stock-market but after being realistic with expectation of modest profit he is on track now and not losing.

• To see the guests off at the door is one of our best traditions .


hsn
15/03/2021 19:15
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
2012

1. It was artistic and best.But it wasn't an ever seen goal position.
2. Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby
3. West Ham.
4. Predictions; L.City (1) M.United (2) ---- Everton(0) M. City (2)
5. Language Challenge;

Manchester City are **** on track after their defeat in the derby last week.

She’s so good in the under 21s! I think we should KEEP track her to the first team now.

I want to go somewhere different on holiday this year. Somewhere *** the beaten track.
PHRASES;

• She achieved a clean sweep of the medals at the triathlon in the running , cycling and swimming.

• The people who likes to talk so much don't retain secrets. So don't tell them anything anymore.

• Team played very well but striker had a standout performance. She/he scored two outstanding goal.

• He was living in a fantasy world and sure about his marriage proposal would be accepted. She brought him back down to earth by refusing .

• The company needs to turn around decreasing sales trends and catch up with rivals.

• This investor lost a lot of money at stock-market but after being realistic with expectation of modest profit he is on track now and not losing.

• To see the guests off at the door is one of our best traditions .

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