THE WEEKEND REVIEW
Chelsea deservedly beaten…
And there was none. After Chelsea’s loss to Tottenham on Saturday, the only unbeaten team in Europe finally lost. Emphatically at that. Tottenham ensured that the Chelsea players (Jorginho especially) did not have any time whatsoever on the ball, something that they had enjoyed all season. Credit Dele Alli for doing a good job on Jorginho (although it was not necessarily a man-marking job). The game was essentially over in less than twenty minutes and a lot of credit should go to Spurs for not giving up their intensity throughout the game.
For Chelsea, considering the fact that Jorginho was very clearly having a poor game even in the early stages, it is quite strange that Maurizio Sarri did nothing to alter the performance of his team for a very long time. The other key player, Eden Hazard, was mostly quiet although he had a genuine shout for a penalty prior to Spur’s second goal. Ultimately, Tottenham deserved their win and leapfrog Chelsea to third on the table. Maurizio Sarri (and Jorginho) was terribly exposed in this game. Would this be a template for other teams when they face Chelsea?
Real Madrid shocked in Eibar..
After Santiago Solari gets appointed permanent Real Madrid Manager, his team gets pummelled by Eibar. To say that Real Madrid was soundly beaten would seem like an understatement as the Eibar players were energetic, pressuring the Madrid defenders and were first to every loose ball. Real Madrid, on the other hand, looked as if they had not fully resumed after the international break. Santiago Solari still has a lot of work to do. Shockingly, with all that is said about this admittedly underperforming Madrid side, they are only six points off the top. The La Liga is still there for the taking. However, nobody wants to take it.
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona settle for a draw..
to go, when Diego Costa scored from a corner. At that point, Atletico Madrid felt that they could soak up pressure for the rest of the game. Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele (a man who has had recent disciplinary issues) had other ideas and the game was level at the death. For If you did not see this game, I can assure you that you did not miss anything until 13 minutes Atletico Madrid, who was without their two first-choice centre backs in Godin and Jimenez, one would think that they would be happy with the draw. In hindsight, they could have taken better advantage of an out-of-form Barcelona. As a result of this, Sevilla are currently top of the League with a one-point advantage. Can they remain there?
Borussia Dortmund secure yet another win….Bayern Munich falter again…
Borussia Dortmund extended their unbeaten run over the weekend after their victory over Mainz, Paco Alcacer getting on the end of a Marco Reus pass shortly after coming on as a substitute for the first and Lukasz Piszczek the unlikely scorer of the winning goal. It was not an easy away win but Dortmund eventually got the job done.
For Bayern Munich, they do not yet seem to have solutions to their problems. Over the weekend, they led by two goals with thirteen minutes to go and contrived to concede within that period and eventually settled for a draw. Again, the old legs (and heads) could not get them over the line with what was looking like a routine win. The fact that the last two goals conceded were as a result of a very high-line just shows their defensive frailty and lack of organization especially considering the fact that they had a two-goal advantage at that point. They are now nine points off the pace. No more room for slip-ups.
Monaco finally get a win..
At home, away from home, Monaco has been atrocious. They have been conceding avoidable goals, have been blunt in attack, and have barely made any form of progress since August. On Saturday, they got their first win in months and also got a clean sheet away from home, albeit against a struggling Caen side. These are the kinds of wins that gives a team momentum to start amassing points and performing better. Monaco’s (and Thierry Henry’s) season starts now!
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