THE WEEKEND REVIEW…
Liverpool see off sorry United…
If there was ever a time for Klopp (and Liverpool) to get one over Manchester United, it was this weekend. Manchester United was in disarray. From injuries to out of form players (I am looking at you Lukaku, and you Pogba) to not having a functional system, Manchester United was there for the taking. Surprisingly, Liverpool finally put the game to bed in the last 20 minutes after all their huffing and puffing thanks to a brace Xherdan Shaqiri – two deflected braces, actually. Ultimately, Liverpool thoroughly deserved their win, Alisson barely had anything to do. The one thing he did resulted in Manchester United’s equalizer- last week, he was the saviour, this weekend, he made a howler. Liverpool look like they can go all the way in this Premier League, a feat that has not been achieved in almost three decades. We shall see.
Arsenal finally lose..
It seemed like a long time ago that we saw Arsenal lose- something that we have not seen since August. You have to credit Arsenal (and Unai Emery) for the work that has been done so far. We always had the feeling that the attacking third of Arsenal was seriously papering off the cracks in the Arsenal defence. Another factor is the fact that a lot of players- especially in defence- are injured and the returning Koscielny had not kicked a football in 8 months. It is rather ironic that the team fighting for relegation was the team to break Arsenal’s run but that is the beauty of football. That is why we love the game.
Dortmund continue to lead the way..
Borussia Dortmund still lead the log in the Bundesliga, are still unbeaten in the league, have arguably the best player in Marco Reus, have probably the best young player in the League in Jadon Sancho, and so on. What Lucien Favre is doing with this relatively young squad is incredible and at this rate, it would not be surprising if they go all the way and take full advantage of an ageing and faltering Bayern side.
Ligue 1 still has issues…Lyon trounce hapless Monaco.
Another weekend, another postponement of Ligue 1 games. Five games were moved over the weekend because of the same issues. However, Lyon hosted Monaco and made light work of their counterparts. The game turned from bad to worse Aleksandr Golovin was sent off. Monaco does not look like they are improving anytime soon. Thierry Henry does not have a repertoire of turning rots like these around. They need someone with a track record in this regard- enter Sam Allardyce.
Ronaldo seals win in Turin Derby..
Juventus win in Serie A. Again. This time, in the Turin Derby. Torino held their own until a series of errors led to Salvador Ichazo, the keeper that came on for Salvatore Sirigu, having to foul Mario Mandzukic. Ronaldo (who else) duly converted from the spot. Juventus still lead the league with eight points.
Ajax ruthless in rout of De Graafschap..
Ajax Amsterdam seems to be scoring goals for fun in the Eredivisie at the moment. Surprisingly, they are still two points behind an equally dominant PSV Eindhoven side. Both sides have scored 57 goals in 16 games and conceded 7 each. Fifty-seven goals- that is an average of 3.5 goals per game. Astounding.
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