THE WEEKEND REVIEW
Manchester City shocked at the Etihad..
When Ilkay Gundogan put Manchester City ahead, the feeling was that the first goal was the beginning of a rout. It was not to be as Crystal palace led 2-1 at half-time, the second goal worthy of being the goal of the season (this is game-week 18 mind you). In the second half, Manchester City had a lot of possession but Crystal Palace added another before Kevin de Bruyne scored via a cross. Manchester City was expected to drop points but was not expected to drop all three points at home to a struggling Crystal Palace side as this loss gives Liverpool more breathing space at the top of the table.
Chelsea lose to struggling Leicester at the Bridge…
Leicester City came to Stamford Bridge with a very patchy run of results, having won last on the 1st of December. However, they came out with a victory and a clean sheet to boot, with a very nicely worked goal finished by Jamie Vardy. Chelsea’s lack of goals from their strikers is something that cannot be covered up for so long and Eden Hazard cannot be a long-term solution playing the false-9 role. Thankfully for Sarri (and Chelsea), January is around the corner and they should look to bring in a goal-scorer by then. Morata’s time seems to be up as he cannot get into the starting line-up of this team even with the hefty price-tag on his head.
For Leicester, rumors were emerging that Claude Puel would be let go soon and this win is sure to give him more time to find his (and Leicester’s) feet. Winning at the bridge could just be the push needed for them to pick up some form in the business half of the season.
Manchester United thrash Cardiff.. in Cardiff!
Some days back, we were all surprised when the news came out that Jose Mourinho had been sacked as the Coach of Manchester United. Ole-Gunnar Solksjaer shortly took charge as caretaker Manager till the end of the season and in his first game in charge, he took his team to face Cardiff City, a team that he had previously managed. His team won and scored five goals in the process, something that Manchester United had not achieved in a long time. Admittedly, it is only Cardiff City (sorry Cardiff) but players, fans, (even reporters) give the impression that Old Trafford has been transformed overnight following this change. We shall see.
Borussia Dortmund get back to winning ways..
After losing to Fortuna Dusseldorf during the week, playing an in-form Borussia Monchengladbach side would be very difficult. Eventually, Dortmund won the game by a slight margin and get back to winning ways immediately. This young team has shown and is currently showing some serious mental resolve to keep going and trying to win every game that they play. The pressure is on to continue to stay on top the Bundesliga log. Can they get over the line?
PSG still leads the pack..
For the first time in weeks, all Ligue 1 games got played over the weekend. The protests are still on-going but at a much reduced rate. Paris St Germain still leads the pack with thirteen points with two games in hand. Moving on.
Barcelona maintain their League position..
In recent weeks, Barcelona has started finding themselves and having been winning games with relative ease. Messi is back to his best while Ousmane Dembele seems to have cut off his bad habits (for now). Coutinho is not at his best yet but still look at the ease in which Barcelona are steam rolling their opponents. They are still suspect at the back but their attack more than compensates for that.
Real Madrid wins the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid comfortably won the Club World Cup over the weekend, defeating Al Ain 4-1. Another day, another trophy in the cabinet for Real Madrid
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