First-off, before we begin, our hearts go out to friends, family and associates of Emiliano Sala, the Cardiff player who was flying in from Nantes, his former Club, to complete the deal. He will forever be in our hearts and may his soul rest in perfect peace.
Manchester City maul Chelsea..
With Manchester City playing a tough game against Arsenal last week, playing against Everton mid-week as opposed to Chelsea who had seven days to rest, one would have felt that it would be Chelsea that would have been more energetic. That could not have been more wrong. From the kick-off, Manchester City made their presence felt all over the pitch and were three goals up before the mid-way point of the first half. The game end 6-0 with Chelsea suffering their biggest loss since 1991. For Manchester City, they have made a giant statement in the title race. Defeating a rival in this manner is sure to grow the confidence of fans, players and staff alike.For Chelsea however, the Coaching Staff may need to go to the drawing board as they have now lost 2-0 to Arsenal, 4-0 to Bournemouth and now 6-0 to Manchester City in their last 3 away games. The Carling Cup Final next week would be the best way to start a resurgence.
The Madrid Derby marred in controversy..
It was second versus third this weekend in the La Liga. The game was not as entertaining as one would have liked, which suited Real Madrid all the more. The controversy began when Real Madrid had a penalty towards the end of the first half. The referee felt so sure that it was. Shockingly, upon replay, it showed that the foul was made just outside the box. For a League that has since introduced the use of VAR, decisions like that, especially in games of this magnitude tend to mar the game ultimately. Alvaro Morata also had a very genuine call for a penalty in the second half that was not given. From there on, Atletico Madrid lost their calm and ultimately Thomas Partey was sent-off. Although it can be agreed that Real Madrid were just a tad better in general, those controversial decisions cost Atletico Madrid dearly. Real Madrid now sit pretty in second, a point ahead of their Madrid rivals.
Borussia Dortmund slip up…
Borussia Dortmund went home (they played at home) with just one point after putting up some sublime attacking display and leading by three goals up until the 75th minute. How they contrived to concede three goals thereafter and ultimately ending the game in a draw is something that Lucien Favre and his staff would seriously look into. If Dortmund does not win the League eventually, it is games like these that would have led to that loss. Word has it that the influential Marco Reus would be unavailable for their next game. Next up: Tottenham Hotspur.
Ronaldo and Juventus continue streak..
Juventus continued their unbeaten run in the Serie A after a routine win away to Sassuolo. Ronaldo, for the umpteenth time, got on the score-sheet again. The Serie A seems to be over as Napoli played a 0-0 draw away to Fiorentina. All that is left for Juventus now is to go the whole season unbeaten.