THE MIDWEEK RECAP!!!
Manchester United is currently not united….
If you have been following recent events, you may have stumbled upon the video of the Paul Pogba and Mourinho verbal exchange. Mourinho has already come out to say that he has stripped Pogba of vice-captaincy and there is no fallout, which is extremely difficult to believe. Then against Derby County in the third round of the Carabao Cup (at Old Trafford), with a very strong side, with the very obvious exceptions of De Gea, Smalling, Paul Pogba and Sanchez, they still contrived to snatch a late draw and lose on penalties. On the balance of play, they were a bit wasteful and quite disjointed. Who is to blame this time? What is the way forward for Manchester United?
Liverpool falter as Hazard shines
This was obviously the star game of the midweek and it did not let us down. Both teams made loads of changes but still had tons of talent on their line-up. Notable player like Salah, Hazard, Jorginho, Giroud (yes, Giroud!) and co. started on the bench. Hazard was on the field of play when all three goals were scored but what a player he is turning out to be this season. He sent in the free-kick for Chelsea that led to the equalizer, and scored arguably the goal of the season, beating a number of Liverpool players before unleashing a rocket past Mignolet. Is he the most in form player at the moment? I think so. Oh, and if you missed this game, remember that they are playing against each other this weekend in London and we expect Hazard, Salah and the likes to start this time.
The Juventus juggernaut continues…
It is still early days, but Juventus continue to win games regardless of opposition and are currently top in the Serie A.
The game against Bologna was pretty straightforward and once the early goals went in, the game was more or less sealed. The only sad thing of note is that the Ronaldo did not get on the scoresheet.
Napoli continue where Sarri left off…
It is slowly looking like Carlo Ancelotti has picked up on where Maurizio Sarri left off. The good news is that they are winning games, Arek Milik is finally looking like a good signing, they are playing good football and the squad is being well rotated, keeping players fresh in the long haul. The bad news is that they are still in the position that they finished in last season – second. Juventus would really have to fall off the wheel for that to change. The Napoli faithful would seriously hope so.
Barcelona and Madrid drop points—all three!
When Barcelona played Leganes (who was rock bottom prior to this fixture), we probably all concluded that this fixture was an easy three points. Even Valverde felt the need to rest the likes of Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba. Leganes had to dig deep and come from behind to defeat the current champions. Barcelona has dropped four points in two games and Real Madrid were licking their lips hoping to take advantage of these slips.
Shockingly, Real Madrid went to Sevilla and were seriously walloped 3-0, all goals coming in the first half. The last time that Real Madrid and Barcelona lost on the same match-day was in January 2015. As poor as Atletico Madrid started the season, they are just two points behind the leaders in Real Madrid and Barcelona. Is a three-horse race back on the cards in La Liga?
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