THE WEEKEND REVIEW
Ronaldo scores again in the Serie A..
After Ronaldo’s two goal haul last weekend, we all expected that the floodgates would open. That has not yet happened (we still wait) but the Juventus faithful would be extremely grateful to him for scoring late on against a very stubborn Frosinone side. One thing Ronaldo guarantees is getting in scoring positions and trying to find the back of the net even when he does not have a good game, just like yesterday.
Manchester United has not got their groove back…
We all thought that Manchester United were back to their best after two away wins- against Watford in the Premier League and against Young Boys in the Champions League. On Saturday, they reminded us that they weren’t. Against Wolverampton Wanderers at Old Trafford, they were so lacklustre in attack and were so vulnerable on the counter attack. David De Gea was probably United’s best player. That just goes to show you how frail they would have had to be defensively. Alexis Sanchez. Oh, Alexis! Enough said.
Credit should also go to the Wolverampton Wanderers team though. Helder Costa, Raul Jimenez and co. were a handful and you just wonder how Manchester United would cope against much tougher opposition. Wolverampton has taken points against both Manchester sides and playing some splendid football as well. Hope they stay up.
Liverpool make it six in six and Chelsea fail to keep up.
Liverpool made light work of their game against Southampton and the game was relatively settled very early on. Liverpool has improved this season by dutifully dispatching teams that they ought to. Good stuff.
Elsewhere, Chelsea went to West Ham and played out a goalless draw. Hazard was Chelsea’s most creative attacking outlet but West Ham held their own and could have snatched it if Yarmolenko had just nodded the ball straight to the goal. Shocking miss.
So two unbeaten teams with two point difference. Guess who they are playing next? You guessed right! Themselves!!
Do not get Manchester City mad…
Manchester City lost 1-2 to Lyon in their last game. Then they went to Cardiff and put five past them. Five unanswered goals. Next up, Brighton and Hove Albion. Do not write them off yet.
PSV reign supreme in key Eredivisie clash.
Speaking of comebacks, PSV were heavily beaten Barcelona on Tuesday, then had to play mighty Ajax at home on Sunday and scored three unanswered first half goals. Sitting on top with five points ahead after six games is quite healthy. Kudos to Mark Van Bommel.
Barcelona held against Girona and Real Madrid win despite poor display.
For the second consecutive game, Barcelona has had one player sent off. On Sunday, Clement Lenglet, who replaced Samuel Umtiti (who got sent off in the Champions League on Tuesday) didn’t last the whole half as he inadvertently elbowed Pere Pons and was harshly sent off. Girona took full advantage and could have gone back with three points.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid laboured to a win against Espanyol with Navas, Bale and Marcelo rested. Gareth Bale, now Real Madrid’s key player would need the rest due to his record with injuries but how long can these changes be made without backfiring?
Ultimately, we hope both teams would be fully fit by the time of the first El Clasico on the 28th of October.
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