THE WEEKEND REVIEW
Chelsea-Manchester United game disappoints, but in a good way..
Most of us expected a cagey game at Stamford Bridge, with the home side doing all the playing and Manchester United just sitting back, soaking up the pressure (the Mourinho way) and hitting on the counter. To our utmost surprise, the game was relatively open, especially in the second half and we had a 4-goal thriller, and a last minute equalizer to boot. Great game, even though there was a little touch-line scuffle at the end. Is this the turning point of Manchester United’s season?
Paris St Germain has won the Ligue 1..
I know that this is quite premature, but if you have been following the Ligue 1 for the last two months, you would notice a couple of things. One of them being that, after 10 games, PSG has opened an eight-point lead, winning all their 10 with relative ease. Another thing is that PSG has actually improved over the last four weeks. If they continue to improve, who exactly can stop them in Ligue 1. The major issue is, can they always pick themselves up when the big teams come calling especially in the Champions League?
Theirry Henry and Monaco not up to a good start..
In their first game under new management, Monaco conceded a goal that could have been easily saved by their goalkeeper and also went a man down after 66 minutes. Talk about bad luck. Monaco is currently 19th in the league and Monsieur Henry has his work cut out.
Real Madrid’s bad form continues…
People are slowly forgetting the last time Real Madrid won a game. They are continuously giving up chances at the back (and goals too) and they keep wasting their chances. Real Madrid has scored one goal in their last five games home or away. That is an absolutely shocking statistic. What is more shocking is that with all the terrible statistics that they have accrued in the last one month, they are just four points off the top. They cannot afford any more slip-ups. The Clasico could not have come at a better time.
Barcelona defeats Sevilla to go top..
This weekend, it was first versus second in this clash. No, Barcelona was not first. They were however two goals up inside the first 12 minutes. You still get the sense that Barcelona are not as secure defensively when Umiti is not around. Thanks to Ter-Stergen, who had a heck of a game, this could have easily ended 4-4 or some score-line like that. Last but not least, Lionel Messi had to come off in the first half because of a broken hand and will miss the El Clasico game this weekend. That is a huge miss. An El Clasico, without Ronaldo and Messi. That is exactly what we will have this weekend. When last did we see that?
Juventus held to draw against Genoa.
Juventus, still top of the League, hosted Genoa over the weekend. Going by their previous 10 games, we expected an easy win. This comes after a whole blog was dedicated to praising their achievements so far during the week (they were probably jinxed by that). There is nothing to fret about as there are still loads of games to play and given their record (and form), they are expected to still go all the way. Oh, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored again. Who ever doubted him?
Icardi (and Inter Milan) leave it late in the Milan derby…
This was looking like a draw for a very long time until Mauro Icardi decided to steal all three points for Inter Milan right at the death. Inter Milan seems to have overcome their early season demons and are in some great form. AC Milan, on the other hand, has to be able to keep their concentration for the whole game and even though they have lost only twice, they are not winning a lot of games.
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