THE WEEKEND REVIEW..
Arsenal-Liverpool serves up an entertaining draw..
For a matchup that has seen 27 goals in its last five games, the 1-1 score-line seemed a bit disappointing. The game as a whole, however, was not. Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp did not serve up the usual ‘gegenpress’ that we have become accustomed to and allowed Arsenal to play out of the back relatively easily. There was some controversy surrounding a disallowed Sadio Mane goal in the first half (it is still shocking that the Premier League is yet to have VAR). Ultimately, both teams deserved a draw. Liverpool are still unbeaten in the League this season and Arsenal equally showing they are no longer pushovers. The Premier League is hotting up.
Manchester United leaves it late against Bournemouth..
If you saw the first 20 minutes of this game and walked out, you would assume that the game would have ended with a 5-1 score-line (not in favour of Manchester United). This is why we love football. Manchester United had to really dig deep. Anthony Martial stepped up again (how many times now?), got the equalizer in the first half, even with his team not playing well and Manchester United never looked back. The second half was very one-sided and Marcus Rashford ensured that United took all 3 points back to Old Trafford. Manchester United has started playing well again, especially in the last two games (three if you count the Chelsea game) and it seems the dropping of Romelu Lukaku seems to be working. We understand that correlation does not always imply causation but is this the way to go for Manchester United in the long term?
Manchester City now alone at the top..
After Liverpool dropped points against Arsenal, Manchester City took full advantage against a struggling Southampton side on Sunday. They were already three goals up in under 20 minutes and match was already over as a contest. Now they are two points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea (who won against Crystal Palace courtesy of two goals from their talismanic striker).
Real Madrid not out of the rot yet..
For a team that won the Champions League as recently as June, this team sometimes is quite unrecognizable (essentially the same squad bar Cristiano Ronaldo). At this rate, Real Madrid cannot make light work of any other team. They had to wait till the 83rd minute before taking a lead via a deflected shot. Sergio Ramos then duly converted a penalty late on to secure the points but in truth, Real Madrid was there for the taking for most of the game. Real Madrid cannot continue like this.
Bayern Munich held as Borussia Dortmund extend their League lead..
Bayern Munich were held to a draw by a resilient Freiburg side who set up to concede as little space as possible. Bayern led for 9 minutes after scoring 10 minutes to the end and still conceded afterwards. Nico Kovac still needs time to settle down and make this team his but it seems that the longer he takes to do that, the further Borussia Dortmund and Lucien Favre pull away from the rest of the group at the top of the Bundesliga.
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