THE WEEKEND REVIEW
Whisper it slowly, Manchester City is top of the League..
Over the last couple of weeks, all the attention has been from whether Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can finally win the elusive Premier League (or even go the whole season unbeaten) to whether Maurizio Sarri’s “Sarri-ball” will take a long while for the Chelsea players to adapt to (it clearly hasn’t) to whether Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League and if he can score 40 goals this season to the Manchester United-Jose Mourinho-Paul Pogba fiasco and obviously their recent defeat to West Ham. Nobody has paid much attention to Manchester City recently (and that is a great plus for them) considering the fact that they won the League last season, breaking a number of records along the way. Over the weekend, they went about their business and are currently top of the League, easily beating Brighton and Hove Albion and not conceding in their last two games. The question now is, will they come back down now that they are up?
Manchester United, oh Manchester
The signs were there before today. Nobody seemed confident that they would win this game, considering that West Ham were picking up steam after being on the losing end of their first four premier league games. Alexis Sanchez did not make the 18-man squad. Manchester United did not disappoint, and were unsurprisingly beaten 3-1. Manchester United cannot slip up anymore this season. No more errors.
The Chelsea-Liverpool rematch still does not disappoint.
After the mid-week Carabao cup where these two teams met, we wanted more of the same as the likes of Hazard, Salah, Firmino and Giroud started. They did not disappoint. There was some sub-par finishing (I’m looking at you Hazard and Salah) but the score-line was even based on the balance of play. Liverpool (and Daniel Sturridge) had to pull a rabbit out of a hat to snatch a point after some poor finishing. Both sides have lots of quality players and play some quality football but their forwards need to be more clinical in order to be in contention in the long run. Hazard alone cannot score all the goals as Giroud and Morata have a combined one goal (Granit Xhaka has the same number alone), the Liverpool front three have not been sharp as well.
Juventus cannot be stopped.
In their biggest Serie A game of the season, Juventus made a very resounding statement. Ronaldo, their most influential player, had a hand in all three goals but did not score. He was still the best player on the pitch. Napoli on the other hand, put themselves about but you just get the feeling that they can only push Juventus so far. After seven games, Juventus is currently six points ahead. Who is stopping them now?
Bayern Munich slip up and Dortmund take full advantage..
If you thought that the Bundesliga was done and dusted before the season started, think again. Bayern Munich was shockingly poor on Friday against Hertha Berlin and were duly beaten. Dortmund were set up to take advantage but were two goals down in no time. They had to dig deep and score four goals. Dortmund is quite poor defensively but know how to score goals, but how long can they keep that up for. Still, credit should go to Lucien Favre for blooding these young players. Dortmund is top of the League.
Draws in the Madrid Derby and for Barcelona..
The Madrid derby was a bit disappointing over the weekend. Atletico Madrid would be the happier of the two sides and this still leaves the La Liga wide open. At the Nou Camp, Barcelona had to come from behind to snatch a draw, with Lionel Messi having to come from the bench to register an assist. Sevilla is the only team to have taken full advantage over the last weekend.
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