Published on October 16th, 2017 | by Vieri Capretta0
Winners and Losers – Napoli and Manchester City set the pace in Europe
Fantasy football is the way forward in Europe with Napoli and Manchester City topping their respective tables, seeing the old guard suffering
Josè Mourinho parked a pragmatic bus, understanding the importance of not losing at Anfield. And Liverpool did little to turn things around, as United stay on track to fight for the league title until the very end of this season with a 0-0 result away to the Reds that could turn out to be decisive.
Eight wins out of eight for the leaders of Serie A. Unreal. Maurizio Sarri’s men rid themselves of Roma away from home very easily, showing cohesion, the usual beautiful football and solidity at the back, being able to make the most of Juventus’ shock home loss to Lazio to increase the points margin at the top of the table.
The Premier League leaders managed to score seven goals in one game, going two points clear at the top of the table as well as showing once again just how well Pep Guardiola has implanted his style on his team. Seven wins and one draw in eight games are a phenomenal average.
Bayern Munich remain second in the Bundesliga table chasing Borussia Dortmund, but the return of Jupp Heynckes has finally coincided with results. The German champions put five past Freiburg and made the most of Dortmund’s home loss. The Bavarians have all the time in the world to recover this season.
A triple for Mauro Icardi on a memorable derby night. The 3-2 victory over AC Milan showed the usual rough Inter, which suffers at the back, but also creates up front and has the pragmatism to take the points when they have the chance. Are they potential Scudetto challengers?
Of course, had Paulo Dybala scored the last minute penalty we would be talking about a different game. But the way Juventus suffered at home in the second-half is a rare one to witness, with Lazio completely outplaying the Bianconeri, who are now five points behind Napoli.
Another loss for the Gunners, this time to Watford, who simply cannot find the consistency needed to grasp a top-four finish, let alone challenge for the title. Maybe it really was time to get rid of Arsene Wenger last summer, who simply cannot turn things round.
The Premier League title holders were the protagonists of the most unexpected loss of the weekend: 2-1 away to Crystal Palace, who hadn’t scored a goal or won a point all season. Antonio Conte’s men seem tired from last year, and with the Champions League taking away even more energy, it could turn into a very difficult season.
Four wins and four losses in eight games: simply not good enough. Especially because this one was the derby. The fans won’t be happy, and neither will the club, who despite everything have confirmed Vincenzo Montella as the manager. But a reaction will be necessary.
The title holders stay in second place, but the away loss to Lyon means Paris Saint-Germain are now six points clear, and to keep up with them seems impossible. Without the resting Radamel Falcao, the team suffered even more, as it became clear that to repeat last season’s success is nearly impossible.