Published on November 6th, 2017 | by Vieri Capretta


Weekend winners and loser – No Neymar, no problem for PSG

Despite missing a 250 million dollar player, PSG showed they are a powerhouse even without Neymar in becoming the weekend’s biggest winners


Paris Saint-Germain

No Neymar? No problem. Edinson Cavani can’t stop scoring, and Kylian Mbappe can’t stop showing the world just how good he is at such a young age. Almost illegal for Ligue 1. The pace on one of the goals and the technique in setting up Cavani is unreal. It was a brace for the former Monaco man and a brace for the former Napoli striker. Dani Alves set up two of the goals and Julian Draxler completed the party: 5-0 to make it 39 goals in 12 games, giving the Parisians the leadership of Ligue 1 with 32 points.


The third spot is occupied by a man who is used to miracles: Claudio Ranieri. His Nantes side beat Toulouse 2-1 to climb back into third and keep on dreaming of a Champions League finish. Truly unexpected stuff, but if you watched Leicester City two years ago then you would know that Nantes might even win the title by the end of the season. Never say never with Ranieri, who was offered a return to the King Power Stadium. He declined the offer.

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Bayern Munich

The icing on the cake of a fantastic comeback. Since Jupp Heynckes returned, Bayern have won 7 out of 7 in all competitions, having piled up 11 more points than Dortmund, who are now six behind the Bundesliga leaders, after the Bavarians won 3-1 away at the Westfalen Stadion. Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski grabbed the goals, as Bayern showed once again their incredible strength.


Borussia Dortmund

Bayern were five points behind only four rounds ago, now they are 6 points ahead. Something went wrong in recent weeks, and the 3-1 home defeat against the leaders means Dortmund have fallen back into third, with Leipzig making the most of it and climbing up to third. The team was dominating the Bundesliga until a month ago, now it seems they would be happy with a top three finish: something has to change quickly, starting with better defending, or yet another mediocre season could be on the cards.


The same old Arsenal, doing an Arsenal. Ok, at this stage losing to Manchester City is a normality. But the Gunners were almost suicidal at points, with some of their main men – Mesut Ozil for example – just not on the pitch, and the defenders not playing to the whistle on the 3-1, after Alexandre Lacazette had reopened things, is unbelievable. Same old story for Arsene Wenger.

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Manchester United

Can anyone stop Manchester City from winning the Premier League? Well, if José Mourinho can’t, then the answer is no. It’s early days of course, but United falling to Chelsea without ever giving the idea they could turn things around is a very bad sign: if Pep Guardiola’s men don’t slip up, the title will be heading to the other side of Manchester sooner rather than later.

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