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Published on August 28th, 2018 | by Vieri Capretta

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Weekend winners and losers – No Sarri start for Chelsea and Ronaldo’s rocky road

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The weekend across Europe turned out to be an intriguing affair with no Sarri start for 100% Chelsea but Cristiano Ronaldo is still bedding into Serie A 

WINNERS

Chelsea

True, Newcastle United lined up in one of the most defensive ways possible, with Rafa Benitez admitting from the first minute that the Blues were superior and there was little to be done about it.

It worked, for most of the game, as Chelsea only managed to get all three points in the controversial final minutes of the game. But Maurizio Sarri’s team were dominant, with Jorginho getting more passes than the entire opposition eleven. It’s nine points from three matches, and winning ugly games is always a plus.

Kylian Mbappe

The usual extraordinary stuff from the young World Champion to help his team cruise past Angers. Paris Saint Germain are on nine points out of three games and the combination of Mbappe and Neymar was an absolute spectacle in their third Ligue 1 game, with the French youngster stealing the show.

The league title already seems theirs, and if they can keep up this form in the Champions League against the big boys, then perhaps this could be the year for PSG to finally get their hands on their most desired trophy?

Borussia Dortmund

Too early to say whether or not they can be title contenders until the very end, but surely blowing away Leipzig 4-1 is a pretty decent start to the league. Bayern struggled more to pick up their win, and after years of Bavarian hegemony, perhaps under Lucien Favre, Dortmund can get the title back. Time will tell. For now, let’s enjoy Mahmoud Dahoud, Axel Witsel and Marco Reus.

LOSERS

Cristiano Ronaldo

Two Serie A games, no goals. Of course, it took him even longer last season to get going in La Liga, and nobody really remembers his domestic record, compared to what he did on the biggest stage – and Juventus bought him to turn up in the Champions League.

But CR7 had a massive chance to score against Lazio, and bottled it. He still needs time to become part of this team, and it’s showing at the moment. In a year’s time we will probably be talking about how Cristiano lead Juve to Champions League glory, but for now it wasn’t his ideal weekend.

Samir Handanovic

A hideous mistake to let Torino back in the game, a sloppy one to give the opponents the equaliser. All in all, the Slovenian goalkeeper gave the opponents two goals, and Inter went from a comfortable 2-0 victory, to another draw, with the San Siro booing the team at the final whistle. Not the start that big-spending Inter expected.

Manchester City

An unexpected draw. Sure Wolves had a great transfer window, and playing them at home will be tough for everybody. But City are City: they aim to be the best Premier League team ever. And as they dropped two points at Wolverhampton, Liverpool and Chelsea marched on. Not exactly the weekend Pep Guardiola wanted. It’s early days, but the Citizens will have to get immediately back on track if they want to get back-to-back titles.

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