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Published on September 24th, 2018 | by Vieri Capretta

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Weekend winners and losers: Liverpool march on as Roma falls off the rails

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Liverpool remain impervious in the Premier League, while Roma continues to fall towards the relegation zone in another weekend winners and losers wrap-up…..

WINNERS

Liverpool

Seven wins in seven games this season, six in six in the Premier League. Right now Liverpool seem unstoppable and favourites for the Premier League title, even though it is very early in the campaign. Jurgen Klopp has alternatives, squad depth, quality throughout and deadly strikers.

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Carlo Ancelotti

Finally, the move from Maurizio Sarri to Ancelotti at the helm of Napoli is starting to become evident. Less-organised football, more space for the quality players to do what they prefer, as well as pragmatism in attack and a lot of defensive care. Napoli beat Torino 3-1 away with such ease, showing what they are capable of.

Inter

Another last minute winner, this time by Marcelo Brozovic against Sampdoria, with coach Luciano Spalletti being sent off over-celebrating. Three vital points for Inter in a very difficult stadium, with the chance now to find consistency in Serie A after doing so well in their first Champions League game. Despite having two goals disallowed by VAR, Inter kept on believing and got the late win.

Sevilla

A Wissam Ben Yedder hat-trick, another André Silva goal. Sevilla put six past Levante after scoring five on Thursday night in the Europa League. A great reaction to the two previous consecutive defeats beforehand, including in the Seville derby.

Juventus

Five wins in five Serie A games, six in six if you consider their Champions League victory at Valencia. This time around it seemed like the Bianconeri would drop points, unable to break down Frosinone’s defensive wall. Then Cristiano Ronaldo got a poacher’s finish, and Federico Bernardeschi – the man of the match for Juve – fired home the second to give the Bianconeri the three points and the leadership of the Serie A table.

LOSERS

Manchester United

A step back for Jose Mourinho’s men, after the smooth victory in the Champions League against Young Boys. A home draw to Wolves was definitely not expected and the Portuguese manager (of the home team) went as far as saying that his players did better in the defeat to Tottenham. A sloppy performance for the Red Devils, and a sloppy result.

Eusebio Di Francesco

It’s one thing to lose in Madrid, another to lose at Bologna, against a team that hadn’t scored a single goal so far in Serie A. Roma were all over the place, struggling to defend, clumsy going forward, and without the spirit to react. These are all qualities that the coach needs to fix, and that has been evident for about a month. Di Francesco and his Roma are in a big crisis.

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Chelsea

The first draw for Maurizio Sarri’s men, and a disappointing one too. The manager had said it: “This will be the toughest game so far,” and he was right: the Blues were unable to break down West Ham’s defence and almost conceded.

AC Milan

Dominating for most of the game, then conceding and dropping points. It’s happening too often this season for the Rossoneri, and it happened on Sunday afternoon at the San Siro, as Milan went twice ahead against Atalanta and then got caught.

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