Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at home while everything that could go wrong for Gonzalo Higuain, did go wrong – here are the big weekend winners and losers
Imagine playing at the Camp Nou, and having Lionel Messi score two goals against you. In 99.9% of cases, it is a definite defeat. However, Betis not only avoided the loss, but went on to win against Barcelona 4-3 for the first time in La Liga in the Camp Nou for twenty years. Amazing.
Another phenomenal display by Pep Guardiola’s men, who are unstoppable on a good day. Manchester United are simply on a different level right now, and it showed clearly at the Etihad. David Silva was sublime, City destroyed Jose Mourinho’s men.
Thirteen victories in thirteen matches. This time around, it’s a 4-0 demolishing of Monaco, away from home. PSG might not be the same in the Champions League, but in Ligue 1 they could go the whole season without dropping points.
No manager had ever done it: Sarri is still unbeaten in the Premier League after 12 games in charge. Chelsea were unable to get all three points against Everton, though, and the manager won’t be happy. But his impact in England has been great so far nonetheless.
The current Real Madrid changing room seems to love former players. First, they won three Champions League titles in a row under Zinedine Zidane. Now they’re getting back on track with Santiago Solari. A victory at Vigo against Celta – with Barcelona falling at home – is what the Merengues needed to boost morale and continue to catch up in La Liga.
Two minutes of pure silence, to salute the Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. A truly touching send off, to say the least. Rest in peace.
Messi was back with a bang, but it wasn’t enough. Barcelona not only lost against Betis, but conceded plenty of chances to the visitors, and struggled to control the game in the usual manner. A big loss, coupled with Madrid’s win.
Juventus sold the Argentinean in the summer to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo, and he had the chance to get his revenge with AC Milan, after being thrown away following two average seasons. But it wasn’t Higuain’s best night: the Argentinian missed a penalty that could have tied the scoreline, and then got himself sent off. A nightmare performance.
Losing to Borussia Dortmund is always terrible for Bayern, but it is even worse considering that the Bavarians have struggled all season so far. A 3-2 loss in the Klassiker, with Dortmund going seven points ahead of Bayern.
Can it get any worse for Monaco? Yet another defeat, a heavy 4-0 loss at home to Paris, with Thierry Henry still unable to have any positive effect on this team. What happened to the club that won the Ligue 1 title just two seasons ago?
The Gunners should have made the most of Chelsea’s draw, but were unable to get a win over Wolves at home. A step-back for Unai Emery’s men, who are generally having a great start to the season, but lack something in the fight for a top-four finish.