Chelsea may have inflicted a first league defeat on Manchester City, but the club came out of the weekend as a loser while Juventus carried on carrying on
Making the most of Manchester City’s first loss of the season to secure the top of the table with a masterclass performance at Bournemouth. Mohamed Salah was at his best, scoring a hat-trick that tore the hosts apart and secured the three points for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Following the lucky victory in the Merseyside derby, another win to keep up the dream alive at Anfield Road: winning the Premier League after a 29-year wait.
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The Bianconeri cruised past Inter to secure their 14th win in 15 league matches this season, equalling the best ever start to a domestic campaign after 15 rounds: 43 points from 45 available. This time around it was Mario Mandzukic who put his name on the Derby d’Italia, firing home Joao Cancelo’s cross and confirming his status as a big game player.
Inter didn’t play badly, yet couldn’t do much to avoid the defeat, and this is an even bigger testament to what Juve are achieving this season in Serie A. They are simply in a league of their own.
The final to end all finals, a match that lasted for over a month, for a rivalry that goes beyond football. Club Atletico River Plate are the victors of a finale that will go down in history for all the wrong reasons, but also many of the right ones too. The second leg of the final at the Santiago Bernabeu was incredible, with Boca Juniors scoring first, the game going to extra time and then River Plate sealing the win in the final minute. The stuff of dreams.
Another game without a win, another tactical implosion by Eusebio Di Francesco’s men. Roma were 2-0 up at Cagliari, only to concede twice in the last ten minutes – including a 95th minute equaliser – to blow away the victory and the three points.
The Giallorossi were great for the first half, but the poor defending and spirit of the final minutes made everything else useless. The top teams in Serie A are further away, but Di Francesco has been confirmed for now: how long has he got left if this carries on?
What a victory for the Blues, against the record-breaking champions, with two lovely goals, inflicting Manchester City their first Premier League defeat of the season. Why losers, then? Because the racist abuse towards Raheem Sterling was obvious, and the club should do a lot more about it, a lot quicker. It might be just a few fans, or even just one fan, but that fan does in some way represent the club, and that was horrible to say the least. Chelsea must react, and harshly too. It’s a problem that goes beyond a 2-0 victory over City.
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Claudio Ranieri has arrived, but there is so much work to be done to avoid relegation. It’s not exactly the best Manchester United ever, yet they were able to score four against Fulham, who need to improve drastically at the back. A tough job ahead for Ranieri still.