While Mario Balotelli was getting revenge, Jack Grealish bounced back from an attack in the best way possible. Here are the weekend winners and losers
Another renaissance for Super Mario, this time at Marseille with Rudi Garcia as coach. Five goals in seven matches for the former Manchester City man – averaging a phenomenal one goal every 68 minutes played. He netted on the weekend against former club Nice to give all three points to Marseille, in front of Italy coach Roberto Mancini, who was there to watch him in person.
What a day for Grealish. Firstly, the Aston Villa man made the headlines for the wrong reasons, being punched by a pitch invader in Birmingham’s stadium in a heated local derby.
The footballer kept his cool, laughed it off without reacting, and then kept his head on the game, focussing on the main aim, and did his job perfectly. He then scored the opening goal of the match on 67 minutes. The perfect response.
A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for attacking Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during the second city derby.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 11, 2019
A victory in one of the most important games of the season. Inter couldn’t afford to lose after AC Milan had gone four points clear in the table, and the Nerazzurri got the job done at the Stadio San Siro against SPAL.
Mauro Icardi still refused to play, and Inter had plenty of injured players, yet won. The best reaction possible, staying one point behind Milan with just a week to go to the city derby.
The perfect weekend for Unai Emery and his men. Not only did the Gunners beat Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, but also Chelsea and Tottenham dropped points, making this a crucial match day in the race for the Champions League places, with Arsenal now in fourth.
From being in the title race to being sucked back in the race for a top-four finish. Tottenham “did a Tottenham”, having a terrible month. Spurs picked up just one point in the last four Premier League matches, and are now just three points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United. If it wasn’t for the great Champions League double-legged triumph against Borussia Dortmund, Mauricio Pochettino would be facing a lot more criticism.
Manchester United and Tottenham both lost, and being at home to Wolverhampton this was a huge chance for the Blues in the race for a Champions League place. What a waste for Maurizio Sarri and his men, as Wolves were ahead until the dying minutes of the game, and if it wasn’t for Eden Hazard we would be talking about another Chelsea defeat.
A pitch invasion to punch a footballer. Dreadful behaviour. The fan who came onto the pitch during the Birmingham derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City and punched Jack Grealish deserves to be banned from attending football matches for life as well as his 14-week prison sentence. Period.
The chance was huge – Tottenham had lost and United could have gone up to third had they beaten Arsenal. Instead, the Gunners got a vital 2-0 victory, United wasted the opportunity and are now fifth.