Zidane makes a winning return to Real Madrid with some old faces as Juventus ends chances of an invincible Serie A season – the weekend winners and losers
The ideal way to return to his beloved Real Madrid bench. Los Blancos put two past Celta Vigo, with Isco and Gareth Bale back on both the team sheet and score sheet after a difficult spell and some problems under Santiago Solari.
Marcelo and Keylor Navas also returned with Zidane immediately giving space to his preferred players and immediately winning.
The Reds are top of the league – waiting for City to play against United – and this in itself is good news. Having won against Fulham is a sign of solidity like few times before, suffering but in the end getting all three points thanks to an ice-cold James Milner penalty.
An absolutely thrilling FA Cup match, coming from two behind at Swansea to keep the Quadruple dream alive. Bernardo Silva and then Sergio Aguero on the scoresheet, as Pep Guardiola’s men showed once again not only their quality, but also their hunger and spirit.
Bayern Munich won again, but the Black and Yellows stay level on points at the top of the Bundesliga thanks to a 92nd minute decisive Marco Reus goal, coming from behind on two occasions in Berlin to beat Hertha 3-2.
An epic victory in an epic Milan Derby. Luciano Spalletti’s men provided the best performance of the season against a good AC Milan side, winning 3-2 and overtaking the city rivals in the Serie A table. Lautaro Martinez sealed the victory from the penalty spot, as the Nerazzurri left behind all the problems of recent months to win the glory of the city.
Claudio Ranieri’s cure lasted for just one match, as the Giallorossi crumbled at SPAL, failing to show up, with a terrible performance that lead to a well-deserved 2-1 defeat. Ranieri said after the game that the players will need to show they deserve their salaries, angry at the performance. After being knocked out of the Champions League and changing coach, Roma still don’t seem to have solved their problems.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s magical touch seems to have disappeared, or at least become slightly less effective, after the Red Devils crashed out of the FA Cup, following the 2-1 defeat against Wolverhampton. This comes after losing at Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League. The first difficult spell of Soljkaer’s time in charge has begun.
The first defeat of the season in Serie A won’t impact on the title race, as the Old Lady is still 15 points clear at the top of Italy’s top-flight. What is annoying for the Bianconeri is the fact that the chance to end the season unbeaten has disappeared, and considering how superior Juve have been in Serie A this season, it really is a pity for them.
Another blow to the Blues’ chances of a top-four finish, as Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson were the difference-makers for Everton, who dominated against Maurizio Sarri’s men from start to finish, inflicting Chelsea’s seventh defeat in the last 18 Premier League games.
A terrible match at the Allianz Arena for Mainz, who were losing 5-0 after just 55 minutes and were ultimately demolished 6-0 by Bayern Munich without showing up at all.