This weekend in football didn’t go quite as expected, we saw a makeshift Liverpool defence keep out Jamie Vardy, a 39 (!) year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic score 2 against Napoli, and a head butt from Arsenals record signing. It really was a weekend to expect the unexpected, proving this season really will be exciting all year long!
To start, Tottenham went top of the Premier League. A Mourinho tactical masterclass saw Spurs’ counter-attacking football work perfectly. They are beginning to look like title challengers now, but we will have to wait and see how well they do for the rest of the season.
Over in Spain, Athletico Madrid overcame a Barcelona who cannot seem to win at the moment. With Diego Simeones side winning 1-0, the pressure has already began to pile on new manager Ronald Koeman.
Another reason to expect the unexpected this season is Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milans great form. The swede scored a brace against Napoli, putting the Rossoneri back on top in Italy. The side have been lifted by Zlatan’s arrival in January, and may look to challenge for the title once again this season.
Back on home soil, Arsenal continued to look shaky, producing little attacking threat against Leeds. To top it off, Nicholas Pepe got a straight red card for a Zidane-esque head butt on Leeds’ Alioski. On the blue side of London, Chelsea keep going from strength-to-strength and all there new signings are clicking into place. The title race in the Premier League is really maintaining its speed, and it looks increasingly difficult to call!
In Germany Erling Håland picked up the golden boy award, an award for the best under 21 player in Europe. He then topped that off with four goals against Hertha Berlin in a huge 5-2 win.
On Merseyside, Liverpools makeshift defence kept Leicester at bay, and came out as 3-0 winners. Many had Liverpool down to struggle due to the amount of injuries they had but the defence looked comfortable enough, even with Jamie Vardy to deal with.
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By Sam Hutchison