LETS TALK FOOTBALL: GOALS EVERYWHERE!
The football season is back and we are excited to welcome back blistering football thrills, dribbles and incredible goals. Let’s kick it off by going through the football matches played in Europe top five sides.
Arsenal kicked off the EPL with an exciting 7 goal thriller with Giroud snatching the winner after some “Vardy’ Special Moments”. Arsenal looking like a team ready to score goals but also looks like a team ready to concede handful of goals with their defence giving them instability. (Arsenal 4- 3 Leicester)
9 men Chelsea were shocking on a Saturday afternoon with a terrible performance going into the season as the defending Champions. Gary Cahill red card signaled what would be a tough day for Chelsea by conceding 3 quick fire goals against Burnley in the first 45 mins. The second half was better with Morata putting in a very good performance with a goal and an assist. Fabregas was also sent off for two bookable offence which couldn’t help them mount a comeback.
I said it weeks ago that this Chelsea team will find it tough this season unless they strengthen their squad before the end of this summer transfer window. Looks like they miss a certain calm Defensive Midfielder (Chelsea 2 – Burnley 3)
Liverpool continued from where they stopped last season, scoring goals but also merciful at giving away goals. Jurgen Klopp’s “Zonal Marking” and “Gengenpressing” seems to be a tact that won’t make them a Premier League contender. They don’t seem to be well organized and prepared for set-pieces. It looks like they dread it, which Watford punished them for, ending the game 3-3. (Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool).
Manchester City had to dig deep to finally unlock the Brighton’s resistance of conceding after a 0-0 first half with Gabriel Jesus missing a clear chance at goal. Aguero’s goal and Lewis Dunk’s own goal was enough for Pep’s men to get their first 3pts of the season. (Brighton 0 – 2 Man City).
Theatre of Dreams actually was the center stage of the best performance from a team in the league’s first week. The electrifying presence of new signings plus the ones already in the team before made United too strong for West Ham even with their new acquisitions starting (Chicharito , Marko Arnautovic & Hart). Matic was once again the standout performer in a game that had a lot United players play well. Romelu Lukaku grabbed a brace and Martial, Pogba also got on the score sheet, Henrik Mkhitaryan also with two assist. It was a performance United fans didn’t want the match to end. (Manchester United 4 – 0 WestHam).
Tottenham also grabbed 3 points against Newcastle, a match that got Jonjo Shelvey sent off. Wayne Rooney’s goal was also enough for Everton to get all three points.
In Italy, Juventus lost 2-3 to Lazio after Dybala dragged Juventus back on level at 2-2 before Lazio got a late goal from Alessandro Murgia, the goal was assisted by Romelu Lukaku’s brother Jordan Lukaku. (Juventus 2 – 3 Lazio).
In France, the most expensive footballer in the world Neymar made his PSG debut a glorious one by assisting and also scoring. The Brazilian didn’t need time to settle in Paris before paying back his club with goals and assist. Also, Monaco had a blistering and clinical Rademel Falcao score a hattrick to get them 3pts with Mbappe on the bench due to minor Injury.
Finally, The El-Clasico produced yet another Ronaldo/Messi battle, with both getting on the score sheet. However, Messi was on the losing end while Ronaldo was on the winning side he got sent off for second yellow card and could be handed a lengthy ban for shoving the referee. The game saw Real Madrid at their ruthless best with scintillating counter attack runs. So many talking point of the Clasico, Suarez dive, Pique own goal, Ronaldo raising his shirt to the Barcelona fans and also Neymar been missed. Anything for Barcelona to play for in the second leg? Maybe.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS WEEKEND AS A FOOTBALL FAN?