It hasn’t been the best of seasons for Real Madrid, especially in the league, the champions have slipped down to fourth place, 19 points behind table-topping rivals Barcelona. And it seemed to be getting even worse this weekend, as they fell behind at home to Deportivo after 23 minutes, but it turned out to be the wake-up call they needed, as braces from Nacho, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, alongside a solitary Luka Modric strike, ensured a 7-1 win (you didn’t read that wrong) for Los Blancos.
Chelsea also won big this weekend, as a masterclass from Eden Hazard helped the Premier League champions to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Brighton, their first league victory of 2018, much to the relief of Antonio Conte. Hazard capped off his magnificent display, where he scored twice, by handing his shirt over to a little boy who requested it after the final whistle.
Arsenal weren’t left out of the big hitters this weekend, as with the impending departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United edging ever closer, the Gunners took only 22 minutes to net four times, Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette hitting the net as Arsene Wenger watched his team run out 4-1 winners against a sorry Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona hit a complete handful of goals at Betis to keep the La Liga chasing pack at arm’s length, Dries Mertens’ 67th minute goal was enough for Napoli to see off Atalanta and maintain top spot in Serie A, where Lazio hit five past Chievo Verona, Thomas Muller scored his 100th Bundesliga goal in Bayern Munich’s 4-2 win over Werder Bremen, Franck Kessie’s brace was enough for AC Milan to win at Cagliari, while Bordeaux began life after Jocelyn Gourvennec with a win at Nantes in Ligue 1.
Sergio Aguero scored a hatrick, his 10th, 11th and 12th league goals against Newcastle as Manchester City saw off the Magpies 3-1, a late Matias Vecino goal salvaged a point for Inter at home to Roma, Atletico Madrid were held at home by Girona in Spain, Koln bagged a third league win on the bounce, to come within four points of the relegation play-off place in the Bundesliga, Valencia were stunned by Las Palmas, who have climbed off the foot of the La Liga table and Lyon left it late against Paris Saint-Germain, Memphis Depay popping up with the winner for Les Gones at home to the leaders.
LaLiga: Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo; Espanyol 0-3 Sevilla; Getafe 2-2 Athletic Bilbao; Real Sociedad 1-2 Celta Vigo; Villarreal 2-1 Levante; Atletico Madrid 1-1 Girona; Alaves 2-2 Leganes; Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona; Las Palmas 2-1 Valencia
Serie A: Atalanta 0-1 Napoli; Inter 1-1 Roma; Lazio 5-1 Chievo; Cagliari 1-2 Milan; Bologna 3-0 Benevento; Hellas Verona 0-3 Crotone; Sampdoria 3-1 Fiorentina; Udinese 1-1 SPAL; Sassuolo 1-1 Torino
Premier League: Brighton 0-4 Chelsea; Everton 1-1 West Brom; West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth; Burnley 0-1 Manchester United; Stoke 2-0 Huddersfield; Southampton 1-1 Tottenham; Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle; Leicester 2-0 Watford; Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich 4-2 Werder Bremen; Hertha BSC 1-1 Dortmund; Mainz 3-2 Stuttgart; Wolfsburg 1-3 Frankfurt; Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig; Hoffenheim 1-4 Leverkusen; Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Augsburg; Hamburg 0-2 Koln; Schalke 1-1 Hannover
Ligue 1: Caen 0-2 Marseille; Nantes 0-1 Bordeaux; Amiens 3-1 Guingamp; Montpellier 2-1 Toulouse; Troyes 1-0 Lille; Rennes 1-0 Angers; Strasbourg 3-2 Dijon; Nice 1-0 St. Etienne; Monaco 3-1 Metz; Lyon 2-1 PSG