Five talking points from the weekend


From should-be-but-wasn’t goals to dogged Terriers, the weekend once again left us with a fair bit to ponder, and ponder we will:

La Liga’s officiating keeps bringing more questions than answers

It was a weekend of Spanish football that left many clamouring for goal-line technology in the top flight, as Lionel Messi saw his shot spilled by Valencia’s goalie Neto and well over the line, but never saw the flag go up for a goal.

Yesterday, goal-line technology will go a long way to curb such controversies, but it seems like the linesmen are also signalling for it with their displays. Barcelona themselves were recipients of some good fortune earlier this season against Malaga, as in the build up to their opening goal, the ball was clearly over the line and should have resulted in a goal-kick. The Catalans also witnessed another game with a goal-line anomaly much earlier this year, seeing a goal not given against Real Betis in January, despite the ball clearly crossing the line.

Goal-line technology will fix a bit, but the officials need to do their bit too, the fact that almost every Liga club feels like the referees are out to get them is testament to that. President Javier Tebas’ plan to introduce Video Assistant Referees next season, minus the goal decision system looks a bit daft in fairness.

Milan’s recycling habit hasn’t worked so far, so why keep trying?

It’s seemed inevitable when AC Milan announced on Monday that they had dismissed Vincenzo Montella from his role as manager, the Rossoneri have been off colour on the domestic front, and have lost to all the top six teams they’ve played so far; so, inevitable and justified.

But they’ve gone to appoint another former Milan player in Gennaro Gattuso, who, admittedly has done well with the Primavera side but doesn’t look the bit in the top level. Which brings the issue of Milan’s recycling habit, from Clarence Seedorf to Pippo Inzaghi and then Christian Brochi, it hasn’t worked so far.

Gattuso might prove us wrong, but for a team that’s keen on returning to Europe’s top table sooner rather than later, this is another appointment to raise eyebrows.

Defiant Huddersfield will fear no one

In the end it was a defeat for the Terriers, as a hardly fought game at home against Manchester City ultimately yielded no points. But there were quite a few plaudits though, as Huddersfield did well to frustrate the Premier League leaders, backed by a raucous crowd.

Many sides have sat back against City, but some have still left with a handful of goals against them, Huddersfield didn’t. David Wagner’s men have already beaten Manchester United this term, a narrow defeat will do their confidence little harm. Arsenal are the next opponents, but the Terriers wouldn’t look fazed.

Simeone might have found a solution in his French duo

Atletico had been a team wanting for goals since the start of the season, but they’ve bagged seven in two games, the latest a 5-0 win at Levante.

Six of those have been scored either by Kevin Gameiro or Antoine Griezmann. Both French forwards have combined well recently, particularly at the Ciudad de Valencia, their interplay and link up look to be providing Atleti with more comfort in front of goal.

Without only over a month before Diego Costa becomes available, the double G combination (let’s call it that) look like a more than capable standby for Diego Simeone at the moment.

Are Gladbach Heynckes’ jinx club?

On Saturday Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat of Jupp Heynckes fourth tenure, against Borussia Monchengladbach, the same side responsible for Heynckes’ first defeat in his last tenure.

Given that they did the double over them that season, Gladbach will be relishing playing Die Roten under their veteran manager anytime. Of course it’s never that simple, though.

About Olakunle Ajao 260 Articles
Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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