Another football weekend has departed, and of course in every one of them some people have a weekend to cherish, while others just to want to put it behind them:
Good Weekend For…
Alvaro Morata: The Spanish staked his claim to be more than capable of filling Diego Costa’s shoes, with a hatrick for Chelsea as they became the first side to win at Stoke this season. His previous goals before the game had all been headers, so he quelled any cynicism by bagging a treble with his feet.
Paulo Dybala: It’s been a barnstorming start to the season for the Argentine forward, as he was on hand to bag a brace for Juventus in their 4-0 win against city rivals Torino. The ‘Crown Prince’ shows no signs of slowing down.
Dani Ceballos: It didn’t take him long to make an impact on his first start for Real Madrid, as his double ensured Real returned to winning ways at Alaves.
Borussia Dortmund: Another game, another heavy victory, that’s the story of Dortmund in the Bundesliga so far. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged another treble, while Maximillian Philipp also scored a brace. With Bayern Munich slipping, Peter Bosz’s team are setting the pace early on.
Ciro Immobile: Another man in fine fettle this season, and the Italian continued his goal-scoring form with a double for Lazio as they won 3-2 at Hellas Verona.
Manchester City: Another team who just can’t help themselves but bother the net. It took some time for Pep Guardiola’s side to get going against Crystal Palace, but once they did, there was no stopping them. They’ve scored 16 times in three league games.
Bad Weekend For…
Crystal Palace: It was another defeat for the Eagles in the Premier League, their 5-0 loss at Manchester City means they remain pointless and goalless in the league still. And they face Manchester United next.
AC Milan: The Rossoneri didn’t enjoy the best of outings this weekend, as they schooled at the Luigi Ferraris by Sampdoria, to lose more ground on the top two.
Benevento: Six games into their promotion season in Serie A, they remain without a single point and prop up the table, Crotone the latest team to hand them a defeat on Sunday. It’s fair to say they haven’t quite gotten used to things in the first division.
PSG: A goalless draw at Montpellier on Saturday halted their 100% start to the season, and it wasn’t the best preparations for their game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, even though…
Bayern Munich: …The Bavarians themselves drew at home to Wolfsburg. It looked an easy cruise when they were two to the good, but in the second they would let their guard down and they paid the price with a 2-2 draw.