Another riveting weekend of football has flown by, and as always some will find themselves on either side of the divide between great and errr… atrocious. Here’s a guide on hits and misses from the weekends action.
Good Weekend For…
Mauro Icardi: Scoring three goals in any football match is always special. Three goals as a captain in your team’s win over bitter city rivals, that’s just immortalising. The Argentine forward continued his terrific form this season with a treble for Inter in their Derby Della Madonnina victory over AC Milan, plus the small matter of taking his side up to second.
Manchester City: Ah, yes. The goal machine that keeps producing them in large numbers thumped seven past Stoke on Saturday, and they didn’t even have to call on Sergio Aguero. They may take some stopping.
Cedric Bakambu: The Congolese forward followed up his treble before the International Break with a double as Villarreal saw off Girona in La Liga.
Watford: A spirited second half display from the Hornets saw them come from behind to snatch a win against Arsenal.
RB Leipzig: The corporate-owned club travelled to Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park with the hatred of the Yellow Wall on their backs, but they left the home crowd feeling a little green after goals from Marcel Sabitzer, Youssuf Poulsen and Jean-Kevin Augustin ensured a 3-2 win for Ralph Hassentuttl’s men which ended Dortmund’s 41 match unbeaten record at home.
Crystal Palace: After seven defeats on the bounce without scoring a goal, the Eagles only went and beat the champions on Saturday. The return of Wilfried Zaha was pivotal, and it was the winger who popped up with the winner on 44 minutes.
Ciro Immobile: The former Juventus man made a happy return to his former club, as his weekend brace was enough for Lazio to nick all three points in Turin.
Bad Weekend For…
Chelsea: The English champions have now suffered back-to-back defeats after the insipid display at Crystal Palace. Antonio Conte questioning whether they have the mettle to defend their title might suggest that all isn’t quite well in the Blues camp.
AC Milan: Another game. Another defeat. But unlike the rest, this loss is bound to hurt the Milan fans the most as it came late on against city rivals Inter. Vincenzo Montella is a man under pressure.
Bruno: Things were going well for Brighton; one goal up and comfortable going into stoppage time, until their captain Bruno Saltor planted an ill-advised elbow on the face of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the box. That gruesome act cost his side two precious points.
Juventus: The Italian champions aren’t having things their way in the league this term, as they followed up their pre-International Break draw at Atalanta with a home loss to Lazio. They’re five points off the top already.