Heroes and Villains: Who had a weekend to remember and who had a weak-end to forget


And like that, another weekend has passed us by. And as always, some will still be looking back on how good they had it, those who want to play again to keep momentum; some, meanwhile, would be glad to see the back of the weekend, those who need to keep playing to regain a foothold:

Good Weekend For…

Sami Khedira: The German midfielder did the unexpected by scoring a hat-trick as his Juventus team came from behind to beat Udinese at the Stadio Friuli, despite going down to ten men in the first half.

Goncalo Guedes: The on-loan Valencia winger bagged a double for Los Che as they romped to a 4-0 win over Sevilla – their fifth consecutive victory – to retain their second spot in La Liga.

Mesut Ozil: Much-criticised for being unable to deliver the goods for the Gunners, especially away from home, the German offered a reminder of his class with a terrific performance at Everton, he scored a goal and provided an assist in Arsenal’s 5-2 win at Goodison Park.

Memphis Depay: The Dutchman still Infuriates with his inconsistency, but he was on hand to bag a hat-trick as his Lyon side hit five past Troyes in Ligue 1.

Michy Batshuayi: The Belgian forward came off the bench to help turnaround a difficult situation for Premier League champions Chelsea, his brace aided Chelsea as they changed a 2-1 deficit to a 4-2 win.

Ciro Immobile: The Italian striker is undoubtedly in red-hot form and followed up his brace at Juventus with another double, this time against Cagliari, as Lazio ran out 3-0 winners.

Bad Weekend For…

Manchester United: It was a sour end to a decent-looking weekend for Jose Mourinho and his team, as they succumbed to a defeat at Huddersfield, their first loss against the Terriers since 1952.

Sevilla: The Andalusians didn’t have a week to look back on, as they followed their 5-1 loss to Spartak Moscow in midweek with another thumping defeat, this time at Valencia. That’s three defeats on the bounce for Eduardo Berizzo and his side.

Neymar: The world’s most expensive player had brought Paris Saint-Germain level in the ‘Classique’ at Marseille, but his night took a turn for the worse as he received his marching orders for headbutting opposition player Lucas Ocampos.

West Ham: After a decent run of results had eased the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic, the Hammers were, errr…hammered, at home by Brighton on Friday night, a chastening night for the Irons.

Dejan Lovren: It was a bad afternoon for Liverpool in general on Sunday, but the Croat had a nightmarish outing, culpable for two goals at Wembley, and he was eventually put out of his misery by being substituted after half an hour.

Mario Mandzukic: Juventus recovered from a deficit at Udinese to win by six goals to two. Not that Mandzukic was on the pitch to see it though, as the Croatian forward was dismissed for his fracas with opposing defender Ali Adnan with the score at 1-2.

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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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