It was not a weekend for the goalkeepers on several European football pitches. Manchester United and Liverpool have been sinking in the Premier League, PSG have had a health walk against Angers, and Robert Lewandowski has scored a winning quadruple for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Without forgetting Atalanta in Serie A, author of 13 goals in three matches.
- Ligue 1: PSG is replaced, an “Olympico” without a winner
Paris Saint-Germain’s two defeats in their first two Ligue 1 matches are now a distant memory. Since then, the capital club has recovered its key players and has a series of victories, four with that of this weekend. PSG corrected Angers (6-1) on Friday at the Parc des Princes and is now 4th, two points behind the leader, Rennes, held in check Sunday by Reims (2-2). LOSC (2nd) and RC Lens (3rd) – who face each other in two weeks – complete the podium for this 6th day, respectively winners of RC Strasbourg (0-3) and AS Saint-Étienne (2- 0).
The “Olympico” on Sunday evening ended in a draw between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille (1-1). Quickly reduced to ten after the expulsion of Dimitri Payet (19th), OM managed to manage the score without breaking down, while OL failed to materialize their multiple opportunities to take the three points. A result that does not suit anyone: the two clubs are on Monday, October 5, in 10th and 14th place in the standings.
- Premier League: humiliation at Old Trafford, Liverpool ‘lose track’
Manchester United and Liverpool Reds supporters have had a nightmarish weekend, with their squad sinking. It was the Red Devils who collapsed at home at Old Trafford on Sunday against Tottenham (1-6). A correction inflicted by “Special One” players José Mourinho, who was also previously … Manchester United coach.
Red Devils forward Marcus Rashford apologized to fans after the game. “I’m just sorry. You deserve so much better than that,” he wrote on Twitter in particular.
A little later, it was Liverpool’s turn to crash against Aston Villa, losing 7-2. The reigning English champion could never quite turn it around despite a brace from star striker Mohamed Salah, and conceded his first defeat of the season in four games played. “Our reaction (after the first goal) was not good, we lost the thread,” regretted after the meeting Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp.
Leicester also conceded their first defeat at home to West Ham (0-3), leaving the field open to Everton (4-2 winner from Brighton) who are now alone at the top of the Premier League after the fourth day.
- Bundesliga: “Lewangoalski” strikes again
Just two weeks after the resumption of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich players already seem tired from their uninterrupted summer, where they followed the end of the 2019-2020 German championship and the Champions League. Despite shortened physical preparation, they managed to get the better of Hertha Berlin on Sunday with a 4-3 victory. To do so, they once again relied on their Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who scored a quadruple – including a final penalty goal in the 93rd minute meant victory.
Bayern, after three days, are in 4th place behind RB Leipzig (1st), Augsburg (2nd) and Eintracht Frankfurt (3rd). “Our preparation was short, we run from one match to another “, explained Bavarian club coach Hansi Flick,” we saw that not everyone is 100%. But what made me happy is the state of mind we have shown “.
Borussia Dortmund, another favorite in the Bundesliga, dominated Freiburg (4-0). It is Monday, like Bayern Munich, at the foot of the podium.
- Serie A: Atalanta Bergamo continues, controversy between Napoli and Juve
The best attack of the last Italian league (98 goals scored) starts the 2020-2021 season on the same basis. In three matches, Atalanta Bergamo have won three times and scored 13 goals, including five this weekend against Cagliari. The Bergamo players are logically in first place in Serie A, so far ahead of AC Milan (3-0 winners over La Spezia) on goal difference.
The meeting between Juventus and Napoli, which ultimately did not take place, was the event of the weekend in Serie A against the backdrop of Covid-19. Due to two cases of infected players, the Neapolitan club did not honor his trip to Juventus Stadium on Sunday, claiming that they had not received permission from the health authorities of the Campania region. But by kick-off time – maintained by Italian sports authorities in accordance with UEFA’s health protocol – the Juve players were there, the referees as well and even a handful of supporters. In this story, where several health measures seem contradictory, Naples risks a 3-0 defeat on the green carpet.
- Liga: Real Madrid leading, Barça held in check
Real Madrid have returned to the top of La Liga. For the first time since the start of the season, the reigning Spanish champion regained the leader’s chair by overpowering Levante (2-0) on Sunday, thanks to goals from Vinicius (16th) and Benzema (95th).
The Merengue relegate FC Barcelona to three lengths, held in check by Sevilla (1-1). “We suffered in this match, but you had to suffer to win,” commented Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane. “It’s been three wins and one draw in four matches, what more could you ask for?”
Barça, at Camp Nou, also suffered but did not find the resources to win, showing at times the sad and worrying face of last season. Despite being three points short of rivals Madrid, the Blaugrana are, however, one game less on the scoreboard at the end of the weekend.