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What’s Happening in the World of Football?

What’s Happening in the World of Football?

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The City juggernaut rampages on

After a turbulent first season in English football, has Pep finally got the team he wants?

Jesus, Sané, de Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Walker etc. What an exceptional array of attacking talent.

He has every team fearing their quick attacking threat as well as their steal and determination that lacked last year. Fernandinho provides the only real defensive cover from midfield but yet City have shipped very few goals this year, mainly due to their efficiency with the ball and ruthlessness defending.

They gave Stoke City a 7-2 drubbing at the Etihad Stadium at the weekend that has just re-enforced their favourites tag for the title this year.

Sterling, Jesus (X2), Silva, Sané, Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva with the goals for the Cityzens with a deflected Diouf strike and a Kyle Walker own goal the only response from the Potters.

Kevin de Bruyne was again the star of the show as he showed his class with an exhibition of quality passing.  City now sit top of the pile, two points ahead of their Manchester rivals.

Bayern back on track

Bayern Munich seem to have put a chaotic early season behind them as they trashed Freiburg 5-0 at the Allianz Arena in Jupp Heynckes’ first game back in charge of the Bavarian giants.

After winning only one of the previous four games, which included a 3-0 loss away to PSG, Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as head coach of the reigning champions.

With a quality squad, the Bayern board of management saw no other option than to sack the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and AC Milan boss.

It seemed clear from the start that things weren’t quite right at the club with star striker, Robert Lewandowski, critising the clubs spending and lack of signings after seeing the likes of PSG and Man City bring in quality talent for huge sums.

They still have the likes of Muller, Robben, Ribery, James and Vidal so they still should have the quality to mount a strong domestic and European challenge.

Trouble at Chelsea

Back to back losses for Antonio Conte’s men has cast a dark cloud over Stamford Bridge.

A 1-0 loss at home to Man City was followed up by a 2-1 away defeat to bottom side Crystal Palace on Saturday. Palace, who hadn’t scored a league goal all season, went ahead early on through a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal.

Tiemoue Bakayoko responded soon after but a Wilfred Zaha strike just before half-time proved to be enough for Roy Hodgson’s side. Chelsea were without star enforcer N’Golo Kante and top scorer, Alvaro Morata though injury.

Conte was quick to point that fact out to journalists after the game as he tried to come up with an excuse for why the champions couldn’t break down the Eagles defence in the second half.

Up next for Chelsea is Roma in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge, where they currently top the group. It’s a chance for Hazard and Co. to get back on track before they face off against Watford on Saturday.

Mourinho: The draw specialist!

Say what you like about Jose Mourinho, but the man rarely loses away to title rivals. Whether he was the boss of Porto, Real Madrid, Chelsea or Inter, he always set up his team not to lose away to any big side.

He is incredible at nullifying the oppositions attacking threat. Mourinho was concerned that without Pogba and Fellaini, they would get over run by the pace of Liverpool’s attack.

Currently, they are far superior to Liverpool all over the park. They could have targeted their paper thin defence or Mignolet’s lack of confidence but no, Mourinho set up defensively and made it impossible for Jurgen Klopp’s men to break them down. Another talking point from the game was Romelu Lukaku.

The big Belgian has rarely delivered against any of the top 6, scoring just 15 goals in 57 matches.

He is prolific against the weaker sides but those games don’t win you titles.

He seriously needs to up his performances in the big games to be considered a world class striker. His first touch and temperament for the big games is constantly under scrutiny.

The man needs to take note of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane who are the big men or the big occasions. Kane has a frightening record in London derbies and Aguero relishes the big days around Europe.

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