In the big clash of the weekend in England, Manchester United came out victorious. How, I am not sure. But they did. Arsenal was the better team for the majority of the game and had many point-blank chances in the first half. However, when you do not take your chances, it always comes back to haunt you. This came true as a deflection off Keiran Gibbs took the ball into the back of the net and put United on top. After that, Arsenal threw everything but the kitchen sink at United and left themselves open at the back. Great 3 points for United, but you have to wonder what might have been if Arsenal could finish.
Elsewhere in England, Chelsea continued their winning ways with a 2-0 victory and probably should have scored more. Everton got back on track with a 2-1 victory, as did Tottenham. But the big shock of the weekend took place in Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace dominated a feeble Liverpool side. Liverpool looked the weaker side and was made to pay for their poor defending as they allowed 3 goals past. Horrors of last season’s 3-3 draw were brought back to mind as Liverpool now find themselves in the midst of a mid-table battle.
In Germany, Dortmund’s struggles continue as they let a 2 goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Paderborn. Munich continues to dominate with a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim. If you get a chance, check out Mario Götze’s goal from this one. WOW, WOW, WOW. Munich’s lead at the top was extended to 7 points as Wolfsburg lost 3-2 at Schalke. You may call the race for the Bundesliga trophy over, as I do not see anyone catching Munich since they may not lose all year.
In Italy, Juventus and Roma continued their winning ways they both went on the road and won. Juve has a 3 point lead on Roma, and Roma is 6 points ahead of Napoli in 3rd. In the Milan Derby, AC Milan took the early lead, but Roberto Mancini earned a draw in his first match in charge of Inter Milan.
On Saturday, history was made. We are all lucky enough to be able to watch one of the greatest players of all time. I look forward to talking with my kids about what it was like to watch him play and watch him glide past defenders and coolly slide the ball past the keeper. In fact, this player has done this more than any other player in La Liga history. With his hat-trick in Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Sevilla, Lionel Messi passed Telmo Zarra for the all-time scoring record with 253 goals. He is one of the best players in history. Congrats to Messi! Barcelona needed to win as Real Madrid continues their dominance. It looks like this will be another three team race for the title as Atleti won to move just 4 points behind Real, who are two points ahead of Barça.
My GOAL OF THE WEEK takes us back to Selhurst Park and Mile Jedinak’s free kick. It was sweetly placed in the top corner and helped seal a massive result for Crystal Palace.
This week we welcome back the Champions League as we move to the 5th round of group play. There will be some big matches this week as teams look to hold on to hope for qualification for the knockout stages. Some teams have already qualified for the next round. Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona, and Porto have all already qualified. Some of the big matchups that I think are worth a watch will be CSKA v Roma and Man City vs Bayern Munich on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Arsenal plays Dortmund and Basel take on Real Madrid.
English Premier League Pick ‘Em Results
This weekend we both correctly predicted the winners in the Man City, Chelsea, and Newcastle games. I accurately saw Chelsea win 2-0 and he correctly saw Newcastle win 1-0. We also both predicted a draw between Leicester and Sunderland. I properly predicted a Spurs victory, but must say I got some help from Hull with the red card. The final result is at the time of writing this still unknown, but as of right now the weekend will end as 7-6 me. We will see how the results finish tonight.