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Actual Madrid go powerful Atleti take a look at with ease, Vinicius abusers have to be handled, Bayern look dangerous once more, extra

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There have been huge video games postponed within the Premier League once more this weekend, however we nonetheless have rather a lot to dissect from the weekend’s motion throughout the massive European leagues. Real Madrid received an unpleasant derby over Atletico and Bayern Munich dropped much more factors, whereas Napoli beat the defending Serie A champions to stay high heading into the worldwide break. There was extra woe for Juventus and Inter Milan, a a lot improved Arsenal and extra objectives for Man Metropolis’s Erling Haaland, too.

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It is Monday, and Gab Marcotti reacts to the most important moments on the earth of soccer.

Bounce to: Real Madrid stay perfect | Atletico must punish abusive fans | Huge Napoli win | Arsenal stay top | Time to worry about Bayern? | Juve have issues | Union Berlin keep leading | Son’s hat-trick | Barca thrash Elche | Man City win big | Dortmund’s step forward | Inter’s Inzaghi overthinks subs | PSG sink Lyon | Atalanta annoy Mourinho


Real Madrid win derby to remain excellent

It was Madrid’s sternest take a look at of the season to this point — away to crosstown rival Atletico — and Carlo Ancelotti’s crew handed it with flying colours. That they did it with out Karim Benzema (out injured since Sept. 6) and with a median of twenty-two years previous within the entrance line (plus one other 22-year-old, Aurelien Tchouameni, in entrance of the again 4) is a testomony to how versatile a staff they’ve develop into and the way successfully they management video games.

We did not see them within the remaining third typically by way of probabilities created, however the sense of menace was at all times there, and after they noticed a gap or kicked it up a notch, they’d the standard to make it depend: witness Tchouameni’s sensible shovel go to Rodrygo for the opener or, for that matter, Vinicius‘s power-up acceleration that led to Fede Valverde‘s strike for the second, after Jan Oblak‘s minor miracle save.

In the event you like your labels and placing gamers in containers, then the entrance three proper now consists of a ahead enjoying as a winger (Vinicius), a winger enjoying as a central striker (Rodrygo) and a midfielder/ultra-marathoner enjoying as a winger. And but it really works as a result of these are initially footballers, who perceive the sport and their position within the build-up.

Rodrygo is probably the unlikeliest instance, given he is simply 21 and hasn’t but had a full marketing campaign as a starter. He is aware of he lacks Benzema’s presence, bodily prowess, capability to carry the ball and in-game brains, however he makes himself helpful with steady motion. He helps the midfield in relation to stressing opposing central defenders who by no means know the place he will pop up.

It is not how Actual Madrid deliberate to function this yr, they had been pressured into it. However it works as a result of the mixture of spirit, particular person high quality (attempt to management video games with lesser gamers than Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in midfield and all I can say is “good luck!”) and tactical nous makes it work.

As for Atleti, Diego Simeone sprung a little bit of a shock by beginning Antoine Griezmann alongside Joao Felix and dropping his main scorer, Alvaro Morata. Maybe he felt it will be the type of tight match that’s resolved by a second of magic and that these two had been likelier to ship it than Morata. Because it occurred, it performed into Actual Madrid’s palms as each tended to drop in seek for the ball, somewhat than providing a menace behind or tying up the centre-backs.

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Maybe most irritating for Atleti is that had one of many early probabilities gone in, you continue to really feel that somewhat than that altering the sport, the opposition would merely have discovered a better gear. Perhaps that is one of many largest variations too between the Atleti of previous and this model.


Atletico Madrid ought to take a robust stand on Vinicius abuse

This occurred earlier than the sport outdoors the Wanda Metropolitano, and it leaves you disgusted. A variety of Atletico followers (a number of hundred, according to reports) sang “You are a monkey… Vinicius, you are a monkey.” There have been contrasting reports of similar racist abuse occurring throughout the floor, too, and also you hope they’re going to be totally investigated.

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There have been feeble and nonsensical “explanations” concerning why Vinicius is being focused proper now, they usually must do with some individuals accusing him of showboating and others discovering his post-goal celebratory dance disrespectful. (Which is frankly inane, given he is been doing it for years and provided that he is actually not the one participant to have a good time with a jig after scoring.)

I am not taken with any of that proper now. Get as indignant as you want with Vinicius, that is not the purpose. The purpose, as I see it, is that sure public expressions are merely unacceptable and racist abuse is one among them. This occurred outdoors the bottom, so jurisdiction is perhaps all the way down to regulation enforcement somewhat than the league or Atletico Madrid, however irrespective of: that is the place Atleti have an opportunity to do one thing significant, one thing that goes past a press release.

These followers — and, reportedly, it is an organised group — don’t and should not symbolize the membership. The membership ought to make it clear not solely that they aren’t welcome however that they count on the remainder of Atletico supporters to shun and isolate them as properly. It is not sufficient to say that it is a minority and never consultant of the membership: there’s an excessive amount of of a permissive perspective on the market, not simply in Spain both, however in different leagues like Italy as properly. Change is coming means too slowly, if in any respect.


Enormous win for Napoli away to Milan as Gio has a greater day than his dad

Milan hosted Napoli, and each golf equipment had been with out their greatest gamers: Rafael Leao and Victor Osimhen. For a lot of the sport, I believed the Rossoneri really handled the absence higher. Rade Krunic slotted into Leao’s place, however tucked inside, leaving the flank to Theo Hernandez, they usually did what they’ve typically carried out so properly beneath Stefano Pioli: churn out probabilities through patterns of play and depth, even when people weren’t essentially dominating. The half-time xG of 1.33 to 0.10 speaks volumes.

However this can be a low-scoring sport, and incidents matter. Davide Calabria needed to go off at half-time and was changed by Sergino Dest, who gave away the penalty on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, a foul that was picked up by a single — however apparent — replay angle by VAR. Milan had been undeterred and continued to carve out probabilities, grabbing a deserved equaliser by Olivier Giroud, however a superb cross from Mario Rui and an excellent header from substitute Gio Simeone condemned them to a house defeat.

Credit score Napoli for hanging in there through the first half, choosing their spots within the second and making them depend. And credit score each groups for an entertaining second half.


Arsenal keep high even with out Odegaard, Zinchenko

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Shaka Hislop feels Arsenal’s dominant win vs. Brentford reveals they’ve resilience after their defeat to Manchester United.

I believed Arsenal’s journey to face Brentford was a possible entice sport. They misplaced right here final season and had been out-muscled, outfought and out-thought. And, on Sunday, there have been with out two of their brighter sparks within the first a part of this season: Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko. The latter was changed by Kieran Tierney (high-quality participant, although a very completely different one), the previous by Fabio Vieira, who had performed simply 17 minutes of Premier League soccer previous to this weekend.

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Vieira scored a neat aim from the highest of the field within the 3-0 win, however greater than that, he seemed fully at house regardless of how awkward it may be to play in opposition to Brentford, notably in that position and in the event you’re a man with Vieira’s physique. Thomas Partey‘s return was additionally an enormous enhance (serving to to get one of the best out of Granit Xhaka) and, up entrance, Gabriel Jesus continues to show doubters (like me) unsuitable.

This was a press release sport from Arsenal, who held up not simply technically, however bodily and athletically as properly.


Opposition keeper heroics occur once more, however is it time to fret about Bayern Munich?

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Janusz Michallik reacts to Bayern Munich’s 1-0 loss to Augsburg within the Bundesliga.

It is now 4 video games with out a win for Bayern, which quantities to a full-blown disaster at their Sabener Strasse HQ, notably after they slip all the way down to fourth within the Bundesliga desk earlier than the worldwide break.

Of the 4 video games — three attracts and Saturday’s defeat within the Bavarian derby with Augsburg — they had been actually solely poor within the final two, and that is not encouraging. Sure, they once more ran right into a keeper who stood on his head with a string of sensible saves (take a bow, Rafał Gikiewicz), however they confirmed defensive vulnerabilities all through the sport and a regarding lack of sharpness within the remaining third. Coupled with the Barcelona sport in midweek, which noticed them outplayed within the first half earlier than they stormed again to win 2-0, the development is not nice.

What Augsburg did wasn’t rocket science. They had been bodily and aggressive, conceded possession to Bayern (who racked up 74%), however had been direct and incisive on the counter, slicing by that midfield and giving the Dayot Upamecano/Matthijs De Ligt partnership matches. Bayern did have loads of probabilities, however additionally they gave up tons, primarily as a result of Augsburg went from again to entrance so shortly.

I do not assume there’s a lot unsuitable with Bayern aside from nailing down the defensive frailties — when your fullbacks are as attacking as Alphonso Davies and Noussair Mazraoui, the one means you will get away with two huge centre-backs like Upamecano and De Ligt is that if your midfield does a greater job protecting. On Saturday, they did not — and maybe accepting that Sadio Mane will not be as scientific, particularly in tight areas, as the person he changed. However they’re too essential to get proper on the pitch, if you wish to lower out the chatter off the pitch.


Di Maria terrible, however Juve’s issues run a lot deeper than him in shock defeat to Monza

So that you signal a veteran free agent to provide you high quality and expertise, together with that “warrior mentality,” solely he will get himself needlessly despatched off after 40 minutes. Perhaps I am being harsh on Angel Di Maria, however I do not assume so. That pink card he bought himself after 40 minutes was a humiliation, and it is a credit score to him that he apologized afterward. However we won’t overlook that, even at 11 vs. 11, Juventus created little or no and seemed nothing like a staff taking over the league’s cellar dwellers who had by no means received a sport in Serie A of their historical past and had simply modified managers. That half is on Max Allegri, who was suspended and within the stands, however clearly ready the sport.

Allegri’s behaviour feels more and more erratic. A couple of days earlier than the sport, he stated it was about shutting up and letting their performances do the speaking. Then he opened as much as give his model of occasions to the veteran journalist Mario Sconcerti (full disclosure: Sconcerti is my previous boss). It wasn’t an interview — reportedly, Juve hadn’t authorised it — however merely a chat with out quotes. And right here we noticed Allegri complain in regards to the accidents and observe how Juve had been enjoying properly in his view.

There was one nugget that stated all of it. Allegri maintains the staff was constructed to have Federico Chiesa, Dusan Vlahovic and Di Maria up entrance, with Paul Pogba, Leandro Paredes and Adrien Rabiot in midfield, however that aside from Vlahovic, all people else had been injured. I might hope, for Juve’s sake, that this entrance six solely existed in Allegri’s head and wasn’t a part of the membership’s plan. As a result of they already knew that Chiesa would not be again earlier than 2023 and that Pogba was carrying accidents. In the meantime, Paredes did not really arrive till the tip of the switch window, whereas Rabiot practically left the membership in the summertime.

Juve reiterated their assist for Allegri, probably as a result of he nonetheless has an infinite contract, however the supporters are shedding persistence with this staff that hasn’t received a sport since August. Perhaps the gamers are too.


Sure, it is true: Union Berlin, the underdog’s underdogs, keep high after beating Wolfsburg

I am going to admit it. I did not write about them earlier than as a result of I figured they’d fall away. In spite of everything, tiny golf equipment like Union Berlin aren’t even imagined to be within the Bundesliga, not to mention high the desk. And but right here they’re after their 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, two factors away from Borussia Dortmund on the high. Urs Fischer has them singing from the identical hymn sheet, Jordan Pefok is exhibiting that possibly his Swiss League exploits final season weren’t a fluke, and Sheraldo Becker is enjoying like a person possessed.

In the event you’re getting Leicester City vibes circa 2016-17, I will not blame you.


Son comes off bench to bag a hat trick in resounding Spurs win

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Janusz Michallik debates whether or not Brendan Rodgers has misplaced the Leicester dressing room after their 6-2 loss to Tottenham.

As a result of we like tidy narratives, this one is easy. Son Heung-Min, final season’s Premier League high scorer, had not scored a membership aim in any competitors since Could, so Antonio Conte dropped him to the bench for the go to of Leicester Metropolis on Saturday. With half an hour to go and the sport within the steadiness as Spurs nursed a 3-2 lead, Conte despatched Son on, and he promptly notched a hat trick in a 6-2 victory. Good psychology and motivation from Conte, sensible response from Son.

Besides, in fact, it wasn’t fairly like that.

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Sure, Son hadn’t scored all season, however the factor about him is that even when he isn’t discovering the web, he is normally contributing along with his work price. If he weren’t, you might be positive Conte wouldn’t have began him in Tottenham’s first eight video games the season. The benching had extra to do with wanting to provide Tottenham a unique look, attempting Dejan Kulusevski with Richarlison. Because it occurred, it yielded the good thing about three objectives in a 6-2 win (plus one other he most likely ought to have buried properly). The way in which Son took his first two objectives particularly (each from the sting of the field, each superbly hit) suggests he wasn’t missing in confidence.

Typically, it is only a case of blending issues up somewhat than some psychological ploy.


Barca preserve rolling in opposition to lowly Elche as Depay finds new position

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Stewart Robson and Rob Palmer talk about Barcelona’s growth after their 3-0 win over Elche.

In some unspecified time in the future, Barcelona might properly hit a street bump in LaLiga, however it was unlikely to be in opposition to Elche, who’ve but to win this season, and it wasn’t. Gonzalo Verdu‘s pink card contained in the opening quarter-hour did not assist the guests, however on a day like this, nothing wanting divine intervention might have helped them as Barca rolled to a 3-0 win.

Marsden: Lewandowski on the mark again as Barca keep rolling

Robert Lewandowski bought his aim — he has scored in each LaLiga spherical this yr aside from opening day — and Franck Kessie bought his first begin, however to me the fascinating twist was seeing Memphis Depay with Lewandowski. The Dutchman had began Barca’s final LaLiga sport, however that was at centre-forward, changing the previous Bayern man. He nominally performed broad left, however got here inside regularly, leaving the flank to the marauding Alejandro Balde, and scored a aim with a spotlight reel worthy little bit of footwork.

Common readers will know I am an enormous Depay fan and I am properly conscious how, in a standard 4-3-3 formation, he’ll at all times be a sq. peg in a spherical gap, whether or not as a winger or as a central striker. However this arrange, which turns him right into a de facto second ahead, free to dialogue with Pedri and Lewandowski provides Barcelona an entire different dimension. It is not one thing we’ll see each sport, however it’s a pleasant different to have.


Man Metropolis pummel Wolves and Haaland scores his first aim from outdoors the field

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Janusz Michallik believes Erling Haaland is “making a mockery” of the Premier League.

Manchester City successfully wrapped issues up in simply over half an hour in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers. By the point Nathan Collins was despatched off, they had been 2-0 up and there clearly wasn’t going to be any means again. (Certainly, Wolves managed simply two photographs after that time and none within the final half-hour, earlier than Phil Foden added a 3rd aim)

Reaction: Haaland scores again, Grealish silences critics

So the headlines had been grabbed by two males: Jack Grealish and you-know-who, Erling Haaland. Grealish scored his first aim of the marketing campaign and seemed sharp. He might by no means dwell as much as his huge price ticket — he is 27 now, gamers have a tendency to not get exponentially higher at this section — however he provides Pep Guardiola one thing completely different, which explains why he has began each Champions League video games.

As for Haaland, it is 100 objectives in his previous 99 video games, which is otherworldly, and he scored his first aim for Metropolis from outdoors the realm: it wasn’t a long-range bullet, however somewhat a properly stroked go into the again of the web. Yeah, he has that in his arsenal too, although his bread-and-butter to this point is fairly clear. He has taken 27 photographs this season (excluding penalties) and 19 of them have come from central positions (i.e. no wider than the sting of the six yard field) and contained in the penalty space. (9 of them have gone in.)

Simply three photographs have come from outdoors the realm: this can be a younger man who is aware of the right way to decide his spots.


Say it softly, however Dortmund present additional development in derby win

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Gio Reyna speaks after Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 win over Schalke within the Bundesliga.

Coaches like to say they search for a response after a setback, and setbacks do not come any larger than the 3-0 humiliation by the hands of RB Leipzig per week in the past. They adopted it up with a heck of a efficiency away to none aside from Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League — they misplaced, however held Metropolis to only three photographs on the right track and an xG beneath 1.0 whereas additionally taking the lead — and now this 1-0 derby win over Schalke.

Certain, the aim got here late, however the sport was one-sided to that time. And sure, newly promoted Schalke aren’t notably good, however it’s nonetheless a derby and the kind of sport you would see them screwing up a yr in the past, particularly after shedding Marco Reus to damage within the first half. As an alternative, they had been affected person, picked their spots, saved the opposition away from aim and had been rewarded with substitute Youssoufa Moukoko’s winner.

Moukoko, in fact, was as soon as the resident superstar-to-be, however his growth appeared to stall. Let’s remind ourselves then that the child remains to be simply 17, lets? And, whereas we’re at it, a shoutout to Gio Reyna. His minutes are nonetheless managed and scrutinised post-injury, however after enjoying an hour in opposition to Metropolis, he clocked in for 52 minutes (and practically scored) on Saturday. He needs to be near 100% health and, in fact, he too, like Moukoko, is an adolescent.


Inter look limp in Udinese defeat, however Inzaghi overthinking substitutes would not assist

Rotation is a should given the congested calendar and with 5 substitutes allowed per sport, managers have extra alternatives than ever to tinker. Nonetheless, it feels as if Simone Inzaghi enjoys taking it to an excessive.

Half an hour into Inter’s sport away to Udinese, with the rating deadlocked at 1-1, he changed two starters — defender Alessandro Bastoni and playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan — apparently as a result of they’d picked up yellow playing cards. Let’s be clear: it is not the rationale Inter misplaced (their third straight street defeat). They’ll blame that on some horrendous set-piece defending, an absence of concepts in midfield, the absence of Romelu Lukaku and, lest we overlook, Udinese — who had been high of Serie A for a number of hours after the 3-1 win — enjoying exceptionally properly, with Gerard Deulofeu trying more and more just like the participant we thought he could be as an adolescent when he broke into the Barcelona squad.

However it does really feel like taking pictures your self within the foot. Why burn two subs so early within the sport? Are you that terrified that they’re going to decide up a second yellow? Have you ever really labored out the risk-reward of two bookable offences with these two? (Between them, they’ve 20 odd years of league soccer and it has occurred simply twice.) Perhaps what Inter want from Inzaghi proper now’s rather less overthinking.


Messi and Neymar go minimalist in downing Lyon

A pleasant mixture after simply 5 minutes between Lionel Messi and Neymar despatched Paris Saint-Germain on their solution to a snug win over Lyon. Do not let the 1-0 scoreline idiot you, both: PSG had been firmly within the driver’s seat and will have scored extra. They already appear to be a staff in cruise management and with Marseille dropping factors, that is most likely all they want proper now.

As an alternative, we noticed them attempt the again three once more in Presnel Kimpembe’s absence, and it labored properly. It provides Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes the liberty to push on excessive, it minimizes a few of the nerves of seeing Sergio Ramos function in a 3, and it lets you play with out a designated holding midfielder, however somewhat with two passers (it was Marco Verratti and Fabian Ruiz in Lyon). It is not one thing we’ll see each sport, however it’s a really helpful different for Christophe Galtier.


Atalanta down Roma, however memo to Mourinho: Verify the replay earlier than you complain

Atalanta are a completely completely different aspect this season by way of the way in which they strategy video games — much less free-wheeling, extra defensive and extra through-the-middle — however their outcomes stay stronger. Stronger, the truth is, than final season after a stunning strike from teenage wunderkind Giorgio Scalvini gave them a one-nil away win over Roma that sees them go joint-top, stage with Napoli on factors.

Roma did not play poorly — the truth is, they created tons of probabilities that they only did not take, as evidenced by an xG depend that stood at 2.52 to 0.17. So let’s put this in context: Roma had been unfortunate from the second Paulo Dybala bought injured within the warm-up to the ultimate whistle, after lacking industrial portions of alternatives.

Mourinho urges Roma players to dive more

No surprise Jose Mourinho was upset. Although his sending off for abusing the referee after Nicolo Zaniolo tussled with Caleb Okoli and fell within the field was fully pointless. Replays clearly confirmed Zaniolo fouling Okoli first earlier than each gamers tugged at one another’s uniforms. Mourinho would have a stronger case earlier, when Zaniolo was clearly fouled (greater than as soon as) within the field by Merih Demiral with out VAR stepping in, probably as a result of Zaniolo made each effort to remain on his toes.




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