The Early Sub: Monday’s Cool and Not Cool (Ajax, Manchester City and Real Madrid)

Another week goes by and this weekend has plenty of shocks, beatings and gorgeous football. Today I have three teams who had a very cool weekend and three teams who had a not cool weekend from the world of football.

Cool

Ajax. The Dutch powerhouse club from Amsterdam kicked off their 2017 with a win on the road against PEC Zwolle as Ajax keep the deficit at 5 against league leaders, Feyenoord. Patrick Kluivert made his debut for Ajax and had a wonderful showing as Ajax took care of business over the weekend to begin their 2017 on a good note.

Not Cool

Manchester City. Jesus they were awful. Like City need Jesus. Gabriel Jesus. And that’s just a joke because Gabriel Jesus is definitely not going to fix the problem at City. Besides the holes in their defense, Claudio Bravo has been awful. Joe Hart is sent to Italy to make room for a keeper who can not get in front of the ball. One would begin to wonder how he was successful at Barcelona in the first place. With that being said, Pep’s Premier League voyage is sinking quickly in his first year as City need to think about the top 4 before they can entertain the thought of a league title.

Cool

PSV. Another Eredivisie club that got their 2017 off to a good start with their 2-0 win over Excelsior at home. The other powerhouse club of Holland sit in 3rd and trail Ajax by three points for 2nd place. PSV must make a stronger push in the league if they hope to compete for the title over Feyenoord and Ajax. Also Narsingh has been shipped off to Swansea.

Not Cool

Olympique Lyon. It’s a tight one in France and Lyon is the one club that is missing out on the fun. Sitting in 4th, Lyon trail Paris for 3rd by 8 points. Lyon’s title hopes may already be shot with high flying Monaco and elite Paris sitting at the top of France. Losing to Caen this weekend is what has made the deficit so large for Lyon, maybe a little too much to handle.

Cool

FC Barcelona. Starting the weekend off with a 5-0 beating of Las Palmas, nobody was happier to see Sevilla topple Real then Barcelona. Just like that, Barca now only sit 2 points behind Real in the table and in one week the La Liga title race is back on. 3 teams separated by 2 points has La Liga shuffling more then a deck of cards. Real, Sevilla and Barcelona, let the race begin.

Not Cool

Real Madrid. The game after Real’s record sitting draw versus Sevilla, Real fall to Sevilla on their 3rd meeting in two weeks. Sevilla almost had it on Thursday but the Andalusians were made to wait a few more days before achieving an emotional 2-1 victory over Los Blancos in the Sanchez Pizjuan. Real’s La Liga grip begins to loosen.

Other

Shout out to Sevilla as well for their big win over Real Madrid. The fact that it took three attempts in a very small window of time is what keeps Sevilla from the list. A question fans are beginning to contemplate is if Sevilla is for real. Sevilla is absolutely, positively for real and are a threat for the La Liga title, but will finish behind Real, Barca and Atleti in the standings come May. Sorry Seville fans. Also Olympiacos drew their Greek Super League game. Olympiacos is dominant over every other Greek team and anything less then three points is failure for the Greek super team.

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