Top action from around the biggest leagues in the world with results that shook every table. I’ll go in depth around leagues such as: La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and more.
La Liga had one major matchup with Barcelona hosting Celta Vigo with a chance to go top in La Liga. Lionel Messi put on a world class performance with a flawless 2 goals and 2 assists as he orchestrated Barcelona’s 5-0 drubbing of Celta. Neymar, Rakitic, and Samuel Umtiti net as well as Barcelona took a point edge in La Liga over Real Madrid who put on a 4-1 clinic on the road over Eibar. Real Madrid do still own a game at hand over Barcelona after squabbling one of their in hand games to Valencia. Messi has been masterful in the league this season with a league high 23 goals ad seven assists. Barcelona have enormous offensive momentum going into their PSG matchup needing at least 4 goals without conceding. Messi will need to be at his best and Neymar will have to continue being the freestyling wizard that continues to baffle the planet. A lot is needed for this miracle to take place, and Barca will put on a heroic effort but surely will fall short to the Parisians.
Shake ups at the top of the table after Leipzig’s fading title challenge takes another blow, and Dortmund destroys Leverkusen to continue their march to 2nd. Bayern continue their winning ways with a convincing performance over Cologne by bashing them 3-0 on the road. Bayern are the undisputed champion of Germany and they’re on a one way course to the top once again for the 5th consecutive year. Dortmund got their 6-2 win at their home fortress over Bayer Leverkusen, with their win and Leipzig’s draw, they’ve cut the gap to six of second place in the Bundesliga. They still trail Bayern however, by an inconceivable 13 points. Leipzig drew to Augsburg 2-2 and with Bayern’s win, Leipzig trail by 7 points to the defending champions. 7 points isn’t the end of the world but things are getting away from Europe’s most unpopular fairytale.
Things seemed hopeful in Italy in the beginning of the season with a reloaded Inter looking to challenge for their first Scudetto in half a decade, and with Roma looking to continue their constant challenge and Napoli still looking to prove they were more then just Gonzalo Higuain. Although Napoli and Roma have been very good sides, Inter have underperformed and Juventus still have a commanding lead over the rest of the pack with an 8 point lead over Roma. and a 10 point lead over Napoli. The league is once again Juve’s to lose and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to lose it here. Juventus may have drew to Udinese this past weekend but they’ve lost 4 already which is the same amount as Napoli but still own that commanding lead. They win, it’s simple, and what else is simple is Juventus is once again, locking up the Scudetto.
Like Serie A in the past few years with Paris Saint-Germain dominating the league, PSG’s title defense has been challenged a lot harsher by Monaco and Nice this year. Monaco boast plenty of high flying young talent and Nice have been the surprising challengers. PSG need to dig deeper this season without Zlatan and David Luiz, they’re currently behind Monaco and tied with Nice but I still see PSG hoisting the trophy in the end.
Chelsea have yet to play as I’m writing this but Liverpool walked over Arsenal at home climbing up to 4th and sitting a point behind Spurs and tied on points with City. Spurs put on a class performance, particularly by Britain’s best striker, Harry Kane. Spurs have a mountain to climb being 7 behind Chelsea but it’s still possible and there should be hope in North London. City continue their winning ways with a win over Sunderland while Manchester United dropped points against Bournemouth. Regardless of what happens today with Chelsea, they’ll take the league in May. Liverpool, City, United, and Spurs are worthy contenders but this is Conte’s and Chelsea’s year to lose.
Week 1 has come and passed in America’s league that was highlighted by FC Dallas’ win over the LA Galaxy on the road. The LA Galaxy may be a completely different team since Bruce Arena left for the National Team job but this is still the LA Galaxy in Carson and Dallas took care of business. A solid 2-1 victory got the defending Supporters Shield champions off to the right start with 3 points. 4 teams in the Western Conference got the season off on the right foot along with Dallas as Portland, Houston, Colorado and San Jose got W’s as well. Expect Dallas’ winning ways to continue ladies and gentlemen, this is only the beginning. Dallas take on dark horses Sporting KC next week with the marquee game of the week being the New York Red Bulls taking on the Colorado Rapids in Harrison.