Weekly Football News: An impressive football week before the last international break. Football World presents the significant moments of each top league.
The Manchester derby between City and United at Etihad Campus was the most critical fixture in Premier League last week. Guardiola’s team was terrific, while Mourinho’s players could not follow the tempo and the fast-forward football of Manchester City. The final score 3-1 is fair; City seems unstoppable with a stupendous versatility and flexibility in the attacking line. Bernando and David Silva were the key players that created all the gaps on United’s midfield.
In contrast, United demonstrated their major problems such as lack of creativity, slow tempo and non-qualitative defence. The revolution of City’s game confronts the stagnation of Mourinho’s style. In other games, Liverpool won Fulham very easily with 3-0, while Chelsea and Arsenal lost 2 points against Everton and Wolves respectively.
The game week 12th was clear evidence for an impressive La Liga this season. Barcelona was humiliated by an astonishing Real Betis at Camp Nou with 3-4, and the La Liga title is opened again. As the following image clearly illustrates, the difference between the first six teams is just 4 points.
Real Madrid has improved under the instructions of Solari who has officially signed a new three-year contract with Real Madrid. Finally, the dramatic win of Atletico Madrid against Athletic Bilbao with 3-2 indicates the importance of the next derby between Simeone’s team and Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano.
The classic Italian derby between Milan and Juventus was the main match in Serie A last week. Juventus won 0-2 with the goals of Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo. The game was dramatic due to Higuain’s missed penalty when the score was 0-1, and the match could have a different result. In other games, Napoli won a callous away game against Genoa with 1-2. The Naples shows consistency which is the key factor for Anchelotti’s team to fight for the title.
In contrast, Inter was humiliated by Atalanta with 4-1. Spalletti’s team was disappointing, while Mauro Icardi was the only player who was fighting during the game. The Argentinian striker is the captain of Inter, and the only player who has the leadership on this team (read more).
On the game week 12 Borussia Dortmund proved that they could be considered as the best team and the clear favourite to win the Bundesliga this season. Against Bayern Munich, BVB was two times behind the score, and they achieved to win the derby in the last minutes. This win illustrates that Borussia Dortmund has not only the quality but the winning mentality to win derbies.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich was very disappointing again. Without creativity and fantasy, just waiting for Robben and Ribery to create chances and Lewandowski to score goals. Apart from that, the dressing rooms in Bayern Munich is a mess, after the incident between James Rodriguez and Salihamidžić. Dortmund is the best team in Bundesliga this season, and the consistency is the fundamental factor to lead BVB to the glory (read more).