City Dominate The Derby, Leicester Make An Emotional Return & Is Jokanovic On The Brink?
It’s been another blockbuster week in the Premier League and as we head into the third international break of the season, there is plenty to sink our teeth into.
The stand-out game of the weekend was the Manchester derby as Guardiola and Mourinho locked horns once again, but there was plenty of talking points at both ends of the table. Here at Champions Football Speakers we take a look back at all of the action…
Manchester City’s Blue Moon Continues To Rise As Guardiola & Co Heap More Misery On Mourinho
Guardiola vs Mourinho, blue vs red, City vs United, there was no doubt that this was the game everyone had their eyes on this weekend. Last season the Manchester derby was billed as the game between the two likeliest for the title, but this year, the gulf in class between the two sides could not have been starker.
Mourinho and United’s troubles have been well documented this season, but they’d shown a few signs of resurgence in recent weeks, particularly following the stunning 2-1 Champions League victory against Juventus in Turin in mid-week. However, Manchester City have set the bar incredibly high following last season’s title win and look formidable once again.
City took just 12 minutes to take the lead with David Silva converting from his namesake Bernado’s pass across the box. They doubled their lead almost immediately after the break when Sergio Aguero, (who was sporting a brand-new silver haircut) smashing past De Gea. With City seemingly cruising, United were given a lifeline when Ederson brought down Lukaku. Martial coolly converted the resulting penalty giving United hope that they could pull off a comeback similar to what they achieved in the same fixture in April 2018.
In truth, even with Martial's goal they never looked likely to score a second and following a staggering 44 pass move, Ilkay Gündoğan put the game to bed with a third.
Will Slavisa Jokanovic Be The First Managerial Casualty?
In what was arguably the biggest mismatch of the weekend, unbeaten Liverpool faced bottom of the table Fulham. Having lost the previous five consecutive league matches, and with the worst defensive record in all of Europe’s top five leagues, a win away at Anfield would certainly have been a shock.
However, for the most part, Fulham put in a decent performance, particularly in the first half. Despite this, they found themselves behind at the break, in somewhat controversial circumstances. An Aleksander Mitrović header was ruled offside and from the resulting counter-attack, Mohamed Salah scored his sixth of the season. The second half was largely one-way traffic with Liverpool securing the three points when Xherdan Shaqiri volleyed home from an Andy Robertson cross.
This loss has heaped even more pressure on Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic. It is not a surprise to see a newly promoted team struggle in the Premier League but following a summer transfer window that saw the Cottagers add stars including André Schürrle, Jean Michaël Seri and Alfie Mawson to their squad, fans and pundits alike really expected more.
Jokanovic may be given more time to put things right as he has recently been backed publicly by chairman Shahid Khan.
Goalless At An Emotional Day At The King Power
Now two weeks have passed since the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and five others at the King Power Stadium. The home game against Burnley marked the first time the team had played at the stadium since the incident and tributes were made to the man who is affectionally known as ‘the boss’ by the Leicester City faithful.
In what was an emotionally charged occasion, the football took something of a backseat and former Foxes’ managers, Nigel Pearson, Craig Shakespeare and Claudio Ranieri were all in attendance.
The game ended goalless and the closest either side came to a goal was when Jamie Vardy saw his effort cleared off the line.
Charlie Austin Calls For VAR After A Controversial Day At St Mary’s
It’s been a tough time to be a Southampton fan of late. Still without a home win this season, manager Mark Hughes is under increasing amounts of pressure. A home match against Watford provided the opportunity for some rest bite.
Saints took the lead through Manolo Gabbiadini’s first goal of the season and looked to be cruising when Charlie Austin put away what should have been a second. However, referee Simon Hooper incorrectly thought the shot had ricocheted in off Japanese defender, Maya Yoshida who was in an offside position.
Defender Jose Holebas equalised with just eight minutes to go earning a point for the Hornets and Southampton were left frustrated. This frustration showed when in the post-match interview, Charlie Austin gave a scathing interview to the media about the officials.
Calling for VAR to be implemented in the Premier League, Austin’s angry interview went viral but also echoed the thoughts of fans across the country.
This result has left Southampton one place above the relegation zone. They are level on points with Cardiff who beat Brighton 2-1, and Newcastle leapt to 14th place following a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth.
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