Monday Night Football
Hello, guys !
This is Prakhar Pant back with some great football reviews and transfers for the week. Finally, the regular football season is back after a long summer break in the Euros and friendlies. The Barclays Premier League, the Spanish Super Cup and the DFB Pokal all kicked off this week.
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So here’s a look at what all happened this week in the football world :
Monday Night Football: Hull City vs Leicester City (2-1)
So the reigning champions kicked off a fresh season with a trip to the KC Stadium against newcomers Hull City. People were very excited to see if Claudio Ranieri’s men could duplicate the form of last season as well. But the tables turned and for the first time since Arsenal in 1989-90, the title holders lost on the opening day. Mahrez’s second-half penalty cancelled out Abel Hernandez’s goal but Robert Snodgrass’s left footed shot, after Schmeichel’s poor throw, left the visitors with no points in the first match.
Monday Night Football: Manchester City vs Sunderland (2-1)
Pep Guardiola’s reign in the Premier League got off to a lucky start with a win in his first match in front of the home crowd. Sergio Aguero netted the opener within five minutes of the start with Defoe equalising in the second half. Paddy McNair, a Manchester United youth academy boy, turned villain for his team as his own goal from a Jesus Navas’ cross gave City all three points.
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Monday Night Football: Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur (1-1)
Ronald Koeman’s tenure with the Toffees got off to a flying start with Ross Barkley’s free-kick in the fifth minute. But Spurs were not to be ruled out yet from the game as the second runners-up from last season scored an equaliser through Erik Lamela’s header with just over 10 minutes left to play. Koeman imposed his attacking style on his new team and it just paid him off very well but looks like Everton still need to work on its defence which was quite leaky last season.
Monday Night Football: Arsenal vs Liverpool (3-4)
It was the most anticipated game on matchday 1 for the new Premier League season and there was more to it than the fans had expected. It was a match for the neutrals and with a 4-3 scoreline to the visitors, it lived up to all the pre-match hype. Theo Walcott broke the deadlock for the Gunners but four goals in 18 minutes from the Reds made it an exciting end to the game. Jürgen Klopp’s first full year in charge of Liverpool got exactly the headstart he may have dreamed of last night.
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Monday Night Football: Bournemouth vs Manchester United (1-3)
Another awaited game of matchday 1 was the trip to Vitality Stadium for Jose Mourinho’s men. The first half of the match was pretty dull with both teams having good possession but no clear cut chances and a strong backline until Juan Mata got a lucky gift from Bournemouth captain Simon Francis. The ironic part was the first goal of the Mourinho era came from a player who didn’t even have a regular first XI spot while at Chelsea with Mourinho in charge there as well. But goals from Rooney and “the” Zlatan sealed an easy win for the Red Devils. Eric Bailly for me played really well and probably could be a top centre-half this season.
Monday Night Football: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich (0-2)
The curtain raiser for the Bundesliga 16-17 season took place yesterday night at the Signal Iduna Park. Carlo Ancelotti won his 16th major trophy as a manager with Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller on the scoresheet. Thomas Tuchel gave Marc Bartra, Sebastian Rode and Dembele debut starts with Schurrle, Gotze on the bench. But the boys in yellow couldn’t prove strong enough against the Bavarians and Ancelotti took away the prize with a great season to be expected by fans especially in the Champions League this time round.
Monday Night Football: Sevilla vs Barcelona (0-2)
The Spanish Super Cup first leg was played in Andalucia with Barcelona now in the lead, thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Munir. New boys Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti and Andre Gomes were named on the bench by Luis Enrique but little did they require any extra help as the Catalans cruised to a strong away goal lead and will now be hoping to round off things in style at the Camp Nou.
Monday Night Football: Return of Paul Pogba
So after several weeks of rumours and gossips, Paul Pogba ended his transfer saga when he penned down his return to Manchester United after five years. He has become the most expensive player in the football world with a transfer fee of over 100 million euros beating the transfer fee of Gareth Bale in 2013. Unfortunately, he couldn’t play Man Utd’s first game against Bournemouth but fans are really hoping that this could be his season and for Man Utd as well, as they look to get their hands on the Premier League crown.
Monday Night Football: Stones leaves Merseyside
John Stones was a transfer target for several BPL teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United but Pep Guardiola got his hands on the young talent and his announcement came on the same day as of Paul Pogba. He was rumoured to be unsettled after attracting a lot of interest and finally he ended up in a bigger club of his sorts. Under Pep he is destined to improve a lot and maybe this could help the England team in the future competitions.
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So, What do you Think?
That’s it from me, guys. I’ll return next Monday again with some more reviews, transfers and gossips around the football world. Hope you like this article. If so, please do mention your thoughts in the comment section. Feel free to add some more thoughts as well by commenting below in the box. Keep reading SAIKISITE.
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