Hello, ladies and gentlemen; welcome to another beautiful week. The weekend was beautiful for a lot of reasons; all the football that happened was just mind-blowing. It’s just the right combination of good, bad and bizarre- if you missed any part of it, well, you missed a lot. For example, did you hear of the Hand of Dog?
- Liverpool got their first Premier League victory of 2017. Finally. Their victims are kind of surprising- you weren’t expecting Liverpool to beat Tottenham Hotspur so easily, were you? Well, that’s what happened; Sadio Mane scored two quick-fire goals to put his club ahead, and Liverpool controlled the match from beginning to end. That’s a relief for Jurgen Klopp.
- Chelsea found out just how difficult it is to beat Burnley. I mean, every other team in the top four has tried; Arsenal found it incredibly hard. So did Liverpool and Manchester City. Well, Chelsea could have gotten away with a 1-0 win, but for and his damn fine free kick. This marked the first time since 2013 that Chelsea had conceded a free kick goal. Impressive stats, guys. Also, Chelsea have practically won the title.
- In Spain, there was a bit of drama. Barcelona knocked six goals past Alaves on Saturday. The legendary MSN gang scored four goals between them; however, Aleix Vidal picked up a horrific njury. This ended the match sourly, and ended his season. Real Madrid maintained their position as first with a 3-1 vicory over Osasuna. Also, Atletico Madrid had Antoine Griezman to thank for a 3-2 victory over Celta Vigo. So, an interesting weekend in Spain, that.
- In Italy, Juventus seem to be unfazed by reports of Max Allegri leaving the club. In fact, the dude has prayed for “400 more games in charge of Juventus”. That won’t sit quite well with Arsenal fans. Meanwhile, they crushed Cagliari 2-0. Inter Milan has seen a major resurgence iin recent days, with a 2-0 victory over Empoli moving them to fourth. AS Roma also won against Crotone; this put them at second place.
- Now for the weird stuff. Alexis Sanchez scored twice against Hull City; this moved him to the top of the scorers’ ranking. However, his first goal in the match was suspect; the ball appeared to bounce off his hand. Well, that goal came in handy; Arsenal had been lacking in confidence for a while. Also, everyone needs a Hand of Dog once in a while.