Yesterday was one of those “very strange” Saturdays for lovers of the Premier League. What made it strange was the fact that Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs all played on the Saturday.
Add to that the fact that only one Premier League game was scheduled for Sunday and Monday and the Saturday fixture list will look even stranger to you.
Why did the English FA, for whom T.V rights is god, squeeze all their Champions League contenders into Saturday’s fixtures list? Could it be that they now want them to enjoy more rest before their UCL fixtures? Can this move help them to perform better in the upcoming Champions League games?
Speaking of Champions League football, the second round of games in the group stages kick off this week. All the English clubs except Liverpool managed a win in their respective games. The question we’re now asking is this: With all of them playing on Saturday, is there enough time to rest and replicate the weekend’s results in Europe?
For Manchester United, it was a hard-fought win at Southampton, with the Saints proving difficult for a long period. Pogba’s absence was visibly felt and the game was won by a solitary goal. Surprisingly, Jose Mourinho was happy with his team’s ability to “grind out results and not just score goals for fun.”
They travel to the highly-dreaded Russia to take on CSKA Moscow. They may not necessarily find the Russians too difficult to play against, agreed. But the weather will play its own part in ensuring that the Red Devils won’t have things so easy.
A win for Liverpool against Leicester City was important for Jurgen Klopp. After a run of games without wins, the German must have been desperate for a win. A penalty save by Mignolet and some 5 goals after, Liverpool defeated the Foxes by 3-2.
They will now be looking to replicate that form in Europe when they take on Spartak Moscova in the UCL on Tuesday.
Chelsea visited Stoke City and blew them away thanks to a hat-trick from Alvaro Morata. The game ended in Chelsea scoring four goals and keeping a clean sheet. Remember that Anotnio Conte started his UCL campaign this season with a 6-0 defeat of Qarabag.
But Qarabag is very dfferent from their next opponent in the form of Atletico Madrid. They both have a reputation for strong defenses.
Tottenham, in their Gameweek 6 fixture in the Premier League, also scored 3 against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United. They conceded two in that game and will be looking to shut out their next opponents in the form of Apoel Nicossia.
They will also be looking to add 3 more points to what they already have in their quest to qualify out of a group that has Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it.
Talking about the team with the hottest streak in England right now, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will welcome Shakhtar Donetsk to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
After putting Crystal Palace to the sword in the same stadium, Pep will have started strategizing on how to defeat the Ukranians.
Of all the UEFA Champions League games coming up this week, which of the fixtures are you looking forward to? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.Tags: ucl, UEFA champions league