3 things we learnt from the Premier League this weekend:
City aren’t invincible, but they put up a hell of a fight:
There were many things to take from Sunday’s barnstorming encounter between Liverpool and Manchester City, however the most important might be that City are not an invincible team, but the fight they showed to come back and give Liverpool an almighty scare in that last 10 minutes shows that they really aren’t going anywhere, and that they will most likely bounce back from that defeat in usual Pep Guardiola fashion. With David Silva not fully fit, Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph out injured, City’s squad will be tested in the coming months, however, a 12 point lead which they have built this season will keep them in good stead. If there is a wobble incoming, it would be in line with the 10 minutes in the 2nd half that Liverpool took them apart, rather than the final 10 minutes of the game, in which they fought back.
Is there a better front 3 in Europe?:
Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, 3 virtuoso talents who when out together, have formed a magnificent frontline for Liverpool. Aided by the blistering pace of Salah and Mane, Roberto Firmino knits it all together by occupying centre backs, opening gaps for his wing wizards. All 3 got on the scoresheet at the weekend, each with a phenomenal finish, so the question needs to be asked, is there a better front 3 in Europe? With Neymar leaving Barcelona to go to PSG, with Ousmane Dembele struggling with injuries, Barca have gone with a front 2 of Messi and Suarez. Real Madrid’s famed BBC trio of Benzema, Bale and Cristiano have struggled in La Liga this season, with the trio only starting a handful of games together, and only scoring a, frankly embarrassing total of 10 league goals between them in 2017/18 so far.
The only comparable trio is made up of the aforementioned Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani, who have plundered 59 goals between them since August, 9 more than the terrific trio on Merseyside, albeit, in a more star studded team. We all know how these things usually end for Liverpool, with star men being picked off by clubs who can offer more money, so while they might be the best trio up top at the moment, how long will it last?
Pogba and Martial set up United stroll:
Paul Lambert could be making his way on board to a sinking ship with this current Stoke side, with no centre forward to call on, an aging midfield and an inexperienced defence, Stoke are falling & falling fast. In the bottom 3, they’ve conceded more than any team in the top flight, he will have to implement some sort of play style to try and drag them out of trouble. A visit to Old Trafford isn’t very helpful at the best of times, but when Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are in that sort of mood as they were on Monday night, then it will be an even more of a difficult evening. Strolling through midfield, spraying passes left and right, Pogba waltzed through Stoke’s tired resistance at will, while Martial is providing a creative spark from the left wing. For a 22 year old, who was rumoured to be out of favour at United earlier this season, Martial is racking up goals and assists at an impressive rate. 10 goals and 9 assists in 19 starts this season, Martial is becoming a key man in Manchester.