A Real crisis for Madrid | Case Of The Mondays

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A Real crisis for Madrid | Case Of The Mondays

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

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REAL MADRID

In the first competitive meeting between the two sides, recently-promoted Girona took down Real Madrid 2-1, coming back from 1-0 down to put the Madridistas away in a shock win.

The European giants are now eight points behind first-placed Barcelona — who, remember, were theoretically in crisis before the season started — and 2nd-placed Valencia, in 3rd with 20 points after 10 games. They’re also only ahead of local rivals Atletico on goal difference — and only one goal, at that.

And why might that be? Perhaps that, despite Ronaldo’s second consecutive The Best award this year, he’s only scored one goal in the six La Liga matches he’s played in (after serving a ban for the first four). It’s not like the well has exactly been dry — they have not been shut out since September 20th against Real Betis — but he’s no doubt someone they’ve heavily relied on.

Where are those Gareth Bale headers when you need them?

KOLN + WERDER

The 2017/18 Bundesliga season is 10 games in, and both 1. FC Köln and Werder Bremen are still without wins.

This weekend, the teams got their 8th and 5th losses, respectively; Köln at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen, and Werder at the hands of Augsburg.

At least Köln got a goal in their match – their whopping fourth of the season! That will certainly soften the blow of the 19 goals allowed, right?

ANYONE WHO SAT THROUGH VANCOUVER vs SEATTLE

Last week, Atlanta’s knockout game against Columbus really set us up to expect a certain level of excitement from this year’s MLS Cup Playoffs. Then, last night, Vancouver vs. Seattle shattered that into a million pieces.

The game ended 0-0 — but then again, so did Atlanta-Columbus, at least before penalties. The real issue lies beneath the score; the game also finished with a combined 13 shots, 1 shot on target, and 0.88 expected goals. The only two moments of note during the match were Vancouver defender Kendall Waston rocketing the ball off his own crossbar — which ESPN actually made ‘play of the game’ — and, off the ball, a mini-fight that broke out as a Seattle player was treated for injury. But, like every single possession in the actual match, nothing came of it. Major props to anyone who made it through to the end without falling asleep or turning it off.

Thursday should be a little more exciting, with Clint Dempsey coming back after his red card suspension and perhaps Yordy Reyna and Cristian Techera returning from injury for the Whitecaps. That was a lot of offensive firepower missing, and with them back, perhaps the two teams can combine for at least two shots on target when they face off in Seattle for the second leg.

TOTTENHAM

This weekend, Tottenham fell victim to a Mourinho classic: a slow, defensive game that ended 1-0 to the Red Devils thanks to an 81st minute goal. Always boring, yes, but dangerously effective.

What helped United, too, was the absence of Tottenham’s unstoppable Harry Kane, who was out due to a hamstring problem. And though his status for this week and next weekend are still uncertain, Tottenham’s next match is at home against Crystal Palace — where they should be able to bounce back handily from this defeat, with or without Hurricane Harry.

But Manchester United’s three points let them jump three points ahead of Tottenham, now in second with 23 points, with Chelsea and Arsenal nipping at their heels just one point behind in fourth and fifth (respectively) on 19 points.

The top of the table is a tight one so far, but does any of this really matter anyway with Man City running away with the league title already? It may be another year of a fantastic Tottenham side just falling short.

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