North London is RED | Case of the Mondays

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North London is RED | Case of the Mondays

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

Here's who's having the worst Case of the Mondays this morning. [image via PA Wire]

TOTTENHAM

To likely everyone’s surprise — including Arsenal fans — Tottenham actually lost the North London Derby this weekend. Yes, the same Tottenham that beat Real Madrid in the Champions League, and the same Arsenal that drew Red Star Belgrade at home in Europa. Perhaps they went in with a more relaxed mindset expecting an easy win, but Tottenham were outplayed completely as Arsenal stayed tight and shut them down.

Of course, Tottenham hasn’t won at the Emirates since 2010, and have only won twice there in the last 32 trips. They may be a dominant force in the last couple of seasons, but old habits sure die hard.

And for all of Arsenal’s wobbles this year, that win marked their eleventh straight at home. They still Arsenal are only sixth in the table — just one point and two spots behind Tottenham, too. If Spurs aren’t careful, the Gunners can overcome them more than just in that one match.

JUVENTUS

Are Juventus true title contenders this year, or will they continue to lag behind?

This weekend they fell 3-2 to 6th-place Sampdoria in their second loss of the season, while league-leaders Napoli and second-place Inter Milan racked up another three points each.

It could have been worse — before Juventus’ two extra-time goals, they looked set to lose 3-0 — but Juventus were also quite inefficient, producing only four shots on target from 18 shots. Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado in particular both missed solid chances. But of course, that does not excuse or explain how exposed they were at the back, too.

But what can you expect when you bench Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli, two of your defensive staples, and only bringing Dybala on as a substitute?

CHIVAS

It was a disappointing season to say the least for Chivas.

After winning their 12th league title in the 2017 Clausura final against Tigres, they failed to even make the Apertura Liguilla, finishing in 13th place in the table. It was quite the fall from grace.

And although Chivas has actually been ruled out of Liguilla contention for a few weeks, what will put salt in the wound is that their rivals Atlas did qualify this weekend.

TONY PULIS

It took a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea to seal the deal, but West Brom’s Tony Pulis has finally been sacked.

They may not be in last, or even in the relegation zone — Crystal Palace, Swansea, and West Ham have been holding that down — but 10 points from 12 games is nothing to write home about.

Premier League clubs seem to be quite quick to bring out the chopping block this year, with Pulis as the fifth victim so far. Who’s going to next?

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