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After a week in which:
– Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 750th goal of his career.
– Olivier Giroud defied the laws of age.
– The handsome leader of the European Player Power Rankings was back in command.
We in 90min Check out the 2001 movies for help ranking the top 15 teams in Europe.
What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself over and over again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead that still appears to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurry photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber. “(The backbone of the devil)
Juventus seems like a ghost of what it was.
Andrea Pirlo’s team achieved their fourth 1-1 draw in their last six Serie A games this week, giving up one point to Benevento and falling further behind in the title race.
“Nobody asks to be a hero, it just turns out that way sometimes.” (Black Hawk below)
The unbeaten streak is alive, and it’s all down to Max Kruse’s late draw in the 3-3 draw with Frankfurt.
Union Berlin have lost just once this season, and that came back on opening weekend.
“My dear Frodo, hobbits are truly amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
Just as Roma were beginning to look like potential title contenders, they fell to a 3-0 loss to Napoli.
The 11-game unbeaten streak is over.
“I don’t like this ending.” (Moulin Rouge!)
The next unbeaten streak to come to an end this week is that of Sassuolo, whose 3-0 loss to Inter ruined the fun of eight games without a loss.
“Roz, my sweet oozing flower, you look fabulous today. Is it a new haircut?” (Monsters inc.)
Speaking of Inter, they definitely looked fabulous this week.
After putting Sassuolo ahead three, they repeated the feat against Gladbach (albeit conceding two goals) to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.
“A brilliant man will find a way not to fight a war.” (Pearl Harbor)
Bayer Leverkusen made sure they did not have to fight a last-round war to qualify for the Europa League round of 16 with a 3-2 win over Nice.
That, by the way, may have been the final nail in Patrick Vieira’s coffin, as he has now been fired as the Ligue 1 club’s manager.
For Bayer, it was a positive ending to a week that also saw them fall into a frustrating goalless draw with Hertha Berlin.
“This is the part where you get away.” (Shrek)
The Rangers, under the leadership of one Steven Gerrard, are on the run with the Scottish Premiership title, make no mistake.
They didn’t even play in that competition this week, instead claiming victories against Falkirk and Standard Liege to keep alive their hopes for a trophy-laden season.
“On a similar note, I must confess that I am seriously thinking … about eating your wife.” (Hannibal)
Dortmund wasn’t eating wives this week, just losses.
The surprising 2-1 loss to Koln was followed by a 1-1 draw with Lazio, but the biggest loss of all could be knowing that Erling Haaland will be out for about a month with injury.
“You want to know what’s real? This. This. This. This is real. Maybe the part … that knows the awakening from the dream, maybe it’s not here.” (An amazing mind)
Real Sociedad’s dream of winning the League is still alive … but just barely.
A 1-1 draw with Villarreal was impressive, but still leaves them vulnerable at the top of the table, and the 2-2 draw with HNK Rijeka in the Europa League won’t exactly lift spirits.
“The greatest human gift: the ability to pursue our dreams.” (Artificial intelligence AI)
The team that is really chasing the title dream is Atlético, whose 1-0 win over Valencia leaves them one point behind the Society with two games behind.
If you don’t agree, Diego Simeone’s men came within four minutes of beating current European champions Bayern Munich. They are serious.
“I promise you that one day everything will be better for you.” (Donnie Darko)
One day, the injury crisis will end.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, today is not that day.
James Milner limped into a 1-1 draw with Brighton and was forced to miss a 1-0 win over Ajax, leaving Jurgen Klopp with a real headache in midfield.
“A trench is a trench. They are all the same.” (No man’s land)
The rating is the rating. It’s all the same … even if you have to limp there.
Tottenham followed their disappointing 0-0 draw with Chelsea with a 3-3 roller coaster draw with LASK, so even though it was a pretty tough week, they at least made it to the next round of the Europa League.
“What did you put in that sandwich?” (The fast and the furious)
Whatever Chelsea put on Olivier Giroud’s sandwiches this week, they must continue to do so.
The Frenchman edged out Sevilla by four to ensure Chelsea finish at the top of their Champions League group, extending the Blues’ unbeaten streak to 12 games in the process.
It is magnificent.
“What are you doing? We don’t stop here.” (Mulholland Drive)
Bayern Munich have not lost a Champions League match since March 2019, and decided that streak would not come to an end this week.
Thomas Muller stepped forward to score a penalty in the 86th minute to prevent Bayern from slipping to defeat against Atlético, keeping them comfortably atop Group A.
Relentless German efficiency at its finest, that.
“There is no right or wrong. There is only power … and those who are too weak to seek it.” (Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Few teams in Europe know about power as much as AC Milan at the moment.
A 2-0 win over Fiorentina was followed by a 4-2 win over Celtic, and Stefano Pioli’s men are inside with a cry to top their Europa League group as well. A good week.
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