Manchester City demolished Arsenal to lift the Carabao Cup
The league cup isn’t a serious thing for big money clubs, but this time it was special for Pep Guardiola who won his first silverware for City, and to top it City thrashed Arsenal 3-0 in a one-sided affair. City looked unsettled at the back and should have been a goal down with Aubameyang missing one on one against Bravo. However, Man City’s shot stopper then sent a long back towards Aguero, and the Argentine forward muscled his way to place a fine finish past Ospina. This is where the entire game changed, and Arsenal never looked like a team defending the title. It was all City after that as De Bruyne and Fernandinho ruined Arsenal’s precocious midfield game, and Aguero was phenomenal up top. However, the Man of the Match and rightly so was Vincent Kompany. The Belgian may have been a forgotten hero by now with constant injuries plaguing his career, but he showed why Pep put his faith on the veteran as he responded with a tricky finish and dominated the City backline with vintage authority.
David Silva put the game beyond any doubt when he curled a sublime effort past Ospina to make it 3-0, and by that time the Arsenal shoulders were dropped, and Wenger looked out of sorts just like he has been for the past few seasons. It was another disappointing performance from the famed midfield, but the defence should also be blamed with Mustafi being the culprit for the first two goals. Wilshere and Ozil had their moments in the first half but De Bruyne and Gundogan made them peripheral figures as the game grew on.
Manchester United come from behind to beat Chelsea
It looked like another lifeless performance from Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, but it was RomeluLukaku, the much-criticized Belgian who played a vital hand to steal a 2-1 win against a lively Chelsea side. Conte’s men looked fresh and well prepped as they dominated possession and created chances after chances in the opening 30 minutes. Willian carried on his superior form after he managed to sneak past De Gea from a Hazard past to give Chelsea the lead. However, United created something out of nothing immediately when Martial fizzed a delicious cross and Lukaku responded swiftly to make it 1-1. After the break it was the same story with Pogba trying to prove his worth in midfield. The Frenchman showed glimpses of his passing range and technicality, but could not dictate the game and it was another frustrating night for Alexis Sanchez, albeit he played a vital part in United’s opener. However, it was Lingaard’s introduction that changed the game as he headed down from a brilliant Lukaku cross to make it 2-1. Morata was denied an equalizer by the offside flag, but replays suggested he may have been onside. However, United stole vital moral boosting 3-points and sit above Liverpool in 2nd position. Chelsea drop out of top 4 and are two points behind 4th placed Spurs.
Neymar facing a lengthy absence after a dreadful ankle twist
The Brazilian starlet was at the helm of things against Marseille, but was stretchered off shortly after PSG’s 3rd goal as he twisted his ankle badly and was in tears. This comes in a time where PSG will be looking upon their talisman to produce something sensational to turn the 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid next week. However, medical reports haven’t revealed for how long Neymar will be out of action and whether he could make it against Madrid for an epic clash.