It was probably the biggest day in Europe yesterday when exciting league fixtures in England and Italy produced shocking results. Of course, the most surprising result was Chelsea’s loss to Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal’s boogieman Didier Drogba did not play and may be this is what made the difference for Chelsea. That said, all Blues fans will accept that the Gunners were the better side on the day.
Van Persie was definitely the hero as his hat-trick took him to the summit of the top scorer’s list with 10 goals, 1 more than United striker Wayne Rooney. However, that was not the only surprise of the day.
In Italy, Juventus beat Inter Milan at the San Siro to move top of the Serie A. A 2-1 win for the Bianconeri sees them move back to the top of the league with 19 points from 9 games, 2 points ahead of second placed Milan who beat AS Roma 3-2 in Rome.
With more fixtures to be today, Milan could see themselves fall down the table if both Udinese and Lazio win. Over In Spain, the title race is still tight as Both Barcelona and Madrid picked up wins to continue with their quest for league supremacy.
Barcelona were however, the bigger winners on the night as they thrashed Real Mallorca 5-0 with their inspirational forward Lionel Messi picking up a hat-trick. Real Madrid on the other hand settled for a slender 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.
In Germany, Bayern Munich extended their lead on top of the Bundesliga standings after a 4-0 win over Nurnberg to extend their lead over Schalke 04 to 4 points. It was the same story in France as PSG beat Caen 4-2 to maintain their lead in Ligue 1.
However, the Inter-Juventus fixture still has many people talking. If a team were to be put onred alert, it should be Inter. The Nerazzurri are in 16th position just a point above the relegation zone as the season heads into November.
Failing to replace players like Balotelli and Eto’o in the summer will prove to be their biggest undoing. Inter have never really as dangerous in attack as they once were and should this trend continue, the 2010 European champions will have a hard time making gains in the league with such performances.
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