Another week has gone by with another managerial casualty along the way (so long Carlo Ancelotti).
With the Champions League and Europa League fixtures fresh in the mind, the domestic action roles on once more. Here are the top five things you should keep an eye on this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
1. Are City going to pay for not having a back-up left-back?
Everyone’s favourite Twitter personality, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy, has had a troublesome week after it emerged he had ruptured his ACL in last weekend’s rout of Crystal Palace.
The Frenchman had performed admirably in his role but now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The question is: Who will fill in considering City don’t have another left-back?
It seems Pep Guardiola has three options at his disposal. He could play fellow new signing Danilo (a right-back), Fabian Delph (a midfielder now filling in at left-back) or change formation to a back three.
What will the former Barcelona manager opt for? We will see when City line up for their crucial heavyweight clash against Chelsea on Saturday evening.
2. Can Pedro Martinez Losa’s side gun for glory?
After numerous years of domination Arsenal Women are pushing to get back to the very top – winning league titles.
An impressive 3-2 win over Birmingham on the opening day – and down to 10 players – leaves the Gunners full of confidence as they prepare for what will be one of their biggest clashes of the new WSL 1 season, travelling north to face 2016 champions Manchester City.
Nick Cushing’s side opened their season with a dominant 4-0 win over Yeovil, and have recruited exciting Danish forward Nadia Nadim, so Saturday’s encounter is sure to be an entertaining affair.
You get the feeling if Losa can’t deliver this season, after a raft of top signings, then Arsenal might just look for a change.
3. Is Simon Grayson going to be haunted by his old employers?
Sunderland’s situation is going from bad to worse as the side relegated from the Premier League last season, now find themselves in the bottom three of the Championship.
On Tuesday night the Black Cats were humiliated by Ipswich, who beat them 5-2, and the pressure is already starting to mount on Grayson.
The 47-year-old boss joined the beleaguered club in the summer from Preston North End where he had been since 2013.
With former Norwich manager Alex Neil now in charge at Deepdale, could the Sunderland boss suffer a fatal blow at the hand of his old employers? We find out on Saturday afternoon as the Black Cats make the journey to Lancashire.Embed from Getty Images
4. Carlo Ancelotti is no more
For whatever reason – and despite last year’s Bundesliga title – it never really clicked for Ancelotti at Bayern Munich.
And Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain was enough for the Bayern hierarchy to pull the plug on the Italian’s tenure at the club.
Hoffenheim managerial prodigy, 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann, is hotly-tipped to be the man to step in, whether that be this season or at the start of next.
In the meantime what type of performance will the Bayern players put in against Hertha Berlin on Sunday?
5. Is Montella under pressure already?
After spending so much in the summer, effectively buying a new team, there were always going to be teething problems at AC Milan.
Yet the Milan bosses perhaps didn’t expect things to be quite as bad as they now are.
That said, the Rossoneri have only lost twice in the league, but expectation was to qualify for the Champions League. Losing to sides like Sampdoria won’t help that campaign.Embed from Getty Images
Manager Vincenzo Montella is already under pressure and sacked his fitness coach during the week.
It doesn’t get easier this Sunday as Milan prepare to host Roma – who sit a place above them in the table – in fifth – level on points.
In the week where former Milan boss Ancelotti was relieved of his duties could Montella soon find himself out of a job as well?
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