Here are five things you might have missed from the football this weekend: 1. Defensive issues still plague England women’s team Okay so technically England women’s team played on Thursday, not over the weekend, but seeing as we’re halfway through their international break, it’s worth having a look at what this post World Cup side […]
Here are five things you might have missed from the football this weekend according to Jessy Parker Humphreys:
1. Defensive issues still plague England women’s team
Okay so technically England women’s team played on Thursday, not over the weekend, but seeing as we’re halfway through their international break, it’s worth having a look at what this post World Cup side might look like. England threw away a 2-0 lead against a Belgium side who didn’t qualify for the World Cup, only coming back to draw 3-3 thanks to a Nikita Parris penalty. The England side had a few notable absentees, including Jill Scott, Ellen White, Karen Bardsley and Fran Kirby, who were all absent due to tiredness or injury but their defensive frailties continued from the World Cup. Whilst Phil Neville has shown a clear enthusiasm for a role which some had doubts about his ability to handle, is it time to ask when that enthusiasm might come with some coaching?
2. The North London derby offers thrilling bite but does it merit its billing?
The North London derby came with the expected amount of yellow cards, pushing, shoving and drama thanks to Arsenal fighting from 2-0 down to come back and draw 2-2. With the existence of a “top 6”, it’s hard to find a week which doesn’t have a headline fixture of this kind and whilst the game certainly made great watching, it was hard not to feel like this wasn’t really showing off the kind of quality we might expect from a supposedly high level match. Watching Liverpool breeze past Burnley whilst Manchester City quickly dispatched Brighton the day prior demonstrated why we should perhaps just be talking about a top two.
3. Wolves and Everton show the battle for 7th might be leaky
When Chelsea played Leicester two weeks ago, it was joked in some corners that the game might act as a decider for who would finish 6th. Everton vs Wolves could have offered the same decider for 7th and to all intents and purposes, it looks like the winner will be Fantasy League managers if both teams continue to be so defensively poor. The first 15 minutes was a masterclass in how to capitalise on an opposition’s errors, but Everton looked a lot more attack-minded than their previous one goal in three games had suggested. Giving Moise Kean his first start upfront reaped rewards for Marco Silva and it looks like the attacking riches in the team will soon start to pay dividends.
4. First win for Union Berlin shows Borussia Dortmund still can’t be relied on
Union Berlin are making their Bundesliga debut this season, and beating Borussia Dortmund this weekend helped it really get going. A team with a rich history stretching back to the beginning of the 20th century, Union Berlin have brought a lot of enthusiasm to this season already. When Dortmund equalised against them on Saturday, it looked like the newcomers would be turned over. Instead, Union Berlin pushed onto a 3-1 win, also showing in the process why Dortmund still don’t look like they can be backed to push on with a credible title challenge. Every time Lucien Favre’s team have an opportunity to
be on the front foot, they seem to stutter. To knock Bayern off their pedestal, they’ll need to stride.
5. Daniel James is the one bright spot for Manchester United
Manchester United played out another mediocre game, unable to capitalise against ten-man Southampton. Their continued lack of cutting edge in front of goal does make you wonder why they sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, however seeing Daniel James score again will certainly have given fans hope that there are goals in this team. It is not often that players can make the jump up from the Championship into the Premier League but James already looks like a natural, bringing some much needed confidence and joy to a team that, only four games into the season, already look jaded.
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