Stunning Barça, boiling Nkunku, depressing Manchester United ... What to remember from the European weekend

Stunning Barça, boiling Nkunku, depressing Manchester United … What to remember from the European weekend

Even jostled, FC Barcelona no longer touches the ground. Nor is Christopher Nkunku with Leipzig. The free fall is on the other hand much more painful for Arsenal or Manchester United in England, while AC Milan has chosen a very bad moment to tread water in Serie A. Here is what to remember from the matches played on Saturday and Sunday .

Chelsea fight back, Arsenal and Manchester United dive

Slapped a few days earlier by Karim Benzema and Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, Chelsea did not turn the other cheek. Thomas Tuchel’s players humiliated Southampton on their lawn (0-6) with six goals scored in 54 minutes. The Blues consolidate their third place, while their pursuers have generally disappointed. Arsenal confirmed their free fall with a third defeat in four days, against Brighton (1-2), who had not won for two months.

Same disappointment for Manchester United, beaten at Everton (1-0) and still seventh. “It’s shameful on our part, we should have won this game.”, lost goalkeeper David de Gea. The C1 moves away a little further for the Red Devils. The winner of the weekend is called Tottenham, wide winner at Aston Villa (0-4) and which confirms its place in the Top 4.

• Manchester City and Liverpool leave without a winner after an intense match

Led by a historic Christopher Nkunku, Leipzig is getting closer to the podium

But who will stop Christopher Nkunku this season? Hoffenheim is the latest victim of the former Parisian. Leipzig only needed the first half to shatter TSG, 3-0 at the break and at the end of the 90 minutes. This victory, which brings the club back to one point on the podium, once again bears the stamp of the French international. The 24-year-old forward netted a goal and an assist to take his total to 17 goals and 12 caviars in the Bundesliga. No French player had been so decisive in a season of the German championship according to Opta (no data before 2004/2005), quite simply. Only Mo Salah, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé have scored more than 15 goals and 10 assists in a European league this season. Can’t wait for the 2022 World Cup.

Napoli and Milan pave the way for Inter

The race for the Scudetto is a little more open still. The 32nd day did not smile at Milan and even less at Napoli. The Neapolitans made a very bad operation by losing at home against Fiorentina (2-3), Sunday, weighed down in particular by the winter recruits of the Fio, Jonathan Ikoné and Arthur Cabral, both scorers. AC Milan for its part remained silent for the second consecutive match, this time on the ground of Torino (0-0) at the end of the day. Winner of Hellas Verona (2-0) on Saturday, Inter Milan is rubbing their hands. The Nerazzurri are only two points behind the neighbor in red and black, with a game behind, and steal second place in Naples.

Barca survive three penalties to win in injury time

To believe that Barça has become untouchable under Xavi. The Catalans were seriously shaken up in Levante like a Clément Lenglet in distress during his quarter of an hour spent on the lawn. The French defender notably conceded the third penalty suffered by Barça on Sunday evening, just one minute after coming into play. Marc-André ter Stegen saved one, and the substitutes turned into saviors. Pedri had given his team the advantage with the 1-2 goal, before Luuk de Jong scored the winning goal in the 91st minute (2-3).

The first realization was the work of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a new service by Ousmane Dembélé, transfigured. Thanks to this fifteenth game without defeat in a row, and a seventh consecutive victory, the Catalans remain second in La Liga, a good distance from Real Madrid, a little more on the way to the title after their success against Getafe (2-0).

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