By Mac Izu Nelson
Today’s 3 things we learnt analysis some of the most jaw dropping action of the football weekend.
1. Leicester Shitty; It has all gone downhill for Leicester since the foxes romped to an unprecedented title win last season.
Indeed the foxes have not won any match away this season and because of Swansea’s win over the weekend, sit just 5 points from the drop zone.
Question marks remain over Claudio Ranieri’s tactics and the tinker man himself talked about how the worst thing he did was to change his team’s tactics.
In the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out, Leicester employed a back three which could not cope with Chelsea’s direct play at all.
In the weekend’s match he employed a back four and the changes in formation seem to be affecting the team’s chemistry.
But this writer believes that Leicester’s biggest problem stems from the loss of a certain Ngolo Kante to the current Premier League lUueaders, Chelsea.
Here’s to hoping Leicester avoid the drop.
2. Barcelona Cruise; The top news yesterday was about Sergio Busquet’s not being able to feature in Barca’s match due to injury.
But it mattered little as Barcelona walloped Eibar in their own backyard. Goals from Luis Suarez, Messi, Denis Suarez, and Neymar made certain that Eibar were put to the sword.
The pick of the bunch was Lionel Messi’s goal, which came after fluid interplay with Luis Suarez.
Messi continued to mesmerise with his clever dribbles, flicks, and turns and he made sure that Sergio Busquets was not missed very much.
Ivan Rakitic played in the hole in front of his defenders and even put on a nice, energetic showing.
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Final score, Eibar 0-4 Barcelona.
3. Chelsea Stretch Their Lead: Chelsea are now 8 points clear at the summit of the Premier League.
Chelsea started the match against Hull in what has become a revolutionary 3-4-3 formation, with Diego Costa back in the starting line up.
The first half was eventless as Hull put up a fine showing but the deadlock was broken in the second half when a lowly drilled Victor Moses cross, found Diego Costa lurking in the area. He made no mistake side-footing the ball in and his celebration was an affront to his naysaying detractors in the past week.
The second came from a trademark Gary Cahill header, attacking a Cesc Fabregas free kick.
Pertinent to note is how Costa hardly ever scores a brace or a hart-trick. But in his 100 games for Chelsea so far, his goals are properly spread out.
4. The chasing pack in a rat race; While Chelsea continue to stretch their lead at the summit, the chasing pack continue to topple over themselves.
Just 6 points separate second placed Arsenal from sixth placed United, while Liverpool has dropped to fourth.
In the coming week, the cards might reshuffle but no team holds a candle to Chelsea who has become title favourites in my opinion.
Still, it makes for an interesting Premier League season, and the toughest in recent times as teams battle it out for the Champions League places.