Formatting edits were made to this post on February 28
After a short break trying to figure out different ideas for articles (more on that at the end), here is the February 27th edition of the Starting XI. I’ll be posting this every Monday from now until the end of the season.
- Wavy dribbling by Reus to get his assist. Dortmund were not quite clinical with their finishing (especially in the 1st half) but this is definitely an improvement from their night in Lisbon a couple of weeks ago.
2. The less said about Hamburgs defending in this game the better. Bayern dominated them the entire match and the scoreline still could’ve been worse
3. Just like Reus in the video above, Hazard does fantastic work to beat his defender and provide the assist.
4. From one prolific striker to the next. Harry Kane bounced back from his own goal and Tottenhams’ exit from the Europa League with a hattrick and 1 assist. 2 of the goals were absolutely fantastic finishes and he left no doubt as to who the MOTM was.
5. I know its only the EFL cup but it’s great seeing United winning a trophy, especially as the league is basically out of reach. Fantastic cross by Herrera to set up Ibra’s winner in a game that Southampton created many good goalscoring chances and definitely could’ve won. (Note: I really hope I don’t have to see another game with Rojo at LB, in the leadup to one of Southhamptons goals it honestly looks like he’s trying to give away a penalty)
6. Barcelona got a late winner in a tough match against Atletico Madrid and now are only 1 point back of Real Madrid, although they have played 1 more match. As for Atletico, their title challenge concluded a while ago and now it looks like it is a three team race for the title. If that’s not bad enough, Real Sociedad are only 1 point behind them in the race to get the final Champions League spot.
7. Clearly Real Madrid learned absolutely nothing as they fell behind 2-0 early in the second half. Luckily enough after a questionable penalty they were able to turn it around and pick up all 3 points. Villareal is a tough side but these are the games Madrid needs to win in order to ensure they win the title. Much has been made about Barcelona being “finished” but they are 1 pt back and Sevilla is 3 pts back. Madrid may have a game in hand but they still have to play Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.
8. After their famous 4-0 victory vs Barcelona, PSG immediately followed that with a goalless draw vs Toulouse. However, this convincing victory vs Marseille looks like the dominant PSG are finally here to stay and it has them right back in the Ligue 1 title race, tied on GD with Nice and 3 pts back of Monaco.
10. Many articles have been written about Leicester sacking Ranieri, it’ll be interesting to see how the players respond to this, starting with tonights match vs Liverpool.
NOTE: I’ll be posting more regularly, starting with a post on one of the teams in the Ligue 1 title race. This should be posted on this Thursday