Arsenal and Chelsea have played a lot recently, and they squared off again Sunday in West London. This was an interesting tactical battle, as both sides went with a back three in their lineups. Chelsea have done so since their defeat at Arsenal last season, and it spurred (no pun intended) them on to their title victory, while Arsenal have at times used a back three as well. The game ended 0-0, but Michael Cox of ESPNFC believes that the Gunners had the better performance on the day.
In just their first season in the league, Atlanta United set the record for highest attendance to a single match in MLS, with 70,425 in attendance to watch a 3-3 draw with Orlando United. Despite concerns before the season, Atlanta has built a large fanbase that consistently attends their games, and it seems like a great atmosphere. On the field, United dominated play, and Josef Martinez had a hat trick, but Orlando took the few chances they had, with two goals by Dom Dwyer and one by Cyle Larin to snatch a point on the road. Atlanta has a lot of games in a short amount of time, and they will be hoping to draw upon their crowd support in this tough stretch.
It’s been quite an interesting week for FC Köln. First their eventful game in the Europa League against Arsenal, now they are calling for their 5-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund to be replayed because of an incident that led to a Dortmund goal right before the first half. Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored on a corner kick just before halftime, but the goal was called off for a foul on the Koln goalkeeper. However VAR reversed the call and said it was a good goal. But the goal should not have been reviewed because the referee blew his whistle just before the ball went into the net, but the goal was given anyway. Koln ended up losing the game 5-0, and its doubtful their request to have the game replayed will be honored, but I suppose it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Barça’s big money signing of the new season Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out for 3-4 months with a leg injury he picked up in their game over the weekend. Dembele had only played a few games so far for his new team, but he had started off well. This is a blow for Barcelona who are deprived of a young talented player they are trying to bring into the mix, and a blow for Dembele, who is still trying to get settled for his new team, and will want to perform well this season so he can have a chance at making a loaded French squad for next summer’s World Cup. Hopefully Dembele has a speedy recovery.
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