Manchester City defeated Arsenal 3-0 to win the Carabao Cup on Sunday. This is Pep Guardiola’s first trophy win in England, and incredibly his 22nd overall. City dominated the game, which was uneven for a time but then swung decisively City’s way in the second half. What will be even better for Manchester City’s fans is the fact that the scorers were all City stalwarts, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and the captain Vincent Kompany. With the league seemingly locked up, and City basically through to the next round, things could get a lot better for the same. For Arsenal, this seems to just continue the pattern lately for Arsene Wenger, good but not good enough, and when faced with top level competition, the Gunners just seem to be lacking.
Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday to break their recent slide and keep pace in the race for a Champions League spot next year. Chelsea actually got on the board first, a well worked counter attack with Willian and Eden Hazard sprung the Brazillian free in the box, and he beat David De Gea at his near post. Manchester United equalized just before the break, with Anthony Martial setting up Romelu Lukaku to grab a goal against his old team. United then grabbed a winner late in the second half, with Jesse Lingard powering a header past Thibaut Courtois to seal the game. This was an important game for the race for top four. Manchester United got a much needed victory, while Chelsea lost in the first game of a tough stretch, With Manchester City and Barcelona still to come for the Blues.
PSG defeated Marseille in Le Classique 3-0 on Sunday. However, this was a game that left both teams fans feeling disappointed, Marseille’s for the result and performance, and PSG’s because Neymar was stretchered off with an ankle injury late in the game. The game was well over by that point, Kylian Mbappe setting the pace early, and in doing so he became the youngest ever scorer in Le Classique. An own goal by Rolando, and a great goal set up by Neymar and finished off by Edinson Cavani capped off the scoring. The Neymar injury looked serious, and he was stretched off, but after the game Unai Emery said he was confident Neymar would be fit to play in the second leg of their Champions League match-up vs. Real Madrid.
Continuing a rough weekend for injuries, Seattle Sounders and USMNT forward Jordan Morris reportedly tore his ACL, and will be out for around 6-9 months. Morris was hurt in Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League game against Santa Tecla. Morris will have more tests done on Monday, but all preliminary reports are that it’s a torn ACL. This is devastating for Morris, who dealt with injury issues most of last year, and if this is confirmed Morris will miss most if not all of this season. This is a big loss for the Sounders so close to the start of the season, and they will have to figure out how to manage without Morris for the foreseeable future.
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