The Premier League is back, and at least for the first weekend, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Manchester City won, beating an Arsenal team in their first game under Unai Emery. Arsenal looked good for stretches, but were just a step off, frequently straying offsides, or miscommunicating on runs and passes, in the last stretch of a move before a chance could come good. They looked like, well a team that was in it’s first game under a new coach, and is still getting used to that. Meanwhile Manchester City did not skip a beat since last year, and despite resting stars such as Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane for most of the game, City still managed to win and look good doing it. Elsewhere, Liverpool smashed West Ham 4-0. Mo Salah scored, Sadio Mane got a brace, and Naby Keita played very well in his debut with the Reds. The other top six teams all won as well, Tottenham knocking off Newcastle 2-1, Chelsea downed Huddersfield Town 3-0, and Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 on Friday night.
Barcelona knocked off Sevilla 2-1 to triumph in the Spanish Supercup. The game was in Morocco, and it was one off instead of a two legged feature. Ousmane Dembele scored the winner, a spectacular strike that went in off the crossbar. Still, Sevilla had the chance to equalize late on, but Wissam Ben Yedder missed a penalty. Lionel Messi lifted the Supercup trophy as the new Captain of Barcelona. It is his 33rd trophy with the club, the most by any player in Barcelona history.
Timothy Weah scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Paris Saint-Germain, after a 10 minute spell as a sub where he also hit the post. Weah pursued the goalie from Caen who had the ball in front of his net, and Weah pounced and managed to force the ball in. It was a mistake by the goalie to be sure, but smart and opportunistic of Weah to force the mistake. This follows Weah’s first goal for PSG, which he got last weekend against Monaco in the French Super Cup. Weah faces a tough fight for playing time at PSG, with World Cup star Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Edinson Cavani still occupying the forward spots for PSG. Still, with his young age and talent, there is opportunity for Weah to force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans at PSG.
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