Let the weekend matches begin!!! by @Komptrolla
Football fans wherever you are across the globe, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy one bumper weekend of strikes, saves, tackles and battle Royale in top European leagues.
In Germany, it is the battle of the greats, two potential champions, one former champion and one reigning champion. Dortmund must win to halt the confidence of the Bavarians, Bayern Munich must win to destroy the hoodoo around 4th straight bundesliga title. Lewandowski is on fire, Muller is consistent, Neuer is in goal; Aubameyang is active, Hummels is fit and Marco Rues is available for selection... Call the cops anyone!
Down the east, Sevilla hosts the reigning champions, treble winners FC Barcelona. Never an easy contest on this ground, the Europa champions fought back from two goals down the last time out to snatch a draw, they won't die easy. It's an opportunity for Luis Enrique's side to go clear if their worst enemies stutter at Athletico. Come on Barca!
And it's that day in Madrid when brothers go to war, when siblings are divided by the rollings of the round leather phenomenon. When three points mean more than blood, when loyalty comes before lineage ties, it's Athletico Madrid against the Merengues, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo has all camera flashes directed at him, he needs to net just once to break another record, maybe the best of all records in record time, step aside Raul Gonzalez, here comes the new prince of Madrid... But not so easy fellas, Antoine Griezmann and the Colombian Martinez will test the resolve of the injury hit Real defense... This is a classic!
To England... The real home of enterprising football, Chelsea have it all to do to halt the rot, the Special One admits it's the worst period of his career, his lads must save him now. Lurking is Southampton, a team that refused to bow to the champions home and away last season, no favours Mourinho you must face Koeman and Co. with Ivanovic Et al.
Then the Merseyside derby, wow! The days of Steven Gerrard and Phil Neville are over but the feeling is the same, Lukaku and Sturridge, Barkley and Coutinho, Stones and Skirtel, what a battle we have ahead of us, Rodgers under pressure as boo boys heap misery on him every match day, Martinez must deliver, Goodison Park please bail us out.
And it's that fixture that brings familiar nostalgic feelings, Arsenal hosts Manchester United, two potential champions, no doubts this will shape the league table, Alexis Sanchez has started scoring but Lauren Koscielny is absent, Anthony Martial is justifying the hype around him but his captain is inconsistent.
Lose and Arsenal are in crisis, Lose and United are in questions, the field is green at the Emirates, though a difficult ground for the gunners in recent times but no two games are the same. Ozil must come to party this time, but Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin lie in wait... Let the weekend begin!
Written by @Komptrolla