The world of soccer was shown some brilliance and promise this match week with some dazzling individual, and team performances. World giants such as Real Madrid and Manchester City were able to keep their form while other important clubs such as Juventus and Chelsea struggle to find any sort of form which they oh so heavily relied on throughout the last campaign. As the giants hope to keep their hot starts, or turn around their title hopes, the smaller clubs are picking up heads of steam. With the likes of Leicester City second in the table, and reigning champions Chelsea only one point out of the relegation zone, we can only hope that the thrill and fun that is soccer season will continue to produce great enjoyment and drama throughout the 15-16 campaign.
With possibly the biggest news of the week, Roberto Martinez and Everton stunned Chelsea 3-1 at Everton. Everton was backed by a hat trick put forth my Steven Naismith off of the bench, and Chelsea was able to slot one home with a Nemanja Matic strike right before the half. Chelsea target John Stones played well and was the rock at the back of Everton's solid back four, keeping Costa, Hazard and Pedro from getting any real solid chances on American Hero, Tim Howard. If Jose Mourinho isn't worried yet about how his side will finish, they will have a solid test against Arsenal this up coming Saturday.
Another big match this past weekend was Manchester United vs. Liverpool. This match had the potential to be something special, but with Captain's Wayne Rooney and Jordan Henderson both a little banged up from International play the following week, the focus shifted to the 19 year old "wonderkid" Anthony Martial and Christian Benteke. Both in this match showed flashes of sheer brilliance. The game was choppy at first, with a lot of second option players getting starts, a lot of error'd passes and not much attacking. David De Gea was finally back between the sticks for United after his failed move to Madrid, which had been dominating headlines for the last month or so. United took the lead in the 49th minute on a goal scored by midfielder- turned center half Daley Blind, and in the 65th minute, history was made. 19 year old Frenchman Anthony Martial was subbed on for the first time as a Red Devil and was able to notch in the 86th minute, on a beautiful ball through, undressing Martin Skertl and slotting the ball home far corner past the dive of Mingolet. But as for Liverpool, they still show signs of hope and promise, Benteke scored what could be the goal of the season in the 84th minute, with an unbelievable overhead bicycle kick, that flew off his boot into the top of the goal. Liverpool need to continue to push the ball up field and not sit back into a defensive, ultra counter attacking style of play which they have been doing.
REST OF THE WORLD
In Spain, Real Madrid dominated Espanyol 6-0, off 5 goals from reigning Ballon D'or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was a hawk in front of the and at the penalty spot. Ronaldo also added an assist with a brilliant ball to Karim Benzema for the fourth goal of the game.
Barcelona was able to hold of Aletico Madrid in one of the biggest La Liga matches so far this season winning 2-1. The goal scorers, Frendando Torres for Aleti along with Messi and Neymar were all the offense provided from this wonderful match. Neymar was able to riffle in a perfectly placed free kick, swerving over the wall into the top corner, and Messi, well, he's just Lionel Messi.
In Germany, Dortmund continue to DOMINATE the table, adding another four goals and 3 points to their tally so far this year, with 2 goals from the fastest player in FIFA, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and another from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is carrying some absolutely BLAZING form so far this season. Dortmund secured the 3 points from their 4-2 win over Hannover 96, keeping them them tied at the top of the table with Bayern Munich. Munich was able to edge of Augsburg 2-1 with a late penalty scored from Thomas Muller in the 90th minute. I wasn't able to see highlights from this game, but I'm just hoping that the call wasn't controversial, because for a side like Augsburg, stealing a point from arguably the best team in the world can go along way for a season.
Finally, with Champions League getting started tomorrow, Football season has finally begun, This year should be filled with some more exciting matches, and hopefully some break out young players looking to make an impression with some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
By Bailey Klein @MrJamesKlein