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PSG and Manchester ready ahead of their Champions League clash

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In this weekend of multiple derbys, Lazio became mistress of Rome against Roma. The Arsenal Gunners have secured their hold on the North London. In France, PSG and Lille won their respective matches, ideally preparing for their Champions League match of the week.

  • Ligue 1: 8/8 for PSG, OM falls weapons in hand

Marseille fell for the first time in Ligue 1 this season on Sunday against Lens (2-3), new dauphin du PSG, during an 8e stunning day for Monaco at Clermont (1-3), frustrating for Rennes at Bordeaux (1-1) and triumphant for Metz, out of the red zone.

In a glowing Velodrome, Marseille and Lensois delivered a spectacular clash at the end of which OM came out sounded, orphaned of an invincibility that it had managed to preserve since the beginning of the season. The Phocéens, led 2-0 after less than half an hour, recovered by the grace of a double of Dimitri Payet, on a free kick that he himself obtained (33e), then a penalty (45e+3) caused by Bemba Dieng. But Wesley Said (71e) carried the estocade.

Just as Lille won 2-1 in Strasbourg, Paris SG prepared well for their Champions League match against City, beating Montpellier, their eighth victory in as many matches.

  • Serie A: the Rome derby won by Lazio

José Mourinho has made Rome vibrate since his arrival this summer but at the Olimpico, it was Maurizio Sarri who conquered the laurels with a beautiful victory of his Lazio over AS Roma (3-2) at the end of a boiling and rhythmic derby, Sunday during the 6e Serie A day.

Napoli, carried by a sparkling Osimhen, continues for its part its flawless with a sixth victory in six matches: winner of Cagliari (2-0), Napoli remains in the lead with two lengths ahead of Milan (2e after his victory (1-2) against La Spezia) and four over Inter (3e), author of a draw against Atalanta (2-2). Next week it’s the seductive Fiorentina, 5e after his victory in Udine (0-1), who awaits the leader.

Juventus, victorious Sampdoria (3-2) goes back (9e), but it lost Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata, injured and forfeited for Chelsea’s Champions League appearance on Wednesday.

Liga: hope for Barça, Atlético fall

First misstep of the season for Atlético de Madrid ! The Colchoneros, defending champions of Spain, have bowed 1-0 at the lanterne rouge, Alavés, and move third to three points from Real Madrid (17 pts), hung 0-0 by Villarreal in the same evening.

The “Rojiblancos” folded from the 4e minute on a stung header from Captain Victor Laguardia at the reception of a corner shot by Rubern Duarte. And unlike their last La Liga matches, this time they never managed to get back on the scoresheet.

On the brink of crisis before this weekend, FC Barcelona reassured themselves Sunday by outclassing Levante 3-0 at the Camp Nou. A full and salutary match for Barca, before a decisive month : after the perilous trip to Lisbon on Wednesday in the Champions League, Koeman’s men will face Atlético de Madrid and Valencia CF in the league, Dynamo Kyiv in C1, then play the first clasico of this La Liga season at home against Real Madrid, on October 24.

  • Premier League: Arsenal win over North London

Liverpool took the lead in the Premier League, despite drawing at Brentford (3-3) while Manchester City tamed Chelsea (0-1) before finding PSG in the Champions League, Tuesday.

The former leader Manchester United missed against Aston Villa (0-1), while Everton, winner against Norwich (2-0) recollects the lead.

Arsenal, confirming their recent good momentum, won the North London Derby triumphing 3-1 over Tottenham. With goals from Smith Rowe, Aubameyang and Saka in the first half, Arsenal had already folded at half-time.

  • Bundesliga: Bayern move ahead

Despite the general election, the Bundesliga continued this weekend. In the standings, the winner of this sixth matchday is Bayern, who dug an initial gap of three points, taking advantage of the defeats on Saturday of their pursuers Wolfsburg (3-1 at Hoffenheim) and Dortmund (1-0 at Mönchengladbach).

Bayern lead with 16 points ahead of Leverkusen (1-0 winners of Mainz) and Wolfsburg (13 points apiece). Dortmund occupy the fourth place, the last qualifier for the Champions League, with 12 pts.

Freiburg, surprisingly fifth in the championship, leaves its historic venue of the Dreisamstadion on two beautiful notes : a victory against Augsburg (3-0) and above all a preserved invincibility after six matches, a first in its history. From 16 October against Leipzig, the club will play in the brand new “Europa-Park Stadion”, with a capacity of 35,000 seats, against 24,000 at the Dreisamstadion.

With AFP

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