The week gone by has perhaps seen football at its finest played all over the world. A series of shocking results and the restart of European competitions has given fans and pundits alike something to cheer about.
That said, here is what has elapsed in the past week.
Bengaluru FC Torn Apart By Mohun Bagan
Bengaluru FC was absolutely torn apart by a rampant Mohun Bagan 4-1 at the Salt lake Stadium. The Blues, who had seemed to turn a corner, winning three on the spin. Bengaluru FC took the lead when skipper Sunil Chhetri headed home an inch perfect cross from Eugeneson Lygdoh. Sanjoy Sen’s men however equalized with Sony Norde tucking home on the half hour mark. An air of uncertainty engulfed the Salt Lake Stadium at half time.
Missing Curtis Osano, the Blues witnessed perhaps their worst defensive performance ever. Makeshift defenders NS Manju and Shankar Sampingiraj had an absolute torrid time. Newly recruited goalkeeper Lalthuamawia Ralte too had a forgettable night. Sony Norde(76′) scored his second goal before Yusa Katsumi made it 3-1 in favor of the home side with three minutes to play. Bikramjit Singh added the icing on the cake as his immaculate left footed strike went past Ralte in a flash. Bikramjit’s goal will be in serious contention for the Goal of the League.
Emre Can: Stepping Up To The Plate
Emre Can did not have the best of starts to the Barclays Premier League. His terrible performances, especially against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, saw the German drop to Brendan Rodgers’ bench. However, with Dejan Lovren not performing as per his price tag, Emre Can re-emerged from the substitute bench. His eye-catching performance against Southampton in the 2-0 away win helped silence his critics.
Starting at right center back in a three man defence, Emre Can put in a splendid display thereby helping his side amass enough points to challenge for UEFA Champions league places. Should he continue performing the way he is, Liverpool will certainly be a force to reckon with in the years to come.
Scouting Report: Matt Targett And Jordan Ibe
English football never ceases to provide exciting young players who seamlessly slip into the high pressure and energy of the top tier leagues. Last season saw the emergence of Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse. Although this season has thrown up a number of exciting talents, Matt Targett and Jordan Ibe have been the most exciting players to watch in the recently concluded week of football.
Southampton FC’s production line has come through once more. When the likes of Harrison Reed and Matt Targett presented themselves, even Ronald Koeman could not resist. Matt Targett has perhaps gone on to make a stern impact. The injuries and suspensions to Ryan Bertrand have given Targett an opportunity. An opportunity that he has taken with both hands.
His recent performance against Liverpool in the 2-0 loss at St. Mary’s was more than commendable despite conceding two goals. Whether he follows in the footsteps of Calum Chambers and makes a move to a big club remains to be seen.
The world first took notice of Jordan Ibe when he was a boy of 15, playing in the NextGen series. A few years later, he found himself on the fringes of the first team and now, he is perhaps a mainstay of the Liverpool wing-back position. He made his debut in the Mersyside derby against Everton.
With skill and fantastic pace, Jordan Ibe will be one to watch out for in the years to come.