European Soccer Weekend: Girona's Ascent, Leipzig's Setback
Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid challenges for the ball against Gavi of FC Barcelona during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on October 28, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.(Image-Getty)
Talking Points from the Weekend in European Soccer Leagues
In the buzzing world of LaLiga, Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham stirred up excitement with a stellar performance, netting two goals in a victorious match against Barcelona. However, Girona is proving to be a formidable challenger, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Real Madrid at 28 points. Their recent 1-0 triumph over Celta Vigo marks their ninth win in 11 games, illustrating their unexpected rise under the tactically astute leadership of manager Michel.
RB Leipzig faced a setback as their dynamic attacking midfielder, Dani Olmo, suffered a shoulder injury, ruling him out for several weeks. Olmo's recent return from a knee injury had initially brought hope to the team, and his absence now leaves a palpable void in Leipzig's midfield. Despite this setback, Leipzig remains in the race, positioned fifth in the Bundesliga and showing promising performance in the Champions League Group G.
The emergence of Paris St Germain's 17-year-old talent, Warren Zaire-Emery, has been a highlight. Zaire-Emery's stunning goal against Brest showcased his prowess and potential, leading to widespread recognition of his abilities. Having already made significant contributions in the Champions League, speculations are rife about his potential inclusion in the next France squad.
Ajax Amsterdam's bleak Eredivisie season hit a new low with a disheartening 5-2 defeat against PSV Eindhoven. This loss marks Ajax's unprecedented streak of five consecutive defeats, plunging them to the bottom of the league. Despite dismissing coach Maurice Steijn, Ajax's struggles persist, with no apparent end to their dismal form in sight. PSV, on the other hand, continues to dominate, clinching all ten of their matches so far, with Hirving Lozano's hat-trick contributing to their recent triumph.