Monday, July 24th
The week started slowly in terms of games and the only one of importance for me was the International Champions Cup game between Inter and Lyon. Inter managed to draw the longer straw after a goal from Jovetic set up nicely by Joao Mario.
As the game department didn’t have much to offer we saw a few interesting transfers go through instead. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez made his return to Premier League as he joined the Hammers in a £16m deal. Surprised to see him go to West Ham but from their point of view I think it’s a great show of intent. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him net 10+ goals next season. Another surprising transfer for me was Palace’s purchase of talented defender Jairo Riedewald from Ajax. Riedewald will have the chance to develop under manager Frank De Boer who also coached him at Ajax until the end of the 2015/16 season. Manchester City finally announced the signing of Benjamin Mendy who will fill the empty left-back spot caused by the departures of both Clichy and Kolarov. And finally Juventus continued to monopolize the Italian market with the signing of promising attacker and winger Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina, strengthening themselves and weakening their opponents, classic Juventus nowadays.
Tuesday, July 25th
Once again a slow day in terms of games. Chelsea played Bayern in a game which Bayern won with three goals to Chelsea’s two. Bayern made sure to get the win after their disappointing loss to Milan three days earlier, not much else to say really.
In the transfer department Burnley made the most Burnley-like signing ever as they signed Phil Bardsley from Stoke. Sean Dyche always going to be Sean Dyche, right?
Wolves, or ‘Jorge Mendes FC’, continued their trend of signing promising, Portugese youngsters as they loaned in Diogo Jota from Atletico. If they don’t get promoted now it’s gonna be fucking hilarious.
Wednesday, July 26th
Barcelona played Manchester United in a game which I’ve already written about in my last post, check it out if you haven’t already. Meanwhile Roma came out trumps in a 3-2 win over Spurs. Debutant Cengiz Under scored the second goal for Roma after signing from Basaksehir. He will be an interesting player to follow over the coming years for sure!
Thursday, July 27th
A couple of interesting games were played in the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday. Everton took on Slovakian team Ruzomberok at home and managed to win the game after Baines’s strike from outside the box took a deflection and found its way into the back of the net. Meanwhile Marseille played Belgian team Oostende and won the game
4-2 after a hat-trick by new signing Valere Germain.
In the International Champions Cup Inter managed to get the win over Bayern after two goals from Eder. And on the other side of the world in the same competition Manchester City played Real Madrid and PSG played Juventus. In the first one of those two City defeated Real after a very impressive performance. The final score was 4-1. Moving on to the second game Juventus defeated Paris in a very tight game which was finally decided by a penalty in the 88th minute.
Saturday, July 29th
Moving straight on to Saturday after a dead-stale Friday Manchester City came up with an impressive performance once again as they defeated Spurs 3-0. City lined up with a defence similar to Chelsea’s title-winning defence last season. New signings Kyle Walker and Danilo played the wing-back roles. Over in Asia Inter managed to get the win over Chelsea after Kondogbia scored the most ludicrous own goal I’ve ever seen.
Sunday, 30th July
Why are we playing a Clasico in America? That’s right, money. Not a big fan of it personally. However, the game was quite an entertaining one. Barca played wonderful football from start and didn’t give Real a chance to even breathe. Messi scored a wonderful goal with a tad bit of luck after a deflection of the defender and Rakitic followed that up with a well-struck shot in the bottom corner. Real got themselves back into the game after goals by Kovacic and Asensio. In the second half Pique scored a simple volley off of a set piece to give Blaugrana the lead again. That was also how the game ended and Barcelona won the second ever Clasico to be played outside of Spain, the first one was played in 1982 in Venezuela.