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European club football is back in full swing following the international break. We saw a couple of big derbies in the Premier League -- Arsenal beating Tottenham Hotspur & Manchester đô thị seeing off Manchester United -- while Barcelona now sit over Real Madrid in LaLiga standings. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Internazionale are all out of sorts.

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Manchester United not convinced with Casemiro?

There were plenty of issues khổng lồ address for Manchester United following their 6-3 derby humiliation loss khổng lồ Manchester đô thị at the Etihad, but one that only Erik ten Hag can answer is his ongoing reluctance to use Casemiro at the heart of midfield.

The Brazil international arrived at United in a £60 million transfer from Real Madrid in August and was supposed khổng lồ be the answer to the team"s problems in the defensive midfield area.

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But the 30-year-old still hasn"t started a Premier League trò chơi for his new team after being named on the bench for the clash against City. Casemiro was eventually thrown on in the 59th minute when United were 4-1 down và in purely damage limitation mode.

His 31 minutes on the pitch took his number of Premier League minutes for United to just 82 since arriving from Real in the wake of the 4-0 defeat at Brentford in August. Despite his world-class pedigree, Casemiro has started just once -- against Real Socieded in the Europa League -- since leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ten Hag wanted Barcelona"s Frenkie de Jong this summer, & when United finally abandoned that pursuit, they tried to seal a giảm giá khuyến mãi for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot before turning khổng lồ Casemiro.

So the question that Ten Hag has khổng lồ answer is whether he really wanted Casemiro or if he was the best option available at the time.

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Based on the amount of time he has used him so far, it would seem that Ten Hag is still to be convinced by Casemiro"s worth khổng lồ the team. -- Mark Ogden


Barca rise to đứng đầu in Spain as Clasico countdown begins

There is a new leader in LaLiga after Barcelona beat Mallorca on Saturday before Real Madrid"s 100% winning start lớn the season was ended by Osasuna on Sunday.

Barca were not at their best away at Mallorca but did enough in both boxes to seal a narrow 1-0 win lớn leapfrog Madrid courtesy of their superior goal difference. Robert Lewandowski"s 12th goal of the season in all competitions, a brilliant solo effort, was enough to secure the points, coupled with two good saves from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the other end.

"We did the bare minimum, but it is a huge win ahead of a really tough run of games," said Ter Stegen, who has now not conceded a goal in 534 minutes in LaLiga.

Madrid lost Thibaut Courtois to injury but welcomed back Karim Benzema this weekend & looked set to retake their place at the đứng top when Vinicius Junior gave them a fortuitous first-half lead. Kike Garcia"s header drew Osasuna level at the Santiago Bernabeu, though, before Benzema smashed the bar with a late penalty.

Madrid remain level on 19 points with Barca, but their 100% record is now gone. Both sides remain unbeaten and the countdown is on for the Clasico, with the two teams set to lớn meet at the Bernabeu in two weekends" time. Before then, Barca host Celta Vigo & Madrid travel to Getafe -- Marsden


Bundesliga title race finally tilts toward Bayern Munich

We have been hoping for a genuine title race in Germany after almost a decade of Bavarian superiority, but the kết thúc of the international break brought a heavy dose of the status quo as league leaders Union Berlin lost, Borussia Dortmund lost 3-2 at FC Cologne (let"s give credit lớn Dejan Ljubicic for his elegantly curled game winner) and Bayern Munich shirked off a turgid run of domestic form for their first Bundesliga win since Aug. 21 khổng lồ thump eternal hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen 4-0.

Julian Nagelsmann"s side were firing early và often on Friday and seemingly sending a message khổng lồ the rest of the league with their comfortable victory. Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala scored under little duress inside the opening 20 minutes before Sadio Mane added a third before half-time lớn really snuff out any hope of a competitive game. Mane, the former Liverpool forward, had a second disallowed due khổng lồ a foul, but Thomas Muller would round out the easiest of games. -- James Tyler


Inter Milan are in a funk

Four defeats in their first eight Serie A matches this season: Inter Milan are going through their worst start of a season since 2011. Their loss against AS Roma & Jose Mourinho (who was suspended & watching from his van outside the ground!) happened once again after the Nerazzuri scored the first goal. Their inability khổng lồ defend a lead, which happens time và time again under Simone Inzaghi, was on display again on Saturday.

They were 1-0 up but let the Roman side come back through Paulo Dybala (who was heavily linked with Inter in the summer) và then Chris Smalling on a phối piece, which is also a weakness for Inter. They have numerous problems, among them that Romelu Lukaku is still not back from injury and Samir Handanovic"s goalkeeping ability has diminished as we saw on the first goal.

Inter have lớn react now as early as in midweek against Bayern Munich in a huge Champions League clash. They are currently ninth in the table in Serie A, eight points behind the leaders Napoli. Inzaghi is under more and more pressure. -- Julien Laurens



Gallagher opens Chelsea account with style

What a way for Conor Gallagher khổng lồ score his first Chelsea goal. A last-minute winner from đôi mươi yards against the club he did so well for on loan last season. It was impressive that he managed khổng lồ find enough self-restraint to lớn stop himself from celebrating against former team Crystal Palace.

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