Bale Real’s Hero, and Klopp’s Toughest Test
It’s been an entertaining week in the Spanish league, where Real beat Deportivo five goals to nil, with hero Gareth Bale netting three goals in the free role handed to him by new head coach Zinedine Zidane. Barcelona, not to be outdone by their Classico rivals, humbled Granada through Messi’s hat trick and a final goal from the feet of Neymar. La Liga also witnessed brilliance by Atletico Madrid who cemented their lead in the league by putting two goals past a spirited Celta Vigo. Valencia lost to Real Sociedad, leaving the club searching for its first win since appointing former Manchester United player Gary Neville as coach.
This week’s English Premier League matches start on Tuesday 12 January. Fans can expect a few fiery encounters, such as Manchester City’s match against Everton. There are rumours that Toffee’s striker Romelu Lukaku may not be match fit after he sustained an injury last week. Spurs host high-flying Leicester, with both teams enjoying success, while Arsenal and Liverpool meet in a fixture that has become a neutral’s favourite – will new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have what it takes to unsettle Arsenal’s title bid?