Arsenal put in an archetypal Jekyll-and-Hyde performance against Swansea to eke out their sixth league win in a row.
The league games this weekend were played to a backdrop of somber silence (or was it peals of laughter?) as Sam Allardyce lost his job after just one game in charge of the English national team. While these whirlpools of entrapment and idiocy provided entertainment off the pitch, on-pitch entertainment was not far behind.
In a cagey UEFA Champions League group stage game, Spanish giants Atletico Madrid edged Bayern Munich 1-0. Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco grabbed the winning goal in the contest and won three points for Los Rojiblancos
The Blues were favourites to retain their crown this season, after winning it in stylish fashion in the previous campaign. But no one could have prepared Chelsea and their fans for what was about to happen over the course of this season.
Arsenal put a stop to a damaging run of five games without a win by coasting to a 4-0 victory against Hull City in their FA Cup fifth round fixture.
On a ground where Wenger has previously triumphed in the most decisive of encounters – Ljungberg bustling and crashing his way past challenges, getting the shot away, and Wiltord ghosting through to slide in the rebound – his current team showed a shocking lack of composure, hunger, and invention to throw away a title advantage that had been gained only two weeks prior with a last-gasp win over Leicester.
If things weren’t tight already, the 32nd set of games in the Bundesliga ensured that the battle for a shot at European glory got a whole lot hotter!
Barcelona remain at the top of the charts after a comfortable win over Celta Vigo as the teams from Madrid continue to chase behind their heels.
The Derby d’Italia was played at the Juventus Stadium yesterday. The match ended with a 3-2 victory for the hosts.
As the 6th Round comes to an end, The Hard Tackle analyses the La Liga.