There were mixed results for teams as hostilities resumed in top European leagues on Saturday. There were plenty of goals in England and Spain while the excitement that was expected from the San Paolo didn’t exactly come through for the fans as Bayern Munich continued their resurgence under their new manager.
Here are selected stats from action in the top European leagues
Manchester City 3-0 Burnley
Manchester City continued their impressive run of wins in the league as they put three unreplied goals past Burnley at the Etihad. Sergio Aguero scored the first goal of the game via a penalty to mark his return from injury after a ghastly accident and also to become the joint all-time highest goalscorer in the history of Manchester City, tied on 177 goals with Eric Brook.
Huddersfield 2-1 Manchester United
In one of the biggest upsets on Saturday, Huddersfield Town picked up a win against United in a game that once again saw Romelu Lukaku struggle against a newly-promoted side. Not only is this becoming an embarrassing trend for the player, the club also have a poor record against newly promoted sides, with just 3 wins in their last 6 trips to debutant clubs in the EPL. Lukaku has now failed to score in 18 of his last 25 games against newly promoted sides.
Chelsea 4-2 Watford
Azpilicueta scored the all important winner for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a game that had everything. That was only his first goal of the season but having made 4 assists already this season – all to Alvaro Morata – he is now the defender who has contributed to the most number of goals in the Premier League this season.
Swansea 1-2 Leicester City
Micheal Appleton started off as caretaker manager on a winning note at the Liberty stadium courtesy of an 11th-minute own goal by Swansea defender Federico Fernandez. That was the 11th own goal in the Premier League by a Swansea player since the start of the 2015/2016 season, more than twice as much as any other club in the English top flight.
Napoli 0-0 Inter Milan
Napoli hit a snag against unbeaten Internazionale at the San Paolo as they couldn’t find a way through on Saturday night. Inter Milan have been known for their inconsistency over the past couple of years, winning and losing games with high undulating frequency. Saturday’s draw away at Napoli was Inter Milan’s first draw in the Serie A in two years, their most recent league draw coming against Juventus in October of 2015.
Hamburg 0-1 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich continued their impressive positive run under Juup Heynckes with their 18th win in the last 19 games under the German – the only other game being a draw against Borussia Dortmund in 2013. Bayern also hit the woodwork twice in the match to take their tally of ‘woodwork targets’ to 7 this season, the most by any team in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season.