19 August 2013

The 2013 Football Season Begins

The weekends will again be busy as the top four European league’s 2013 football season begins. The EPL and La Liga opened their respective season just last Saturday with impressive matches and the La Liga’s top clubs made a winning start for the 2013 season. Almost all of the big clubs from EPL, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and La Liga recorded a good start except for a few who either lost or draw their opening matches.

Manchester United made a good start together with the returning Mourinho in Chelsea’s 2-0 win but Arsenal wasn’t that lucky as they are defeated 1-3 by the relentless Aston Villa. Then EPL’s adaptation of the new goal-line technology was tested for the first time in ManU’s winning debut with a good result. While Manchester City’s pursuit to recapture the Premier league championship will be tested later tonight at home against New Castle.
Barcelona’s win probably the most impressive start among all top European clubs as they stormed to a 7-0 rout of a weaker Levante side. They have displayed that the tiki-taka style of play are back and not gone yet and Levante was simply out performed with Barca’s highly structured system. But it was a different story for the Los Blancos as they are made to sweat by Betis and narrowly escape a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu. In fact, Real Madrid came from a goal behind before Benzema finally made his mark and it was only in the dying minutes of the second half when Real took the lead with a fine header from new signing Isco. Although the match should have not ended with just only three goals as there are so many wasted opportunities coming from both teams.

And speaking of wasted opportunities, champions PSG succumb to a surprising 1-1 draw at home to Ajaccio. What’s more disturbing is that PSG made more than 30 shots but only able to find the back of the net once. And just like with Real Madrid, debutante Cavani made a perfectly curled shot four minutes before full time to salvage a point for Les Parisiens and they continue to fail to pick up its first win of the season under new coach Laurent Blanc.

Image from attackingsoccer.com

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