Classy Barca run riot against Sevilla
Madrid: Barcelona are back in form and La Liga’s big three are back at the top of the table after the defending champions put on a finishing masterclass to thrash Sevilla 4-0 on Sunday.
Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the season by curling in a brilliant free-kick at Camp Nou after three goals in eight minutes from Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele had already put Sevilla out of sight.
Suarez launched the flurry, his stunning left-footed bicycle kick arguably even better than the volley he scored in the Champions League win over Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Vidal then finished a superb passing move that involved all 11 Barca players and Dembele powered through to make it three before Messi added a fourth in the second half. had opened the scoring in the fourth minute at the San Siro.
Another Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez pulled Inter Milan level from the spot on 18 minutes, but coach Antonio Conte lost in his first meeting against his former club since leaving Juve to take over the Italy national team in 2014.
Juventus moved one point ahead of Inter after seven games as they target a ninth consecutive title.
United short on confidence, concedes Solskjaer:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United are suffering a confidence crisis after Matty Longstaff marked his Premier League debut with the superb strike that gave Newcastle a shock 1-0 win on Sunday. “We’re disappointed. We did lack quite a few key players but that’s no excuse,” Solskjaer said. “Some of the boys lack a little bit of composure and we don’t create enough chances to win a game of football. The first half was the sloppiest we’ve been. In the second half we dominated but we didn’t create.”
Lampard calls on Chelsea to improve:
Frank Lampard insisted Chelsea are not the finished article yet after Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount celebrated their England callups by inspiring a 4-1 rout of struggling Southampton. “I am happy we are in and around the top group. Obviously Liverpool are out on their own at the minute, but at this early stage we are in a nice position,” Lampard said. “This should give us determination to go away (for international duty) and come back in the same vein because the minute you relax in this league it can all change very quickly.”
Salah escapes with twisted ankle:
Mohamed Salah sustained a twisted ankle in Liverpool’s late victory over Leicester according to reports on Monday, but the Egyptian could still return for the Premier League leaders’ clash at Manchester United on October 20. Salah hobbled off in added time during the 2-1win over the Foxes on Saturday after being caught on the left ankle by a lunge from Hamza Choudhury.
Lloris out for the rest of the year, says Deschamps:
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will “almost certainly” be out of action for the rest of the year after his horror injury at the weekend, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday. “It is difficult to say exactly how long he will not be available,” said Deschamps. France face Albania and Moldova in November.
OFF THE MARK: Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the season