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Alonso’s Leverkusen thump Bayern, Bellingham’s harm & extra

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It was a weekend of top-of-the-table clashes throughout Europe.

Bayer Leverkusen confronted off in opposition to reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich (and thumped them 3-0), and Actual Madrid squared off La Liga’s shock bundle Girona (and thumped them 4-0).

In spite of everything that enjoyable, here is all the most important speaking factors from across the continent.

BundesligaBayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Munchen

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Final season, Napoli have been the darlings of Europe, taking part in a totally entertaining model of soccer en path to a historic league title triumph.

This season, Bayer Leverkusen have taken up that mantle.

Xabi Alonso’s facet have been an utter pleasure to observe all through the 2023/24 marketing campaign, and on Saturday they continued their superb type by placing title rivals Bayern Munich to the sword on the Bay Area – profitable 3-0 because of targets from Alex Grimaldo, Jeremie Frimpong and Josip Stanisic.

Thomas Tuchel

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Whereas Leverkusen have been notably good, Bayern Munich have additionally been notably terrible of late too.

The three-0 defeat on the weekend was yet one more off-colour outing for a Bayern crew who at the moment look devoid of an id.

Harry Kane has been getting loads of stick for his efficiency on Saturday, however Bayern’s points lie squarely on the toes of Thomas Tuchel.

The ex-Chelsea boss’ fixed tinkering with formations and personnel has led to probably the most gifted squads of gamers in Europe on paper being a quite common one in follow.

Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga

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Jude Bellingham, Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, Eduardo Camavinga, Nacho Fernandez, David Alaba, Arda Guler, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy.

That is an inventory of gamers that Actual Madrid have been with out in some unspecified time in the future this season as a result of quite a lot of illnesses.

On Saturday, Madrid have been with out the providers of Courtois, Militao, Alaba, Nacho and Rudiger, and Bellingham hobbled off within the 57th minute with an harm, but Los Blancos nonetheless managed to thump their closest La Liga title rivals Girona.

Regardless of being seemingly snakebitten this season, Madrid have managed to nonetheless be bloody implausible week in, week out. It is mightily spectacular.

Sergio Ruiz

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That sub-heading sounds hyperbolic nevertheless it’s truly not.

Barcelona‘s disappointing 3-3 draw with Granada was the fifth time in 2024 that Xavi Hernandez’s facet have conceded three or extra targets in a recreation, taking their tally of targets conceded for the calendar yr to 23 already.

That is greater than another membership in Europe’s high 5 leagues have conceded in 2024; much more than West Ham, who conceded six on Sunday.

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