1. Stat of the day
Two subs. Two goals. Though Edinson Cavani nearly scored a couple of highlight reel goals, it was Martin Caceres and Paul Pogba with the markers in a clash for first place – Pogba’s volley was a beauty. Juventus move three points clear of Napoli and have gone 47 consecutive league matches without a defeat. To put that in perspective, the last time Juventus lost was May 15th, 2011. They’ve opened this campaign (eight games) without their manager, Antonio Conte, and still haven’t lost. Andrea Pirlo hasn’t lost a league match since December 8th 2010. Via OptaPaolo, nine of the nineteen goals scored by Juventus have come from dead ball situations and no side has had more goals (5) from their subs. They’ll need 12 more results – AC Milan has the record for consecutive games unbeaten with 58 – but at this point can you doubt them? The bianconeri travel to Catania next week.
2. Chart of the day
As an Arsenal supporter this isn’t a shocker, but the disparity between the top and bottom of the table is galling. Are season tickets in London worthy of selling a kidney? It gets less egregious when looking at the cheap seats – the gulf isn’t that big. 15 pounds for a match at St.James park is a steal.
3. Goal of the day
It’s clear why Alex Ferguson didn’t want Paul Pogba to leave. His departure from Manchester was acrimonious, but the 19 year-old Frenchman seems to have found a home in Turin – 20,000 Euros a week also helps.
Pogba also had the quote of the day:
“Do I expect to receive a message of congratulations from Sir Alex Ferguson? I really doubt it!”
4. Photo of the day
Chris Hughton’s side put in a complete performance against Arsenal. Though the scoreline reads 1-0, it could’ve been more had Grant Holt realized his limitations as a footballer. The Canaries defense maintained excellent organization throughout, frustrating the Gunners at every turn.
On a day that saw the three contenders win, Arsenal’s loss cements what we already know. This team will battle for fourth and fourth only. After a promising stretch, Vito Mannone resembled the shaky keeper he was last year. Thomas Vermaelen is going through a rough patch – the defense in general has looked weak since the loss to Chelsea. On a positive note, it was nice to see Jack Wilshere back on the bench. Hopefully he’s inserted into the lineup soon.
5. Record of the day
How bout Bayern Munich? Die Roten have opened their Bundesliga account with eight consecutive wins – the first team to do so in league history. Mario Mandzukic continues to score when he wants – seven goals in eight games. Dortmund falls 12 points behind their rivals after a 2-1 defeat in the Revier derby. Bad day for BVB. Good day for Schalke. Better day for Munich. That’s all she wrote.