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  • The Manchester clubs dominate the Premier League

It has been a stunning start to the Premier League from both the clubs from Manchester as both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s men remain unbeaten in the league. With six victories from seven games, both the clubs have registered 19 points on the table with City being on top of the table on the basis of goal difference. Last weekend, City clinched an important away victory against title rivals Chelsea as they beat the London club 0-1 away at Stamford Bridge. Former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne scored through a stunning left footed shot to make the difference as City outclassed Chelsea almost the entire game. The more concerning thing for Antonio Conte would be the first half substitution of striker Alvaro Morata who limped off as the nature of injury remains unknown, and the duration remains uncertain. Elsewhere, Manchester United provided a convincing performance against Crystal Palace, registering another 4-0 victory and making a statement about their sincerity to challenge for the title.

  • Barcelona play behind closed doors

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia possesses a high degree of autonomy but fails to recognise as a separate nation under the Spanish constitution. As the Catalonians fight for their democratic rights, violent protests and unrest took place. In view of the events, Barcelona decided to play behind closed doors 25 minutes prior to kick-off. The league leaders faced Las Palmas as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory. Sergio Busquets scored the opener four minutes after the restart as Lionel Messi scored a brace thirteen minutes from time to keep their place up at the top of the La Liga table. Barcelona then released an official statement condemning the events that took place. The situation in Catalan remains uncertain as the fight for democracy continues.

  • Rickie Lambert retires from football

The ex-England striker was recently linked with a move to Crystal Palace, but to the surprise of many, Lambert has taken the decision to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old was without a club since leaving Cardiff City by mutual consent in July. Lambert found the net 208 times in 607 league games in his club career. He played for nine clubs over 19 years with his best time coming with Southampton. He played a key role in helping the Saints promote to the Premier League. It is this form that helped him earn a call-up to the England squad. He scored 3 goals in 11 appearances for the Three Lions and was part of the 2014 World Cup squad, making a substitute appearance. Lambert surely can be proud of the career he had.

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