Mayhem in Merseyside | Case of the Mondays
Here's who's having the worst case of the mondays this morning.
ALL OF MERSEYSIDE
Right now Merseyside is not blue nor red — it’s more a cloudy, depressing grey.Both Liverpool and Everton continued their shocking starts to the season this weekend. Liverpool drew 1-1 away to Newcastle, squandering Coutinho’s beautiful opener with some classic Liverpool defending. It’s really just so predictable at this point. It’s even worse for Everton, who have not only been routinely disappointed in Europe so far this campaign but also sit 16th in the league after falling to the mighty Burnley 1-0 yesterday. Even their big Lukaku replacement, Wayne Rooney, couldn’t find a way to get them back into the game.As each game for both teams continue to raise more questions than answers, both managers have a lot of explaining to do. For Koeman, could that even mean defending his job already?Thank the lucky stars that the Merseyside derby isn’t until December — at this point, it would be pretty unwatchable.
NEW YORK RED BULLS
Their 4-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday means one thing: The New York Red Bulls won zero games in the entire month of September.The last time they won in the league was August 12, a 3-1 win over Orlando at home, and the last time they won in all competitions was just three days later (3-2 win over Cincinnati in the Open Cup semifinals). That’s 9 straight games in all competitions without a win, 7 of them in September — which, to be fair, is quite a crowded schedule and certainly didn’t help them get back on their feet. The fact that five of those eight league games were draws instead of losses are the only reason they can still claw their way into the playoffs.But to add insult to injury, Saturday was the second time in two weeks that the Red Bulls watched another team win a trophy at their expense. On the 20th, the Red Bulls handed Sporting Kansas City their fourth Open Cup trophy instead of finally winning their first, and this time they let Toronto (finally) clinch the Supporters’ Shield. At least this time they couldn’t have won it themselves, as they sit all the way down at 10th in the Supporters’ Shield standings. And since there’s no way they’ll be making MLS Cup at this rate — they’ll be lucky to lose gracefully in the playoff play-in game — at least nobody will win that one at their expense too.
It looks like Juventus have some competition this year.Both the Italian giants and Napoli sat top of the table on 18 points after six games, with Napoli just ahead on goal difference — that’s what beating a team 6-0 can do — but this weekend saw Napoli pull ahead by 2 points as Juventus blew a 2-0 lead away to Atalanta. Napoli, on the other hand, maintained their perfect record with a convincing 3-0 win over Cagliari. Juventus could’ve secured a win twice, first from a goal that VAR ended up disallowing and second from a Dybala penalty that was saved. But if they’ll want to add another trophy to their overflowing cabinet, they’ll need to hold on to their leads much more securely and not leave results up to last-ditch referee decisions.
Yet another loss — their 8th of the season, this time a 4-1 whalloping at the hands of Cruz Azul — means that Pumas is finishing week 11 of the Liga MX season dead last on only 7 points. So far it hasn’t exactly been an improvement off of their form in the Clausura, which they finished in 17th. There’s much work to be done if the team who won the Clausura in 2011 doesn’t want to be relegated.