6 Things You May Have Missed From Around Europe This Weekend

Ok, so the Premier League was pretty good this weekend, with goals, controversy and Oumar Niasse aplenty. However that doesn't mean you can just ignore what's going on around the rest of the continent, especially with the Champions League back this week. Here's six things from around Europe you might have missed this weekend... One team definitely in form are PSV Eindhoven, who are setting the standard in the Netherlands and staked their title credentials with the result of the weekend beating...

Seventh Heaven for PSV

One team definitely in form are PSV Eindhoven, who are setting the standard in the Netherlands and staked their title credentials with the result of the weekend beating Utrecht 1-7 in their own backyard.

Just 1-2 down at half time, the home side collapsed in the second half and conceded three (two of which were penalties) in the last ten minutes.

Summer target for Wolves Jurgen Locadia stole the show with four goals and an assist in the rout. Expect the links to the England to increase, if his form continues.

Falling out of European football so early may yet help PSV focus on the Eredivisie. Meanwhile, both Ajax and Feyenoord lost hinting at another interesting title race this season.

Spartak's Struggles

Liverpool will travel to Moscow with renewed confidence after their 2-3 win over Leicester at the weekend. However, a quick look at the Russian Premier League might just debunk the theory that Moscow is still a 'difficult place to go'.

Reigning champions Spartak are not in form to say the least and have won just three times in 11 this season, as they sit eighth and already 13 points off pace setters Zenit St Petersburg.

Their title last season was Spartak's first in 16 years, and they already look unlikely to retain it, with new signings including form AC Milan front man Luiz Adriano failing to take Russia by storm.

Massimo Carrera's side scrapped a home draw with bottom club (and Samuel Eto'o's Alma mater) Anzhi Makhachkala on Saturday, and with 17 conceded already they have the second worst defence in the division. Not really the sort of form you want before facing Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and co.

Europe's Pointless Trio

Success for Real Madrid meant yet more heartache for Alaves, who are now one of just three pointless teams (so to speak) remaining in Europe's 'big five' leagues.

The Basques, who finished ninth and reached the Copa del Rey final last season under Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino are now bottom of La Liga, after Malaga rallied to earn their first point of the season against Athletic Bilbao.

Alaves share the unwanted title with Serie A newbies Benevento and of course Crystal Palace - who remain the only team in the five leagues yet to trouble the scoreboard.

Along with Malaga who got up and running this weekend, FC Köln - whose supporters caused such a stir in London - got their first point to cheer in the Bundesliga with a 0-0 draw against Hannover.

Real's Inexpensive Saviour

From big-spending Milan to surprisingly low key Real Madrid, who have had something of an unexpectedly uncomfortable start to the new season, while some of the most hyperbolic commentators even predicting the end is nigh for Zinedine Zidane's kings of Europe.

Florentino Perez didn't do much business over the summer (by his own standards) but one man who did arrive finally made his debut to save some Galactic blushes in a nervy 1-2 win over bottom of the table Alaves.

Already seven points off Barcelona, and following the shock home defeat to Betis, Real needed a reaction on Saturday and the star of the summer's U21 Euros was on hand to (following the cliched football narrative) ensure a blip didn't turn into a crisis.

In a Toni Kroos and Luka Modric-free midfield, €18m Ceballos ran the show in the Basque country, scoring twice, while Cristiano Ronaldo could only strike the woodwork.

AC Milan's Difficult Transition

Elsewhere in Serie A, things aren't going quite so swimmingly for AC Milan, with Vincenzo Montella's side already six points off the top thanks to two defeats in six.

Sampdoria were the conquerors at the weekend, profiting from defensive disorganisation, while it seems Montella doesn't yet know his best starting XI.

However, even Napoli's loaned out stars seem to be profiting at the moment with Duvan Zapata scoring the first in a 2-0 win at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, after pouncing on a mistake from his cousin Cristian Zapata.

It doesn't get any easier for Montella, with Roma, Juventus and of course the Milan derby coming up in the next five domestic fixtures.

All Going to Plan for Napoli

Say it quietly, but Napoli might just be the most in-form (and exciting) team in Europe at this moment.

Maurizio Sarri's side have started exactly where they left off last season, winning six on the bounce in 2017/18, and lead Juventus at the summit of Serie A thanks to their 22 goals scored already.

The Partenopei haven't lost a league game since a home defeat to Atalanta in February and have won all but two Serie A fixtures since.

While it was a closer contest than many would've liked, Napoli saw off newly-promoted SPAL at the weekend in a 2-3 victory, thanks to spectacular efforts from Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and left-back Faouzi Ghoulam - whose marauding winner was likened to none other than Diego Maradona.

And to think Sarri could've been managing West Ham instead.

The only negative for Napoli was seeing substitute striker Arek Milik limp off with another ACL injury just 20 minutes after coming on. 

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