Soccer. Tour of Europe: English berbys, Benzema returns

England: derbies at the top

Derby weekend in England for the 9e Premier League day, with two burning derbies at the top of the standings. From Saturday 1:30 p.m. the North London derby will see Tottenham, 3e , go challenge the leader Arsenal, who are only ahead of him by one point, at the Emirates Stadium. The other highlight of the weekend will be the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. To not get off the lead car, United, 5e with 12 points and a game less, will absolutely have to stop the Erling Haaland machine, eleven goals in seven Premier League appearances with City, 2e one point behind Arsenal.

Spain: Clash of the Damned

In Spain, place for the duel of the damned: Sevilla FC, 15e de Liga one point from the red zone after a catastrophic start to the season (only one victory in six matches), will seek a first exploit on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against Atlético Madrid, also lagging behind (7e eight points from Real). A new opportunity to raise the bar for the Sevillian coach Julen Lopetegui, weakened.

In the aftermath, FC Barcelona, ​​deprived of many players injured during the international window (Ronald Araujo, Jules Koundé, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong…), travels to Mallorca at 9 p.m. to continue to put pressure on the Madrid leader. Real Madrid, precisely, receives Osasuna on Sunday (9 p.m.) with the expected return of its star striker Karim Benzema.

Italy: first woman with a whistle

It’s a first in Italy: Italian referee Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi (31) will become the first woman in history to officiate a Serie A match on Sunday during the meeting between Sassuolo and Salernitana.

Germany: Union Berlin watched

With 17 points, Union Berlin is the unexpected leader of the Bundesliga after seven days, the last team still undefeated (five wins and two draws). The trip on Saturday (3.30 p.m.) to the lawn of Eintracht Frankfurt (7e with 11 points) will serve as a test for Urs Fischer’s men. Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern, which is having its worst start to the season since 2010 (5e with 12 points in 7 matches), will absolutely have to raise the bar on Friday (8:30 p.m.) at home, against Bayer Leverkusen, after four games without a win, including a defeat in Augsburg.

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