The Premier League delivered thrills and spills as per usual this weekend, but a few results from the rest of Europe definitely caught our eye yesterday.
Here's a quick reminder of one from each of the four big five leagues outside of England.
🇮🇹 Empoli 1-4 Atalanta
Atalanta has become one of the most watchable teams in the world because of their gung-ho approach to attack-minded football. Gian Piero Gasperini's team swept Empoli aside, with Duván Zapata becoming the first Colombian player to bag 100 goals in Serie A history. Next up for the team from Bergamo is a trip to Old Trafford to take on a beleaguered Man United team on Wednesday. Not to be missed.
🇩🇪 Bayer Leverkusen 1-5 Bayern
Ahead of kickoff, the hosts were above their more illustrious opponents, but champions Bayern sent out an emphatic statement of intent with a thrashing of an in-form Bayer Leverkusen outfit. Five first-half goals, including four inside a scintillating seven-minute spell, put the game to bed before the break. Julian Nagelsmann's team is going to take some stopping.
🇪🇸 Villarreal 1-2 Osasuna
2021 Europa League winners Villarreal finds themselves languishing in 11th with just two wins from their opening eight games in LaLiga. The pressure is on Unai Emery to get a favourable result in midweek against Young Boys, with the Yellow Submarine claiming just a single point from their opening two matches in Champions League Group F.
🇫🇷 Marseille 4-1 Lorient
Love him or hate him, but Matteo Guendouzi possesses a lot of talent. The Marseille midfielder, on-loan from Arsenal, bagged two goals and an assist in L'OM's impressive home win last night that put 10 points behind league leaders PSG with a game in hand. Up next for Les Phocéens is a daunting clash with none other than PSG. Judging by their recent form, though, Marseille shouldn't feel overawed. By the way, Dimitri Payet assisted three of Marseille's four goals last night.
Mattéo Guendouzi's game by numbers vs. Lorient:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 17, 2021
100% long ball accuracy
100% take-on success
61 passes attempted
57 passes completed
13 ball recoveries
8 duels won
2 chances created
2 shots on target
Wow. 🥵 pic.twitter.com/Z8fkJd99In
🇫🇷 Follow Marseille vs PSG this coming Sunday
There's also a Monday night treat with Arsenal vs Crystal Palace at the Emirates.