Down: Claudio Bravo
If you’ve just joined a new club as a goalkeeper, forcing the fan favourite former number one out of the door, you want your debut to fly by without incident.
Sadly for Claudio Bravo of Manchester City, that didn’t happen. He dropped the ball onto the toe of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with City 2-0 up to let United back into the game. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he inexplicably repeated the trick seconds later, with only John Stones sparing his blushes.
Things were hardly better for Bravo in the second half, diving in recklessly on Wayne Rooney in the box with a challenge that would have produced a red card and a free kick from an outfield player in the centre circle.
Still, City won the game and the Chilean’s passing from the back was exactly what Guardiola asked of him. If he could do some actual goalkeeping for the rest of the season, things won’t be too bad.
Down: James Collins
West Ham’s second home game at the London Stadium was all going so well on Saturday, until James Collins got involved in the match.
After deflecting in Odion Ighalo’s opener in slightly unfortuntate circumstances, Collins then chased back a long hoof up field, nodding the ball over the onrushing Adrian and allowing an obliging Troy Deeney to sumptuously chip Watford level.
West Ham fell apart in the second half as Watford ran riot, and it all stemmed from two mistakes from the experienced Welshman. A weekend to forget in East London.
Down: Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes got sent to the stands this weekend, and admitted after the game that he had behaved poorly, but that is not the reason he has ended up in the down category for this week.
After conceding four goals in their first home game of the season against Manchester City, Hughes should have made sure that Stoke were ready to come up against a Tottenham side who put the same number past them in April.
However, the Potters were all over the place at the back as Spurs just walked through them on the counter attack. Former defender Marc Wilson has said that Hughes never practiced defending in training, and it is starting to show.
Stoke got to where they are through defensively solidity, and they can have all of the attacking talent they like, they will continue to lose games if they continue to defend like amateurs and not work on their rearguard. Sort it out Sparky!
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