After his coach had said Vela earned a start against Espanyol, the former Arsenal man found himself on the bench. He came off the bench to play an uninspired 23 minutes. His Mexico teammate and new Espanyol loanee, Diego Reyes, did not come off the bench.
The Little Pea was back from his unfortunate injury. He went the full 90 and was one of the better players on the pitch for either team. He hit the post once and chipped in with an assist.
Andres Guardado was not in the roster but Hector Moreno started and went 61 minutes. PSV rested a few regulars as the Dutch club prepares for their Champions League vs Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Expect Guardado and Moreno to start as the duo hope to repeat last year’s Champions League success.
Villarreal has been decimated by injuries this season is happy to have Jona back. The former Barcelona midfielder made his season debut in a 25 minute cameo. He was 11/12 passing, had 2 interceptions, and went 2/3 on long balls. As soon as he is fit, Jona will be back to his starting spot at right midfielder.
Porto won this weekend easily, 3-0 with Layun starting at RB, Tecatito on the bench and HH not in the squad. Layun went the full 90: had 2 key passes, 9/15 Long Balls and hit the post on a beautiful free kick.
It was his cross that led to a Guimaraes own goal. Tecatito, coming off an injury, had a highlight reel play of his own. It nearly led to a Layun tap in.
We all know it will be a tough season for Memo Ochoa at Granada. The club’s goal is to avoid relegation and it has been a tough start for the club. Today, Memo added to their troubles.
Memo did have a few great saves later in the game
However, it was not enough and Granada lost it late, 2-1.
Gio Is Heating Up
The older Dos Santos has been on a tear the last few weeks for the Galaxy. He has been played in his preferred second striker role and thrived.
-Carlos Salcedo was in the gameday squad for Fiorentina but the game was postponed due to torrential rain.
-Marco Fabian was on the roster for Eintracht this weekend but did not see any action. He has yet to make his season debut for the club.
-Raul Jimenez is still a week or 2 from playing for Benfica after suffering a sprained knee during the international break.
What stood out to you this weekend?