There are a lot of interesting games this weekend in Europe’s top national leagues, but most of them are interesting just because the teams involved happen to be high in the standings at the moment. Teams’ placement in the table doesn’t automatically guarantee an interesting game. Instead, I’m going to recommend that you DON’T MISS Tottenham v Liverpool, in the English Premier League, and Internazionale v Juventus, in the Italian Serie A. Here’s why.
Jurgen Klopp. That’s why you should watch Tottenham v Liverpool this Saturday. The Merseyside club parted ways with Brendan Rodgers following the 1-1 draw against local rivals Everton, on October 4. That result left Liverpool stranded mid-table, and with only one win in their previous six league outings. In short, they need a miracle to salvage some dignity this season. Step forward Midas Klopp! Artisan of Borussia Dortmund resurrection as a Bundesliga powerhouse, Klopp left the German side at the end of May, stating he would take a sabbatical. He did, although not a very long one. Liverpool and their supporters are certainly very glad he decided to return to management. He’s long been the fans’ favorite for the job and they were nothing short of ecstatic when he penned a three-year deal, worth around $10 million per season. Known for the fast-paced, exciting playing style that he brings to his teams, but also for being witty and somewhat quirky, Klopp was quick to downplay the hype surrounding his appointment.
A win away at Tottenham wouldn’t be the miracle the Liverpool supporters are waiting for, but it would make for a nice start, since the London side sit above the Reds in the table, one point ahead. It won’t be an easy game for Liverpool, though. Tottenham have only lost once this season and are undefeated in seven straight games in the Premiership.
On to the Serie A, where Internazionale host champions Juventus. After winning Juve’s 31st championship in his first year as manager of the club, things have taken a turn for the worse for manager Massimiliano Allegri. Life hasn’t been easy in Turin this season, as “La Vecchia Signora” currently sit in 12th place, with just two wins in seven games. What’s worse is they’ve already lost two big games, against AS Roma and Napoli and another derby loss would seriously hurt their championship chances. Not to mention endangering Allegri‘s future as manager of Juventus. Winning Sunday’s game wouldn’t be much of a stretch for Inter, who are second in the standings and have won all but two games this season. It’s well worth mentioning, however, that the only two games that Internazionale didn’t win are the past two. So they’re coming off a draw away at Sampdoria and, much more hurtful, a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Fiorentina. In front of their own supporters, no less.
If I were a betting man – which I no longer am – I would certainly stay away from both games, as they’re too close to call. But as a football fan, DON’T MISS Tottenham v Liverpool and Internazionale v Juventus.