The loss of their long unbeaten home record in the Premier League all but confirmed that Leicester will have to look to the Champions League for a sensation this season.
José Mourinho has questioned the willingness of some of his Manchester United squad to play through the pain barrier, with Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling appearing to be among those the manager had in mind when he expressed his frustration and insisted that mentalities would have to change.
Jack Wilshere has been rewarded for his first run of 90-minute matches for more than two years with an England recall after Dele Alli was forced out of Gareth Southgate’s plans for the next two games with a knee injury.
Steven Gerrard could be set to call time on his playing career after his Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy were knocked out of the MLS play-offs.
Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City may be embroiled in a dogfight for the title that will go to right to the wire, the manager citing recent results as indicative of the competitive nature of the season.
There were times during Sunderland’s chastening winless run that David Moyes said he had forgotten how to smile.
So it’s come to this.
The Liverpool midfielder put in an impressive display in the demolition of Watford.
The 18-year-old centre-back's inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann's squad comes after he made his first two competitive appearances for Spurs in the recent EFL Cup matches against Gillingham and Liverpool.
This was the day when the path to the World Cup finals in Russia started to become more complicated for Wales. Chris Coleman and his players need no telling there is little margin for error in this qualification campaign, especially when their opponents are ranked 137th in the world. Georgia, in fairness, are much better than their record suggests, yet there was no escaping the sense of disappointment at the final whistle among the Wales supporters.
The Republic of Ireland’s chances of qualifying for Russia in 2018 are looking rosier after they overcame a mid-match wobble in Moldova to record an eventually comfortable victory, thanks to James McClean’s two second-half goals.
Gareth Southgate has said he is unafraid of dropping Wayne Rooney and showing the tough streak the England caretaker manager once had to employ at Middlesbrough, where he recalled “making some really close friends redundant” after the club had been relegated under his stewardship.