The long race for league honours began in England and Spain this weekend, with Manchester United FC and FC Barcelona both registering emphatic victories under their new coaches. AS Monaco FC stole the limelight in Ligue 1, meanwhile, as holders Paris Saint-Germain FC fell short for a second week running. There was no let up from defending champions FC Bayern München or Borussia Dortmund in Germany, while Juvenus clinched the Italian Super Cup.
Bayern overcame Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 to maintain their perfect start to the season. "It's never easy after an international break, because we only had three days together. But we still created plenty of chances. I'm happy and 100% satisfied," said coach Josep Guardiola. Bayer 04 Leverkusen prevailed by the same scoreline at VfB Stuttgart, while Dortmund left it late to oust TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim made an eye-catching statement of intent by dismantling Hamburger SV 5-1 and VfL Wolfsburg flexed their muscles by sending four unanswered goals past FC Schalke 04.
"I love Barcelona's philosophy and I want the team to start doing some of the things they weren't doing anymore. There's nothing new about my approach," said Gerardo Martino after overseeing a dazzling 7-0 defeat of Levante UD in his first game in the Camp Nou hotseat. Carlo Ancelotti also made a positive impact after taking charge of Real Madrid CF, with debutant Isco scoring the winner in a 2-1 home success against Real Betis Balompié. Elsewhere, UEFA Champions League play-off entrants Real Sociedad de Fútbol began the new season by posting a 2-0 win at home to Getafe CF and Valencia CF eased past Málaga CF 1-0.
Manchester United showed no signs of losing steam under new manager David Moyes as they cruised to a 4-1 victory at Swansea City AFC thanks in part to pair of goals from Robin van Persie. "There is a winning habit through this club. I can sense it with the players. You can feel it when there is a game on and a job to do. There is a lot of calmness and I'm learning a lot from it," said Moyes. Meanwhile, José Mourinho launched his second coming as Chelsea FC manager with a 2-0 defeat of Hully City AFC on a day when Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace FC 1-0. It was a weekend to forget for Arsenal FC, though, as they lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa FC.
Emmanuel Rivière hit a hat-trick as ambitious Monaco swept aside Montpellier Hérault SC 4-1 for their second win in as many outings. "It's important to win but also to play well and I'm happy about that. As for Rivière, he trains every day with character and professionalism and he's in good shape physically and mentally," said coach Claudio Ranieri. PSG came unstuck again, meanwhile, drawing 1-1 with AC Ajaccio. On Saturday, Olympique de Marseille overcame Évian Thonon Gaillard FC 2-0 to keep them level with Olympique Lyonnais, who recorded back-to-back victories by winning 3-1 against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 24 hours earlier.
In Italy, Juventus scored three goals in four second-half minutes to dispatch SS Lazio 4-0 in Rome and lift the Italian Super Cup for a record-equalling sixth time. As for FC Porto, they kicked off the Portuguese season with a 3-1 comeback success at ten-man Vitória FC. SL Benfica, beaten only once by Porto last season, lost 2-1 at CS Marítimo.
PSV Einhoven continue to set the early pace in the Netherlands after beating Go Ahead Eagles 3-0, while Kolbeinn Sigthórsson struck twice as AFC Ajax consigned rivals Feyenoord to a 2-1 reverse. Elsewhere, FC Shakhtar Donetsk made it six wins from six in Ukraine by triumphing 2-0 at home to FC Metalurh Zaporizhya.
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