The English Premier League never disappointed this past weekend with 20 goals scored, albeit with 1 match left to play as Manchester City will take on Everton at the Etihad tonight. These are the 5 things we’ve learnt from the weekend games.
1. Manchester United continue their perfect start with another four at Swansea
Manchester United are oozing with confidence at the moment. With back to back 4-0 victories, manager Jose Mourinho could not have asked for more from his players. Romelu Lukaku is shining and so is Paul Pogba. With eight goals scored and two clean sheets thus far, they certainly the team to beat. It is still early days in the season, but United have been playing brilliantly. It was a tough outing for the Red Devils but we saw that, once they scored, the flood gates were going to open. New signing, Nemanja Matic, is proving a key player for The Red Devils. He has allowed Pogba license to run forward and creating those chances for the team. They are the team to beat in the league and could hurt anyone – just like the they did against Swansea and West Ham.
2. Is it same old Arsenal once again?
This is a tale that we have we have seen before. Arsenal just looked like a team that won’t score even if 10 more minutes were added, they wouldn’t have after a 1-0 defeat to Stroke City thanks to Jese’s well-taken goal. Manager Arsene Wenger has done it once again – playing players in the wrong positions. With a 3-5-2 formation, you can dominate only with the right players in the right positions. Wenger stubbornness is letting the team down. With two signings, thus far and the transfer market a fortnight to shutting down, he needs to go out and buy quality instead of quantity. Play your players in their right positions.
3. Huddersfield win two from two
Newly promoted Huddersfield Town are rising. With two wins from two, it’s a perfect start for them after defeating Newcastle United by an odd goal thanks to Aaron Mooy’s early strike in the second half. Manager David Wagner could not have asked for a better start from his troops. Although United had created by far the better chances than the home team, they failed to convert them. Huddersfield just had one and they grabbed with it both hands. With the game at their turf after 45 years of not being in the top-flight league, their fans were right behind them from start until the final whistle. Their fans will play a crucial role going forward if they want to remain in the Premier League.
4. Spurs fail again at Wembley
Do Tottenham Hotspurs really have to blame the Wembley Stadium with the record they have played there? Certainly, luck was just not on their side again after a 2-1 defeat to London rivals Chelsea. A draw was going to be a fair result, but that late goal from Alonso, who weren’t on to complete a brace, sealed their fate. Chelsea was stubborn and rigid – hitting Spurs on transitions with them also hitting the post in the second half from Willian. For Spurs, especially Harry Kane, his tale continues. His goal duck of not scoring in the Premier League in August continued. He hit the post in the first half. Spurs by far deserved to win the game. They will have to stop with excuses and just get on with it if they want to challenge for the League.
5. Liverpool grind out their first win at Anfield
Liverpool had to grind out their win after defeating stubborn Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to Sadio Mane’s goal. The latter is slowly turning into Liverpool’s most important player. That was his 6th goal in his last eight games in the league. With Coutinho still not in the side due to handing in a transfer request amid report linking him with a Barcelona move, manager Jurgen Klopp will just have to keep going with the team. One player that really caught an eye for the Reds was Andrew Robertson. The Scottish left back was instrumental on that left side and he was by far, the man of the match. Liverpool has found their left back that they have been crying for. For the Reds, it was not perfect, but that was three crucial points. Winning ugly sometimes is what Klopp will just get used to. They were by far the better team on the pitch. They will just have to continue working hard and resolve the Coutinho debacle soon. As for Frank de Boer’s side, that’s two defeats in their opening two games. It is not looking good for the Dutch man.
Author: Takalani Lufhugu