It was yet another impressive weekend of games in the premier league as Manchester United, Manchester city and Chelsea all continued their impressive run while Arsenal and Leicester city finally got their first win this season.
Here are ten things we learnt from the premier league games this weekend;
August, is definitely a month not to remember for Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, as did not net one goal all though. After a shabby display with England at the Euros and three games into the premier league,Kane, who has been crowned the premier league top scorer is yet to find his range.
Chelsea, was very bad last season, narrowly finishing in the top ten due to a late season charge. Antonio Conte was meant to be the savior to gradually groom this team. Fast-forward three games into the season, it’s a complete turnaround, as Chelsea for the third game in a row showed the stuff of Champions. Their movement were crisp and sharp. Burnley was lucky to escape with just a 3-0 score line.
Not even the signing of Christian Benteke was able to change their fortunes as Crystal Palace’ awful form continued after being held to a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth. On paper, this looked like a game they should easily use to end their pathetic form, instead, they had to rely on a late equalizer to get something out of this game.
Jamie Vardy made a record last season after becoming the first man in premier league history to ever score in eleven straight opening premier league games. It wasn’t expected to be easy this season though as teams obviously now fully know his strengths and it showed, as Vardy couldn’t score in his first two games this season. He finally found his scoring boots against Swansea as he scored the opening goal to lead his team to a vital victory.
From Mauricio Pochettino to Ronald Koeman, Southampton has a record for employing coaching who are not overly known but then come out good. There were some very good options in the summer like Michael Laudrup and Pochettino but they went for a relatively unknown Claude Puel which came as a surprise to most. Fast-forward three games, the team seems to be struggling. The worrying fact is, they are not playing well. Time will tell though but it’s not looking good so far under Mr Puel.
Moyes would be worried at how his team yet again let a vital lead slip at the last minute against Southampton. Defoe had given Sunderland the lead in the 81st minute in what looked like three points in the bag for Sunderland only for the goal to be cancelled late in the game through a rather unfortunate Rodriguez goal. It was their first point of the season but Moyes will obviously bemoan the fact that his team couldn’t hold on to get the three points.
I was watching Watford against Arsenal over the weekend and in truth, they were worse than terrible.They were completely outplayed by the Gunners and it was no surprise as same thing happened just last weekend against Chelsea. Mazzarri insists on using his beloved 3-5-2 formation which has never worked in the premier league despite the formation failing him in the last two games. A game against a Sanches Flores Watford last season was always tough, Watford wanted an upgrade and sacked Flores, appointed Mazzarri, fast-forward three games, what we are seeing is a proper downgrade.
The game against Hull City was a pulsating game for Jose Mourinho’s side as Hull City put up a resolute defensive performance for 91 minutes only to be undone by a Marcus Rashford’s 92nd minute strike. In reality, this was like Manchester United under Sir Alex as the team fought till the end to bag the three points instead of settling for one point, something that was lacking under Moyes and LVG.
Tony Pulis is a coach that would always get the job done in the long-run i.e never get you relegated but you’ll always have to put up with never seeing fancy football. Against Middlesbrough, the match was boring to say the least as West Brom couldn’t throw enough men forward to support Solomon Rondon, and it came as a surprise because this looked like a game West Brom should’ve been looking to bag all three points. Will the fans continually put up with paying lots of money to go watch shitty football? Time will tell.
He’ll always get the job done wherever he is asked to play, coming up clutch whenever West Ham needs him. Plays as a right-back, in midfield and even supports the striker in scoring goals when it matters. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed though as he was handed his first international call-up by new England coach, Sam Allardyce to prove himself first hand.Impressive.