Another English Premier League Matchday and more to discuss. The big teams had contrasting performances in their last outings in the league. While Manchester City and Chelsea had a roller coaster ride, Manchester United found things tough.
But how did they really fare, talking about England’s Big Five?
Arsenal: Ice Breakers
Arsenal finally got their first three points of the season against Watford and Mesut Ozil called it “the icebreaker” on a post on his Instagram page. Most expected a routine win for the Gunners and they didn’t disappoint. Ozil and Sanchez looked alive in the game and it was a relatively easy win. With Lucas Perez joining the fray, maybe it’ll be a run of wins for Arsenal. Just maybe.
Chelsea: Perfect Start
With 9 points from their first three games of the season, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have hit the ground running. The Blues seem to have shaken off last season’s blues (pun intended) and are now looking like a very serious side. Can blame them though, Conte is now in charge. Conte, the Fierce One. Hazard and Moses were two of the star players against Burnley. Their goals were superb and their speed, break-neck! Be very afraid
Liverpool: A Point Won or Two Lost?
It had been said that the English Premier League title will come down to how much points the Big 6 get off each other (or maybe Big 7?). In Klopp’s title chase, has he just lost two valuable points? Or has he salvaged one? I expected a perfect start like the Manchester sides have had but, that can be tough when your goalie conceding every shot in his direction. In other news, I’m still confused about the Sturridge move.
Manchester City: Up and Down
Honestly, the Hammers made it too easy for the Cityzens. They were too disorganized. Two quick goals in the first 30 minutes of the game put Pep Guardiola’s men firmly in control of the game. Although West Ham stagged a comeback in the 2nd half, it was too late. As for the players, Sterling was Sterling (you should see his second goal if you missed it). Nolito was ebbulient as usual. Aguero got lost in transit and now faces a risk of missing the Manchester derby after elbowing Reid. Caballero conceded again, to the fury of the Philosopher. Nasri made a cameo appearance, lol.
Manchester United: MOUving On
It didn’t come easily but it did. After Hull had won their first two matches, I half-heartedly expected a goals galore. I even tipped both teams to score. But Hull City had other ideas. In the end, for Mourinho, it was another display of “fight till the end.” No matter who scores, just get the win. Get the three points. And even though it was the first time a teenager scored under Jose, he was joyous to see the 92nd minute winner rattle the onion bag. The perfect start continues.
Now that the dreaded international break has come and gone, the Manchester Derby is upon us! Who do you think will win? The Pep or the Mou? Who will be the first to lose a game this season? Or will it end in a draw? Let me know what you think? Leave your comments and let me hear from you.
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