Beginning of an Era
Now that we have had the opportunity to observe the performances of the past weekend in the Premier league, I have decided to start this hub to review the weekends matches. I will be doing this after every match weekend to give my readers my views on how the teams in the Premier league are performing.
Hull City vs Leicester City.
It was an interesting result in the first game of the 2016/17 season, Leicester City was very much fancied to win this match but unfortunately it was't to be. Leicester City lacked composure and direction especially in the first half. It was however a fantastic result for Hull City, and if you factor in the fact that they have an interim manager at the helm, it was a great result for them.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom.
This promised to be a tricky encounter for Crystal Palace before the match and it proved to be just that. West Brom are a very difficult team to play against and they make it hard for the opposition to break them down but I'm disappointed by Crystal Palace's showing, they lacked imagination and creativity. This might be a long season for them.
Burnley FC vs Swansea City.
Good away result from Swansea City, the result was very important against the newly promoted Burnley. I do fear for them however this season, they lost two crucial players in Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew to Everton and West Ham respectively, they will need players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leroy Fer and Jefferson Montero to step up for them.
Everton vs Tottenham.
It was a very interesting much this, it was a gripping match with both sides employing a good tactical game plan. Gerard Deulofeu played as the 'False number 9' for Everton which worked in some sense as it gave them flexibility when attacking and it meant the front three count interchange throughout the game but I do feel he lacks a bit of composure in his game, he takes some rash decisions at crucial stages in the game. It was a solid away game from Tottenham but they will have to improve if they want to challenge the top four let alone going for the league title.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City.
It was a good performance from the promoted team, they played with intent and have some good players in Gaston Ramirez and Alvaro Negredo. The performance was't great though, much is expected from this team with likes of Shaqiri, Affellay, Arnautovic and Bojan, they will have to improve and play more as a team rather than relying on individual inspiration to 'get them out of jail' so to speak. Giannelli Imbula will be an important player for them this season.
Southhampton vs Watford.
It was the start of an era at Southhampton with a new manager coming in, Claude Puel, and key players such as Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane leaving for Tottenham and Liverpool respectively. It seems like every season Southhampton have to start from scratch but they have been very shrewd in their business and the acquiring of Puel could prove to be a relevation. It was solid if not spectacular performance from them but I do feel they will have to do better especially in their home games. It was a very good point away from home from Watford, mind you they also have a few manager.
Man City vs Sunderland.
It was the start of a revolution at the Etihad, Pep's first premier league game in the dugout and what an interesting match it turned out to be. Mr Guardiola has to shown in the past that he is not afraid to innovate and come up with new ideas and so it proved on Saturday, I must add however that his tactics over the weekend were not too dissimilar to the ones he employed at Bayern Munich with the full backs playing in a more central area thus allowing the wingers to get more into the game, it also allowed David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne roam that midfield area and link up with Sergio Aguero. One other key position in that City side is Defensive midfield position or the anchor, it is probably the most important position in Guardiola's system and as much as I am a huge fan of Fernandinho as he is a smart and hardworking players, he does lack the passing range of someone like a Xabi Alonso, that's why I'm of the opinion that when Ilkay Gundogan comes back he will play more as an anchor and 'start up' play with Fernandinho his midfield partner or playing centre back. Man City weren't at their fluent best over the weekend but they will improve as they get used to the system. It was a good performance from Sunderland and Jermain Defoe will be a massive player for them.
Bournemouth vs Manchester United.
It was quite an impressive away performance from Jose's side especially in the second half, their build up play was quite slow in the first half but they did improve in the second as the game opened up. I was quite impressed by the full backs, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly, they were fantastic and throughout the match. It will be fascinating to where Paul Pogba plays in this system, probably where Ander Herrera played but the Spaniard was solid of full of energy in that position. Another player that will be important for them is Henrikh Mkhitaryan and I think he will start sooner than later. Bournemouth were disappointing and will have to improve.
Arsenal vs Liverpool.
Same old for poor Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager is into his last season of his contract and it couldn't have started any poorly for Arsenal manager. Arsenal did start brightly though with their high pressing and hitting Liverpool with pace with Theo Walcott exploiting Alberto Moreno's lack of focus and discipline and they did get their reward when the Arsenal winger scored for the gunners. However Liverpool played much better in the second half unsettling Arsenal inexperienced centre backs and defensive midfield players. Liverpool played with pace and accuracy and Philippe Coutinho was marvelous to watch, so was Sadio Mane.
Chelsea vs West Ham.
The last match of the Week 1 was an intriguing one, Chelsea controlled the match and they were much the better team, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard played with purpose and drive. The team also showed character then West Ham equalized, exciting times at Stamford Bridge