An emphatic end to the weekend as Chelsea beat their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur 3-0. Though the Blues came out on top taking 3 points, they were not the only ones to do so. Liverpool and Manchester United both secured a much-needed win against their opponents. However, Manchester City were left to dry, only taking home a point against Southampton. The race for the title is in full effect and as it stands, Chelsea leads the way.
As the season progresses, Carefree Chelsea will be keeping a close eye on their title rivals.
You know the saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
Liverpool continues to impress as they completely dominate Crystal Palace. Palace started off well keeping Liverpool’s Allison on his toes. The ball pinged into the final third by none other than Conor Gallagher to match Zaha’s run, the Ivorian’s sent it goalwards and Alisson is left in no man’s land. Alisson makes a superb effort to keep Zaha’s touch out of the net. We all know the quality that Wilfried Zaha possesses, however, I can’t help but wonder if Kai Havertz was on the end of that ball, would Allison have been able to recover in time? Probably not.
Despite their goalkeeper being susceptible to a blunder or two the prowess of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane on the other end of the pitch is absolutely frightening. Mo Salah looks hungrier than ever to get that golden boot award at the end of the season. He gets the second goal for Liverpool and takes his shirt off in celebration. As a rival fan you wonder, why on earth is he taking off his shirt after scoring in a Crystal Palace match? He took to Twitter and dedicated his celebration to the fans.
Salah tweets, “You, the fans, keep me going. You give me more strength than I think you’ll ever know.”
Diogo Jota, once hailed as the signing of the season manages to blast the ball over the crossbar from 1 yard out with an open goal right in front of him. A miss that I’m sure he’ll be looking to forget as Sadio Mane shows him how it’s done from 1 yard out a few minutes later. Also on the score sheet was Naby Keita with a thunderous strike into the top right corner.
Whilst Liverpool blew away their opposition, title favourites Manchester City struggled against Ralph Hassenhüttl’s Southampton.
In a match where VAR dictated the result, Manchester City’s came away from a. packed stadium with just a point. The reason is clear. The Cityzen’s need a striker. Playing false 9 with their sea of attacking options may only take the current Champions of England so far.
Pep took to the press praising Southampton’s performance. He said,
“We drew this game against a good opponent who defended really well.”
My question now is how many teams will defend as good as Southampton against Manchester City this season? They managed one shot on target in 90 minutes compared to Southampton’s two. Though a good defence is difficult to break down, having a striker who has a keen eye for a goal can solve this problem and that is where they lack at the moment.
For now, I have no worries about them challenging for the title. It may be too early to call but as the season progresses, VAR will not always be there to save them from losing 3 points.
Looking over to the other side of Manchester, United travelled to London to face West Ham United. Manchester United have what many pundits and fans call a “super team” but their performance wasn’t so super this time around.
West Ham went 1-0 up when Saïd Benrahma took the shot and with a deflection from Raphael Varane, it ended up in the back of David De Gea’s. net.
At this point, Cristiano Ronaldo is an absolute cheat code. On the end of a rebounded shot, he slots in the equaliser and puts United level.
For the better part of the second half, Manchester United struggled to get past West Ham’s defence whilst leaving notable gaps in their midfield. It took Jesse Lingard to hit a beautiful right-footed strike to bring it home for the red devils. Though the strike was sweet, it left a bitter taste in the Hammers mouth seeing as Lingard’s form is heavily based on his successful loan to the East Londoners last season.
In the last moments, West Ham got awarded a penalty to get a point which sub Mark Noble had saved. They should have let Declan Rice take it.
Lingard in his post-match interview is appreciative of his time in East London but says he needs to move on.
“I had a good time at West Ham, but I’ve got to move on with Manchester United”
You’d expect Moyes’ side to sit back and hope for their breakthrough however this was not the case. The Hammers pressed and even though they lacked in possession, they took their chances taking a total of 13 shots. David Moyes got it all right today as his boys gave an impressive performance against a “super team” although, maybe calling on Mark Noble to take a last-minute penalty after sitting on the bench for the entire match was quite questionable.
Next up Chelsea face title rivals Man City, Man United are at home against Aston Villa and Liverpool are away against newly-promoted Brentford.
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