After two weeks of Premier League football, most fans will be trying to catch their breath after some of the shock results, classy goals and stunning individual performances. Opinions will have been swung, too, especially after Manchester City’s dominant performance against the champions earlier today.
City, who were not many people’s favourites for the title or even a good season at all this year, looked a billion dollars as some brilliant individual performances from well known heroes such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany saw them take Chelsea apart, and in some style too, doing so with a resounding three nil scoreline as well!
Chelsea, who weren’t at it last week at home to Swansea, struggled to get into the game and only enjoyed a few good spells throughout the match. They may have only played three games this season (including the community shield), but having lost two and drawn one there is a sense of uncertainty lingering around Stamford bridge at the moment.
Blues fans are still yet to see much from loanee Radamel Falcao, who, in truth, everyone is wishing well in the Premier League this season after his disappointing spell with Manchester United. He has come on as a substitute in all three matches and failed to make and impact, therefore leading to the question of whether Mourinho should stick with his favoured system or shuffle the pack and try to bring Falcao into the starting line up. Seeing Falcao playing alongside Diego Costa once again and flourishing would be a breath of fresh air to Mourinho and the Chelsea faithful, and that could work well in a 4-1-2-1-2 system which would see Nemanja Matic play on his his own in the hole whilst Cesc Fabregas pushes up and Eden Hazard and Willian continue out wide. Of course, it is always difficult to experiment once the season has begun, but I’m sure many people involved with Chelsea FC would do anything to see Falcao playing lots of matches in a suited role, fit, and scoring goals.
In terms of what else has happened, unfavoured Leicester have started very strongly with two wins out of two, and have looked very convincing, whereas Southampton, who weren’t expected to do quite as well this season haven’t started well, with two points dropped at Newcastle on the opening day and a poor 0-3 defeat at home to Everton six days later, the future doesn’t look quite so rosy for them. Looking at Arsenal, they will once again be playing catch up in the title race after another slow start, with a 0-2 defeat by West Ham and an unconvincing 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace. The somewhat good news for them though is that title rivals Chelsea have also started poorly.
Finally, it has been an encouraging start for Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United, with two games, two clean sheets and two wins for the Red Devils. So, after an exciting first two weeks of the premier League, it’s first blood to Manchester City. Roll on matchday three!