Weekend Review: What have we learnt after the first round of Premier League fixtures?

Weekend Review: What have we learnt after the first round of Premier League fixtures?
Aug 16, 2016

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  1. Hazard appears to be back: Eden Hazard seemed to show some of the world class form that he possess last night. He was positive and forward thinking for the majority of the match. He nearly scored a fantastic solo goal by dancing past the West Ham defenders. He got his first goal of the season by smashing the ball home from the spot. He drifted off for the last 15 minutes of the game, he needs to remove this walking style of play from his game.

 

  1. Conte’s passion: He will be loved by the neutral fans. England fans love to see passion from players and managers alike. To see Conte sprinting down the touchline and celebrating with the fans is fantastic to see. The bloke Conte hugged will remember that moment for the rest of his life. That is truly what football is about, giving fans these emotional moments.

 

  1. Wenger under pressure: His side fell apart after half time against Liverpool. Arsenal’s make-shift defence was torn to shreds by Liverpool, they were bewildered, confused and simply out run. Wenger made the choice to rest Koscielny, Giroud and Ozil. Yet he played Aaron Ramsey who consequently got injured. He needs to sign some players to appease the fans. He needs to spend big. But will he?

 

  1. Mourinho’s Manchester United: It was a classic Jose Mourinho performance. Play it safe and wait for the opposing team to make a mistake and capitalise. Which they did, it was amusing how Juan Mata was the one to score after all the speculation around his future. In the second half they moved up through the gears which Bournemouth could not cope with. Good news for Manchester United fans that both Rooney and Zlatan were on the scoresheet.

 

  1. Pulis Masterclass: Say what you want about his style but Tony Pulis is a man who knows how to get results. Remember, he is a manager who has NEVER been relegated. Quite some record to hold. Widely tipped by some to be relegated, there is no chance of that after Saturday. Very strong defensively, extremely organised and score a goal via a set piece. Tony Pulis’ perfect dream.

 

  1. Guardiola takes no prisoners: To drop England’s number one goalkeeper is a brutal decision by the new manager. The belief is that Joe Hart is not able to pass out from the back. But, are you going to be able to find a better shot stopper who IS available now? It will be up to Joe Hart to see what happens from here. He could get his head down and improve under Guardiola; or he could tell Guardiola where to go and force a move. It is has been suggested today that Everton may be interested. Bizarre times for Joe Hart at Manchester City.

 

  1. Champions struggle: Leicester City lost to Hull City on Saturday. The first time the champions of the Premier League have lost on the opening weekend. However, this is not a time to panic. They have got a new partnership upfront, which looks exciting. Robert Huth will return from suspension to restore his pairing at the back with Wes Morgan. The Foxes fans just need to remain calm. Arsenal to come at the weekend, a chance for Leicester to lay down a marker for the season ahead.

 

  1. New boys score: Negredo scored on his debut for the ‘Boro, using his strength to out muscle Shawcross which is no easy task. Redmond scored a volley for Southampton, the new manager of the South Coast club believes that Redmond will play as a centre forward. Claude Puel suggested that Redmond has the potential to be as good as Thierry Henry. Good luck with that!

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