Here is a highlight re-cap of the second week of the Premier League 2016-17 season:
Pogba debut and PL on Friday
The highly anticipated return of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford, happened on Friday’s match against Southampton. The most expensive player in the world did not disappoint, however Zlatan was one to shine once again. After his 2 goals, Man Utd secure their second win and it looks like it will be very difficult to beat them this season. “We are becoming better and better. It’s a good start. We need to get used to winning,” Ibrahimovic said.
Citizens on Top of the Table
Manchester City started last week with an unconvincing win against Sunderland, but their second game at Stoke looked totally different; a comfortable 4:1 win after goals from Nolito and Aguero. Sergio has already 3 goals in 2 games and together with Zlatan is joint top goal scorer. It seems that we will have an excellent battle between both teams from Manchester this season.
Good Start for Conte
A solid start from The Blues so far, although Conte’s side is not looking as impressive as his biggest rivals from Manchester, but six points in two games says that they will be one to watch. Batshuayi’s first goal for Chelsea, and late goal from Diego Costa, were enough to win at Watford.
Liverpool once again proved that defence is not their strongest point after losing 2:0 to Burnley. Klopp said: “We have to accept it. Burnley deserved to win with a very passionate performance. We have to say it was not enough today”. Last year’s champions, Leicester City, were unable to get 3 points once again after drawing with Arsenal 0:0 at the Emirates Stadium. The Foxes have now gone 20 Premier League games without a win against The Gunners. At last another team to fight for a title, Tottenham won 1:0 after a 82’ goal, by new signing, Victor Wanyama.
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Here is a highlight re-cap of the first week of the Premier League 2016-17 season:
Tigers Bite Foxes on the Opening Day
Claudio Ranieri said that “there was more chance of aliens landing in London than there was of Leicester mounting a successful defence of the Premier League title” and after first game of the new season against Hull City, we can tell that the Foxes might have to fight hard to avoid relegation this season. You could clearly see the gap in midfield after they sold N’Golo Kante to Chelsea and Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were still playing in holiday form.
Pep Era at Manchester City
When Pep arrived at Manchester City everyone was expecting miracles and easy wins from The Citizens, but the Premier League showed once again that is the most difficult in the world. Guardiola left Joe Hart on the bench for the game against Sunderland, and instead put Caballero on the pitch. They won 2:1 after own goal from McNair at 87’ but it showed how much work Pep and the team have to do in the fight for the championship.
Mourinho and Zlatan Already Winning
Jose Mourinho came to Manchester United to bring back the glory for Red Devils. They were very active during the transfer window, buying superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the most expensive player in the world, Paul Pogba. They started the season by winning 3:1 at Bournemouth after goals from Mata, Rooney and Zlatan. The future at Old Trafford looks bright and we can expect Manchester United to be a top contender to win the title this year.
7 Goals at the Emirates Stadium
Definitely the most prestigious game of the first week was in North London where Arsenal hosted Liverpool. Neither team disappointed the crowd at the Emirates, and after the final whistle Liverpool could add 3 points after a 4:3 win. Both teams showed again that they have a lot of potential in the front-line, but lack of defence might be a big problem for Wenger as well as for Klopp’s guys in the fight for the title.