Week 2 of the Premier League kicked off as the previous week ended with Man United walking their way to 4-0 win. Once again the two starts on show were Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. These two are going to cause problems to every defense in the league this season! Something that was obvious this week was how Romelu Lukaku struggled when faced with a back three. His movement was not good enough as he did not give the playmakers in the United team a good outlet throughout the game. This is something he will have to work with as more and more teams switch to three at the back.
The Saturday 3pm kick-offs brought victories to Southampton, Leicester, West Brom, Watford and Liverpool. There wasn’t much to separate the teams involved in these games and, to be honest, the games were not overly entertaining either with the exception of the Southampton v West Ham game which produced 5 goals, including two penalties, and one red card! (More on that later)
On Saturday evening Stoke City hosted Arsenal at the Bet 365 Stadium, with Arsene Wenger’s men looking to make it 2/2 this season. However, the game didn’t go the way the French man would have liked with Stoke picking them off with a lovely finish from debut man Jése! The Gunners can feel a little unlucky as they did create some great chances but only to find Jack Butland unbeatable between the sticks.
In an early season battle between 2 of the newly promoted teams it was Huddersfield to take all three points leaving Newcastle still in search of points this season. A worrying start to the season for the Geordies but Huddersfield must be delighted with their start – two wins from two games!
Wembley hosted the first London derby of the season and it could not have been bigger as Tottenham hosted Chelsea in the first home game for Spurs in their temporary home at Wembley. Chelsea, without the suspended duo of Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, opted to deploy David Luiz in a holding midfield role ahead of a back three including Azpilicueta, Christensen & Rudiger.
Marcos Alonso scored an absolute peach of a free kick, top corner and gave Lloris no chance! (Not this time anyway!)
Spurs absolutely dominated the game after this and really should have equalised before half time, seeing a shot ricochet back off the post from Harry Kane. After the break the pressure continued to mount but still no sign of a breakthrough until the 83rd minute when Batshuayi headed pase his own keeper from a Christian Eriksen freekick.
Spurs could smell victory and pushed on only to leave Marcos Alonso nick a winner with a minute to go following a swift counter attack with Spurs failed to deal with properly. The shot from Alonso went straight under Lloris and the Frenchman will fell bitterly disappointed to have conceded such a sloppy goal. You wouldn’t see David De Gea conceed a goal like that! So Chelsea won 2-1 somehow, will feel fortunate about that one!
On Monday night we saw Everton visit the Etihad to face off against Manchester City. Both had a good if not unconvincing win in week 1. Wayne Rooney continued his Merseyside Renaissance with a second goal in as many weeks, although, I’m sure he enjoyed this a little more!
Raheem Sterling came off the bench in the second half to equalise for City. Both teams finished with 10 men as Kyle Walker (City) and Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) were both dismissed for second bookable offences.