English Premier League continued this time with round 3. After a interesting two weeks the actions continued. Today will have a look at Manchester City that were unfortunate enough to lose first two points in an away draw 1-1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Everton lost in a incredible fashion, being one mad down, they’ve got a lead of 2-0 and then conceded twice in less then four minutes, ending up draw 2-2 at AFC Bournemouth. Unai Emry’s first win with Arsenal in Premier League 3-1 against West Ham United. Liverpool got a minimal home win 1-0 against Brighton & Hove Albion FC. Chelsea showed the character and pushed for a 2-1 victory away at St. James Park against Newcastle United. The last match of the round that made the most of the talk for the past week was by far the fantastic 3-0 win of Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford against an aggressive, attacking but lacking precision in the last third Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. The major question after of the football weekend was this: Is Jose Mourinho staying or he’ll be sucked soon if the results fails to improve?
Jose Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City got their third game of Premier League away on Molineux Stadium against new promoted from Championship Wolverhampton Wanderers. The champions get the game in their hands from the beginning and it was just the matter of time until they got their opener. Stats and data are very important in sports but despite total dominance of the match, on 57th minute after a controversy and a hand ball that was not seen by the officials, Willy Boly put the hosts ahead. To be honest it is quite a scene to see Manchester City losing 1-0 in the middle of the second half. Aymeric Laporte got the equalizer for “Citizens” on 69th minute and with a shock feeling the meeting was over 1-1. Question after this match is Nuno Espírito Santo, Wolverhampton Wanderers’c manager cracked the code of invincibility of this fantastic team of Guoardiola, or it was just a bad luck or lack of concentration in the beginning of the season that gifted the hosts an enormous one point, up coming weeks I am sure will find the answer for this question.
After two straight defeats Unai Emery got his first win with Arsenal on Emirates against West Ham United. The Hummers though started way much better then the hosts and Marko Arnautović opened the score on 25th minute. If you’re watching Premier League this year, you might know the feeling of wonder if Arsenal gonna come back and deliver or will crumble again as they did against Chelsea. Well as the match proved, Gunners equalized fast just five minutes later through Nacho Monreal. The key moment of the day in my opinion was the own goal of West Ham United French defender Issa Diop on 70th minute. Danny Welback scored the third in extra time and it seems that slowly but steady Unai Emery is getting the things right and accordingly team delivers a better performance. Let’s see how they gonna do next week.
Liverpool got a good start of the season with two wins in two games as much as Brighton & Hove Albion FC that visited this week Anfield after an incredible victory 3-2 at home over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. With every single game in the season the expectations are rising and after a substantial summer transfer window, as per the specialist Liverpool must fight for title this year, true or not, “The Reds” got their job done last week. Nervous game and it was by far not the most brilliant display of Jurgen Klopp’s team. The point that matters happened on 23rd minute when Mohamed Salah scored the winner and with it earned all three point for Liverpool. Final score 1-0 and a good start of the campaign for Merseyside team.
After promoting last year in Premier League, Rafael Benitez managed to keep his team out of the relegation zone and with the budget that he had to consolidate a squad in order to secure a decent spot in new campaign 2018-2019. From another side Maurizio Sarri inherited a top team with a world class players and the time to implement his vision on the style of playing football started well, faster than on Emirates. It took them 76 minute to open the score for Chelsea on Saint James Park against Newcastle United, Eden Hazard finished perfectly from penalty spot. Joselu equalized on 83rd minute and the hope appeared in the end of the tunnel for local supporters. Despite the dominance of Chelsea the counter attack approach of Rafa Benitez brought them a equalizer. With just three minutes before the end of the standard time DeAndre Yedlin scored an own goal and with it Chelsea won 2-1 the away game at Newcastle United.
After the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the heavy cloud gathered on the sky of the red part of Manchester and unsuccessful short periods with David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal , the Special One with his tactics and strategies stopped the sinking ship and in last season got a cup and a second place for Manchester United in Premier League. The attacking football though desapeared and internal situation between the manager, players and the board got quite tense in the last couple of months. The surprising defeat in last week away at Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 was just the start of rumors and this week the humiliating defeat at home 0-3 to Tottenham Hotspur just spiraled the doubt if the Portuguese gonna finish the first part of season here or elsewhere. In contrast to previous match, in this one there were pressing, moments and over all another way of approaching the game and if you’re aware of Mourinho’s style it was an innovative football, unfortunately it didn’t pay back and on 50th minute Harry Kane opened the score, two minutes later United lost again the ball and Lucas Moura doubled the lead for Tottenham Hotspur. Romelu Lukaku and his team mates had nothing to lose and continued their attempts to get them back into the game having over all 11 shoots of target and 5 on target, but as it happens nothing entered in the goal of Hugo Lloris. Lucas Moura scored the third on 84th minute and with this second defeat in a row Manchester United dropped in the second part of the League Table finishing week 3 on 13th place.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 1 Manchester City
AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Everton
Arsenal 3 – 1 West Ham United
Huddersfield Town 0 – 0 Cardiff City
Southampton FC 1 – 2 Leicester City
Liverpool 1 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion FC
Watford FC 2 – 1 Crystal Palace
Fulham FC 4 – 2 Burnley
Newcastle United 1 – 2 Chelsea
Manchester United 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur