Somewhere in the middle of the first half of the season ,it can be said that the very foundation has been set for the plot to unfold.Manchester City are pulling away and there are ominous signs for the others in the top-6. With the Terriers pulling out a shocker and Arsenal showing glimpses of their old selves, things can only get more intriguing from here on. Here are the 9 things we take away from this weekend.
1) ‘Nice one Harry, nice one son. Let’s get another one.’
Yes,there was a party in North London last night and Harry Kane was the man of the hour. Tottenham fans were singing late into the night and they had every reason for it. Spurs,besides Manchester City ,look the most formidable side in the league and are definitely putting up a title challenge. The defense seemed balanced and the attack is their best in a long time since the 2010-11 season. Spearheading this attack is the wonderful Harry Kane, who returns on to the score sheet after a two game drought.
2) Smooth Sailing City
The only unbeaten side in the league, Manchester city are basking in the sun. By dropping only 2 points this season, City looks like the early contender to put your money on. With a decent win in the midweek game against Napoli,City also seems to be the flag bearer for English hopes in the champions league. Aguero’s penalty equals him to Eric Brook who holds the record for the highest goal scorer for Manchester City which gives football at city another exciting dimension. The seas have been kind for the city clan,however,the question is for how long ?
3) Just a slip up or trouble ?
The Huddersfield vs Manchester United game arguably produced the most shocking score line this entire game week resulting in a set of worried united supporters. There has been a general pattern observed at old Trafford where one bad game is followed by a series of bad ones under Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho. Fans booed the team off the pitch and Mourinho promised to ‘punish’ his players in the post match conference. What remains to be seen is how Mourinho’s men perform when they face tottenham next week in the much awaited encounter.
4) The Rejuvenated Arsenal
For the first time in the entire season Ozil and Sanchez played together to hand Arsenal a thumping 5-2 win over everton. With the return of Aaron Ramsey , Arsenal looked unstoppable against a lacklustre Everton. With all the talks regarding Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger couldn’t have asked better from his men. Lacazette is proving his mettle and might be the complete striker, Arsenal has always been lacking since the time of Robin Van Persie. With Swansea visiting them next week, it’s great that its football that is answering questions at the Emirates and not speculations.
5) Job well done Conte?
Chelsea’s comeback win oozed character for sure and it undoubtedly relieved pressure from Conte’s shoulders but credit given to Watford, they gave the title defenders a tough time. The Chelsea defence which was so strong last season,was dominated by Watford. It was Batshuayi yet again who rose to the occasion and Azpilicuetta of course, who helped Chelsea get over the line. The wasteful nature of Watford helped too. To sum it all,the job was done but not with the slightest hint of smoothness.
6)Buh bye Ronald Koeman
And thats that. After another disappointing result against Arsenal yesterday,the Everton hierarchy finally lost its patience and terminated Ronald Koeman’s contract earlier today. One can’t say this was not coming , as Everton have been well below par this season despite a huge summer splurge.Read more about Koeman’s woes at the club and what led to his eventual sacking here.
7)Klopp’s nightmares continue
Klopp has always been known for his attacking ways since his Dortmund days. However it was astonishing to see tottenham turn the tables and give klopp a piece of his own pie yesterday night. Klopp’s Liverpool who have always been criticized for not having the ‘big match mentality’ did decently well against Manchester United last week. However, even after the thumping 7-0 win in the midweek, they fell flat against Tottenham. Liverpool is good no doubt , but are they good enough ?
8) Minnows no more
Usually, the promoted teams struggle against the big boys ,right?Wrong, not this season. Have a look at Huddersfield,Newcastle and Brighton and Hove Albion all of which enjoyed a brilliant start to the season. The results this weekend stands testimony to that. Newcastle got a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace while Brighton and Hove thrashed West Ham 3-0. Promoted clubs like these blur the lines between big clubs and minnows. Although, it remains to be seen if we have spoken too soon.
9) Slight stumble for Romelu?
When he left the toffees for Man United,he was hailed to bring stability and consistency to United. He did just that at the beginning of the season. However, he seems to be missing from the score sheet off-late. One may argue about him not scoring just for the last two games but given the Belgian’s quality, he needs to perform better. If that is not convincing enough one needs to be reminded that he is compared with both Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane who are hitting the ground running currently.
Feature Image via Gaurdian
Harry Kane Image via Cartilage Free Captain
Aaron Mooy Image via Daily Mail
Compiled by EADF Guest writer Anubhav Joshi