Premier League two month review
It’s been a crazy first two months of the season, and we head into the second international break with a clearer picture of how the Premier League will shape up for the rest of the year. After eight weeks of drama, here are some things that we’ve learned so far.
1. Sarri-Ball is here to stay- Chelsea have started of the season much better than most people would have thought and are currently sitting in second, tied in points with Manchester City and Liverpool. The high pressing, possession-based style of play that Maurizio Sarri has become synonymous with has been well received at Stamford Bridge, and is a welcome breath of fresh air to a side that became stale under Antonio Conte. Eden Hazard has been given a new lease of life under Sarri, and leads the race for the Golden Boot with 7 Goals, averaging a strike every 82 minutes.
2.Trouble at Old Trafford- Manchester United are sitting in 8th place, but it could have been a lot worse, and can consider themselves lucky after going down 2-0 to Newcastle within the first 10 minutes. While it took a strong effort to end up winning 3-2, poor form, and dissent between high profile players and the manager have led to speculation that Jose may not be in charge at Old Trafford much longer. If they want to avoid missing out on the Champions League, something must change.
3. A real title race – After a season last year where Man City strolled to the title, finishing 19 points ahead of their closest rivals, it is great to see three teams’ level on 20 points after the first eight games, with Arsenal and Spurs just behind on 18. Could we have a real title race this season?
4. The New Kids on the Block- The three newly promoted teams have now had 8 games of Premier League football with some making more of an impression then others. Cardiff City are currently in 20th with only 2 points - not the start the Bluebirds wanted. Fulham, despite spending over £100m in the summer are in 17th, and have already conceded 21 goals. By far the most impressive has been Wolves, who sit in 7th place, and now could be dreaming of a Europa League finish.
5. The Rise of the Reds- Coming into the season, Liverpool have had a certain level of hype surrounding the team. The exiting core of Mane, Firmino and Salah combined with new signings Kieta and Allison have them in a position to contend for the title. After a red-hot start to the season where they beat PSG, they are winless in the last three including a loss to Napoli in the Champions League. Salah is in poor form and it seems like Firmino can’t find the back of the net. All of this may change after the international break, but the question must be asked if they are clinical enough to win the League
6. Post Wenger- Arsenal opened this season in very unfamiliar territory as Unai Emery took over as manager for Arsen Wenger. In what was supposed to be a transition season, they have been superb, winning their last 9 games on the bounce.
7. The Manchester City Machine- How are City fans disappointed that they are currently top of the league and have scored the most goals by any team so far? That’s how high the standards have been set by Pep Guardiola and the Citizens after their record-breaking season of 2017/18. The only other knock on their season so far is poor performances in the Champions League, losing to Lyon at home, and just scraping past Hoffenheim. The Champions league is a title City will prioritise, but at what domestic cost will that take?
What do you think of our Premier League Team of the Season so far?