Updated: Aug 14, 2019
Firstly, my posts are going to be a weekday thing now and no longer daily. It's easier like that. It'll be probably every other weekday until things kick off but right now, it'll be as described. Now onto the football.
It finally returned. We have all been waiting desperately for Premier League football to be back on our televisions and it started with Liverpool vs Norwich. I admired the Canaries for the way they tried to play, but it led to them being on the end of 4 goals. They may cause some lesser sides problems, but with their defence, they'll concede a lot of goals. Liverpool looked okay. Defensively they were poor, which was weird to see. We aren't use to them giving away a load of chances. For all of TAA's strong offensive ability, he does get caught out at the back at times. Will be interesting to see how they defend on Wednesday, and if Matip comes back into the side.
Manchester City were brilliant as usual. I don't even think West Ham were that bad. City are just a class above everyone in Europe. Their bench had Bernardo Silva and Aguero. They're the team to beat. VAR was the main talking point and if I'm being honest I think it's a joke. Sterling was apparently an atom's width offside, and how does the technology know for a fact where Sterling's shoulder starts from? It's killing the enjoyment for fans. They're scared to celebrate. For clear cut things it will be useful. But for God's sake there's millimetres in some things, it's not clear and obvious and how is a millimetre giving the attacker an advantage. It's going to be a huge problem and really ruin some games and fan enjoyment. Similar to the Wolves Leicester game. I appreciate it is a handball because of the rule but the rule only changed because of VAR. What on earth was Boly supposed to do. He wasn't even in control of his body. I guess we are going to have to accept it and get on with it but it's a shame it's the weekend's main talking point.
Spurs grinded to a hard fought win against Villa. Villa played well, defended well - especially Mings. He was a beast. But they just don't look fit enough yet, and couldn't put up with Spurs' relentlessness. The first half, Spurs were tame and Kane struggled to get into the game unless he came deep. A diamond simply doesn't work and I think Poch knows that now. When they changed in the second half and then bought on Eriksen, they were much better. Lucas was better on the wing, Ndombele flourished in a pivot, and Kane began doing stuff in the final third. If Spurs can get Ndombele, Winks, Eriksen, Lo Celso, Son and Kane in a 4-2-3-1 together, they'll be a very dangerous side. Special mention to Winks who was outstanding in the first half. He will be a top class player for club and country for years.
Sheffield United got a good result away to Bournemouth, and it was nice to see Billy Sharp score the equaliser. Brighton were outstanding away to Watford, and Palace and Everton look really stale offensively. Southampton were poor too, but Burnley look like they're set to have a really good season again under Dyche.
Arsenal beat Newcastle on a wet, wet day. I didn't think either team were that good, but Arsenal can be forgiven with the number of players out. Nelson and Willock looked good though, and Aubameyang delivered a classic Auba finish. I really worry for Newcastle though, there was just nothing going on for them. On a positive note, Saint-Maximin looked dangerous when he came on.
Finally, United and Chelsea. Maguire and Wan-Bissaka were superb, and I think United will be better defensively this season. There are positives there for United even though they started poorly. They set up better defensively in the second half and counter attacked phenomenally. However, left back is a major problem. Luke Shaw isn't good enough. Also, I feel like the balance is midfield is a bit off, and they'll get exploited a lot. They needed another hard working midfielder to play next to McTominay to let Pogba roam free and do the attacking work. Pogba in a 2... I don't know if I trust him. One more thing, I like Martial and Rashford but they are more counter attacking strikers. Without an out and out number 9, they may struggle against teams sitting deep. But overall, United should be pleased. Chelsea weren't as bad as 4-0 suggest and actually played some very nice football. However, they lacked some major cutting edge, and I don't know if players like Abraham and Barkley are good enough in the final third. They may be as it is early days, but I've seen enough of Barkley to know he isn't good enough. Mount and Abraham deserve more of a shot though, and with Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi to come in, they may become a better team with better decision making. Willian needs to step up this season in the absence of Hazard. A wildly inconsistent player, he really needs to up his game. They need Kante to return too as they were consistently ripped open in midfield. I liked Zouma at Everton, but he was horrible yesterday - as was Azpilicueta. Zouma should get a run of games to prove himself, but with Rudiger coming back, they should be a bit more shored up defensively. Both teams have reason to be positive, but Chelsea seem to be just missing that extra quality.
Well, that's my first review done. As I said, I'll be a weekday blog now. That's all for today, see you tomorrow.