The first week of the season is over, but not all games have been played with Tottenham v Everton having to be played at a later stage due to the riots that happened in Tottenham, but there was still more than enough excitement in the past three days with 18 goals scored, helped with two 4-0 wins for against Premiership new boys QPR and Swansea. Those two games may have had the same result, but how the game was played couldn’t have been more different with Swansea playing very well, passing in the ball around the pitch very confidentially, but just lacked the killer instinct in the final third, something City didn’t lack! QPR on the other hand, started off reasonably well, but fell apart.
Liverpool having spent big and hoping to push for the top spot, drew at home against a good Sunderland side but fans and the manager wanted a win to kick start a new season. Arsenal also would have wanted a win at the start of the season, but Newcastle held firm, but also Arsenal lacked bit, much like Swansea on Monday night. With Fabregas gone and Nasri rumoured to be leaving also, Arsenal are going top have a hard time of it, if they don’t get in some new players soon as Gervinho and Song will be banned and with the obvious injuries. Gervinho is banned for three games for the slap to Joey Barton after Barton forced him back to his feet with Barton feeling Gervinho tried to win a penalty unfairly, but later retracted his claims of Gervinho being a cheat. Song, who wasn’t booked or sent off for him stamp on Barton has been charged by the F.A for three games also.
Norwich drew their first game of the season against Wigan with that game ending 1-1. Wigan are getting used to life without N’Zogbia. Sunday was Chelsea and Champions United kick off their season. Both teams seemed to carry on from where they let off last season, which is good new for United, but not s good for Chelsea. Ashley Young has fitted into the Manchester United side effortlessly and looks like he has been playing there for a few years, so things can only get better there, but United have troubles with Vidic and Ferdinand going off injured and with Rafael out also, the next few weeks will be difficult for the United defence and that is not mentioning De Gea’s shaky debut. I am sure he will get past that as he may be young, but he is a top player.
The next few weeks for United with their next 4 games being against Tottenham, Arsenal, Bolton and Chelsea are going to be very thought, and could shake things up and points could be dropped and points picked up where needed. Chelsea looked dangerous at times, but still Torres doesn’t look the goal machine he was, and Chelsea look a little stale, but am sure Andre Villas-Boas will freshen up the team but it may take a little bit of time.
Monday saw Manchester City take on Swansea City, and Swansea may have kicked off their Premiership debut with a loss but didn’t do themselves any injustice and could be endeared to the Premiership fans much like Blackpool last season. Swansea played a good passing game, but they never really seemed in danger of scoring, which can be a problem for the likes of Arsenal, but have those players that can turn a game, and that is something Swansea may lack. But also they had it hard going against City with Silva and Yaya Toure were on form, and the bar saved Swansea more than once as did their new keeper Vorm. City took the leas in the second half, but when Kun Agüero came on the game changed. Agüero’s explosive start was one like no other, and football fans at home will be watching, thinking, what the hell just happened there, and undoubtedly the Swansea players will be thinking that and more.
The season has begun and I like everyone else can’t wait for the next game, Bring it on!
sat 13th Aug 2011
Blackburn 1 – Wolves 2
Fulham 0 – Aston Villa 0
Liverpool 1 – Sunderland 1
QPR 0 – Bolton 4
Wigan 1 – Norwich City 1
Newcastle Utd 0 – Arsenal 0
sun 14th Aug 2001
stoke 0 – Chelsea 0
WBA 1 – Manchester Utd 2
mon 15th Aug 2011
manchester City 4 – Swansea City 0