Premier League: 10 Talking Points from the 2nd Matchday

Manchester City hit with VAR again, Frank Lampard unsatisfied with Chelsea draw & Wolves equalised with Manchester United.

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MAURICIO POCHETTINO’S SPURS END MAN CITY’S WINNING STREAK AT HOME

In the 2018/19 Premier League campaign Tottenham Hotspurs lost both their home and away game to Man City, unable to get a single shot past the Citizens ballproof defence. In their first game of the 2019/20 campaign against the current Champions, Spurs got two!

Man City started out in front after an incredible header by Raheem Sterling before Erik Lamela drew the equaliser, curving the ball around Ederson to score a stunning goal. Sergio Aguero slotted another one home for City and then substitute Lucas Moura drew Spurs level again within 16 seconds of coming on the pitch.

Pochettino’s strengthened squad exhibited their determination to equal Man City and Liverpool as genuine contenders for the title, even if VAR did save them from losing the match. New boys, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso made big impacts on the pitch, with Ndombele dominating in midfield against Man City, achieving 100% tackle, dribble and duel success.

Spurs walked away from a 2-2 draw on Saturday 17th August. Pochettino must be delighted with the way his new team are progressing and committing themselves.

FRANK LAMPARD WAS HAPPIER WITH 4-0 LOSS TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge but Frank Lampard wasn’t impressed. The former Chelsea midfielder admitted to being happier with Chelsea’s 4-0 loss against Manchester United and that his side need to be tougher and show more personality.

Chelsea had played against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday which went all the way to penalties but Lampard didn’t want tiredness or fatigue to be an excuse. He hopes that in their away game to Norwich City, the team will do more to control the ball and prevent chances for the opposition on the counter-attack.

The Blues boss now has a loss and a draw under his belt as manager and still waits for his win.

NEW ARSENAL TEAM LOOKS A WORLD APART FROM LAST YEAR

Arsenal spent big £££ on their transfers and signings this season and its certainly been worth it as the Gunners are producing some fine performances. New additions Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe have shifted the dynamics in the team.

In the game against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, dangerous duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put in work to put two home for the Gunners but it was Ceballos and Pepe that helped shake things up on the pitch.

Ceballos dominated in midfield, covering more ground than any other player and no doubt has become a quick fan favourite with his pace and technicality. £72M signing Pepe appeared from the bench after half-time but his late start didn’t stop the former Lille star from tearing through Burnley.

Arsenal lost their opening two matches last season and have won their first two this season. The Gunners seem to be on the right track for top-of-the-table success but will face a bigger challenge this weekend when they meet Liverpool and play under the shadow of the Kop.

LIVERPOOL CLIMB TO THE TOP AFTER SOUTHAMPTON WIN

Liverpool sit in the number one spot on the Premier League table after their 2-1 win at St. Mary’s against Southampton and with Manchester City being denied a goal thanks to VAR, the Reds are two points ahead of their Northern rivals.

Jurgen Klopp, with three ex-Southampton players in his midst (Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane) had to thank them along with the rest of the team for their glorious efforts against the Saints.

Mane’s superb opening goal put the Reds out in front before Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead with a low finish past Angus Gunn – he celebrated in true Bobby Firmino style. Either way, Southampton gave Liverpool a good game and should be proud to have only conceded two goals to the Champions of Europe.

Liverpool walked away from the game having had 63.8% possession and 6 shots on target compared to Southampton’s 3. This victory also propelled the Reds on to a club-record win, though it was a near triumph as the Saints almost equalised with Ings attempt in the final minutes.

LEANDRO TROSSARD MAKES A THRILLING PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUT

Leandro Trossard started for Brighton & Hove Albion in their game last weekend against West Ham and the Belgian netted twice for Albion, though one was denied by VAR (VAR has been catching out a lot of players this season).

The score remained 0-0 until Javier Hernandez put the Hammers out in front in the 61st minute but after four minutes Trossard equalised with a fine goal from the edge of the box. The Seagulls continued to create chances for them to take the lead, determined to get Graham Potter a win against West Ham but just fell short.

Trossard, named ‘Man of the Match’ should be happy with his performance and is even hoping Eden Hazard will be proud of his goal!

NORWICH CITY V NEWCASTLE – TEEMU PUKKI’S HAT-TRICK

Daniel Farke must be ecstatic with the Canaries performance last weekend, especially in knowing that their lead goal scorer was a free transfer. There’s been no better bargain!

Teemu Pukki must be on every football enthusiast’s dream team by now as he continues to light things up on the pitch. In the Championship last season, he helped propel his team to the title, scoring 29 league goals and he seems to be heading in the same direction in the Premier League.

Pukki left Newcastle’s defence spinning, scoring a hat-trick for his side and earning Farke his first three points for this season. The striker has proved to be a revelation. Though that’s not to stay the rest of Norwich sat back and did nothing, Farke’s men surged forwards, were innovative and strong on the attack.

Next, they take on Europa League winners, Chelsea, which could be a thrilling game with the Blues set on those three points and Norwich looking to extend their winning streak.

SOUTHAMPTON STILL HAD REASON TO CHEER

The hosts were down 0-2 until Liverpool goalkeeper, Adrian, blundered and allowed his attempted clearance to deflect off Danny Ings shin and into the net, edging the Saints a step closer to the Champions of Europe.

Alisson Becker had done the same thing last season against Leicester City, though more fear seems to have sparked around the back-up goalkeeper’s error. It’s said that there have been talks over his reliability and consistency despite his crucial save in the UEFA Super Cup.

Though the Reds were victorious, Southampton still have much to smile about. They suffered a harsh defeat to Burnley but against Liverpool they stepped up, taking the initiative to drive forwards and gave the Reds a good game. The Saints almost equalised four minutes from time when a wonderful ball from Yan Valery fell in Ings path, who just failed to capitalise on the cross. Nevertheless, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side certainly shouldn’t be disappointed.

Let’s home to see more play like this from the Saints!

MAN CITY DÉJÀ VU WITH VAR HANDBALL

Manchester City were denied a late win in their game against Spurs due to VAR. Spurs equalised with their only two shots on target, whereas City had 30 shots on target, an unfortunate result for England’s reigning Premier League champions at Etihad Stadium last weekend.

The dismissed shot came after an infuriated Sergio Aguero was taken off the pitch for Gabriel Jesus. He and Pep Guardiola were seen to be in a heated discussion over his substitution, which was quickly forgotten about when Jesus netted the ball to give City, what they thought was the win. City had even ended their celebration by the time news came back that the goal had been ruled out, ending City’s 15-match winning run.

Pep described it as déjà vu as a similar matter happened between the two teams during the Champions League quarter-finals. In injury time, Sterling put one away for City in the last minute igniting a euphoric celebration at Etihad Stadium, only for it to be chalked off by VAR deciding Aguero, who crossed the ball was offside.

MANCHESTER UNITED UNDER FIRE AFTER 1-1 DRAW WITH WOLVES

Manchester United are under fire with a ton of criticism for their game against Wolves yesterday. With Man Utd and Wolves level at 1-1 and twenty minutes to go it didn’t look there was much chance for either side to get ahead until Conor Coady tripped Paul Pogba in the penalty area.

Outrage sparked over the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left it down to Pogba and Marcus Rashford to decide between them who should take the penalty. A great number of people have stated that it is Ole’s duty as the manager to designate that responsibility and in not doing so has left a taste of bad management in the mouths of some.

But Pogba has scored 7 of 11 penalties in the Premier League, whereas Rashford has scored 1 of 1 and only just last week. However, many seem adamant that the two deciding between themselves is an embarrassing look for Man Utd by implying that there is a lack of leadership.

But if Pogba hadn’t missed the shot, would people have as much to say? What are your thoughts?

SHEFFIELD UNITED DEFEAT CRYSTAL PALACE

Hosts, Sheffield United impressed manager Chris Wilder with their “full-blooded and committed” performance against Crystal Palace. Wilder’s men gave a strong performance and deserved to secure the win, which was their first Premier League win in over 12 years.

Crystal Palace did have a higher possession rate but failed to cause any real damage and thanks to John Lundstram, the Blades got off to the perfect start! There was an early scare when Christian Benteke fired a shot into the palms of Dean Henderson but things picked up and started to look promising for the hosts there after.

Baldock especially was causing a lot of stir on the pitch as the Eagles struggled to get past him down the right. England International manager Gareth Southgate was also in attendance for the game, perhaps on the lookout for some talent as Wilder’s squad is largely made up of British players.

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