It was a weekend of challenging football, with all winning teams having to work hard for their victories. So far, the Premier League seems to be mirroring last year’s results. Once again, football giants Liverpool and Manchester City remain at the top of the table. Only seven games into the new season and Liverpool are the leaders, standing five points ahead of City. Despite their victories, each team proved that they are not untouchable. Discover the highs and lows of the weekend as we examine the most notable Premier League games.
Sheffield United v Liverpool
It was a narrow victory for The Reds on Saturday who managed to win 1-0 against The Blades at Bramall Lane. Georginio Wijnaldum was responsible for the singular goal and although Dean Henderson attempted to spoil his efforts, the ball made its way to the back of the net regardless.
Sheffield United proved that they are able to put up a fight against the European Champions despite their loss. Although they played a good game of football, there were chances where The Blades could have pushed further and gone on to equalise.
Likewise, there were missed chances where Liverpool could have squeezed in extra goals. Sadio Mane came close but hit a post and Mo Salah blew a one-on-one with Henderson for what would have been a match settling second goal.
It seems as though The Reds have been lucky the past couple of weekends. Manager, Jurgen Klopp stated that Liverpool ‘need a complete performance to win football games, especially in this tough league.’
Ultimately, when it comes down to it, a win is still a win. In the words of Wijnaldum, ‘It was not the best game we had. But another win, that’s the most important thing.’
It will be interesting to see how The Reds fair against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.
Everton v Manchester City
The Toffees certainly put up a good fight against City regardless. There were promising performances from Alex Iwobi, Seamus Coleman and Calvert-Lewin, who scored the equalising goal.
Ultimately, it was Mahrez who stood out from the crowd. City manager, Guardiola labelled Mahrez’s performance as ‘outstanding’ and went on to praise ‘the action on the first goal, the second one, the two assists he did, especially the one to Raheem. I’m happy for him because he’s playing at an incredible level.’
Chelsea v Brighton
Football legend, Frank Lampard, has not had the best Blues manager record thus far but his men managed to dominate the pitch against The Seagulls in what Super Frank has labelled as a ‘much needed win’.
Chelsea also made a Premier League record as the victory means they have won all nine League football games played against Brighton.
The Blues led when Jorginho scored a penalty after Adam Webster fouled Mason Mount.
Brighton, who have not won in the league since the opening day, nearly equalised, but Dan Burn’s header struck the crossbar.
Willian sealed Lampard’s first home win as a Premier League manager with a deflected strike from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s pass.
It will be interesting to see if this victory kickstarts a further run of success for The Blues.
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Tottenham managed to shake off their recent defeats and persevered to gain a 2-1 home win against Southampton last Saturday. The team showed true resilience as they were reduced to 10 men for one hour and a blunder by keeper Hugo Lloris.
Having lost to Leicester City a week previously and by Colchester in the Carabao Cup, Spurs soldiered on to secure the win. It was Tanguy Ndombele and none other than Harry Kane who provided the goals as Lloris redeemed himself with two excellent second-half saves from James Ward-Prowse and Maya Yoshida.
Naturally, there was much relief for football fans watching at home and at their new stadium, following their previous disappointments.
Let’s see how spurs fair against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Aston Villa v Burnley
Villa have faced tough competition so far this season and as a result, seem to be failing to dominate the field. Manager Dean Smith believed that this game was Villa’s ‘best first half performance of the season but ultimately we’re disappointed. There’s still work to be done’.
Football fans have taken to Twitter to offer their suggestions of what needs to be done to improve Villa’s position. Many are of the opinion that Smith need to switch up the line-up.
Above all, the weekend’s matches prove that there is certainly never a dull moment of football in the Premier League with surprises popping up left, right and centre. No game was without its difficulties, verifying that the League is full of tough competition.
Let’s see what happens during this week’s Champion’s League fixtures.