Welcome back Premier League football, and welcome back Jose Mourinho's enormous Anfield parked bus...
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea-- They surely couldn't could they? They did! What a result for Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace. It's been an unsettling last year or so at Selhurst Park with managers and styles of play changing as often as the weather. But Roy will be delighted with the grit and determination his team showed against Chelsea. And with Zaha back they now have a talisman, and someone with a touch of class to help them finally get some good results on the board.
As for Chelsea, two league defeats on the bounce will not be happy viewing for Antonio Conte. Their squad certainly feels a little thin for a serious challenge on multiple fronts. With Alvaro Morata missing through injury, Michy Batshuyi was given the chance to lead the line but failed to have any real impact. Chelsea will certainly have better days this season, but it feels as though they are a serious injury to one of their key men away from being in real trouble.
Fernandinho for City vs. Stoke. What a hit. The Brazilian leathered an absolute bullet into the top corner from 25 yards. Not even David "Spaghetti Arms and Legs" De Gea would've saved that.
Player of the weekend:
Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian is unstoppable at the moment-- he makes everything look so easy, and this performance was an absolute midfield masterclass. It's not too often that both sets of fans applaud a player off the pitch, but that's how good KDB was against Stoke.
Moment of the weekend:
First points and first goals of the season for Crystal Palace. The Roy effect! Palace simply have too many good players to be in a serious relegation battle this season. Maybe the bright side to their horrid start to the season is that they've already gotten a big chunk of very difficult fixtures out of the way. Hopefully they can kick on from here and really go on a run now.
Disappointment of the weekend:
Liverpool vs. Man United. What a let down. As he did last season, Jose turned up to Anfield and sat back, and sat back, and then sat back some more. This was the worst Manchester United performance of his tenure, and not just because of the lack of ambition his team showed. United looked disjointed, and incapable of connecting even the most simple of passes together. Their performance can be summed up by the fact that United finished the game with center half Victor Lindelof replacing Ashley Young on the right wing. Woof.
As for Liverpool, they were on the front foot for practically the entire match, and so it seemed odd that Klopp took off his 3 best players (Salah, Coutinho, and Firmino) with the game there to be won. He will be frustrated that his players didn't take the chances they created earlier in the game, but when the dust settles both teams will be relatively happy with a point.
Team of the weekend:
Sakho Jones Matip
Sterling De Bruyne Cleverley Zaha
Jesus Deeney Gabbiadini