A couple of great games, and cracking goals in the Weekly Review, but poor old Roy Hodgson eh?
Leicester 2- Liverpool 3. A Premier League cracker. Both teams looked dangerous going forward, and nervy at the back which made it a hell of a game for the neutral. Leicester have been on the receiving end of some unlucky results this season (Arsenal away and this one), and quietly Jamie Vardy is having a very good start to the season with 5 goals already (despite his penalty miss). If they keep playing the way they did in this game, their luck will turn and I wouldn't be surprised if they make a push for a Europa League spot come the end of the season.
As for Liverpool, we didn't really learn anything new about them. Brilliant going forward, but still leaking sloppy goals at the back. Mignolet did well to save the penalty, but was lucky to be on the pitch after he brought down Vardy in the box, and was also at fault for Leicester's first goal. Liverpool did well to close out the game, but can count themselves a little lucky that they came away with all 3 points.
Alvaro Morata's 2nd for Chelsea. What a brilliant goal from Chelsea's #9. This was a goal that just oozed class-- the run, the composure, the finish. Absolutely sublime. Check out Henry's analysis of the goal on MNF to fully appreciate just how fantastic a goal this was.
Special mentions also for Fabian Delph's cracking goal for City, and Coutinho's free kick for Liverpool.
Player of the weekend:
Alvaro Morata-- Many (myself included) wondered how Morata would adjust to life in the Premier League. With 6 goals in 6 games however, he has already proved many of his doubters wrong. His performance at the weekend was exceptional, and he seems to have everything in his game-- pace, athleticism, technique, and clinical finishing. Diego who?
Moment of the weekend:
Coutinho's return to form for Liverpool. What a difference the Brazilian magician makes to this Liverpool side. His cross to Salah for Liverpool's first was sublime, and his free kick for Liverpool's second was executed to perfection. Liverpool stood firm this summer to keep their talisman, and his influence on this team cannot be underestimated. He offers them that little bit of extra quality in the final third that turns them from top 4 contenders into potential title contenders. He will still probably end up at Barcelona one day, but Liverpool and Premier League fans alike should savor every minute of his brilliance while they have him.
What now for Roy?
Smacked at City 5-0 this past week, away at Old Trafford this weekend, welcoming Chelsea at Selhurst Park after the International break, and now without Benteke for up to 6 weeks. Where do Palace go from here? There is plenty of talent in that squad... Cabaye, Townsend, Zaha (when back fit), Dann and Puncheon are all good players. They have not been helped by an unstable managerial situation, but the players need to take some of the responsibility as well-- they should be doing better. Roy should be given time to sort it out, but it is tough to see when their first points of the season will arrive.
Team of the weekend:
Monreal Jones Azpilicueta
Niasse De Bruyne Coutinho Sterling
Morata Kane Lacazette