We were only without football for a few weeks this summer, but the transfer window has closed, the Premier League is back and the race for the title is underway. A new season is always an exciting time for players and fans, as we start to see how teams are shaping up, from the reigning champions to the newly promoted.
Man City’s campaign was off to a perfect start as Pep Guardiola hopes to become the first manager since Sir Alex to win back-to-back PL titles. At times it looks like City have had no summer break, playing just as well as they had at the end of last season. Pep says they will only get better, but no team has won the PL twice in a row since Man United in 2008, so it will be interesting to see if City can keep up their standards for another season.
It’s clear that Arsenal will need time to adapt to Unai Emery’s style of play, and fans will need to patient as the club brings in new players that fit his system. It could be a few years before the team starts to shape up exactly how Emery wants it, but an opener against City was never going to be easy, so they could have seen a lot worse than a 2-0 defeat.
Chelsea’s trip to Huddersfield saw the debut of Kepa Arizzabalaga, who after a nervy start grew with confidence and left with a clean sheet. The blues did struggle too much for me during the first half though, and that’s never good so let’s hope it’s just because they are building. I am happy Hazard stayed because without him, the team would have a tough time this season. He will also help us lure more stars to the club. It’s too early to judge Sarri but it won’t be an easy one this season.
Huddersfield looked positive in much of the first half but they are likely to be in for another tough season. They stayed in the PL in dramatic style last time out, and it could go down to the wire again for the Terriers.
Jurgen Klopp will be one of the happiest managers after the opening weekend. His side take an early lead in the table after their 4-0 victory over West Ham, with goals from Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Sturridge, who scored with his first touch in a Liverpool shirt since last December. It was a great moment for him and he of course brought out the famous dance in celebration.
If Sturridge can keep fit and get back to his best he could become a key cog Liverpool’s set up this season. Salah is under pressure to perform after last season’s amazing hoard of 44 goals, but he looked comfortable and confident, while Mane and Firmino also looked sharp. The new man Keita also looked impressive in midfield and offers a lot to the team, from his strength and pace to his vision and dribbling.
Wolves are the new boys that everyone has their eye on, with their ambitions to finish in the top half of the table. They’ve brought in some talent to build on already impressive side and the star man Ruben Neves has already shown early signs he is capable of stepping up to the Premier League with a great free-kick and assist against Everton. Some eyebrows were raised when Everton bought Richarlison for £50m, but the young Brazilian showed his abilities with a brace at Molineux.
The teams that are expected to start well have done in the opening week. Klopp has built his squad and this is the season they need to go for it, because he has the team to do it. Spurs also kept their game together, and if they don’t slip up during a crucial moment in the season, they could be closer to winning it.
Man City will be disappointed with anything less than winning the title again, but Mourinho in particular, will do whatever it takes to make sure Pep doesn’t win back-to-back titles. United are always the talked about team and that’s the way Jose likes it.