The Premier League is underway and after the first two weekends it looks like we’ve got another exciting season on our hands.
Most eyes are on the reigning champions when the new season kicks off to see if they can maintain the momentum they had in the previous season, and Man City have made the perfect start with six points, joined by Brighton who have made a very impressive start to their campaign, and Arsenal.
City have adjusted their playing style because more teams are happy to sit deep and wait for them to make a mistake, knowing City will have most of the ball but trying to hit them on the break.
This will mean City have to be more patient and wait for the right moment, so I’m sure a lot of players will be tested to see if they can wait even longer to make their move. As a City player sometimes you won’t start the match and you need to keep the ball moving even when you think it’s time to dribble. As I was told when I was 9, the ball is faster than a player so let it move around. I’m sure this is a principle Pep has drilled into his teams as it was a favourite of Johan Cruyff who he admired.
As always City are expected to have a strong season and they are usually relentless under Pep, as Arsenal found out last season when the back end of the season proved to be decisive. City never slowed down and won the title when Arsenal dropped a few points.
Arsenal have made some good signing and will be aiming high again, hoping to keep the consistency this season and go all the way to win their first title since 2004. This is why you saw them celebrating so happily after their 0-1 win over Palace at the final whistle.
Chelsea have made some big money buys this summer, as they have over the past 12 months. It takes time for a new team to gel, and to adapt to a new manager, and we saw that with ten Haag at Man Utd last season, but Chelsea need to be doing better this season and aiming for a Champions League place with the money that has been spent. This will be a big call because heading into Europe already will feel like a big achievement after the start they have made.
The defeat to West Ham is not the perfect start but the next month will be important to make a statement and set the tone for the season. Knowing that the injury list is long Chelsea are hoping to get players fit and competing as soon as possible to work on setting higher standards.
Man Utd will also be hoping to set the tone in the right way after their defeat to Spurs. Spurs on the other hand will be happy you would expect, after losing Harry Kane but scoring 2 against United. It shows they still have goals in them without their main source of goals over the last years, and it is a great confidence boost to start the season.
Newcastle were beaten by City, but I think they will still be happy with their start, as will Liverpool after their draw with Chelsea and win over Bournemouth.
It’s too early to draw any conclusions but it seems like it’s going to be hard to predict how the top clubs will perform against each other, and also how tough newcomers like Burnley might be for the so-called bigger teams. The league is always increasing in quality and getting more competitive for the top spots, and the next few weeks are going to be very interesting to see who can get into a good run of form. #mmlove