Finally, Futbol (Soccer) season is back in England. For those of you who love the MLS product, or those of us that wake up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning because that is when our internal alarms go off, I encourage you to watch some of the most technical and well-rounded soccer matches on NBCSN and NBC. For many passionate viewers like myself, it is time to get the coffee started early and the adrenaline pumping to start your day. Here is a look at some of the highlights from the season opening weekend.
Man City and Liverpool Dominate
The two teams that look like they will be the leading contenders to hold the Premier League trophy this season got off to impressive starts this season. Man City completely dominated an Arsenal side that really had the feel of a team in a rebuilding stage. Even without their general on the pitch, Kevin DeBruyne, City looked like a well-oiled machine. Goals from Raheem Sterling (great sign for the future) and Bernardo Silva helped seize what looked to be a convincing win against a perennial top 6 side. This was about as well-rounded of a game as Pep could have hoped for coming out of the gate this year. Liverpool demolished any skepticism that they were not a title contender with a 4-0 drubbing of poor West Ham this past weekend. West Ham never looked to be in the game from the opening kickoff and the combination of Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane looked like they hadn’t missed a beat from last year with 3 goals between them in this contest. The signing of Alisson in the summer did not need to have much impact in this game, but it could be the piece that pushes Liverpool to challenge City for the title this season.
Everton Look to be In Trouble This Year
Everton fans may want to hold their breath till about Christmas time this year. Starting the season with a newly promoted team sounds like a relatively simple task for a squad that consistently finishes in the top half of the Premier League Table, but Wolverhampton is no average promoted team. Richarlison had the match of his career scoring twice for the Toffees. That’s about he only good news. Phil Jagielka picked up a straight red card in the 40th minute, leaving Everton with only ten men for the rest of the match. Ruben Neves’ brillant free kick and stunning cross to Raul negated the heroics of Richarlison. Everton never really looked to be comfortable in the game. The deadline day signings of Mina and Gomes from Barcelona could prove fruitful for the club, but this team looks in need of a huge confidence boost over the next 3-4 weeks.
Its a Blonde-out in West Ham
Will someone please explain to me this trend? Both Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic were both sporting some bright and vibrant blonde hair on the pitch this past Saturday in the previously mentioned dismantling of West Ham. Watching them sub out for each other was like watching mid-life crisis father swapping out for another. If there is significance to this will someone please enlighten me, but it feels like they should have spent a little bit more time on the training ground than in the salon over the summer months.
- Manchester United got off to a successful start against Leicester City 2-1. Luke Shaw scored his first senior level goal for the club
- Chelsea looked comfortable, but a bit out place against an inferior Huddresfield Town club
- Fulham had a disappointing start against Crystal Palace after a 100 million pound off season spending spree
- Spurs came away with a win in a game that was more nerve-wracking than it needed to be