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Sunday, 17 September 2017

THOUGHTS FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE WEEKEND

The very basic level of sports.

Another premier league match day has come and gone, with exciting talking points from the weekend. We at grass sports would like to talk about 4 things we learned from the weekend, read on.
1. Liverpool defensive woes continue
Liverpool, a team that has one of the deadliest attacks in the league, is often criticised due to it's frail defence. The story was all the same on Saturday. Matched against a stubborn Burnley side with an even more sturbbon goalkeeper, there was a feeling that Liverpool would struggle coming into this game. However, in some quarters, Liverpool were expected to blow away their opponents, but the story was all too familiar. Liverpool were the first to concede, but duly equalised through Mohammed Salah. From then on, the Liverpool front-line bar striked with wave after wave of attack, but all to no avail. The likes of Salah, Sturidge, Solanke and Countinho all came close, but couldn't get past the impressive goal keeper. This was supposed to be a point building match against burnely, but Liverpool spurned their chance. There are rumours in some quarters that fans and management alike are beginning to lose patience with Jurgen Klopp.
2. Man city sends a message to the league.
Manchester city stated their title intent with a 6-nil thrashing of Watford. They were thoroughly impressive and relentless in attack. What probably is the most impressive fact about City is that, they are usually so direct and ruthless in attack, with playmaker such as De bryune, David Silva, Bernando Silva, etc. These set of players have been so reliable, even so that Kevin de bryune was recently awarded with a new contract. They also have a flourishing attack line led by the resurgent Sergio Aguero supported by the Brazilian wonder kid Gabriel Jesus. This could be the season they win the title again since 2012. As it stands, the only team capable of pushing them all the way is Manchester United.
3. Arsenal and Chelsea share spoils
It was a charged atmosphere at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Chelsea sought to serve Arsenal with their 3rd league defeat of the season. However, this was not to be so as Arsenal fought, stood firm and shared the points with their rivals. Chelsea were considered favourites to win coming into the match but failed to make use of the opportunity. After Eden Hazard came on, Chelsea looked livelier prompting questions of why he did not start the match. Generally, this Chelsea side look a tad weaker than the one that won the league last season and will need to really sit up if it is to contest against the two Manchester clubs.
4. Manchester United does it....again.
United were clear favourites to win this one and they did not disappoint. Although Everton pushed them to the very limit, they showed the character of champions and went on a 7 minute scoring spree. Mourinho's charges look ready to win the league and are level on points and goals with Manchester City. Wayne Rooney had a good game for Everton, serving as the link between attack and defence, when he was hauled off however, Everton conceded 3 goals. Rooney received a warm welcome from the United fans but the game didn't go as expected for him and his team mates. Romelu Lukaku seems the real deal right now, confident as ever, he was backed to score against his former side and he delivered just that. He had some earlier gilt edged missed chances but didn't allow them weigh him down, he showed the true character of a top class striker and eventually scored. He celebrated his goal against his former club which came as a surprise to some. He is currently the joint highest goal scorer with Man city's Sergio Aguero. 

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