It is not every week football fans savor a grand opening to Premier League’s weekend games.
This Saturday, 3 of the 4 teams that kicked off the 12.30pm fixtures included Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Gabriel Jesus if the breakthrough, as City dominated the Blues at Stamford Bridge and 1-0 convincingly, to acquire dorsum into the title race.
At Old Trafford, a depressing week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued, as Kortney Hause netted the decisive goal. Bruno Fernandes notwithstanding had time to blaze off a belatedly penalty.
What are the 5 things we learnt from both games?
1. Guardiola is still male monarch: This was a high-pressure game for Pep by all account. Not only was it the start of a triple header that still has Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to come up. But because he has lost 3 times in a row to Thomas Tuchel. The former Barcelona boss accepted the challenge without changing his principles and dominated Chelsea from start to goal on their have turf.
2. Solskjaer is not the one: Whether Guardiola is proving his tactical mettle on one side of Manchester, on the other side Solskjaer is flunking fairly badly. After been dumped out of the Carabao Loving cup by W Ham in midweek, the Norwegian saw United stumble in the title race, losing 1-0 to a rattling resilient Aston Villa side. The Red Devils were poor on the daytime, shaky in defence and laboured in onrush.
3. Bruno, oh dear: With United losing 1-0 at Old Trafford, the hosts had a chance for belatedly redemption. Hause who headed in the only goal of the game was punished for handball and Mike Dean awarded a penalty. Fernandes stepped upwardly with the ball, Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow looming behind and blasted it over Emi Martinez’s meshing. One wonders whether that is the finish of his spot-kick duties.
4. Chelsea can be beaten: The key to City’s win at Chelsea, was their vehement urgent and tidiness in possession. Guardiola’s approach pushed Tuchel’s men dorsum and they resorted to long balls into the path of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Both strikers struggled for crumbs, as Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias marshalled the champions’ backline so expertly.
5. The title race is on: The 2 results from Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford have blown the title race broad open. Liverpool, City, Chelsea and United are all level on 13 points, with Jurgen Klopp’s men to face 10th location Brentford this even. Next week, the Reds take on Guardiola’s men. The excitement has only begun!
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