The weekend before the international break is always a tricky one-...
The weekend before the international break is always a tricky one- win and you go out elated knowing you’ve got time to digest the win, lose and you feel deflated as you cannot get that itchy feel out to bounce back from the defeats any time soon.
This weekend saw a lot of unexpected results, with Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea falling to inferior teams over the weekend. Kevin De Bruyne joined Manchester City during the weekend, making the Citizens’ serious title contenders.
With no further ado, here we have it, 5 things we learnt this weekend. .
They might be noisy with the way they have conducted their affairs in the past, with the club being in the spotlight for almost the wrong reasons but Man City are different now.
While everyone throws opinions on the failures of other rivals and other teams failing to hit full gear, City have gone on doing their business incredibly well.
Maximum points from 4 games, bagging clean sheets, addition of Kevin De Bruyne to the squad without much furor is a reminder of what Man Utd used to be. The Blue Moon is rising at Manchester as the Red Devils are beginning to hit a surprising club twilight.
Go To Market…
Pick two, pick another, and probably checkup. It might sound like a routine finish to a card game however Man Utd’s performance at the Liberty stadium against Swansea is a forceful reminder that the club is yet to be done with the transfer market.
In what could be Man Utd’s best eleven with the demands of Ander Herrera to be included finally done, the men in Red fell to a 2-1 defeat with no thanks to woeful goalkeeping, defensive liabilities, and poor attacking prowess.
A proven goalkeeper, an established center back, and a goal scoring forward should be the needs of Man Utd in the last hours of the transfer window. If Man Utd fail to get this right even so late might just see their season fall like a pack of cards before they can build it up, being the joke and not the jokers of the campaign.
What’s The P?
Could it be the curse of the P’s? Mourinho’s last 7 premier league defeats have come against Pulis, Poyet, Pardew, Pochettino, Pulis, Pellegrini, and Pardew.
Jose Mourinho has aimed blame at the medical staff and referee in previous defeats this season, but this time around took a different approach in threatening cutting players loose from the team.
No worries for Chelsea fans though as the next opponents Chelsea would face with a letter P would be Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and that would be 10 games away. But talk about six P’s in a pod.
Mitrovic Needs Help.
We’ve seen how temperamental players see their careers disappear as quickly as their rage rises and Aleksandar Mitrovic would need to be aware of this.
Two yellow cards and a red card in just four premier league games, the 20 year old striker needs good handling and man-management to help him with his immature decisions.
With a rumored £13m spent on bringing the Serbian form Anderlecht, it would be a nice reminder to let the youngster know how well Mike Ashley likes a return on his investment and sitting out games from cards this early would not be of any help.
Rodgers Inviting Klopp.
If there is anything the Kops have been, it would definitely being supportive. The organization itself has given room to Brendan Rodgers to operate, with every signing being made through him including his backroom as well.
Large amount of money given to him to spend demands the return of premier league challenging, a boomerang set in motion with his jibes at Tottenham’s spending.
Defeat to West Ham at Anfield would only set the calls for his removal as his excuses and room would be running thin and slim. Liverpool are having a hard time balancing the philosophy of the possession football with a dominant Christain Benteke upfront and confused whether the long ball should be played or the philosophy be retained.
Sloppy and tactical mistakes from Rodgers could cost him as the rumors of Jurgen Klopp taking over the reins at the beginning of the season would be coming to back to life, a case of not when but how soon the former Dortmund head coach would be in with the performances like the one this past weekend.
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