Monday, 16 August 2010
Verdict on the 1st weekend
The opening weekend brought 23 goals and possibly the biggest shock of them all with Blackpool scoring 4 against Wigan. Elsewhere Chelsea resumed where they left off by scoring 6 against relegation threatened West Brom, Blackburn edged passed Everton and Liverpool surrendered all 3 points at the death against Arsenal. The early kick off on Saturday started brightly but failed to come to life in the 2nd half with Spurs probably dropping 2 points with a draw with Man City. Goal of the weekend came courtesy of David Jones who volleyed in a lovely free kick from the edge of the penalty area
It is very hard to judge teams on one performance but Chelsea have certainly laid down their title credentials at an early stage. Manchester United play this evening and they will be keen to respond to the 6 goals scored at Stamford Bridge. The power, pace and precision on display from Ancelotti’s men was impressive and it’s hard to see anyone wrestling the title back from their grasp.
The most impressive performance in my opinion over the weekend was from Liverpool. Written off by many before the season had even kicked off, they responded brilliantly and were incredibly unlucky to drop 2 points to a distinctly average Arsenal side. Although the London side bossed the first half they never created enough chances to reflect their dominance. Their 2 debutants – Chamakh and Koscielny made decent starts, I still feel Chamakh is going to have minimal impact on the season, the young centre half looks a good prospect but will be found out against the more physical sides this season.
Liverpool have always been well organised at the back and with Hodgson’s input as well they will be even better, especially if Agger can remain fit all season. Joe Cole was unfortunate on his Anfield debut but by the letter of the law it was a red card offence and he had to go. It was good to see Torres introduced in the 2nd half, he is still not quite at his explosive best but it was good to see him get some valuable minutes. Let’s see what United have to offer this evening??