One of the trickiest things for any Premier League manager is having to manage a group of players after the international break. They have to deal with injuries, jet lags, and the mileages that pile up. Maybe this is why Pep Guardiola was so happy with his team’s 7-2 demolition of Stoke City over the weekend.
Some other teams like Chelsea were not so lucky. After losing N’golo Kante to injury during the break, they suffered a 2-1 lost to Crystal Palace and also Victor Moses to injury. This was just one of the many surprising results that came out of the Premier League over the weekend.
As we head into a week of Champions League and Europa League football, what new things have we learnt about the Premier League after Gameweek 7?
Pep Has Built an Unforgiving Machine…
… and this machine will stop at nothing when it comes to blowing away every other thing in its path. While many have compared the current City side to the Manchester City of last year based on their beginning-of-the-season form, there’s a big difference.
The Manchester City side that played against Stoke City was a combination of being ruthless, rampant and being creative at the same. They could have easily scored 10 goals in the game. That’s how good they were.
They’re currently top of the table, yet to taste defeat. It’s hard to imagine which Premier League team will outscore the Cityzens this season.
The Surprising Results
Nobody saw Crystal Palace getting their first points of the season against the current champions. After the game ended, it was Crystal Palace celebrating their first two goals of the season and their first win of the season.
Watford also pulled a rabbit out of their hat and stunned the Gooners at home thanks to a late goal. Then of course, there was the boring Liverpool vs. Manchester United draw which was a total contrast to what fans were expecting.
Add all these results together and you’ll get the ultimate Premier League experience; the one reason why fans love the most-watched football league in the world.
The Premier League is Finally Learning
Did you notice that all the Premier League clubs that will be representing England in Europe this week – save for Everton – all played their games on Saturday? This means more days to rest and get better prepared for their Champions/Europa League campaign.
There have been several calls for this kind of system as it has helped clubs in other European leagues to dominate the European scene. With all those teams playing on Saturday, it may be that somebody in the English FA sat down and looked at how the other leagues operated and adopted their style.
Maybe the English FA is now interested in winning the UEFA Champions League. Speaking of the Champions League, action resumes this week.
What other new things did you notice after Gameweek 7 of the current Premier League campaign? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment. We’d love to hear from you.Tags: premier league, premier league gameweek 7, premier league gameweek 7 lessons, premier league lessons