The international break is here. And that means every football league, the Premier League included, will take the backseat for national colors, national anthems and World Cup tickets. Russia 2018 is just around the corner and players will be looking to help their countries qualify for next summer’s mundial.
While we look forward to a weekend without Premier League football, we take a look at some of the new things we’re learning about the Premier League, especially after Matchday 7 of the 2017/2018 season.
- Guardiola Has Struck Gold
The biggest game of the weekend was the clash between Chelsea and Manchester City. With City without Aguero, it felt like they may struggle to get a goal to finish off Conte’s Blues. But the game turned out to be the other way.
A Morata injury, a super performance from De Bruyne and 90+ minutes after, Guardiola finally got his first win over Antonio Conte as Manchester City manager. The jury is still out on Conte’s tactics, especially the part that shows that Manchester City players were caught offside 0 times during the game.
Meanwhile, the spotlight shines brightly on a brilliant Manchester City side and how they’ve been unplayable so far this season. Pep has found gold, something that has taken him more than a year to dig up. Beware Premier League rivals.
- Lukaku is the “Buy of the Season”
When you see statistics like this, especially when these numbers ascribed to a player who switched clubs over the last summer, you begin to wonder. Romelu Lukaku has proven to be as ruthless as possible in front of goal since joining Manchester United.
With his 7th goal in the Premier League this season coming against Crystal Palace, he’s currently the top goal scorer in the league. Many other players have been exciting this season but there’s no doubting the obvious: Lukaku is the buy of the season.
- The Merseyside Curse
The Crystal Palace woes are well documented. They’ve failed to score and are conceding goals by the heap load. They play like the fire’s gone. That’s pretty understandable.
But what do you say about these two rivals, Liverpool and Everton, whose players give it their all in games and still end up dropping points? That has been the situation for both Jurgen Klopp and Ronald Koeman. Their clubs do all the playing but in the end, the results are not as encouraging as their play is.
Yes, both managers obviously have the backing of their respective club owners. But you can’t help but sense the frustration in the air for fans of these beloved clubs.
Most players who were booked for diving during the weekend will plead not guilty. But the referees will tell you otherwise. And no, we didn’t decide to overlook Harry Kane and the “Harry Kane team.” We’re only already anticipating the international break and the return of Premier League action.Tags: English premier league, PL