Man City and Chelsea drop points
They are two of the biggest clubs in England, and appointed Two world class managers over the summer.
Yet Chelsea and Man City this weekend looked well off the kind of form that will be needed to best Manchester United’s champion winning ways of last season. Chelsea suffered a 1 nil loss at Everton, meanwhile Man City endured a woeful 0-0 draw at Stoke.
City in particular have a lot to worry about. They should be winning Three points at Stoke, a poor side who most of the bigger teams will comfortably beat. Chelsea’s loss is a blow no doubt, but Everton do have quality and Chelsea did show spark at times in the game. City however looked well off being the kind of side that won the title Two years ago, lack of imagination, no execution and once again lucky not to concede more. If anything Stoke looked likely winners of the dull 0 0 contest.
New City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks way too casually unconcerned, stating after the match “we know Stoke is a hard place to go” as if a nil nil result is in anyway acceptable. This comes just a few weeks after City went to newly promoted Cardiff and got beat. Stoke and Cardiff should have been a bankable six points for City, instead they come away with just One point from those two games. Worrying for a City side who should never have got rid of former title winning manager Roberto Mancini. In contrast, local rivals Manchester United have also lost points but done so in Two of the hardest games of the season, away at Liverpool and against Chelsea. Next weekends Manchester derby looks far more important for the City boss to get some blood and win some faith back.
As for Chelsea, Jose Mourninho is learning the hard way that this isn’t the title dominating squad he managed in his first run at Chelsea over Five years ago. The squad is aging and the younger crop are still mastering their style, Mourinho has also been unable to secure a reliable goal scoring striker. It showed in the clubs 1 nil loss to Everton, Chelsea created some decent play but just couldn’t penetrate Everton’s defensive line. Chelsea’s own defending was pretty woeful when Chelsea conceded the match winning goal from a header. Mourninho bemoaned his players lack of finishing after the match, and needs to get the team firing on full sooner rather than later if Chelsea are serious about title contention this season.
Manchester United and Arsenal looked like they are settling into the season nicely. Arsenal looked very fluid in beating Sunderland 3-1, with new £42 million man Mehsut Ozil looking majestic. Indeed it was an Ozil assist to make the first goal, and his movement and passing was superior all day. Manchester United looked just as good, and grabbed Three points in a two nil match against Crystal Palace. Firstly, Robin Van Persie smashed a penalty in after Ashley Young was brought down in the box. In the second half, Wayne Rooney perfectly dispatched a freeckick into the back of the net. Rooney looked very good and was distributing some lovely long range passes. New boy Marounae Fellani also looked impressive, he had a strong shot on goal and his strength in hold up play looked very beneficial to the United play.
It has been a scattered start to the season for all the premiership big clubs, and next weekend will be Manchester City vs Manchester United, last seasons first and second placed clubs and local rivals. That one is sure to be a cracker.
G.J Herbert is a British features writer who has worked in content writing for business and been published in regional titles and nationally in The Sun newspaper. For his sports coverage follow him at https://twitter.com/gjhsports