After a frantic first week, the second weekend of the PL managed to provide even more entertainment. Be it the six goal frenzy of City or the enthralling 3-2 between Chelsea and Arsenal, there were goals galore and controversies all around. The red card of Wan Bissaka is going to be discussed eternally and so is the Brighton win over United. Almost every game seemed to have at least one crazy element to it! So here is a summary of our learnings from Gameweek 2:
1) King Kane
Harry Kane looks tired, however he is off and running in August. The Spurs star scored and is off and running for the new season. He’s needed to wait for his first Premier League goal in August and heading into this season he appears to be less crisp than earlier years. Given his endeavors at the World Cup for England this mid year it’s straightforward why Kane looks jaded. Mauricio Pochettino should protect him to get the best out of him this season.
2) Labouring London
In terms of the style of play, obviously both Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery did well, but both are some way away from the title. The thrilling London derby demonstrated there is still a lot of work to be done by both. Chelsea hustled into a 2-0 lead and then Arsenal wasted a few brilliant possibilities. Chelsea look more attacking but vulnerable at the back. That is a major contrast from last season. Arsenal huffed and puffed to no avail. Both displayed clear defensive insufficiencies.
It’s difficult to see either group being title contenders this season despite the fact that Sarri’s Chelsea have two wins from two, while Arsenal have endured two annihilations (although against Man City and Chelsea) at an early stage. Balancing the Europa League and Premier League will be intense for Sarri and Emery too.
3) Richarlison Rocks
The kid from Brazil is turning into a legend at the Gwladys Street end as of now. Richarlison’s hefty transfer from Watford drove numerous people mad. But he has begun well at Everton with three goals ready. He began the season ablaze under Marco Silva at Watford in 2017-18 (his first season in England) and he’s doing precisely the same at Everton. A few players and managers simply click well and this seems to be the case with Richarlison and Silva. Everton will certainly hope that this chemistry lasts really long.
Overall, it again looks like City’s title to lose. Liverpool did well but they weren’t convincing enough. Maybe they will improve but otherwise it looks like a cakewalk for Pep again!