By, Kyle Gibson
This was another pretty good weekend of soccer in the EPL. One team is already showing itself to be elite…which leads me to point No.1.
1. Manchester City is playing beautiful (and pissed off) soccer.
That’s right, the same City that I unceremoniously dumped from my Preseason top four. Now, they’re looking the class of the field after demolishing West Brom Monday and then the Champions Chelsea on Sunday.
Two guys roundly accused of being two old, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany, have really played lights out so far.
Maligned transfer Raheem Sterling had one of the best home debuts you can ask for without scoring. He looked like a real threat all game and played with wisdom beyond his 20 years.
Then there’s the brilliant goal by Sergio Aguero. Watch out for this City side.
2. Chelsea are Sputtering
Just one point so far and tons of drama. First, Mourinho bans and demoted the team physio for doing her job, then he called Sunday’s 3-0 drubbing a completely fake result. By the way, the official club match report was even more delusional than Mourinho.
The worry spots seem to be the back line and its age. Normally, right back Branislav Ivanovic is very strong, but exposure to speedy wingers Jefferson Montero and Raheem Sterling in back-to-back weeks has shown an extreme weakness for him.
Also, captain John Terry was subbed out at halftime. That has never, ever happened under Mourinho. Underlying tension?
3. Manchester United Needs a Striker
I just don’t know how sharp Wayne Rooney is, or how much he has left in the tank. Aston Villa would have been a great game for him to find form, but he was invisible. James Wilson and Chicharito are pretty good, but you need more for a Premier League run and ESPECIALLY for Champions League play.
Bonus: Bravo for Norwich City. They beat Sunderland 3-1 after losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace in week one. They at least deserved a tie in week one, but faced a few controversial decisions. This squad has some players I’d love to see in the league for years (Nathan Redmond especially.)