More Misery For Jose
The master of deflection was at it again on the weekend as Manchester City thumped Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea 3-0 at the Etihad stadium. By declaring the defeat as a “fake result”, Mourinho managed to shift the spotlight away from his players and onto himself.
In truth City were worthy winners as Asmir Begovic thwarted Sergio Aguero on numerous occasions. The media was more concerned with John Terry’s half-time substitution which is likely to increase speculation surrounding the possible capture of Everton’s John Stones.
The win places City five points ahead of the Champions.
Fortune for Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers
Arsenal hadn’t lost their two opening games of any campaign since 1992 and the Gunners avoided matching that unwanted statistic by counter-attacking their way to three crucial points against Palace at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin was fortunate not to receive his marching orders on the stroke of half-time after a cynical foul moments after he had previously been cautioned. Arsene Wenger’s men dug deep and fought valiantly for the three points.
At Anfield, Christian Benteke opened his Liverpool account following his £32.5m summer move — albeit with a fortuitous finish at Anfield. Phillipe Coutinho clearly interfered with play whilst in an offside position leaving Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe lamenting his side’s bad luck on Merseyside.
Brendan Rodgers’ team move onto six points with two clean sheets thus far in the 2015/16 season while Bournemouth are yet to score in two matches.
Setbacks At Home
At 2-0 up and cruising, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino withdrew Harry Kane due to a slight calf strain. His move to replace England’s greatest goal scoring hope since Alan Shearer, with perennial underachiever Erik Lamela, backfired spectacularly as the Londoners threw away three most-wanted points.
Stoke, inspired by Marko Arnautovic, scored twice inside five late second half minutes to leave Lillywhites’ fans reaching for the drinks cabinet early into the new season.
Elsewhere, there were three home defeats starting at Villa Park as Adnan Januzaj’s first-half strike earned the Red Devils their second 1-0 win of the season.
Southampton were humbled by a clinical Everton side with Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley scoring as the Toffees ran out 3-0 winners on the South coast.
Leicester maintained their 100 percent start back in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over the Hammers while Sunderland already looked doomed following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of new boys Norwich.
There was a further win for Swansea (over Newcastle) while Watford continued their unbeaten start to the season with another draw — against West Brom at Vicarage Road.