The Race Has Begun

Both Liverpool and Chelsea are on 12 points after playing four Premier League matches. The race for the title is well and truly under way.

Liverpool defeated Leicester City 1-2 away from home to claim top spot on the Premier League table. Leicester had more possession and more shots at goal. However, it was the Reds that claimed all three points at the end of the match. How brutal!

The Blues also won their match, defeating Bournemouth 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea fans were overjoyed, having been forced to wait until late in the second half for Pedro and Hazard to net in goals for the team.

The only thing that separates Liverpool and Chelsea is their goal difference; Liverpool have a goal difference of 8, while Chelsea have a goal difference of 7! It is very tight at the top of the table. The competition is heating up!

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TROUBLE AHEAD

After the Champions League draw and the League Cup draw, many top teams will have difficult games ahead.

For the Carabao cup third-round Liverpool and Chelsea, two Premier League giants are set to face each other. A few days later, they will then play each other again for the Premier League!

Surrounding Liverpool’s matches against Chelsea are their Champions League game against PSG and Premier League match against Manchester City. They have a tough period ahead.

Tottenham are in the same group as Barcelona in the Champions League, so Liverpool will not be the only English team to face international challenges.

As the football season progresses, more and more teams are having to confront the demands of this greulling sport.

Tottenham Take Over Old Trafford

Manchester United faced Tottenham at their home, Old Trafford. Despite an energetic start, United failed to gain a single point from the game.

Simply put, Tottenham thrashed Mourinho’s team. Kane headed in the first goal for Spurs in the 50th minute. From that point on, it was all downhill for the home side.

Within two minutes, Lucas Moura doubled his team’s lead! It became an embarrassing ordeal for United.

Despite Sánchez and Fellaini being brought on to the pitch, United could not change their circumstances. In fact, Lucas Moura ended up scoring another goal for Tottenham in the 84th minute.

Mourinho’s United have now lost two games in a row. How they will recover from this is still unknown.

The Bustling Blues

Chelsea played away from home against a defensive Newcastle. With the Blues constantly on the attack, they managed to leave St James’ Park with a win for the first time since 2011.

Sarri’s squad had a whopping 81% possession, and yet failed to get a goal in the first half. Newcastle’s defence could not be broken or overcome. Arsenal could definitely learn a thing or two from them.

Chelsea still continued to put pressure on Newcastle in the second half. Jorginho completed 158 passes in the game, a new Chelsea record. That was more passes than the entire Newcastle team made put together.

The Blues finally managed to get a goal for their efforts after being awarded a controversial penalty, which Hazard converted in the 76th minute.

However, it was not long before aggressive play from Newcastle meant that Joselu scored an equaliser. Many thought the match would end a draw, but there was one more twist to come.

After an amazing strike towards goal from Alonso, Yedlin accidentally scored an own goal when trying to stop the ball! Chelsea were the ones to claim victory in the end. What a blow for the Magpies!

Chelsea have now won three PL matches and are sitting just under Liverpool, who lead the table on goal difference. They are looking very promising!

City Shrivel

Manchester City are the reigning Premier League Champions. However, they seemed to be the only top team to struggle this Saturday.

City was up against Wolves and, without a doubt, were held to ransom. Wolves, initially denied a goal, managed to take the lead in the 57th minute. This goal was deemed controversial after footage showed the ball went in off of Boly’s hand. However, the goal was given nonetheless.

Manchester City were lucky enough to get back into the game with a goal from Laporte in the 69th minute. Maybe the chjampions can be broken down after all.

This was the first time City dropped points this season; and the first time that Arsenal gained. The Gunners came back from being 0-1 down against West Ham to winning the match 3-1! Finally, Emery’s team is no longer hovering over the relegation zone.

Liverpool also won their match when Salah netted a goal against Brighton, the team that Manchester United lost against.

As the season progresses, the competition is only becoming more and more intense! Which team can handle the heat?

Reds in Uproar

The big red teams all suffered great woes last weekend in their Premier League matches. The only red giant that managed to win their game was Liverpool, a team who many believe can win the title this year.

Chelsea kept Peter Cech in check by defeating Arsenal 3-2. Pedro and Morata scored the first goals for the Blues in the first 20 minutes of the match. The Gunners then replied with two goals from Mkhitaryan and Iwobi before the end of the first half.

The match had been intense. However, Chelsea finally claimed their victory in the second half with a goal from Alonso. This made it Chelsea’s second win this season and Arsenal’s second loss under Emery!

Manchester United then followed suit, losing 3-2 to Brighton! In fact, the Reds only got their second goal in injury time when Pogba converted a penalty into a goal.

On the other side of things, Manchester City annihilated Huddersfield 6-1, showing everyone just how much of a champion they really are.

Liverpool defeated Crystal Palace 0-2 away from home. Once again showing the strength of their team, even without Salah scoring.

At this early stage in the season, it is already clear that every team is susceptible to the wrath of another. There are big teams, but there are definitely no small ones.

The Premier League is Back!

The 2018/19 Premier League season has begun! It kicked off last weekend with a match between Manchester United and Leicester City.

Manchester United defeated Leicester 2-1, with the first goal coming in the third minute of the match after Pogba successfully converted a penalty.

Other top teams- Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool- thrashed their opponents.

The Blues defeated Huddersfield 3-0 to reach the top of the Premier League table. That was until Liverpool hammered West Ham with a 4-0 defeat.

Even Tottenham managed to win their first game, defeating Newcastle 2-1. The only top team to miss out on an initial victory was Arsenal.

Arsenal finally, after two decades, have a new manager- Unai Emery. Yet, the Gunners’ fans are still waiting for change to occur among the team.

The Gunners lost 0-2 at home to Manchester City, the current PL title holders. Although they were up against strong competition, red fans still undoubtedly wanted more.

It’s a new season with new managers and new play. Each fan can only hope that their team delivers.

New Season, Same Old City

After a long break, football has returned to our screens again. Manchester City, the current Premier League title holders and Chelsea, the FA Cup winners faced off against each other for the Community Shield.

During the football break, Chelsea manager, Conte was sacked and replaced with Maurizio Sarri. Such a change has impacted the team and perhaps allowed City look even better against an unstable Chelsea.

Aguero was up to the same old tricks, scoring both of City’s goals against the Blues. His goals in the 13th and 58th minute secured the Community Sheild for City.

Whether today’s match is a preview of what is to come this season no one knows. A week from now, City will be starting off the new PL season in a match against Arsenal. Without a doubt, that is a match we will all be looking forward to.

City in Ruins

Manchester City, the Premier League leaders, have had a massive change in fortune over the past two week. After a dismaying run of losses they are out of the Champions League, and have not yet been able to officially claim Premier League trophy.

Last week, Manchester City loss 3-0 to Liverpool in the first leg of their quarter finals Champions League match. It was a fantastic display by the Reds, who had already defeated Manchester City in an earlier Premier League match this season. Many were undoubtedly left wondering what the secret was to beating the mighty Manchester team which only Liverpool seemed to know.

It was during the weekend in which many realised there was no secret. The secret was out! Manchester United defeated City too! In a spectacularly derby match, Manchester City had the opportunity to officially claim the PL title by beating their local rivals United. They went 2-0 up in the first half and had many more opportunities to extend their lead.

However, in the second half, the game changed entirely. Two goals from Pogba within the space of two minutes put the teams level! Then a final goal from Smalling in the 69th minute gave United their unexpected and uproar-worthy win! City will most likely still go on to win the Premier League as they are 13 points clear at the top of the table. However, Mourinho was simply not going to let them claim it by beating his team!

The distress at City was worsening, and matters were not made any better by Liverpool in the second leg of the CL match. City began scoring early, with a goal from Jesus in the second minute of the game. They needed to score two more goals to have a chance to progress in the competition. They actually managed to score a second goal before the end of the first half, but it was wrongly disallowed.

Guardiola was so outraged at the officials that he had to be sent to the stands for the second half of the match. This was when things took a turn for the worst. Two goals from Liverpool’s Salah and Firmino meant City has lost yet another match and were out of the Champions League. There was no mercy.

Manchester City must fight on. They will be facing another big team this weekend- Tottenham. If they win, they can put to bed their run of disastrous results and bring themselves closer to claiming the PL trophy. If not… well, let us not even speak of it.

London vs Manchester

Since last weekend, a series of matches between Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have taken place. From the match results, it has become Crystal clear which city is competing better in football this season.

The weekend before last was an utter dismay for the London teams. Chelsea faced off against Manchester United in the Premier League and Arsenal had to face Manchester City for the Carabao Cup final! The Blues lost to Mourinho’s side 2-1, despite Willian giving Chelsea the lead first. The red London team similarly faced defeat against their Manchester opponent, but to a much higher degree!

Arsenal conceded the English Football League trophy to City after being thrashed 0-3. Manchester City already had, and still have, an immense lead at the top of the Premier League table; whereas Arsenal are sitting in 6th place. This would have been an opportunity for the Gunners to claim a trophy this season and prevent City from gaining multiple. However, it was an opportunity not taken.

The most dismal thing about it all was that Arsenal had to face their conquerors once again a few days later in the Premier League. History bitterly repeated itself as the Gunners once again conceded 3 goals without scoring any in return.

The confidence of the City team had been inflated beyond belief- just in time for them to face the Premier League champions, Chelsea on the weekend! One goal was enough for City to humble the poorly performing Chelsea side.

Overall, Manchester entirely trumped London on all four occasions. It seems that this season, both Arsenal and Chelsea have been below par and the Manchester teams have happily exploited that.

A World of Possibility

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