Premier League Stunning Weekend: Chelsea v Liverpool, James, Mourinho, Leeds
Cracking set of Premier League games this weekend but really there’s little doubt about the headliner. Champions travel to Contenders and both have issues to address after opening the season with entertaining but not quite convincing victories.
Cracking set of Premier League games this end of the week however actually there's little uncertainty about the main event. Champions travel to Contenders and both have issues to address in the wake of opening the season with engaging however not exactly persuading triumphs.
Liverpool won that jabber of a game against everybody's new second most loved group Leeds (which is itself definitely the maddest event of 2020 up to this point) while Chelsea made difficult work of seeing off Brighton
Both, however, ought to improve for the run and it's difficult to envision Liverpool specifically being so cheerful against Chelsea after that Leeds alarm.
Yet, who cares about chelsea? It's difficult to see Timo Werner or Kai Havertz deserting their methodology of running on the shoulder of the last safeguard against that alluring high Liverpool line. In any case, on the off chance that Chelsea pour forward in numbers as they are wont to do, at that point they likewise play directly into Liverpool's hands.
It's a captivating early-season squash of styles between two of England's heavyweights and it's not hard to see it conveying a lot of objectives. Liverpool's 5-3 win back in July may have been a freewheeling finish of-season party however you can't altogether preclude something comparable dependent on a weekend ago's proof.
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We’re not saying James’ inspirational, entire-club-lifting debut at White Hart Lane 2.0 last week is the sole reason that Daniel Levy has started chucking money at Real Madrid to try and get something similar going at his own club, but we’re not not saying it isn’t either.
James dispelled a great many of the doubts around his Everton move in a sparkling debut and thoroughly deserved win at Tottenham, a team the Toffees very rarely get the better of and certainly haven’t recently.
He was far from alone in excelling against a drab Spurs team, but there’s little doubt he’s already the star of an exciting Everton show. It could all go to shit at any minute, of course, but that’s just all the more reason to drink it in while we still can. The fragility of the whole thing is part of the beauty.
And even this early in the season, Saturday’s home clash with West Brom feels like a big one for Everton. There is genuine optimism for the first time in a while that there is at last a manager and squad in place to lift them from the mid-table malaise of the last half-decade. Winning at Spurs was a tremendous first step, but you really don’t want to piss all those happy feels away the very next weekend at home to a newly-promoted side.
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That was a lot of fun, wasn’t it? Everybody Loves Leeds. And they were fantastic against Liverpool, no question about it.But it was also a free hit. Their first game back in the big time after so long away, at a ground like Anfield. It couldn’t fail to be glorious.
This weekend it’s all business. At home, against a fellow promoted club that looks far, far, far less equipped for the step up in level. Leeds have already won plenty of admirers; this weekend it’s time to win those first three Premier League points.