Manchester United, Liverpool And London Clubs Feature In The Team Of The Week For Game Week 1

The Premier League 2016-17 season opened with a bang after a great weekend of action. The opening weekend included a number of draws, a rollercoaster ride at the Emirates stadium, and a couple of expected victories for the big teams. Some players stood out from the pack and here is the team of week 1. They line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Goalkeeper: Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton)

Everton failed to keep a clean sheet in Ronald Koeman’s opening game, but they could have easily lost the match had it not been for the incredible saves by Maarten Stekelenburg.

Left back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

The right footed Azpilicueta established himself as a left back last season. His attacking instincts against West Ham meant that the hammers were unable to make any foray in attack.

Centre back: Eric Bailly (Manchester United)

Bailly had one of those outstanding Premier League debuts which suggested that United may have finally found a replacement for Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand. Bailly did not put a foot wrong throughout the 90 minutes and was one of the impressive players in United’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Centre back: Curtis Davies (Hull City)

Davies helped Hull City overcome numerous uncertainties and get a win against champions Leicester City.

Right back: Kyle Naughton (Swansea City)

Swansea were the only team to keep a clean sheet on the opening weekend and Naughton’s performances a real praise.

Right winger: Saido Mane (Liverpool)

Again a great debut on the opening weekend, as Mane showed why Jurgen Klopp spent more than £30 million. Mane provided pace, power, and quality to the forward line.

Central midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Signed from Leicester City, Kante already earned comparisons with the legendary Claude Makelele. He barely committed a mistake in the 90 minutes, although he did pick up a yellow card.

Central midfield: Robert Snodgrass (Hull City)

Snodgrass was one of the 13 fit players for Hull City, but he ensured that Mike Phelan did not need anymore with a combative performance against the reigning champions.

Left winger: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

It was a return to form for Hazard, as he scored and created numerous opportunities for his teammates.

Attacking midfielder: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Arsenal were unable to deal with the Brazilian’s pace and he once again made them pay with an impressive brace.

Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

A stunning strike, iconic celebration, and a character to love – Ibrahimovic brought everything to the party at the Vitality Stadium.

Written by Bharath Ram

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