Talking points from Matchday 3 of the Premier League
Premier League football has a rich history of providing us with talking points every week. This weekend was no different, and if Monday night football is to go by, the plot has thickened in several corners of England.
Here are the five talking points from the third week of this gruelling narrative, that is the Premier League.
1) Huddersfield and Cardiff show why they will struggle
Huddersfield and Cardiff City played out a rather dull 0-0 draw at the John Smith Stadium, where both teams displayed their lack of firepower up front. It will be a struggle for both teams to stay in the Premier League, as Neil Warnock’s men are yet to score this season so far and David Wagner’s troops have one consolation goal against Manchester City to show for.
2) Tottenham show their top-4 credentials despite no incoming summer business
There were doubts regarding Tottenham after their lull in the transfer market. Many touted them to miss the top-four this season. However, as it stands, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won three out of three, beating Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in the process. The best thing about them is that they are yet to reach peak form, so there is further room for improvements, which is terrifying for future opposition.
3) Liverpool show character to challenge for the title
Liverpool weren’t at their best versus Brighton but ground out a 1-0 win at Anfield to maintain their perfect start to the season. Alisson Becker made one fantastic save and Mohamed Salah scored a very good goal to give Jurgen Klopp’s men a vital win in a game where they weren’t at their best.
This victory symbolises the kind of team Liverpool are turning into – a tough nut to break down. Solidifying the defence is a great signal of their intent to challenge for the title this season.
4) What next for Jose?
Jose Mourinho’s third season syndrome seems to have caught him again. This time, Manchester United are at the receiving end of the damage. After a meek surrender against Brighton last week, a reaction was needed, however, losing 0-3 at home to a near rival is anything but a response.
Now, the question arises as to what next for the manager and his players? Is there a disharmony among the various hierarchy of the club? If so, the Portuguese might be on his way out of Old Trafford sooner than later.
5) VAR the need of the hour in the Premier League
Premier League referees in the past few seasons have struggled to get decisions right on a consistent basis. So here comes the question – why have they not opted for VAR yet?
Wolves’ handball goal against City, David Silva’s penalty claim, Lucas Moura’s penalty shout were among the cluster of wrong decisions made by the referees in England this weekend.
Hence, the need of the hour in English top-flight football is the technology. The sooner it comes, the better it would be.