The Premier League returned with a bang and tons of elements showcased how the league table would look by the end of the season.
While the Premier League is rarely a foregone conclusion, it is clear that performances of teams is the greatest indicator of how far or low a team can get as the months go by.
Matchday 13 was no different with some really enticing clashes on show. Manchester United struggled, Chelsea impressed, Liverpool with a routine win and Mourinho got off to a great start.
Here we look at few of the themes that would prove to be important in the coming weeks.
Solskjaer tactics not cut for the Premier League?
While he did have a great start to life in the Premier League almost a year ago, things have gone downhill since then. Manchester United are a mess and it was pretty evident in the game against Sheffield United where the Red Devils struggled.
The struggle was largely down to the manager’s tactics. Phil Jones, never a trusted option for previous managers, was given a chance to bathe himself in glory. However, the Englishman struggled with the pace of the Blades’ forward line and was at fault for the first goal.
But even then, the tactics seemed a bit all over the place. Marcus Rashford struggled to get into the game while Martial expected nothing from anyone but Daniel James. This cannot go around forever and the Norwegian is walking on thin ice.
Chelsea show promise
The Premier League season was not expected to be a great one for the Blues but it seems that Frank Lampard did his homework during the summer. Apart from the defeat to Manchester United on the opening day, the Blues have not dithered at all.
The game against Manchester City was always going to be a tough test and in the end they lost the game 3-1. However, Lampard should take heart from the fact that the level of passion and commitment was there.
Liverpool show steal
A hallmark of previous Premier League champions has been the ability to win at any cost. And that is exactly what the Reds did in the game against Crystal Palace. While it wasn’t as pretty as we have gotten accustomed to, JurgenKlopp’s men were on point and professional throughout the 90 minutes.
Clearly, this could be their year!
Mourinho shines again
After a disappointing end to his previous managerial stint, Jose Mourinho came back with a bang as the new Tottenham manager. The Spurs were finally able to register a much-needed win and that too away from home.
While they did concede twice in the dying embers of the game, it is clear that the London giants are good enough to mount a consistent assault on the top four table.