Premier League Game Week 3 Review (Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool)
Once again, the results for the three clubs were mixed. Liverpool and Chelsea still haven’t lost a game. They are in the top two on the Premier League ladder as it stands. Manchester United made six changes from their second game. Manchester United were annihilated three-nil and to make things worse Jose Mourinho stormed out of the press conference. For Chelsea Eden Hazard made his first start for the season and was in a class of his own, displaying sublime skills and finding pockets of space. What a cracking week of football!
Manchester United v Tottenham Review
Romelu Lukaku squandered three opportunities in the first half. Manchester United were the superior team in the first half as far as the balance of play was concerned. Tottenham were unlucky not to get a penalty. Paul Pogba had a shot on target well saved by Hugo Lloris. The score was somehow nil-nil at the break with United not profiting from their domination.
Harry Kane scored from a well taken header to break the deadlock. Lukaku had a shot brilliantly saved by Lloris. Christian Eriksen set up the second goal for Tottenham that was expertly finished by Lucas Mora. The United crowd was subdued. David De Gea expertly made a superb save from Dele Alli to keep the score respectable. Mora scored a brace thanks to an exquisitely taken second goal. The question has to be asked why were six changes made by United and Marcus Rashford wasn’t one of them; Rashford was still on the bench.
Newcastle v Chelsea Review
Hazard appeared to be injured early on, but managed to fight through it. Chelsea had total control of the contest early on with Hazard narrowly missing an opportunity to score. Newcastle had a good chance to score, but failed to take the chance. Pedro wasted a chance to score; he shot on target, but it was saved by the Newcastle goal keeper. The architect of Chelsea’s domination of the game was Hazard, who was a joy to watch.
Chelsea crafted a quality move, but they failed to finish it off. Newcastle continued to give Hazard physical attention and used rough tactics. Chelsea managed to hit the bar thanks to a thunderous shot from Antonio Rudiger. Hazard set up a chance for Marcos Alonso who was awarded a penalty. Hazard broke the deadlock with a sublimely taken penalty. Joselu scored an unbelievable equalizer for Newcastle. Olivier Giroud was instrumental in Chelsea taking the lead heading the ball back to Alonso who’s shot brought about a Newcastle own goal, to give Chelsea a well deserved two-one victory.
Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion Review
Liverpool controlled the tempo and possession early on in the contest. They had a few good attacking frays, but failed to convert their dominance on the scoreboard. Liverpool managed to convert their superiority midway through the first half with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino combining to set up a goal for Mohamed Salah. Mane didn’t take advantage of Liverpool’s exquisite passing and increase the lead.
Brighton should have equalized, but somehow failed to score in the second half. They gained the ascendancy back early in the second half. Roberto Firmino failed to take an opportunity midway through the second half. Liverpool forged a good attacking combination, but failed to capitalize. Daniel Sturridge was lively as per usual making an impact off the bench. Salah failed to put the icing on the cake meaning Liverpool had to settle for a one-nil victory.
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