The Premier League is shaping up for an intense battle for supremacy with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool right at the top of the league table and separated only on goal difference after ten game weeks. The trio bagged convincing wins, whereas the supposed title contenders Manchester United look stagnant at the moment. A goalless stalemate against Burnley was the latest reminder of José Mourinho’s side’s inability to break the shackles.
Before it was too late, Chelsea sorted out their loopholes after their forgettable outing at the Emirates Stadium and resemble a side good enough to clinch the title. Their fellow Londoners, Tottenham Hotspur have lost a bit of their rampant form, but being the only unbeaten side in the league is an accolade they can still brag about (the next Invincibles in the making?!).
Things aren’t looking good for the likes of Sunderland and Hull City who are loitering with no immediate measures in sight. Who were the ones who particularly impressed last weekend?
Alexis has been a unanimous pick for quite some time now as one of the best performers every week. The Chilean sensation scored a brace, one from an impeccable header and the other from absolutely nothing.
Frankly speaking, Sunderland found him unplayable many a time owing to his pace, movement and sharpness and is singlehandedly making Arsenal a serious title contender this season from what he has been doing up front.
Manchester United were frustrated at the Old Trafford by Sean Dyche’s side’s defensive discipline and stubbornness. Despite 37 shots, including 11 on target, the Red Devils failed to get the scoreboard ticking.
Thanks to goalkeeper Tom Heaton, Burnley could bag their first point away from home this season. The Englishman made as many as eleven saves, including the inhuman successful attempt to deny Zlatan Ibrahimović’s acrobatic attempt. So, is a call from the national team on the cards for Heaton?
No complacency from Eden Hazard so far this season, unlike last season of course. With the altered tactical setup, the Belgian international has hit the ground running and has once again started to vehemently impose himself as a nightmare for the opponents with his twists and turns, passes, movements with and without the ball, undeterminable trajectory and top-notch precision.
Hazard bagged a neat finish which went through Fraser Forster’s legs and also set up Diego Costa to ensure that the Blues keep their winning momentum alive.