So, the English Premier League has kicked off. The long-awaited tournament signifies the return of the big club season for many world soccer fans. In the first round, 28 goals were scored, and even these dozen matches allow us to draw some conclusions about the main things that the start of the EPL gives us to realize and notice. Some predicted something, and some were intrigued. Already from the first round, some things have become apparent, and it’s more interesting now the progression.
Manchester United’s problems are still intense
Another change of coach and paradigm on the part of Manchester United did not seem to help. At least at the start of the season. MU, led by Erik ten Hag, lost at home to Brighton in the first round. And the Dutchman’s problems don’t end there. The troubles from the first round hit the seemingly new team, showing the old game issues and the approach to soccer. Ronaldo’s future, which significantly impacts everything at Man United, is also up in the air. It’s a questionable background to start the job, but there’s nothing left for ten Hag to do – he needs to buckle down and try to solve the problems on the field.
Manchester City: Erling Haaland are fine
After losing the Super Cup of England and Erling Haaland’s missed chances, it might have seemed that Manchester City made a mistake with their bet on the Norwegian. But the first round of the EPL already showed that everything was all right. They are the same Citizens with their inherent characteristics, but a powerful goalscorer reinforces them. Haaland showed his speed, maturity and pressure. He earned the penalty, converted it, and sealed his success with a double.
Chelsea needs to improve their performance
Chelsea also started the new season with a victory, but it looked less confident than the City. The Blues beat Everton sluggishly thanks to a single Jorginho goal from the penalty spot. In general, the result is not bad, given that Chelsea has undergone a change of ownership and transfers and still has a certain sense of uncertainty. However, we should definitely admit that the team lacks pace and agility. Thomas Tuchel said about this after the game.
Dejan Kulusevski becomes Tottenham leader
Spurs have some mind-blowing lineup coming together. Son Heung-Min and Kane have proved their worth and are perceived as one of the Premier League’s most prominent threats and stars. However, the pair remained in the background in a brilliant match against Southampton, where the Saints were dashingly defeated 4-1. Dejan Kulusevski, on the other hand, was shining, assisting and scoring.
Since joining the club in January this year, the Swedish has been involved in 15 Tottenham goals in the 19 games. Only Son, Kane and De Bruyne have been more involved in the Premier League since then. Despite this, Spurs also signed Rischarlison in attack for £60 million. How to allocate all that attacking treasure? A pleasant headache for Antonio Conte.