While Liverpool and Manchester City got off to a flier in the EPL restart, the season already looks long for West Ham – here are our winners and losers
The best version of last year’s team was on display against West Ham. Four goals scored, none conceded, and the usual incredible quality and pace up front, with goals from the some old faces, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. A great performance against a Hammers team that has spent a lot in the transfer window. And the icing on the cake: Daniel Sturridge’s goal. Another weapon for Jurgen Klopp. The objective this year has to be to win the Premier League.
That was kinda fast still… can't even front ???
That one was for you Nanny Robertson 10 years gone yesterday. Miss you and love you forever ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fpijlD2mNM
— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) August 12, 2018
New season, same old Manchester City. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva continued on the same path as last season, with the aim of becoming the “Best Premier League side ever.” And to start off with lifting the Community Shield and then rampaging the home of those who were once Invincible is diabolically ideal. City still aren’t as fresh and perfect as they can be, but this is only good news for Pep Guardiola, who can continue to mould this team and make it even better, if possible.
A penalty turned into a goal and endless calculated passing to send his Chelsea team-mates into the right space and dictate the football of the entire team. The regista role is immediately his, as expected, with Maurizio Sarri who has the perfect man to implement his style in the midfield. Chelsea are still a very long way to being a threat for the top teams, but are certainly on the right path, or at least have kicked off with style, and with a solid 3-0 away victory at Huddersfield.
Has Unai Emery taken over at the Emirates? Or was that still Arsene Wenger? Same old never-ending story for the Gunners, who were broken by Manchester City. A much better side, sure, but the lack of character and spirit has been the issue for a decade for Arsenal, and Emery doesn’t seem to have solved it just yet. The same mistakes, the same Arsenal.
One of the best halves ever, with quality and high pressing all over the pitch. So positive for Wolves. If only the game had not ended with a 2-2 draw, which isn’t ideal when you’ve dominated for so long. Still early days to judge the team, though, and if Wolves can keep this up for most of this campaign, then a European spot could be on the cards.
West Ham United
A lot of money (not so) well spent. Playing at Anfield will be tough for everyone, and the feeling is Liverpool will be scoring four goals against most opponents. But to be battered in the opening game without even trying to fight back, after being one of the biggest spenders of the summer, always hurts. West Ham could get back to having a positive season, but need to get their heads back in the right place immediately.