Premier League Week 1 Wrap-up
New Managers Start With a Win
The new big name managers at the major clubs started off with wins in the first week. Pep Guardiola earns his first win at home with a 2–1 victory over the David Moyes managed Sunderland. Sergio Agüero kicked off the scoring with an early penalty kick goal earned by Raheem Sterling. No other scoring took place in the first half, and the next goal came courtesy of the veteran Jermain Defoe. Always present, Defoe put the ball past the new City starting keeper Caballero. All seemed lost for Guardiola’s side until Jesús Navas whipped in a beautiful cross that came off of Paddy McNair, scoring an own goal in the 87th minute. Though not how he expected the match to go, Guardiola earns his first win in the Premier League.
Manchester United starts the Mourinho era with a win over Bournemouth. The first goal comes from a player that was left on the outside at Mourinhos’ Chelsea. Juan Mata capitalizes off a massive defensive mistake, scoring the first goal of the season for United. The next goal comes from the United talisman Wayne Rooney. Rooney calmly heads the ball into the back of the net to put United up 2–0. After a scoreless Euro Championship over the summer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his first English goal in his first English match. Ibrahimovic is known as a prolific goal scorer and he wastes no time in showing England his skill. Bournemouth earns a consolation goal in the 69th minute, but the damage had already been done as they start their Premier League season with a loss at home. Mourinho will be happy with his first win and even happier that Paul Pogba will be able to play the next game after his suspension.
Chelsea followed a similar script to Manchester City in their first win under Antonio Conte. Conte began his English season at home, and ended the day with three points after a thrilling match. Chelsea took the lead after a penalty kick goal by Eden Hazard that was earned by Cesar Apilicueta. The game continued on with Chelsea in the lead until the 77th minute when James Collins found the back of the net for West Ham United. With not much time to play, Chelsea put their foot on the pedal and pushed forward in a relentless offensive assault. Their efforts were rewarded as Diego Costa scored a goal with one minute left in normal time. Conte celebrated the goal enthusiastically as he starts his season with a win, just like his two counter-parts in Manchester.
Leicester Stumbles Out of the Gate
Leicester City starts their title defense with a loss to Hull City. After their storybook season in which they won the league, Leicester hoped to continue their success in the current season and start off with a win. Hull City showed a lot of heart and passion as they fought Leicester tooth and nail for three points. Hull’s first goal came from an amazing acrobatic kick by Adama Diomandé as the first half was closing. The second half started with a questionable penalty call that led to Riyad Mahrez equalizing the score. Not much later in the 57th minute, Robert Snodgrass scored the winner for Hull. Though it is only one loss, Claudio Ranieri will have to rally his squad for their next match.
Tottenham and Everton Earn a Point
Tottenham and Everton tie in their first match of the season. Everton started off strong and had many chances but only scoring one of them by way of a Ross Barkley free kick. Tottenham fought back hard to earn an equalizer to save the game. After a busy summer for a majority of Tottenham players, many of them looked sluggish and not at peek level. Hugo Lloris even had to be pulled off after the first half. As the season goes on, the Tottenham players will either be able to recover and get in the swing of things, or tire more and never recover their form. Despite only earning a point, Everton looked strong in their opener under their new manager.
Liverpool and Arsenal kick off to a thrilling start.
In a back and forth contest that featured seven goals, Liverpool emerged victorious over Arsenal. The game started off slow but picked up when Arsenal earned a penalty in the first-half, but Simon Mignolet saved the kick from Theo Walcott. Walcott redeemed himself later as he started off the scoring, giving the lead to Arsenal. The next goal came from a wonderful free kick by Pilippe Coutinho to bring the match to a tie. Liverpool then pulled away with goals from Adam Lallana, Sadio Mané, and another from Coutinho to bring the score to 4–1. Arsenal attempted a comeback when Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain skillfully scored a goal to bring the deficit down to two goals. Calum Chambers inspired more hope as he made the score 4–3. But it was not to be, as Liverpool end the game with three points and Arsenal none. Though the match ended in a loss, Arsenal played well and could’ve tied the game at one point. Liverpool continued their scoring ways from last season as they hope to improve their position this season.
Other Scores From Around the League
Swansea earns a 1–0 win over Burnley. Crystal Palace starts their season off with a 1–0 loss to West Bromwich Albion. Middlesbrough ties Stoke City 1–1 and Southampton ties Watford 1–1 as well.