The Premier League is back, fans are back, and it’s as though neither of them ever left. The first international break of the new season is a good time to take stock.
It is often said the real season starts after the first break, due to the fact all transfer business will be completed. However, a strong start can set the tone for the season to follow.
Below we examine three conclusions from the first three games of the Premier League season.
Tottenham Are Still Good
Spurs, incredibly, have won their opening three games of the season, including their opener against City. They are dealing with the aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s toxicity as well as the Harry Kane saga. As well as that, in Nuno Espirito Santo, they have a new manager over whom many are unconvinced.
However, their start to the season shows that it’s going to take more to bring this team down. After all, they still have Son, and a certain Dele Alli, who has been brought back into the fold. If you’re looking for a meltdown, North London neighbours Arsenal are a better bet.
West Ham Weren’t A Fluke
Second in the table after the first three games, it appears West Ham are going to build on their excellent year last season. In David Moyes’ second spell in charge, the Hammers have turned themselves into a top 6 team.
It remains to be seen how they handle the extra strain of the Europa League. As well as that, Michail Antonio is rather brittle. He has become one of the league’s finest center forwards. However, if he gets injured, they have nobody. West Ham are here to stay though, for now at least.
Chelsea Are Title Contenders
With the addition of Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea have perhaps the most complete team in the league. They have emerged as a genuine rival to Manchester City and have probably usurped Liverpool as their main competitors. Only a 1 – 1 draw against Liverpool, in which they were down to ten men, spoils their otherwise perfect record so far. Riding the momentum of winning the Champions League, it feels like something is brewing at Stamford Bridge.