David De Gea rejuvenated back to his best:
After David De Gea horrific penalty shootout performance against Villareal at the Europa League final where the later triumph over united, and since then has his role at both club and country at stake.
His poor form continued as he had to watch spain play the just concluded euro 2020 because he was not been selected to play for the national team.
Given his long-term future at Old Trafford, he has been the headlines of speculation for many years and the emergence of Dean Henderson as well, due to the drop in his form which was made more evident in the Europa final loss against Villareal. Arousing doubt among fans about the player as he was probably seen to have had his end time in Manchester united.
De Gea had made a dramatic comeback to the team as he has featured all through Manchester first five league matches.
The Spaniard returned for the new season with renewed energy, vison and determination and as well making use of the the opportunity given to him judiciously by the head coach.
His redemption summed up at the London Stadium as Mark Noble’s long sequence of converted penalties was brought to halt by De Gea.
The penalty save was his first premier league since 2014 having conceded his previous 40.
De Gea last grasp display and his heroic performance this season were not lost on Ole Gunnar Solkjaear, who said to sky sports.
“David is a different man. He asked to come back early for pre-season, he wanted to show how good he is and he’s been so focused. He saved two points for us today.”
Solkjaer has announced that De Gea is back. With this form on the post, Manchester United will be good too
Nuno Espirito Santo honeymoon time frame is now officially over:
Spurs battered by Chelsea as Nuno’s honeymoon ended abruptly.
Roy Keane has labeled the defeat to Chelsea as “men versus boys”, and the evidence show obviously that Nuno has loads of work ahead.
Tuchel was praised for noticing how things weren’t working for his side during the first half on Sunday, his opposite number stood motionless as Spurs were battered.
Graeme Souness told sky sports:
“we talk about how wonderful Chelsea are but they’re also just doing the basics right; they’re playing like a team, stopping crosses, getting blocks in and pressing together. Not individually.”
“Spurs did not look like a team. They were making fundamental mistakes which led to goals. At this level, the highest level, if you don’t do the basics right you will get punished.”
After winning his first three league games by slender margins, Nuno’s back-to-back 3-0 defeats have put a very different complexion on the beautiful start he has made.
Lukaku explodes despite not scoring against West Ham:
The Belgian striker did not score in yesterday’s win over Tottenham.
Despite that, his performance shows how classic his performance looks after his bizarre spell at united.
Apart from scoring, he has other ways of contributing to the team which can lead to the team’s success.
The Chelsea striker was closely tackled by Eric Dier and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg for most of the match at the Tottenham stadium making sure they prevented him from scoring.
However, they couldn’t stop him from causing havoc thereby paving ways for others to score.
Verily, his presence alone was enough to distract Tottenham’s defenders from the other players around him and there were number of occasions during the 90 minutes when he showed selflessness and creativity that is now typical of him
Indeed, on a normal day, the Chelsea attacker could have gotten a hattrick of assist.
In the first half, instead of shooting, he decided to make way for Kai Havertz and Mason Mount respectively to shoot by passing the ball over to them.
Unfortunately, both teammates were unable to place their shots properly.
During the second half, he push a pass through the sprinting Timo Werner on the left-hand side of the Tottenham box giving the German a clean chance to score. Unfortunately, he could not beat Hugo Alloris.
Lukaku’s goals have been the focus of his Chelsea return.
He has scored four in five appearances so far but this previous match was his first where he had to be the arsenal to cause damage as he could not do it himself.
In fact, aside from Reece James and Marcos Alonso who created more chances per 90 minutes than him, no other Chelsea players come next to him.
Lukaku has created 8 goal-scoring opportunities so far for Chelsea with the same number he did in his last 18 appearances for Manchester united.
Madisson form worsen as Rodgers challenge the player to find his form:
Of all the challenges Brendan Rodgers is facing such as: losing key players to injuries, his side’s vulnerability to set pieces, handling workloads for the like of Youri Tielemans as his side competes again on multiple front.
The most tragic and delicate among these problems that is not yet mentioned is how he could rejuvenate James Madisson back to his best.
Rodgers has every right to feel aggrieved at Stuart Attwel’s as he neglects to use the touchline monitor to review a penalty given against his side and well when Wilfried Ndidi’s disallowed goal with Harvey Barnes infringement seems dubious.
However, his side was for too long second-best against Brighton and the impact of Ademola Lookman in the second half only highlighted how Maddison, hooked after struggling on the right in a 4 3 3 formation, has lost his vibe.
Amid injuries and transfer issues, James Maddison has not registered any shot on target in any of his last five premier league appearances and has not also recorded any direct contribution to the goal.