Four-Nil, we played like Brazil!

So the first round of the Barclays Premier League is over and most of the results were quite predictable. Here’s a roundup of this weekend’s action:

  • Fulham suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of newcomers Hull City. Geovanni scored a corker.
  • Arsenal just edged it 1-0 against another promoted side, West Bromwich Albion, with Samir Nasri marking his BPL debut with a goal.
  • Middlesbrough beat Tottenham(or as some like to say, TopFour-enham) by a score of 2-1.
  • Paul Ince’s Blackburn Rovers got off to a perfect start by beating Everton 3-2. Some very late drama there.
  • Bolton Wanderers reminded Stoke City about the hardships of life in the top flight with a 3-1 win. Great (but a fluke) goal by Steinsson in this one.
  • West Ham United beat Wigan Athletic by 2 goals to 1, thanks to a brace from Dean Ashton, who then got himself injured. Predictably.
  • A lacklustre Liverpool scraped through against Sunderland by 1 goal to nil. Torres to the rescue!
  • Agbonlahor scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa trounced Manchester City. 4-2 the score in that one.
  • The two Uniteds – Manchester United and Newcastle United – played out a 1-1 draw.
  • Ahh, and finally to the best result of the lot. Chelsea thumped Portsmouth 4-0.

And this is how the table looks like after the 1st round of matches:

Team standings after Week 1 of the Barclays Premier League 2008-09

Team standings after Week 1 of the Barclays Premier League 2008-09

As I already mentioned, I’ll be concentrating more on Chelsea and their results. Being a Blues fan, I must say I’m absolutely delighted with the result, but more so because of the way we played. It was total domination. The passing was slick, fluid and the movement was fantastic. 2 players made their competitive debuts for us, namely Jose Bosingwa and Deco.
As Andy Gray would say, "Take a bow, son. Take a bow."

Take a bow, son. Take a bow.

Bosingwa looks like the real deal and could be the solution to the right-back problems that have plagued us for so long. As for Deco, the man has got a point to prove to his former club Barcelona and boy, is he on the right track! A man-of-the-match performance in midfield topped off with a debut goal. What more could you ask for?

Overall, Chelsea were a delight to watch, probably the best performance I’ve seen from them in a long time. Felipao seems to have removed the shackles from the players and given them a lot more freedom to express themselves. And the outcome was there to be seen. As they say, ‘It’s just like watching Brazil!’.

Hopefully there’s a lot more to come from this team over the course of the season and we’ll be at the top again, come May. CAREFREE!!


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