These are five things we learnt and observed from matchday five fixtures of the Premier League
1. Chelsea 1 Vs Liverpool 2: Conte yet to fix unsettled squad
After a fine start to the season, it seems the ‘real’ Chelsea is coming back. Antonio Conte’s men started the season in fine form, winning their first three games in the Premier League. Since the 3-0 home win against Burnley, FC in late August, the problems Chelsea had last season are starting to show again.
The defensive is not fast enough and coordinated enough while the forward line seems to shut down anytime Eden Hazard is not in the mood. In their 1-2 home loss to Liverpool, the back-line got worse.
Returnee David Luiz came in place of captain John Terry and although he was impressive on his second debut for Chelsea, the Brazilian could not provide the calmness and organisation the skipper brings to the team.
Since N'Golo Kante seems to be Chelsea first choice defensive midfielder, Conte has to stop playing a two-man defensive pivot at home. With Nemanja Matic partnering Kante in midfield, Chelsea have nobody to help push forward from midfield to attack.
Conte is obviously not a fan of Cesc Fabregas, but with this current challenge, the Spaniard need to be in the team.
2. Manchester City 4 Vs Bournemouth 0: Pep is right to laugh off ‘quadruple’ talks
After City 4-0 drubbing of Bournemouth, Pep Guardiola was quick to laugh off talk of his team winning a quadruple. City have swept all before them in the opening eight games of Guardiola's reign at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 25 goals and conceding just four in all competitions but Pep is not entertaining any talk of his team winning everything this season.
I agree with Pep. Apart from the obvious fact that it is too early to make those predictions, City have not been very impressive. The midfield to me is a big worry especially with Fernandinho in the DM position.
The defence is yet to come up against great opposition while we are yet to see how the attack will fare when they are out of form. They might be firing on all cylinders but one thing is sure, this City team is not near-perfect and even Pep knows that.
3. Hull City 1 Vs Arsenal 4: Mentality the only problem for the Gunners
Arsenal blew Hull City away at their own home turf and the way they dominated that game from start to finish shows how good Arsenal can be.
One thing yet to be fixed is their mentality. Despite dominating for most of the game, the Gunners could not finish off their opponent on time. Before a first half red card reduced Hull City to 10 men, Arsenal dominated play and should have been three goals up at that time.
Arsenal players were guilty of being soft in front of goal most of the time, trying to pass the ball into the net rather trying their luck from a very short distance. On several occasions, the players chose to pass to teammates despite being in fine positions to score.
We understand Arsene Wenger’s quest to play football and round them off with quality goals, but big teams don’t do that. They do it whatever way.
Arsenal have everything to win the Premier League this season. The best squad in my opinion, stable atmosphere in the club but for them to achieve success this season, they have to be brash in their play.
4. Watford 3 Vs Manchester United 1: Jose not at fault for Reds’ troubles
Three losses in just one week in two competitions mean trouble and Manchester United is in deep one. In the modern game, the manager is always at fault for the team’s poor form and Jose Mourinho is in the hot seat again.
He was sacked for Chelsea’s misfortunes last season just a few months after winning the Premier League for the club. At United again, many are already calling for his head following the Reds’ poor form.
Mourinho, however, is not at fault this time. In my own opinion, there is a lack of quality players at his disposal. David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are just the three players in the squad that could be envied by other big clubs in England.
De Gea is being exposed by a disorganised defence, Pogba is yet to settle in while Ibrahimovic at 34 has his limitations.
This is why I’m surprised at the club’s decision to splash £89m on Pogba when they were other areas to fix.
It will be a miracle if United make it to top four this season, if they don’t, Jose Mourinho is not to be blamed.
5. Tottenham 1 Vs Sunderland 0: Spurs need more than Kane
Spurs got another win this season but it was a struggle getting the three points at home to Sunderland.
Harry Kane scored the winning goal but Spurs’ struggle in the game shows they need more than the striker to make any mark this season.
The striker sustained an injury in that game that could keep him out of actions for two months. How well Tottenham cope in his absence will tell a lot about where they will finish this season.
Mousa Dembele is back, while the midfielder is a great contributor in the middle, he is not known for his proficiency in front of goal.