Saturday, August 23, 2014

WELCOME BACK EPL by Theophilus Agbonlahor

If the first round of matches were anything to go by, them the premier league isn’t going to be too different from last seasons, Louis Van Gaal discovered just how difficult the old Trafford job is. 

Liverpool have shown that they can cope without Luis Suarez, who moved to Barcelona as they picked up three points, but despite all their summer signings, they still have a shaky defense, the impending arrival of Mario Ballotelli may further bolster an already impressive attacking lineup, but the Merseyside club will have to improve their defense. 

Meanwhile Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Chambers may have arrived at the Arsenal, they haven’t settled in as it still took familiar faces to get the job done. Aaron Ramsey picked up from where he left last season to win the game in extra time.

Reigning champions, Manchester city with most of their players still suffering from the post world cup break, put Newcastle away, though not convincingly but at least they got the job done, and Jose Mourinho seems to have to found the missing cog in his all star team as Chelsea came from behind to beat new boys Burnley with Cesc Fabregas dictating play, and displaying a certain level of creativity and awareness that only world class midfielders can exhibit, he ended up with two assists on the night and ended up with the man of the match award, providing Mou with the much needed creativity he lacked all throughout last season. 

In all, these may just have been first round matches, but it has set the tone for what the rest of the season, and barring a major signing, injuries, and a serious dip in form, confidence or morale of each team, we may just see the same teams as last season in the top four, though a little bit altered, but still the same. 

The major worry now is Manchester United, the 20 time EPL champions are trying to spend their way out of trouble having signed Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon in other to further give more finesse to Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation which he successfully deployed at the world cup. 

They may have till may and 37games to go, but losing your first game of the season at home isn’t the kind of confidence boost the fans may have been hoping for, with a couple of days to go in the transfer window and everything to play for, LVG and his men may be the only team that may be capable of upsetting an already very powerful top four, then again the other teams will be wary of the threat United poses. 

All in all, we are glad the league has resumed……..welcome back EPL.

Just making his debut as a guest columnist on, Theophilus Agbonlahor is one that loves talking about football. A graduate of Public Relation in Lagos State University, he is well vast and his football analysis is 100% spot on.

Catch him on Sport Palava with Ken Ochonorgor on Channels Television most Wednesdays and you will have an idea of what am saying.

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