Well nobody saw that coming. That is the beauty of the Premier League when you have results like this. Leicester are a team known for doing the unbelievable as their premier league title proved. They were simply brilliant against Manchester City and earned every bit of the 3 points they gained against the blue half of Manchester. Brendan Rogers and his team certainly gave Guardiola a lot to think about.
Jamie Vardy, who was instrumental in the title winning team along with the likes of Mahrez and Kante, opted to remain at Leicester (a lot of players would have jumped ship to bigger clubs) proved he’s still able to produce the goods by bagging a hattrick for Leicester. It was Mahrez who opened the scoring against his former club early in the 4 minute for City before Vardy responded with his hattrick, scoring in the 37th, 54th and 58th minute respectively. Maddison added another in the 77th minute and Tielemans completed the route with Leicester’s 3rd penalty of the match in the 88th minute. Ake did pull one back for City in the 84th minute but by then the game was already over. The game ended 5-2 to Leicester (a very famous victory indeed).
Manchester United meanwhile were away to Brighton and will be counting their lucky stars after a narrow victory. United clearly have a long way to go to recapture the form they showed towards the end of last season and will be relying on their established talent to really step forward. Maupay put Brighton ahead in the 40th minute via a spot kick and not long after, Dunk put the ball in his own net to give United an equaliser before the break. Rashford then put United ahead in the 55th minute before March equalised in the 95th minute of injury time. However, the day belong to United who were awarded a penalty in the 99th minute (Fergie time anyone?) and dispatched by Fernandes. Yes United got the victory but they are far behind where they ought to be.
Back in the capital, Spurs were robbed by the referee and VAR after Newcastle were awarded a penalty in the 97th of injury time. Dier was ruled to have handled the ball in the penalty box even though he had his back to the ball and definitely could not control his ariel motion. Tottenham were pure class in the first half and dominated Newcastle. Mourinho’s team played with high intensity and pressure that Newcastle found difficult to deal with, creating chance after chance. Spurs took the lead in the 25th after brilliant work from Kane to set up Moura.
The Newcastle goalkeeper, Darlow was fantastic between the sticks and kept out the onslaught from Tottenham’s attacking players. Son hit the woodwork on a couple of occasions and Kane had a few chances also. However, Newcastle played a little better in the second half but it was VAR and that penalty ruling that grabbed the headlines (absolutely horrible) and rightly so. After much disgust and outcry, the premier league have since asked the referees to be more lenient when making those decision (how about just applying some common sense, I’m sure that would help). The game ended 1-1 and you can’t blame Jose for walking off.
In the other games, West Ham beat Wolves 4-0, Leeds continued to impress beating Sheffield United away 1-0, Everton won away to Crystal Palace 2-1, Aston Villa won away to Fulham 3-0 and Southampton won away to Burnley 1-0. Chelsea managed to claw back to draw against West Brom 3-3 after going 3 goals behind and Liverpool showed Arsenal why they are champions with a comfortable 3-1 win (I guess that Community Shield win was a fluke after all hahahahaha!!!).
Guardiola has a lot of thinking to do!!!!