Premier League: Same Old Story After First Week
After Chelsea‘s 3-1 victory over newly promoted Burnley, the first week of the Premier League seemed to be a continuation of last year’s campaign for many teams.
Chelsea and reigning champs Manchester City continued their winning ways while scoring some impressive goals. Arsenal and Tottenham were both victorious in their season openers as well; however, both teams needed last-minute goals to secure their victories.
The results from the two London clubs demonstrated how they’ve barely held on in the past year. Everton once again played with dominance, but could not finish the job, as they eventually tied Leicester City. The nightmare continued for Manchester United, as they lost their opening match to Swansea City. The match at Old Trafford was the first time United lost a season opener at home in 42 years.
The league table after the first week has the same top four (Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool) that ended last year’s campaign. Although it’s only been one week, we can’t forget that last year’s campaign showed very little change in the tables as the season unfolded.
Unless some drastic changes are made, the 2014-15 campaign will most likely be an encore performance of last year’s season. With the transfer window still open, clubs like Manchester United and Everton still have a chance to save their season and change the script.
United have shockingly been linked with Angel Di Maria, who is slowly nearing his end at Real Madrid, while Everton could possibly make a signing after midfielder Ross Barkley picked up a knee injury.
With 37 matches still remaining for all 20 clubs, let’s hope we get the dramatic performances and surprises that we’re accustomed to in the Premier League.
Asheer Mahbob is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @el_especial24.