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08/12/2015 2:02 am
Most teams would have failed from the onslaught by the Swans after detection this was their one chance to win against the champions at home but like all Jose Mourinho teams, they were tight at the back and Fatembi Gomis, Andre Ayew and Alberto Moreno could not break down John Terry and Tim Cahill.
In the long run, that's what actually matters, getting the job done in whichever scenario you find yourself and Chelsea understand just how to do that.
The return of tinker guy-
Well, his side's opening day 4-2 win over Sunderland in which the gaffer revealed he used sounds from rock band Kasabian to inspire his team to victory during pre-match discussions in the dressing room.
With Ranieri around, we are in for more play on the touchlines and other revelations regarding his occasionally unorthodox style of training.
Van Gaal ought to be worried- this was supposed to be the year Manchester United finally bring home a prize after a two year drought but watching the Red Devils tackle Spurs at Old Trafford could not help but believe how the team would manage if Wayne Rooney gets injured.
The selling of release of Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie has really shortened the team's attacking prowess and it's critical that LVG strive get at least one recognized striker before September 1st deadline when the transfer window closes.
The team lacked bite and if not for Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero who impressed on his home debut for United, Tottenham would've left a point to Manchester.
08/12/2015 2:01 am
5 lessons from the English premier league openers
It is no longer news the English premier league has resumed for the 2015/2016 season with most of the teams having played their first match of the term (Manchester City play West Brom Monday) here are some of the lessons learnt from some of the matches watched.
Arsenal aren't yet the finished product- a lot has been said about how this will be the year of Arsenal especially after last weekend's resilient 1-0 triumph over Chelsea in the FA Community shield at Wembley.
Just six days after, the gunners found themselves at the mercy of Slaven Bilic led West Ham side that showed many of the traditional large team would discover that it's hard getting the better of his team.
Losing 2-0 at the Emirates, in the very first match of the season and against West Ham will definitely bring up questions concerning this team's willingness to ultimately secure their first league title since 2004.
As Thierry Henry mentioned at the end of last term and again recently, gunners require a lethal striker (who is different from Olivier Giroud) to have a really purposeful season, most folks would concur after a woeful functionality type the north London's attacking force at home.
Chelsea still 'winner stuff'- same old Chelsea some might say, the performance against Swansea was classic Blues. Surviving for over 65 minutes with 10 guys (at some point it was nine) was testament to the fact this team was established for grinding out results.
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