Weekend Thoughts & Observations

13 Sep
  • There was no shortage of goals this weekend as three different teams (Liverpool, Manchester City, Sunderland) put on four score performances.
  • Liverpool put on a good performance from start to finish (finally).  Yossi Benayoun was a stud.  Not only did he have a hat trick, but he was an offensive spark that the team desperately needed.  He needs to be on the field from the beginning every game if he is going to put on performances like that.  I certainly hope Rafa Benitez keeps him in the lineup.  Even Lucas (my least favorite Red) put on a solid performance.  It’s going to take complete team efforts like that if Liverpool wants to stay in the title hunt.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal celebration against his former team was completely classless and unnecessary.  I can understand being excited about scoring on your former team, but running the length of the pitch to do it in from of the Arsenal fans was just ridiculous.
  • Clint Dempsey plays harder for Fulham than he does for the United States.  That pisses me off.  Playing for your country should deserve at least equal effort, if not more.
  • Chelsea and Manchester City are now the only unbeaten teams in the Premier League.  Chelsea left it late against Stoke on Saturday, but they got the job done.  Manchester City has looked quite dominant in their performances thus far.  It looks like that spending spree is paying off.
  • Props to Bolton for earning their first points of the year with a 3-2 win over Portsmouth.  Pompey is now the only team in the league without a point.
  • The Champions League group stages begin on Tuesday, Sept. 15.  Yay for more football!
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