Slightly Delayed Thoughts & Observations

24 Sep
  • Manchester United defeated Manchester City, 4-3, thanks to a late stoppage time goal from Michael Owen.  There’s been a lot of debate that the ref allowed too much stoppage time, but you learn when you are five to play to the whistle.  The United win spoiled Man City’s perfect start to the season, but clearly Man City has the ability to compete with every team in the league.
  • Chelsea remains the only team with an unblemished record (6-0-0).  The Blues have looked nothing less than stellar so far this campaign.  They’ll face their first big test when they host Liverpool on Oct. 4.
  • Speaking of Liverpool, what the heck is going on with the defense?  I really didn’t think the back four would be a such a weak spot for the team this season.  Jamie Carragher had a terrible game against West Ham on Saturday.  The center partnership of Carragher and Skrtel is lacking in the basic skill of communication (as evidenced by their head-to-head clash opening weekend).  The Reds were able to mount a comeback thanks to a pair of sweet goals from Fernando Torres, but against top-tier competition, they are going to need to solidify that back line.
  • Poor Pompey is still without a point six games into the season.   Supposedly, they aren’t going to try to buy any new players til the summer.  At this rate, they’ll be looking for Championship players.
  • This upcoming week, we have Premier League on the weekend and then the Champions League group stage continues Tuesday and Wednesday.  I love mid-week soccer.  It makes work so much better.

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