As Defending Champions Manchester City were unable to get past Watford this past week, three teams maintained a 100% record in the Premier League.
Chelsea, Liverpool and a surprising third team in Watford have been able to win all three of their games this season. Even though the number of games played till now aren’t a significant number, but momentum to do better than what is expected from them can easily be garnered by such performances.
The 2017 Premier League champions, Chelsea have done well under the new management of Maurizio Sarri. To say that their mettle has been tested in the opening fixtures would be an understatement. Barring the first game against Huddersfield, the matches against Arsenal and Newcastle have been an intense affair. The team looks like its former self, and their talisman Eden Hazard has been on fire since the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the summer.
Meanwhile, Liverpool also registered their third win of the season. The Jurgen Klopp side was touted as the only team that can actually challenge Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City for the Premier League title. The only issue that plagued Liverpool last year has become their strength this season and that is their ability to defend. They are yet to concede a goal this season, and this safe approach of playing football might just propel this team to achieve the glory Liverpool fans have been desperately been waiting for.
However, the story of the season has been the sensational start done by Watford. For a club of their stature, it is unheard of to win have this level of success early on in the season. Even though they have played against teams of a similar level to themselves, the fact that they can grind out results of such ties will help them classify higher than the initial target set by the management.
Earlier, Manchester City failed to get past the recently promoted side in Wolverhampton Wanderers. They were unable to impose their gameplan, and this game showcased a weakness of the ‘perfect’ Guardiola side. Even though they have a strong roster of both attackers and defenders, this team doesn’t withstand to pressure mounted on them that well, and this can be an Achilles heel for City in big games.