Chelsea suffered a dismal start to their title defence after their season opener was marred by a shocking 2-3 loss at the hands of Burnley FC.
The Blues could do nothing to prevent Sam Vokes from scoring twice on either side of Stephen Ward’s goal. Although substitute Alvaro Morata and David Luiz did manage to score for Chelsea, it was simply too little and too late.
And that wasn’t even the worst part of the game for Antonio Conte’s men. Chelsea had to lose captain Gary Cahill and even Cesc Fabregas to red cards for horrific challenges that reduced their team to nine men.
Anger towards the referee was evident following these unfortunate turn of events, and it was expressed rather acrimoniously by Michy Batshuayi, who very sarcastically shook the referee’s hand while being taken off the field for Morata’s second half entry.
Watch Batshuayi’s sarcastic handshake with the referee below –
As Manchester United geared up for their opening game of the season against West Ham United, they had a surprising visitor as Russian beauty Victoria Lopyreva showed up in the dressing room before the match.
A former Miss Russia, Victoria is a Manchester United supporter and also a close companion of United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Donning the new home kit, Victoria posed for the shutterbugs and her unexpected appearance before the game definitely added to the hype amongst the Mancunians, who were delighted to see a celebrity ahead of the EPL curtain raiser against the Hammers.
Check out the picture (via @MUFCScoop) below –
Everton have an English prospect on their hands
The former Sunderland man showed his shot stopping skills, to deny Xherdan Shaqiri from range. The Swiss international who is known for possessing a rasping drive, let fly from distance only to see his shot being deflected at the last moment by the impressive Pickford.
Certain sections of the fans raised their eyebrows when Everton shelled out €30 million on their new goalkeeper. However nobody seems to care now after witnessing his world class performance against Stoke City.
Always going to be a tough fixture for the Toffees, Pickford produced a stunning save to ensure a marginal 1-0 victory for his team on the opening day.
Everton have invested heavily in their squad this summer, boasting a transformed starting lineup from last season. With all the spotlight on Wayne Rooney’s return to his hometown, Jordan Pickford gave an assured response to any lingering critics of his big money move.
For now it is safe to bet that the blue half of Merseyside have got a gem on their hands. Check out the save from Pickford below –
Arsenal new boy has got some muscle
Often bullied by opposition strikers, Arsenal’s defence has been pointed out to be lacking in physicality which is required to win the Premier League.
Perhaps keeping that in mind, Arsene Wenger made a move to add Sead Kolasinac to his backline this summer. An absolute man mountain of a player, the Bosnian is quite a presence at left back.
His bulldog style approach needs no introduction for Sky Sports, who dished out an imposing graphic for the man from Schalke. The line-up presentation highlighted Kolasinac giving an aggressive look, boasting a fine physique to go with it.
Possessing a hammer of a left foot, the new arrival is quick off the mark too. An exception to the subtle ball playing defenders the Arsenal manager prefers, Kolasinac brings a very different approach to the table.
Gunners have struggled to find an able replacement for the left back spot since the days of Gael Clichy. Although Monreal has done a robust job, critics have claimed his unsuitability against pacy and bullish forwards.
The match against Crystal Palace last season comes to mind when Wilfried Zaha destroyed Arsenal’s left flank. Perhaps it was the day Wenger earmarked Sead Kolasinac for his squad.
Check out the Sky graphic (via @RobV96) featuring Kolsinac below –
The sheer euphoria that runs through a football fan’s body when their favourite club scores, just cannot be matched. Be it at the comfort of your own house, or from the stadium, if your team scores, you are bound to shout at the top of your voice, and throw a couple of punches in the air to celebrate.
But sometimes the elation overpowers people to the extent that they start doing things that are downright crazy.
Rangers fans were caught up in a similar situation when they decided to invade the pitch after Alfredo Morelos scored early on to help the Teddy Bears go one up against Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.
The horde of Rangers supporters started celebrating near the corner flag and gave the stewards a hard time after Morelos goal.
It was an upsetting end to the match for the Rangers camp as the game finished 2-3 in Hibernian’s favor.
Check out the scenes after the first goal below –
It has been a very dry and uneventful summer for Tottenham in terms of transfers but it seems like Daniel Levy is now desperate to change things. Mauricio Pochettino has identified the man on top of his shopping list as Celta Vigo’s midfield ace Pape Cheikh Diop.
They could face fierce competition from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, who are looking for a long term replacement to fill Corentin Tolisso’s boots and reports suggest that Diop has a £25m release clause.
The 20 year old’s latest Instagram activity will cause a bit of excitement in the Spurs camp as Diop was spotted following Tottenham’s official Instagram account recently.
This can be a big sign that ensures the Spanish U19 international’s personal preference towards a move to Spurs over Lyon.
Spurs face Newcastle away at St. James’ Park in their opening game of the Premier League on Sunday and they will hope to start the season on a positive note.
Check out a screenshot (via @HotspurRelated) of Diop’s activity below –
Chelsea outcast Kenedy has been heavily rumored to be on his way to Newcastle United, but according to BBC, the deal is already done as they showed his name under the summer signings list.
The 21-year old fell out of favor with Chelsea when he was found guilty of posting offensive posts about China during their pre-season tour. The social media activity reportedly irked the Chinese fans, who also booed him off the pitch in a game.
The Brazilian was sent home soon after the game, and ever since, a loan move to newly promoted Newcastle United has been making the rounds.
Although nothing is confirmed just yet, BBC appears to have a suffered a massive gaffe by already declaring him as a loanee at the club during the talk show Football Focus.
Whilst it has led to divided opinions all around, the Newcastle faithful appear confident about landing the Brazilian.
Via Reddit, check out a screenshot of the gaffe below –
Alexis Sanchez’s injury might have prevented him from joining his teammates on the field during Friday night’s encounter against Leicester City, but at least he had some nice company to enjoy the 4-3 thriller with.
The Chilean, whose abdominal injury has ruled him out of football action, was spotted watching the game from the stands with new girlfriend Mayte Rodriguez sitting beside him.
Fans were quick to interpret his reactions to several moments during the game. Smiles were purported to be approvals for his teammates’ performances, while grim expressions were deemed as a show of discontent.
Such hysteria amongst fans is understandable as Sanchez’s future, marred by no recent improvements in his contract extension situation, still remains uncertain.
The striker’s girlfriend, on the other hand, had put all these thoughts behind while she was enjoying the game. Her pictures on social media included a selfie with the caption: “Y se ganó!” (And we won!)
Check out picture of Mayte Rodriguez (via @daniel_jhb) at the game below –
2 points dropped as Liverpool could only manage a 3-3 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road in the season opener earlier today. A thrilling goal-fest that saw the home side score a last-minute goal, after Liverpool themselves had come back twice from behind.
Making the game even more entertaining were several instances when players displayed brilliance at individual levels, one of which included Liverpool’s Emre Can exhibiting sensational ball control during a counter-attack.
The German midfielder enthralled fans with not one, or two, but three touches to a ridiculously high aerial shot that ended up falling right at his feet.
Can has recently found himself in the middle of rumours surrounding his apparent move to Juventus this summer, but with instances like these, Liverpool fans can only hope that he remains tied down at Anfield with a fresh contract soon.
Watch Emre Can’s magical touch below –
The Gunners started their season in a mesmeric fashion as they beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday. The contest proved to be an electric affair with goals flying in at regular intervals.
Opening day couldn’t have got any better for neutrals, especially Gary Neville, who made an appearance post-match looking rather pleased with Arsenal’s victory.
The United Legend who is a pundit for Sky Sports, embraced Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi and expressed his delight with the proceedings.
United don’t play until Sunday and the former right-back for one will surely be hoping for a similar if not more convincing result from the Red Devils.
Check out the picture (via @MustafiOfficial) of an excited Gary Neville below –