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1. Pep Guardiola is not yet talking titles in Manchester: “What the f*@$?”
Manchester City could not have started the season better. A perfect five wins from five games, and a goal difference of plus-11, is testament to the immediate effect of Pep Guardiola.
But ‘Sergeant Pep’ was not too pleased when asked by a journalist if his side can win all four competitions this season.
The Manchester City gaffer recovered well after his initial NSFW response, telling the press that his target is to “be happy today, drink a little bit wine, and tomorrow prepare the game.” Well played Pep, well played.
Chelsea missed an opportunity to remain within striking distance of Manchester City, with their 2-1 loss to Liverpool creating a five point gap between the sides.
This is the third time this season that Chelsea has fallen behind early, but this time they were not able to salvage any points.
Conte reflected on the need for both he and his players to work harder at focusing on every detail of each match, something he no doubt would have preached during his time at Juventus.
3. Jose Mourinho states the obvious: “Our individual and collective performance is where we have to improve.”
In other words: we need to improve in every aspect of the game.
The Special One curbed his penchant for blaming officials — to a degree — to focus more on his own team, but brought luck into the firing line as well.
Well, if you can’t control the officials, or luck, then it’s probably best to focus on outplaying your opponent.
4. Slaven Bilic hurting after West Brom defeat: “I felt embarrassed at half time... the problem is big, we can’t say just unlucky with some situations.”
Bilic might just be the antithesis of Mourinho. He was unwilling to blame anyone but himself and his players, and wears his heart on his sleeve, sometimes to a fault.
Bilic bemoaned his side’s individual mistakes, but said is Hammers showed character in the second half.
Unfortunately for him, character alone can’t get you out of the relegation zone. Neither will the second worst defence in the Premier League.
5. Mark Hughes also states the obvious: “We’ve got to stop shipping goals, clearly.”
With just one point from five games, and 14 goals conceded along the way, this seems like a massive understatement.
Hughes went on to say that to “allow teams the luxury of four goals” is unlike Stoke, but having conceded four goals on three separate occasions this year would suggest otherwise.