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Friday, August 25, 2006

Opening Thoughts

Wtih the season 2 games old, footballcacats offers a quick review

The season began with renewed optimism, hopeful rather than expectant, that the title race will not be anti-climatic thanks to the summer arrivals at Liverpool and the expereince young Arsenal have garnered over the last year.

However, it is the good old Reds from Manchester who are showing a hunger in their performance reminiscent of their previous glory years and setting the early pace with victories against admittedly weaker opposition.

Louis Saha has started well and the Frenchman, while less lethal than van Nistelrooy, provides the link-up play with the likes of Rooney and Ronaldo the Dutchman never seemed to provide and already Ferguson's decision to let van Nistelrooy lave has been forgotten.

Chelsea meanwhile look a side that is collectively tired from the World Cup and may take a while to get going. Of even more importance, is how Mourinho plans to appease all his stars and his change of tactics and personnel has somewhat unsettled the champions who surely will improve as the season goes on.

Elsewhere, Reading look like the new Wigan and teams like Charlton and Man City must be genuinely worried about being sucked into the relegation fight such has been their poor start where poor results have been superceded by even poorer performances.

There's still a long way to go and with Martins and Anelka the latest to join the league, this promises to be a fantastic season.

Most impressive - Manchester United
Most depressing - Man City
Potato Punt - Sheff Utd to stay up this season


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