Football fans rejoiced at the return of club football after an international break, though that exuberant feeling quickly dampened on Merseyside after heavy losses for Liverpool and Everton due to astounding displays from Manchester City and Tottenham, respectively.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s perfect start to the new campaign was undone by a defiant Stoke City, and the champions of 2017 got the better of the champions of 2016 as Chelsea edged past Leicester City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.
Ended up on the losing side after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Newcastle but finished the game with seven saves – the joint-most from the Premier League this weekend – including this stunning save to deny Joselu.
One of several Manchester City players to feature this week following the dismantling of Liverpool. Incredibly calm and decisive on the ball, maintaining a 97% passing ratio after missing only three of his 101 passes en route to a clean sheet.
Scored the winner and made a goal-line block on Tammy Abraham when the young striker looked primed to finish into an empty net in a hard-fought 1-0 win for Newcastle.
Taught Trent Alexander-Arnold a lesson on the left flank in Manchester City’s 5-0 hammering of The Reds. Was relentless in his forward surges on the flank, exacerbated by Liverpool being forced to play with 10 men for over half of the game, but took full advantage with an assist for Leroy Sane’s first goal.
The Welsh full-back created a plethora of chances (four – the most of any defender in the league this weekend) in Tottenham’s commanding 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park, and got an assist for Harry Kane.
Cut through Liverpool like a knife through butter with his passing, grabbing an early assist for Sergio Aguero with a quick piece of thinking to put the Argentine one-on-one with Simon Mignolet. Had even more time to do as he pleased when Liverpool went down to 10 men, picking out Gabriel Jesus for another assist from a pinpoint cross.
A highly productive afternoon for the German youth international, scoring twice and assisting Tomer Hemed in Brighton’s 3-1 win over West Brom.
Chelsea’s own Duracell battery was at it again at the weekend, and this time with an added bonus; the back-to-back Premier League winner made more interceptions (4) than any other player on the pitch and scored a long-distance effort as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners over his former employers Leicester City.
A half-hour cameo was enough for Leroy Sane to make a devastating impact in Liverpool’s humbling at the Etihad; the German international scored after a simple one-two with Benjamin Mendy before utilising the space offered to him in front of the box to curl a perfect shot into the top corner of Simon Mignolet’s net.
Got ahead of Eric Bailly to put Stoke into the lead against Manchester United and popped up from a corner to restore a point for his new side, heading home after shrugging Phil Jones off with ease. Needs just one more league goal to equal his tally with FC Schalke last season.
The Premier League Golden Boot winner is back amongst the goals after a clinical brace against Everton. His opening goal will cause a debate as to whether he meant it after attempting to cross from deep, while there’s less room for doubt surrounding his second after a routine close-range finish from Ben Davies’ cross.