Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte took over at Manchester United and Chelsea, respectively, this summer. Both are demanding managers who most figured would need time to remake their teams. The Red Devils and Blues may not yet be at their best and doing exactly what their managers want, but they're both perfect, with three wins from three matches, and the rest of the league should be scared.
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Another win for Chelsea
Chelsea have beaten West Ham, Watford and now Burnley, so don't get too excited yet, but there's a lot to like about Conte's side. N'Golo Kante has single-handedly solidified the midfield and Burnley couldn't do a thing with him in the center of the pitch. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard is in great form, Willian found the net and Chelsea even showed off their depth with Victor Moses getting on the scoresheet. The Blues came away 3-0 winners, and they looked every bit as good as that scoreline suggests.
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Marcus Rashford to the rescue
It took until stoppage time, but Manchester United finally got the goal they needed to beat Hull. It's not as if Mourinho's men were terrible -- they had plenty of chances and it was shocking that it took them more than 90 minutes to score -- but Rashford's tally came just in case. Most encouragingly, is that the goal came not from Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Paul Pogba. Their new signings didn't do the heavy lifting, it was the team's depth that earned them three points. Although the two star signings, and Eric Bailly, were terrific again.
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Hugs for Jay Rodriguez
The last two-and-a-half years have been hell for Rodriguez, who tore the cruciate ligament in his knee and has had nothing but problems trying to get back on the pitch. But on Saturday, he scored his first goal in nearly 30 months and he finally had something to show for all that rehab work. The goal even earned Southampton a draw so it was a vital tally. Rodriguez was one of the league's better attackers before going down hurt and it'd be great to see him back back there. Now he has a goal to catapult himself.
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Liverpool need the results to match their play
Once again, Liverpool did a lot right. They pressed well, kept the ball, created chances and generally looked like the better team. But once again, they did not win. Jurgen Klopp's men went to Tottenham and dominated the opening half, but only had a goal to show for it. They then conceded an equalizer in the second stanza in a 1-1 draw. This comes a week after Liverpool looked far better than Burnley, but gave up goals on both of the shots they allowed and lost. It's one thing to play well, but they need wins, too.
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Alexis Sanchez, still great
Arsenal beat Watford, 3-1, but it was less Arsenal and more Sanchez. That's not to say the Gunners were poor, but Sanchez was so clearly the best player on the pitch and at the heart of everything Arsenal did. He was incredible, first drawing a penalty, then scoring a goal, then hitting a pinpoint cross to Mesut Ozil for the final goal of the match. We've seen how unstoppable Sanchez can be when he's at his best, and he was at his best against the Hornets.