Mourinho s warning shot
IF the first games of the Barclays Premier League were a sign of things to come, then the football gods must be smiling.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made his intentions known with a 3-1 win over Burnley.
It was not the win as such that gave the game away, but the performance of his two new signings, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and striker Diego Costa.
Fabregas marked his return to English football by showing what a classy player he is. Costa scored four goals in two matches against Leicester City and Burnley.
More interesting is how Mourinho has been trying out Fabregas in various roles during preseason friendlies. He played him in the hole” in a 4-2-3-1 formation and as an attacking midfielder in a 4-3-3 system. The midfielder excelled in both roles, giving the Special One” plenty of options.
At Manchester United, new boss Louis van Gaal introduced a new 3-4-1-2, and slotted Juan Mata in his preferred central role behind two strikers. Wayne Rooney, who has regained form under the new manager, seems to be loving the new formation. He scored his side’s only goal against Swansea. Whether the 3-4-1-2 formation will work in a country where the traditional style is to attack through wingers remains to be seen. A three-men defence might just be exposed. Swansea s midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was on fire against Van Gaal’s boys, assisting with the opening goal and netting the winner. He is one to watch. Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling scored the opening goal against Southampton and produced an assist on their way to a 2-1 victory. There are many players who stood up to be counted. We are impressed. Mourinho has fired a serious warning shot and defending champions Manchester City should be wor