The Premier League returned this week after a considerably shorter summer time break than typical as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
This 12 months’s mixture of lockdown, Challenge Restart and the August Champions League match made it seem to be soccer’s barely been away, nevertheless it was nonetheless good to see the English top-flight again up and working.
Listed here are eight issues talkSPORT.com notably loved.
Dani Ceballos vs Eddie Nketiah
Earlier than a ball was even kicked, Arsenal supplied some leisure.
Ceballos and Nketiah, who each began on the bench for the Gunners’ journey to Fulham, had been caught violently pushing and shoving after a fallout throughout a coaching drill.
Nketiah appeared riled by a powerful problem from Ceballos, who then pushed his teammate away.
The ball then maked its method again to Nketiah, and the pair squared-up to 1 one other.
Arms start to flail earlier than their fellow substitutes become involved to calm issues down.
Ceballos has since taken to Instagram to insist there isn’t any lasting situation between him and Nketiah.
Kieran Tierney’s ‘new haircut’
Arsenal followers needed to double take after seeing a picture put up by their membership pre-match on Saturday.
Tierney’s positioning in entrance of Willian made it look as if he’d drastically modified his coiffure over the break.
The picture went viral and noticed some inventive replies in response.
The Gunners’ centre-back channelled Ronaldinho for a short second in opposition to Fulham.
If his shot had led to a purpose, Holding would have had help of the season wrapped up on day one.
Holding off the specter of Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara, the centre-back juggled the ball on his knee earlier than taking part in in his teammate, who ended up successful a nook simply after half-time.
Alexandre Lacazette applauded Holding and couldn’t comprise the smile and burst of laughter that adopted.
Kyle Walker-Peters crimson card overturned
Southampton defender Walker-Peters was initially despatched off for a really questionable ‘excessive boot’ on Crystal Palace man Tyrick Mitchell.
The choice was reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee however as a part of modifications made out of final season, issues had been accomplished in another way this time.
As is the case in Europe’s different huge referee, the on-pitch referee reviewed the choice utilizing the screens on the facet of the pitch.
After cautious deliberation, Jon Moss overturned his authentic name and Walker-Peters was reprieved with Moss simply giving him a yellow card.
Mo Salah taking dwelling the brand new match ball
The 2020/21 Premier League ball received used for the primary time on Saturday.
Immediately, Salah turned the primary participant to take it dwelling with him as he received a hat-trick.
Liverpool received 4-Three at dwelling to Leeds ultimately, with the Egyptian firing dwelling a late winner from the penalty spot.
FIFA-style goalkeeper penalty antics
Previous to Salah’s successful penalty although, Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier determined to have a little bit of enjoyable.
In an try to distract the Liverpool ahead he jumped up and down, facet to facet alongside the body of his purpose.
It was just like the antics accessible on FIFA for these making an attempt to avoid wasting a spot kick.
In the end Salah had the final snort as he smashed the ball dwelling and received the match for his facet.
Fox within the Field
Jamie Vardy scored 23 occasions final season to win the Golden Boot and his two targets – each penalties – in a 3-Zero win at newly-promoted West Brom took him to 105 top-flight targets, one above former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba within the all-time scoring charts.
The evergreen striker turns 34 in January, however boss Brendan Rodgers believes Vardy stays the most effective frontmen round.
“There are numerous high strikers at this stage however any workforce would need somebody like him in there,” Rodgers stated.
“He’s tremendous cool, medical and has nonetheless received tempo and working capacity. It’s an excellent begin for him to attain two targets and excellent for the workforce.”
Everton secured a genuinely-earned three factors in opposition to Tottenham of their opening recreation of the 2020/21 marketing campaign on Sunday – their first victory in 16 makes an attempt in opposition to the north London facet.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s good second-half header secured a shock 1-Zero win for the Toffees, who managed proceedings all through as three debutants impressed for Carlo Ancelotti’s males.
James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure all made their first begins for Everton, who look a good guess to complete within the Premier League’s high six this season. Jose Mourinho, alternatively, has an enormous job on his palms to show round Spurs’ fortunes.