MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's 2-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
1. Walker helps City get back to winning ways
Manchester City celebrated the 10th anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's takeover with the kind of outcome that has been so familiar throughout his ownership of the club. They got back to winning ways against a defensive Newcastle side that briefly threatened to upset them when DeAndre Yedlin equalised Raheem...
Where does Rafa Benitez go from here? The Newcastle United manager has always divided opinion, but his team's poor start to the campaign has provoked a storm of criticism. Newcastle have taken a single point in the first three games and on Wednesday were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest.
Their negative tactics in a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea generated widespread scorn. A season of struggle lies ahead on Tyneside and there is little chance of Saturday's visit to Manchester...
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League win over Newcastle at St. James' Park on Sunday.
1. Chelsea show their grit when glitter falls short
Speaking after Chelsea's 3-2 win over Arsenal last weekend, Maurizio Sarri said his priority was to coax 90 minutes of football out of his players that matched their thrilling opening 25 against the Gunners.
That aim remains unfulfilled. Chelsea's football frequently faltered in the face of Newcastle's...
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England -- Three points from St James' Park as Tottenham Hotspur got their 2018-19 Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory against Newcastle United.
1. No signings, no problem (so far)
Tottenham have just become the first Premier League club not to make a summer signing since the transfer window was introduced in 2003, but they have nine World Cup semifinalists and their squad certainly looked competitive at St James' Park.
NEWCASTLE, England -- Three quick thoughts on Newcastle's 3-0 Premier League win over Chelsea at St James' Park on Sunday.
1. Chelsea's top-four hopes die with a whimper
The final day of the Premier League season was always likely to end in disappointment for Chelsea, but the manner of their surrender to Newcastle provided a fitting end to an utterly miserable 2018 for Antonio Conte.
Chelsea could not be certain walking onto the St James' Park pitch that the Brighton win over Liverpool...