Another year of the Barclay’s English Premier League kicked off on Saturday morning as Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City faced off at White Hart Lane. Champions League new boys Tottenham who dethroned big four regulars Liverpool, will face a stiff challenge as the competition at the top of the league looks to intensify this term.
The seasons first match was anything but a barn burner as neither side could muster even a single goal. Tottenham dominated most of the match, but were kept scoreless by a string of world class saves from City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Defending champions Chelsea sent the first warnings to the rest of the league as they thrashed West Brom 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. A Didier Drogba hat-trick coupled with a Flourent Malouda double was plenty enough to get the Blues their first three points of the season.
In the other high profile match of the weekend, Liverpool faced Arsenal looking to rebound from a dismal 2009/2010 season which saw them drop out of the Champions League. Things didn’t look positive as new signing Joe Cole was shown a straight red card after a rough challenge on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny late in the first half. Being down to ten men didn’t seem to phase Liverpool though as they took the lead through a David Ngog upper ninety blast in the 46th minute. Liverpool looked to have the points in the bag until a goalkeeping mistake by Pepe Reina saw him fumble the ball over the line gifting the Gunners a draw.