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Sunday Review: Chelsea comfortable and Spurs win handily

Both Hull City and Crystal Palace failed to find the back of the net today

By | 18th August 2013
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The first Sunday of new Premier League season was setup for two of the top Premier League sides to show what they could do against two new Prem clubs and the day went as predicted.

Tottenham had the early match against Crystal Palace and were in control throughout the first half of the match. Crystal Palace held strong, displaying a cohesive unit that was able to turn away the persistent attack of Spurs. The Premier League newcomers played very conservatively, passing the ball around when in possession and rarely attempting to break into the box.

New Spurs signings Paulinho and Nacer Chadli played well but were unable to turn anything into a goal, as Chadli directed a header over the net on a good chance on the last play before the halftime whistle.

The second half began well for Spurs as they attacked right from the kick-off and were awarded a penalty when Aaron Lennon put a cross off the hand of Dean Moxey in the box. New signing Roberto Soldado stepped up and calmly put the ball into the left side netting for the first of what Spurs fans hope will be many more for the Spaniard.

Tottenham stayed in control throughout the second half and survived some late drama to secure the three points with the scoreline the remaining 1-0.

Chelsea were off to a strong start in the second match of the day against visitors Hull City and were awarded a penalty within the first few minutes. However, new Hull keeper Allan McGregor saved Frank Lampard’s penalty attempt to keep the score level at 0-0.

The attack of Chelsea could not be held off for long though, as Kevin De Bruyne slipped in Oscar and the young midfielder finished well, putting the ball past a sliding McGregor in the 13th minute.

Frank Lampard had a chance to make up for his penalty in the 25th minute and did so in brilliant fashion when he drilled a free kick into the top corner from far outside the box, making the score 2-0 for the Blues.

It was more of the same for Chelsea in the second half as they created many chances but were unable to find a third against Hull, with the match finishing 2-0.

Goal of the Day: Frank Lampard stepped up to a free kick far from the box in the 25th minute of the Chelsea match and rocketed a magnificent strike that dipped into the top right corner of the net, grazing the outstretched hand of Hull keeper Allan McGregor. A wonderful kick that will surely be seen in Prem highlights throughout the year.

Save of the Day: Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni was at his very best on Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson’s shot in the 35th minute. Speroni just got finger tips to the ball after Sigurdsson turned at the edge of the box and fired a screamer that was headed for the top of the net if not for Speroni.

Player of the Day: Although Frank Lampard missed a penalty early on in the match, he was terrific throughout the entirety of the game. His goal was thunderous and his midfield play was reliable and consistent. The 35 year old showed no signs of aging or having just returned from an injury, looking good for a full ninety minutes.

Story of the Day: Jose Mourinho made his return to the Premier League after a six year absence a good one, winning comfortably over Premier League newcomers Hull City. However, the absence of David Luiz  from the squad may be telling as the Brazilian defender has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

Mourinho and the Blues will play current Premier League leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford a week from tomorrow after hosting Aston Villa on Wednesday. If the Blues can take victories in both matches, Mourinho will have a chance to go top of the table early on in the Premier League season.

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