The Premier League returned with a bang on the weekend thanks to an enthralling 2-2 draw at lunchtime at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Ross Barkley’s 95th minute equaliser maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season and sparked a brawl in the tunnel after Blues coach Marco Ianni celebrated in Jose Mourinho’s face.
The fracas somewhat overshadowed a fantastic game in west London and, though Chelsea were pleased with a draw, Maurizio Sarri’s side finished the weekend trailing title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Elsewhere, Cardiff recorded their first win of the season in a 4-2 thriller against Fulham and Tottenham maintained their best start to a Premier League season with a win over rivals West Ham.
But who made our team of the week?
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Lloris made a stunning save to deny Arnautovic (Picture: Getty)Jordan Pickford ensured Everton kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace by saving Luka Milivojevic’s penalty but Lloris takes our spot.
The Frenchman had to be called upon four times as Spurs left the London Stadium with a 1-0 win against West Ham.
The 31-year-old had to be at his absolute best to deny Marko Arnautovic on three occasions, including a stunning save from the Austrian’s header.
Right-back: Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez could keep Liverpool’s right-back slot (Picture: Getty)Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 win against Huddersfield but the Reds – not for the first time this season – were far from their scintillating best in attack.
Mohamed Salah got back to scoring ways early in the first half but the Terriers can count themselves unlucky for not getting a penalty from James Milner’s alleged handball.
Nevertheless, the home side failed to create many chances and few came down Gomez’s right channel.
The former Charlton ace started his second game in a row at full-back in Alexander-Arnold’s absence and he may just keep his spot if he keeps performances like this up.
Centre-backs: Antonio Rudiger & Jack Stephens
Rudiger had a hand in both of Chelsea’s goals (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri was furious with his side for disobeying his tactics against Manchester United but the Blues had Rudiger to thank for getting a share of the spoils at Stamford Bridge.
The German opened the scoring when he powered a header past David De Gea after losing Paul Pogba from a corner and was involved in the six-yard scramble that led to Barkley’s late equaliser.
Stephens was making his third league start of the season (Picture: Getty)Stephens was starting just his third Premier League game of the season against in-form Bournemouth and the Saints left the Vitality Stadium with a morale-boosting 0-0 draw.
Mark Hughes tweaked his tactics to press the Cherries in a 4-4-2 system and Bournemouth managed just two shots on target.
The Saints’ clean sheet is just their second of the season and their first in over seven weeks.
Left-back: Benjamin Mendy
Mendy provided another assist against Burnley (Picture :Getty)After a blistering start to the season, Mendy has featured just twice since September 1st.
The Frenchman missed six weeks of action with a foot injury, though Pep Guardiola has also been annoyed at the defender’s time-keeping and lack of focus.
Nevertheless, there’s no doubting Mendy’s attacking expertise and it was on display again during City’s 5-0 drubbing of Burnley.
Mendy played in Leroy Sane to complete the rout in the final minutes to record his fifth assist of the season.
Central midfield: Fernandinho and Etienne Capoue
Fernandinho scored one and assisted another (Picture: Getty)City ensured Joe Hart made a miserable [and busy] return to the Etihad on Saturday by putting five past Burnley.
Guardiola rested Raheem Sterling but there’s goals across the whole of this City team and Fernandinho proved that by drilling in an incredible third in the win.
The Brazilian placed a beautiful effort into the top right hand corner and then set-up Riyad Mahrez to score the fourth on a great afternoon for the Brazilian.
Capoue scored a stunning goal (Picture: Getty)Watford were beaten 4-0 by Bournemouth before the international break but the Hornets got back to winning ways with a fine 2-0 win against Wolves on the weekend.
Capoue opened the scoring at Molineux with a brilliant effort from outside the box to leave Rui Patricio rooted to the spot.
Wolves managed just one shot on target as they drew a blank at home and much of that was down to the defensive work of Capoue.
Attacking midfield: Erik Lamela
Lamela scored Spurs’ only goal at the London Stadium (Picture: Getty)Their performances haven’t always matched their results but Spurs have made their best start to a Premier League season under Mauricio Pochettino this term.
Saturday’s 1-0 win against West Ham was a result – and performance – that typified Spurs’ start to the season in that it was a hard-fought but far from glamorous win.
Lamela is one of the few attackers in form right now for Spurs and his header from Moussa Sissoko’s cross was enough to give Spurs all three points.
But aside from that, the Argentine was a constant threat to the Hammers defence and he displayed some lovely touches.
Left wing: Leroy Sane
Sane terrorised Burnley (Picture: Getty)Such is Guardiola’s plethora of options at the Etihad, the Spaniard was able to fully rest Sterling as Sane and Mahrez got the nod against the Clarets.
The German made a quiet start to the season but he’s recaptured his form in recent weeks and appears to be back in Guardiola’s good books.
Sane was a constant threat to Burnley and terrorised Matt Lowton down the Clarets’ right flank and got a deserved goal at the end when he converted Mendy’s cut-back.
Right wing: Anthony Martial
Martial is set to stay at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)His ability has never been in doubt but perhaps now, after three years at Old Trafford, we’re starting to see the real Martial.
The Frenchman led United’s comeback against Newcastle before the international break and scored a brilliant goal to equalise against the Magpies.
Too often under Mourinho has Martial followed up a good performance with a mediocre one but he was United’s best player at Stamford Bridge, scoring two brilliant goals.
Martial’s second, in particular, displayed his eye for goal and Metro.co.uk understands United are increasingly confident of the Frenchman signing a new five-year deal.
More displays like this and it’ll be money well spent.
Centre forward: Josh Murphy
Murphy equalised for Cardiff (Picture: Getty)Cardiff moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with their first win of the season after a 4-2 victory against Fulham.
The Bluebirds were rooted to the bottom of the league with Newcastle but Fulham replaced Cardiff in the bottom three thanks to their win in the Wales capital.
Murphy was at the heart of everything Neil Warnock’s side did well against the Lilywhites and he equalised early on with a precise finish after Andre Schurrle had given Fulham the lead.
Cardiff face Liverpool at Anfield next week so it was imperative the Bluebirds picked up their first win.
Metro.co.uk team of the weekend
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