So after about a month into a new year of football, it’s a beautiful thing to see some early surprises in the tables although it is just beginning. Good starts can propel teams to even more confidence as each week goes by. And vice versa, bad starts can spiral out of control. The good thing is no matter what, it’s a very long season as trophies are not won or lost in August.
However, it’s very surprising to a lot of fans to see two powerhouses in Europe off to a rough start. In Italy, the four time defending champions Juventus have ZERO points through the first two games and have looked anything like a team that will be chasing a fifth consecutive Scudetto. If you look at the offseason, this is a team in transition. Departing were Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich), and Andrea Pirlo (NYCFC) among many. This is still a team that has a lot of individually skilled players and are confident they will be inthe top four at seasons end.
In England, the defending champions Chelsea are reeling with just four points through four matches. And defensively it’s bad, as they have already conceded 9 goals after conceding just 32 all last season. Maybe they are going through a little championship complacency. But already 8 points behind they better find a way to fix the problems.
The feel good story so far has to be Swansea City and Leicester City. The best signing of the summer resides in Wales - Andre Ayew, who has given the Swans a formidable attack along with Bafetimbi Gomis. Garry Monk has done an outstanding job at Swansea, and there is no reason to think that this outstanding play won’t continue. Claudio Ranieri has transformed Leicester City into a much better attacking team so far, led by Ryad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, and Shinji Okazaki. And if the Foxes get aggressive at the deadline they could bring another veteran defender in Bayern Munich defender Dante.
No matter what happens right now, things will not be the same come April. But in the meantime, enjoy great football weekly around the world, because you never know what you’re going to get.