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Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

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Chelsea slumped to a 3-1 defeat away at Everton to give Mourinho’s men their worst start to a season since 1988.

The reigning champions also have the worst defense in the Premier League, conceding 12 goals in their opening five games.

Steven Naismith came off the bench for the Toffees on Saturday to bag a hat-trick which leaves Chelsea 11 points adrift of early pace setters Manchester City.

John Stones lined up for the hosts after Chelsea had failed with three bids to sign the defender before the close of the transfer window.

And, to top it all off, Mourinho interrupted counterpart Roberto Martinez during the Spaniard’s press conference, claiming that he should have addressed the media first before travelling with his players back to London.

“Roberto, next time tell me to go before you because we have to travel,” said Mourinho, who swore as he left.

Martinez replied: “I don’t control that, Jose. I don’t control that.”

Martial Arts

Anthony Martial cost Manchester United $36 million from Monaco, but began paying that fee back with a sublime goal against Liverpool on Saturday.

The 19 year-old, who has been dubbed ‘the next Thierry Henry,’ came off the bench to score United’s third goal against their arch rivals at Old Trafford.

Manager Louis Van Gaal said of the world’s most expensive teenager: “When you make a goal like Anthony you cannot wish for more.

“The goal was marvelous and physically he showed he can play in the Premier League. It was also a good match for him to come on because Liverpool had to come out and we were ahead. He had a lot of space, so it was easier to bring him on. We know he can dribble, he has pace, but his finish was fantastic.”

The French international looks like he could develop into a major player at Old Trafford.

Flying Foxes

Leicester City find themselves up in second place in the Premier League after mounting a terrific fightback against Midlands rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.  foxes

With 18 minutes to play, Claudio Ranieri’s trailed 2-0 but goals from Richie De Laet, Jamie Vardy and a brave header from Nathan Dyer turned the game around.

The Foxes remain unbeaten under the Italian manager and look like they could finish in the top half this season.

“At 2-0, I look at my players and they still believe it is possible,” Ranieri said via the Irish Examiner. “That is the spirit I love. The players believed in something good as a group and that is what I want.

“You can lose, of course, but it is important to fight until the end of the match.”

Remember The Name

Few of us had heard of Kelechi Iheanacho before his late winner for Manchester City against Crystal Palace that maintained City’s 100% start to the season. iheanacho world cup

Despite the 100s of millions of pounds worth of talent in the side, it was the 18 year-old Nigerian striker who came off the bench to earn Manuel Pellegrini’s side a 1-0 win.

Captain Vincent Kompany told Manchester Evening News about the youngster’s impressive pre-season: “He’s had a really good pre-season – even when he didn’t play well he scored.

“At the moment it looks like he’s third in the pecking order, and at his young age and at this kind of club, it’s a massive achievement already.”

Iheanacho may get some more game time in recent weeks after Sergio Aguero was forced off with an injury in Saturday’s win.

What A Difference A Fortnight Makes

On September 1st, West Brom striker Saido Berahino tweeted that he ‘would never play for Jeremy Peace again’ after the Baggies chairman rejected four transfer bids for the 22 year-old during the transfer window. Saido-Berahino_3191515

Reports suggested the Londoners had spent four months lining up a deal for the England Under-21 international only for West Brom to knock back all bids they made.

However, after meetings with Peace and manager Tony Pulis, Berahino backed down and came on as a substitute against Southampton this weekend.

Skipper Darren Fletcher says he and the rest of the players ‘have given him some stick.’

“Sometimes it’s the best way because it takes away the tension,” Fletcher told BBC Sport.

“When somebody comes in and there is a little bit of banter, I’m sure he feels like one of the lads again.”

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