A good start to the Premier Division season
Football is back in England and football fans will be pleased that the season has started with one or two surprise results, especially the Arsenal and Aston Villa result.
Most betting people would have put their money on Arsenal but Villa obviously went there with good intentions and got the result that they wanted. The Belgium striker Christian Benteke got two penalties and the second one looked a bit dubious to me but you have to ask the referee about that. They were able to get the 3-1 result that's what is most important.
Benteke is a very good player, classy, and knows the business of scoring goals. He was outstanding for Villa last season as they struggled and I'm sure somebody came in for him during the summer but the club kept it hush-hush. I wouldn't think it will be too long before he moves on to one of the bigger clubs, he's a fantastic player and you don't get players staying around at clubs that are not doing do well.
Villa had a rough time last year, hopefully they have a better one this year because they have such a large fan base in the Birmingham area. They're a good club and have been so for many years. Lets hope he stays there, serves out his contract and gives the fans what they need.
They are definitely a top 10 team, the division is tough with the usual top four and then Spurs and Liverpool and Everton.
It is possible to break into the top six or seven but you've got to believe in yourself and everybody has to work towards the same goal.
Arsenal will no doubt quickly bounce back from that defeat, and you can never write them off. Regardless what people say Arsene Wenger is a very good coach and he has proven it over the years. Though he hasn't got the same quality of players as other clubs as yet he has said he wants to bring in some new players before next week's deadline.
He doesn't believe in going out and spending the money for the sake of spending it. You can go and spend 30, 40 million and the player can be a flop and that's a bad investment. He wants to be sure that he gets players who come in and are going to fit into the Arsenal way of playing. Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs should be the top three clubs from the capital, though from what I've seen on the wire Gareth Bale's transfer from Spurs to Real Madrid could go through any minute now.
As I've said, from a business point of view it is a good sell for Spurs, all you have to do is go to the other parts of the world and look for a classy player and you will probably find one.
It is a heck of a lot of money Real Madrid are offering and you can't turn that sort of money down. If he wants the move let him go, because otherwise it could mess up the harmony of the team.
I enjoy watching the games last weekend and look forward to seeing Manchester United and Chelsea on Monday which will be the first big match of the new season, two of the title contenders. It will live both the teams a test to see where they are because one of those two will probably win the league. With Jose Mourinho back in the saddle at Stamford Bridge, they have a good coach who knows what he is doing and has won everywhere he has been. Coming back to London was, for him, a normal step. Sometimes you have to eat humble pie and I think both he and the owner who fired him have learned a valuable lesson from it.
Mourinho is a winner and has been a winner everywhere he's been and I don't see why he shouldn't succeed at Chelsea again. He knows what he's doing and knows how to market himself so good luck to him.