VAVEL's Matchweek One Manager Ratings
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Saturday Scores

Fulham 0-3 Arsenal

Scott Parker (6/10): Fulham started with a lot of confidence in their performance. They were playing out from the back and seeking to create openings. Aleksandar Mitrovic was surprisingly on the bench but, when he came on, the striker looked sluggish and off the pace. 

Mikel Arteta (8): His players look incredibly comfortable in playing out from the back and cutting through the lines. They look an astute outfit when building up attacks and they look equally comfortable when sitting back in a defensive shape. He's quickly moving this club forward.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

Roy Hodgson (8): Came into this match with a lot of injuries but the former England manager had his players well drilled. They took an early advantage and managed to see out the match. Cheikhou Kouyate was excellent as a makeshift central defender. 

Ralph Hasenhuttl (5): His selection was relatively solid but the Saints were a little naive in their high line. Of course, they need to play high for their pressing game but the ball retention in the middle of the pitch just wasn't good enough. The early goal allowed Palace to play a more effective defensive game. 

Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United

Jurgen Klopp (7): His team weren't entirely at the races but bringing on Fabinho made a positive impact. The Brazilian helped the hosts to get hold of the midfield and he won a late penalty. Klopp will need to give his players the proverbial kick-up-the-backside before his team face big-spenders Chelsea

Marcelo Bielsa (8): He didn't get any points from the match but his fearless setup won a lot of hearts. Leeds were taking on the Champions of England and they showed absolutely no fear. 

West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United

David Moyes (4): It's difficult to be too critical of Moyes. He is in the middle of a very toxic environment. Still, playing three defensive-midfielders at home to Newcastle does not inspire too much confidence. 

Steve Bruce (7): The Magpies set up in a quite simplistic 4-4-2 but Bruce deserves credit for motivating his men. They covered more miles, got to loose balls quickly and took the game to West Ham. Their efforts were fully rewarded. Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson looked like a promising strike partnership; it gave quite a throwback feel as well. 

 

Sunday Stories

West Brom 0-3 Leicester City

Slaven Bilic (6): The newly promoted outfit are in need of some new players. Bilic set up in a back-five, trying to contain the Foxes, with Callum Robinson tasked with being the lone forward. There was a lot of heart and endeavour but you can't give away two sloppy penalties and expect to get anything in this division. 

Brendan Rodgers (7): His squad is ravaged with injuries so Rodgers will be delighted at this comprehensive victory. He gave a debut to Timothy Castagne and the right-back got himself a goal. Wilfred Ndidi also looked comfortable in the centre of defence. 

Tottenham Hostpur 0-1 Everton

Jose Mourinho (4): His team reminded me of Mourinho's Manchester United. Players take too long on the ball and look like they are playing without any kind of attacking plan. The Portuguese manager is known for his solid defensive structures and even that wasn't there in this match. 

Manager of the week

Carlo Ancelotti (9): The Italian fielded all three of his new midfield additions and the risk worked a treat. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan dominated in a double-pivot while James Rodriguez illustrated his promise on the right. This was a very promising start for a team that have aspirations of qualifying for Europe. 

 

Monday Managers

Sheffield United 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Chris Wilder (5): It was a sleepy start from his team; two down and the game wasn't ten minutes old! Wilder will be disappointed by his team's slack defending and will be hopeful to acquire a more clinical striker before the window shuts. 

Nuno Espirito Santo (8): No hangover from last season's efforts! Adama Traore and Marcel were the starting wing-backs. The brilliant Ruben Neves also dropped to the bench. A lack of transfer business and the sale of Matt Doherty had absolutely zero effect on their ability to get things done! 

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Chelsea

Graham Potter (7): Potter has made Brighton such a lovely team to watch. They shot themselves in the foot by giving away a silly penalty but his team moved the ball around with speed and precision. The 3-5-2 setup allows Tariq Lamptey to cause havoc at right-wing-back. 

Frank Lampard (7): A testing match for Lampard because many of his players aren't up to speed. His team didn't play particularly well but they managed to find a way through. It's a shame Callum Hudson-Odoi wasn't given an opportunity to impress from the start, though, given the lack of options. 

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