It is the first week of the Premier League 2015-16 season however, defenders as Branislav Ivanovic endured a rocky time, Kyle Walker struggled but Dejan Lovren shone in Liverpool’s win. Here are 10 talking points from the weekend’s action.
1) Montero highlights Ivanovic’s vulnerability
Alongside John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic is a player few Chelsea supporters would ever criticise. The Serbian has been a rock solid part of the furniture at Stamford Bridge ever since he was signed from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008, and was deservedly named as the right-back in the PFA’s team of the season for 2014/15. But after his chastening experience against the raw pace and trickery of Swansea’s Jefferson Montero, there must be many around Stamford Bridge who are beginning to wonder whether the 31-year-old has seen better days. Granted, Montero makes a habit of leaving defenders in his wake, but the Serbian’s vulnerability down the right flank was obvious. If negotiations over the purchase of the left-back Baba Rahman from Augsburg succeed, then one solution could be to shift the no-nonsense César Azipilicueta back to his favoured position. However, Mourinho is faithful to those players he trusts and it would be no surprise to see Ivanovic prove he still has plenty to offer at the highest level. Ed Aarons