New Delhi: Match-week 8 actions on Saturday showed some vital signs of the clubs who were in action in the English Premier League as Chelsea stamped their authority atop of the table. With Manchester City, Everton and Southampton registering classy wins, Saturday's encounters served a powerful tonic in setting the domestic league alive and unpredictable as usual.
The three important things we learned from Saturday's encounter were:
1) Sergio Aguero is vital for City defending title: After a four-goal feast against a shabby Tottenham outfit, Sergio Aguero proved once again why he is Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca's Lionel Messi. He is a star of the Citizens and his brilliance can win Manuel Pellegrini a second EPL title. Aguero's feat saw him register eight goals this season from eight matches and the consistency in scoring every season looks well set. What matters is his fitness level which is a worry given the injuries he has had over time. If he stays fit, Aguero will be City's most vital player in handing them a platform to challenge Chelsea this term for the title. He had played a magical role in the 2011-12 season by scoring an injury-time winner against QPR to snatch the title from rivals Manchester United. This season expect a grand show from the Argentinian.
2) Southampton look fresh under Ronald Koeman: The Saints were expected to struggle big time this season after a summer exodus of former manager Mauricio Pochettino and key players to other big clubs. A nervous atmosphere had set upon the fans and pundits criticised the vision the club had adopted for future after a decent outing last season. Under Ronald Koeman, everything has taken a change and the club looks fresh and attractive with a new style of play under the Dutchman. After bringing in Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand, Koeman has hit jackpot with each of these players playing major role this term and were brilliant in the 8-0 romp of Sunderland. Just like Koeman, nobody expected the Saints to blow off the Black Cats in such a manner, but these bunch of players have set the tempo as they lie third in the table.
3) Cesc Fabregas is Jose Mourinho's best bet: The signing of former Arsenal and Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas has looked to be Jose Mourinho's best decision. Yet another resounding performance by the 27-year-old, showed why the Spaniard is one of the world's best midfielders. Fabregas scored Chelsea's second goal against Crystal Palace and his commanding overall play was a sight to cherish for the fans. He has formed a brilliant partnership with Nemanja Matic in central midfield, and his ability to create and score goals is helping Mourinho dictate tactical duels over rival managers. The players up-front like Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Eden Hazard have knitted well with Fabregas. The 26-year old will be the key for Chelsea's fortunes this term.
Early season pace-setters, Aston Villa and Leicester City have taken a shot at their legs. Villa saw a fourth straight defeat come in the EPL losing 3-0 to Everton. Their earlier losses came against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. After getting the famous 5-3 victory against Man United, Leicester have just managed to collect one point from their next three matches. Both Villa and Leicester now need to switch back to winning ways before the alarm bells start to ring.