Man United and Fred vs Palace, Chelsea’s underlying numbers and Silva’s impact for City – The Athletic

Ralph Rangnick began his reign with Manchester United by beating Crystal Palace, West Ham stunned Chelsea and Bernardo Silva continued to perform Bernardo Silva’s duties in Manchester City’s dominant display against Watford.

So, is Chelsea’s defense really collapsing? How does it compare to their last seasons?

In Manchester, Rangnick said he wanted control of his team at United. Did they have it against the palace?

And what about Bernardo? His goals have been off the charts in recent weeks, but what do the key numbers say? Has he been playing like this for a while or has he upped his game?

Here Mark Curry and John Mueller look beyond the scores at some of the stories from this week’s Premier League matches…

Chelsea Warning Signs

On paper, Chelsea’s record after 15 games was as strong as ever compared to previous seasons. 33 points after 15 games is the best tally since the title-winning season under Antonio Conte, and their 1.7 goal difference per game is indicative of their dominance – showing up as the highest average goal difference at this stage of the season in over a decade.

All things considered, there is little reason to speak negatively of Thomas Tuchel’s men, who have eight clean sheets in the league and are two points behind current league leaders Manchester City.

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