This summer has seen an unprecedented wave of new managerial appointments across Europe – as things stand, the seven favourites for the European Cup have all appointed a new manager.
Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG are the seven.
Porto, Napoli, Everton, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Inter, Roma and PSV have also undergone a chance of coach.
Therefore, rather than the usual analysis of individual matches, the next few weeks will be spent assessing these coaches and their new sides. Obviously, drawing grand conclusions from one or two games would be a little foolish – especially with the likes of Levante and Hull not putting up a great challenge – so things might be slow over the next couple of weeks, perhaps until after the international break. By that time, we’ll have been able to work out patterns and approaches – and the transfer window will have closed.
Normal (ish) service will be resumed shortly…