LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  James Maddison of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town at The King Power Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

8 Things We Learned from Matchday 6 of the 2018/19 Premier League Season

Matchday six of the Premier League brought us yet more spills and thrills, as an increasingly engrossing season continues to build up steam. 


From Lukasz Fabianski's face-save to James Maddison's free kick heroics, the league once again proved it's 'best in the world' credentials. 


Here are eight things the division taught us this weekend: 

8. Xherdan Shaqiri Can Be Liverpool's X-Factor

Some were dubious of Xherdan Shaqiri's move from relegated Stoke City to title challengers Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp clearly new what he was accruing. 


The Swiss international provided several moments of individual quality against Southampton on Saturday, proving his worth after being hitherto limited to last gasp cameos.


Having said that, despite his considerable influence, he still couldn't break the 45 minute mark, with Klopp choosing to yank him at half time. Which in turn taught us that, even with all the individual class he possesses, the system still comes first for the German. 

7. Aubameyang and Lacazette's Quasi-Partnership Works

Though Arsenal's two record strikers didn't explicitly play as a strikeforce partnership on Sunday against Everton, their chemistry was still impressive.


At the start of the season, some onlookers were concerned that Unai Emery's favoured 4-2-3-1 system would mean sacrificing one of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette from the starting XI.


However, with the Gabon striker happy to operate from the left in order to accommodate the Frenchman, everyone has won: the club (three games in a row), Unai Emery (who has been tactically vindicated) and the two players (who've amassed six goals between them in the last four games).

6. Chelsea Are Still Over-Reliant on Eden Hazard

Even with Maurizio Sarri's re-invigoration of the 2016/17 champions, and all the acclaim that his style has garnered, the Blues still remain brutally tethered to Eden Hazard's attacking verve.


The Belgian was electric at times in the first half, but faded under the weight of his work load in the second half, and offered up some unexpectedly sloppy crosses toward the end. His unselfishness was also placed front and centre once again, after he passed up two opportunities to score in favour of giving Alvaro Morata a helping hand.


Despite Sarri's system being more and more evident with each game, some things are harder to change, and Chelsea's over-reliance on the 27-year-old may prove to be his biggest challenge.

5. Adama Traore Is the Best Super Sub

Adama Traore was only on the pitch for 21 minutes (six of those in injury time), but the 22-year-old was still able to take the title of most shots on goal from this tightly contested affair.


One of those efforts would almost certainly have downed the Red Devils at Old Trafford were a mere mortal placed in between the sticks. Unfortunately for Wolves, it was David De Gea, and the save master wouldn't let his side succumb to the fate of West Ham three weeks previously. 

4. Manuel Pellegrini Is Making West Ham Defensively Sound

If the 3-1 win at Everton didn't confirm this, then Sunday's stalemate with Chelsea most certainly did - West Ham are going to be more than fine this season. 


Though it understandably took a while, Manuel Pellegrini has finally successfully drilled into his side his defensive style. Against Liverpool, it was his high line that so undid them, but against the Blues at the London Stadium it was this positional discipline that saved them time and again.


A massive part of this reversal of fortunes has been Declan Rice, who was monumental against the team that deemed him unworthy five years ago. 


It's a shame, because Chelsea could surely utilise a precocious young English midfielder right now... or maybe not. 

3. Manchester City Are Going to Be Alright

A rainy afternoon in Wales, you say? Well that sounds like the perfect test of the supposedly fading mettle of a defending champion.


Naturally, Pep Guardiola's side came through the inclement weather with flying colours, dispatching their Welsh counterparts with ease before the first half was up.


There have been murmurings of skepticism following the centurions uncharacteristic loss to Lyon midweek - but the Citizens were back to their irrepressible best against Neil Warnock's side. Washed they most certainly are not.

2. James Maddison Is England Ready

Though he still looks somewhat boyish, James Maddison has unequivocally come up to the Premier League a fully formed player.


The Englishman has made Riyad Mahrez a distant memory at the King Power, instantly taking up the Algerian's mantle as Leicester's principle playmaker. His free kick against Huddersfield was inch perfect, but even more impressive than his technique was Maddison's mentality throughout the game. 


The 21-year-old must surely now be a hot-topic in Gareth Southgate's squad discussions, and based on the attributes he's shown so far, the call-up can't come soon enough.

1. Mauricio Pochettino Hasn't Completely Lost It

For pretty much the first time in his Premier League career, Mauricio Pochettino found himself under some genuine pressure heading into Saturday's late afternoon kick off against Brighton. 


Three losses in a row were the main cause for this concern, coupled with a few strangely defensive and cryptic press conferences. Clearly, Tottenham's quagmire of problems - general stagnation, players' financial unrest, the stadium shambles etc - had got to the Argentinian.


But Saturday's 2-1 victory restored the faith in the 46-year-old, as his side admirably ground out a win at the home of the notorious giant killers. Plus, Harry Kane got back in the goals, and Erik Lamela looks in the form of his life. So, all is not lost after all.