Well, that wasn't boring, was it? Frustrating, yes, although a 4-3 loss against Marcelo Bielsa's free-flowing Leeds United, away from home, sounds a lot nicer than a 4-1 drubbing. Sure, we still lost, but the Lilywhites didn't have it all their own way and for the final half an hour or so, their bucket-sitting mastermind was bricking it.
This edition may be a scaled down version of the four that have already been and gone, but there's genuine brawn and substance within this particular helping. Forget strikers, wing-backs and 'keepers (Jack Butland was deliberately left out because, meh), central defenders are the main focal point and we couldn't be happier, even if that cryptic Gerard Pique fabrication miraculously became a reality.