The Premier League returned with a few surprises and Manchester City and Arsenal finding their winning self again!!
This week in Premier League saw normalcy resumed at the Etihad where expertise was at a full display to reclaim excellence, a good outing overall for the blue half as Chelsea and Leicester also won comfortably showing their class in the process. Manchester United was tested at Turf Moor but their struggle brought solace to gather continuity in their improbable chase.
Saints and Spurs struggle to find Sanity in their statement of intent. The result of the week went into Swansea’s senate as they bring Liverpool back to Earth from Perpetual Paradise.
Biggest Winners: Swansea
The Swans have salvaged some hope and gained momentum with the win against lively Liverpool, The win doesn’t affect their position on the leader-board but it still comes as a much-needed retrieve that can recreate the platform needed for survival, only 6 points separate 10th place from the last, one resilient run can restore the side. I like the approach of Carlos Carvalhal who is one positive quote machine.
Biggest Losers: Liverpool
Liverpool once again showed the extreme value they bring to this League, one day they can be mighty, the other day they can be minute. They lost an opportunity to occupy the third spot in the league table. A very mediocre display against the struggling Swansea depicts that Liverpool is still not ready to reclaim their relevancy. There are days when Liverpool just doesn’t click as a team on the penetrative front that comes across as peculiar.
Best Team: Manchester City
We knew City would respond with rage and relentlessness and boy they didn’t disappoint, the heavy artillery exploded into action showing no Mercy to the Magpies. City’s fate lies in their own hands and with the pressure of the unbeaten streak released expect the fortitude of focus to concentrate on conquering the Top flight which is a dangerous sign for their opponents.
Stats: Manchester City vs Newcastle (3-1)
|Total Shots (on target)||Accurate Passes||Accurate Passes %||Shots conceded (on target)|
|21 (9)||723||90%||6 (4)|
Best Player: Sergio Aguero
A perfect hat-trick for the Argentinian forward orchestrated a boisterous bounce back for the Citizens, no striker can match the movement of Aguero when he is in the mood. Three goals filled with pure quality stating his instincts and anticipation are backed by technique and precision. With Jesus on the sidelines, Aguero stamped his authority in the middle proving that perfection is complimenting his perspiration on the field.
Worst Player: Dele Alli
Dele Alli is another example of how the English press overhypes and overcooks a talent that can lead him into the road of devastation. He has been poor this season underlining the importance of preparation for participation in the Premier League, 1 successful dribble out of 5 attempts, only 5 duels won out of 18 depicts a sign of player short on confidence and content.
Rumor in your window is now a reality
Alexis Sanchez is now officially a Manchester United player, a swap deal which involved Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving for London gunning for some game time. Sanchez will earn close to 450k per week, wonder why they call them wages, that sort of money can cover you for ages. It suits both clubs, as one looks for felicitation while other looks for finesse.
Casualty: Marco Silva
It is very difficult to predict what Watford is going to do next considering the past few seasons as shuffling and repackaging are part of their setup. Marco Silva has had quite the ride, touching the peak only to dig low into the ground in a matter of few months. Blaming Everton’s approach for his demise was a bizarre reason but we are expected to witness the unexpected in the footballing world these days.
He is the 10th manager to be sacked under the Pozzo Family, Javi Garcia has been recruited but it is better they look for a magic wand instead.
Best Manager: Paul Lambert
It is great to see Paul Lambert return to Premier League, he brought back life into Southampton that helped the club establish a base to remain relevant in the Premier League again, he is a high octane personality and the emotions were on full display at the Bet 365 stadium reigniting the spark of survival that Stoke fans severely need. It doesn’t hurt when you play a forward upfront rather than filling him in as a wing back. Mame Biram Diouf obliged with a good finish.
Best Match: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (4-1)
It was not much of a contest but the fiery start that breathed energy into the crowd lifted the mood at Emirates lighting up the Environment which reminded us of those good old Highbury days. An electric start scoring four goals inside 30 minutes silenced the skeptics and derailed the distraction that had created a delirium at Arsenal.
The Eagles tried to put up a fight in the second half but they needed the heart and passion of late Check Tiote to have any chance of a comeback against the trailblazing gunners.
The Supremacy resumes with a usual salute
Mixed with the urgency to spill the dilute
Saga is settled with the stash of cash
Credit to the Swans for rising from the Ash.
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