After the international break that lasted about 2 weeks, the Premier League resumed football action over the weekend and as usual, it was filled with thrilling and exciting matches as well as disappointing performances from others – some clubs who seemingly are supposed to be performing better t this stage in the competition.
There were heroes whose performances made the difference for their team and there were villains whose performance was an utter disappointment.
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)
Since Huddersfield gained promotion to the premier league, Aaron Mooy has been one of the few players who has been consistently putting in a decent performance for the team. It was an inspiring performance against Wolves on Saturday afternoon as the 28-year old Australian midfielder scored 2-goals to secure a very important 3-points for Huddersfield.
As the busy December fixtures approach, Saturdays win against Wolves may well have secured Huddersfield position as they stay above the relegation zone heading into the most important period of the season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)
Aleksandar Mitrovic ended his 10-hour long goal drought for Fulham with two fantastic goals against Mark Hughes’ Southampton side in a match that ended in a vital 3 – 2 home victory for Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal drought could well have been the reason Claudio Ranieri’s team are currently rock bottom in the premier league table and Fulham has been eagerly anticipating and hoping for the fiery Serbian striker to find his goal-scoring boots and start shipping in the goals.
Claudio Ranieri would hope that Aleksandar Mitrovic has found his fiery form as it is vitally important as Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham team sure needs it so as to climb up the premier league table and avoid relegation this season.
Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
It was a thing of beauty to behold as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side thoroughly defeated the West Ham team scoring four goals. In fairness to all of Manchester City’s attackers, any or all of them could be picked as heroes during week 13 premier league fixtures, but Leroy Sane’s two goals, brilliant and inspiring performance stood him high and apart from the others.
If the 22-year old German international winger and attacking midfielder continues with such brimming confidence and consistently produces such world-class and inspiring performance for Manchester City, it would definitely not be a surprise if he is included in Germany’s next world cup squad in 2022.
Jefferson Lemar’s own goal against Arsenal on Sunday helped Arsenal to an important lead and eventually secure a vital 3-points over Bournemouth as they try to keep up with League leaders and climb up the premier league table. Jefferson Lemar scored a volley past his own goalkeeper to score an own goal that could well be dubbed the best own goal of the premier league season so far.
The volleyed own goal was good that even his teammates and manager would have wondered what was going on in Jefferson Lemar’s head to produce such a beauty of an “own-goal” but could only wish it was scored against the opposition team.
Brazilian defender Davis Luiz undoubtedly put in one of the worst performance by any Chelsea player in Saturday’s London derby against Mauricio Pochetino’s Tottenham. Davis Luiz was at his awful worst on Saturday as he keeps making mistakes upon mistakes and putting in an abysmal display as he cost Chelsea to concede two sloppy goals from Tottenham. David Luiz could have blocked Harry Kane’s sloppy shot from outside the penalty area but instead decided to turn his back and gift Harry Kane a goal.
Davis Luiz looked more interested in tidying up his hair than he was in taking one for the team and blocking the ball against the Tottenham side in the London derby on Saturday.
James Maddison has been enjoying an impressive breakout season for Leicester City until he puts in a disappointing performance for Leicester on Saturday which saw him red carded for a cheap dive in the penalty area hoping to get a penalty for his team.
Although Leicester was able to get a consoling one point from the game, James Maddison should have known better not to get sent off for a clear dive obviously trying to win a penalty when you already have a yellow card.
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