The English Premier League has now entered the most crucial and important periods of its football season. It is now very critical that clubs at both ends of the Premier League table starts to get points and keep track of their position on the Premier League table.
Here are 4 of the most chilling things we learned from the Premier League’s Week 17 matches that were played over the weekend.
1. Liverpool’s “Shaq” swallows disgraceful and disappointing Man United
A lot was said in the build-up to the biggest game of the Premier League Week 17 game dubbed the “Super Sunday game” between English football arch-rivals Liverpool and Manchester United which saw Liverpool play host Manchester United at the Anfield Stadium in Merseyside. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had decent records in recent seasons against the top six teams in the premier league since he took over as Liverpool manager only with the exception of Manchester United – especially since Jose Mourinho took charge as Manchester United manager in 2016. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team have been unable to defeat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team and this even makes Liverpool’s humiliation of Manchester United on Sunday a very sweet victory for both Jurgen Klopp, his Liverpool team and Liverpool fans in general.
Despite the frustration of going into the halftime break with the scores leveled at 1 – 1, Jurgen Klopp’s men rediscovered and reignited their zeal and enthusiasm and attacked Man United with a second wave in the second half of the game. Literally, it was Xherdan Shaqiri’s inspired performance off the bench that sank Manchester United into the debts of oblivion with all hopes of taking something – even as little as 1-point – away from the game back to Old Trafford fizzling away very quickly. In general, it was a very disappointing game from Manchester United as they were literally swallowed by Liverpool’s “Shaqiri” inspired win.
2. Arsenal are no “Invincible”
Little or nothing was known about Southampton’s new manager,
Ralph Hasenhuttl when he was announced as the new manager of the embattled club, Southampton. The new manager was saddled with the heavy responsibility of saving Southampton from falling further down the premier league table and down into relegation. And most surely, Ralph Hasenhuttl announced himself well to the premier league with an emphatic and thrilling home debut victory over Unai Emery’s Arsenal side who have been previously unbeaten in 22-matches thereby bringing Arsenal’s unbeaten run to an end. Arsenal was subjected to a 90-minutes of intense attacking pressure from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side who were eventually rewarded with a much deserved 3 – 2 win over Arsenal.
3. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola asks for more despite victory
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City suffered their first Premier League defeat of the 2018/2019 season last week when they were blown apart by Chelsea in a 2-nil loss. Manchester City’s next game this weekend was a tricky home game against Merseyside club, Everton who are looking to get points away from home. Manchester City was a little bit sluggish at the start of the game and thanks to Richarlison’s poor effort in front of goal, Manchester City would have found themselves in a precarious situation.
Although Manchester City eventually eased into the game, gained dominance – which was reminiscent of a Pep Guardiola side – and eventually won 3 – 1, Pep Guardiola will still ask his players some questions after the game. Everton was allowed to have their chances which could have hurt the Manchester City team.
4. Tottenham escapes Burnley scare after Camp Nou heroics
Mauricio Pochetino’s Tottenham side was still basking in the euphoria of a heroi4 hard lessons we learned from the Premier League Week 17 weekend matches performance at the Camp Nou against Barcelona in the last 2018/2019 Champions group game last week. However, Tottenham was faced with a tricky task of getting 3-points from Burnley last weekend in the Premier League as Mauricio Pochetino’s Tottenham side hope to secure their position in the top four of the English Premier League.
Tottenham was not in their best performance on the evening but Mauricio Pochetino’s men did just enough to avoid a painful defeat or dropped points in the hands of Sean Dyche’s Burnley team. Tottenham indeed fought hard and dirty to secure a hard-earned 3-points against Burnley over the weekend.
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