By: Oyedele Olusegun
The Premier League once again had one of the best show-offs last weekend when Manchester United took on Chelsea; Manchester city took on Southampton; Liverpool took on Westbromwich Albion and Tottenham took on Bournemouth. The teams gave it all it took to grab their three points at the crucial level which the League has reached except for the interesting match between Manchester United and Chelsea. It was a sweet come back from previous losses to Chelsea, first in the Premier League and on the other occasion of the Emirates FA cup. Other teams who played and had their good times knocking each other out would have their matches analyzed.
Jurgen Klopp and his men had a sweet time of football at Anfield when they took it out on Westbromich Albion managed by Tony Pulis. The Liverpool guys, although with a slim hope of taking the League glory, took their time to get good football down against a Westbrom side that seemed to be struggling with the relegation battle. A lone goal from Roberto Firmino was all the Merseyside Reds needed to claim a crucial three points from the hands of Tony Pulis and his men. Klopp would be waiting if any miracle would happen but right now, the title glory seems lost for the Liverpool side.
Pep Guardiola and his men are not on playing mode at all. They showed this in their encounter with Southampton and they were able to bag a 3-0 win. The first goal which served as the ginger for the other teammates came from Vincent Kompany who hasn’t scored since August 2016. The goal came from a header which he got from a corner kick and he slotted the header home after he beat his contender in the air. The second screamer came from the young talent, Leroy Sane when Kevin De Bruyne dribbled into the box and then cleverly tees up Sane to wrap up what could be a sweet goal. The third goal, which sealed their victory, came from Kun Aguero, the seemingly best player in the squad right now. It was a delightful finish after a dauntless run and he made a good use of the ball.
Tottenham had their own share of the good football during the weekend. They increased their charge to the League title glory as they close in on the leaders, Chelsea after a thumping 4-0 win over Bournemouth. The first goal came from Moussa Dembele with a very neat finish and that gave others the spirit to fight o and close on the league leaders, Chelsea. Heung Min Son put them further ahead from a close range. Harry Kane had his own share in the first half drama just about when the referee was planning to blow for half time. The two teams resumed and Tottenham was able to grab a late goal, a goal from Vincent Janssen to make it four for the day. They are now four points behind Chelsea who lost to Manchester United on Sunday.
The Red Devils were bent on taking full revenge on the Blues for what they suffered in the first leg and the Emirates FA cup quarter finals. The coach, Jose Mourinho seemed to have learnt his lesson from the first two encounters that the star player, Eden Hazard, who has been hazardous to the defence line of most teams this season and who has been instrumental in most of the wins for Chelsea this season, has to be tamed and he tried that in the FA cup quarter final but the referee made the job easy for Hazard by sending Ander Herrera off very early and that gave the top man the time and space he needed to penetrate into the defence. It was not soon Sunday as it seemed that Ander Herrera was sent to Hazard from home and he had to follow him like a family curse. He followed him everywhere he went and he got a booking from Hazard. You would see Herrera anywhere you see Hazard on Sunday. Even when Hazard changed wing, he was followed by Herrera and Marcos Rojo. So, it was more than impossible to play anything.
The Manchester resilience, as termed by Jose Mourinho, really helped them to pound the Blues to a 2-0 win. The first goal came from Marcus Rashford, who was very instrumental in the win. He made some darting runs which were incomprehensible to the Chelsea defence. David Luiz had a nice time keeping him out on most occasions but the forwards were not able to penetrate. The Hazard-man, Ander Herrera, left Hazard for a moment and the next thing we saw was that he had scored. He is such a good player.
For most of the playing time, Manchester United dominated the game and at last, they were able to grab a very crucial three points which could lighten up their hope for next seaseon’s UEFA Champions League. The other Premier League teams had their own time playing one another too. The weekend was a wrap of good football as teams in the Premier League took their time to thrash out football at its best. Some teams came, saw and conquered while others came, saw and couldn’t wait till the end.
On the table, Chelsea sits on top with a difference of four goals between them and Tottenham. Tottenham are second after their huge win on Saturday. They would be hoping to take the glory if Chelsea flop twice more. Liverpool occupies the third position and Manchester City is on the fourth spot. The question is who will finally be crowned as CHAMPIONS? Let’s sit back and see as things unravel.