Good weekend, Premier League. Neutrals appreciate it.
Big boys? Well, it depends on the club.
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Arsenal and Manchester United primp after derby wins.
Chelsea are feeling signs of life and Newcastle feel they belong in any mention of the big boys.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur must find a way to give themselves hope.
And Manchester City have to wonder how they can start to look like a team that most analysts refuse to exclude from title discussions, even after losing away in the Manchester derby.
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10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 20
1. Drama on the sidelines: Red Devils come back and win derby (Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City): Listen, by the letter of the law Marcus Rashford May have technically was in the game, but he did not in any way affect the position of Manuel Akanji and City goalkeeper Ederson against United. The fact that Rashford was running towards the goal with the ball almost under his feet certainly interfered with the game and affected the positions of other players. However, United’s game plan was excellent against City and completely baffled the reigning champions. Fred was great as an extra player in midfield as he and Casemiro blocked Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes cleared long balls from Rashford’s shots. The whole United team stuck to the plan, with Erik ten Hag replacing his players correctly, with Anthony and Agennadro Garnacho adding more tricks on the counter-attacks in the second half. United are solid defensively and are in incredible form. Surely they are now in this title race. (Japan)
2. History of seasons for Arsenal, Tottenham (Spurs 0-2 Arsenal): “This game showed exactly where Arsenal and Tottenham are this season. For the Gunners, it was all about scoring early and then setting traps for opponents who had to take risks. Then, by controlling the situation, the Gunners no longer make stupid mistakes. This is the plan for their success, and this performance was eerily similar to many of their victories this season. Arsenal are leading in the middle of the table and the only thing that can stop them from winning the championship is injuries and themselves.Tottenham also played the same way as they did all season.Sloppy in the first half and much better in the second half.Antonio Conte’s team cannot continue such games, but the only thing that can really change is the manager, their team is good enough to compete in the top four, but their recent run has wiped out all their good work at the start of the season, and finishes over Manchester United and Newcastle seem unlikely for this moment. (Japan)
3. Sluggish “Liverpool” runs away from the “Seagull” out of bounds (Brighton 3-0 Liverpool): The Reds have excuses due to injuries and busy matches, but they weren’t excuses that Jurgen Klopp would have accepted in previous years (and certainly not against unconventional forces) . Given Liverpool’s expenses, losing by two to Brentford, drawing Wolves and losing to Brighton by three in a row simply shouldn’t happen to this club. This, to be honest, was not close and looked completely uninspired. Given Jurgen Klopp’s reputation and insight, the only reason worth suggesting is that the Reds are finally empty after years of endless competition. Manchester City may also want to be part of this conversation at this point (see item #1). But Liverpool have now conceded eight goals in their last three matches in all competitions and all three could possibly be underdogs given Mohamed Salah’s offside goal law in a 2-2 cup draw with Wolves. (New Mexico)
4. Chelsea players put Graham Potter down a bit (Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace): This win was more about grit, faith and reaction than anything else. There was a particular tension in the Chelsea game, especially when the ball went wide. Potter seemed reasonably pleased with the chances the Blues were creating to move forward, but he’ll be overjoyed that his goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, is in sensational form. Chelsea still have a lot of injuries and still look suspicious defensively, but they at least pressed high, took risks in attack and seemed to score throughout the game. Their attacking play has been much better and with the addition of Mudrik and Felix (when they returned from suspension) they have some really dynamic players in the last third who are about to enter this lineup. (AE)
5. Newcastle beat Fulham but Bruno Guimarães’ injury marred the day (Newcastle 1-0 Fulham): Third-placed Magpies won a well-deserved win, albeit with penalty drama, but Newcastle’s most important player left the field in tears, fans hope it’s just the sea emotions. The Brazilian talked to the coaches on the field in the middle of the first half, but soon returned to the field and played until the break. Relief? Wait. That’s when the cameras caught Guimarães in tears, still limping a bit, with Allan Saint-Maximin taking Guimarães’ place in the second half. There is a riddle here in which Guimarães completes half. Of course, the coaches wouldn’t let him risk a long-term injury, but Toon’s emotional reaction certainly causes quite a bit of anxiety. (New Mexico)
6. Nathan Jones took off at the expense of Frank Lampard. (Everton 1-2 Southampton): Now the two teams and clubs are moving in different directions. Southampton have reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and now new boss Nathan Jones has finally taken his first win as Premier League boss. The Saints’ new owners invested in the line-up as early as January, and a year into their reign, they had a plan. The Saints are trying to break out of the bottom three with a bold strategy of signing talented youngsters. Everton have it the other way around, in freefall with nine consecutive defeats in all competitions. It comes amid protests from fans, the board of directors have been ordered to stay home over safety concerns and Everton are now only bottom of the table on goal difference. Everything goes wrong. They don’t have the funds to invest and it seems that if a new owner doesn’t arrive, they will be doomed to a relegation battle. Will Frank Lampard try to keep them away from them this season? Right now, he’s not being blamed too much for this mess, but after four consecutive defeats at home, this time to the only team below them in the table, Lampard can’t have any complaints if the Everton board cuts him off and goes into full force. safe mode. (Japan)
7. Foxes cannot pass through the trees that now hang over them. (Nottingham Forest 2-0 Leicester): “The win lifted Forest from 16th to 13th in the Premier League table, four points clear of the relegation zone. Steve Cooper’s side have only lost two of their last nine Premier League matches (4W-3D-2L), although they have only managed to go unbeaten three times in their first 10 games. And that’s four defeats in a row against Leicester (17 points), who are now just two points above the relegation zone. (AE)
8. Wolves get out of the bottom three, leaving Irons there (Wolverhampton 1-0 West Ham): Daniel Podenss completed a quick counter-attack by Wolves in the 48th minute, scoring the only goal of the game with a devastating shot from the top of the box. The Portuguese winger has led Wolves with five Premier League goals this season, including three in their last four games. The victory was Wolves’ second in nine Premier League matches (2W-2D-5L), but saw them 17 points from 19th to 16th with a single win. Such is life at the highly congested end of the table these days. In the opposite direction, across the relegation line, is West Ham (15 points), who have now picked up just one point in their last seven PL games. David Moyes’ team is 18th at mid-season. (AE)
9. Bay in the classroom between bees, cherries (Brentford 2-0 Bournemouth): Ben Mee established himself as a headstrong leader looking to win at all costs during his tenure at suffocating club Burnley, but now he’s very similar to the ex-Manchester City descriptor as the best defender and passer. with Brentford. That’s what happens when Thomas Frank gets hold of talent: he brings it out and it’s easy to trust the Danish manager who has a new contract at Brentford. Bournemouth were missing a key addition, Marcus Tavernier and a couple of other decent talents, but it’s obvious that their best players on Saturday were the same names bought during the team’s last Premier League run. Captain Lloyd Kelly, midfielder Jefferson Lerma and tough man Philip Billing were in the thick of things when Bournemouth were relegated to the Championship and were the club’s hope for getting something from the team. (New Mexico)
10. Emery and Amy give Aston Villa the lead (Aston Villa 2-1 Leeds): Leon Bailey opened the scoring in the 3rd minute when Boubacar…