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Two of the top five teams in the Premier League this season were at Wembley on Sunday, with just eight games to go after Matchday 25.
Anyway, they provided enough to talk about them, thanks a lot.
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Liverpool and Chelsea failed to score goals, Leeds United and West Ham had huge wins, and Arsenal and Manchester City ended the weekend in different ways in the same way they started.
Along the way we had great goals that counted – hi Declan Rice – great goals that didn’t count – hi Leandro Trossard – and Manchester City did their best to score goals as close to the line as possible.
Again, what have we learned in the Premier League this weekend? Here’s where our writers live as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Andy Edwards (AE) and Nicholas Mendola (NM) share their insights into the latest PL games.
10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 25
1. Chelsea forwards put pressure on everyone else in blue (Spurs 2-0 Chelsea): Not only are Chelsea missing Harry Kane, but right now the Blues are likely to accept any number of finishers they have sold or seen them leave over the years. Because Chelsea… just… don’t… score. Kai Havertz scored in the 64th minute of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Palace on 15 January. Since then, he has not scored a single goal in 493 minutes. Hakim Ziyech has provided one assist in 10 appearances for Chelsea since the calendar moved to 2023. Raheem Sterling hasn’t scored since New Year’s and Joao Felix has scored one goal. Both have limited minutes, but it’s worth reiterating that Chelsea’s biggest problem – by far – is that their strikers don’t score. And only Felix shows glimpses to find his footing. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mikhail Mudrik, Noni Maduque, David Datro Fofana… all is fine. So it doesn’t matter if Enzo Fernandez, Reece James, Thiago Silva & Co. are doing their job well if the Graham Potter people don’t score goals. Sometimes a simple game, this one (NM).
2. Jorginho is exactly what Dr. Arteta ordered (Leicester 0-1 Arsenal): The Gunners only made 10 shots but didn’t record a full xG that day and really struggled to find answers through anyone other than Leandro Trossar as even the mighty Martin Odegaard had a day off. However, what should resonate with the Guners from that day on is how good Jorginho looked again, perfect for Mikel Arteta’s game in which the head boy knew his men would have plenty of ball. Granit Xhaka will be looking over his shoulder – he may have already received Arteta’s rapturous praise for Fabio Vieira – as Thomas Partey is back in contention for the start and the Partey-Jorginho pairing could just give the Gunners a license to duo alongside two centers. defenders, goalkeeper and six attackers against some sides. We are almost joking. (New Mexico)
3. Bournemouth v Man City – very, very bad matchup for the Cherries. (Bournemouth AFC 1-4 Man City): Bournemouth’s attack looks much better of late and Dango Ouattara will either help the Cherries stay on their feet or move to another Premier League side next season . But City came in late to convert the many chances it provides, and the defending champion was essentially rummaging through Bournemouth’s pockets, shooting deep into the Cherries’ box. Yes, that does the short cut: if Erling Haaland, Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez and Ilkay Gündogan are as lively as they are against a team from the bottom half of the Premier League – home or away – it will only go one way, 99 times out of 100. (New Mexico)
4. Liverpool have a lot of questions and few answers (Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool): The Reds’ midfield of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Naby Keita has a collective veteran character and is well-suited to a no-frustration game, but Cheik Doukur could have shown Liverpool, which he lacked in a fully functional midfielder close to his best. And while injuries can’t often be an excuse for a club that spends as much as Liverpool, especially when Palace are missing Wilfried Zaha, the Reds can’t use Thiago Alcantara, Darwin Nunez and Ibrahima Konate, among others. This is a big request. Liverpool should bring Nunes back soon and Arthur Melo is finally close to returning. There are still many hopes for a top four finish, but Saturday was a big miss, even with the bustling and wild nature of Selhurst Park. (New Mexico)
5. David Moyes is back from the precipice…again (West Ham 4-0 Nottingham Forest): It looks like every time West Ham take the field these days, David Moyes may be picking a West Ham side for the last time. Leading up to Round 25, it was reported around the world that Moyes could be fired if the Hammers lost again. They didn’t! West Ham remain the only team in the bottom six in the Premier League that has yet to change managers this season as Moyes has once again tried his luck and avoided unemployment. From Crystal Palace (26 points) to Bournemouth in 19th place (21 points), eight teams are currently separated by five points (AE).
6. Spurs look a lot like Conte, even without Conte (Spurs 2-0 Chelsea): Antonio Conte’s men are not just without Rodrigo Betancur, they are without Conte – personally – as the Italian continues to recover from surgery. But that hasn’t stopped Spurs from playing like him, as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Christian Romero are among the players who make sure Tottenham lead the fight. However, the biggest difference between Spurs and potential rivals like Chelsea is that Tottenham have an absolute horse in Harry Kane and put the team on his back. Harry Kane has made 14 90 minutes in 14 Tottenham games since returning from the World Cup break, scoring seven goals and providing an assist. Tottenham are undefeated when they hit the scoresheet. If you can, keep an era-defining striker in your books, okay? (New Mexico)
7. Slight margin determines chances of relegation due to Everton defeat at home (Everton 0-2 Aston Villa): The game revived shortly after the restart. Everton were denied the first goal in spectacular fashion in the 55th minute when Alex Iwobi’s initial shot went wide of the goal, but came back into play after a shot from Ezri Kons, who was flat on the ground at the endline. The ball went to Neil Mope, who directed it towards the goal, but Tyrone Mings ran over the goal and cleared the ball. Fu, right? Five minutes later, the roles were reversed when Jordan Pickford did his best (and then several) to get his fingernail on Ollie Watkins’ head, pushing it inside the bar, but by no means is it clear. As he bounced off the net, James Tarkowski charged onto the stage and kicked him back. Three minutes after this exchange of clearances from the goal line, Idrissa Gouille vainly slid forward and cut John McGinn to give Aston Villa a penalty, and that was it. (AE)
8. Javi Gracia outwitted Ruben Selles to make the difference in six-pointers (Leeds 1-0 Southampton): What a start for new Leeds boss Javi Gracia in a tight game. His replacements were crucial, but Southampton’s new boss was out of luck. Ruben Selles made a triple transition and it didn’t work for the Saints. It looks like this win could revive Leeds’ season and keep them above the relegation zone. Leeds have always looked more inclined to break through and Jack Harrison summed up their spirit and determination when he posted a winner and Leeds easily held on to a big win. Leeds have also been solid defensively and that will be key; The USMNT duo of Weston McKenney and Tyler Adams created a great shield in front of the back four, and Brenden Aaronson returned to attack as the three started together in the PL for the first time. Leeds have a 100 per cent win record as the USMNT trio start together in the Premier League… (JPW)
9. Wolves are on the rise when gardeners slip away (Fulham 1-1 Wolves): Fulham have done pretty well this season and started this game with a good run, but did they think Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves would lose? The Cottagers found no footing in this matchup for a while, as the increasingly comfortable transfers of Lopetegui and his club served as a good mat and really brought the room — or Molineux — together. Raul Jimenez looks a little more like Raul Jimenez with Pablo Sarabia to his right, while Mario Lemina and Craig Dawson also work shifts on that side of the pitch. Throw in a stunning late save by José Sa and you have a Wolves team feeling more confident for the new season in the Premier League. (New Mexico)
10. Selhurst rocks when the Palace gets its way (Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool): Wilfried Zaha’s absence and Liverpool’s status as prime minister…