EPL Week 21: The Race is Back

EPL Week 21: The Race is Back

Liverpool’s unbeaten streak finally ends – and to none other than Manchester City who are hot on their heels for the Premier League title.

Since two weeks ago, this clash has been on everyone’s lips when the league leaders pulled a seven point gap after City lost to Crystal Palace and Leicester City in back to back games.

Sergio Aguero was up on the score sheet first after a pass from Bernardo Silva. The Argentine powered in from a tight angle to beat Alisson. Liverpool came out with all cylinders after the break and Roberto Firmino continued his scoring streak from a cushioned cross from Andy Robertson. Leroy Sane put the dagger just right minutes later from a low driven shot that went in off the woodwork.

It was an unlikely hero for the Citizens – John Stones, after he executed a goal-line clearance to perfection in the 17th minute. Sadio Mane had gone through on goal and struck the post, only for the ball to ricochet back into the six-yard box. Ederson went for the save but Stones had other ideas. His attempted clearance met with his goalkeeper’s head and the ball looked destined to float into the back of the net but the Englishman reacted fast enough to hack it out of the area.

The goal-line technology later revealed the ball to be 11 millimeters away from being counted.

“I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line!” Stones said. “Those sort of things can change a game.”

Had that goal went in, things might be looking significantly different now for Jurgen Klopp. 10 points clear of City at the top and six ahead of Tottenham would be a dream position for the German to be in, but right now, Liverpool’s test starts from now to May.

“I have so much faith in my players,” Klopp said. “If somebody had told me that, after both games against City, we would be four points clear, I would have paid money for it because I would have thought it is not possible.

“Look, we haven’t won five titles in the last 10 years, so we don’t have that experience and we have to win as many games as we can to finish the season well. But tomorrow morning, we wake up and have the opportunity to prepare for the next game. Football is like this.” Klopp added.

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How often do you get to see a match with six goals.

Now how often do you see a match with six goals, in a single half.

Bournemouth hosted Watford this past week and a frenzy in the opening 45 gave spectators a lot to cheer for.

Troy Deeney opened the scoring at the 14th minute, followed by another in the 27th. Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson pulled two back by the 37th minute. Ken Sema made it 2-3 for the visitors just a minute later and Ryan Fraser put them level again at the 40th.

Shockingly, the second half came up empty with no goals.

“It was an interesting game to be involved in,” Deeney said. “The defending from both teams was Sunday league at best, to be honest. It was an end-to-end game. It could have been 6-6. As entertainers we’re happy but not as professionals. The only people that are happy are the fans.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe however, was not as pleased. “I don’t know what to think if I’m honest. I’m disappointed we haven’t won it, because we created so many chances in the second-half. But from 2-0 down you have to be very pleased with the spirit and attitude to come back from that, so mixed emotions.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s brilliant start to his tenure continues after a 2-0 win at St. James Park.

The visitors were unable to pry open Rafael Benitez’s side in the first half but after Romelu Lukaku came on, he scored on his very first touch after a whipping free-kick by Marcus Rashford.

Rashford himself scored after a free-flowing sequence off a counter attack involving the Belgian and Alexis Sanchez. The Red Devils have now scored 14 goals in four games under the Norwegian, while under Jose Mourinho, they had only scored 18 goals in 17 games.

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Chelsea’s striking woes continue as they drew the 17th placed Southampton at Stamford Bridge 0-0.

The struggling Morata has scored only five goals this season in 16 appearances and has not scored since his two-goal haul against Crystal Palace on the 5th of November.

Chelsea had 72% possession but could not convert their chances into goals. “I think we played a very good match for 80 metres of the pitch, then we were in trouble in the last 20 metres,” said Maurizio Sarri. This is the second consecutive match Chelsea had not scored.

 

 

 

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