Zlatan saves Pogba’s blushes, Everton resoundingly beat Manchester City, Spurs & Arsenal also score four a piece to keep up the pressure– we discuss these EPL TALKING POINTS & more for Match Week 21.
Manchester United and Liverpool share the spoils
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s equaliser with three minutes to spare, saved Paul Pogba’s blushes; as Manchester United held Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Liverpool played the better football throughout the match and went ahead in the first half- thanks to James Milner, who dispatched a penalty awarded after Pogba handballed in the area.
As United failed to break down Klopps side, Mourinho adopted the long ball tactic, throwing on Maroune Felliani, who’s header in the area led to Zlatans goal. Much to Klopps dismay.
“Klopp said: “They played long balls in a wild game. We played the better football and had the better plan.” @BBCSPORT
Talking Points: Does a draw end both teams’ title aspirations? Or did Liverpool show enough to be considered serious title contenders?
EVERTON HAMMER CITY!
New signing, Ademola Lookman won’t forget that debut in a hurry!
The young debutant capped this great display by the Toffees with his first goal for the club as clinical Everton put four past Manchester City at Goodison Park.
Ronald Koeman’s team had four shots on target and scored all of them, with goals from Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and another first goal for the club, from the impressive Everton graduate Tom Davies – who scored a deft chip over the keeper after starting and finishing a move, he began from his own half – beating two City players in the process.
Manchester City as expected dominated the possession (70.8%), but never really troubled the Toffees, being generally poor throughout. John Stones and Claudio Bravo in particular were suspect.
Bravo could have done better with all the goals and it was another hesitant mistake in his own area from Stones, which led to the final goal from 18 year old Lookman.
When Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was reminded that this result left his team 10 points behind leaders Chelsea; and if that ended any hopes of a title challenge this season, he seemed to concede as he told BBC reporters:
“Yes. Ten is a lot of points. At the end of the season, we are going to evaluate our level and how our performance was, how the coach was, how the players were. After that we are going to decide.”
They must now get something out of their next match – against inform Tottenham, to cling on to their top four aspirations.
Talking Points: Can Pep adjust to the demands of the English League? Can they make top 4 or win a trophy? Can the impending arrival of Gabriel Jesus save their season?
And what will this result do to Everton’s season?
Spurs and Arsenal Fire Four
Both Tottenham and Arsenal had convincing wins against West Brom & Swansea respectively last weekend.
Spurs were outstanding throughout with Harry Kane in particular standing out as he scored an emphatic hat trick.
Arsenal on the other hand were made to work a little harder away from home in Paul Clements first game as Swansea boss. Two own goals by the Swans eased the pressure for the Gunners as Giroud and Sanchez bagged the other two goals.
Tottenham now find themselves second in the table, seven points behind Chelsea, and they seem to be growing in confidence with each game they play. This win was their sixth consecutive victory – equalling a club record.
The win for Arsenal puts them two points clear of Manchester City in fifth as they occupy the last Champions League place. They are nine points behind the league leaders but only one point behind Tottenham and Liverpool, in second and third respectively.
Arsenal have a relatively easy run in up until facing Chelsea the first weekend in February. Tottenham face Manchester City next at The Etihad. A victory there will do their title credentials no harm at all.
It’s going to be an interesting few weeks which may give us a better insight into whom can maintain the pressure on Chelsea for the Premier League title.
Talking Points: Can Tottenham continue this great run? Are they the true contenders to stop Chelsea this season?
Are Arsenal out of the run?
Additional Talking Points from EPL Match Week 21 (14th, 15th January 2017).
Abel Hernandez fired a brace to help Hull City beat Bournemouth. Does new boss Marco Silva have what it takes to turn around The Tigers fortunes and save them from relegation?
Chelsea – minus Diego Costa, convincingly Champions beat Leicester away from home. What impact will the Costa fiasco have on Chelsea’s title aspirations? Can Leicester really be relegated? What do both teams need in this transfer window?
Andy Carroll scored a goal of the season contender, as he smashed home an overhead kick to score the third goal, in West Ham’s 3-0 win against Crystal Palace. What impact will this result have on the team’s season? Should West Ham just sell Payet? Will this be the season that sees a Big Sam side relegated? Can they turn it around?
Joey Barton fires a free kick on his return to Turf Moor as they beat Southampton. Can the midfielder play a vital role in their season? Can they finish top half? Can things improve for Southampton under Puel?
Arnatovic and the resurgent Peter Crouch scored for Stoke as they beat Sunderland on Wearside. Defoe scored for Sunderland. Can he continue to get the goals and will they save Sunderland? Do Stoke really need Berahino?
Watford and Middlesbrough drew, on an emotional day at The Hawthorns. Both teams are sliding slowly down the table. Are they both in trouble of getting entangled in a relegation fight?
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