Eventmasters are proud suppliers of the UK’s leading football hospitality packages for the 2017/18 Barclay’s Premier League campaign. In preparation for what promises to be yet another scintillating season of football, we’ve taken a brief trip down memory lane to re-live some of last season’s fiercest encounters between the league’s top performers.
2016 saw former Juventus boss, Antonio Conte, take the reins at Chelsea following their disappointing 10th place finish during the previous year. Under the watchful eye of the animated Italian, Chelsea soared to a tremendous victory and lifted the prestigious Premier League title for the fifth time in their remarkable history.
Fellow challengers, Tottenham Hotspur, were relentless in their pursuit of Chelsea throughout the season but it ended in heartbreak for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side as they fell seven points short of their bitter rivals.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City finished in third to maintain their place in the illustrious Champion’s League but the Spaniard will be hoping for a stronger title challenge this term; and Liverpool signalled their long awaited return to the European elite, snatching fourth place at the eleventh hour from the desperate clutches of Arsenal, who finished fifth.
Premier League stalwarts Manchester United ended their season in sixth place but were delighted to win both the League Cup and the sought after Europa League; Jose Mourinho will now have his eye on the all-important top four as The Red Devils prepare for another mouth-watering season of sparkling football.
Fans enjoyed a fantastic selection of thrilling contests between the Premier League’s elite performers last season. Here, we have chosen our top five picks from the outstanding collection:
Arsenal 3 – 4 Liverpool, Sunday 14th August 2016
Jürgen Klopp’s resilient Reds sent the travelling faithful into a state of euphoria as they triumphed over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side in an exhilarating contest at The Emirates Stadium. The Gunners started the brighter of the two and were rewarded with an early penalty in the 29th minute when a careless Alberto Moreno brought down Theo Walcott in the box. The England International, however, missed the spot kick to the horror of the helpless home fans, but soon made amends 68 seconds later when he drilled in a low effort into the far corner to hand the hosts the lead.
Philippe Coutinho’s splendid free-kick levelled proceedings on the brink of half time, before goals from Adam Lallana, the ever-prolific Coutinho and Sadio Mane turned the contest on its head. Despite Arsenal’s best efforts, they could not muster the strength to recover from a devastating three goal deficit, giving Liverpool a sweet victory to savour.
Arsenal 3 – 0 Chelsea, Saturday 24th September 2016
Home fans were treated to a spectacular Arsenal display at The Emirates Stadium, with Arsene Wenger’s side dispatching an out of sorts Chelsea with consummate ease. The outstanding occasion saw Arsenal end a barren run against Chelsea which dated back as far as 2011. Early goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil made the affair an open and shut case before half time, with Chelsea rarely threatening throughout the game.
However, this telling result represented a remarkable turning point in Chelsea’s season, sparking an outstanding resurgence of form which saw the eventual league winners go on to secure a resounding thirteen wins in a row.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Chelsea, Wednesday 4th January 2017
Tottenham ended Chelsea’s phenomenal thirteen game winning run with a thrilling 2-0 victory to keep the hosts within touching distance of the coveted number one spot. Two sensational headers from Dele Alli, either side of half time, was enough to give Spurs a comfortable victory in their relentless pursuit of the Premier League title.
Tottenham’s season had been in disarray following a disappointing Champion’s League exit but they responded magnificently to halt Antonio Conte’s runaway Blues. Alli’s delightful double made it an impressive seven goals from his last four games, and it looked like Spurs were once again beginning to gather some much needed momentum as the race for the title began to hot up.
Manchester United 2 – 0 Chelsea, Sunday 16th April 2017
The Premier League title race took a tantalising twist as firm leaders Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils. It was the impressive youngster, Marcus Rashford, who struck first to give the hosts the lead, after cleverly beating the offside trap, leaving a bewildered David Luiz in his wake. Ander Herrera added to Chelsea’s misery as his deflected effort, from the edge of the box, flew past Asmir Begovic to give United a reassuring two-goal lead.
Despite Chelsea’s best efforts, they could not break down Manchester United’s back-line and didn’t register a goal, much to the displeasure of the animated Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Manchester United, Sunday 14th May 2017
Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United represented the end of an illustrious era as they faced their final showdown at the historical White Hart Lane. Having called the stadium their home for an astounding 118 years, Spurs produced a fitting send-off with a typically resilient performance.
Victor Wanyama opened the scoring with a powerful bullet header before Golden Boot Winner, Harry Kane, diverted a Christian Eriksen set-piece to give the hosts a comfortable lead.
Manchester United improved vastly in the second half and were rewarded for their endeavours when Wayne Rooney turned home a late cross from Anthony Martial, but despite their best efforts The Red Devils could not spoil White Hart Lane’s final day in the sun.
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