Yet another interesting weekend of football in the Premier League, full of highs and lows. Here we examine the wins, draws and losses of the most significant games from the past couple of days.
Manchester United v Liverpool
Perhaps the most stand out football game of the weekend, Liverpool finally end their winning streak at Old Trafford. The Reds drew 1-1 against Manchester United on Sunday but still remain top of the table, six points clear.
Funnily enough, Liverpool has failed to win on their last six visits to United, comprising three losses and three draws. Liverpool were well short of their best but substitute, Lallana, rescued a point for the misfiring visitors. This was a significant moment for Lallana, having not scored a goal in 29 months. The Midfielder stated that ‘It’s been a tough couple of years for me, so it’s pleasing. I know my boy at home would have been watching and been delighted when that went in, so it’s a big moment and a massive point for us…we will take that.’
Missing the injured Mohamed Salah, Liverpool rarely displayed the intensity and attacking verve that has become their trademark. The match proved that Liverpool are not invincible but as the team are quick to point out, they still remain unbeaten so far this season. As it stands, their status as football Goliaths remains unscathed. Will we see their fighting spirit rekindled as they play Tottenham this weekend?
Tottenham v Watford
Speaking of Tottenham, their indifferent form continued with a 1-1 draw with bottom of the league Watford. There was some VAR confusion as Dele Alli scored Spurs’ only goal. The video assistant referee reviewed the goal and decided it was correctly awarded. The big screen, however, indicated the decision was ‘no goal’. After a spell of confusion, the goal was finally accepted. Alli stated. ‘It was my first start and great to be back in the team but overall a disappointing result.’
Football fans have taken to Twitter to voice their disappointment, many questioning Poch’s management. Speaking post-match, Poch mentioned how Spurs’ confidence has been knocked since the plundering Bayern Munich defeat. He was confident that the team could have scored a second goal if they were just given five more minutes.
Whilst a draw is better than a defeat, fans are desperately hoping that Spurs are able to put up more of a fight going forward. How will they fare against Red Star Belgrade tomorrow night?
Chelsea v Newcastle
Chelsea claimed a narrow victory against Newcastle during their match at Stamford Bridge last Saturday. This was Chelsea’s fifth uninterrupted victory across all competitions. The key to The Blues’ success this time around was most definitely their persistence. Manager, Frank Lampard, noted how ‘in the second half you saw a spirit and energy in the team. Today was tough, we had a bit of a problem and we solved it with the way we played in the second half.’
Their next battle will be against Ajax on Wednesday. Will the Blues be able to continue their winning streak and win their sixth consecutive game of football?
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
The biggest victory over the weekend was Man City who won 2-1 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Guardiola’s men were quiet until the 39th minute as Gabriel Jesus met Bernardo Silva’s cross with a shrewd header. As if by magic, just 93 seconds later, David Silva then repeated the success with a second goal.
City have certainly proved that they are a force to be reckoned within football. Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, said of Man City ‘They are just a very good team. Could we have done more? Could we have created more chances? Yeah, maybe. If we spend £250 million and bring some of the best players in Europe. We are playing against a team picked from some of the best players in the world.’
City have admitted that there were opportunities in the second half to score further goals but as it stands, two was all they need to secure victory.