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Chelsea 2017 Champions

Chelsea FC are the 2017/18 Premier League Champions! 

After early setbacks, going to three at the back proved to be a revelation.

Was this the genius of manager Antonio Conte or did he just get lucky?

We will find out next season when the challengers will be determined to dethrone Chelsea, but for the moment it must be all hail Conte.

It was hard to see Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as much more than Premier League journeymen, but they turned out to be pivotal at wing-back in the new 3-4-3 system.

The signing of N’Golo Kante was the key – what a season he has had. PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, his ball-winning tenacity has produced back-to-back medals after being part of Leicester’s remarkable conquest in 2015/16.

Eden Hazard was back to his best making him one of the stars of the season, Pedro was also back to his best creating a scoring goals all season.

Diego Costa was putting the ball in the net again and was talked round after seemingly having his head turned by the ‘Chinese Money’ – he
will be a big miss if he now heads East.

Conte got rid of the lightweight Oscar and the formidable but over-the-hill Branislav Ivanovic, gently side-lined legendary veteran John
Terry, and got the best out of the rest.

Ironic that the 1-0 victory away to West Bromwich that clinched it should have been reliant on the goal of £33 million bit player Michy
Batshujayi, but it showed the strength in depth.

And it could yet be a remarkable double if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.

Elsewhere below Chelsea

Tottenham had already secured second place in the table, but goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane earned them victory over Manchester United in their final game at White Hart Lane.

Spurs plan to have their new stadium, built on the same site, ready for the 2018-19 campaign and will temporarily play their home matches
at Wembley next season.

Wayne Rooney got one back but United have long pinpointed the Europa League final as their one real hope of a Champions League place.

A disappointing season too for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City who at the start most pundits felt would be the team to beat.

Their latest effort was an unconvincing and lucky 2-1 win over Leicester.

The Etihad stadium side looked to be cruising after goals from David Silva and a Gabriel Jesus penalty.

Shinji Okazaki got one back, meeting Marc Albrighton’s cross with a superb acrobatic finish.

And then controversy at the end as referee Bobby Madley disallowed Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty for the Foxes.

Mahrez, who had been brought down by Gael Clichy, slipped as he took his spot-kick and touched the ball with his right foot as well as his
left as he sent it into the net.

Madley immediately ruled the goal out for a double-touch and awarded the home side a free-kick.

A season of inconsistency for City, brilliant at times but a defence and goalkeeper who could never be relied upon, and the bizarre
undermining of leading scorer Sergio Aguero. City’s owners expect much more.

Liverpool kept it together following some hiccups to hammer West Ham 4-0 at the London Stadium.

Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal since January, rounding goalkeeper Adrian before slotting home.

Brilliant Brazilian Philippe Coutinho then scored twice before Divock Origi fired in a fourth.

Victory against relegated Middlesbrough on the final day of the season will guarantee Liverpool Champions League football in 2017-18.

Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 away but are favourites to miss out.

Hector Bellerin picked out Olivier Giroud for a tap-in before Mesut Ozil tucked home in the second period.

Stoke controversially restored hope as Peter Crouch converted Marko Arnautovic’s cross with his hand, but Sanchez drilled in a low finish and Giroud slid in a fourth.

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Premier League Review – Game Week 35

Liverpool draw a blank against Southampton

Liverpool faced one of their toughest tasks in their race for Champions League qualification to date… Southampton. The Reds have met Southampton 3 times already this season and have failed to score on all three occasions. The Reds dominated the game in terms of possession but failed for produce that moment of magic to break the Southampton defence. Liverpool were awarded a penalty but James Milner failed to convert from the spot for the first time in his Liverpool career. Klopp’s side are currently 3rd in the table, if they win all of their remaining games they will playing in the Champions League next season.

Claude Puel said after the match:

“It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point.”

Liverpool’s next game is on 14th May 2017 against West Ham United.

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to The Emirates

Manchester United arrived at the Emirates in good form, on Thursday they secured a 1-0 away win against Celta Vigo in the Champions League. The Red Devils were also on a 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, their last defeat came against Chelsea back in October.

The first 30 minutes of the game was uneventful both sides wanted to keep things tight and grow in to the game. Out of nowhere Arsenal midfielder Xhaka let a shot fly from 35-yards out, the shot took a massive deflection off Herrera and left De Gea with no chance. Following the goal Arsenal were full of confidence and managed to bag a second goal thanks to a Welbeck header.

Mourinho did react to the goals and brought on Rashford and Lingard, despite their best efforts Arsenal managed to hold on to their lead and won the game 2-0. This was Wenger’s first ever Premier League win over Mourinho and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Premier League Game Week 32 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 32.

All the big boys stamped their authority on the weekend Premier League games as they ramped their performances up for the final run-in.

The Chelsea title charge continues

Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, outclassing plucky Bournemouth 3-1.

They got lucky with the first goal – Diego Costa’s scuffed shot went in off the head of grounded home defender Adam Smith.

But the second was magnificent.

Eden Hazard raced onto a long pass, rounded Bournemouth stopper Artur Boruc and slid the ball into the net.

Joshua King got one back with a long-range deflected effort.

But Chelsea were always in control and secured the points through Marcos Alonso.

His lovely free-kick cleared the wall and nestled into the net without Boruc even moving.

Tottenham keep the pressure on Chelsea with impressive win

Tottenham made hay in the sun, thrashing Waford 4-0.

Dele Alli curled a beauty into the top corner.

And then the floodgates opened as Eric Dier smashed in a deflected cross and Son Heung-min added a third just before the break.

After half-time Son further confirmed Spurs’ dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier’s cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.

He could have had a hat-trick, while Harry Kane, returning from injury as a second-half substitute, smacked the bar with a late strike.

Manchester City end their winless run

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with an easy victory over struggling Hull City.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium as the defender turned in Jesus Navas’ low cross.

Raheem Sterling set up Sergio Aguero and then Fabian Delph picked up a rare score.

Andrea Ranocchia pulled one back late on, as dodgy keeper Claudio Bravo allowed a weak effort to trickle past him.

Brazilian magic saves Liverpool at Stoke

A tale of two halves at Stoke as Liverpool came back to win 2-1.

All Stoke in the first period with Jon Walters heading home Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross.

But Liverpool threw on the Ill Philippe Coutinho and the injured Roberto Firmino and both scored.

The Reds owed the sometimes shaky Simon Mignolet who made a number of fine saves.

It keeps Liverpool well in the race for a Champion League place.

Manchester United keep the pressure on the teams in the top four

Bottom club Sunderland’s got hammered by Manchester United 3-0.

Not helped by playing with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson was red carded for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United ahead with a 20-yard effort, Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford notched the third.

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Premier League Game Week 26 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 26.

London 2 Provinces 0. A good weekend for the capital’s Tottenham and Chelsea.

Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games to steamrollers Stoke and go second in the Premier League.

His first was a well-taken finish into the bottom corner, then a left foot half volley and he would not have cared that the fortuitous third came from a massive deflection.

Dele Alli, sent off for a horror tackle in the midweek Europa League defeat to Gent, partially redeemed himself by adding a fourth.

Chelsea notched another victory after disposing of a battling Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas, marking his 300th Premier League appearance, could have scored four.

After prodding home the opener, the Spanish midfielder had a goal-bound shot deflected behind, was denied by former Arsenal team-mate Lukasz Fabianski and also hit the bar.

But this was no walkover.

Swansea equalised from their first serious attempt on target on the stroke of half-time – Fernando Llorente heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.

However, Pedro’s curler went under the poor dive of Fabianski, restoring the lead, and Diego Costa netted the third from close range.

It was a weekend when many of the top sides did not feature because of the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

No Manchester derby and Arsenal’s game at Southampton also cancelled.

But what a thrilling final it proved to be, with United squeezing home 3-2.

Will that spur on the Red Devils in the league? It just might.

With Chelsea looking like taking the crown, the three other Champions League places will be fought out by Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

It is going to be a fight to the finish.

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Premier League Game Week 25 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 25.

Brady stunner gets a point for Burnley as Chelsea remain top

Chelsea remain in pole position at the top of the Premier League despite being held by a vibrant Burnley at Turf Moor. It ended 1-1 with goals from Pedro and new home signing Robbie Brady.

For periods it looked as if Chelsea must come through as victors but by the end they would have been glad to get just the point from the game.

Chelsea did not have a single shot on target in the second half. Not that it mattered too much as the chasers keep turning over each other.

Can someone come through and challenge the leaders?

If Chelsea have a wobble, then yes. But no-one caught Leicester last year and it is beginning to look much the same this time round.

Liverpool bounceback thanks to Mane double at Anfield

Liverpool got their first decent result of 2017 by beating Spurs 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane, much missed when at the Africa Cup of Nations, scored twice.

Liverpool, who had not won in their previous five matches, will also be pleased at their heavily criticised defence keeping a clean sheet. Spurs had little to offer, extremely disappointing from their point of view.

Their starting XI is a match for anyone but shorn of two of their first choice defenders they seemed terribly vulnerable and Liverpool could have won by more.

2-0 seemed to be the dominant score of the weekend, with both Manchester United and Arsenal claiming victories by the same margin as Liverpool.

Manchester United maintain excellent form with another Old Trafford win – Arsenal breeze past Hull with Sanchez double

Manchester United, unbeaten in their past 16 Premier League games, took the lead against Watford when Anthony Martial set up Juan Mata to finish from close range.

Martial secured the victory when he fired home after a driving run. Not a vintage display from Arsenal but a much-needed win over Hull at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice, the first highly controversial after it came off his hand and ended up in the net – unsighted referee Mark Clattenburg later apologised to the visitors for missing it.

The second was a penalty in injury-time which was awarded after Sam Clucas was sent off for handball from Lucas Perez’s header.

Hull deserved better, causing Arsenal problems throughout. Will Arsene Wenger step down at the end of the season?

It is beginning to seem likely that he will cave in to the minority who claim recent seasons haven’t been good enough. But succeeding Wenger will be tough and those angry Arsenal supporters my find their side goes backwards before it can go forward.

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Premier League Game Week 23 Review 2017

After a mixed weekend for the top-flight sides in the Emirates FA Cup, sides returned to domestic matters with midweek action in the Premier League.

Liverpool battle back against leaders Chelsea and take a point after Costa’s late penalty miss

Some Premier League upsets but the big game saw the points shared 1-1 between Liverpool and Chelsea.

With the visitors seemingly on course for the title, all the neutrals had wanted the Anfield side to turn over their opponents like they did at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. But a draw was a fair result.

For all Liverpool’s pressure in the first half they had just a Georginio Winjaldum shot, comfortably beaten away by Thibaut Courtois, to show for it. The Chelsea defence was just so solid.

And, as so often happens, a dubious free kick is awarded against the Reds and before the defence has got organised David Luiz has stepped up and whacked it past Simon Mignolet.

Same old pattern of Liverpool pressure and Chelsea defiance in the second period until a cunning Jordan Henderson looping pass is nodded back into the middle via a deflection and Winjaldum heads in.

Game on. The Anfield crowd are going mad and the noise goes up a decibel or three as Mignolet saves brilliantly from a Diego Costa penalty.

Pedro could have won it. Firmino could have won it. But nobody won it.

Watford take all three points at the Emirates as Arsenal falter

Disaster for Arsenal beaten 1-2 by Watford at the Emirates. The usual story … pouring with rain, mid-winter and the Gunners’ pretty boys didn’t fancy it.

Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul grabbed the opener with a deflected hit and then Troy Deeney tapped in after Etienne Capoue had his shot saved by Petr Cech. Alex Iwobi pulled one back but it was not to be.

Tottenham unable to break stubborn Sunderland resistance

Tottenham had to settle for a point at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland fought for their lives.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated possession against the Black Cats, but a much improved defensive performance by the home side thwarted the Londoners. So Chelsea march on.

A really good side, players who complement each other, a tight system, mercurial vision and goalscorers.

Hard to see how they can be stopped.

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Premier League Game Week 22 Review

Game Week 22 in the Premier League saw Chelsea strengthen their position at the top of the table with the return of Diego Costa, while Wayne Rooney finally broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goals record at Stoke City.

Tottenham Hotspur fightback from two down to rescue a point at Manchester City

Two such different approaches to football, but yet you can’t escape plain old mistakes. Of all people, given how brilliant he has been since coming into English football, Spurs Hugo Lloris was at fault.

It took Son Heung-Min to earn Tottenham Hotspur a point as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s struggling side raced into a 2-0 lead.

France international Lloris headed an attempted clearance on the edge of the penalty box straight at Leroy Sane, who controversially bundled in with the help of an arm, then dropped Raheem Sterling’s cross at Kevin De Bruyne’s feet.

Spurs responded through Dele Alli’s header before Son equalised to the fury of City’s under-fire manager Pep Guardiola.

Referee Andre Marriner ignored Kyle Walker’s sly push on Sterling as the attacker raced into the area with just the goalkeeper to beat – perhaps conscious of his reputation as a diver he for once stayed on his feet but off balance Lloris saved his flick – and almost immediately it went back up the other end where Son swept a low finish past City keeper Claudio Bravo.

Liverpool lose at Anfield as Swansea take all three points

Disaster for Liverpool – the old issue of beating the best and losing to the worst coming back to haunt them.

Swansea somehow managed to turn them over at Anfield. Schoolboy defending by the Reds. Gylfi Sigurdsson clinched it to give Paul Clement his first win as Swans boss.

Roberto Firmino had struck twice to draw the scousers level after Fernando Llorente’s two goals in four minutes after the break. Jurgen Klopp was rightly going mental on the sidelines.

Chelsea have been wooing Llorente – Swansea desperately need to keep him.

Rooney breaks Manchester United record to rescue a point at Stoke

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer with a stoppage-time free-kick that rescued a point at Stoke.

Substitute Rooney curled in from the left-hand corner of the penalty box for his 250th United goal, one more than Sir Bobby Charlton. Juan Mata had previously poked Erik Pieters’ cross into his own net.

Yes, Rooney has scored plenty of goals for United and England, but Sir Bobby was a World Cup winner, easily a level above the Liverpudlian who has never really done it for his country when it counts the most.

OK, it is hard to compare a centre-forward and a midfielder, but for me Sir Bobby was by far the better footballer.

Late Sanchez penalty gets Arsenal all three points against spirited Burnley

Arsenal beat Burnley but only just as both sides converted penalties in injury time.

The ten man Gunners had seen the volatile Granit Xhaka dealt a red card in the 65th minute, soon after Shkodran Mustafi had put the home side into the lead.

It took three minutes over the allotted 90 for Burnley’s Andre Gray to equalise while Alexis Sanchez struck from the spot five minutes after that.

Arsene Wenger saw Arsenal snatch victory sat in the stands after being sent there for over-exuberant protests.

Diego Costa returns with a goal as Chelsea beat Hull to stay top of the Premier League

They now lie second behind Chelsea. Meanwhile, it was a routine day at the office for the league leaders, beating Hull 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa scored on his return to the team after the bust-up which saw him absent the previous week. A Gary Cahill header made the points secure.

Chelsea are now eight ahead of Arsenal, 14 in front of sixth place Manchester United, and in pole position to claim the title, leaving the rest of the Big Six scrapping for the three other Champions League places.

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Premier League Game Week 21 Review

Game Week 21 in the Premier League saw Chelsea strengthen their position at the top of the table, while the wheels fell off for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.

Chelsea surge past defending champions Leicester City to tighten grip on top spot

No Diego Costa; no problem for Chelsea. With the Spaniard, scorer of 14 Premier League goals this season, in a fall-out with the club, one wondered whether it might destabilise the team away at Leicester.

Not a bit of it. Two goals from Chelsea wing back Marcus Alonso made certain of that.

The first curled in after pinball in the Leicester penalty box, the second driven through with the help of a slight deflection.

And it was nearly three as a beautiful volley flashed inches past a post. Alonso has pedigree.

His grandfather, Marcos Alonso Imaz, played eight years with Real Madrid’s first team. His father, Marcos Alonso Peña, was several seasons in Spain’s top flight, most notably with Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, and both represented Spain at senior level.

No international cap yet for Marcos Alonso Mendoza but on this form it must surely come. Pedro, another wonderful Spanish star, finished it off for magnificent Chelsea, a credit to their Italian coach Antonio Conte.

Leicester very defensive and very poor – arguably Conte’s fellow Italian Claudio Ranieri got the tactics wrong and the selection wrong.

Final score 0-3.

Man City hammered by Everton as Premier League title hopes fade at Goodison Park

In contrast Manchester City got a 4-0 pasting against Everton at Goodison Park.

It emphasised just how badly talismanic, trophy-strewn manager Pep Guardiola is struggling in English football. As usual City had all the possession, some 71 per cent, but the Merseysiders had all the goals.

Romelu Lukaku side-footed in a Kevin Mirallas cut-back for the first and the Belgium internationals combined again after the break, Mirallas driving Lukaku’s through-ball across the keeper.

Tom Davies, in just his second league start, lifted a third over Claudio Bravo and £11 million debutant Ademola Lookman, signed from Charlton, beat the keeper again in injury time – what a catastrophic decision dumping Joe Hart is proving to be.

It was Guardiola’s heaviest ever league defeat as a manager.

And Everton secured the victory with something of a new team – Davies, Lookman, Morgan Schneiderlin signed for £24 million from Manchester United, and 20-year-old defender Mason Holgate.

Late Ibrahimovic goal rescues point for Manchester United at Old Trafford

United scrambled a point in the Old Trafford clash against Liverpool.

The 1-1 final score kept the visitors hard on the heels of Chelsea but left United trailing the leaders by ten points.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late equaliser, heading in after Marouane Fellaini had struck a post.

Liverpool had taken the lead in the first half when James Milner converted a first-half penalty following Paul Pogba’s handball.

Spurs continue fine form with fabulous win thanks to Harry Kane hat-trick – while Arsenal thrash Swansea

West Brom had been on a good run but Tottenham are equally motoring.

And they battered the Baggies at White Hart Lane, emphasising their league ambitions after coming so close last season.

Harry Kane struck a hat-trick to celebrate the birth of his first child, while a Christian Eriksen shot went in off visitors’ defender Gareth McAuley.

Swansea went down 0-4 to a rampant Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock, two Alex Iwobi strikes produced own goals from Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton, and Alexis Sanchez completed the rout.

A dreadful start for Swansea’s new manager Paul Clement, the third to take the hot seat this season. A huge task to turn it round. But good stuff from the Gunners who don’t always fancy the rainy, cold days of winter.

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