Welcome to the this year’s first lessons of the weekend. It’s week 20 of the Premier League with about 18 to go. Leicester have reached...
Welcome to the this year’s first lessons of the weekend. It’s week 20 of the Premier League with about 18 to go. Leicester have reached the 40 point mark so relegation seems to be out of it but with no win in three games has reality finally settled at the King Power Stadium?
Man City clawed their way back with a 2-1 win over Watford, with Arsenal managing to grab a win after a dire performance against Newcastle. Hey! Man Utd won a match- for the first time since November, stopping a run that could have become the worst ever since 1988.
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With the F.A Cup coming up, winners of the weekend would have a long time to take in that win and losers, oh well, would have to deal with the itch of coming back except you are Aston Villa.
Man Utd’s first win in eight games came more as a relief than as a turning point. The first half was the usual boring nature with passes lacking instinct towards the end of it. But the second that saw the Red Devils score two goals was far from boring. It was adventurous, dynamic with a bit more pace, direct and a game that allowed Rooney function properly…one with instinct.
|Rooney Flicks In The Winner At Old Trafford.|
Louis van Gaal is still trying to figure out how to balance the two- entertaining football and winning, and it might take quite a while before he figures how to do so. The manager remains adamant that his philosophy is the right way to go but the win over Swansea should tell him the club could actually play entertaining football and win.
It was not the best of performances by Arsenal against Newcastle but somehow they managed to just snatch 3 points thanks to a Koscielny quick reaction. Arsenal mean business and are trying so hard not to shoot themselves in the foot again like in previous seasons.
|Koscielny To The Gunners' Rescue|
Alright, the cliché of the mark of champions is the ability to grind out wins in tough or unfavorable games is fit to be thrown in here. Arsenal if they go all the way can look back at this game and perhaps say the one that gave them the momentum or belief to go all the way.
Mikel Calm And Assured
John Obi Mikel has seen it all in his 10 seasons and has in his own right grown to be a leader in the team. Against Crystal Palace the midfielder was extremely calm and reassuring, keeping the balance between attack and defence right. Have Chelsea missed his presence in the side? Too early to say, but it looks like they could have used him during the troubling water.
|Mikel Obi Against Palace: 96% Pass Accuracy, 3 Tackles Won, 2 Blocks, 1 Interception|
The Nigerian international sacrifices his own play not because he can’t but for others to do it while keeping things tight at the back. That was the importance of his role that it allowed Fabregas be able to hit that final pass or surge on the attack with someone guarding the back. Experience is not overrated and John Obi certainly has that which Chelsea needs to call on more often in this strange season.
City Now United
Two late goals against Watford spoke serious volume of what Man City have grown to become in the past 5 years. The club is gradually learning how to place team interest over individual interest and the come back against Watford under the pressure of falling behind further to Arsenal in the league table did not crush them but rather galvanized them to pull of the spectacular.
|Aguero Leaps To Give City The Winner|
It was definitely United-esque and Man City is putting out a statement there that Arsenal is not winning the league without much sweat. The Blue Moon is definitely rising again.
Villa Down And Out?
The club supporters still gave it their all during the relegation battle at the Stadium of Light but Aston Villa are working their way to becoming the worst side in Premier League history. Some fans let them know this too, at the end of the game supporters met up with these Villa players chanting words that they are not fit to wear the jersey and it looks a bit through.
|Hands On Chin, Bacuna Cuts A Dejected Figure Across Lescott|
Villa look to have given up and Remi Garde needs a transfer backing but would face stiff reluctance from the top management who feel it is better to cut their losses now than spend some more and face financial difficulties in the Championship.