Premier League has entered in to its business days and teams have started to get clearer picture of their fate come the end of this season. This weekend, Premier League throwed even greater surprises with City and Arsenal slipping away while Chelsea and Manchester United continued in their winning ways.
Following the results this weekend, makeup of the league table has been changed slightly with key players starting to step up for their respective sides. After an enthralling weekend of Premier League action we look at the Key Talking Points after the Matchweek 25 of the Premier League.
Advantage to Chelsea in Premier League race, as Man City fumble
Chelsea have moved further ahead in their quest for Premier League glory as they were aided by Manchester City’s slip away at Hull. Chelsea came out as the 2-1 winners away at Villa Park thanks to goals from – and – while Manchester City had an unthinkable slip against Hull City where the Champions managed to only draw 1-1 against Steve Bruce’s men that too only after James Milner’s late equalizer.
City’s draw has handed Chelsea with a favourable advantage going in the business end of the league where Chelsea are not expected to drop many points, thanks to Jose Mourinho and his stellar approach this season.
Spurs make their claim for Top 4 and YES Harry Kane is indeed the real deal.
This season whenever Tottenham have won a game this season, it has been Harry Kane’s show for Spurs and North London Derby was no different for Kane and Spurs. Kane scored two brilliantly finished to not only beat Tottenham’s closest and feistiest rivals in Arsenal but also has taken Spurs in to the coveted Top 4 of the league.
There have been 6 sides this season who are fighting for the Top 4 finish in the league and this win for Tottenham has taken them ever so close to the Top 4 place and would look to build on this result to rise further in the table.
Harry Kane, well what do you talk about the guy, every week he is leaving us with lesser and lesser things to come up in his praise. He has been the standout performer for his side. Harry Kane, now has 22 goals in 33 games with 12 League goals in 14 starts for Spurs. His second goal against Arsenal was sheer display of his power and awareness at the same time. Goals like these would mean greater chance for Tottenham to finish in the Champions League place this season.
“No Yaya No victory” for Manchester City.
Boy, have Manchester City missed Yaya Toure since the powerful Ivorian has left for the African cup of nations? The answer is a resounding YES. Surprisingly or un-surprisingly Manchester City have been without a win in all the – games Yaya Toure has been away since January.
Manchester City look out of options when Yaya is bursting from mid-field with the kind of runs, which only he can make. City have relied on Fernando and Fernandinho in Yaya’s absence but the Brazilian duo have struggled to match up to the levels of Yaya Toure.
Manuel Pellegrini will have to look shrewdly for Yaya’s replacement or even a close-substitute as news about Yaya’s departure next season have been quietly surrounding the Etihad stadium. If and when Yaya Toure does leave City, Pellegrini must be ready with a proper replacement or else City will become more of a No-Show without the Ivorian.
Steven Gerrard’s last Merseyside Derby.
Steven Gerrard played his last ever Merseyside derby on Saturday with the mid-fielder playing in 33 of these high-pressure derbies and scoring 10 goals with a hat-trick against Everton in 2010. Gerrard has been a big part in Merseyside Derbies over the years and with Gerrard leaving Liverpool at the end of this season, Liverpool will have to look for a new leader to take them to battles against Everton.
Manchester United passing without a definite though process.
Many have criticised Manchester United for being absolutely clueless over the ball and with very little effective displays this season. United’s performances have been anything but spectacular this season. In their defence Van Gaal has kept on saying that his team is winning matches in that run, to be fair United have been lucky at times to win games despite playing poorly.
At Upton Park however, United’s luck ran out as West Ham polished away United and exposed United’s inability of creating clear cut chances. Van Gaal has continuously swapped his formations from 3-5-2 to 4-1-2-1-2 or 4-3-3 but United’s front play has been totally ineffective. Eventhough United came away with a 1-1 draw but United’s play was next to null in the entire game.
Angel Di Maria has been left wondering what is his best position. Radamel Falcao keeps looking for proper services and is missing key chances. Wayne Rooney has not been able to influence games from mid-field. United’s passing has been mostly sideways and crossing has been awful this season. United need to pick their game if they want to finish in the Top 4 this season.