The Premier League this weekend yet again provided the spills and thrills that it is known for in Europe. The Manchester Clubs had a great outing taking all three points while Arsenal and Leicester were held in their pursuit to the top of the table.
Here are 10 things we learnt from the 22nd round of fixtures in the Barclays Premier League:
1. Spurs surely going to Europe, in the title race as well? :
Pochettino has worked wonders with the London club where he has now accumulated a young but strong team. He has found a level of consistency in this league that has seen top clubs struggle and are just 5 points away from the top of the table. It is not too hard to consider them title contenders with the weaknesses shown by the clubs above them.
2. Manchester City are title contenders:
Well, it’s kind of a season in the Premier league where any thing seems possible. But that would be undermining the title challenge the Citizens pose this season. They are a strong outfit and can beat the best sides in the league and will surely try to climb up the points table after their impressive 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
3. Game of the Week:
Yes, Chelsea features in the game of the week this weekend with a roller coaster game with the Toffees. The first half produced nothing but 4 goals in 16 minutes saw Chelsea come back from 2 goals down. Funes Mori headed in a late goal that looked like the winner before a controversial goal from Terry gave the home side a deserved point on the night.
4. The Canaries in trouble:
Norwich City gave the Cherries all three points on the night as they lost 3-0 and find themselves just two points above the drop zone. The impressive performances from the sides around them will give them some problems as they have a run of tough fixtures to negotiate. They will have to get some results if they are not to get relegated just a season after moving to the top flight.
5. The Saints finding some form:
Ronald Koeman’s side made it 6 points from two home games this week as his side saw off a spirited WBA side 3-0. They now find themselves 5 points away from a European spot and will have to continue their good work if they are to end up in the top 6.
6. Newcastle United need consistency:
The Magpies backed up their 3-3 thriller against United with a 2-1 victory over the Hammers and made a took a big step towards safety in the top flight this season. They still find themselves in the relegation zone just a point from safety and need to find some consistency now to get out of the relegation battle.
7. Remi Garde can change things at Villa:
Aston Villa have not been impressive so far this season but the last two games have shown that they are top flight material. Remi Garde if given time can change things around for the Villains but they will have to find some results quickly like they did against Leicester City. Ranieri will not be happy with a point as he lost a chance to go top of the table.
8. The Red Devils prevail, but just:
Manchester United took away all three points after a sweet double over Liverpool and won some bragging rights for this season. Louis van Gaal kept his record intact with a 1-0 victory over his opponents but will still feel the pressure. Liverpool created plenty of opportunities but once again lost to a set piece that fell to Wayne Rooney, a problem Klopp has to address.
9. Arsenal take a well earned point:
The Gunners have taken a point more than both the Manchester Clubs and Chelsea combined took from the Britannia this season. Stoke City have a very good side and took Arsenal on at their home ground but the Gunners showed their solidarity by earning a point and staying top of the table after the weekend.
10. Have the Swans turned a corner?
Swansea City took 3 important points from the Hornets this weekend keeping themselves from dropping into the relegation zone after the results around them. Ashley Williams scored the only goal for the home side as they held on to all three points. But they are still just a point above the drop zone and will have to fight out some results in the upcoming games.