Premier League Matchweek 9 Review
Let’s recap the highlights of this weekend’s fixtures:
Odd draws for Premier League’s top teams: Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester City all drew their fixtures against opponents they were favored to beat comfortably.
Tottenham went up against a Bournemouth team that recently scored six goals in their previous match. However, even without Harry Kane, the Spurs were expected to comfortably take the victory. Missed chances and indecisive runs from the wing put the match to a 0-0 disappointing draw for Spurs fans, and celebratory finish for the Bournemouth faithful.
Arsenal were also the subject of a disappointing 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough. Arsene Wenger’s team couldn’t bring in a goal in what was a brilliant display of ball movement and forward progression, but indecisive finishing. Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes did an excellent job managing his defensive players and keeping Arsenal at bay.
Manchester City seemed to be reeling from the 4-0 Champions League defeat against FC Barcelona. Manager Pep Guardiola was hoping that Southampton would be a chance for his team to feast and regain confidence in a goal-fest. With Sergio Augero back in the starting lineup, it only seemed a formality but the striker faded from the gain minute after minute. There was a score in the second half that saved the draw but it made things very crowded atop the Premier League table.
Chelsea pummel Manchester United 4-0, Giggs criticizes aftermath: Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge was less than ceremonial. Chelsea managed to overwhelm Manchester United as soon as the first minute. Pedro managed to score on an early through ball from Marcos Alonso that all but sealed United’s fate in the match. The team selection was odd from Mourinho; Jesse Lingard was an odd inclusion while veteran Wayne Rooney was an odd dismissal from the team sheet. Along with poor play from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there were no positives to take from this game. Manchester United legend and former assistant coach Ryan Giggs criticized players for exchanging jerseys with Chelsea players after the game and being overly cordial. He didn’t agree that a defeat like that warranted such a warm reaction from United players. Mourinho also criticized manager Antonio Conte for his “antics” towards the end of the game when he was trying to hype up the crowd.
Dillon Davis-Tirado covers the Premier League for MFST, follow him on Twitter @thedavistirado.
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