EPL Weekend Review: Week 27
Key Moments And Talking Points During EPL's Week 27
The latest Premier League round ended without any change in the standings of the top four teams as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all recorded victories, albeit not in the same manner. While Arsenal killed the game in the opening half itself, Liverpool played a see-saw of a match and endured nervy moments till the end, finally managing to edge out a spirited Swansea team that played a spectacular Europa League knockout-round match against Napoli in its previous game.
City and Chelsea were certainly lucky to come away with all three points. Everton deserves a lot of credit for its audacious showing at Stamford Bridge and was denied a fine point due to a minor error in judgement from team captain Phil Jagielka in the dying minutes of stoppage time (the duration of which should not have been a huge six minutes). Yaya Toure spared City the blushes as the team’s fans are left to wonder about the sudden drought of goals.
While Wayne Rooney’s new mega-contract might have been the motivation behind a spectacular goal against Crystal Palace, few expect the Manchester United team to stop beating themselves during the rest of the season.
Tim Sherwood might be upset with Louis van Gaal’s interest in taking over at Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the FIFA World Cup in the summer, but his squad’s performance against a spirited Norwich team will not do the first-time coach any favors.
Let us now take a look at five talking points from the last weekend of the League and see if you agree with them, and check back next week for more of the same!
5. Biggest Kudos: Big Sam
West Ham United was a club in crisis until a month back when a resolute performance against Chelsea has rejuvenated the team. Whispers of manager Sam Allardyce receiving the sack were growing louder, but frustrating Jose Mourinho with “18th-century football” seems to have done the trick.
“Big Sam” passed a big test against Southampton and could be the favorite to land the “Manager Of The Month” title for February.
4. Most Lucky: Chelsea’s Injury Time Goal
Arsenal and City might have been left disappointed with the turn of events at Stamford Bridge when a draw turned into three lucky point for the Blues, courtesy of a unexpected goal for John Terry.
Everton surely did not deserve to lose after the team’s spirited performance and Chelsea can consider themselves very fortunate to still lead the table.
3. Biggest Performance: John Ruddy
The week's biggest performance came from Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, whose efforts against Tottenham were rewarded with a victory. Two games after snuffing out City, the Canaries received another boost from Ruddy’s form and fully deserved the three points.
2. Best Team Moment: That Arsenal Goal Again!
If Jack Wilshere’s goal against Norwich was the pinnacle of one-touch football this season in the League, Tomas Rosicky’s strike against Sunderland would surely take the next place. Arsene Wenger’s delight with the goal was plain to see as he was adamant about the club’s need to retain Rosicky for the next season.
1. Biggest Bummer: Jose Mourinho’s Silent Press Conference
Mourinho was barraged with a variety of questions ranging from the Champions League defeats of Arsenal and City to Romelu Lukaku’s form at Everton. He was also incredibly asked if he was observing a vow of silence as his continuous refusal to comment on questions drew a lot of surprise from the press, and this qualifies as the biggest bummer of last weekend.