Friday, January 22, 2021

Premier League Review Match-day 15: Winners & Losers

It was yet another week in the Premier League where Manchester got the better of London with United keeping their slim title hopes to catch a City which is acquiring a taste for both the spectacle and the spectacular. Merseyside has managed to gather wits and climb steadily up the order. There is no change in the bottom 3 but the Palace that was Pointless early in the season has gathered some potency to conjure a chance for survival.

Biggest winners: Everton

Everton followed their sudden rise with a steady win moving up ton 10th position with the pack at the back ready to pounce on a slight slip up. Rooney and Sigurdsson are finally stepping in to settle the side with Domonic Calvert Lewin displaying his immense potential. A clean sheet would give respite to the rusty Everton defense.




Biggest Losers: Swansea

The song has turned sour for the Swans that have pushed them to rock bottom in the league table. There is talent in that team in the form of Tony Abraham, Wilfred Bony, Jordan Ayew and Leroy Fer but there is no tempo to the play that takes away the enterprise from their transport. Nothing has gone right for them this season which states something has to give that could easily disintegrate the management once again.

Best Team: Liverpool

Liverpool is on a hot streak in recent matches with Klopp’s legion finally coming out of the doom. It was an impressive show against Brighton who had been quite lively and bright at home. Home and away doesn’t matter for the reds, they have hit overdrive when it mattered during a hectic round of fixtures which will felicitate the otherwise frustrated fans.

Total Shots (On Target) Accurate Passes Accurate Passes% Shots Conceded (On Target)
12 (6) 583 88% 6 (2)

Best Player: David De Gea

De Gea gets into the Godly mode at the Emirates which is a nervous yet exciting view to watch as a United fan. De Gea is 75% of United’s defense and I am making this statement based on concrete facts and not just color. 14 saves in a match is a ridiculous stat for a goalkeeper who shuts down the gate on a stubborn Saturday.

He is the best shot stopper in World Football today and quality of the saves describes his variety and versatility. The save from Lukaku showed his reflex prowess and that close shot from Sanchez was saved by pure anticipation displaying authority. At the end of the day, it all comes down to confidence that transforms a challenger into a champion.

Honorable Mention: Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is canceling the dubious thoughts of preseason to finally gain sanity and play that usual rhythmic accordion.

Worst Player: Laurent Koscielny

The lucrative Laurent turned into a careless comrade in a crucial encounter which should anger the Arsenal fans. Koscielny is usually a champion in big games but he fell apart rather surprisingly on a shaky Saturday for the Gooners where the aggressive attack was nullified by a disastrous defense. The mistake early on put the team on the back-foot which turned out to be a bridge too far to burn.

Best Manager: Jose Mourinho

It is the first landmark win for Jose on the road and it brought back the shades of Vintage United that was vicious on the counter with a blend of boisterous runs accompanied by inch-perfect movement. Three at the back hasn’t been perfect but it has shielded Lindelof providing another surrogate for the skeptical to sustain momentum and consistency. Mourinho set out his team with the pace being the priority and press procuring the power that resulted in empowering the front three to get a vital result.

Best Match: Arsenal vs Manchester United (3-1)

It was a high flying affair which even though produced a lot of individual errors from both the sides but still delivered in terms of quality, entertainment, and star power. Likes of De Gea, Sanchez, Ozil, Young and even Pogba before that crazy malicious tackle put in pertained performances.

The contest between a possessional system and a counter-attacking style is a treat to watch if the personnel stick to the guns providing glitter to the attack. United started with a bang hurting the accessible arsenal defense with decisive breaks, Arsenal then settled down to design a series of attacks that was ruined by a top-rated performance that only a certain De Gea can gather.

Author’s Take

Manchester Marvellous approaching the merry

Merseyside’s mischief managing the machine

London is divided with the sheen of liability

Love the League that is derived from unpredictability.

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