The highs and lows of week 24 at the Premier League
Week number 24 at the Premier League kicked off with Liverpool trying to score a position within the top three teams by applying pressure on Manchester City, who were leading the competition. Once Saturday evening rolled around, though, the latter were only 13 points apart from their competitor.
Much went down this past weekend in the League with the likes of Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United on the battlefield, so let’s look into what this action-packed weekend ended up in:
Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool
This match took a turn for the worst for Liverpool as it ended in the team’s unfortunate defeat, but the results of this game were extremely uncertain until the last 10 or so minutes.
The first half of this match was quite basic, with not much interesting action worth noting other than Jamie Vardy’s few attempts at scoring. The second half also kicked off in a boring manner, with the ball being secured by Liverpool’s side with no results, and Leicester bringing forth the counterattacks.
The game was pretty much nearing its last 30 minutes when all the action came gushing in all at once. Mo Salah was able to score a goal for Liverpool as Leicester’s defense was lacking during such an important time in the match. Liverpool dominated the game for approximately 20 more minutes when all the work came undone in merely a few.
Leicester scored an equalizer thanks to James Maddison scoring from the set piece during a free kick, as the ball entered the bottom corner of the net. Merely three minutes after that goal, Youri Tielemans from Leicester let the ball hang out in dangerous waters, as defender Ozan Kabak and goalkeeper Alisson ran into each other and allowed Jamie Vardy to shoot straight into the now-empty net. Minute 85, and we witness Harvey Barnes scoring yet another goal for the Foxes and guaranteeing their win in this insanely unpredictable match.
Manchester City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho’s side have have their ups and downs this Premier League season, but this weekend saw their huge defeat against Manchester City in a 3-0 showdown.
This was not really an unpredictable outcome, as Guardiola’s side are seven points clear in what is their 23rd game of this 2020-2021 season, and they are now basically known as being the only possible candidate to winning this season altogether as they displayed great strength and strategy all throughout it, but granted, this is also majorly thanks to the massive failures of their competitors.
When the season first started off, Manchester was not exactly performing the best they ever have, and actually lost to both Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, and the team received much backlash for their weak performance. However, they have since stepped it up and set aside one of their largest opponents.
Ilkay Gundogan was the man of the game as he scored two goals and went down for an early penalty, of which the team made well use of and scored three goals in total, maybe even joyfully as they saw Harry Kane, the Tottenham striker, hitting the ball against the post just moments before that goal.
Mourinho is surely disappointed that his team could do nothing in terms of scoring or even providing any sort of action, and ended up turning to substitutes Dele Alli and Gareth Bale, however City proved smart in foretelling exactly what he would do as his strategy.
City heads on with their head held high, but Spurs are in collapsing territory and if they fail to win against City in the upcoming EFL Cup in April, Mourinho will have to start looking into winning the Europa League to save his team and his careers.