In a Premier League Matchday that had a lot of 90+ mins goals, with some teams getting ripped apart by the Foxes and more, here’s a review of the performances of the league’s Big Five:
– Arsenal: Taking Advantage Sticking Around the Top
Before the game, it was sure who was going to win this tie. But after scoring 2 first half goals against Aston Villa, it was even clearer where the three points were headed. Arsenal, made sure ‘this kind of three points’ did not slip through their fingers as you never know the grain of rice that’ll tip the scale come May 2016. Their win sent them to the top – for a while – which is some sort of morale booster for their title ambitions – to be sitting atop the pile, smiling down on the remaining 19, even if it is for only a couple of hours.
– Chelsea: Drowning in the Deep Blue
The irony seems to have lost its effect on football fans. The irony that last season’s champs can be competing for a ‘parking space in the relegation zone’ is no longer an irony. It’s like the troublesome cousin that has unavoidably come to stay. It has become a Premier League 2015/2016 season fact. So when they played against the best team of the league, Leicester City, I expected them to lose. I mean, this days, everybody expects Chelsea to lose right? The only argument is: By how much?
And so Leicester City, and Mahrez and Vardy and Ranieri condemned Mourinho to his 9th defeat of the season; a season that’s not even 18-games old. It seems all out of José’s hands. There’s already a blending-in of colours with the Blues drowning in the league’s Deep Blue Sea.
-Liverpool: Point Snatchers, Party Spoilers!
I think Liverpool fans should get used to this kind of descriptions now that Klopp is the Head-Ni**a-in-Charge. Liverpool scored the first of the game but conceded two via corner-kicks (a weak spot maybe?). The second goal was conceded in the 73rd minute. It took a while but a certain Origi heeded the clarion call of his master and blasted the ball into West Brom’s onion bag. This was in the 96th minute! You wonder how “pained” – like my Nigerian folks would say – Tony Pulis must have been. They must have wanted all three points against the Reds but instead got only one and Liverpool got the other. The third? To the ref maybe?
-Manchester City: Back to Winning Ways
Man. City needed to at least garner 3 points against the in-trouble Swans after their “usual” catastrophic away display against Stoke City. Who better to pick 3 points off than a manager-less club?
So they got off to a flying start with a 26th-minute goal and put their noses in front. But for Joe Hart, they’d have suffered another loss. Then, at last, another “usual” happened (Note: No Man. City game this season is complete without them conceding at least a goal. The ones in which they’ve kept clean sheets are incomplete games and will be replayed in the nearest future with them finally conceding). Gomis finally scored against Hart in the 90th minute. 1 – 1. But the Citizens being the team that they are, especially when they’re playing at the Etihad Stadium, had other ideas and they scored again… in the 92nd minute! Drama! Yet again, Man. City have made the most of a “simple” Premier League game. Well, the Premier League in that sentence makes “simple” very hard.
-Manchester United: Louis van Gaal
No definition could be better fitting than this! Take it to the bank. The Dutch gaffer is making Man. Utd seem worse than the Moyes days (no offense Moyes). Meet any Man. Utd fan – a real one – and they’ll kick Uncle Louis’ ass and send him packing the moment they get a chance. Just like Zlatan said, van Gaal is driving this Red Ferrari like a Fiat!
Again, the Red Devils lost, to Bournemouth this time. They’re now winless in 5 games and the only one to blame is the man at the helm of affaira. Not Rooney, not Martial but Louis Van Gaal. He’s doing a terrible job. The interesting part of the story is: He knows that his team is poor but he’s TOO RIGID to become FLEXIBLE enough to adopt other ideas than can move the team forward and make it better than the kind of team it is now: a team that is scared of scoring goals.
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
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