7 Things Learnt from English Premier League Game-Week 32

 

 

Man City gives newly crowned league champions Liverpool a guard of honour

 

 Guard of honour doesn’t translate to total respect! If Liverpool thought by mounting a ceremonial guard of honour, Manchester City were going to approach Thursday’s Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium as a casual kick about then there were totally mistaken.

The dethroned champions were in no mood to extend any further pleasantries on the pitch as they totally humiliated the Reds by four unreplied goals and guess who was at the heart of it all? Former Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling!

Lucas Moura’s accidental handball in the build-up to Harry Kane’s disallowed goal against Sheffield United

 Controversial handball rule: We definitely haven’t seen the last of the controversial handball rule as it was amongst the game-week’s major talking points.

Tomas Soucek, Harry Kane and Riyad Mahrez’s goals, which were disallowed by what is fast becoming a ridiculous rule looked to have been legitimately scored and should have stood but the rule interpretation which apparently isn’t even clear to the VAR officials decided otherwise.

 Aubameyang hits 50: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the sixth fastest player in Premier League history to score 50 Premier League goals when he hit a brace for Arsenal against Norwich City on Wednesday.

The Gunners’ captain only required 79 appearances to reach the landmark and fans of the club will be hoping the forward signs an extension in the coming weeks, so he can continue to bang the goals in the club’s colours.

 Top four coup looming? Defeats for both Leicester City and Chelsea left them on the brink of losing their top four spots to an in-form duo, Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

From the form guide, it does appear Leicester are more in danger to drop out, picking up two points from three games after the league’s restart but then spare a thought for Chelsea, how do you go from earning a league deciding victory against Manchester City to losing away at a struggling West Ham team? Football is highly unpredictable, we guess?

 Bruce making a huge statement: An impending managerial change could be on the cards at Newcastle United next season if a takeover bid is successful, but the current occupant of that position isn’t going down without a fight.

Steve Bruce must have gotten the message across to his squad during the lockdown period (the peak of the new owners’ speculation) that he wouldn’t be going down without a fight and they have positively heeded to that call by going undefeated in the last three matches, the latest outcome scoring four goals away at relegation threatened Bournemouth.

 West Ham have zero chill! Never in Chelsea’s wildest imagination could they have anticipated a humbling defeat as they unveiled next seasons kits with their new sponsors, mobile network provider, Three.

West Ham had other ideas and plans for the Blues, as they scored thrice, their first league goals since February, denied Chelsea three vital points in their pursuit of UEFA Champions League football but rather handed themselves a major lifeline in a bid to beat the drop. 

 Willian the history maker: Brazilian winger Willian Borges da Silva popularly known as Willian became the first player in Premier League history to score a goal in all 12 calendar months of the year following his brace against West Ham.

He also became the first Chelsea player since Cesc Fabregas, coincidentally against same opposition in March, 2016, to score a direct free-kick and a penalty in the same Premier League game. Well-done, Willian!

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