7 THINGS LEARNT FROM PREMIER LEAGUE GAME-WEEK 38

1. Top four finalised: Manchester United and Chelsea comfortably claimed third and fourth place with vital victories on the final day.

The Blues against all odds kept a clean sheet against Wolverhampton, while the Red Devils did same at Leicester City and now make a return to Europe’s elite club competition together with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

2. Demoted duo go down fighting: Bournemouth and Watford put up an admirable fight on the final day of the campaign, the Cherries with a shock win at Everton and the Hornets narrowly losing a five-goal thriller away to Arsenal.

It was a case of too little, too late for both demoted teams, whose five-year stay in the Premier League came to an eventful end.

3. Mourinho wins battle of Portuguese for Europa ticket: Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur sneaked in ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers to claim the English Premier League’s last UEFA Europa League ticket on the final day.

It was a straight head-to-head battle between both Portuguese managers, Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo for that spot, but Spurs ultimately claimed the spot thanks to a point earned in the London derby against Crystal Palace.

4. KDB equals king Henry’s record: Kevin De Bruyne equalled Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s all-time Premier League assist record for a single season with his 20th assist of the campaign.

The Manchester City playmaker finally matched a record that was set 17 years ago, a major feat for a player who has possibly been the league’s player of the year.

5. Vardy wins Golden Boot: Jamie Vardy’s remarkable fairy tale career added yet another major achievement as the 33-year-old Leicester City forward clinched the 2019/20 Premier League Golden Boot.

The forward became the eighth English national to win the award, but a decline in form post lockdown which was saw him score four goals in that period culminated in 23 goals, a tally which should have been more judging by his early season form.

6. Man City hit centurion: For a second time in their history, Manchester City scored 100+ goals in a Premier League campaign, 102 the number this season.

The dethroned champions surpassed the earlier record of 101 goals by Liverpool, the highest number of goals scored by a Premier League runner-up.

7. The end of Kepa? Any key footballer who misses an important game for their team always curses their luck, especially when it’s injury related, but when your coach drops you due to a series of errors and poor form then you just might be living on borrowed time.

That exactly was the case with the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was dropped by Frank Lampard for the all-important decider against Wolverhampton.

The Blues kept a rare cleans sheet and with increasing rumours of a number of Europe’s top goalkeepers being linked with Chelsea over the summer, Kepa’s days as a Chelsea player might well and truly be over.

 

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