First of all congratulations to Manchester City on winning the Premier League title. Deservedly so they were by far the best team in England throughout the whole season.
What Pep did this season in the league is really amazing. We will look at major points as follows
Case in point is Leroy Sane who really had a great season not just in terms of scoring goals and providing assists but he developed as a player so much that nobody expected that much out of him at the start of the season. His attributes are pace and dribbling inside the box with 3-4 defenders around him. This creates space for other players to exploit the situation.
Rahim sterling had a great season in terms of scoring goals. He was in right positions at the right time. This trait he learnt from Pep during this season as Pep demands three things from his players are Position,Possession and Play.
Only thing he has to take care of is missing big chances in important situations. As we saw him squandering chances against United and Spurs.
KDB and Silva as always were the best two City Players this season in terms creating chances and providing key passes with grace and style. The diagonal grounded through ball pass which Kevin De Bruyne provided to Sane to score a goal against Stoke this season was one of the best pass I have ever seen.
Other top players such Kun Aguero, underrated Fernandinho had their moments in crucial situations as well.
Building Play from the back-
Pep believed in his philosophy even when back three found themselves in tight situations and they continued to build the attack from back.
Passing between the lines and breaking defense with shear pace and quality of attacking flair that they have got. Yes it was difficult given he was not able to do that effectively in his first season at City.
Over the period of time they acquired that skill, but in some matches it did not work as Liverpool pressed them higher up the pitch in league game at Anfield with great intensity and they made horrible defensive mistakes to concede goals. United also managed to break them down at Etihad because they lost aerial duels.
Next Season’s challenge-
Yes they were unstoppable this season but every team saw how they can approach against city. May be from the next season opponents will start pressing them with high intensity and will try to exploit them tactically with a better plan.
Same goes for city also, they will strengthen their squad too and it will make hell lot of exciting to see who wins premier league if top players and managers come in the summer.
EPL Weekend Review-
Weekend started with a thriller at St Mary’s stadium when Chelsea came back against Southampton to seal 2-3 victory against Saints.
Burnley impressed again and continued their fine form. They won their last five games and four of them were 2-1 victories that shows their grit and determination to win games. Sean Dyche is impressed us all given their team’s budget and talent. They are on course set to play in European competition after more than 50 years.
Crystal Palace were impressive with Zaha scoring two goals first time in the premier league and help them to win the game 3-2. I was persoanlly happy as he was in my fantasy team as a differential pick. (You can check out my fantasy team here – My FPL Team )
Huddersfield managed to pull off that magic moment to win the game against Watford 1-0. Swansea and Everton produced a stalemate which ended in 1-1.
Liverpool and City won their games quite comfortably against Bournemouth and Spurs respectively. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all on the score sheet, they have scored 81 goals in all competitions for Liverpool till now.
City should have finished the game earlier as Sterling missed big chances and Spurs were not that great on the weekend. We expected to press them higher up the pitch and City players had too much time on the ball.
Newcastle produced a fine performance against Arsenal and that pretty much sums up Arsenal’s season. They are banking on Europa league looks like, as they rested their key players for this match. Arsenal won just 3 games away from home and it is not good enough for a club like Arsenal.
Weekend ended with a shocker from West Brom against Manchester United and they managed to hold on to their 1 goal lead provided from Rodriguez.
Mourinho was right in his post match interview as he said that everyone thought it is so easy against West Brom and they were taking too many touches and showing tricks when it was not necessary. They had to be more direct and should have passed first time to finish off West Brom.
Main thing everyone should remember that City won the title because they had an amazing season not because Manchester United lost to West Brom. It was delayed till this game only though. Though I support Liverpool but I have a huge respect for Mourinho too.
Some times you have to think about the match situations and season logically then come up with your opinion. I think people sometimes go overboard against players,managers and teams to troll over the internet. They do not take all the factors into consideration while coming up with delusional responses.
Anyways I am not against trolling. It’s fun to watch sometimes if the mood is light and if it’s in good taste. If trolling someone by disrespecting and bringing out illogical points makes me sad.
We will talk about it more later in future, but right now stay tuned in for more upcoming blogs and discussions as we know there are still EPL games we have over this week.
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