What a finish to this weekend’s football action ! Yes we had less number of EPL games this weekend because of the FA cup Semi Finals.
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West Brom Vs Liverpool-
Being a Liverpool fan, I was not happy with the way Liverpool conceded two goals in the end. We knew that champions league semi final on the horizon caused Klopp to make so many changes.
They had 3 changes in the back and that quite tells you the outcome of this match. Special credit goes to Danny Ings for a scoring goal after ages. He looked as if he was going to score and that’s a positive sign for him.
Once again Mo Salah showed why he was chosen as PFA player of the year 2018. He scored that brilliant chip again as he did against Man City in the second leg.
Klopp made few excuses regarding dry pitch and Hegazi foul, but having said all of that Liverpool squandered two goal lead which should have been avoided. Moreno and Gomez were the culprits in defense.
Anyway that should ring a bell to all the players to get back to their best to prepare against Roma at Anfield. Robertson,Trent,Lovren and VVD will be defending that night so it will make a huge difference.
Watford vs Crystal Palace –
This game was unwatchable to say the truth. There were almost no shots on target, nobody looked threatening to cause any damage.
Funny thing is that this game produced more yellow (8) cards than shots on target (5).
Palace played safely for a point just to be safe and they are likely to survive as they will be facing bottom two teams in three of their last games.
Arsenal vs West Ham –
Merci Arsene ! We thought in the first half Arsenal played exactly the same way they have been playing all season.
Second half – they did brilliantly well to get those goals. Stand out players were Welback,Ramsey and Lacazette with their inter link play and end product.
We hope that they will produce the same against Atletico Madrid in semi finals of Europa League.
Stoke Vs Burnley –
Stoke in desperate need of points started game very well by scoring in 11th min courtesy to Ndiaye. If Stoke had better finisher than Diouf then there season would have been different as he missed another great chance to score a goal.
Who was impressive ? Gudmundsson. Yes he has been so impressive this season with his set pieces, passes and long-range shots. Burnley could have scored more goals but Butland was amazing between the sticks.
In the end it was a stalemate 1-1.
Man City vs Swansea –
Do we really to talk about how Man City dominated this game ? It was one way traffic and Swansea team was close spectator of this match.
City made astonishing 1000+ passes in this game alone to break the record. Though that stat never matters.
David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus and B. Silva everyone put their name on the score sheet.
Impressive player for me was David Silva again. What a player he is ! He just knows how to slide the ball into little pockets with accuracy. Everyone can say ‘what’s the big deal ?’, but weight of the pass makes him so special player.
If we had statistics like number of times weight of the pass was successful then David Silva would be miles ahead of everyone. Opta please make a note of this statistics and try to work on that 🙂
We must mention Foden. He showed glimpses of his future in the last quarter and let me tell you he is going to be a Superstar. He is only 17 I guess, that’s frightening.
City celebrated their title-winning campaign in style by thrashing Swansea at Etihad.
FA CUP Semi Final review
Manchester United Vs Tottenham –
Tottenham bottled it again by losing in semi final against Manchester United in FA Cup. Credit must go to Man United the way they played that game after conceding an early goal.
Once again Pogba and Sanchez proved that why they are big game players. Nobody thought Dembele could be out muscled but Pogba did just that to provide great assist to Alexis.
Chelsea Vs Southampton –
As expected Chelsea got the job done as Giroud continued his great form. He showed why he can be a starting XI player ahead of Morata.
Though Morata scored to secure birth in the FA Cup final but Southampton never looked like winning this match. Now Burnley can hope to play in Europa League 🙂
Napoli Close the Gap –
Well many pundits wrote Napoli off before this game. Napoli showed Juventus that they wanted this game more than them. Juventus had zero shots on target and in the end Napoli snatched the win.
As a neutral spectator the game was not entertaining, because teams had different mindsets going into the game given the situation in the points table.
Well it will go down to the wire because Juve has tough run in from now on, as they will facing Inter and Roma in their last four matches.
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