Premier League’s match-day 26 fixtures were played across the country at the weekend and there were some intriguing performances from numerous players.
Goals were scored aplenty as clubs continue to chase after their respective missions and objectives for the rest of the season.
After witnessing all of the fixtures and their outcome, Football Weeks have come up with some tactical lessons learnt from the weekend.
Solskjaer is having obvious influence on his players
Though he’s being with the team for just a month and some days, Solskjaer has changed the team’s performance and attitude during games.
His first mission as United manager was returning the team back to their usual free-flowing attacking football which has helped them score more goals under him compared to Mourinho’s reign.
Saturday’s 3-0 win at Craven Cottage against Fulham was a testament that the manager’s tactical influence on his players cannot be overemphasized.
He permanently stationed Anthony Martial at the right wing and the Frenchman was too handful for Fulham’s defender Denis Odoi throughout the game.
Apart from Paul Pogba and Martial who were the goalscorers, every player in the Red shirt were awesome throughout the encounter.
Jurgen Klopp finally got what he wanted
Having picked just two from possible six points, tension were raised among Anfield fans prior to Saturday’s fixture against Bournemouth.
The Reds supporters couldn’t bear to see their team drop another points as that would be a huge setback to their mission to lift the Premier League title.
However, Klopp finally got what he wanted from his men as goals from Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Wijnaldum were enough for the team to return to top of the table. It was a short-lived one anyway as result of City’s victory over Chelsea.
N’Golo Kante’s nightmarish season continues
Ask Chelsea fans who is N’Golo Kante, they will tell you “he’s a world-class defensive midfielder”
But ask Maurizio Sarri the same question, he will tell you ” He is a versatile player who can feature as deadly playmaker”
Despite constant prove that the Frenchman is not a playmaker, stubborn Sarri continue to feature him as playmaker.
In his team’s 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, the Italian manager started the player as playmaker and it completely backfired.
Kante was outrunned by City’s pacey midfielder’s throughout the game and the Frenchman couldn’t offer any help to Jorginho who overworked himself at he played as a defensive player at the midfield.
Manchester City can’t stop scoring
The Citizens recorded another victory over Chelsea — as predicted — but the shocking part of it was the goal margin.
Six goals were scored against the Blues and Sarri’s men were made to chase the game as early as in the 4th minute when Raheem Sterling put the ball into Arrizabalaga’s net.
Sergio Aguero’s hatrick, another Sterling’s goal and Gündoğan’s goal condemned the Blues to their greatest defeat since 1991.
The Citizens now have 72 goals in 27 Premier League matches and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon.