5 Talking Points From The Weekend
So Gameweek 28 has been and gone and Man City continued their march to their 3rd Premier League table as Bernardo Silva struck in a routine victory over Chelsea.
But what were the biggest talking points of the weekend?
1. What a difference 10 months makes
On May 12 last year, Chelsea, reinvigorated by Antonio Conte and his new approach to the English game, lifted the Premier League title with two games to spare and would go on to finish 7 points clear of Spurs and 15 against this weekends opposition Man City.
Just shy of 10 months on and they are 25 points adrift of the champions-elect and put in one of the most abject performances in recent memory in a 1 – 0 loss which was much more comprehensive than the scoreline suggests.
2. Invincibles to Invisibles
14 years have passed since the record breaking invincibles season with the likes of Kolo Toure, Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole not giving opposition a sniff.
On Sunday Brighton usually fighting for relegation beat Arsenal 2-1 in a victory that was not unexpected. Again the Wenger Out brigade was in full force but surely now his time is coming to an end?
3. Liverpool winning ugly
Much was made of the fact Benitez has never lost to Liverpool and it was clear that his gameplan would be to sit deep and frustrate the reds. However, it seems that Liverpool have now found a way to break down a tactic which last year brought a lot of joy to opponents. Not the greatest spectacle but this will have been a very satisfying victory.
4. Swansea Revival
Carlos Carvalhal’s appointment as Swansea boss at the end of December was not greeted by universal approval with the club five points adrift of safety.
However, five wins in nine league games – four of them at the Liberty Stadium – since have eased the Swans three points clear of the drop zone and given them every chance of survival.
5. Son steps in
Harry Kane has rightly been lauded for his performances and goalscoring feats during another fine season, but Tottenham are far from a one-man team.
It was Son Heung-min who took centre-stage as Spurs eventually eased to a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield, opening the scoring with a composed finish and then doubling his tally with an astute header from Kane’s inviting cross.