Liverpool, Manchester United, Southampton, Manchester City
Where have this team been? Because as sure as the sun rises in the morning it’s not the same one that has been breaking Liverpool fan’s hearts in the last month. Once again against a top side Jurgen Klopp’s men raised themselves up to the level that had the pundits talking about titles. They tore a hapless Spurs side to shreds and in doing so may have ended Spurs dream of chasing Chelsea down.
The Kop must wonder why they can’t play like that against inferior opposition.
Hope of making a return to the Champion’s League is still alive for Jose Mourinho’s men. An expected victory against a much improved Watford side has seen United rise to just a point off of the top four and incredibly just two off of second place. Considering a few weeks ago there was a threat of being cut adrift of the all-important qualifying spots, Joes is giving them all the chance to get back to Europe’s elite.
After securing a Wembley berth for the League Cup Final the Saints have been awful. A four nil thrashing of relegation threatened Sunderland will see confidence return to the Southampton camp at a perfect time just before the final against United. Puel will hope this form carries through to the Capitol.
Very few would have bet against City here. Bournemouth have been giving goals away like Halloween candy and City on their day have one of the best offences in the world. An expected two nil win and the Blue half of Manchester are breathing a sigh of relief as they regain Champions league territory in second place. A title challenge is still not off the cards. But second and a long run into the current Champions League is a sound bet for Pep’s men.
The Bottom three, Spurs, Leicester
The Bottom Three:
The only silver lining for Palace, Hull and Sunderland is that they all lost. The threat now is that those above may open up a gap they cannot close. Palace continue to look terrified under Sam Allardyce, for such an attacking side on paper one cannot see where the threat is on the pitch regardless of names like Benteke and Zaha.
David Moyes will hope his Everton Old Boys Club can gel quickly or they will surely be plying their trade in the Championship next season.
Hull for me are the most likely to beat the drop, especially having already played majority of the big boys.
Spurs arrived at Anfield still with dreams of hunting down champions elect Chelsea. It’s hard to say those dreams are still alive when they woke on Sunday. An electrifying Liverpool side stunned a Spurs side who were without two of their mainstay back four. Pochetino’s team may very well possess one of the best starting XI’s but an injuries and they look very short of depth.
Given their European commitments in the coming weeks they will do well to stay in and around second place.
How the mighty have fallen. During the week Claudio Ranieri and Wes Morgan were in Monaco to pick up a Laureus award but based on the performance against Swansea it’s the last silverware they will see in a long time. If Hull continue their upward curve I can only see the season ending in ignominy for the Champions.
Robbie Brady went a long way to justifying Sean Dyche’s bold move to make him the most expensive player in Burnley’s history. His goal to halt Chelsea in their tracks was an absolute pearler and the value of his set piece delivery could very well be worth ten or so points come May. David Beckham was never a consistent game breaker in free play but when you can produce something from nothing over a dead ball you become invaluable.
Could the pot be any blacker? Jose Mourinho this week called the current league leaders Chelsea “a very defensive side” when asked if they could be caught.
How can a side who are the third highest scorers in the league be labeled as defensive? And all of this coming from a man who’s finest achievements came from the foundation of scoring once and shutting up shop.
Maybe the Portuguese should direct the mind games at a side that they could actually catch…
Game week 25