Both First League Title deciders and relegation sixes were played out in a crucial 72 hours for so many teams up and down the table this weekend.
Manchester City welcomed title contenders Liverpool against the Etihad in a dramatic first meets second duel in which the honor ended even after the Reds reacted twice after falling behind on goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. This result means Pep Guardiola The team maintains a narrow one-point lead at the top of the table.
at the other end of the table, Burnley failed to capitalize on the momentum of Tuesday’s win over relegation rivals everton presented them and in the end had to accept a surprising 2-0 defeat at the bottom of the table Norwich. The Clarets’ misery was compounded by the fact that the Toffees had put four points between them after batting Manchester United the day before.
arsenal saw their hopes of a top-four finish take a significant dampener after ending up on the wrong end of a 2-1 result at home Brighton & Hove Albion. In stark contrast are their neighbors to the north of London Tottenham Hotspur went berserk as they put four past Aston Villa with no response at Villa Park.
Mirror Football has selected the standout performers from this week’s games.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
While Jordan Pickford did well to keep United in check on Saturday lunchtime, Lloris was just a little better as he ensured Spurs scored for good at half-time in the Midlands, rather undeservedly.
Heung-Min Son’s early goal put Antonio Conte’s side ahead within four minutes but the rest of the first half was an onslaught of Villa attacks that the Frenchman was no match for.
The most impressive save came from Jacob Ramsey’s attempt when Lloris got a powerful left hand on the ball to parry it over the bar from close range. The keeper’s inspired form allowed Spurs to gather their thoughts during the break and emerge as a stronger team – eventually driving all three points.
Right-back: Rico Henry
The Bees defender has gone about his business quietly and has been one of Brentford’s most solid players during their debut top-flight campaign. It was a similar story for visiting from west ham On Sunday afternoon.
Tasked with the threat of in-form Hammers forward Jarrod Bowen, Henry made few mistakes as his side secured their A status First League club for another season. Thomas Frank’s men beat David Moyes’ men twice at Brentford Community Stadium.
Henry was just part of a back four that took on whatever their visitors threw at them, keeping West Ham to minimal chances throughout.
Central defender: Michael Keane
So often has the Everton centre-back been criticized this season, and sometimes rightly so, with Keane falling well below what is required and the level he is capable of. However, he deserves credit for delivering when it mattered most.
Against his former United side, Keane nullified the threat Cristiano Ronaldo and Co., especially later in the game when the Red Devils were desperately looking for an equalizer.
Frank Lampard’s Toffees side were arguably in need of three points more than ever after their midweek defeat by Burnley and while Anthony Gordon ended up the match-winner, Goodison Park have Keane and the rest of their defense to thank for showing up held tight.
Central defender: Dan Burn
In truth, many of the Magpies’ defenders could have been included as they kept impressive clean sheets at home wolves. However, the honor must go to Burn as a reward for his excellent start to life at St James’ Park.
Bought from Brighton in January, some wondered if Burn would make the impact required, but the versatile defender has been nearly flawless since joining his boyhood club.
He handled everything Bruno Lage’s side threw at him with ease to silence his critics and repay his £13million transfer fee.
Left-back: Joao Cancelo
All of the full-backs featured during Man City’s clash with Liverpool were impressive at any point in the game, but Cancelo stole the show with his teasing cross that brought his side’s second to the plate for Jesus.
The Portugal international is so technically gifted that Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler had to purr at a moment of his skill as he declared Cancelo “too good” at full-back while sitting right next to ex-United right-back Gary Neville.
The 27-year-old could most likely play any position on the pitch given his technical ability, but he’s more than capable of delivering hammer blows from the full-back position, as evidenced by another fantastic assist – just the latest in his evolving collection.
Central Midfield: Enock Mwepu
The Brighton star scored what was only his second Premier League goal in spectacular fashion at the Emirates as Seagulls celebrated a shock win over the Gunners.
Mwepu’s strike proved to be the crucial difference between the two teams and it was a worthy winner as the Zambian threw in a superb lateral volley from outside the box behind Aaron Ramsdale to spark celebrations away.
His goal was a bonus to an already impressive performance, as he dealt with the likes of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe with relative ease.
Central Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne
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When the Belgian superstar is in the mood, even one side of Liverpool quality struggles to stop him. De Bruyne was among the goals again as he put City ahead after just five minutes with a deflected shot that fired in from the post.
There was so much more to that performance than his goal, with seemingly every single pass to a teammate weighted as perfectly as the former Chelsea man put on a masterful show in the middle of the park.
Every single player in a sky blue jersey had a better game as a result of De Bruyne’s influence as he constantly charged forward and relentlessly attempted to inflict damage on a Reds side that were at times shaken by his brilliance.
Central Midfield – Mason Mount
After two stellar seasons in the Blues’ first-team, Mount faced question marks for the first time in his career at Chelsea this season – although with performances like this it’s hard to see why.
The England international was back at his best for the trip to St Mary’s, Chelsea said southampton with a breathtaking 6-0 away win into the sword. Of those six, Mount grabbed braces.
The 22-year-old is now getting closer to a 20-goal season with his current tally of 10 goals and eight assists with eight games remaining. His first shot was the best choice as he lashed past Fraser Forster from around 20 yards to nestle his try into the bottom corner.
The Brazilian is so often linked with a move from Elland Road as many potential suitors are eyeing him, but he didn’t look unfocused at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
The tricky winger was a thorn in the side of the Hornets all afternoon but his standout moment came for the first goal of the game. Leeds eventually emerged 3-0 winners, set in motion by Raphinha, who opened the scoring in spectacular fashion.
The 25-year-old picked up the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the box, quickly turned and slammed a fierce left-footed shot past Ben Foster’s desperate leap to start a comfortable descent for Jesse Marsch’s men .
Forward: Harry Kane
Yes, we know – he didn’t actually score, but take Kane’s inclusion in this side as a testament to the forward’s frankly ridiculous playmaking skills.
The England skipper played a role in the first goal after his shot was blocked in the way by Son while nodding to Dejan Kulusevski for Spurs’ second goal – but it was the third goal of the game where Kane really gave the fans an open mind mouth left astonishment.
Despite the ball whizzing into him at head level, the Tottenham talisman managed to take the time to look behind him and see exactly where his fellow striker was before deftly tossing it up and into the path of Son, who made no mistake. It was Kane’s eighth Premier League assist of the season.
Left wing: Heung-Min Son
Arguably the most outstanding player of all in the Premier League this week, Son secured his third Spurs hat-trick at Aston Villa with three glorious goals.
The first stunned Villa early on, before goals two and three completed a stellar solo performance that has worked wonders for Spurs’ hopes of a top-four finish this season.
The first from Son showed the kind of instinctive finish most forwards would kill for, while his second and third from Kane and Kulusevski were put on the table for him. The South Korea international also surpassed Eden Hazard’s Premier League goal with his second goal, surpassing the Chelsea legend in 20 games.
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