Sunday in the English Premier League saw three derbies, with the one played at the Emirates stadium leading the way. Man City routinely defeated Arsenal, Tottenham captured all three points in the finish, while Manchester United disappointed once again.
Citizens March Through North London
Pep Guardiola’s team reminded everyone what their capabilities are. The Sky-Blues rolled over pale Arsenal who once again failed to meet expectations. The final result at the Emirates was 0-3 for the champs with Kevin De Bruyne delivering a brace and Raheem Steerling posting one score. All three goals took place in the opening half.
De Bruyne opened the show in the second minute, launching a rocket which almost tore apart the net behind Leno. After 15 minutes they led 2-0, with the Belgian international posting an assist to Sterling,
His excellent performance was crowned in the 40th minute when he added another goal to his account. The guests had a few more chances to make this contest even more painful for Arsenal, who couldn’t find the rhythm they wanted.
Though, the Gunners are far away from any decent standards lately, with the team’s chemistry falling apart. It appears that Freddie Ljungberg isn’t capable of waking up this crew, and that the board might change the Swed soon.
This was the fifth straight win for Man City against this opponent. The Citizens now have 35 points, 14 fewer than Liverpool who beat Watford yesterday. Arsenal sits in the ninth place with 22 points.
Mourinho Better than his Student
Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Mourinho go back a long way. There weren’t too many surprises between them today, but the Special One had a lot of luck. His team scored in the stoppage time with Jan Vertonghen delivering a game-winner, equal to the one posted in Amsterdam, when Spurs eliminated Ajax.
Lucas Moura opened the show after eight minutes, netting a goal following Eric Dier’s assist. The Wolves’ Adama Traore tied the score in the 67tm minute, igniting the home team’s fans who became pretty loud after that.
But in the first minute of the stoppage, Vertonghen struck for Tottenham’s fourth Premiership win in the last five events. In each of them, Mourinho’s guys scored at least twice.
Right now Tottenham is fifth in the standings, which is excellent having in mind that they began this campaign awfully. Wolverhampton is eight and lost the game for the first time after nine straight contests.
Sorry Man United
The Red Devils played just 1-1 with Everton in one of the most important games for them this season. After both Chelsea and Leicester slipped yesterday, United had a chance to cut the gape behind these two and enter the Champions League race. However, hosts continued the streak of mild performances and inconsistency.
Today, they had tons of chances, but somehow missed all of them. Lingard had a golden opportunity to net in the first minute, but he didn’t. Afterward, Daniel James and Marcus Rashford showed their lack of composure also.
And when one team misses all those opportunities, the punishment is cruel. Lindelof scored an own goal in the 36th minute to stun the Trafford. United shifted into a higher gear instantly, but there was no result coming out of that pressure. Mason Greenwood equalized 12 minutes before the end, to lift his team to the 6th places in the EPL standings.
The next round of EPL is next week.