10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 20

10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 20

What a weekend, Premier League. The neutrals appreciated it.

The big ones? Well, that depends on the club.

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Arsenal and Manchester United groom each other after derby victories.

Chelsea are feeling signs of life, and Newcastle feel like they belong at any mention of the greats.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur need to find a way to give each other some hope.

And Man City have to wonder how they can begin to look like the team most analysts refuse to write out of the title conversation, even after an away defeat in the Manchester derby.

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10 things we learned in the Premier League: Week 20

1. Offside drama as the Red Devils win the derby again (Man Utd 1-2 Man City): Look, by the letter of the law Marcus Rashford may have technically been up for grabs, but there’s no way it wouldn’t have impacted the positioning of Manuel Akanji and City goalkeeper Ederson for United’s equalizer. The fact that Rashford ran towards the goal with the ball basically under his feet surely interferes with the game and affects the positions of the others. Even so, United’s game plan was excellent against City and completely fooled the reigning champions. Fred was superb as the extra man in midfield as he and Casemiro blocked Kevin De Bruyne, and Bruno Fernandes sliced ​​up long balls over the top for Rashford’s runs. The entire United team went with the plan and Erik ten Hag nailed the substitution with Antony and Ajenadro Garnacho adding extra tricks on the counter-attack in the second half. United are solid defensively and in incredible form. Surely now they are in this title race. (JPW)

2. History of the Arsenal, Tottenham seasons (Spurs 0-2 Arsenal): “This game summed up exactly where Arsenal and Tottenham are this season. For the Gunners, it was all about scoring early and then setting traps for opponents who had to take risks. Then, with control, the Gunners no longer make silly mistakes. It is the model of his success and this performance was eerily similar to many of his wins this season. Arsenal are top of the table at the midpoint and the only thing stopping them from winning the league is injury and themselves. Tottenham also played like they have all season. Sloppy in the first half and much better in the second half. Antonio Conte’s team can’t keep starting games like this, but the only thing that can really change is the coach. His squad is good enough to challenge for the top four, but his recent run has ruined all his good work at the start of the season and finishing above Manchester United and Newcastle looks very unlikely at the moment. . (JPW)

3. Slow Liverpool strays off the pitch against the Seagulls (Brighton 3-0 Liverpool): There are excuses for the Reds with injuries and match congestion, but they weren’t excuses Jurgen Klopp would accept in years past (and certainly not against non-traditional powerhouses). Given Liverpool’s spending, losing to Brentford by two, drawing by Wolves and losing to Brighton by three in a row shouldn’t happen to this club. This, frankly, was nowhere near and seemed utterly uninspired. Given Jurgen Klopp’s reputation and acumen, the only reason worth offering is that the Reds are finally empty after years of endless competition. Manchester City, at this point, may also want a piece of that conversation (See Thing No. 1). But Liverpool have now allowed eight goals in their last three games in all competitions and arguably all three could be defeats given Mohamed Salah’s non-offside goal legislation in a 2-2 cup draw with Wolves. . (NEW MEXICO)

4. Chelsea players give Graham Potter some relief (Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace): This win was more about courage, faith and showing a reaction than anything else. There was an extra intensity to Chelsea’s game, especially when they took the deflected ball out. Potter seemed happy enough with the chances the Blues created down the road, but he will be very relieved that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was in sensational form. Chelsea still have plenty of injuries to work through and still look suspect defensively, but at least they pressed high, took risks in attack and looked likely to score throughout this game. Their attacking display was much better and with the addition of Mudryk and Felix (when he is back from suspension) they have some really dynamic players in the final third about to break into this lineup. (AE)

5. Newcastle beat Fulham, but Bruno Guimaraes’ injury darkens the day (Newcastle 1-0 Fulham): The third-placed Magpies took a deserved win, albeit with penalty drama, but Newcastle’s most important player left the field in tears in a move Magpies supporters hope is just a abundance of emotion The Brazilian spoke to the coaches on the field in the middle of the first half, but soon returned to the field and reached halftime. Relief? Wait. That’s when the cameras saw Guimaraes crying, still limping a bit, and Allan Saint-Maximin took Guimaraes’ place for the second half. There’s a puzzle here, and it involved Guimaraes finishing the half. Surely the coaches wouldn’t have let him risk long-term injury, but the emotional reaction certainly makes the Toon a little anxious. (NEW MEXICO)

6. Nathan Jones takes off at the expense of Frank Lampard with no momentum (Everton 1-2 Southampton): These are two teams and clubs heading in different directions at the moment. Southampton reached the League Cup semi-finals and now new boss Nathan Jones finally has his first win as Premier League boss. The Saints’ new owners have already invested in the team in January and a year into his reign they have a plan. The Saints are trying to climb out of the bottom three with a gutsy strategy of signing talented youngsters. Everything is contrary for Everton, in free fall with nine straight defeats in all competitions. This comes amid fan protests, the board is told to stay at home amid security fears, and Everton are now only outside the bottom of the table due to head start difference. goals. Everything’s going wrong. They have no funds to invest and it seems that unless a new owner arrives, they will be destined for relegation battles. Will Frank Lampard be in charge of trying to drive them away this season? At this point, he’s not being blamed too much for this mess, but after a four-game home defeat, this time to the only team below them in the table, Lampard can have no complaints if the Everton backboard pulls the plug on him. and enter fully. Safe Mode. (JPW)

7. The foxes cannot get through the trees, which are now looming over them. (Nottingham Forest 2-0 Leicester): “The win lifts Forest from 16th to 13th in the Premier League table, now four points clear of the relegation zone. Steve Cooper’s team have lost just two of their last nine PL games (4W-3D-2L) after failing to lose just three times in their first 10 games. And these are four defeats in a row for Leicester (17 points), who are now just two points above the relegation zone. (AE)

8. The wolves come out of the bottom three, leaving the irons there. (Wolves 1-0 West Ham): Daniel Podence capped off a quick Wolves counter-attack in the 48th minute, scoring the only goal of the game with a forceful shot from the top of the penalty area. The Portuguese winger leads the way for Wolves with five PL goals this season, including three in the last four games. The win is only Wolves’ second in nine Premier League outings (2W-2D-5L), but it puts them on 17 points as they climb from 19th to 16th with just one win. Such is life at the heavily congested bottom of the table these days. On the other side of the relegation line is West Ham (15 points), who have now taken a whole point from their last seven PL games. David Moyes’ team is ranked 18th in the middle of their season. (AE)

9. Gulf in apparent class between bees, cherries (Brentford 2-0 AFC Bournemouth): Ben Mee proved a dogged, win-at-all-cost leader during his time with stifling Clarets of Burnley, but now he sounds a lot like the description “former Manchester City player.” ” as a great defender and passer with Brentford. This is what happens when Thomas Frank gets talent: he unlocks it and it’s easy to trust the Danish manager who has a new contract at Brentford. Bournemouth were without the key addition of Marcus Tavernier and a couple of other decent talents, but clearly their best players on Saturday were the same names bought during the team’s last Premier League run. Captain Lloyd Kelly, midfielder Jefferson Lerma and tough man Philip Billing were all in the fold when Bournemouth were relegated to the Championship and were the club’s best hopes of getting something out of the team. (NEW MEXICO)

10. Emery, Emi driving Aston Villa forward (Aston Villa 2-1 Leeds): Leon Bailey opened the scoring on 3 minutes, when Boubacar Kamara dribbled long down midfield before finding the Jamaican international cutting in from the right wing. Bailey uncorked a curl just inside the far post. It was all Leeds for the rest of the first half, which unfortunately for them meant it was Emiliano Martinez’s time to shine. The recent World Cup Gold Glove winner made a pair of stellar saves from point blank range to deny Jack Harrison twice, first in the 23rd minute and then again in the 45th. (AE)

10 things we learned in the Premier League – Week 20 originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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