The weekend in England was, as usual, prodigal in unusual situations. From the scandalous way how Tottenham built a 3-0 lead in just over a quarter of an hour and wasted it in inferior timing, to the unstoppable status that Aston Villa has been wearing, not to mention the faltering phase that the champion Liverpool is going through.
WINNING BY 3-0 AT 81′, TOTTENHAM DRAW 3-3 AT HOME AGAINST WEST HAM
Really crazy the match that took place last Sunday in the London derby between Tottenham and West Ham in the new spurs’ stadium.
If the afternoon was promising for José Mourinho’s team, who needed only 45 seconds to open the scoring, through a good individual counter-attack initiative led by Son Heung-Min, the way the game ended was truly dramatic.
This, after a straight start where, after the first quarter of an hour, Tottenham was already winning by 3-0, with Harry Kane reinforcing his status as a ruthless goalscorer, with two goals in just eight minutes, after assists from Son and from the newly hired Spaniard Reguilón.
Winning comfortably by a big margin, Tottenham opted for an expectant posture in the second half, much like José Mourinho’s style. And it went wrong.
At the 80th minute, the spurs were still maintaining their 3-0 lead after Gareth Bale got in the pitch retreating into Tottenham’s jersey, but in just three minutes West Ham reduced to 3-2, with a Balbuena goal after a set-piece and a Davinson Sanchez own goal.
But the highest highlight of the whole game, with outstanding artistic note, was reserved for the final moments.
With seconds to go before Paul Tierney’s final whistle, Manuel Lanzini took advantage of a second ball in a zone near Mourinho’s penalty area to score one of the goals of the year in the Premier League. A powerful shot that made the ball describe a trajectory that made Lloris’ task practically impossible to achieve. What a goal!
RESIGNED MOURINHO ASSUMES THAT THE TEAM MAY HAVE DESERVED THE “BAD LUCK” THEY HAD
Without major excuses after the way he saw his team waste a three-goal lead that lasted the vast majority of the 90 minutes, José Mourinho was a resigned coach after the 90 minutes.
In statements to BBC, the “Humble One” praised West Ham’s belief, but pointed out that “maybe they deserved their luck. We were unlucky, but maybe we deserved it”.
CHAMPION LIVERPOOL STRUGGLING
After having waited two weeks, regarding the international break for the so-called “FIFA date”, to react to one of the greatest humiliations of their most recent history (the famous 7-2 defeat on the Aston Villa visit), Liverpool had no easy task.
In the “derby” against the city’s rival, Klopp’s men tried to respond, in a game that promised a lot and did not disappointed expectations.
Facing an Everton who has performed at a very interesting level, in the second season with Carlo Ancelotti, Liverpool were even ahead twice, but saw the toffees react with personality in both moments (2-2).
The match was also marked by the serious injury of Virgil Van Dijk, after a violent but unintentional challenge by Jordan Pickford, just six minutes into the match.
The Dutch central defender has already undergone a medical examination and has been diagnosed with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, which will force him to stop at least six months, and there are even rumours that the season may be over for Van Dijk, who will represent a very important absence at Liverpool’s defensive balance.
ASTON VILLA WINS AT THE KING POWER AND ADDS 12 POINTS IN 4 GAMES
After a season where the team went through several difficulties, Aston Villa has had an extremely motivating start to the season.
With four games played, Dean Smith’s team only knows how to win and, after achieving an unforgettable victory against Liverpool, they have now gone on to win away from home at Leicester City, with a goal scored by Ross Barkley already within stoppage time.
We must say that Aston Villa are not leaders in the Premier League because they are one game behind Everton, who already have five games on the menu.
CHELSEA INSISTS NOT TO TAKE OFF, UNITED REACTS WITH “4 GOAL ROUT” AT ST. JAMES’ PARK
In the remaining highlights of this Premier League‘s 5th round, we have to point out Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who have defrauded expectations at the start of a season where they had an extremely busy transfer window with several high-level signings.
This time, neither Timo Werner’s “double” nor Kai Havertz’s first goal in the Premier League were enough to secure a win at home, against Southampton, who never gave up on the match, losing 2-0 at the 30 minute mark, and reaching the draw, with goals from Danny Ings and Che Adams.
In the second half, Havertz returned the lead in the scoreboard to the “blues”, but Chelsea could not reach a fourth goal in order to “kill” the game, ending up conceding the goal that gave once again the draw – and this time definitive – already within stoppage time.
Manchester United did better, in a game where the final score of 4-1 applied on the visit to the Newcastle United venue is not faithful to what happened on the pitch of the St. James’ Park, even though the victory is something that can not be questioned.
The Red Devils still saw Bruno Fernandes miss a penalty that would have been the 2-1 in the second half (Maguire tied at 23′), but the Portuguese would redeem himself with the turnaround goal, scored in the 86th minute, with a finish of huge category.
There was also time for Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford to make their foot count and shake the scoreboard, in a game that brought enormous difficulties for Manchester United until very close to the end.
MANCHESTER CITY SUFFERED TO BEAT ARSENAL IN A MATCHDAY FULL OF DRAWS
In the second match of Rúben Dias starting in the defensive line of Manchester City, the “citizens” suffered, but won in the reception to Arsenal, by 1-0, in a new meeting between Pep Guardiola and his friend Mikel Arteta.
A match that was worth for the balance and uncertainty until the end, but which was defrauded by the few goals scored, in comparison to what was expected.
In this weekend’s remaining matches, Sheffield United and Fulham confirmed their bad starts by drawing 1-1 in Bramall Lane, a bit like what happened in the match between Crystal Palace and Brighton, who also tied at one all in Selhurst Park.
All this in a 5th round where five of the eight games already played ended with a draw in the scoreboard.
The round continues this Monday, with the duel between West Bromwich and Burnley and, as often the best is for the end, in the closing of the 5th round there will be a clash between Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves.