Liverpool hungover, Chelsea and Arsenal rampant, and United and City grinding out results...
Swansea 1- Liverpool 0: What a result for rock bottom Swansea. It was not the prettiest of performances from the Swans, as they could barely connect 2 passes together gowing forward. But they dug in and showed remarkable grit, determination, and concentration to keep Liverpool out.
This was a match were Liverpool were badly missing Coutinho-- someone who can unlock a packed defense with a little of bit of quality. Having had so much possession, Liverpool didn't create as many clear cut chances as they should've, but credit to Swansea where it is due. They stood firm against a much, much stronger opposition, thanks to the tactics of manager Carlos Carvahal who said after the game, "I told the players that Liverpool were like a Formula One (car). But a Formula One car at 4pm in traffic on the streets of London does not have great speed. I told my players to put Liverpool in traffic." Brilliant.
Willian for Chelsea vs. Brighton. A sublime team goal. Willian to Hazard to Batshuayi to Willian to Hazard to Batshuayi to Willian. Bang. Goal. Phenomenal.
Player of the weekend:
Sergio Aguero-- It is quite incredible that Aguero, with his consistent goal-scoring brilliance, has never been crowned player of the year in the Premier League. Perhaps it is his injury record that keeps him out of the conversation but he is certainly a player who seems to never quite get the full credit he deserves. Aguero was sensational against Newcastle, scoring the perfect hattrick (head, right foot, left foot) and securing the 3 points for City who had looked slightly nervy in the 2nd half after Newcastle pulled a goal back. He may not be a favorite of Guardiola, but Aguero is without a doubt one of the most lethal strikers in the world, and if Guardiola decides to move him on this summer, there will be no shortage of takers for his signature.
Team of the weekend:
Moses Maguire Mawson Monreal
Willian Allen De Bruyne Hazard