Saturday, December 10, 2022



Surprises and scares – Premier League



Ended day 17 of the Premier League with victories, surprises and scares in the Big Six. After the postponement of Leicester-Tottenham was confirmed, two great English teams had the chance to continue fighting for the title. Keep reading and find out about all the news.

Chelsea – Everton

Chelsea and Everton drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge for matchday 17 of the Premier League. The Blues got tired of looking for the long-awaited goal from the advantage and Jordan Pickford stopped every possibility with all his humanity, but they got it at 70 minutes thanks to a great team play: Ross Barkley led the attack, Reece James closed on the inside and unloaded with Mason Mount for the young Englishman to enter the area and cross shot.

When everything seemed to be heading and it was thought that Edouard Mendy could be at his house instead of attending Stamford Bridge to save, Everton was encouraged to do what he had not thought in the whole game: attack. Those led by Rafa Benítez had a free kick near the area, Anthony Gordon threw the center, the ball went into the small area and Jarrad Branthwaite connected, throwing as if it were a long jump. It is not understood how the goalkeeper did not go out to cut the ball and relived the sayings of his own coach -Thomas Tuchel- who referred during the week that to have undefeated fences you must have great goalkeepers.

The tie was unexpected: Chelsea racked up 23 shots, but Pickford was the big figure. At the end, Everton seemed to remember that to win a match you have to attack, but it was not enough with the few 10 minutes that were left. The Blues lost ground to Manchester City winning only two games of the last five. Their rivals to establish themselves in the Premier League – Citizens and Liverpool – have chained a full five victories in a row.

Liverpool – Newcastle

Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-1 in week 17 of the Premier League and is still in contention for the title. It all started with a surprise: Allan Saint-Maximin commanded a fast counterattack, unloaded for the center of his partner and Liverpool was able to clear, but they were badly stopped in front of Jonjo Shelvey and the magpies midfielder placed the ball in the right post of Alisson.

Jurgen Klopp‘s team was like a whirlwind to find the tie. They seemed charged with fury and with blood in their eyes. Until they got the first goal thanks to a completely unsportsmanlike action. In a corner, Isaac Hayden fell to the ground from a blow and the Liverpool players continued the play. The center came to the place where Diogo Jota was – and the beaten Hayden – so that the Portuguese stamped the tie and the entire Newcastle team came out to protest. The referee couldn’t do anything, it was just a matter of generosity on the part of the locals.

They were five fateful minutes for Newcastle because the goal immediately came to turn the game around. Shelvey tried a pass back, Sadio Mané stole possession, shot at the goal and the goalkeeper took it, but Mo Salah appeared to push the rebound and make it 2-1. At the end, the Trent Alexander-Arnold thing was of another category: the world top winger took the ball 30 meters from the goal and finished off with a violence worthy of Roberto Carlos so that it is – surely – the goal of the date in this Premier League. 3-1 defined and calm for Liverpool in the fight for the title. Little could Newcastle do with a poor 25% possession.
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