There was a round of highly entertaining Premier League football on Saturday 23 November, including Jose Mourinho’s first match in charge of Spurs; and an intriguing clash between Chelsea and Man City.
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West Ham v Tottenham (2-3)
Jose Mourinho came into the Spurs job after the international break, and sure enough, players who’d looked a little out of sorts of late, all raised their game to have this one effectively sealed after an hour.
A little like your teachers who phone it in on a normal day suddenly pulling out all the stops when OFSTED come to visit, so Spurs looked reinvigorated, with Dele Alli in particular looking way more up for it, and it capped a good first half display when he chased down a lost cause, fell over, (to ironic cheers from West Ham fans), before cheekily back-heeling the ball to the impressive Son, who burst forward, and played a super cross, which Moura showed great desire to get onto. Tottenham wouldn’t have scored a goal like this without all three giving it 100%.
If Jose was in any doubt as to where his problems lie (hint, it’s not going forwards), then they turned a 3-0 cruise into a 3-2 victory by showing little lapses of concentration at the back, though it has to be said, the days of clean sheets and shut-outs aren’t really what the Premier League is about any more… so it will be interesting to see how Mourinho adapts his style of play to what he has inherited here at Spurs.
All in all, a great match.
Everton v Norwich (0-2)
Norwich won their first away match in what feels like forever, with a decent display against an Everton who are failing to fire this term.
Southampton v Arsenal (2-2)
The same Southampton side which got absolutely pumped by Leicester City a few short weeks ago, were minutes away from a not-undeserved win at home to a lacklustre Arsenal, who managed to grab a point with a late equaliser.
Watford v Burnley (0-3)
Another side to secure their first away victory of the season was Burnley, who finally got the goals return their once more solid performance deserved. Watford fans will be worried by the style of this defeat, and they look like they need to regroup and probably strengthen in January, if they are to get away from the magnetic pull of the bottom three.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (1-2)
Liverpool picked up another win with another late goal and another controversial VAR decision. This match had everything, and the belief at Liverpool must be sky-high after another three points from a match where in truth 1 or even 0 could have been their return.
That said, Liverpool are not playing with fluency at present. They could easily start dropping points – Klopp will be hoping performances come back up to the high level they were showing a month or so ago.
Bournemoth v Wolves (1-2)
Wolves got three points away at Bournemouth, and rose to fifth in the table – a UEFA place – with a solid display.
Brighton v Leicester (0-2)
Leicester City had to be a little patient on the South coast, but eventually ran out 2-0 away winners at Brighton, to add three points to their tally and remain in second place. They are arguably the form team right now.
Man City v Chelsea (2-1)
City really needed a win in the late kickoff match, with Liverpool and Leicester both picking up three points, and a win they got, but not without a little bit of luck.
Still not quite at their fluent best – against an improved Chelsea – City did enough to keep the pressure on the top of the table, but will be worried by an injury to Sergio Aguero.
Premier League Table at end of Saturday 23 November 2019
Here is how the table looked at the end of the day:
|12||Brighton & Hove Albion||13||4||3||6||15||19||-4||15|
|16||West Ham United||13||3||4||6||16||23||-7||13|
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