Steve Nicol reveals his greatest XI from the 13th spherical of Premier League motion, which leaves Gab Marcotti and Alejandro Moreno asking questions.

There’s nonetheless a Monday evening recreation to come, however the weekend overview shouldn’t be missing for speaking factors as Nick Miller runs by way of the highlights and lowlights.

Aim of the weekend

Circumstances may very well be made for Trent Alexander-Arnold’s whipped free kick or Josh King ending off a superb counter-attack with the cleanest strike you will see. However you may’t look previous Son Heung-min’s solo strike in opposition to Chelsea, if solely as a result of he had no enterprise scoring the objective, from the place he collected the ball in: Manner out on the precise with no one to assist.

Progress of the weekend

Final season, Liverpool scored three targets at Watford. This season, in addition they scored three targets at Watford. The important thing distinction is that on Saturday they’d the maturity and defensive solidity to shut out the sport, to be certain that no calamity befell them.

“I could not be happier immediately,” stated Jurgen Klopp after the sport. “It was one of the crucial mature performances we had to date.”

Liverpool are rising up. It won’t be sufficient to catch Manchester Metropolis, however on the very least it is extra progress.

Self-awareness deficiency of the weekend

Manchester United’s Zero-Zero draw with Crystal Palace means they’ve now dropped seven factors at Outdated Trafford this season. It was additionally the fourth time in all competitions they’ve drawn a clean at house: For comparability, the opposite 5 groups from the “massive six” have solely executed that 5 occasions between them — and three of these had been when Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool hosted Manchester Metropolis.

However, naturally, this wasn’t Jose Mourinho’s fault. It was these cowardly gamers, you see?

“[There was] not sufficient depth, sufficient need,” Mourinho stated after the match. “We performed a recreation like it is just another recreation however it’s a recreation we actually want to win. My feeling is there was not sufficient from the center.”

It is fairly an accusation to mainly recommend your individual gamers aren’t attempting as arduous as they may, however let’s humour Mourinho and assume what he says is true. What may very well be the reason? Why may a set of gamers not give completely all the things for a supervisor who, after each opposed result, may be relied upon to throw them under the bus? It is a thriller.

Do Manchester United’s gamers count on to be knived by their supervisor after each opposed result?

Perfectionists of the weekend (a recurring theme)

“It was not the very best efficiency. I’ve a sense we had been slightly bit fortunate immediately.”

That was Pep Guardiola’s evaluation of Manchester Metropolis in opposition to West Ham on Saturday. Raheem Sterling agreed: “We may’ve executed extra, and I assumed we must always’ve executed extra.”

Simply in case you missed the result, Metropolis won Four-Zero. That is how Metropolis are trying to stave off the complacency which may include being the very best workforce within the Premier League: They’re aiming for perfection, even when they know attaining it’s not possible.

Stat of the weekend

Talking of Sterling, he notched up another objective and another help — that is 13 for the season, and no one within the Premier League has been immediately concerned in additional targets. Any doubt that he is among the many greatest gamers on the earth ought to be dismissed with the requisite haste.

Actuality examine of the weekend

This has been coming. Maurizio Sarri’s warnings have felt like an try to handle expectations after his high quality begin as Chelsea supervisor, however maybe he, observing his workforce at shut quarters, may see cracks the remainder of us could not. He has warned us that bother is likely to be forward, and because it seems it was, within the type of this collapse in opposition to Tottenham.

The important thing after all is how Chelsea now reply: They’ve a few ticklish video games in opposition to Fulham and Wolves, earlier than the large one, when Manchester Metropolis go to. Then we’d have a real thought of what to count on from Chelsea this season.

Damning affirmation of the weekend

When somebody continues to be studying English, as Unai Emery is, it is all the time tough to draw conclusions from his statements, with nuance robust to decide. However there did not appear to be a lot ambiguity in his clarification for Mesut Ozil’s omission from Arsenal’s journey to Bournemouth.

“We thought how we are able to do higher within the match, a really demanding match with physicality and depth,” stated Emery.

No person expects Ozil to be a bruiser or a pure grafter, but when a supervisor thinks he cannot depend on a participant for a recreation in opposition to Bournemouth who, excluding Jefferson Lerma and a few of their defenders, aren’t a massively bodily aspect, there’s an issue.

Promising signal of the weekend — half one

The three factors had been helpful, however essentially the most encouraging issues for Claudio Ranieri and Fulham had been elsewhere of their win over Southampton, particularly Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace and the efficiency of Ryan Sessegnon.

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Sessegnon has taken some time to adapt within the Premier League, not helped by the very fact he appeared to be taking part in in a unique place each week under Slavisa Jokanovic, however this efficiency was extra paying homage to his shows final time period, supplying two assists and lots extra menace.

Tightening his defence is precedence No. 1, but when Ranieri can get the very best from Sessegnon and Mitrovic, half the battle is won.

Promising signal of the weekend — half two

Huddersfield beating Fulham at house is one factor. Beating Wolves away is another totally.

It’d end up to be a false daybreak, however with seven factors from the final obtainable 9, there are at the very least indicators David Wagner’s workforce is likely to be heading in the right direction for a 3rd extraordinary achievement in as many seasons.

Luckiest second of the weekend

Andrew Robertson insisted he did nothing mistaken.

“I believe he was searching for it,” he stated, about Will Hughes’s penalty declare in opposition to the Liverpool left-back. “He went down fairly simply and I do not know why the referee did not e book him having not given the penalty.”

He would say that, clearly. However replays instructed he did rake his foot down Will Hughes’s shin, and had referee Jon Moss awarded Watford the penalty as he in all probability ought to have, with the rating at Zero-Zero, who is aware of how the sport may need panned out?

Group of the weekend

Virgil van Dijk and Raheem Sterling as soon as once more characteristic in ESPN FC’s TOTW, whereas Aaron Mooy makes an look after his brace sunk Wolves.



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