And that is the end of the fascinating season – yet another carnival that amid the COVID-19 Pandemic kept the fans on the edge throughout the year since it took off came to a satisfactory end for some while for others it was heartbreak. Finally, Liverpool and Chelsea claimed the coveted top-four spot while for Leicester City it was another missed opportunity.
The top four teams are guaranteed places in the group stage. Manchester City and Manchester United have qualified and two of Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester will join them. In a topsy-turvy season, the hopes of Liverpool qualifying for the next season’s Champions League are still not over as they live another day after beating Burnley.
At the Wembley Stadium, a few days ago, it was a joy for Leicester City while at the other end; the Chelsea of Thomas Tuchel was heartbroken. It was supposed to be their day, but in the end, luck was not just on their side. And, a few days later, they faced the Foxes again and it was time to put on a show and it was the only option. The Blues got their revenge quickly.
Manchester City have already won the title and have been receiving the guard of honour since the title was confirmed. The clash against Brighton was a dead rubber. Still, in the end, it turned out to be a knife-edge affair where Brighton stunned the best team of the Premier League this season.
It was almost done and dusted. After a resolute and determined display, a draw seemed to be the ideal result for West Brom. Four minutes into the added time of the second half, and Sadio Mane again forces his way down the left and his low cross was blocked behind – a corner for Liverpool, a lifeline in a must-win game. The ball flew from the corner spot into the center of the West Brom penalty area and the rest was history.
The title of the Premier League has been decided and the contest is now all about gaining the top-four spot and completing the scheduled matches. At St James’ Park Manchester City, the already Champions of this season faced Newcastle United, and, it turned out to be an absolute thriller.
For the Reds, it was a very important affair because their qualification for the Champions League next season was at stake and except bagging full points no other outcomes could not be acceptable. Thankfully, it seemed that the Reds have started to get rid of the hibernation in the winter and spring into life gradually.
From nowhere, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal is winning. After the victory against West Brom the other day, it was time for the Gunners to face the in-form Chelsea in their own backyard and there came one of those moments where Arsenal rode their luck. Any victories are morale-boosting, but Arsenal, still, need to improve.
Leicester City were beaten by Newcastle United, a 10-men Southampton stopped them and then there were hiccups here and there which only piled the pressure on them – a place in the Champions League next season looked bleak until last evening when they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford to keep the hopes alive.
Will we see Liverpool in next year’s Champions League? Maybe they will make it in the end, but the fear is evident – this season the holders have been very inconsistent and they do have reasons to back that, but as you know, the champions always fight back against all sorts of adversities and for which, why Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to deliver time and again remains a moot question.
But on Wednesday, that boy from Enfield, who dreamed of achieving something big through playing football, certainly, thought that after the tragic end to his career, his passion for the game has rewarded him with something big – Mason has the strong mentality to move on and work harder to improve. The 29-year-old can be an asset to football.
Manchester United are trying to improve. They are trying to win the faith of the fans and they are trying to win and they are winning – Ole’s team might lack the conviction of their arch-rivals Manchester City, but in terms of trying hard and breaking the sweat till the end, they have been a much better force than the last season.
The more the Reds would win, the more they would be able to forget this disastrous season. Like their counterpart in the upcoming Champions League clash – Real Madrid – there are no other options for Jurgen Klopp other than winning the majority of the matches in the remaining season.
Another Premier League roster, another full point earned, and with that, the lean-patch of the past is becoming a distant memory for Chelsea. The whole unit is functioning brilliantly and Thomas Tuchel seems to have found the formula to run this Blue Machine – tactical tweaks are doing the tricks.
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