These are five things we learnt from matchday 14 fixtures of the Premier League.
1. Manchester City 1 Vs Chelsea 3: Guardiola dazed by the Premier League
Pep Guardiola has been dazed with the Premier League; from the pace, tactics and the physicality, the former Barcelona clearly has no answer yet for Manchester City. He showed how confused he was when he set up his team with three at the back to match Chelsea. While it worked in the in the first half, his wing-backs- Leroy Sane and Jesus Navas-got tired in the second half which gave Chelsea to the opportunity to exploit. Reverting to three men at the back to counter Chelsea shows how confused Guardiola is at City.
2. Manchester City 1 Vs Chelsea 3: Costa back to form
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Diego Costa was the man who dragged Chelsea from defeat to an impressive 3-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad. With Chelsea behind to a goal and lucky to have not conceded another, Costa got them back into the game. A look at his goal, Chelsea’s equaliser shows how good the Brazilian-born striker has become. He showed top striker’s instinct with his positioning where he collected a sumptuous pass from Cesc Fabregas. His touch, turn and strike show that Costa is back to the form which got Chelsea the title in 2015.
3. West Ham 1 Vs Arsenal 5: Wenger strikes another gold in Alexis Sanchez
After getting turned down by Jamie Vardy, Arsene Wenger looking inside his squad for a solution. Alexis Sanchez who has played on the wings for much of his Arsenal career was now the club’s central striker. 14 games later and 11 goals, it’s safe to say Wenger has discovered another gold again. The Arsenal manager has a reputation for turning wingers into strikers. Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie are some of his success stories but after Sanchez’s hat-trick against West Ham in matchday 14, Wenger seems to have found his magic again.
4. Bournemouth 4 Vs Liverpool 3: Reds not title contenders with leaky defence
Liverpool have been one of the best sides in the Premier League this season. Attacking with a verve and vim that is so exciting to watch. I however never believed they were strong title contenders for just one reason, their defence. While they score for fun, Jurgen Klopp’s men concede in a similar manner. They were so in control of the game against Bournemouth, leading 3-1 at the 71-minute mark yet, they lost 4-3. No team can win the title with that sort of defence, certainly not Liverpool.
5. Everton 1 Vs Manchester United 1: Pragmatic Mourinho needs to change
Jose Mourinho is certainly not a happy man after his drew yet another Premier League game. He has blamed luck, referees and any other person but himself. It’s time the Portuguese manager look in the mirror and realise he is the problem. Gone are the days he can win the title by shutting down the game when his club is leading 1-0. The Premier League is more daring now, there are more quality strikers in the game now. Mourinho should look to kill off teams, not defend a slim one goal advantage. You are the manager of Manchester United, the pragmatic approach is getting embarrassing.