Premier League Matchday 27 Review
Kyle Campbell breaks down the biggest and best from the latest round of Premier League fixtures, which saw a departure at Elland Road and an ludicrous VAR decision at Goodison Park.
Spurs Seal Bielsa’s Fate – Leeds United 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur were relentless on Saturday afternoon and came out 4-0 winners away at Elland Road. The fourth consecutive defeat for Leeds United left question marks over Marcelo Bielsa’s position as head coach, and the Argentine was relieved of his duties on Sunday morning.
Despite conceding six goals to Liverpool in midweek, Leeds stuck to their game plan and came firing out the blocks, looking to take the game to Tottenham.
Their high intensity press left them exposed at the back and allowed Tottenham to take advantage. Goals down the right-hand side from Matt Doherty and a wonderful solo run from Dejan Kulusevski in the opening 15 minutes left Leeds with a mountain to climb.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts when Harry Kane expertly finished from an acute angle. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg found himself with plenty of time and space in the middle of the park and floated a ball over the defence. Kane never took his eyes off the ball and allowed it to drop onto his weaker left foot. The Englishman managed to adjust his body and put it back across goal, giving Illan Meslier no chance.
Tottenham managed to gain a quick lead, but Leeds had plenty of opportunities to bring themselves into the match. Robin Koch struck Hugo Lloris’s post, Raphinha created numerous opportunities and Dan James wasted a glorious opportunity inside the penalty area.
Already in a commanding position, Spurs added insult to injury with five minutes left on the clock, as Kane had dropped deep to get more involved in the build-up and managed to send Heung Min Son on his way. Son kept composed and lifted the ball over Meslier, giving the visitors a well-deserved victory.
Son’s goal, assisted by Kane, broke the record for the most amount of direct goal combinations in the Premier League. The Tottenham duo have now overtaken Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, who previously held the record with 36 goal combinations.
This bruising defeat would prove to be Bielsa’s last match as Leeds manager, with the fan-favourite coach bidding farewell after three incredibly successful years. Leeds have already made their move to replace him, bringing in former RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch, to try and steady a rapidly-sinking ship.
City Saved by VAR – Everton 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League thanks to a late Phil Foden goal, but Pep Guardiola will be thankful for VAR’s inconsistency.
Everton looked to take what they could out of the game as they continue to fight for survival in the Premier League.
City were frustrated with Everton’s robust defensive work and were struggling to create any clear cut opportunities throughout the 90 minutes. When City did look to break through, Jordan Pickford was equal to everything, with a fantastic double save coming in the second half.
Despite being unable to break Frank Lampard’s Toffees down all evening, City would eventually find a way through in the final 10 minutes of the match. A low driven cross from the left-hand side took a small deflection, leaving Michael Keane flat footed and off balance. Keane did his best to adjust but was unable to get his foot behind the ball, leaving a simple tap in for Foden in the 82nd minute.
Less than five minutes later, a controversial handball by Rodri was not punished and the away side got a lucky escape. VAR did intervene and decided that the images provided were “inconclusive.” Everton will feel hard done by VAR and will feel like a possible point has been lost.
Pep and co. will have no worries over the decision as they have now extended their lead at the top of the table to six points, with Liverpool playing in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday.
Best of the Rest
- Aston Villa picked up three important points away at Brighton thanks to goals from Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins.
- Southampton’s fine run of form continued this weekend as they came out 2-0 winners over Norwich.
- First half goals from Joelinton and Joe Willock guided Newcastle to a 2-0 away victory at Brentford. Brentford are now winless in eight and struggling to score with Ivan Toney on the sidelines.
- In a big battle for a place in the top four, West Ham picked up a huge three points over fellow contenders Wolves, with Tomas Soucek’s goal the difference.
- Burnley picked up another important point in their relegation fight with a 1-1 draw away at Crystal Palace as Manchester United were left frustrated in their 0-0 draw at home to Watford.
Player of the Week
For the second match week in a row, Harry Kane picks up our Player of the Week award. The England captain was instrumental in his side’s 4-0 thrashing of leads, as he contributed with a fine finish of his own, before setting up Son for the final goal with an inch-perfect pass. Despite a slow start to the season by his usual standards, Kane is hitting form at the perfect time for Antonio Conte, as the Italian looks to push Spurs towards the top four.