Round #25 of the Barclays Premier League concluded on Monday, as several sides earned huge victories over the weekend. Others did not fair too well, dropping points along the way.
In a new SportsTalkFeed segment, I decided to give my three key takeaways from the weekends action as a whole.
1.) Swansea City steadily improving under Paul Clement.
Paul Clement has gotten Swansea on the right path, winning four of his six league fixtures in charge. The Swans currently sit in 15th after defeating Leicester 2-0 on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium. They have also defeated Crystal Palace, Liverpool, and Southampton along the way. Clement, who is Swansea’s third manager during this current campaign has quickly been able to get the best from his players, which has shown. Against Leicester, they were able to frustrate one of the league’s top forwards in Jamie Vardy, but also keep Leicester on the back foot. Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson tallied the goals, in which was a huge victory for Clement and his side. Following this weekend off, they face a tough test at current leaders Chelsea on the 25th.
2.) Could Tottenham win spark Liverpool back to form?
2017 did not have the best start for Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side were eliminated from two competitions and had one win out of their opening 10 matches. Despite continuous pressure, they bounced back in a huge way on Saturday defeating visitors Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield. After slipping down to sixth in the league table, Klopp knew one win could jump-start his team again and Saturday’s win could possibly be it. A first-half brace from Sadio Mane was all the Reds needed to earn a crucial three points at home. For Liverpool to remain in a European spot for next season, Mane will have to be a key contributor. His 11 league goals are tops for the team, while his pace and creativity also help Liverpool in their buildup play. Following this weekend off, they travel to Leicester before hosting Arsenal.
3.) Is ‘Manchester City’ Chelsea’s biggest threat to the title?
A couple of weeks ago, Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City were thrashed by Everton 4-0 at Goodison Park. Since then, they are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions, including three league wins in-a-row. After a 2-0 road win at Bournemouth on Monday evening, Pep’s men sit eight points behind Chelsea and are now in second place. I think Manchester City have the ability to chase Chelsea down, with the help of the Blues dropping some points along the way. Players like Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, and Leroy Sane all are class players who have the ability to carry Manchester City on any given day. They are understanding Pep’s style of play, and are beginning to win the matches they are supposed to win. Eight points are a lot to make up, but don’t put it by Manchester City to go on a lengthy winning run.
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