Mauricio Pochettino’s master tactics were at display once again as Tottenham destroyed West Brom 4-0 on Saturday, and the visitors were lucky as their punishment could have been a lot worse.
The tested 3-4-2-1 formation saw the Spurs attack being led by the famed troika of Alli and Eriksen with hat-trick hero Kane upfront, supported closely by the midfield pairing of Dembele & Wanyama and dangerously flanked by Rose and Walker.
The Baggies had a tough time facing onslaught after another as virtually the entire Tottenham squad (barring keeper Lloris) was deployed for just humiliating the enemy defence.
Check out the formation Spurs’ ultimately grew into against West Brom-
Nobody can deny that if Chelsea continue to maintain their current form, they have a serious chance of adding a sixth League title to their formidable trophy cabinet. Antonio Conte’s arrival at the helm has transformed the club, but it hasn’t been completely free from controversy.
Several Chelsea fans have repeatedly lashed out their manager for his ill-treatment of striker Michy Batshuayi. The youngster landed in London from Marseille six months ago in July last year but still hasn’t been given his League debut yet.
Fans’ disappointment escalated when Conte had to find a replacement for striker Diego Costa during Chelsea’s trip to Leicester and, instead of natural-fit Michy, the Italian opted for winger Eden Hazard.
However, when a Chelsea faithful wished that Conte would show more respect towards Batshuayi, the Belgian won hearts by responding that the manager really does so.
Check out Batshuayi’s graceful response on Conte-
When Manchester United meets Liverpool, passions flare and emotions ignite; and the 1-1 draw had all of this and much more. In the star-studded fixture, if there was one player who grabbed the spotlight for all the wrong reasons it was, undoubtedly, Paul Pogba.
The midfielder drew the wrath of all United fans when he foolishly jumped and handled (read, dabbed) the ball to concede an insane penalty, which Milner converted to gift the visitors with a lead.
Though if there was one instance that madly riled up Liverpool fans, it was how the Frenchman disgracefully head-locked Henderson and literally threw him down inside the box, in a way that would make even WWE’s John Cena ashamed.
What was more shocking was the fact that the referee did absolutely nothing to send Pogba off with a second yellow.
Watch Pogba wrestling Henderson into a WWE headlock below-
It seems there is just no stopping Spurs currently. Apart from commanding the second spot on the table, Pochettino’s men have also been the side that stopped the mighty Chelsea juggernaut.
Spurs’ 4-0 thrashing of West Brom during Saturday’s EPL encounter advanced their winning momentum as Harry Kane bagged a stunning hat-trick and McAuley embarrassed himself with an own-goal.
Dele Alli has been absolutely instrumental in the club’s uptick in form and the win against Swansea was no different. The 20 year old made an instant impact with an exquisite assist for Kane’s goal and even a scored a goal of his own which was unfortunately ruled offside.
Alli, who has no shortage of talent in the skills department, dazzled the White Hart Lane faithful with a damaging nutmeg on Darren Fletcher along the left flank and then went on to deliver a beautiful cross for Harry Kane.
Definitely one of his best nutmegs ever, check out the skills from Dele Alli below!
Every club has former players who hold a questionable reputation in the eyes of their fans, and Paul Merson is undoubtedly one of them. The former Gunner made some scathing remarks about Wenger’s boys on a Sky Sports show recently, but even Arsenal fans cannot disagree this time.
He reflected every Gooner’s frustration over Arsenal’s spell of consecutive poor performances, with the major cause of embarrassment being that they languish three spots below all-time north London rivals Tottenham.
Merson also drew comparison with the famous ‘Pochettino pose‘ evidencing Spurs’ consistent signings while stating that if Arsenal doesn’t replicate it with their own ‘Wenger pose’, the club can forget being a force to recon with.
Arsenal might face growing prospects of possibly losing their sublime playmaker Ozil and star striker Sanchez at the end of this season if their contracts are not extended soon.
Check out Merson’s opinion on Arsenal’s situation-
The latest controversy to rock football has been the big money instances of poaching of well established players by Chinese outfits from clubs all across Europe.
Backed by filthy rich corporations, Chinese clubs have shocked fans and clubs alike after luring in some big names like Oscar and Tevez.
Another player whose name was dragged into the foray is Chelsea’s top scorer Diego Costa. The Brazilian born Spanish striker had been reported to have received an irresistible offer of a move to Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian in lieu of an outrageous weekly pay amounting to £576,000.
Chelsea fans waited with apprehension as manager Antonio Conte dropped the striker from the squad for Saturday’s Premiere League encounter against Leicester City.
But to the delight of Blues fans, Brazilian ESPN’s journalist Joao Castelo-Branco has put speculations to rest by claiming that Costa has “no interest in China at the moment.”
Check out Branco’s tweet announcing the good news below!
Football is incomplete without rivalries, and rarely can one match the glorious history that unfolds between Liverpool and Manchester United. So fierce is the battle that fans can excuse their managers for disastrous seasons, if they succeed in beating their rivals.
Confrontations have evolved from Shankly-Busby to Ferguson-Dalglish, and now the baton has been passed on to Mourinho-Klopp. And the triumphant managers will keep their rivalry alive when they face off at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The mouth-watering fixture is sure to ignite passions and the Liverpool boss has accepted the challenge by announcing his eagerness to fight in true Klopp style. The German said: “We are Liverpool. Lets show this, we can be different to any other team, everyone wants there to be a real fight, 100% from us.”
Check out the bit from his presser below!