Spurs fly, Chelsea get the blues: Premier League three winners and losers

It was another great weekend for the Manchester clubs as they keep the five point gap over third placed Spurs at the top.


City beat title rivals Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in a masterclass tactical performance whilst United found it all too easy in a 4-0 win at home to the still, pointless and goalless Crystal Palace.

Spurs beat newly promoted Huddersfield Town 4-0 away to climb above Chelsea whilst Arsenal moved up to fifth with a 2-0 win versus Brighton and Hove Albion.

Burnley are the surprise packages in sixth after another great away performance, a 1-0 win against struggling Everton.

Newcastle United and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw whilst Stoke City beat Southampton.

Watford scored a last gasp equalise to draw 2-2 with Watford whilst Leicester City and Bournemouth finished 0-0.

RealSport have picked out our three winners and losers from the Premier League match week seven.

WINNERS

Sean Dyche

If the Burnley manager had a fancy accent and was called Dychinho, he would get far more credit than he currently does. Dyche is an expert at controlling games, without necessarily having the ball. Despite being the away side and Everton having far superior players, Burnley had the Toffees exactly where they wanted them throughout. Burnley left no gaps for Ronald Koeman’s side to exploit as the home side grew more and more frustrated at coming up against a tactically disciplined and resolute team.

Dyche has a clear ethos and ideology which the Burnley players buy into. It has seen them claim points this season away to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and now Everton. Dyche is one of the best managers in the league and should be recognised as so.

Harry Kane

What a month the Spurs forward has had. After a goalless August, Kane’s two strikes against Huddersfield brought his September rally up to 13. That is joint with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the amount of goals they have scored in a single month. Kane’s goal-scoring exploits are starting to reach those levels as well.

He now has 36 goals in 31 games in 2017 alone, more than Ronaldo in one fewer game and is currently the in-form striker in Europe. Kane has every type of finish in his locker, typified by his perfect hat trick in the Champions League away to APOEL Nicosia in midweek, and then his two goals at the weekend, one a smart finish with his right, the second a left footed rocket into the top corner.

Pep Guardiola

A lot of people like to label the Spaniard as a cheque book manager who needs the best players in the league, forgetting he has helped revolutionise football.

The tactical display Manchester City put on against Chelsea at the weekend was brilliant. Guardiola completely out-thought Antonio Conte in a dominant City performance.

The Citizens controlled the ball in both halves of the game and completely nullified any threat Chelsea may have posed, with all of the Blues’ star players completely anonymous. Not many managers in world football would have been brave enough, or even thought, to deploy Fabian Delph as the left back in such a crucial game, however his performance completely justified Guardiola’s decision.

It’s looking like a straight fight between the two Manchester clubs for who wins the title, with City looking the early favourites and that is largely down to Guardiola.

LOSERS

Crystal Palace

Yet another week they are in the losers category but who else could it possibly be? The Eagles are still pointless, and still goalless, a now unwanted record they own outright in the Premier League era.

They looked clueless in every sense away to Manchester United and their confidence is visibly shot. There are zero signs of encouragement for Roy Hodgson, and his side face Chelsea next who will be looking to get back to winning ways. Where do Palace go from here? Surely, down to the Championship.

Ronald Koeman

Everton spent well over £100 million in the summer to try and get the club competing amongst the Premier League elite.

At the moment however, they are only competing with the sides down at the bottom. It is too early to say Everton wasted their money in the summer. However, the players they have signed in the attacking third are far too similar and Koeman is trying to fit them all in to the side. It isn’t working and Everton look extremely unbalanced.

They lacked any form of creativity or ideas in the home game against Burnley and are now left with a heavy, and expensive squad that has far too many holes in it.

I wonder if Everton kept the receipt for their summer signings?

Antonio Conte

First of all, the Italian is one of the best managers in world football and won the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea.

However, he got it wrong against Pep Guardiola in the early season title clash at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are now six points behind their title rivals, a gap which is already looking rather big.

Conte was far too respectful of Guardiola’s side and were completely dominated by the victors. When Alvaro Morata went off injured, Conte decided to bring on Willian rather than Michy Batshuayi. Playing without a striker simply didn’t work and Chelsea didn’t pose City a threat whilst the visitors could have scored more than just the one goal.

It will be a tough ask now for Chelsea to retain their Premier League trophy.

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Harry Brooks

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Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

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