Rolling Stone India Pitch: Leicester City Equal Biggest Ever Premier League Win
Liverpool edge out Tottenham Hotspur to keep their six-point gap at the top of the table
Matchday 10 of the Premier League saw Leicester register a mammoth win over Southampton, Manchester City ran away as comfortable winners over Aston Villa, Arsenal dropped points at home to Crystal Palace and more.
On Friday night, Leicester City visited St. Mary’s Stadium, the home of Southampton. Although Leicester has been in fine form this season under the management of Brendan Rodgers, no one could predict what was to come. The 2016 Premier League champions went on to win the game in emphatic fashion finishing it off 9-0 in the end with the likes of Ayoze Pérez and Jamie Vardy both scoring hat tricks.
The win meant that Leicester equaled the biggest ever Premier League win, Manchester United’s 9-0 victory against Ipswich in 1995. Also fitting was that Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s father Peter was in goal for United those 24 years ago. Speaking to BBC Match of the Day after the game, Rodgers said, “I’m very pleased to see our work rate, we scored some great goals and we were very hungry tonight. I’m very pleased how we defended, and we were ruthless. I’m very proud to stand and be the manager of that team.”
The following day Manchester City hosted newly promoted Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium. Even though Villa held the champions during the first half, it didn’t take City long in the second half with Raheem Sterling scoring after just 20 seconds. City added to more goals from David Silva and İlkay Gündoğan to see out a 3-0 victory and keep pace with top of the table Liverpool.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – who have been finding good form lately – took on Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor and put on quite the performance. American midfielder Christian Pulisic scored a perfect hat trick for Chelsea (left foot, right foot and header) and Brazillian Willian added a fourth goal for the team. Chelsea, however, was denied a clean sheet as Burnley scored two late consolation goals. Lampard told Sky Sports after the game, “This is a really tough place to go and the way we controlled the game, our midfield combinations and movement, was beautiful to watch. I really enjoyed watching them today.”
Sunday witnessed a quick start at Liverpool’s Anfield as Tottenham Hotspur went one-nil up from a cheeky Harry Kane header inside the first minute. The league leaders peppered the Spurs goal throughout the first half but failed to find the back of the net. The Reds did manage to do so in the second half through a Mohammed Salah penalty and Jordan Henderson strike to win the game 2-1.
Both managers spoke to BBC Match of the Day after the game with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp saying, “At half time I said this game had only one problem – the scoreline. When Tottenham had the ball their counter-attacks were incredible. We won the game and deserved it.” Mauricio Pochettino said, “We tried in the last 10 or 15 minutes and had chances but it was impossible! I’ve got no complaints about the penalty. You can have your own opinion. It was a fair reaction.”
Manchester United won their first away game since February this past weekend with a 3-1 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road. Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul saved two penalties during the game, but it wasn’t enough for his side to keep United at bay. With this win, United now sit in seventh place in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Over at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal scored two earlier goals from corners against Crystal Palace. But after giving a penalty away in the first half, Palace clawed their way back to make it 2-2 in the second half. Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka was booed off the pitch when he was being substituted and also looked to have abused the Arsenal fans on his way out. Manager Unai Emery said after the game about the incident, “He was wrong. Now we need to stay calm and speak with him, to speak inside about that reaction. We are working, me and the club, inside with every player to manage playing under pressure. We can play with our hearts and can be hot in difficult moments, but our minds must be clever.”
The next round of fixtures will see Manchester United travel to Bournemouth, Aston Villa host Liverpool, Arsenal takes on Wolves, Manchester City play Southampton at the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea goes to Watford, Spurs visit Everton and more.