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Leicester stormed help to the head of the Premier League table by scoring 5 against a Pep Guardiola team for the dear time within the Catalan’s coaching career as Manchester Metropolis’s title pronounce hit an early stumbling block in a 5-2 defeat.
Metropolis conceded three penalties, but none of them had been as controversial as those that cost Tottenham and Crystal Palace to spark extra debate over the unusual interpretation of the handball rule within the Premier League.
Champions Liverpool are no longer in slide unless Monday once they host Arsenal, but on high of Metropolis’s give way there was once also tiny to terror from what Chelsea and Manchester United confirmed on Saturday.
AFP Sports activities seems to be like at three things we discovered from the Premier League weekend.
The Premier League’s adoption of a brand unusual interpretation of what constitutes handball is causing consternation lawful three weeks in.
Tottenham and Palace had been the mountainous losers this weekend, but there would possibly perchance be already a consensus among coaches that something wants to be completed now to forestall farcical scenes from persevering with all season.
Joel Ward was once harshly penalised for Everton’s winner in a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park leaving Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson despairing for the game he is been fascinated about for over 50 years.
“I secure it very disappointing that the game I cherish and imagine in is being lowered to this level,” acknowledged Hodgson. “I in actual fact dangle despair a pair of rule that I imagine is ruining the game of soccer.”
Hodgson has make stronger in Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, even supposing his facet benefitted to grab a 1-1 plan at Tottenham attributable to of Callum Wilson’s 97th-minute penalty.
“I’m able to trace why Spurs will dash berserk and Roy Hodgson reacted luxuriate in he did. It’s some distance a total nonsense,” acknowledged Bruce. “We must be leaping by hoops, but I could perchance perchance perchance be devastated if that was once us.”
In his 686th game as a supervisor with Metropolis, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Guardiola was once hit for 5 as his facet collapsed when faced with the tempo and crafty of Jamie Vardy on the counter-attack.
Vardy scored a hat-trick to take his tally to nine in 5 seasons against Guardiola’s facet, leaving large interrogate marks over Metropolis’s title pronounce.
Despite the signing of Bournemouth centre-help Nathan Ake, Metropolis seemed even worse on the help than final season as Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia and Benjamin Mendy all conceded rash penalties.
Fixed with experiences, Benfica centre-half of Ruben Dias is heading for Manchester, whereas Aymeric Laporte’s return after making an are attempting out certain for coronavirus will come as a mountainous help.
But the appearance of Dias would possibly perchance perchance take Guardiola’s spending on defenders by myself at Metropolis to 400 million.
The Catalan has been unable to win the finest out of John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Mendy and remarkable of others and the stress is on him to flip to his coaching, reasonably than lawful the membership’s cheque book, for solutions.
Chelsea’s large funding within the transfer market and Manchester United’s stunning Premier League operate for the explanation that January window closed had ended in hopes of a four-manner title trudge this season after three years of dominance from Liverpool and Metropolis.
However, on the proof of the dear few weeks, Chelsea and United remain some distance from challengers.
Frank Lampard’s Blues must markedly enhance once they dangle got all their unusual signings match and bedded into the team, most notably in aim with Edouard Mendy no longer appealing for a 3-3 at West Brom after polishing off his transfer from Rennes on Thursday.
But Chelsea quiet dangle concerns to address in defence, where 36-year-extinct Thiago Silva’s operate raised questions whether the Brazilian would possibly perchance perchance simply be the resolution at centre-help.
United escaped with all three points attributable to of a handball penalty awarded after the closing whistle at Brighton to receive 3-2. But even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his facet barely deserved a degree, nevermind three, from a game in which Brighton hit the woodwork 5 times and had been unfortunate to hunt for a penalty overturned on a VAR overview.
There are also extenuating conditions for the Red Devils after a instant pre-season, but they too remain leaky on the help with no signal of a brand unusual left-help or centre-help lawful over a week before the transfer window closes.