Premier League: 5 things we learned from last weekend’s action

No team is interested in winning the  Premier League title apart from Leicester City, Chelsea take another step back and Klopp’s wings clipped by Newcastle.

  1. City stumbles at Stoke

Manchester City’s record at Stoke makes for grim reading-one league win in 16 years. Saturday’s meeting didn’t go any better as Xherdan Shaqiri & Marko Arnautovic combined to rip the visitors apart, the former providing the assists for the latter’s brace.  City produced an underwhelming performance as Stoke’s high pressing game unsettled the weary Citizens.

This result no doubt ups the pressure on City manager Manuel Pellegrini, with rumours circulating over the weekend of an agreement between the City hierarchy and much coveted Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

  1. Vardy who? Mahrez stars in Swansea romp

If the ‘big teams’ aren’t interested in winning the title, little Leicester City again made their intentions clear with a 3-0  away victory at Swansea City.  Jamie Vardy didn’t score this time so Ryad Mahrez bagged himself a hat-trick instead.

The Algerian winger is in the form of his life and this performance further strengthens his rising stock. Good luck to Leicester trying to hold on to these two in the next transfer window.

  1. Steve McLaren extends his Newcastle reign

After impressive away wins at Chelsea, Man City and in the League Cup against Southampton, losing to struggling Newcastle United was least expected from Liverpool but such is the topsy-turvy nature of the Premier League this season.

The Magpies got a rare win & clean sheet against the Reds to just about extend Steve McLaren’s reign as boss and lay bare the amount of work still to be done by Klopp at Liverpool.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s delicate finish on 92 minutes sealed the win after Martin Skrtel’s own goal in the 69th minute.

  1. Bournemouth shock Chelsea

So much of the talk of a recovery at Chelsea then as the Blues lost 1-0 at home to newcomers Bournemouth. Glenn Murray scored on 82 minutes to give the visitors their first victory in over two months and  pile more misery on the defending champions.

The defeat follows a trend of stop-starts this season for the home side, an impressive win or draw is followed by deflating defeat in what is turning into a traumatic title defence for Jose Mourinho’s men.

  1. Joy for Wenger

With an already bloated treatment room, Arsene Wenger must have enjoyed coming through Saturday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland with his players unscathed.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice on the day-one for his team and an own goal- while Joel Campbell and Aaron Ramsey got the other two for the Gunners.

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