Jose Mourinho Celebrates North London Anniversary in Style
The game was in the balance. Tottenham Hotspurs were ahead thanks to a Son Heung-Min strike as early as the fifth minute, but none other than Pep Guardiloa’s Manchester City were chasing the game relentlessly at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. With top spot in sight, Spurs needed a cushion desperately.
With less than half an hour of regulation time remaining, Jose Mourinho had Argentine Giovani Lo Celso stripped and ready to be unleashed.
35 seconds after coming on, Lo Celso’s steaming 40-yard run was expertly found by talisman Harry Kane on the break, for the Argentine to creditably slot the ball past Ederson in the City goal. Mission accomplished.
Jose Mourinho and his Red-Hot-Spurs had climbed the Premiership summit for the first time in six years. And it was almost a year to the day that the eccentric and controversial Portuguese genius of a Football coach, had taken over the reigns of the North London club. What a way to celebrate an anniversary.
That the win was also against his archrival in coaching terms, was the perfect icing to the cake.
For his influence on Spurs over the past 12 months and providing the telling twist to the game, which took them to the top- for the first time this season, a coach takes the Star of the Week title and who better than Jose to break tradition.
Champions Liverpool smash Club record, join Spurs as first to 20 points
While Spurs enjoyed their first week on top in six years, the team performance of the week came from Champions Liverpool, who missed at least seven regular first-teamers and yet delivered a 3-0 pasting on highly flying Leicester City.
The win made them draw level with Spurs as the first two teams to reach 20 points this season, as also help smash the Club record for most consecutive unbeaten games at home.
Jeurgen Klopp’s team has now not lost an incredible 64 consecutive league games at Anfield, beating to pulp the previous record of 63 and looking good for many more.
Liverpool’s performance on Sunday was a powerful statement. Playing without key cogs like Virgil Van Dyk, Trent Alexandre Arnold and Mo Salah among others, there was a lot of talk of the Champions’ vulnerability going into the Foxes game, particularly after they had conceded as many as 16 in their first eight games.
Klopp’s side put all such speculations to rest in emphatic fashion on Sunday with strikes from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, after a Jonny Evans own-goal had given them the lead.
Chelsea extend winning-run, Everton back to winning ways
Chelsea continued their run of impressive and dominating performances with a facile 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. This was the first game of Matchday 9 and it all began with a 10th minute own-goal by Newcastle’s Argentine Centre-back Federico Fernandez. Tammy Abraham scored the second, to continue his good goal-scoring run for the Blues.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his battle with Son for the top scorer’s spot, netting two against Fulham at Craven Cottage to take his League season tally to 10 and go solo at the top. Son’s strike against City was his ninth of this League season. Abdoulaye Doucoure got his first for the Toffees as they picked up a fifth League win over a fighting Fulham, who scored through Bobby Reid and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Burnley’s First Win
It was also a week where Burnley, registered the season’s first League win. The Lancashire based Club, dishing out a professional performance at home. New Zealand striker Chris Wood scoring an early winner for Sean Dyche’s side over Crystal Palace, who missed star forward Wilfred Zaha dearly.
13-time Champions make top half debut
13-times Champions Manchester United, made it to the top half of the League table for the first time this 29thPremiership season, courtesy a twice taken Bruno Fernandez penalty, for a first win at home over West Bromwich Albion.
The Red Devils were the dominant team with Martial also in his elements and Solksjaer would take the three points gladly.
Brighton and West Ham were the other winners of the week while Leeds United against Arsenal and Southampton versus Wolves were the drawn games of the 10-game fixture, which saw 20-goals in all.
Matchday 10: The Two Big Games
Matchday 10 has five games on Saturday, but the one that will affect the table most will be Liverpool against Brighton. A win for the Champions will mean they will not finish below anyone on points. Dropped points on the other hand would open up opportunities for many. That would make the Chelsea-Tottenham game a classic on Sunday evening, the second of three on the day, with both teams in-form and seeking to extend winning runs. Just the diverse quality of talent on display in the game would also make it a mouthwatering prospect.