Premier League hits and misses: Liverpool, Antonio Conte and Tottenham update


The title tussle in between Liverpool and Manchester City seems heading to the wire and if there were any doubts whether Jurgen Klopp's side could sustain the challenge - those were quashed with this entirely dominant display at Anfield.
Liverpool really controlled a pulsating 90 minutes and appeared to have far excessive time and area in midfield to penalize the visitors, approaching the game with a statement of intent for the race ahead and exposing Leeds' popular, open approach when playing top teams ruthlessly.

Liverpool 6-0 Leeds - Match report and highlights

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Leeds are extensively considered as the masters of pressing but Marcelo Bielsa's side looked departments apart, with Liverpool challenging for every 50/50 with a far-from-equal share of gusto to minimise counter threats.Sometimes, Mohamed Salah was once again unplayable, displaying ice-cool composure for both charges and performing passes couple of in the world could conjure. However the Egyptian was not alone.

Joel Matip, who has actually remained in outstanding form, dominated the halfway line to safeguard his side's high line and charged forward with guarantee at every opportunity. Trent Alexander-Arnold was spraying determine passes at ease. Thiago flowed through the park surveying openings.Speaking after the game, Klopp recommended a tight title race benefits the fans. Undoubtedly, it is. This race could be among the tightest in Premier League history and assures to deliver a fascinating encounter between two teams that are among the absolute best worldwide, if not, the best.

Where's the midfield nerve gone?

Leeds were last season's performers, however the fear element of their renown strength seems waning as the Yorkshire club slips precariously closer into the relegation fight.Marcelo Bielsa confessed the club were in a battle for survival in his post-match comments, in his familiar abrupt style, and couple of would argue with him after such a destructive and humbling defeat - and their current league standing.

Marcelo Bielsa says there was excessive of a range in between his Leeds side and Liverpool following their 6-0 loss at Anfield.

In terms of possession and passing, Leeds produced similar returns as a lot of teams dealing with Liverpool - but the notable difference was an unique absence of guts in the centre of the park.In addition, anticipated goals, which probably measures the true value of chances produced in front of goal, recommends Bielsa's side summoned chances deserving of a meagre 0.15 goals, compared to the hosts' 4.37.

Bielsa declined to blame sidelined players for the result, saying, "You can't explain today with the absentees", however there is no question that Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford have been sorely missed and the aforementioned concerns show that extremely fact. And after that there's another absentee: centre-back and club captain Liam Cooper.One thing is for sure, Leeds should regain their worry factor through strength, sure, but coupled with the midfield strength and attacking danger from last term to safeguard and capitalise on their gung-ho forays upfield - otherwise the long-awaited top-flight return could be cut and consigned to second-season syndrome.

The journey to Burnley was constantly going to be the litmus test for this Spurs side. Forget Saturday's win at Manchester City; it was this damp and windy Wednesday night at Turf Moor that would show a real evaluation of Tottenham's top 4 hopes. And they came a cropper.
It was all so predictable too. The win at City needs to have turbo-charged the club's top-four bid, but instead they are back to square one.

It is no wonder Antonio Conte provided a remarkable post-match interview questioning his future at the club. But unlike Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo prior to him, Conte has the full indisputable support and respect of the fans. So the spotlight is now firmly on the players.

Antonio Conte has raised doubts about his Tottenham future after the 1-0 defeat to Burnley - and wants talks with the club.

Openly it appears they all love playing under Conte, however it has actually not been reflected in current outcomes. If they truly want the Italian to stay at the club, then the coming days - not weeks or months - are vital.It is Leeds away in the Premier League on Saturday followed by a journey to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup 5th round on Tuesday. These are 2 matches that now figure out not just Spurs' season, but the future of Conte.

Watford needs to repair historically bad home form

Roy Hodgson might have grumbled after his side's 4-1 home defeat that the scoreline "flattered" Crystal Palace, however he will know that he must improve Watford's home form if he wants to keep them in the Premier League.
The Hornets' thrashing at the hands of the Eagles was their 10th league defeat at Vicarage Road this season - just in 1971-72 and 1987-88 (both 11) have they ever lost more at Vicarage Road in a single league campaign.That doesn't bode well for Watford provided they have seven Premier League fixtures staying in your home, including four - against Everton, Leeds, Brentford and Burnley - that could have a major influence on the transfer picture.

Watford 1-4 Crystal Palace - Match report and highlights

The truth that Watford's only home win in the league this season was a 4-1 hammering of Manchester United - which occurred under ex-manager Claudio Ranieri - seems like a weird peculiarity in their season.Roy Hodgson has urged Watford fans to keep the faith after the side's 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and thinks the club can survive transfer

That victory in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's final game as United manager came hot on the heels of a 5-2 win at Everton and stimulated hopes of a revival.
But 4 months on and Hodgson is confronted with the awful truth that, in English top-flight history, no side has reached 10 home defeats in fewer games than the Hornets this term.
Unless things change quickly, Hodgson's long Premier League tenure could end with a whimper.

Zaha had actually been booked on his previous 5 sees to Vicarage Road and had even had an encounter with Harry the Hornet after Watford's mascot mocked him for diving in 2016, but this time the Palace forward ensured he had the ultimate victory.The 29-year-old was kept reasonably peaceful in the first half, and routinely swapped positions with fellow winger Michael Olise as the duo looked for area in the Watford half.

He was also the subject of jeers from Hornets fans on a couple of celebrations, along with some tough taking on from the likes of Kiko Femenia, however he kept his composure before striking two times late on to protect the points for Palace.Zaha's second was particularly remarkable and was comparable in production to his fantastic strike at Norwich previously this month, with both goals seeing him cut in from the left before rifling a shot past a defenseless goalkeeper and inside the far post.

The Ivory Coast international's goals came from his only 2 shots in the game, however his other data demonstrated how outstanding his performance was.
No Palace player had more touches in the Watford box, while he likewise created 3 times as numerous chances as any of his team-mates.

Patrick Vieira was pleased with Crystal Palace's team efficiency in their 4-1 win against Watford, with special praise for Wilfried Zaha who scored two of their goals

Zaha's work off the ball was likewise vital - he won nine duels during the game (the next greatest by a Palace player was 4) - while the 11 celebrations on which he restored possession was likewise a team high." People will discuss the two goals he scored, however what I like was his work principles," said manager Patrick Vieira after the game. "Out of possession I think it was his best game given that I've been here." Today he had a really total game - from the start to the end, he was truly concentrated on his defensive responsibility and that permitted him to score his goals. Scoring goals is something he's been doing for years."

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