EPL WEEK 25: 5 Things You Should Never Forget
1. King Aguero is irreplaceable
10 hat-tricks in the EPL will remain a dream for many fowards for decades to come.
Ruthless in front of goal, a growing stamina, brilliance and sheer will make Sergio Aguero practically unstoppable.
Driven by pure instincts and endurance, it is clear to see that the Argentine still has lots of tricks down his socks as long as he manages to stay fit.
Superior fitness was one of the things that made the difference as Arsenal wilted while Agüero and City thrived.
All of City’s attacking midfielders know where the Argentinian wants to be once they break into the area and Agüero’s improved fitness under Pep Guardiola helps him get there.
Some please tell Pep, Aguero can save your job at the Ethihad not Jesus.
2. The 'Anti-Mourinho' campaign worked. Ask Pogba and Rashford
Sabotage, conspiracy or satire. Pick whichever makes you sleep better at night but one thing is for sure - power has changed hands at Old Trafford.
The new Manchester United is the only EPL football team that remains unbeaten in the New Year with fans relishing every second they watch the boys.
Quite often, players strike up an understanding that seems almost telepathic, and it seems that way with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford at the moment.
For the third time since Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over, the pair directly combined for a United goal.
Both players seemed to have been in bondage under Mourinho. They played without flair and seemed too controlled or scared to just express themselves on the field.
Both players have scored six times in 10 games and Pogba also has five assists. Jose was toxic - that's a fact!
3. Never write off Tottenham
Why are we so fixed on watching only Liverpool and Manchester City forgetting that Mauricio Pochettino’s future is still dependent on his present.
In their last three league games, they have beaten Fulham with a 93rd-minute goal, Watford with 80th and 87th-minute goals and Newcastle with an 83rd-minute goal, and the confidence inspired by such a run cannot be overstated.
Remember we have watched them do this without Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
What do you think would happen if Spurs beat both Man City and Liverpool?
It's a three horse race not two.
4. Higuain, Hazard make sad Sarri very happy
It's often tough for coaches to look away from their convictions and allow players kick the ball around with some mental freedom.
Sarri is learning that this is the EPL. Your tactics and strategies must be flexible yet purposeful.
He cited Mateo Kovacic’s involvement as Jorginho’s replacement late on, a player “close to Jorginho in moving the ball very fast, one touch”.
He reintegrated Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the Premier League side after his latest bout of back trouble.
And, above all, there were indications of understanding between Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuaín.
That pair provided four of the goals and combined 21 times.
Can someone please tell Arsenal's Unai Emery that Ozil is not a waste. Ozil hasn't found his right pair at the Emirates.
5. Even Ranieri may not be able to save Fulham
Beyond redemption. That phrase is not strange in football circles.
While winning the league with Leicester City meant Claudio Ranieri arrived at Craven Cottage with a reputation as a miracle worker, Fulham have seen little evidence of the Italian’s supposed magical powers since appointing him in November.
The team with the worst defensive record in the Premier League are just as naive at the back, brittle in midfield and wayward in attack as they were under former manager, Slavisa Jokanovic.
Ranieri has picked up 12 points from his first 13 games and Fulham, the only team in the division without an away win, looked like they were waiting to be relegated.
Now imagine their next line of fixtures and predict the future - Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.