Aguero, Rooney and Petr Cech feature in EPL Team of the Week
It was a good week for most of the top teams in the English Premier League as Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all registered crucial victories against tricky opponents.football Updated: Jan 04, 2016 15:28 IST
It was a good week for most of the top teams in the English Premier League as Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all registered crucial victories against tricky opponents.
However, the biggest result of the week came from Selhurst Park where Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea finally showed their true potential as they won 3-0 against Crystal Palace.
However, the gameweek did not go as planned for Leicester City, who slipped to the second place after a goalless draw against Bournemouth AFC, and are currently two points behind leaders Arsenal.
The week was filled with spectacular performances and here’s a look at the EPL team of the week.
Petr Cech (Arsenal): Cech proved his value to Arsenal yet again after playing a major role in their 1-0 victory against Newcastle. Under relentless first-half pressure, Cech made sure the scores stayed goalless with many saves. His biggest challenge was at the stroke of half-time when he rushed off his line to smother a loose ball. Another came in the opening minutes of the second half as he blocked out a one-on-one.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal): The Frenchmen did as much as he could to prevent Newcastle United in the first half. He then answered the call at the other end moving instinctively past the defenders while attacking a corner-kick to get on the end of a loose ball and prod it home.
Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion): The former Manchester United player scored in dramatic fashion. As his team piled on the pressure on 10-man Stoke City, Evans took advantage of a scramble in the box from a stoppage-time corner to tap the ball into an empty net and register the winner.
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City): The French international made an important clearance early in the game against Watford after his goalkeeper spilled a save in front of goal with attackers charging on to the ball. His overlaps produced opportunities for City to spread the game and eventually resulted in him giving the assist for the winner.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City): City’s comeback was directly related to Toure’s growing influence on the game in the second half. The Ivorian took a few stabs at goal from distance as he tried to exert some pressure on Watford’s defence from his midfield role. He made the difference with a splendid volley off a corner-kick to score the equaliser on City’s way to claiming a victory.
Oscar (Chelsea): Oscar showed the multiple facets of his game in Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace. He turned from goalscorer in the first half to provider in the second as he fought through a foul to lay off the ball for Willian to double the lead.
Willian (Chelsea): The Brazilian capitalised on his compatriot being tripped on the edge of the box to strike a fierce shot from distance into the top corner. He later ran through the heart of the defence to set up a simple tap in for Diego Costa at the near post. He created a few other chances from set-pieces which didn’t get converted.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United): Martial opened the scoring for United against Swansea with a strong header that bounced in front of the goalkeeper and went high up into the net, leaving no chance for a save. His pace and excellent ball control were on display as he made runs from the left flank and created the opportunity for Wayne Rooney to score United’s winner.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): The England captain scored a late winner with a lovely flick of his heel. His goal also made him the second highest goalscorer of the Premier League and earned him praise by former Manchester United player Andy Cole.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): Aguero continues his return to full form and fitness after extended injuries kept him off the field for months. He was full of energy and pace as he made several runs to make himself available for a cutting pass from the City midfielders. His winning goal against Watford was appreciated by Premier League legend Alan Shearer who praised Aguero’s timing, movement and power to score the header.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland): The experienced Englishman had a quiet first half but sparked to life in the second against Aston Villa. He had an early second half chance but couldn’t convert it. He followed that up by scoring from a tight angle at the near post and then capitalising on a tired defence to get his second. He could have completed his hat-trick in the dying minutes of the game but was incorrectly ruled off-side.