Halftimeng Premier League Team of Week 22

Finally Manchester City’s unbeaten streak ends at 30 games; like it or not this is an enviable record and you must admit that Pep’s team still look primed for another Premier League triumph come May. Kudos to Jurgen Klopp on how he set up his Liverpool side, energy, pressing¬† and precision in front of goal were the key elements to such a wonderful team display; however, Liverpool just had to contrive to almost make a mess out of probably their best display this season and all this without record signing Virgil Van Dyke.

A trip to champions Chelsea should normally be a daunting task, but not for Leicester City who I strongly feel should have left West London with all three points but for poor marksmanship all through the game. This makes it four straight draws for Chelsea, a third straight goalless draw; all these stemming from the Conte-Mourinho verbal slugfest. I think Conte needs to ignore the press and whatever Jose is saying and face his duties at Stamford Bridge.

Staying in London, many Arsenal fans must be very worried now; with the imminent departure of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil from the Emirates, a huge problem is brewing as a very evident lack of quality is quite obvious especially considering the Gunners performance at the Vitality Stadium as the Cherries got a well deserved 2-1 win to compound Arsenal woes, making them fall even further behind in the chase for Top four places.

Now to my team of the week and I will give special recognition to Leicester City and Super Eagles Midfielder; Wilfred Ndidi. Depending on which stats you read; he is currently ranked as the best for successful tackles in the Premier League and second in some quarters in the top five leagues under this indices. His showing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was quite commendable and a worthy man of the match performance; I am sure N’golo Kante himself would have been proud of that midfield performance. His stats from the game read as follows:

86% Passing Accuracy

82 touches

5 Tackles and 4 interceptions- the most on the Pitch.

Here’s my Team of the week in a 3-5-2 formation:

 

 

 

 

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
http://www.halftimeng.com

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