Matchday 23 came and went and it left us with a couple of lessons, from a game between two non-contenders that was totally worth a watch, the use of a shoulder to entice the fight over the Champion League spots, to a glimpse of hope over the fair game spirit.
1. A Game Does Not Need Top-of-the-table Teams To Be Good
This Saturday we saw how Wolverhampton and Leicester City gave us one of the most memorable games of the season. The Portuguese combination of Diogo J killer instincts and Ruben Neves swift passing was on full display, both are really young players that were able to combine for Diogo J to score a hattrick and give the local side a win, denying a tie that Leicester was able to find after a Wes Morgan goal in the 90th minute of the game.
2. Never Underestimate The Impact Of A Shoulder
Another enticing game of the weekend was the last iteration of a London derby, Arsenal and Chelsea met at the Emirates stadium, Koscielny became the key player of the match after scoring a great goal with his shoulder to give his side the victory.
3. The Case For Marcus Rashford To Wear Number 7 At Manchester United
Manchester United’s youngster has had a very productive beginning of his career, he was able to score a stunner this weekend on his 150th appearance for the club, totaling 41 goals. Taking into account that at the same point in their careers, Rooney had 45 and Ronaldo 25, it does not seem unlikely that we will see him wearing the most iconic shirt of his club.
4. An Own Goal Can Be As Good A Goal As Any Other
Lucas Digne’s goal in Everton’s loss to Southampton is the kind of goal you dream of scoring when you are a kid, but the ex-Barcelona had the bad luck to score it on his own net when he went for a tackle against Nathan Redmond sending the ball straight into the bottom of the left post from outside the box.
5. The Spirit Of Fair Play Is Not Dead Yet
Newcastle’s Salomon Rondon gave the footballing world a glimpse of hope on Fair Play should be applied when an opponent is injured on the Magpies victory over Cardiff City, he went for a shot at goal that was intercepted by Joe Bennet’s head, the defender went to the ground and the ball was retrieved by the Venezuelan who promptly kicked it out of bounds for his rival to be attended by his team’s medical staff.