Wednesday saw a huge upset at Old Trafford, a come back win for Burnley and Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea. But what did we learn from last night’s action?
Sheffield United won’t go down without a fight
On paper, this game was the archetypal home banker. Sheffield United haven’t won away all season and Manchester United were in fine form, despatching Liverpool in the FA Cup only three days prior. Inevitably, it was anything but a routine night for the Red Devils as the Blades frustrated and harried their way to a shock three points. Phil Jagielka, at 38 years old, was colossal and some horrific Man United defending provided Oliver Burke with a gift of a winner. It’s safe to say that Chris Wilder’s team won’t go down without a fight…
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) January 27, 2021
Burnley are capable of unlikely wins
A bonkers game at Turf Moor. It’s hard to discern whether Villa snatched defeat from the jaws of victory or if Burnley did the opposite. Jack Grealish was again sensational and the number of chances that Villa created should have had them well out of sight. Nick Pope again staked his claim for the England Number 1 spot and Burnley stormed back to win it. What a way to back up their win at Anfield last week – cue “Shaun Dyche for England fever.”
This team 🤩 pic.twitter.com/PAt5Vxj10n
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 27, 2021
Tuchel gets off to slow start
How can you describe that first Chelsea display with Thomas Tuchel at the helm? A bit dull to be honest. The starting XI didn’t show mass changes – Kai Havertz did start however – and they passed the ball… A lot. Their 830 passes were the most by any Premier League side this season. Was this an example of “Tuchel Ball”? Or were the players merely showing they could pass in front of their new boss? Time will tell…
Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League is going to be fun 😅 pic.twitter.com/ezTyQ377BW
— Goal (@goal) January 27, 2021
Leicester and Everton are very even
In the evening’s tightest game on paper, a late Youri Tielemans goal meant that Leicester left Goodison Park with a hard-earned point. Both teams have lofty ambitions, experienced managers and a sprinkling of forward players with exceptional ability. James Rodriguez scored an absolute peach of a goal and Jordan Pickford let one through his legs… Some things never change…
Magician. Artist. Toffee. 🪄 https://t.co/bfn9dXTItF
— Everton (@Everton) January 27, 2021
Brighton-Fulham was always going to finish 0-0
A collective sigh when the MOTD running order was announced… This was always going to finish 0-0… Both sides will struggle to survive and that’s all that can be said about this one.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 27, 2021
Thursday sees the final game of this round of Premier League fixtures as Liverpool travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Jose Mourinho’s side.
By Sam Elliott