It was an eventful week of Premier League action that saw both the title race and relegation places wrapped up. Manchester City lost to Chelsea at the Etihad but were eventually crowned as Champions after Leicester’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Fulham and West Brom’s respective defeats at the weekend ended their 1-year stay in the Premier League and confirmed their relegation to the Championship alongside Sheffield United.
Matchday 35 was a decisive week of Premier League football and here is our Man’s Life Premier League Team of the Week.
GK: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Edouard Mendy changed the momentum of the game for Chelsea against Manchester City with his crucial penalty save from Sergio Aguero on the stroke of half time. Mendy had the presence of mind to keep out Aguero’s chipped Panenka penalty which kept the blues in the game and allowed them to complete the comeback in the second half.
RB: Reece James (Chelsea)
Reece James came into his own in the second half against Manchester City at the Etihad to help Chelsea beat the champions 2-1. The England right-back caused City plenty of problems down their left flank and was also extremely solid in defence and nullified any City attacking threat down his side.
CB: Ben Godfrey (Everton)
Ben Godfrey has continued his upward curve at Everton this season and put in another commanding display away to 5th placed West Ham. Godfrey comfortably dealt with the constant wave of West Ham attacks and played a stunning through ball to Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the only goal of the match.
CB: Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City)
Caglar Soyuncu had a tough time out against Newcastle United but made amends with the winning goal against Manchester United that possibly clinches Champions League football for Leicester City.
LB: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Mikel Arteta opted to use Bukayo Saka at left-back against West Brom and was Arsenal’s main attacking weapon throughout the 90 minutes. Saka terrorised the Baggies down the left-hand side and created Arsenal’s opening goal with a teasing cross for Emile Smith-Rowe.
RM: Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)
Eberechi Eze scored the goal of the weekend with a wonderful slaloming run that saw him pick up the ball in his own half and evade four Sheffield United players before slotting the ball past Aaron Ramsdale in goal.
CM: Thiago (Liverpool)
Thiago scored the first goal of his Liverpool career since his arrival from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020 and put in a solid shift in midfield to give the Reds a 2-0 victory against Southampton.
CM: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)
Wilfred Ndidi completely controlled the midfield battle in Leicester City’s crucial victory away to Manchester United which put them in the driver’s seat in the race for the top four places.
LM: Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
Mason Greenwood has continued his stellar rise in 2021 and followed up his impressive performances in the Europa League semi-finals with two goals against Aston Villa and Leicester City.
ST: Danny Ings (Southampton)
Danny Ings returned to the Southampton line-up on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace and scored two important goals to give the Saints a crucial 3-1 victory and help them reach the magical 40-point mark in the league.
ST: Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)
Callum Wilson led the line with distinction for Newcastle United and scored two goals on Friday night to give the Magpies a wonderful away victory against third-placed Leicester City.
Manager of the week: Tomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
After Chelsea’s stunning performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League, the Blues backed it up with a wonderful victory against Premier League Champions Manchester City in their backyard. Tuchel instrumented a wonderful turnaround in the second half to help Chelsea complete the comeback and beat City for the second time since April.