The Premier League season has come to an end, and the final matchday provided some mindblowing performances from the players.
Following Tottenham’s win on the final matchday, they secured the third spot in the league table, while Liverpool clinched a fourth-place finish with an emphatic victory over Brighton. Chelsea succumbed to pressure and suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United. Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger got a happy goodbye with a narrow 1-0 win over Huddersfield and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United got the same result against Watford.
Let us now discuss about the best players on the final matchday.
Sergio Romero and David Ospina performed well for United and Arsenal, while Martin Dubravka continued his fantastic form against the Blues. All these players, along with Loris Karius, Claudio Bravo and Wayne Hennessey, maintained clean sheets on Sunday. On the other hand, Lukasz Fabianski saved a penalty and was in good form as well.
However, we are going to choose someone who conceded a goal, yet whose performances were spectacular to say the very least. It’s Stoke City’s Jack Butland who stood tall in front of a desperate Swansea City and helped his side get three Premier League points before getting relegated to the Championship. The Englishman made as many as nine astounding saves that day and they were enough to snatch a 2-1 victory for his side.
Florian Lejeune’s defensive numbers (three crucial tackles, five interceptions) were effective in the Chelsea upset. He also assisted one goal for Newcastle. Lejeune is an automatic choice for our final matchday best eleven, and his partner is going to be Shkodran Mustafi. The Arsenal defender made as many as fourteen clearances to keep Huddersfield players at bay, and eventually helped his team notch a 1-0 victory.
In the two flanks, there were a few fabulous performances and it is hard to choose the best ones from them. In the left, two players stood out on the final matchday. Liverpool youngster Andy Robertson, who has been amazing this season, played brilliantly and contributed on both ends of the pitch against Brighton. His defensive contributions, a goal and an assist make him one of the best performers of the week. Patrick Van Aanholt is another left-back who was defensively good and also scored a goal for his team. And finally, Eric Pieters was by far the best Stoke City player against Swansea.
Among the above three, we choose the Liverpool sideback, but it goes without saying that the others were very good too. Moreover, perhaps no other advanced left wing-backs or midfielders was as good as them. Hence, in our final matchday best eleven, Van Aanholt will also get a place, but in a more advanced role.
For the right back position, Tottenham brought youngster Kyle Walker-Pieters for this last Premier League game. He was very good in transition. The defender got two assists to his name in the 5-4 saga against Leicester. Danilo was fantastic as a right-back for Manchester City. His defensive numbers (six crucial tackles, three clearances) made him the best player on the pitch that day. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Matteo Darmian are two other players who performed well. After due consideration, we choose Danilo, mainly for the immense defensive perfection he displayed against Southampton.
The Tottenham-Leicester fixture saw two great performances from two right midfielders. Eric Lamela (two shots, two goals) and Riyad Mahrez (two shots, three key passes, one goal, two assists) were venomous in the attacks. Mahrez was probably a tad better than his Spurs counterpart, especially with providing necessary defensive supports as well. Thus, the Algerian finds a place in our team of the week.
Elsewhere, Manuel Lanzini of West Ham netted twice in West Ham’s 3-1 win over Everton. Newcastle’s Mohammed Diame had a great outing in the center of the pitch. He was good in both roles as he recorded six match-saving tackles and three interceptions while he also took three shots at the Chelsea goal. These two, along with Van Aanholt (as mentioned before), complete our midfield four.
Other than the above picks, Mohamed Salah and Aaron Ramsey deserve special mentions.
Harry Kane was in a deft touch against the Foxes. The Englishman netted twice in the 9-goal-affair at the Wembley. But, he was not the only forward who was in good form this week. Jamie Vardy also scored a brace in the same match. Marco Arnautovic had his parts to play (three shots, five key passes, one goal, one assist) in the Hammers’ final matchday victory. Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez had two goals to his name from the Chelsea fixture. Liverpool’s talented young player Dominic Solanke scored and assisted during the Reds’ demolition of Brighton, while Joshua King brilliantly played and scored a last-minute winner for Bournemouth against a confident Burnley side.
It is evident that picking out two forwards from the plethora of performances is a herculean task. Considering the impacts and the overall performances, we have decided to go with Arnautovic and Perez for our final matchday team of the week.
Hence, this is how the team looks like:
What will be your final matchday best eleven? Comment below!
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