After an action-packed Sunday, it’s time to check out the five biggest talking points from the 38th and final round of the Premier League.
An unusually long Premier League campaign ended on Sunday after over 11 months of action, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the league finished two weeks after the Euro 2020 final’s original date.
But while seeing the final matches played behind closed doors wasn’t what fans wanted, the wait was still worth it.
33 goals flew into the back of the net across the 10 fixtures, giving us an average of 3.3 goals-per-match and plenty of thrills on the way.
So now let’s check out the five biggest talking points from the last weekend of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
Man United & Chelsea land top four spots
The showdown between Leicester City and Manchester United was arguably the biggest fixture. Both clubs were challenging for a top-four spot, making the match as the equivalent of a cup final.
Leicester had to win to snatch a Champions League berth, while United needed just a point on the other hand.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went one better by comfortably beating Leicester 2-0 through second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard.
While Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud’s goals ensured Chelsea of a 2-0 victory against Wolves. Therefore, Leicester had to settle for a fifth-place finish.
Smith leads Aston Villa to safety
Dean Smith deserves respect for keeping Aston Villa in the Premier League under such difficult circumstances.
The 49-year-old lost his father, Rob, had his future at Villa Park thrown into doubt and suffered his fair share of injury problems throughout the season. Yet, he stayed strong and avoided relegation.
Trezeguet’s winner against Arsenal in the previous round made the difference in the relegation battle. Thus, Villa moved out of the bottom three last week. They then held on to claim a vital point in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham.
While the relegated Bournemouth and Watford only finished a point behind, but it was enough anyway.
Arsenal get their revenge on Troy Deeney
Sunday’s victory over Watford was a welcome boost for Arsenal ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Aside from the morale-boosting win, however, the Gunners would have been equally satisfied to get one over Deeney, who infamously accused them of lacking ‘cojones’ in October 2017.
The striker has since had a red card and suffered relegation against Arsenal.
Fair to say that revenge has very much been served…
De Bruyne equals assist record
The brilliant Belgian sealed his name into the Premier League history books by equaling Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists from the 2002/03 campaign.
De Bruyne achieved the feat by setting up Raheem Sterling for Manchester City’s third in a 5-0 thrashing of the relegated Norwich. Therefore, he moved level with Henry on 20 assists.
But while De Bruyne scored a brace himself, he may have been a little disappointed to not better Henry’s tally.
Vardy wins Golden Boot battle
Leicester City may have been unfortunate to finish outside the top four spots, but Jamie Vardy winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot award was of some consolation.
The 33-year-old striker has been brilliant under Brendan Rodgers all season. He even finished the season just a goal less than his career-best of 24 goals from Leicester’s title-winning campaign in 2015/16.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Southampton’s Danny Ings finished a goal behind Vardy to wrap up the top three places.
The former England international also surpassed Didier Drogba (32 years old in 2009/10) as the oldest recipient of the Golden Boot award.