Friday 15 December 2017

Six memorable moments that defined the Premier League season season

'Fabio Borini (p) rescued a 2-2 draw against Palace' Photo: PA
'Fabio Borini (p) rescued a 2-2 draw against Palace' Photo: PA

Miguel Delaney

Riyad Mahrez scores at Manchester City, February 6 - The moment that Leicester City have admitted made them fully believe they could do the unthinkable, but also made everyone else believe. It wasn't just that they beat the favourites. It was how Mahrez cut through them to clinch the game with such impressive assurance. They were there to stay.

Robert Huth heads winner at Spurs, January 13 By the time Spurs came into view in Leicester's wing-mirror, something also became apparent. Some of the gap had been set by the fact that, earlier in the season, Leicester won games they didn't realise would be so important in the run-in, and Spurs dropped points they didn't realise would be so valuable. This was a classic example.

Jose Mourinho berates his medical team, August 8 Whatever about whether the rot had set in before or after that moment, Mourinho's treatment of Dr Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn was a lightning rod for so much other controversy, and set the tone for a trying last few months in the job.

Arsenal lose to United's novices, February 28 After an uncertain opening to 2016, Arsenal seemed to have straightened themselves with wins over Bournemouth and then Leicester. The later victory over the leaders, in fact, should have been a turning point. It proved so, only not in the way expected. They never again looked like champions. Presented with an injury-stricken United team, Arsenal wilted against youth.

Bournemouth beat Manchester United, December 12 They should have been challenging for the title, but this showed how meek United were under Louis van Gaal. United would go on to lose three in a row and only win one of their next six.

Fabio Borini's equaliser against Palace, March 1 With Aston Villa a debacle and Norwich City not possessing enough quality, the relegation battle was a straight fight between Newcastle and Sunderland. Rafa Benitez was appointed Newcastle manager on March 11 to wage that war, but it might have been too late. Sunderland changed. After Borini (pictured) rescued a 2-2 draw against Palace, Sunderland were on a roll, only losing one of their remaining 10 games.

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