The Premier League 2019/20 season was one of the weirdest seasons of all-time, and surely the most memorable. Not just because of some of the most unexpected results, but also because of the 11-month duration of the season. The pandemic halt in March forced a stop on all footballing activities but when football returned in June, it did provide us with the entertainment it is known for. With the Premier League finally coming to an end, we thought it would be a great time to reflect on some turning points of the season.
10. Pochettino gets the sack at Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November after a torrid start to their season. The Argentine manager had been at the helm at Tottenham FC for about five-and-a-half years. He also took the club to the Champions League final in the 2018/19 season. But, after 171 days of the Champions League final, he was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho and Pochettino preach completely different styles of football, but the Tottenham players finally seem to have coped with Mourinho’s style of football, finishing 6th in the Premier League.
9. Pogba Injures His Ankle
Paul Pogba played his best football at Manchester United in the 2018/19 season. The club believed the French international to perform the same way this season. He had a great start to the season with 2 assists against Chelsea but suffered injuries to his ankle against Arsenal in September. This meant that he had to undergo a long series of treatments, which kept him out until March. Without Pogba, United lacked attacking threat and a presence in the midfield and slipped down to 10th position in the league by December.
8. Managers Play Musical Chairs at Watford
In a season to forget for Watford, the club surprisingly changed 3 managers through the course of the season. The Hornets first changed their manager in September 2019, when Javi Garcia was relieved of his duties. The manager had taken them into the FA Cup final the previous season but faced the axe due to poor results in the league. He was replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores but was removed after only 3 months as Watford sunk down to the relegation zone. Flores was replaced by the experienced Nigel Pearson in a desperate bid to keep Watford in the Premier League. Pearson couldn’t improve the Watford side and was sacked two games before the end of the season, as Watford faced relegation.
7. Liverpool drive a dagger through City hearts
Manchester City won the Premier League in 2018/19, but only by a point, as Liverpool chased them down right to the wire. Liverpool started the season very brightly which wasn’t the case for Manchester City though, and with 12 games in the league both the sides faced each other. This was arguably the most anticipated game of the season, as Liverpool won with ease, with a scoreline of 3-1. That victory ensured an 8-point gap between leader Liverpool and City, and the latter could never catch-up with the eventual champions.
6. Leicester Score Nine Past Southampton
Leicester City were rampant in the Premier League before December and produced one of the best performances ever in the league. On the other hand, Southampton were having a torrid time in the league and couldn’t put up a string of good performances. When both the sides faced each other in November, Leicester City thrashed Southampton, scoring nine goals past the Saints. This was one of the highest scoring PL games ever as Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both scored hat-tricks. Southampton changed their ways after this match, which helped them earn a respectable position in the league at the end of the season.
5. Newly Promoted Norwich Beat City
Norwich City got promoted from the Championship to the Premier League this season and were playing some good football. When both the sides locked horns in September, no one expected Norwich to beat the reigning champions Manchester City. But in football you must always expect the unexpected and that is exactly what happened as Norwich won 3-2 against the Mancunians. This was their first defeat since January but set the tone for a rather poor season. This defeat showed the world City’s defensive woes.
4. Watford End Liverpool’s Invincible Dream
Heading into February with a lossless streak and aiming at an invincible season were Liverpool when they faced Watford in February. The Hornets were in the relegation zone and didn’t win once in their last 5 games in the Premier League. But what happened when both the side locked horns shocked everyone, as the hornets completely dismantled the Liverpool side. Watford won 3-0 against the eventual champions with Ismaila Sarr scoring two goals for the Hornets. With that loss, Liverpool ended their dream of having an invincible season.
3. Bruno Fernandes Changes the Fortunes at United
The Red Devils were reeling on the 10th position in the Premier League table in December. They were in dire need of creativity and goals, especially from the midfield. In January , Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes who ultimately helped them get a third position finish in the Premier League. The Portuguese midfielder helped United get a 14-match unbeaten run at the end of the season. Manchester United haven’t lost a Premier League game after Fernandes’ arrival and he has scored 8 goals and provided 7 assists for the Red Devils. The United faithful will be thankful to the board who coughed up the money to sign him.
2. Goal Line Technology Helps Villa Survive
As Premier League resumed after a 3-month halt in June, Aston Villa faced Sheffield United at Villa Park. Aston Villa were staring at relegation and it was believed only a miracle could save them from the drop. And it did take a miracle and a certain Jack Grealish to save them from the drop. Sheffield United scored a goal which was clearly visible on camera but the goal-line technology never confirmed the fact. Thus, the match ended in a stalemate and Aston Villa were safe from relegation by 1 point. Bournemouth headed out to the Championship instead.
1. Chelsea do Liverpool a favour
On the 26th of June, Chelsea took on Manchester City, knowing a win will almost confirm Champions League. But a City loss also meant that Liverpool will mathematically become champions of the Premier League season. In a crunch game, City were good going forward but were awful defensively, which summed up their performances throughout the season. Chelsea defended deep and hit City on the counter which helped them win with a scoreline of 2-1. With that Chelsea win, Liverpool won their first Premier League title and their first league title in 30 years.