We take a look at the Italians in action over the weekend in game week 25 of the English Premier League. A number of disappointing results accompanied the Italians participating in this round.
Manchester United vs Watford
Two Italians were involved in this round on opposing sides in this game. Walter Mazzarri had been confident of punishing United as he had done against them in the first round this season. This unfortunately was not the case as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United continued their unbeaten streak to 16 games. Watford were certainly no pushovers, and held their own for large portions of the game but were exposed on the left by Mata to open the scoring.
United however proved too strong and extended their lead via Martial to effectively end Watford’s resistance. A number of former Serie A stars in the shape of Niang and Zarate had decent outings but were no match for United’s plethora of stars. United win 2-0 and continue to push for a top 4 spot.
Matteo Darmain was an unused sub for United.
Swansea vs Leicester City
Things are going from bad, to worse for the Foxes and Claudio Ranieri. No longer riding the waves of last seasons success, the Foxes were downed by Paul Clements resurgent Swansea as they ran out 2-0 winners to further condemn the Champions a position lower in the league. Swansea fully deserved their win as they continue to climb out of the relegation zone and are now 4 points clear, whilst Leicester drop to 17th with 1 point clear of the relegation zone.
Ranieri’s team simply had no answer to Swansea’s positive style of play and were unable to break down their once shambolic defense. On the contrary Swansea seem to have returned to their swashbuckling style.
They have broken a few records with this result: The first team to lose 5 matches in a row since Chelsea’s 1956 squad, as well as becoming the first team to go six games without scoring in an opening calendar year.
Its looking even worse for Ranieri.
Sunderland vs Southampton
Three Italians featured in this fixture, but it was all about Manolo Gabbiadini as Southampton went on to win 0-4 over Sunderland. Manolo is showing why The Saints forked out 14.6m for his services and his providing plenty of evidence. The Italian international scored a brilliant brace against Sunderland and has now taken his tally to 3 goals in 2 games since his transfer from Napoli. Gabbiadini is thriving in the Saints line up, as well as the Premier League overall seamlessly fitting in and becoming their main target man.
On the other end Vito Mannone was not having such a brilliant day between the sticks. The Italian keeper was one of the few shining lights for Sunderland despite conceding to his aforementioned compatriot. Mannone was called into action constantly as his team were bereft of ideas, and were defensively poor often leaving him exposed. Team mate Fabio Borini was a late sub and had Sunderland’s best opportunity with a header that went wide.
Arsenal vs Hull City
Only one Italian featured here and Andrea Ranocchia was on the losing end as Arsenal sealed a routine 2-0 victory over the relegation battlers. A number of decisions did not go Hulls way as a penalty sealed the result. Andrea Ranocchia for his part has settled in well with the squad already and seems to be relishing playing week in, week out once again. Played the full 90 minutes and was reliable if not overly brilliant.
Burnley vs Chelsea
Burnley have done what many in the Premier League have struggled to do; out think and out perform Antonio Conte’s side. In this match they managed to maintain their brilliant home form, as well as derail Chelsea’s match to the title slightly by forcing them to drop 2 vital points. Conte’s squad were simply unprepared for Burnley as they shut up shop and did not allow Chelsea’s key players to expose their team.
Burnley would cancel out Pedro’s goal with a sensational free kick goal from Robbie Brady. Despite this Chelsea are still 10 points clear of the pack, but will be disappointed with the performance. Would be champions must be able to beat small and big sides alike, despite their current status far from being challenge, anything can change with 13 rounds of football remaining.