Manchester City 2 – 2 Arsenal
Agüero (8′minutes), De Bruyne (51′minutes) – Giroud (10′minutes), Sánchez (68′minutes)
Today was a great day for Manchester United, without the Red Devils having to kick a ball.
Man City drew at home to Arsenal to give their neighbours the opportunity to overtake them.
Strikes from Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne twice gave City the lead but goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez were enough to secure a valuable point for the Gunners, who sit comfortably in the top four.
They need a point in their next match against relegated Aston Villa to clinch a Champions League spot.
This was not the goodbye to the Etihad Manuel Pellegrini would have wanted, as the Chilean took charge of his last home game before Pep Guardiola takes over at the end of the season.
An emotional Manuel Pellegrini addresses the fans following his final home game in charge of #mcfc. https://t.co/szlyN1AKVQ
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) 8 May 2016
The boss watching his best moments in charge of #mcfc… https://t.co/2hVReYBRyf
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) 8 May 2016
This means Mr Guardiola, currently at Bayern Munich, might end up taking charge of a team who are not in the top European competition.
Louis van Gaal’s United are currently fifth, two points behind their neighbours with a game in hand.
They’ll finish above City with a win away at West Ham and at home to Bournemouth, regardless of how Pellegrini’s side fair at Swansea on the final day.
Speaking post-match, City boss Pellegrini rued not snatching all 3 points.
We should have won that game, and I think we deserved it. We played very well. Our first 25 minutes were some of the best here this season. But Arsenal’s goals were good.
The effort, speed and character was good, and we were playing against a very good team.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was happy with his sides resilience.
I am not disappointed because twice we were losing and twice we came back. It was a game that was very, very intense.
I was surprised by the intensity of City’s start. We expected an intense game but they really came out with strong pressure.
The good thing is that we absorbed it and we’ve shown good character today.
Tottenham 1 – 2 Southampton
Son Heung-min (16′minutes) – Davis (31′minutes, 72′minutes)
Southampton came from behind to beat Tottenham as The Saints’ fine form continues.
Spurs forward Son Heung-min picked up a loose ball and finished cooly after rounding the keeper.
The visitors equalised through Steven Davis, who took advantage of Dusan Tadic’s smart cut-back.
Spurs’s Jan Vertonghen went close, before Northern Irish midfielder Davis stroked in the winner.
Relive #SaintsFC‘s brilliant 2-1 win at Spurs with our photo gallery! 📷 https://t.co/E71z6zbPEw pic.twitter.com/roAJTBFd5s
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) 8 May 2016
Tottenham are now 10 points behind Leicester, who were crowned champions on Monday after Spurs drew at Chelsea.
Southampton move up to sixth, one point ahead of West Ham.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said the team need to think big.
We are still in a great position and if we look back to the start of the season we all should be proud. We need to look at ourselves, not at our neighbour.
We need to think like a big club, not worrying about what’s happening in another house. We need to change that mentality, to be strong, to be a big club.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was happy with his team’s result.
It’s a great win for us, because to win here against Tottenham, one of the best teams in the league, is a big result.
If we can win next week at home we will have 63 points – a really fantastic achievement by the team. We like to play in Europe, and it’s important for the clubs and the players.
Liverpool 2 – 0 Watford
Allen (35′minutes), Firmino (76′minutes)
A young Liverpool team won for the first time in 3 games after beating a hard working Watford side.
Man of the match Joe Allen steered the Reds ahead after a canny knock down by Christian Benteke after a Philip Coutinho cross.
Roberto Firmino doubled their lead when he fired in a shot that Wasps keeper Heurelho Gomes should really have saved.
Watford’s Odion Ighalo came close, but couldn’t squeeze the ball past Simon Mignolet.
“Firminooooo! He makes it 2-0!”https://t.co/WGiiAtI4j3
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) 8 May 2016
Liverpool, who beat Villarreal on Thursday to secure a place in the Europa League final, made 8 changes to the first team.
22 Year old Midfielder Kevin Stewart was industrious and 18-year-old Sheyi Ojo looked sharp.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said:
I’m really pleased for the young lads.
In another situation you don’t get these opportunities but we can give them. It’s good for all of them.
Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said:
During the match we had chances. We were competitive but we need to remove the little mistakes.
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