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English Premier League Combined (XI) Flop Of The Week After Match-Day 9

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By Elnino_Jr | Opera News Nigeria
Published 1 months ago - 9411 views

Football returned to the major leagues across Europe two weeks after the international break and as usual, the English Premier League had lots in store for its followers.

Match-day 9 was another exciting weekend for the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester United who picked up from where they left before the international window.

Frank Lampard and his boys made it 7 matches with a loss in the Premier League thanks to a resolute and calm display at the St James' Park.

Manchester United will have to thank the center referee for the lone goal over a well compact and determined Slaven Bilic's side.

As for Pep Guardiola, the hopes of being champions seems to be fading away so early in the season. Jose Mourinho had the last laugh as Tottenham go top of the league table while City sits in 13th.

Liverpool showed why they are champions. Despite having key players ruled out, Klopp was still able to assemble a formidable team for a 64 matches unbeaten run at Anfield.

Let's quickly take a look at the underperforming player for the week.

Goalkeeper - Ederson (Manchester City)

Ederson could have done better for Son's first goal. Miss timed his run for the second goal also which is unlike him.

Left Back & Right Back - Joao Cancelo & Wan-Bissaka (Manchester City & Manchester United)

Tottenham's first goal was a result of a lack of communication between Cancelo and Laporte. He overlapped most times and was found wanting.

United might have won narrowly but it was a quiet display from Bissaka. Didn't help the attack from the flanks.

Center Back - Johnny Evans & Cheikhou Kouyate (Leicester & Crystal Palace)

Evans' own goal summed up his whole night and haunted him throughout the game.

As for Kouyate, he'd blame himself all night for gifting Burnley the lone goal of the match. Was also lucky not to be sent off.

Center Midfield - Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

For a game of such a high magnitude, De Bruyne was just too quiet. Probably fatigue from the international window.

Right & Left Midfield - Marcus Rashford & Riyad Mahrez (Manchester United & Manchester City)

Rashford looked rusty against West Brom and missed a glorious chance to kill off the game.

Nothing positive came out from the left flank for City through Mahrez & Bernando Silva. His poor pass led to the build-up for Le Celso's goal.

Right & Left Wing - Aubameyang & Nicolas Pepe

Another poor performance overall from the Gunners. Captain Aubameyang goal drought continues while Pepe cost his team a man with a needless head butting.

Center Forward - Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Playing against a Van Dijk and Gomez-less Liverpool, one would have expected Vardy to trouble the Red defence, but he was completely shut down by Fabinho & Matip.

So there you have it a basic 4-3-3 formation for the floo of the match-day 9.

Which of these players was the biggest flop of the weekend?

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