Following the successful climax of the 2019/2020 English Premier League season, it might be quite difficult to recall all that transpired in the regular campaign.
However, ChimpReports brings you a breakdown of some catchy moments to refresh your memories with the season that was forcefully sent into a Covid-19 pandemic break.
Liverpool Breaks the 30 year title Jinx
Having edged closer to Championship in the 2018/2019 season and surrendering the trophy to Manchester City just by a point, it was all indicators that Liverpool was not far away from ending their 30-year league title thirst.
Nevertheless, Liverpool’s players, management, coaching crew, staff and fans were sent into a frenzy following the club’s epic 2019/2020 season clinching the title with 99 points, to better off a season at their back thanks to the team’s stellar performance. For the fans it was a season of high winnings when they took advantage of William Hill promotional offers with many offers as low as $10.
After 30 years of a long wait, a Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Manchester City at the Stamford Bridge ensured that Liverpool were champions of the domestic league for the 19th time with nine games to spare.
The last time Liverpool won the Premier League was in 1990 in which former England striker, John Barnes was part of the winning squad.
Liverpool is now just one Premier League away from equalling Manchester United’s record of the 20 Premier League triumph, with Arsenal, the closest to the Premier League trophy haul with 13 Premier League titles.
Controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR)
It’s very obvious to say that VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has had more critics than fans, with its use in tournaments such as World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League but majorly the English Premier League.
However, ChimpReports gives you five of the most controversial VAR calls for the just concluded Premier League season where the technology was a huge talking point.
Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish’s goal called offside against Burnley on the first day of 2020.
Aston Villa broke the deadlock with a Jack Grealish header off Ezri Konsa’s cross after 11 minutes, but there was to be a sting in the tail for Dean Smith’s side.
In a baffling call, VAR decided that the goal should be disallowed due to a bizarre offside; striker Wesley’s heel was apparently millimetres ahead of James Tarkowski’s, despite the Brazilian not being involved in the goal whatsoever.
Thankfully for the Villains, the disallowed goal had no effect on the game’s result as goals from Wesley and Grealish gave them a 0-2 lead going into half-time and they were able to hold on for a vital win despite Chris Wood’s late consolation.
There were also two incidents before halftime during Liverpool’s slim 1-0 win against Wolves on Boxing Day last year.
Three minutes before the break, the first VAR decision, which was not actually controversial at all, ultimately came to the right conclusion.
Virgil Van Dijk’s long pass picked out Lallana with the ball bouncing off his shoulder into the path of Mane, who expertly beat Patricio with a half-volley at his near post.
Taylor ruled out the goal for a handball only for video replays to correctly overturn that decision. Wolves’ Pedro Neto later tucked a low cross inside Alisson Becker’s right-hand post and went into celebrations which were cut short when VAR ruled the goal nullified of Jonny’s left foot which was offside in the build-up.
Others included Brighton’s Glenn Murray dodgy goal which was allowed against West Ham denying the latter a home lead (1st February 2020), Manchester City star Sergio Aguero’s denied penalty following a foul in the area by Tottenham Hotspurs’ Serge Aurier (2nd February 2020), and a questionable offside which denied Wolves’ Willy Boly a winner against Leicester City on the Valentine’s Day. Just to mention but a few.
Coronavirus pandemic (COVID 19)
On March 13, 2020, the Premier League was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic with all professional football in England called off until mid-June.
This followed an emergency meeting which was held between top-flight clubs and it was decided to postpone fixtures for the next three weeks after Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton’s first-team squads went into self-isolation.
Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s forward Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for COVID-19, while Bournemouth and Manchester City also have players and staff who have shown signs of symptoms.
The league later resumed after close to four months and the rest is history despite playing the remaining games behind closed doors.
Southampton’s heaviest defeat against Leicester City (Southampton 0-9 Leicester City)
Hat-tricks from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy plus Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans, and James Maddison goals subjected Southampton to their heaviest defeat in their history at the St Mary’s Stadium.
The embarrassment was their heaviest defeat since the club was founded in 1885, surpassing a trio of 8-0 losses, the most recent of which came at Everton in 1971 but were consoled with a 1-2 away win in the return leg at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy wins Golden boot (23 goals)
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy won the Premier League Golden Boot for the first time in his career after finishing the season with 23 goals to his name.
The England international striker ended the campaign having a single goal clear of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Southampton’s Danny Ings.
At 33, Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to win the premier league Golden Boot surpassing Didier Drogba (32) in 2009-10 at Chelsea.
Champions League, Europa League slots and relegated teams
Chelsea and Manchester United secured their places in the UEFA Champions League next season after both earned victors which kept them in the top four on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign.
They joined Champions Liverpool and Manchester City (2nd position) as other teams that stormed the Champions League.
Wolves who failed to gain a direct promotion in the Europa League can only achieve its European targets and storm the UEFA Champions League if it clinches this season’s Europa League.
Leicester City that finished fifth, Tottenham Hotspurs (Sixth) and FA Cup winners Arsenal all will compete in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League.
AFC Bournemouth’s five-year stay in the Premier League came to an end despite winning 3-1 at Everton on match-day 38. They were joined by Watford and Norwich City.