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Everton sack Ronald Koeman after defeat to Arsenal, with Sean Dyche identified as main target

Sean Dyche has emerged as one of Everton’s top targets following the sacking of Ronald Koeman as manager although David Unsworth will take charge for the short-term. Unsworth, a former Everton defender, will step up from being Under-23s manager, along with another former player John Ebbrell, his assistant, for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie away to Chelsea. The pair could also take charge of next Sunday’s Premier League match away to Leicester City – who are also searching for a new manager – while the club fully assesses what to do. One outside option is to keep Unsworth in place, possibly even until the end of the season should things work out, while Everton consider possible candidates but Dyche is believed figure prominently in their thoughts at present. The Burnley manager has also strongly been linked to the Leicester job and there is a sense that should he leave Turf Moor he would prefer to move further south to be closer to his family home which would point against Everton. If a deal is agreed it is thought Everton would have to pay Burnley £2.5million in compensation and meet Dyche’s financial demands. That would not appear to be a problem given the money paid to lure Koeman from Southampton 16 months ago but the optimism of that hiring, with a seventh place finish in the Premier League last season and a summer of spending the biggest transfer budget in Everton’s history, has quickly evaporated during this disastrous campaign. The leading candidates to become Everton manager after Ronald Koeman is sacked Dyche is not the only candidate being mooted as a possible replacement. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe – an Everton supporter – has long had his admirers at the club but it would also be difficult to lure him away mid-season. The same would apply to Watford manager Marco Silva. Everton also admire their former player, Mikel Arteta, who is working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City but, again, it would be difficult to prise away and that would also appear to be a significant gamble given his inexperience. Everton may aim for either Carlo Ancelotti or Thomas Tuchel – both currently out of work – but although they would both be interested in coming to the Premier League both would prefer a Champions League club or Arsenal should a vacancy arise there. Both appear long-shots. Koeman was sacked following Sunday’s terrible 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal which left Everton in the bottom three with just eight points from nine games and already eight points outside the Champions League places. Hours after the defeat the 54-year-old was spotted dining at San Carlo restaurant with his wife, Bartina, in Manchester with Guardiola also in attendance. Koeman arrived at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground at 7am on Monday and oversaw first-team training before then being called to a meeting with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Robert Elstone during which he was told he was being fired. The Arsenal defeat was the final straw for Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who bought shares in the club in Feb 2016 and has now overseen the departure of two managers, having also sacked Roberto Martinez. Unsworth took charge of the senior side for a match after that decision, at the end of the 2015-16 season, and is expected to fulfil the same role again, possibly for longer this time. Moshiri had given Koeman his backing just a fortnight ago after their 1-0 home defeat by Dyche’s Burnley, but since then Everton have drawn at Brigton, lost to Lyon in what has been a desperately poor Europa League campaign, before the humiliation against Arsenal. Ronald Koeman at Everton | In numbers It will not have helped Koeman’s prospects that Arsenal was the club Moshiri attempted to buy, along with Alisher Usmanov, before he invested in Everton. Koeman therefore also becomes the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season after fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare was sacked by Leicester. “Write what you want to write,” Koeman said as he departed his post-Arsenal press conference and they were his final public words as Everton manager having arrived at the club with Moshiri proclaiming him the kind of big-name needed to compete against the other “Hollywood” managers in the north-west such as Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp. Koeman – along with his brother, Erwin - arrived speaking of “an exciting project”, of “financial possibilities” and of “fighting for trophies” and Everton appeared to be set to be challengers after last season and the promise of spending heavily - which they did. However their recruitment has been poor and badly-planned with Gylfi Sigurdsson failing to justify the £45million spent on him, for example, and the negligence of not replacing striker Romelu Lukaku after he was sold to Manchester United for a fee of up to £90million appearing worse by the day. Questions are also being asked over how much responsibility should be shoulder by Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh with the sense that either he or Koeman would eventually have to go. Koeman also made it clear that Ross Barkley could leave and it will be interesting to see whether there is a way back now for the midfielder, injured at present, with Tottenham Hotspur still hoping to sign him in the January window. On Monday lunchtime Everton issued a statement confirming Koeman’s departure which read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club. Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the Club over the past 16 months and for guiding the Club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”

Bernardo Silva cleared of diving against Burnley

The Portugal international was accused of simulation by Clarets manager Sean Dyche but the FA disagrees, and will not act on the case

Bernardo Silva cleared of diving against Burnley

The Portugal international was accused of simulation by Clarets manager Sean Dyche but the FA disagrees, and will not act on the case

Bernardo Silva cleared of diving against Burnley

The Portugal international was accused of simulation by Clarets manager Sean Dyche but the FA disagrees, and will not act on the case

Bernardo Silva cleared of diving against Burnley

The Portugal international was accused of simulation by Clarets manager Sean Dyche but the FA disagrees, and will not act on the case

Bernardo Silva cleared of diving against Burnley

The Portugal international was accused of simulation by Clarets manager Sean Dyche but the FA disagrees, and will not act on the case

Bernardo Silva cleared of diving against Burnley

The FA has decided Bernardo Silva will face no action for alleged simulation in winning a penalty against Burnley for Manchester City.

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Bernardo Silva escapes punishment for penalty incident against Burnley despite Sean Dyche's 'dive' accusations

Everton sack Ronald Koeman after defeat to Arsenal, with Sean Dyche earmarked as possible replacement

Everton have sacked Ronald Koeman after the club’s disastrous start to the season – with Sean Dyche emerging as a potential target to replace him. Koeman was dismissed with Everton in the bottom three, and having endured a terrible campaign so far in the Europa League, spending £140million in the summer. The Premier League club will now consider who to hire as Koeman’s replacement with Burnley manager Dyche expected to figure prominently in their thoughts. Dyche has already been strongly linked with the vacant manager’s position at Leicester City. Whether or not there is a formal approach or Dyche would be interested in either job remains to be seen. The leading candidates to become Everton manager after Ronald Koeman is sacked Everton have not said who will take over from Koeman in the short-term although there has been an expectation that former player David Unsworth will move up from his role as the club’s Under-23 manager. Koeman had hoped to be given Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie away to Chelsea to try and save his job but Everton’s board have now acted following the humiliating 5-2 home defeat against Arsenal. Ronald Koeman at Everton | In numbers Everton issued a statement confirming Koeman’s departure after just nine league matches of this season. It read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club. Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the Club over the past 16 months and for guiding the Club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.” Sean Dyche is thought to be on the club's shortlist to replace him Credit: Getty Images Koeman arrived at Everton's Finch Farm training ground at around 7am on Monday. He oversaw training but a meeting later took place with chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive Robert Elstone and Koeman was relieved of his duties. The Dutchman guided Everton to seventh place last season and it was hoped he would build on that with the summer recruitment. But the squad appears unbalanced, especially with the failure to replace Romelu Lukaku, and Koeman has been unable to gain a response.  

6 of the Best Moments From a Huge Premier League Weekend as Man City Take Control of Title Race

​A huge weekend of Premier League football saw Manchester City take firm control of the title race with a win over Burnley on Saturday. There were also victories for Southampton and Bournemouth amongst others, while Crystal Palace's plight at the bottom of the table worsened with a defeat at Newcastle. Which moments stuck out during an enthralling weekend? Here are our top six picks... Best Comical Performance Let's be real, how Dejan Lovren is still paid to play Premier League football is...

6 of the Best Moments From a Huge Premier League Weekend as Man City Take Control of Title Race

​A huge weekend of Premier League football saw Manchester City take firm control of the title race with a win over Burnley on Saturday. There were also victories for Southampton and Bournemouth amongst others, while Crystal Palace's plight at the bottom of the table worsened with a defeat at Newcastle. Which moments stuck out during an enthralling weekend? Here are our top six picks... Best Comical Performance Let's be real, how Dejan Lovren is still paid to play Premier League football is...

6 of the Best Moments From a Huge Premier League Weekend as Man City Take Control of Title Race

​A huge weekend of Premier League football saw Manchester City take firm control of the title race with a win over Burnley on Saturday. There were also victories for Southampton and Bournemouth amongst others, while Crystal Palace's plight at the bottom of the table worsened with a defeat at Newcastle. Which moments stuck out during an enthralling weekend? Here are our top six picks... Best Comical Performance Let's be real, how Dejan Lovren is still paid to play Premier League football is...

6 of the Best Moments From a Huge Premier League Weekend as Man City Take Control of Title Race

​A huge weekend of Premier League football saw Manchester City take firm control of the title race with a win over Burnley on Saturday. There were also victories for Southampton and Bournemouth amongst others, while Crystal Palace's plight at the bottom of the table worsened with a defeat at Newcastle. Which moments stuck out during an enthralling weekend? Here are our top six picks... Best Comical Performance Let's be real, how Dejan Lovren is still paid to play Premier League football is...

6 of the Best Moments From a Huge Premier League Weekend as Man City Take Control of Title Race

​A huge weekend of Premier League football saw Manchester City take firm control of the title race with a win over Burnley on Saturday. There were also victories for Southampton and Bournemouth amongst others, while Crystal Palace's plight at the bottom of the table worsened with a defeat at Newcastle. Which moments stuck out during an enthralling weekend? Here are our top six picks... Best Comical Performance Let's be real, how Dejan Lovren is still paid to play Premier League football is...

6 of the Best Moments From a Huge Premier League Weekend as Man City Take Control of Title Race

​A huge weekend of Premier League football saw Manchester City take firm control of the title race with a win over Burnley on Saturday. There were also victories for Southampton and Bournemouth amongst others, while Crystal Palace's plight at the bottom of the table worsened with a defeat at Newcastle. Which moments stuck out during an enthralling weekend? Here are our top six picks... Best Comical Performance Let's be real, how Dejan Lovren is still paid to play Premier League football is...

FD: City go five points clear after United slip up

Manchester City beat Burnley 3-0 to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League, following Manchester United's 2-1 shock defeat at Huddersfield.

FD: City go five points clear after United slip up

Manchester City beat Burnley 3-0 to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League, following Manchester United's 2-1 shock defeat at Huddersfield.

FD: City go five points clear after United slip up

Manchester City beat Burnley 3-0 to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League, following Manchester United's 2-1 shock defeat at Huddersfield.

FD: City go five points clear after United slip up

Manchester City beat Burnley 3-0 to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League, following Manchester United's 2-1 shock defeat at Huddersfield.

Premier League team of the weekend – by Jason Burt

The way Tottenham Hotspur went after Liverpool exposed even further how conservative Manchester United were in their goalless draw at Anfield the previous weekend. It also meant that if they slipped up – as they did, deservedly losing to Huddersfield Town, that gap at the top to Manchester City would grow. Suddenly it is five points and Jose Mourinho’s tactics do not look so clever. Hugo Lloris – goalkeeper Spurs were worthy winners over Liverpool but, still, their goalkeeper had to make a couple of fine saves. His one-handed effort to deny Philippe Coutinho was world-class. Nathan Ake – defender  The Dutch defender has been something of a disappointment since his £20 million move from Chelsea as Bournemouth have struggled to was in fine form in the crucial win away to Stoke City. John Stones – defender  Stones has been outstanding this season for Manchester City, a real Rolls-Royce of a defender, and he showed that again with some vital interventions against Burnley. Christopher Schindler – defender  The German has become something of a cult figure at Huddersfield and was impressive, throwing his body in the way, in their famous win at home to Manchester United. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Riyad Mahrez – midfielder  Mahrez was outstanding for Leicester in their win over Swansea City, forcing the first goal, with his run and cross, and creating the second with a lovely cushioned pass to Shinji Okazaki. Aaron Mooy – midfielder  The midfielder was recalled for Huddersfield’s win over Manchester United and scored the first goal and was at the heart of all of his team’s attacking play. Dele Alli – midfielder It has been a difficult season so far for Alli and, interestingly, he was asked to play a little deeper in Spurs big win over Liverpool. It worked with Alli also claiming a goal and appearing sharper. Dele Alli was, once again, superb as Tottenham thrashed Liverpool at Wembley Credit: Getty Images Mesut Özil – midfielder  The German scored his first goal of the season in the rout of Everton and created no fewer than eight chances. Arsène Wenger said he was “superb”. He was. Alexis Sánchez – midfielder The Arsenal forward was wonderfully creative in their thumping victory over Everton with a goal and was involved in their attacking play throughout, creating chances. Alexis Sánchez and his Arsenal team-mates were rampant at Goodison Park Credit: Getty Images  Harry Kane – forward  What can be said about Kane? Two more goals – the first following a wonderful first-touch – plus an assist. He tormented the Liverpool defence and forced Jürgen Klopp to take off Dejan Lovren after only half an hour. Michy Batshuayi – forward Two match-winning goals after coming off the bench answered some of the criticism has faced – not least from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte – in the victory over Watford. Could even have had a hat-trick.

Premier League team of the weekend – by Jason Burt

The way Tottenham Hotspur went after Liverpool exposed even further how conservative Manchester United were in their goalless draw at Anfield the previous weekend. It also meant that if they slipped up – as they did, deservedly losing to Huddersfield Town, that gap at the top to Manchester City would grow. Suddenly it is five points and Jose Mourinho’s tactics do not look so clever. Hugo Lloris – goalkeeper Spurs were worthy winners over Liverpool but, still, their goalkeeper had to make a couple of fine saves. His one-handed effort to deny Philippe Coutinho was world-class. Nathan Ake – defender  The Dutch defender has been something of a disappointment since his £20 million move from Chelsea as Bournemouth have struggled to was in fine form in the crucial win away to Stoke City. John Stones – defender  Stones has been outstanding this season for Manchester City, a real Rolls-Royce of a defender, and he showed that again with some vital interventions against Burnley. Christopher Schindler – defender  The German has become something of a cult figure at Huddersfield and was impressive, throwing his body in the way, in their famous win at home to Manchester United. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Riyad Mahrez – midfielder  Mahrez was outstanding for Leicester in their win over Swansea City, forcing the first goal, with his run and cross, and creating the second with a lovely cushioned pass to Shinji Okazaki. Aaron Mooy – midfielder  The midfielder was recalled for Huddersfield’s win over Manchester United and scored the first goal and was at the heart of all of his team’s attacking play. Dele Alli – midfielder It has been a difficult season so far for Alli and, interestingly, he was asked to play a little deeper in Spurs big win over Liverpool. It worked with Alli also claiming a goal and appearing sharper. Dele Alli was, once again, superb as Tottenham thrashed Liverpool at Wembley Credit: Getty Images Mesut Özil – midfielder  The German scored his first goal of the season in the rout of Everton and created no fewer than eight chances. Arsène Wenger said he was “superb”. He was. Alexis Sánchez – midfielder The Arsenal forward was wonderfully creative in their thumping victory over Everton with a goal and was involved in their attacking play throughout, creating chances. Alexis Sánchez and his Arsenal team-mates were rampant at Goodison Park Credit: Getty Images  Harry Kane – forward  What can be said about Kane? Two more goals – the first following a wonderful first-touch – plus an assist. He tormented the Liverpool defence and forced Jürgen Klopp to take off Dejan Lovren after only half an hour. Michy Batshuayi – forward Two match-winning goals after coming off the bench answered some of the criticism has faced – not least from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte – in the victory over Watford. Could even have had a hat-trick.

Premier League team of the weekend – by Jason Burt

The way Tottenham Hotspur went after Liverpool exposed even further how conservative Manchester United were in their goalless draw at Anfield the previous weekend. It also meant that if they slipped up – as they did, deservedly losing to Huddersfield Town, that gap at the top to Manchester City would grow. Suddenly it is five points and Jose Mourinho’s tactics do not look so clever. Hugo Lloris – goalkeeper Spurs were worthy winners over Liverpool but, still, their goalkeeper had to make a couple of fine saves. His one-handed effort to deny Philippe Coutinho was world-class. Nathan Ake – defender  The Dutch defender has been something of a disappointment since his £20 million move from Chelsea as Bournemouth have struggled to was in fine form in the crucial win away to Stoke City. John Stones – defender  Stones has been outstanding this season for Manchester City, a real Rolls-Royce of a defender, and he showed that again with some vital interventions against Burnley. Christopher Schindler – defender  The German has become something of a cult figure at Huddersfield and was impressive, throwing his body in the way, in their famous win at home to Manchester United. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Riyad Mahrez – midfielder  Mahrez was outstanding for Leicester in their win over Swansea City, forcing the first goal, with his run and cross, and creating the second with a lovely cushioned pass to Shinji Okazaki. Aaron Mooy – midfielder  The midfielder was recalled for Huddersfield’s win over Manchester United and scored the first goal and was at the heart of all of his team’s attacking play. Dele Alli – midfielder It has been a difficult season so far for Alli and, interestingly, he was asked to play a little deeper in Spurs big win over Liverpool. It worked with Alli also claiming a goal and appearing sharper. Dele Alli was, once again, superb as Tottenham thrashed Liverpool at Wembley Credit: Getty Images Mesut Özil – midfielder  The German scored his first goal of the season in the rout of Everton and created no fewer than eight chances. Arsène Wenger said he was “superb”. He was. Alexis Sánchez – midfielder The Arsenal forward was wonderfully creative in their thumping victory over Everton with a goal and was involved in their attacking play throughout, creating chances. Alexis Sánchez and his Arsenal team-mates were rampant at Goodison Park Credit: Getty Images  Harry Kane – forward  What can be said about Kane? Two more goals – the first following a wonderful first-touch – plus an assist. He tormented the Liverpool defence and forced Jürgen Klopp to take off Dejan Lovren after only half an hour. Michy Batshuayi – forward Two match-winning goals after coming off the bench answered some of the criticism has faced – not least from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte – in the victory over Watford. Could even have had a hat-trick.

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend

It was the weekend that started and ended with familiar problems. West Ham United were shambolic at home, again, as they were thrashed by Brighton on Friday, before first Everton and then Liverpool were undermined by their longstanding defensive issues in a pair of drubbings against north London's finest. Elsewhere, the inquest has begun after Manchester United fell to a shock defeat at Huddersfield Town, while Pep Guardiola’s purring Manchester City machine continued its smooth journey at the top of the Premier League table. We also had great goals – the greatest of the season so far, at least, horror tackles, and a nightmarish pair of missed sitters that will leave the otherwise excellent Richarlison waking up in cold sweats all week. All that, and much more, in our definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend. Whose stock is rising?  Antonio Conte It took guts (or indeed “cojones”) for Conte to replace Alvaro Morata with Michy Batshuayi against Watford, not least because of the pressure he has found himself under in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. That pressure was exacerbated by reports this week that the Chelsea players were unhappy with the intensity of Conte’s training regime. But a fightback like the one they performed against Watford, after struggling for long periods of the game, does not seem to be the kind of determined showing produced by players who have lost faith in their manager. Conte celebrates with Batshuayi Credit: Reuters Comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Jose Mourinho’s final season as Chelsea manager, when they tailed off spectacularly after winning the title. Yet those performances were defined by Chelsea’s listless, almost shoulder-shrugging performances, and there was nothing of the sort at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Questions remain over the depth of Chelsea’s squad, and how they will cope with the added European workload this season, but on this evidence, and to Conte’s credit, you cannot question their fighting spirit. Riyad Mahrez If Leicester are going to rediscover some consistency this season, it is clear that Mahrez will be at the heart of it. The Algerian seems to have been on a slow but gradual downward trajectory since his wonderful title-winning performances in 2015/16, particularly in terms of delivering the goods in the final third. So it was a pleasing throwback to see him slice through the Swansea defence time and time again on Saturday, fresh from scoring the equaliser against West Brom on Monday. The first, a Federico Fernandez own goal, was created by a whipped Mahrez cross, and the lay-off for the second, finished by Okazaki, was a testament to his awareness and technique. Swansea 0 - 2 Leicester (Shinji Okazaki, 49 min) Most encouraging, though, was the way he linked up with Jamie Vardy in those rapier-like counter-attacks. It really was vintage Leicester and, hopefully for them, a sign that Mahrez has got over the effects of the chaotic summer transfer window in which he held out for a move that never came. Chris Hughton The fallout from West Ham’s humbling at home to Brighton has understandably focused on Slaven Bilic. Rightly so, considering the consistently dour performances West Ham keep producing at the London Stadium. Yet a word of praise is certainly due to Brighton, and Chris Hughton in particular. To go away from home and win 3-0 is a phenomenal result for a club of Brighton’s standing, wherever it is and whoever it is against. Hughton should be a happy man after the victory against West Ham Credit: Getty Images Brighton have so far looked solid at the back this season, but limited going forward. So here was a pleasing releasing of the brakes, with Glenn Murray at the heart of it. Hughton said afterwards he was as happy with the clean sheet as he was with the goals, but Brighton fans will surely be taking more encouragement from the attacking play. It won’t hurt, either, that record £13.5m signing Jose Izquierdo notched his first goal for the club. Leroy Sane Among the constellation of stars in Manchester City’s attack, Sane has stayed further below the radar than any of the others. That is starting to look unfair on the German who, lest we forget, is still just 21 years old. Sane was excellent in the 3-0 win over Burnley and continued a terrific run of individual form. Just look at the stats: Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League games, and has been involved in a total of nine goals in his last six league outings. Sane was clinical against Burnley Credit: Getty Images Sane struggled at times last season following his £37m move from Schalke, taking 13 games to score his first goal for the club and not quite remaining a first-choice in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in England. He is so much more clinical this time around, though, and seems to be growing in importance with each passing week. Guardiola is reversing the modern-day trend of playing inverted wingers (right-footed wingers playing on the left and vice versa) with Sane and Raheem Sterling this season. By doing so, he is allowing City to maintain their width, but the danger with that is that they might lose some attacking threat without the wide-men darting infield towards goal. Sane’s cutting-edge on the left has ensured that has not been the case. His goal on Saturday, running in behind onto a De Bruyne pass, was the sort of composed finish we have come to expect from Sane this season. Man City 3 - 0 Burnley (Leroy Sané, 75 min) Aaron Ramsey Ramsey was absent for last weekend’s humiliation at Watford, and the Arsenal midfield was overrun without him. Back in the fold for the trip to Goodison Park, he played a crucial role in what was an impressive Arsenal performance against an admittedly struggling Everton side. Ramsey could have scored in the first few minutes as he raced in behind the Everton defence. He eventually did so right at the death, adding further gloss to proceedings with a smartly-taken run and finish. The image of Granit Xhaka standing motionless in midfield as Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s winner last weekend was an indication of Arsenal’s lack of drive and energy without Ramsey. Ramsey celebrates his goal Credit: Getty Images The Welshman can be sloppy at times, and there will be plenty of Arsenal fans perhaps hoping Jack Wilshere will take his first-team place in the long-term, but here was a timely reminder of what he can bring to Arsene Wenger’s side. Whose stock is falling? Jesse Lingard It is perhaps harsh to point the figure at one Manchester United player after their derisory defeat at Huddersfield Town. There were certainly plenty at fault, as manager Jose Mourinho made clear in a remarkable press conference afterwards. Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata were the biggest culprits when it came to the Huddersfield goals, but there was also a real lack of attacking rhythm further forward. At the heart of that was Jesse Lingard, who was a peripheral figure throughout the game. Lingard was one of many United players who struggled at Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images Lingard started in a central position behind Romelu Lukaku, with Mata on the right. That looked a little odd from minute one, and it's safe to say that was not a decision that worked out. It seemed to place too much onus on Lingard, who seems to have fallen further and further down the United pecking order this season. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in productive form this campaign, especially compared to Lingard. The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 appearances, and that was against Burton in the League Cup. If Lingard has any ambitions of making the England World Cup squad, he needs to do more. Richarlison How different things could have been had Richarlison brought his shooting boots to Stamford Bridge. The Watford winger missed two sitters at a crucial moment in the game, when his side were in the ascendancy. He was still a constant threat, of course, and has been a complete revelation this season. This author would go so far to say he has been one of the players of the campaign so far, and he has scored or assisted more league goals than any other Watford player this season (five). Richarlison after missing from close range Credit: Getty Images Yet just as we heap praise on him for his decisive impact in games against Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal, it should be noted that he fluffed his lines on Saturday and it cost his side three points. As he revealed exclusively to the Telegraph this week, Richarlison is not the kind of player to be cowed or perturbed by his misses, though. Watford face Stoke at home on Saturday and it would take a brave man to bet against him being the primary dangerman once more. Mark Hughes “There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves,” Hughes said after Stoke’s disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth. The more appropriate response would be anger. That was certainly the reaction from some in the Stoke fanbase, increasingly concerned that their long-standing solidity is slipping away. The defeat left Stoke in the relegation zone and more worrying would have been the manner of the goals they conceded. Andrew Surman’s calm finish for the first was perfectly placed, but he would never have had the opportunity if one of four dozing Stoke players had tracked the run of Adam Smith in the build-up. And the penalty, conceded by Ryan Shawcross, was a classic case of rustiness in his first game since August. Stoke 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Andrew Surman, 16 min) There are two factors that need mentioning at this point: Stoke have had a tough run of fixtures so far this season, and they have a history of starting slowly before building momentum. Yet this was  still a genuinely worrying result. Stoke face Watford, Leicester, Brighton and Crystal Palace in their next four games. If things don’t improve by the end of November, the calls for a managerial change will escalate dramatically. Jose Mourinho Yes, that makes two Manchester United inclusions in one week. That is hopefully an indication of just how bad they were at Huddersfield, and a big chunk of the blame for that must be attributed to Mourinho. The United manager was very calm in his post-match press conference, but he was brutal in the assessment of his players and their terrible approach to the game. Mourinho blamed his squad's attitude for their defeat Credit: Getty Images “I heard that Ander Herrera is in interviews and he is saying that the attitude and the desire was poor,” Mourinho said. “My God. When a player says that and feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain that.” Hang on. Are we missing something here? Is it not Mourinho’s job as manager to ensure the attitude of his player is up to scratch? Mourinho is never afraid of diversionary tactics after a defeat, but this felt like an odd removal of blame from himself. They are your players, Jose. Motivate them. Yohan Cabaye The ‘villain of the weekend’ title this time falls to Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, for producing a grim, wince-inducing scissor-challenge on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin. It was nasty, and it was made worse by the fact it was against his old club, at the stadium he was once so revered. Cabaye should have been sent off, but for Newcastle there was to be great joy in the Frenchman staying on the pitch, as it allowed the ever-subtle Jonjo Shelvey to celebrate Mikel Merino’s winner accordingly: Anybody else spot Shelvey celebrating Merino’s goal with Cabaye? �� pic.twitter.com/veeKRa7F0f— Newcastle Stats (@NewcastleStats) October 21, 2017 Five mind-boggling stats   11 - Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Swansea have scored 11 Premier League own goals. That is more than twice as many as any other side. 14 - Liverpool have now conceded more away goals than they did in the entirety of the 2008-9 league campaign, when they finished runners-up.  18 - Since Slaven Bilic started as West Ham manager, his side have conceded 18 penalties. That’s four more than anyone else. 19 -Chelsea defenders have scored a combined 19 goals since the start of last season, more than any other side. 133 - There were just 133 seconds between Bournemouth’s first and second goals against Stoke City on Saturday. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Goal of the weekend Forget goal of the weekend, this could be the goal of the season. Until now, Sofiane Boufal has resoundingly failed to impress in a Southampton shirt since his £16m move from Lille last year. What he has shown, though, is that he is capable of scoring special goals. His slaloming run electrified a lifeless game against West Brom at St Mary’s, and was made all the better by the way he caused two West Brom players to wipe each other out. And after all that, he had the composure to roll home a measured finish.  A special mention, too, for Surman’s strike for Bournemouth at Stoke, which was as aesthetically pleasing as they come. Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom (Sofiane Boufal, 85 min) Jason Burt's team of the weekend *Formation builder particle to go here* One key question for this week How long can Jurgen Klopp persist with Dejan Lovren? Has this not gone too far, for too long, now? Lovren has been wobbly all season, and it reached a nadir in those first 30 minutes against Tottenham. His work for the first two Tottenham goals, scored by Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min, was a complete abandonment of the most basic rules of defending. Lovren had an afternoon to forget Credit: Getty Images Lovren, clearly, has a been a problem for a while. That is why Liverpool were so keen to sign Virgil Van Dijk in the summer. But does Klopp not have enough options at the club already, not least moving the impressive Joe Gomez into the centre of defence? Ragnar Klavan is around, too, although he hardly inspires confidence either. When he is good, which he has been at times, Lovren is an agressive, front-foot defender who likes to come forward. His major problems appear to start when he is turned. So you can understand why he would want to step up for both the Tottenham goals, but it was the wrong time, the wrong place and the worst execution. Increasingly, Lovren looks to be the wrong man for the job, and we wait to see just how damaged he is by being hauled out of the game after just half an hour. Who's showing the most cards? How is the table looking? Off the Ball, by Dan Zeqiri Alternative analysis Arsene Wenger's 68th Birthday wishes:  - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals   - A European trophy  - Some atmosphere at the Emirates  - Jose Mourinho to contract a tropical disease - How to cope with retirement self-help book  On this day in 1940  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was born. The great man went on to score more than 1,000 goals in a garlanded career.  Picture of the weekend  One Arsenal fan went home with a souvenir  One Arsenal fan let a 5-2 win at Everton go to his head, but he did go home with Jack Wilshere's shirt for his trouble. Commentary of the weekend  'I don't want to jump into Dejan Lovren's nightmare' - Psychic Jamie Redknapp decides against entering the hapless Liverpool defender's mind. After a disastrous 30 minutes at Wembley, he's certainly in for some sleepless nights.   Made-up stat 9 - Weeks before Jose Mourinho lets Victor Lindelof train with the first-team again.  Tweet of the weekend #SharkTeam at it again ������— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 21, 2017 Mendy was at again too, in his new role as Manchester City's chief cheerleader. Some City fans have even taken to inflatable sharks in a nod to their cult hero.  Race for the Golden Boot  What's coming up next? What's on TV this week? Tuesday:Swansea City v Manchester United, League Cup, 19.45, Sky Sports Wednesday: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, League Cup, 20.00, Sky Sports Friday: Leeds United v Sheffield United, Championship, 19.45, Sky Sports Saturday: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 12.30, Sky Sports; Bournemouth v Chelsea, Premier League, 17.30, BT Sport Sunday: Brighton v Southampton, Premier League 13.30, Premier League, Sky Sports; Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, 16.00, Premier League, Sky Sports

Premier League - Manchester City vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City vs Burnley - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - October 21, 2017 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Sean Dyche says he worries about 'the moral values of the game' amid penalty controversy in Burnley loss

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he fears for the moral values of the game after witnessing a hotly-disputed penalty that set Manchester City on the way to a five-point lead at the summit of the Premier League. Dyche’s battlers had held firm until just before the half-hour mark, when City’s Bernardo Silva appeared to slip a foot under Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope’s knee and then go sprawling. It was a borderline decision and when referee Roger East gave it City’s way, enraged Burnley defender James Tarkowski fumed at Bernardo, whose team-mate, Leroy Sane rushed to intervene. Once yellow cards had been served on Tarkowski and Sane, Sergio Aguero stepped up to roll in the penalty. That took him level with all-time leading City goalscorer Eric Brook on 177 goals but somehow history lessons were not going to be the day’s main subject. Dyche admitted it had been a difficult call for the referee to make Credit: Getty Images Europe “I mean this sincerely; if your kid cheated in a maths test you wouldn’t go ‘well done’. You’d say ‘what are you doing?’ You’d go down the school and say ‘sorry, he cheated, he needs to do that again’,” Dyche said. “But weirdly in football it’s almost like ‘good lad’. I find that really weird. Accidental simulation, as they call it, that happens. There are too many in the league to be accidental. It’s the moral values of the game I worry about.” Dyche admitted that East had been presented with a difficult call. “Today was a tough one, it was right on the margins but I don’t want him falling on the floor and all that.” Burnley unbeaten away record was swept away at the Etihad where City’s firepower finally overwhelmed the visitors in the closing stages with further goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Sane. Dyche had no complaints after seeing Man City overcome Burnley Credit: AFP/Getty Images Dyche, however, felt the penalty controversy was far from the only decision to go against his team. “Jack Cork gets a great foot in and free-kick. Robbie Brady gets a great foot in and free-kick. Not for us, by the way,” he said. “We had two breakaways in the first half and everyone in the stadium was shocked that he brought it back. We were on the counter and he gave a free-kick 20 yards back. It’s hard to fathom.” Dyche, however, had few complaints over the outcome as City ultimately eased to their 11th successive victory with another free-flowing, domineering performance. Burnley lost 2-1 at the Etihad last January and Dyche found it easy to pinpoint key improvements in Pep Guardiola’s City side. He said: “The way they work collectively without the ball has improved. They crunch the pitch. The back line is brave and gets higher. The play is more fluid. It’s the nitty gritty side of the game they’re doing better at.” One of the exemplars of City’s bravery is goalkeeper Ederson, who threw himself at Burnley striker Chris Wood’s feet to smother a first-half chance. Ederson required eight stitches after collecting a high boot from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane at the Etihad in September but the Brazilian is undaunted by the physical challenges the Premier League has to offer. “It’s the way I play. If I have to put my hand, my head, my foot there to help the team, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s part of the game,” said the £35 million summer recruit from Benfica. “I have always played the same way. I have no fear of anything. I knew how physical the game is here, how strong and all the tackles. So I wasn’t surprised.” Nothing seems to be able to throw City off track at the moment but Guardiola dismisses any suggestion of complacency, or that his side’s unbeaten run can stretch to record-breaking proportions. The City manager said: “We are going to lose games, of course. I am happy for 11 wins in a row because it shows we can win a lot of games in a row but if you ask if we can finish unbeaten, I say that cannot happen. "There are a lot of games and there will be a moment when we go down. But at that moment I will be curious to test myself and players on how we react because sometimes we must be warriors.”

Sean Dyche says he worries about 'the moral values of the game' amid penalty controversy in Burnley loss

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he fears for the moral values of the game after witnessing a hotly-disputed penalty that set Manchester City on the way to a five-point lead at the summit of the Premier League. Dyche’s battlers had held firm until just before the half-hour mark, when City’s Bernardo Silva appeared to slip a foot under Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope’s knee and then go sprawling. It was a borderline decision and when referee Roger East gave it City’s way, enraged Burnley defender James Tarkowski fumed at Bernardo, whose team-mate, Leroy Sane rushed to intervene. Once yellow cards had been served on Tarkowski and Sane, Sergio Aguero stepped up to roll in the penalty. That took him level with all-time leading City goalscorer Eric Brook on 177 goals but somehow history lessons were not going to be the day’s main subject. Dyche admitted it had been a difficult call for the referee to make Credit: Getty Images Europe “I mean this sincerely; if your kid cheated in a maths test you wouldn’t go ‘well done’. You’d say ‘what are you doing?’ You’d go down the school and say ‘sorry, he cheated, he needs to do that again’,” Dyche said. “But weirdly in football it’s almost like ‘good lad’. I find that really weird. Accidental simulation, as they call it, that happens. There are too many in the league to be accidental. It’s the moral values of the game I worry about.” Dyche admitted that East had been presented with a difficult call. “Today was a tough one, it was right on the margins but I don’t want him falling on the floor and all that.” Burnley unbeaten away record was swept away at the Etihad where City’s firepower finally overwhelmed the visitors in the closing stages with further goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Sane. Dyche had no complaints after seeing Man City overcome Burnley Credit: AFP/Getty Images Dyche, however, felt the penalty controversy was far from the only decision to go against his team. “Jack Cork gets a great foot in and free-kick. Robbie Brady gets a great foot in and free-kick. Not for us, by the way,” he said. “We had two breakaways in the first half and everyone in the stadium was shocked that he brought it back. We were on the counter and he gave a free-kick 20 yards back. It’s hard to fathom.” Dyche, however, had few complaints over the outcome as City ultimately eased to their 11th successive victory with another free-flowing, domineering performance. Burnley lost 2-1 at the Etihad last January and Dyche found it easy to pinpoint key improvements in Pep Guardiola’s City side. He said: “The way they work collectively without the ball has improved. They crunch the pitch. The back line is brave and gets higher. The play is more fluid. It’s the nitty gritty side of the game they’re doing better at.” One of the exemplars of City’s bravery is goalkeeper Ederson, who threw himself at Burnley striker Chris Wood’s feet to smother a first-half chance. Ederson required eight stitches after collecting a high boot from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane at the Etihad in September but the Brazilian is undaunted by the physical challenges the Premier League has to offer. “It’s the way I play. If I have to put my hand, my head, my foot there to help the team, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s part of the game,” said the £35 million summer recruit from Benfica. “I have always played the same way. I have no fear of anything. I knew how physical the game is here, how strong and all the tackles. So I wasn’t surprised.” Nothing seems to be able to throw City off track at the moment but Guardiola dismisses any suggestion of complacency, or that his side’s unbeaten run can stretch to record-breaking proportions. The City manager said: “We are going to lose games, of course. I am happy for 11 wins in a row because it shows we can win a lot of games in a row but if you ask if we can finish unbeaten, I say that cannot happen. "There are a lot of games and there will be a moment when we go down. But at that moment I will be curious to test myself and players on how we react because sometimes we must be warriors.”

Sean Dyche says he worries about 'the moral values of the game' amid penalty controversy in Burnley loss

Sean Dyche says he worries about 'the moral values of the game' amid penalty controversy in Burnley loss

Sean Dyche says he worries about 'the moral values of the game' amid penalty controversy in Burnley loss

Sean Dyche says he worries about 'the moral values of the game' amid penalty controversy in Burnley loss

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