7 Things We Learned from Premier League Week 38: Man City Crowned as Champions
The Premier League campaign has come to an end for another season, with Manchester City crowned champions for a second time in three seasons. Norwich City, Cardiff City and Fulham played their last games in the top flight for at least a year after being relegated to the Championship.
The top four sides all won their respective league games this weekend, while fifth-placed Everton and ninth-placed Stoke City finished with their highest-ever respective points tallies in the Premier League.
So what have we learned from the final week of Premier League football?
Pellegrini Doesn’t Get the Credit He Deserves
For this season’s Manager of the Year award, Bleacher Report previously quizzed whether it should be Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers or Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis, but Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini certainly deserves a mention.
The Chilean has taken charge of a side who have finally realised their potential, winning the league and Capital One Cup in his debut season at the Etihad. City could dominate the Premier League for years to come now, after finishing top-three or higher in the last four seasons.
Wilfried Bony Was a Steal for Swansea City
After scoring the third goal in Swansea’s 3-1 win against Sunderland, striker Wilfried Bony has signed off the season in fine league form.
The 25-year-old, an Ivorian international, took his tally to 16 goals in his debut campaign. Signed from Vitesse last summer for £12 million, Bony has been a steal for Swansea, finishing 2013/14 as the joint sixth-highest scorer in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s Defensive Record Really Is Appalling
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers conceded the needs to shore up the Reds’ defence for next season via EPSN, with their record in 2014 highlighting their shortcomings this campaign. Liverpool have conceded 50 league goals in total for 2013/14, which is their highest tally since 1993/94 (55).
The Merseyside outfit conceded 27 goals in 19 Premier League games this year, earning just five clean sheets. Only nine other league sides conceded more goals in 2014 than Liverpool.
Aaron Ramsey Should Be Greatly Coveted This Summer
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could find himself the subject of interest from a number of clubs this summer, with the Daily Mail revealing Barcelona were previously scouting him.
The Welsh international scored a superb volleyed effort in the Gunners’ 2-0 win against relegated Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, which took his tally to 10 Premier League goals this season.
Based on his impressive showings this season for Arsenal, Ramsey should be enquired about by a host of elite clubs in the summer. He’s proven himself before and after his lengthy injury that he is among the best midfielders in the Premier League— earning himself a Young Player of the Year nomination too.
The Title Was for the Taking for Arsenal
After earning their fifth consecutive league win to end the season seven points off top spot, Arsenal will certainly feel this campaign was their best chance of ending their 10-year wait for a league title.
The Gunners dropped a staggering 10 points in March, which saw them drop to fourth in the league. With Arsene Wenger’s side having only lost one more game than that of the league champions Manchester City, he will feel Arsenal have really missed a trick.
Hull City and Everton Will Be in Next Season’s Europa League
Get your head around this: Hull City and Everton will be in next season’s Europa League, as per NBC Sports. Hull qualified via their FA Cup final to come next week where the prize for the winner is a place in the Europa League for 2014/15. But as fellow finalists Arsenal finished the campaign in a Champions League place in the table, Hull will make the Europa League by default.
Everton will be joining them after finishing with their best ever points tally since the Premier League’s inception (72), ending the season in fifth place to ensure their Europa League participation.
Juan Mata Will Be Vital for Manchester United Next Season
After bagging his third goal in as many games, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata looks like he will be a crucial player for the side next season. The Spaniard took his United tally to six goals and four assists since his January move from Chelsea.
Despite United having the worst Premier League campaign of their history, Mata has been one shining light. He’s contributed to 40 percent of the Red Devils’ goals (scoring and assisting) since making the move to Old Trafford.