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  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (AFP)Source: AFP
By
Nick Budicin

27 Sep 2016 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 27 Sep 2016 - 10:57 AM

1. Claudio Ranieri rues missed opportunities: "In the first 20 minutes it was our match…but suddenly we switch off…the match was gone in the first half."

Leicester City continued to struggle to build momentum, suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Foxes started positively, but were unable to capitalise, leaving Ranieri astounded at how quickly the tide turned.

As current champions, Leicester City are now the hunted—a feeling Ranieri’s side will need to adjust to quickly if they are to remain in the title race.

2. Jurgen Klopp wants unselfish selfishness: “I have absolutely no problem when players are selfish on the pitch…if you are alone in front of the goal you cannot look is there anyone I could give the ball…but we need this kind of unselfishness too."

This makes sense, even if it doesn’t appear to on paper.

Klopp recognises the need for players who will share the ball around and patiently build up, but also the need for cold-blooded finishing, something that was on display in their 5-1 demolition of Hull City.

Klopp is the maestro and, under his direction, this Liverpool side is building each attacking possession to a perfect crescendo, and damn is it good to watch.

3. Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace move into striking distance of top four: “This game takes away from you a lot of the time, but it does give it back to you."

At 2-0 down in the 60th minutes, a loss to lowly Sunderland was looking likely. But three goals in just over 30 minutes—including an injury time winner from Christian Benteke—saved Palace’s blushes.

Pardew’s comments summed up this game perfectly; equal parts “what the hell are we doing?” and “gosh, we’re brilliant” exemplify why you’d be mad to want to be a Premier League manager.

4. The agony of Antonio Conte: “We must work a lot because now we are a great team only on paper."



Ouch. Conte delivered some home truths to his men after they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates.

Two losses in a row have left Chelsea languishing in eighth spot on the table, and will have Conte hoping his men can bring the right attitude to their next match, a suddenly vital game away to Hull City.

5. The ecstasy of Arsene Wenger: “We did it with style and steel."



The Gunners’ performance against Chelsea was enough to get Wenger to set aside the gravitas, and even crack a smile.

In a way, Wenger and Klopp are asking the same thing of their players: to be unselfish, yet selfish; to play with style, but also steel; and to seize opportunities, but also bide their time.

However strange that may sound, you can’t argue with results.