EPL: Six-goal thriller in Villa Park; Comfortable win for City

By on 10th February 2022

Aston Villa vs Leeds United

Coutinho might have missed Premier League a lot. More than that, it is Premier League who missed the Little Magician. After his nightmare spell in Barcelona, his return to England was expected to be a resurgence for the Brazilian. 

After his return, he scored the equaliser against Manchester United in his first match. Steven Gerrard started him in the first XI, and within the first 45 minutes, he scored once and provided two assists to give a 3-1 lead to the home team at Villa Park in the first half. 

Leeds took the lead first after the opener from Daniel James. But Aston Villa took a two-goal lead after Coutinho and Ramsey scored three goals in the first half. 

But Dan James and Diego Llorente returned two goals to grab one point. 

The draw left Leeds in 15th place with 23 points, six points above third-from-bottom Norwich City, while Villa are in 11th place with 27 points.

“It was frantic, end-to-end and 100 mph. We almost brought into the Leeds style and we needed more calm heads out there so it looked more like our style,” Gerrard said.

“A draw was the right result. A fun game for the fans tonight but not one for the coaches!”

Gerrard was delighted to see Coutinho having a scintillating game. “It was vintage Philippe Coutinho tonight. He’s certainly getting back close to where he was when the whole world was speaking about him,” Gerrard said.

“He will get better and better. He is a joy to work with.”

Manchester City vs Brentford

Manchester City moved 12 points clear of Liverpool in the Premier League title race with a 2-0 win over Brentford. Liverpool can reduce the gap as they have two matches in hand, including Thursday’s home game against Leicester City.

City took the lead from the penalty spot just before the break, through Mahrez after Mads Roerslev fouled Raheem Sterling in the box. The Algeria international has now scored in seven straight games for his club.

Kevin De Bruyne doubled the lead for the home side in the 69th minute after David Raya saved the rebound shot from Sterling. He scored the goal from a tight angle to garb all three points. 

After a fifth successive league defeat, Brentford’s struggles pulled them closer to the relegation zone. They sit 14th, six points above Norwich City in 18th, having played one game more.

“That was a tough game,” City coach Pep Guardiola said. “They defend in the high press, then deep and compact. There was no space between midfield and attack. We had to be patient and not make any mistakes.

“It was an important victory in a tough game that we expected. We are in a good position. I don’t know if we are the best, but we are happy to be on 60 points.”

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