“The Premier League at its finest.”
Defences definitely weren’t on high as Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis performed out an epic eight-goal 4-4 thriller the place, lastly, soccer was the primary speaking level.
In current weeks officers and video assistant referees have taken centre stage however, bar a disputed Metropolis penalty which Erling Haaland scored to make it 1-0, it was the gamers and coaches who made this one.
After Haaland’s opener, 39-year-old Thiago Silva grew to become Chelsea’s oldest goalscorer and Raheem Sterling netted in opposition to his previous membership.
Manuel Akanji levelled for Metropolis simply earlier than half-time and Haaland scored simply after it – his forty ninth Premier League purpose in his forty seventh recreation.
Nicolas Jackson, after his weird hat-trick in opposition to Tottenham, levelled once more for Chelsea – however then Rodri scored what regarded like a late winner for Metropolis.
Nonetheless, deep in stoppage time, Chelsea had a spot-kick of their very own which Cole Palmer – a summer time signing from Metropolis – slammed house.
Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher referred to as it “the Premier League at its finest”.
He stated on Sky Sports activities: “The sport all of us watched on Monday [Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Tottenham], it felt like everybody was speaking about that recreation for days afterwards and I believe this would be the identical.
“It was incredible and it simply felt proper that Chelsea received the equaliser. I do know the Man Metropolis followers might be disenchanted but it surely felt proper that there should not be a winner in that recreation. It was that good.”
Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, anticipating BBC Radio 5 Stay, stated: “That was an incredible recreation. From the beginning, the depth was so excessive. It was a incredible efficiency in opposition to the perfect aspect on the planet in the intervening time.”
Former Metropolis defender Micah Richards added: “That was distinctive. It was incredible. It had the whole lot – objectives, unhealthy defending and tackles.
“Cole Palmer was excellent, displaying his value. In the event you have been a spectator, you bought your cash’s value.”
‘Unbelievable’ Premier League delivers
With eight objectives, two penalties and a complete host of storylines – together with ex-players scoring in opposition to their former golf equipment – it’s no marvel the pundits have been purring over the spectacle.
They usually weren’t the one ones.
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino described it as “an incredible night” regardless of solely coming away with a draw at house.
“It was superb – that’s the reason the Premier League is probably the most unbelievable league on the planet. All people desires to be concerned in superb video games,” he added.
“It’s tough to speak as everybody desires to say how thrilling the sport was. Manchester Metropolis are the perfect group on the planet and Chelsea have been courageous and tried to go for 3 factors.”
Reverse quantity Pep Guardiola has loved his fair proportion of essential matches whereas accountable for Manchester Metropolis however even he couldn’t cover his admiration for what each groups produced.
It was solely the fifth match in Premier League historical past to characteristic as many as 4 equalising objectives scored – and the primary since 2009.
“It was a great advert and an entertaining recreation for the Premier League,” stated Guardiola. “Each groups wished to win. I would not have anticipated in another way. Chelsea have a incredible group and gamers.”
The place does this recreation rank?
This recreation has immediately change into a Premier League basic – however the place does it rank for you? We’ve chosen 16 superb video games and you may select your high 10.