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Premier League On This Day: Aguero, stoppage time, silverware (video)

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It’s been exactly eight years since the most famous goal in Premier League history.

That’s saying something, yes, but how many moments in the history of our beloved sport have inspired a commentator to cry something like “Where does football go from here?”

And how many times has that statement somehow not felt like hyperbole?

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Sergio Aguero’s stoppage-time goal on the final day of the season gave Manchester City a win over Queens Park Rangers and the Premier League title. The 3-2 win gave City the title on goal differential.

The above gives you the bones of the beast, but fails to note so many things:

  • City won its first top-flight title since 1967-68.
  • The crown was ripped out of the hands of rivals Manchester United.
  • Roberto Mancini’s City did the thing in “Fergie Time” to sting Fergie himself.
  • City had seemingly thrown away the crown just six weeks earlier when they completed a 1-2-2 run with a 1-0 loss to Arsenal on a late Mikel Arteta goal.

The goal was Aguero’s 23rd of the Premier League season, his first year in England’s top flight. He’d go on to have a pretty substantial career in the PL, but regardless this would’ve been enough to cement his status as an icon.

United beat Sunderland 1-0 moments before Aguero’s goal to climb into first place, but that didn’t last. Mario Balotelli’s pass to Aguero and the Argentine’s calm under pressure in dispatching yet another near post rocket was sincerely remarkable.

Mourinho, Beckham talk shop, science at Spurs campus (video)

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Tottenham Hotspur’s new digs are absolutely bonkers, something David Beckham learned first hand from Jose Mouurinho earlier this year.

Beckham toured Spurs’ campus and met with Mourinho as well as Spurs players Heung-min Son, Harry Winks, Japhet Tanganga, and former PSG teammate Lucas Moura.

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The series is part of an initiative between Spurs and corporate partner AIA, and details the lengths Tottenham has gone to keep its players comfortable.

Here’s the one that slayed us: The players have matching mattresses at the training campus to the ones they have in their personal homes. Talk about luxury!

Mourinho and Beckham clearly enjoyed spending time together, with Beckham noting that he learned a bunch. Perhaps he can take it back to Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

“There is a lot of science and new thinking in the game since I was a player but it’s clear that simple things like a solid routine and great sleep are still really important,” Beckham said.

Maybe one day, he’ll bring Mourinho there, too.

Premier League On This Day: Nasri stunner leads Man City to title

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Manchester City clinched its fourth top-flight title on this day six years ago, completing Liverpool’s title race collapse.

Samir Nasir and Vincent Kompany scored on either side of halftime as City finished two points clear of the Reds to give Manuel Pellegrini a Premier League crown.

[ MORE: JPW’s match recap from that day ]

It was the fourth-straight year a Manchester club won the PL, with United and City alternating crowns between 2011-14.

Nasri fired a rocket off the inside of the far post from well outside the 18 to make it 1-0, and he’d play the corner kick that wound up in the net off Kompany’s boot in a less classy-looking but nevertheless effective goal.

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He finished the year with seven goals and nine assists, more than he’d produce in the ensuing two-plus seasons with City.

City out shot West Ham 19-3 on the day. Liverpool came back from an early Daniel Agger own goal against Newcastle, winning 2-1 to finish second.

VIDEO: Top 20 Manchester United goals from 2019-20 season, so far

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If you’re a Manchester United supporter looking for a reason to smile, think of the future.

The Red Devils’ top twenty goals of the Premier League season so far serve as a brilliant reminder of the brightness of the young talent at Old Trafford.

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There’s Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, of course, but you can move even further down the age list to find teenagers Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams belting some beauties.

That’s not all: Scott McTominay’s got three absolute stunners and that’s barely a part of his job.

Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, and Paul Pogba are there making plays as well, and United will be dreaming of a clean slate, some changes in defense, and a chance to get back into the discussion as possible Premier League contenders.

When will United be back on the pitch? British prime minister Boris Johnson says the lockdown will continue in England for a bit longer as the UK hopes to avoid raising the coronavirus curve.

The next Premier League club meeting will be on Monday, May 11 to move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season.

All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.

VIDEO: Top 25 Leicester City goals from 2019-20 season, so far

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When Leicester City opens the door to goals, there’s often a parade of Foxes coming with it.

Leicester has scored 58 goals this season, trailing only the clubs ahead of it on the Premier League table: Liverpool and Manchester City

Twenty-six of those goals came in five matches, including a remarkable nine against Southampton at St. Mary’s and five against Newcastle at the King Power Stadium.

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Hopefully we’ll see more soon, as Leicester City seeks to clinch a top three spot for the first time since their incredible title-winning season. British prime minister Boris Johnson will give his next update on Sunday, May 10.

The next Premier League club meeting will be on Monday, May 11 to move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season.

All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.