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“The best team lost”

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho told Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that “The best team lost” at Anfield in the Premier League on Wednesday night, and statistics say he could be right.

Spurs visited the reigning champions in a game that would determine who would rank first in the Premier League table, but it was Liverpool who finished at the top of the division after Roberto Firmino headed home with a goal from victory in the 89th minute.

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Mourinho to Klopp

Mourinho was seen disappointed in the 2-1 loss after the final whistle. Besides telling Klopp directly that his Spurs team was the best team, he later insisted to reporters that he wouldn’t even be happy with a draw.

I don’t think even a draw would have left us with the best taste because we had them there to win

– Jose Mourinho to reporters post-match

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has already responded to the claim on his Instagram account, captioning an image of the Reds celebrating Firmino’s late goal with the message “Best team won.”

And a quick look at the starting statistics suggests that Liverpool were the best team at Anfield. They had 17 shots to the Spurs eight, enjoyed 76% possession versus 24% of the visitors, completed a higher percentage of their passes, dribbled more, won more headers, and took more corners.

However, more detailed statistics paint a slightly different story. While Spurs only had eight Liverpool goal attempts, four of them were categorized as “great chances” compared to none of the Reds.

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Nonetheless, they certainly give genuine content to Mourinho’s statement that his team should have won, proving that Liverpool had a bit of luck taking all three points on Wednesday night.

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A pic from Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspurs

However, there is only one stat that really matters: the score, which ultimately favored Liverpool.

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Part 1

This post is a continuation of the already published Europe’s Top 5 Football League Champions in 2020 You should know about! [Part 1]. There I had covered Spain, Italy, and Germany. Make sure you read that first ⚽. Let’s get into the topic :

England

Basically, England is one of the countries where Football and Cricket are equally celebrated. There are many local leagues being played in the country every year be it football or cricket. Let’s see who won their league and cup below.

Premier League also referred to as EPL is contested by the top 20 teams of England every year. This year marked the end of a very long wait of champions Liverpool FC. Last year they came very close to winning the EPL but somehow lost to the defending champions of the 2017-18 season Manchester City. They came back to winning ways this season with claiming the most precious Champions League (2018-19 season). Since the restart, they have performed well and I hope they’ll be defending the UCL this time too.

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Liverpool FC‘s Captain Henderson and team with the PL trophy

The Emirates FA Cup tournament is based on knockout matches where the teams losing will be terminated from the tournament at each and every stage as it progresses. This season’s finals was played between Chelsea and Arsenal who beat ManU and ManC resp. on their semifinal tie. Arsenal won this season’s FA finals with their topscorer Aubameyang scoring a brace. This marked their 14th FA cup – the most by any team – and a fresh to their new coach Mikel Arteta.

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Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta with the FA cup silverware

France

French football usually doesn’t get any limelight but is one of the top 5 football leagues in the world with the likes of Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe, and co.

This season’s Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain FC aka PSG won the league for the 3rd consecutive time.

Coupe de France aka French cup also concluded a week ago and PSG were reigned champions after beating St-Etienne 1-0 in the finals but lose Mbappe to injury.

Teams with a chance for a Treble

A treble in football is achieved when a club team wins three trophies in a single season. A continental treble involves winning the club’s national league competition, main national cup competition, and main continental trophy. As the national cup and league competitions have come to an end this season, only PSG and Bayern Munich have a chance for this. If PSG wins the UCL (UEFA Champions League), this will be their first treble and if Bayern wins the UCL, this will be their second treble overall since the 2012-13 season.

I’ll try to publish a separate post explaining more about Treble and the teams that have done this before after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 UCL. Stay tuned and support us 😺.

Also read Juventus F.C. – New Era League Winners (2019-20)