The Premier League season came to an end this Sunday, with the title and the Champions League qualifying places already decided but Aston Villa’s classification to the Conference League, Everton’s permanence and Leeds United and Leicester City’s relegation were certified. .
The ‘Toffees’ managed to maintain their status in the first division of England thanks to a solitary goal from Malian Abdoulaye Doucouré, who with a powerful shot from the edge (minute 57) put Goodison Park on its feet (1-0 against Bournemouth) .
Attentive to what was happening on the blue side of Liverpool was Leicester (18th), who despite beating West Ham 2-1 (14th) could not avoid relegation.
Two years after winning the FA Cup in 2021 and seven after the incredible title of champion of England in 2016, the ‘Foxes’ end a period of almost a decade in the first echelon of English football, the most golden in history of the club, which began with promotion in 2014.
Nine seasons, 517 goals, one Premier League crown
Heartbreak for the Leicester players and fans on the final day of the season
Their latest Premier League chapter comes to a close – but it will forever be written into Premier League history 👏 pic.twitter.com/JCkVJg8mbG
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 28, 2023
The relegation of Leeds (19th) was also confirmed, which closed a disappointing season by losing 4-1 at their stadium against Tottenham (8th) and is returning to the Championship after three seasons in the elite.
After the promotion achieved in 2020 under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds seemed to settle in their first season in the Premier League, in which they finished ninth. But the second season started erratically and the departure of ‘Loco’ in February 2022 added to the problems on the ground the instability on the Elland Road bench, which has not prevented a return to the Second division.
The executioner of Leeds on Sunday, Tottenham, achieved a bitter victory, which helps them reach European positions. Thus, despite Harry Kane’s double with which he reaches 30 goals, only surpassed this season by the Norwegian Erling Haaland (36), the Spurs failed to qualify for the Conference League.
Yes, Aston Villa (7th) did thanks to the 2-1 victory against Brighton (6th). The Basque coach managed to get the Villains out of the relegation fight after having taken charge with the Birmingham team in 16th position and leads them to European competition for the first time since 2010.
At the top of the table, where everything had already been decided, champion Manchester City lost 1-0 in Brentford (9th) and runners-up Arsenal thrashed Wolverhampton 5-0 (13th) with a brace from Swiss Granit Xhaka in his probably last game as a ‘gunner’.
Manchester United (3rd) secured the podium by beating Fulham (10th) 2-1 and Newcastle (4th) closed a great season with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea (12th).
Liverpool (5th) took the lead at the home of already relegated Southampton 2-0 but the ‘Saints’ turned the score around and led 4-2 before the reaction of the ‘Reds’, who scored two in one minute goals to achieve the final 4-4. With nothing at stake, Crystal Palace (11th) and Nottingham Forest (16th) drew 1-1 in the other matchday 38 game.
Table of positions of the Premier League 2022-2023
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