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Premier League Awards: Superb Sterling, Ice-cool Cole

Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the weekend.

Moment of the Week

What. A. Game.

For the second time in a week Chelsea were involved in an all-time Premier League classic, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side shared eight goals in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Manchester City.

It was an end-to-end epic that left each of us on the edge of our seats, with a joint-Premier League record FOUR equalising goals as the balance of the contest swung back and forth between the Blues of west London and Manchester.

The final equaliser was fitting finale to a chaotic game, as Cole Palmer – who departed Manchester City last summer for Stamford Bridge in search of opportunity – dented the title hopes of his old side with a stoppage time penalty.

Palmer showed nerves of steel, given the circumstances and opposition, to earn Chelsea a point in what has been a hugely positive week for Pochettino and his side.

Player of the Week

Palmer might have won the man-of-the-match award from Sky Sports, but we’re giving our Player of the Week accolade to teammate Raheem Sterling.

Sterling issued the perfect response to his latest England exclusion with a scintillating showing against former side Manchester City this weekend. The 28-year-old had Kyle Walker in real trouble for much of the contest, with his speed and sharpness causing countless problems for a full-back who has built his career on going stride to stride with even the quickest wingers.

England manager Gareth Southgate this week questioned who he should leave out to accommodate Sterling in his squad, but on this form it’s hard to agree with that sentiment.

Sterling might have had a challenging first campaign at Chelsea, but he’s certainly still got it.

Goal of the Week

Superb from Pablo Sarabia.

The Spanish substitute slammed Wolves level against Spurs in stoppage time, with this piece of individual magic as the midfielder flicked up Matheus Cunha’s pass with his first touch and volleyed it home with his second.

On an ordinary week, Oleksandr Zinchenko would have claimed this honour for this sublime scissor-kick for Arsenal, so it’s only right we give the Ukrainian an honourable mention.

That technique is special.

Save of the Week

Fresh from winning October’s Save of the Month award, Alphonse Areola was at it again in West Ham’s win over Nottingham Forest.

The Frenchman clawed away Taiwo Awoniyi’s powerful header in a moment that proved pivotal, as West Ham went on to snatch a late win at the London Stadium.

Stat of the Week

An absurd record.

Tweet of the Week

After Gary O’Neil was unceremoniously sacked at Bournemouth shortly after leading the Cherries to survival last season, it’s good to see the now-Wolves gaffer impressing at his new club.

This post-match team talk after the club’s late show to stun Spurs was O’Neil to a tee.

Humble, and heartfelt.

Quote of the Week

Some might find this a little cock-sure from Chelsea’s Cole Palmer, but we’re here for it.

It’s the sort of self-belief that has made the 21-year-old an instant hit in west London.

“I’m not going to say I work on them (penalties), cause I don’t. I trust on my natural ability.”

Cole Palmer has taken four penalties for Chelsea:

⚽️ vs. Burnley (James Trafford)
⚽️ vs. Arsenal (David Raya)
⚽️ vs. Spurs (Guglielmo Vicario)
⚽️ vs. Man City (Ederson)

What’s cooler than being cool? Ice Cole. 🧊 pic.twitter.com/vqdHAznBDs

Read – Premier League weekend: Five things we learned

Read more – Premier League Team of the Week – Matchday 12


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