in

Tottenham put Burnley out of their misery…Vincent Kompany’s side have only survived this long thanks to the drop in points and the quality of the teams around them


Perhaps it was fitting that on the day the Burnley Express officially called time on his international cricket career, it was also time for Burnley’s time in the Premier League.

However, the similarities end there. While Jimmy Anderson may have been guilty of overstaying his welcome, his football team never once looked like staying in the Premier League this season and got what they deserved.

Unlike the scenes at the London Stadium with Rob Edwards and his Luton players, when the final whistle blew in Tottenham to confirm their fate, there were no tears or much emotion from the Burnley players.

That Vincent Kompany’s side even survived until the penultimate weekend of the season was more down to the points deduction and the quality of the teams around them than any fight they have shown this campaign.

With 24 points, Burnley should have put themselves out of their misery before Saturday afternoon. For context, 34 points is the lowest total scored by a Premier League team that stayed top when West Brom pulled off «The Great Escape» in 2005.

To be honest, Burnley put up a decent fight against Tottenham and surprisingly took the lead in the first half, but credit goes to goalkeeper Arijanet Muric for keeping them in the game in the second half.

It also summed it up with Muric being the first out of the changing rooms, through the mixed zone and out of the ground well before any of his teammates.

Muric, who was belatedly recalled to the starting XI in March after James Trafford was dropped, made seven more saves here to show his worth again.

Recommended Article
'You're a kid': Biden hits back at Trump for 'not being able to hit a ball 50 yards' during bizarre golf and WEIGHT spat

With 60 saves in nine Premier League Football matches, his save percentage of 80.8 per cent is the best in the division and certainly justifies Kompany’s need to turn to him earlier in the season.

The Burnley boss insisted after the game that now was no time for sulking or moaning, but the reality is that if he stays in the job, he has to decide what to do with what is now a bloated and expensive squad. His own reputation declined significantly after this season.

‘It’s the end of a chapter, not the end of the story’ were the words on Burnley’s X account after relegation was confirmed.

And judging by the way they clapped and sang along to what seemed like the entire traveling support, Kompany still has plenty of credit in the bank.

Only a year ago, his team secured promotion with a mammoth 101 points and seven games remaining – a championship record. Now he has to do it again.



What do you think?

Deja una respuesta

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada. Los campos obligatorios están marcados con *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

The terrifying moment a runner was left with a black eye after she was allegedly attacked by strangers on her run in Adelaide

‘Nude artist’ Dina Broadhurst and eyebrow expert Kristin Fisher are no longer on speaking terms: ‘It didn’t end well’