2019/2020 English Premier League finals: how it all happened
The 2019/2020 English Premier League season ended today with Manchester United and Chelsea making the top four list while Watford FC, Bournemouth, got relegated.
Going into the final day of the game, Chelsea and Manchester United needed just one point to gain a spot in the Premier League top four.
Manchester United was occupying the League's 3rd position at 63 points with 28 goals difference, while Chelsea occupied the 4th position, with the same point but on a 13 goals difference.
At the 5th and 6th positions are Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with 62 points and 59 points.
Leicester City needs 3 points from their game against Manchester United to make the top four.
The top four race
The day's games were in no doubt Manchester United vs Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Wolves
The game at Stamford Bridge was so intense throughout the evening. Chelsea played a three-man defence in a 3-4-3 formation, with Reece James and Marcos Alonso playing as wing-backs.
The blues registered the first goal of the game in 45 minutes through Mason Mount after Chelsea goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero had made a good save to deny the visitor a goal from Pedro Neto's cross.
The England International converted a foul on Marcos Alonso with a stunning and exquisite freekick past the Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Oliver Giroud, dribbling past the Wolves goalkeeper, made it 2-0 in the first half extra time, just four minutes after Mason mount's goal had put the hosts in the lead.
Giroud's goal made it his sixth in seven Premier League matches. Chelsea saw the remaining of the second half with the two goals to seal a place in the Premier League top four lists.
After the match, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard warned his players not to be carried away with the qualification.
"It was a good evening of celebration as it all ended with two goals advantage for both Chelsea and Manchester United. "Lampard told Sky Sports.
'I suppose at Chelsea we have to be careful getting excited by top-four finishes, but coming into the job, I don't think a lot of people put us in that bracket.
'We know where we are at, it is progress and can we get better, and now we have secured top four, can we look to improve to close that gap?
'The gap is there for a reason and there because Manchester City and Liverpool have taken it to different levels.'
Leicester City vs Manchester United
At the king power stadium, it was an entertaining match. Leicester City and Manchester United were fighting for the top four spots, with only one point separating the two teams.
The first half of the game finished in a 0-0 draw, with Leicester recording four shots in the first half with only one on target. Manchester United goalkeeper denied Jamie Vardy a goal from the near post.
In the second half, Manchester United opened the score after capitalising on a mistake made by Leceister midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
Anthony Martial was fouled inside the 18-yard box when he tried to push the ball past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The penalty was converted in style by Manchester United January signing Bruno Fernandez to make it his 10th Premier League goals since joining the Red Devils.
Jese Lingard came off the bench in the 77th minute to add a second goal, capitalizing on a mistake from Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The keeper failed to clear off his line while trying to dribble the player.
The goal marked Jese Lingard's only Premier League goal of the 2019/2020 season, having gone down the pecking order since Bruno Fernandez's arrival from Sporting CP.
After the match, Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solsjkaer praised his player for their fighting spirit. And also for keeping a clean sheet against Leicester City.
“We know we can play better, but you can't play fantasy football every time, and today we could have controlled the game more, but when we didn't, we fought for the next ball, we fought for our mates next to us, we put our heads on the line, we put our bodies on the line, and it was a great defensive performance from inside the box I have to say.”
“As I said, we put our bodies on the line; there were a couple of bruised noses and knees and dead legs. They fought for their three points today. I think we deserved it in that respect. In the second half, when we could have controlled it more, we could have slowed it down. But we defended really well. Maguire and Victor were fantastic and David again, of course.
”If you have the foundation of a clean sheet, you'll always be in with a chance to win a game. We've got a keeper that saves us, we've got a back four that sacrifices everything in the box, a couple of midfielders who made a couple of great blocks, that was absolutely amazing to watch, and the attitude has been spot; on ever since I came.“
"The result won't define our season because we've already had many defining moments this season. Bruno Fernandes coming in made a massive difference, and I think our overall fitness and mental robustness is so much better now than it was last season."
The relegation battle
It was also an entertaining match from clubs down the Premier League table. Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Watford were in contention to qualify for the next season Premier League competition.
Going into the final game of the season, Aston Villa was sitting in the 17th position of the table, sharing the same point with Watford, who is in the 18th position but are separated with a goal difference.
Bournemouth, who was sitting in the 19th position, had three points below Aston Villa.
West Ham United vs Aston Villa
Aston Villa held West Ham 0-0 in the first half containing the pressure created by West Ham striker Michail Antonio.
Villa's midfielder Jack Grealish and captain scored a late goal in the 84th minute when he volleyed in a shot outside the 18-yard box past West Ham goalkeeper.
The goal lead lasted just a minute before it was equalised by West Ham's substitute Andriy Yarmolenko when he struck in a shot that deflected off a defender to make it 1-1 at the 85th minute.
The game ended 1-1 as Aston Villa secured their place in the next season's English Premier League competition.
The club celebrated it emotionally, with players and coach forming a circle to rejoice for their effort.
Aston Villa players celebrate in a 1-1 draw against West Ham as the club escaped relegation
Arsenal Vs Watford
Watford was beaten 3-2 at the Emirates stadium with two goals from Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fighting for the Premier League golden boot.
The third goal came from Arsenal's left-back Kieran Tierney to make it his first goal for the club just in the first half.
The visitors pulled one back in the 43 minutes of the game when the club's captain Troy Deeney converted a penalty kick awarded from David Luiz's foul on Danny Welbeck in the 18-yard box.
Danny Welbeck got the second goal for Watford in 66 minutes when he tapped in a cross from winger Ismaila Sarr into the net.
The game ended in favour of Arsenal, and Watford got relegated into the Championship.
Everton Vs Bournemouth
At Goodison Park, Bournemouth got a 1-3 victory against Everton. Still, it was not enough for the visitor to be relegated from Premier League for the first time in six years.
An early goal from Joshua King in the 13th minute gave the visitors the lead after converting a penalty kick from Richarlison's foul, but Moise Kean equalised it in the 41st minute.
Dominic Solanke added the second goal for Bournemouth just before the first half to make it 1-2.
Junior Stanislas recorded the third goal for the visitors to seal the game in the 80th minute, but it was to no avail as they were still relegated.
Leceister City's Jamie Vardy won the golden boot after scoring 23 goals in 2019/2020 Premier League season, beating Arsenal's Aubameyang and Southampton's Danny Ings (both 22 goals) to win the prestigious award.
Vardy broke a record in the Premier League history as the oldest player to win the golden boot after Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
Leceister City's Jamie Vardy with his 2019/2020 golden boot
Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson Moraes
Manchester City had two of its players recorded in the award list, with Kevin De Bruyne taking the award for the season's highest assist. Kevin got his 20th assists of the season against Norwich.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes also won the Premier League golden glove recording the highest clean sheets (16) just ahead of Burnley's Nick Pope (15) and Manchester United's David Dea Gea (13).
Pep Guardiola with Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson with Their 2019/2020 Premier League award
The final day marked the end of Manchester City's David Silva career in the Premier League as the captain ended his EPL career on the final day.
The Spanish international won four Premier League titles, five EFL Cups, two FA Cups and three Community Shield Cups in his ten-year spell.
"To win so many titles and the way we won it, I am a lucky guy," Silva said. "I have had a lot of nice moments, and this one as well, the last one. I will miss everything, even the weather.
"I hope we can win the Champions League. It's a pity we have to play with no fans, but the safety of the people is the most important thing."
David Silva celebrating a trophy during his days at Manchester City
City Manager Pep Guardiola felt no standing ovation for their midfielder, who has served the club for ten years and said he will still receive it as he deserves.
"It was the smallest standing ovation of all time," Guardiola said. "He will come back for the one he deserves," Guardiola said.
"The players showed the gratitude that has to happen for these incredible years. We want to thank him."
Everton long-serving left-back Leighton Baines announced his retirement after serving his childhood club for 13 years.
Everton captain Leighton Baines in the club's home kit
"Leighton Baines has taken this decision to stop playing, every Evertonian must be grateful to him, he is a fantastic example and had a great career," Ancelotti said.
"We want to keep him at the club; his knowledge is really important."