What a season that was! The Premier League has culminated for another season and it’s 30th anniversary certainly didn’t disappoint. There was drama, intrigue, suspense and entertainment through the entire nine months of football, as the title race went to the wire, the battle for top four was ever changing, and the relegation dog fight boiled up throughout.
Manchester City eventually won the league, making it four out of the last five under Pep Guardiola, who has Erling Haaland to add to his squad next season. They pipped Liverpool to the title, while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur join them in the Champions League, with the latter seen as an outsider for many betting on football prior to Arsenal’s collapse.
Burnley, Watford and Norwich suffered the drop, and it looks increasingly difficult to come back up for any of the three given the quality on display in the league this season. So many late goals and clutch displays, and with that in mind read on, as we look at five thrilling moments from the 2021-22 Premier League season.
Brentford’s fast start
Not many people had given Brentford a fighting chance when they were promoted from the Championship, but Thomas Frank’s side showed their resilience in the early weeks of the season — beating Arsenal on the opening day at the new Community Stadium before two draws and a win at Molineux meant they had lost just one of their opening six games. Christian Eriksen gave them that touch of quality needed to ensure survival but the 13th place finish in their debut season was definitely down to their first few weeks in the top flight.
If Manchester United had gone on to end their trophyless drought, then Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic celebration at home to Newcastle United would be an image forever etched in Old Trafford history. Ronaldo was making his second debut and with the game tied at 1-1 the Portuguese icon found the back of the net for his brace in a game United went on to dominate. He scored 18 times this season but given how he hit the ground running, looked a shoe-in for the Golden Boot. Unfortunately, United’s campaign ended in disaster and Erik ten Hag has been left to pick up the pieces.
Spurs leave it late
A goal down in the 90th minute, Tottenham’s trip to the King Power looked to end in disaster. Their pursuit on the top four looked to take a major hit as Leicester City ran down the clock, but almost out of nowhere Spurs turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win thanks to Steven Bergwijn. The Dutchman cancelled out James Maddison’s strike five minutes into injury time and then proceeded to grab the winner and send the away end into delirium.
Pitch invasion at Goodison
In a season of massive underachievement for Everton, you could visibly see the relief drained from the players and fans as the final whistle blew at Goodison Park. Fans quickly made their way onto the pitch after victory against Crystal Palace, with the Toffees quick to give some ex-Liverpool players Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke their fair share of abuse from across Stanley Park. Frank Lampard took Everton from 16th to 16th though and his managerial credentials will really be tested when he gets a full crack of the whip next season.
Final day drama
It always looked likely to happen — even at 2-0. City at the Etihad, almost unstoppable. Despite a slow start against Aston Villa, the players must have known Liverpool were still drawing with Wolves, and as soon as İlkay Gündoğan found the back of the net, it was inevitable they’d win the title on the final day. Even with all the romance of Steven Gerrard and Phillipe Coutinho, Rodri’s pile driver drew the game level before Gündoğan won them the title. It was a poignant moment for the outgoing Fernandinho, who lifted his fifth title in nine years to end a wonderful City career. Liverpool turned things around at Anfield but it proved to much for them to win a second title in three years.