TALKING TACTICS: Naive Mourinho hands Man City title; Giroud emulating Diego Costa; Perez shines for Newcastle;

By Alex Keble

On Saturday morning this didn’t look like a particularly attractive set of Premier League fixtures, and yet Chelsea’s comeback victory against Southampton, Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle United, and West Bromwich Albion’s 1-0 triumph at Old Trafford provided three of the most exciting results of recent weeks.

Together, they had a telling impact on the 2017/18 season. Manchester City are champions, Newcastle United have improbably beaten the drop, and Southampton are suddenly five points short of 17th.

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