In what was one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons in recent years, fans across the world have been mesmerised and shocked at every turn. While it’s impossible to capture that in 10 particular moments, this hopefully comes pretty close.
10. Gibbs mistakenly sent off
In an incredibly bizarre turn of events, Andre Marriner mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs in Arsenal’s 6-0 defeat to Chelsea after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s clear handball. Referees have come under intense scrutiny this season and this was perhaps the pinnacle of the justification for why.
9. Manchester United’s successive home losses in December
In the space of three days United lost to both Everton and Newcastle at home, giving perhaps the first clear indication that this was going to be a torrid season for both David Moyes and the Red Devils.
Few could have predicted prior to the start of 13/14 that the team who finished in 7th place would have been the most talked about, or that the majority of Sunday morning papers would be headlined by a snap of a disgruntled Moyes.
Watching the red half of Manchester crumble was perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the season for neutrals, and greatly contributed to our overall enjoyment of the campaign. While there are countless examples of United’s shortcomings this year, these two defeats were perhaps the most significant.
8. You’ll Never Walk Alone
A controversial choice and the first of many moments regarding Liverpool, but I’m more than willing to justify it. On the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster Manchester City travelled to Anfield in what many predicted to be the ultimate title decider.
While it is a tradition to sing the Gerry & the Pacemakers classic before every home game, something was different this time. Because of the significance of the occasion in both a sporting and historical sense, it would be an under-exaggeration to say that the atmosphere in Anfield was majestic. I get goose bumps each time I watch it and I’m sure many of you do as well.
7. Bale’s world record transfer to Real Madrid
It was a sad day for fans when Gareth Bale left the Premier League, we had lost our finest player and there was a growing fear that Tottenham would win the title following a holistic investment of around £90million. Little did we know how poorly the money would eventually be spent, with a combined fee of £68 million arguably wasted on the quartet of Capoue, Soldado, Lamela and Chadli.
6. Chelsea losing at home to Sunderland
If there was an ideal way for Mourinho to end his 77-game unbeaten streak at home, this was it. While the Chelsea team never seemed to properly click during the match, no credit should be taken away from miracle worker Gus Poyet, who managed to pick up seven (and very nearly nine) points in the last few weeks away at Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
If the significance of the defeat wasn’t out of left field enough, fans across the country were left dumbfounded after Mourinho launched a sarcastic tirade against his own players, Mike Dean and Mike Riley in his post match interview. We missed you Jose, the Premier League isn’t the same without you!
5. Arsenal winning the FA Cup
Arsenal went over nine years without winning a trophy; the pressure could always be seen on the player’s faces during cup matches, and Jose Mourinho was even prompted to refer to Arsene Wenger as a ‘specialist in failure’.
After going 2-0 down within the first 10 minutes in the final against Hull, many (including myself) couldn’t be blamed for suddenly believing in witchcraft and curses. However in true 2013/14 fashion, Arsenal defied the predictable, equalising through Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny before sealing the victory through a Ramsey goal in extra time.
The trophy drought was finally over, and it couldn’t have ended in a better way.
4. Gerrard’s slip
Steven Gerrard’s slip was heartbreaking for Liverpool fans and neutrals alike. At the time Chelsea seemed the last hurdle for Liverpool in their remarkable quest for the title, which had captivated fans for many a week, and everything seemed to be falling correctly into place.
But in a season filled with unpredictability, everyone expected there to be one last twist, and unfortunately for the Liverpool fans, it was they who eventually slipped in the end.
3: Pardew’s headbutt
As a Newcastle fan, I still don’t know if I find this funny, disappointing or just downright humiliating. Cruising with a 3-1 lead against Hull City, Alan Pardew got into a small scuffle with David Meyler and decided, in Geordie-tongue, to ‘nut him’.
The best part however came in the post-match interview; where Pardew tried to explain himself by claiming “I tried to push him away with my head”.
2. The comeback to end all comebacks
I am of course referring to Crystal Palace’s comeback against Liverpool in the penultimate week of the season. Not only was this remarkable because of its speed (three goals in nine minutes) but also because of its significance.
While Liverpool had likely conceded the title a week before at Chelsea due to their inferior goal difference, there was no lack of disappointment amongst the Liverpool players. While we were unfortunately deprived of a dramatic final day, it was all but worth it if you were one of the lucky few that had decided to watch the match live.
1. “We go again”
No other moment could better capture the essence of what made this season so exhilarating to be a part of.
Liverpool have narrowly beaten City 3-2 and are now favorites to win the title.
A huddle forms, camera man included: “This does not slip now. This does not slip! Listen..Listen..This is gone! We go to Norwich. Exactly the same.. We go again. Come on!”
It’s a mundane cliché, but you really can’t write stuff like that.
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