For the previous standings (1. Klopp; 2. Pochettino; 3. Conte), be sure to check out last week’s introductory post. Following last weekend’s Premier League games, Klopp retains his top position, but Conte moves up to second.
The biggest winner last week has to be Don Conte, though in pure statistical terms, Chelsea’s win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City was only the third best (i.e. third least expected when compared with expectactions) performance of the weekend after Bournemouth’s victory over Liverpool. The most important factor that contributed to Conte being the biggest winner is the fact that his victory came against a direct title rival, and away from home, to add. With last week’s victory, Conte has overtaken Mauricio Pochettino in second place in my managerial rating. Next one to be conquered: Klopp.
Eddie Howe managed the upset of the weekend when he beat Liverpool 4-3. The victory becomes even sweeter when considering that they were 3-1 down with only 15 minutes remaining and the winner was scored by our own Nathan Ake (From Chelsea, For Chelsea, Forever Chelsea). Eddie Howe has also gained four places in my ratings and is now in sixth place.
It was tough to choose between Moyes and Pardew for the final spot but I believe Moyes deserves it simply because this victory all but confirms that Moyes has in fact turned it around at Sunderland. Also I might be a bit biased with the selection as Moyes did initiate the downfall of one of the greatest empires built in English football by Sir Alex Ferguson. This weekend marks the first-time Sunderland are off the foot off the table all season; it is also the first time Moyes has gotten out of the foot of the table in my ratings. Moyes is now fifteenth and Sunderland have been the third most in-form team since start of November. Alarming signs considering we’re visiting them in the mid-week.
I must confess that this was a tough pick as I was tempted to put Guardiola in this place but logically Klopp has to be the biggest loser of last weekend. Liverpool had the ideal scenario in Gameweek 13, playing a Bournemouth side who had lost three of their last four games, while their two closest competitors for top spot in the league were facing each other. Klopp not only failed to capitalize on Guardiola’s slip-up, he also lost second place to Arsenal. Klopp remains the clear leader in my overall ratings, but Conte has cut into Klopp’s lead by 4.5 points.
The loss to Chelsea leaves Manchester City in fourth place, which is too low considering they were title favorites entering this season. Guardiola had just about been managing to expectations up to that point in the season, but has now has dropped from ninth to thirteenth in my ratings.
While Puel had done a decent job with Southampton in the league this season, losing 3-0 to a Crystal Palace side who had been on a six-match losing streak has unsurprisingly hurt him in the manager standings. Puel had been fourth highest rated manager entering the weekend, which just adds to the magnitude of his underperformance against Pardew. Puel drops three places and currently occupies the seventh position in my ratings.