Garth Crooks’ team of the week: Eden Hazard and Jamie Vardy feature

Jamie Vardy has scored the first Leicester goal in the Premier League under his three past permanent managers: Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel

Another entertaining weekend of action of the Premier League produced 22 goals in nine matches.

Five came to The Hawthorns, where the leaders of Manchester City continued their winning career against West Bromwich Albion, while Jamie Vardy was again on the scoreboard when Leicester overcame

without manager at King Power Stadium.

One of the weekend's performances was at Vicarage Road, where Stoke City secured their first away win by beating Watford thanks to Darren Fletcher's goal.

Daniel Sturridge, Robert Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum scored in the second half when Liverpool swept Huddersfield Town.

Elsewhere, Anthony Martia The last winner gave Manchester United a narrow victory over Tottenham and Arsenal suffered a scare against Swansea before came from behind to win . In the 97th minute to deny the victory of West Ham, Chelsea won in Bournemouth, and Glenn Murray scored his third goal in

two games to win Brighton a point against Southampton.

You can see the thinking behind my team then but first try to choose your own team of the week.

Choose your XI from the selection list selected by BBC Sport reporters and share it with your friends.

Goalkeeper – Joe Hart (West Ham)

Hart made seven saves in West Ham's 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace – two more than any other goalie this weekend

It's not often I'm sorry for the goalies, but I felt it for Joe Hart after the West Ham draw at Crystal Palace. He deserved better from his teammates. Goalkeepers are often the first to raise their hands in the dressing room when they have made a noise, and I hope the West Ham players apologize to Hart after he made some fantastic saves and put the Hammers in an excellent position to win the game.

This should have been West Ham's first away win of the season in the league, and it would have been if it had not been for the shocking decision-making of players who should have known. Michail Antonio carefully took the ball almost all the way to the opposition corner flag, only to completely forget everything he had been taught about the retention of the ball in the final minutes of the game and kindly return the ball to Palace, which raised the other end to score the equalizer.

What madness is that?

Antonio must spend the next four weeks training with academic academics if he's going to make such high school mistakes. Fortunately for Antonio and the Hammers, Hart's exploits saved a point for his team and low pressure coach Slaven Bilic. Let's hope for the good of Bilic, there is nothing else at stake. Defender – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

I was never one to put my body into the game for the team. I always thought there were better people on the team designed for that, and I was not one of them. A man who does it with monotonous regularity is César Azpilicueta. His lockout in a Callum Wilson effort aimed at the back of the Chelsea net was an intervention to save games against Bournemouth.

Last season I identified David Luiz as the determining factor in Chelsea's defensive successes. However, this season it seems it is Azpilicueta who took the lead role in a somewhat remodeled backstage that was without Gary Cahill against Bournemouth. It's no coincidence that Antonio Conte awarded Azpilicueta the captain's armband.

Conte satisfied with & # 39; deserved & # 39; Blues win

Anyone with that level of consistency has to play every week, regardless of their rotation policy. I just wish the Chelsea captain told Tiemoue Bakayoko to come to work properly. The time and effort that the Frenchman must take to manicure and dye his hair – it was blue this week, and I'm afraid to think about what color it will be next week – could be better invested either in the training ground or by improving his English .

The great Ruud Gullit said that he spent most of his time sleeping in two training sessions and had no time for subtleties when he was a player. Clearly, that is not the case for Bakayoko, who clearly has too much time on his hands and dyes his hair. And Azpilicueta should tell him. Defender – Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

Shawcross played in the middle of a three-pointer for Stoke in his 1-0 win over Watford and made five blocks: two more than any other player over the weekend

Stoke needed desperately a win at Watford and a good performance from Ryan Shawcross. Fortunately they got both. The Stoke captain is very capable of being the rock on which a performance is built, but he is also very capable of getting into terrible defensive schemes sometimes.

Against Watford was the quiet and steady influence we have seen in the past and provided the Potter with the composure necessary to continue and win the game.

Fletcher winner straight from the training camp – Hughes

What a pity Troy Deeney could not do the same with Watford. Deeney continues to make a positive contribution to the Hornets, but was involved in a very unpleasant incident. However, the calls for denial of the avant-garde center retrospective will, I hope, fall on deaf ears. If the referee saw no reason to send Deeney, I do not know why anyone else should. Defender – Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

I've seen this guy play Chelsea side and he seems a bit unsure of himself . Against Bournemouth, to the left of a defensive three, he looked magnificent. He has a great pace and looks like an athlete, but what I liked about his performance against the cherries was how economical he was on the ball.

After winning the ball, which he did consistently throughout the game, he immediately played the first available player on his team. He was not particularly interested in progressing, but he seemed perfectly at ease allowing someone to be better equipped to make the pass important or revealing. His job was to defend and, if possible, to do so without giving free kicks on the edge of his own box. A great attribute if you have it. Midfielder – Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Saturday's game against Tottenham was massive for Manchester United, and one they had to win. They simply could not afford to go to Chelsea next week with the prospect of having to win just to stay in touch with Manchester City.

One of the forces behind United this season has been Antonio Valencia. The Ecuador international was at his best against a Tottenham team that, in my opinion, gave this game and lost to Davinson Sánchez, who has been outstanding so far this season. The Spurs played the best football and a 0-0 draw would have been good enough given the circumstances, but without the injured Harry Kane they would never have damaged United.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that without Kane, the Spurs do not frighten any of the four main teams, especially away from home. However, with United's Romelu Lukaku a little out of pace and Marcus Rashford with a mandate to score in 70 minutes or is off, it was Valencia who scored his defense enough not to give Tottenham a clue to his goal and that is precisely what he did.

I have to add, why playing Rashford, Martial and Lukaku in a three-man attack at Old Trafford should scare Mourinho, it's a mystery to me. And he calls himself the & # 39; Special One & # 39 ;.

Midfielder – Fernandinho (Manchester City)

I love the forgotten heroes, and in a team of superstars Fernandinho is so little known as it gets. The 32-year-old Brazilian made my team of the week several times last season on the side as well as in the midfield, but in this star-studded outfit perfectly complements Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva.

In front of a totally overcrowded West Brom, Fernandinho seemed to continually enjoy finding Leroy Sane on the left side of town with a beautiful right pass. In fact, that's where City's first goal came from and remained a problem for the Baggies throughout the match.

Fernandinho is a model professional; there are no flashy haircuts, and there is certainly no dye in her hair. He does not come to work as if auditioning for a modeling job on a Paris catwalk, or to attract unnecessary attention to himself. In fact, the only attention it attracts is by what it does with football, and that's how it should be. That is why, since his arrival at Manchester City, each manager has selected him on a regular basis.

Fernandinho won the Premier League with Manuel Pellegrini and now, with 28 points of a possible 30 and 35 goals in 10 matches, it seems that Pep Guardiola could add a second title to the Brazilian collection. City football is playing under Guardiola should make Manchester United fans cry. Midfielder – Demarai Gray (Leicester City)

Gray played a decisive role in Leicester's two goals in their 2-0 win at Everton, beginning the attack by the first and scoring the second

It seems that every time Leicester City names a new manager, wins the next game Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare, Michael Appleton and now Claude Puel have experienced this response from their players once they have taken the job. The problem is that foxes can not continue like this.

The former champions of the Premier League can not expect to change their manager every time they have a bad patch in the hope that the change will buy them a few more points. The game has always been about players and if you do not get the right ones do not survive, it's that simple.

Leicester had some difficulties replacing Danny Drinkwater and Goal Kante, but the development of Demarai Gray could be a step in the right direction.

The 21 year old England international is an excellent athlete, he excelled against Everton and in this performance deserves to play more matches. As for Everton, the departure of manager Ronald Koeman has been a step back. Not because Koeman was doing something special, but because Everton made the decision to fire him without taking into account plan B.

Midfielder: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)

I was very impressed with Sead Kolasinac when Arsenal played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and he has since become a standard feature in the Gunners configuration.

Kolasinac only joined the club at the start of the season, and on a free transfer, which really takes the stuffing out of all Arsenal fans who have beaten him all up for not having spent millions on players who the manager thinks they are not worth it.

The second half is much better for Arsenal – Wenger

Kolasinac should be the signing of the season and already looks like a player who has earned the respect and admiration of his teammates equipment. The goal against Swansea was good, but the movement and assistance for Aaron Ramsey scored was a fabulous football from the Bosnia-Herzegovina international.

Being so high up on the open playing field is one thing, but having the composure to handle the issues so effectively is something completely different. If Wenger is free during the international break, perhaps Theresa May could ask the Arsenal manager if he could lead the Brexit talks with European chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Front – Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

When you're hot, you're hot, you're hot, you're hot, you're hot, and Wilfried Zaha is on fire at the moment. Ivory Coast performances have given the Crystal Palace a lifeline. If the Eagles can get Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Zaha in the field at the same time, Palace will get points.

For the moment, all the responsibility seems to be falling on Zaha's shoulders and I can understand that weight is too much. The player admits that there are times when the pressure tends to reach him, but there is nothing like setting goals to solve that particular problem.

Zaha has a wonderful skill and Palace supporters willingly pay to see that magic of Zaha. That's all you should worry about right now. Your admirers adore you, just give them a little of what they crave. That is all.

Forward – Jamie Vardy (City of Leicester)

When you have a runner set up on your team like Jamie Vardy, why would not you use them?

Jamie Vardy has participated in 13 goals in his last 15 Premier League games at King Power Stadium ? that? Since the days of former Liverpool player Ian Rush, I have seen a midfielder surrounding a defender with the sole aim of getting a block on the ball.

There were numerous occasions against Everton when Vardy ran 20 yards to block the ball down the line from the side, or force the center back to move the ball quickly, pushing it to an error. However, there can be no bigger view for a Leicester fan than seeing Vardy approaching the opposition's target.

Puel satisfied with "perfect" Foxes start

The speed with which Vardy completed the attack led by Gray, before the Riyad Mahrez crossing for the opening goal of Leicester, was phenomenal. He said two things: first, how badly he wanted to score and, secondly, how good his fitness level is.

Puel has some very willing runners in his new team: Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, Mahrez and Gray. You need to find out who your best team is and take it seriously where they want to end up in the league. The rest is quite simple after that.

There is no doubt about it: when Eden Hazard plays well, Chelsea plays well. Although Hazard spent his 85 minutes against Bournemouth, the game was at the limit until the final whistle because neither he nor his team could finish the Cherries.

The Blues played wonderful football and could have won this game handsomely. Only Hazard could have had a hat-trick. The movement between him, Pedro, Álvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas was too much for Bournemouth to manage at times.

Chelsea are nine points behind Manchester City, and maintaining the title seems like a big question. However, manager Antonio Conte must contain his nerves. Responding in his pre-match press conference in an explosive way to defend his position, since the manager only feeds the narration. Talking about players who do not like their training methods, or managers available who want their job is industry salaz.

What is vital for Conte is that Chelsea continue to unearth results as they did against Watford and Bournemouth, and that players like Hazard continue to produce first-class performances. This is how you really judge whether a manager's training methods are working. It's called results.

And here is Garth's team in full …

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