City see red as Chelsea demonstrate champion credentials
Chelsea’s good form continued this weekend as they beat Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title favourites in their own back yard; 3-1.
Manchester City played the better football but Chelsea were more clinical and showed more fight for the cause, coming back from 1-0 down at H/T to emphatically win this match.
The score line slightly flatters the away team, due to the possession had by the hosts (60.6% to Chelsea’s 39.4%) but none the less, Chelsea taught Manchester City a lesson on how to hit your opponents ruthlessly and emphatically on the break.
First Diego Costa, then Willian and finally Eden Hazard, showed moments of brilliance to finish off fantastic Counter Attacking plays from Chelsea with Costa being influential throughout the match and also laying on the assist for Willian’s goal.
Manchester City’s star man Sergio Aguero saw red – literally, venting his frustrating by chopping down David Luiz at the death of this match – which resulted in a mass fracas on the pitch which also saw Fernandinho also sent off for grabbing Cesc Fabregas – though replays showed Fabregas was more instigator than a victim. Both players will miss vital games for Manchester City over the festive period, including a big home fixture to rivals Arsenal.
It’s still far too early to know if this game will indicate where the title will end up this year. What is for certain now though, is that this Chelsea side are going to be a tough outfit to beat and with this victory have made a statement to their rivals that they are to be taken seriously this season.
Manchester City will be in the mix of it, we know that much – but with Aguero potentially missing the next four matches, this battle with the Blues may have a longer lasting effect on the Citizens title aspirations, than just this weekend’s result alone.
Gooners & Spurs hit 5
Arsenal and Tottenham both hit five goals this weekend against West Ham and Swansea respectively, to show they are far from out of the title race just yet.
Alexis Sanchez was the real difference at The London Stadium, as he scored a sublime hat trick plus laid on an assist for Ozil’s opener. He played outstanding throughout the match showcasing dazzling skill through all his goals. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored with a great strike from outside the area, as he hit Arsenals’ forth.
As expected, Spurs were far too strong for the struggling Welsh counterparts with Harry Kane scoring a brace to celebrate signing his new long term contract this week.
Christian Erikson also got two goals whilst the pick of the bunch was arguably, Heung Min Son’s strike. The Korean connected brilliantly with a volley to score Tottenham’s second on the stroke of half time.
Swansea will feel hard done by as replays showed that Dele Alli seemed to have dived in the box to win the opening penalty – which Kane duly scored from. Overall though, Spurs dispatched of the Swans with ease to get their title charge back on track with only their second win in their last seven Premier League games.
Bournemouth fight back to Knock Klopp out of Top 2
Bournemouth shocked Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to come from behind twice and knock them off the Top two in the Premier League standings, to give manager Eddie Howe his first ever victory against the reds.
It all looked business as usual for Liverpool as they stormed into a 2-0 lead with quick fire goals from Mane (20) and Origi (22) to give the Reds a two nil half time lead at The Vitality Stadium.
Calum Wilson scored from the penalty spot after Jame’s Milner tripped influential substitute Ryan Fraser inside the box.
Parity was then instilled as Emre Can hit the ball first time into the top corner from outside the box from Sadio Mane’s pullback, after a good run down the right.
Just when you thought it was all said and done, Bournemouth re-wrote their own version of the script to cause a real upset.
Substitute and former Aberdeen player, Ryan Fraser (who was a menace throughout), started and then finished a counter attack from the Cherries to make it 2-3 on 72 minutes before centre back Steve Cook, hit an excellent volley past goal keeper Karius just seven minutes later to pull Bournemouth level.
The game went into stoppage time and the ultimate comeback was complete thanks to on-loan Chelsea defender Nathan Ake. Defender Cook hit an effort from outside the area and though the shot was moving, Karius should have collected comfortably. However, the Liverpool stopper spilled the ball for Ake to turn it home from six yards, to send the Vitlaity Stadium into delirium.
“We gave the game away at a decisive point. We opened the door and they ran through and scored some wonderful goals. So that’s the deserved result.” Said Jurgen Klopp at the end of the game.
How much of impact will this result have on Liverpool’s title charge, if any at all? Does this event further prove the Reds failings in defence?
If recent form is anything to go by, you can imagine Klopp will have his side fired up to write this week’s wrong in next weeks’ match up at home to West Ham. It doesn’t get any easier for the Irons!
Additional Talking Points Match week 14: 3rd, 4th and 5th December 2016.
West Bromich Albion with the impressive reformed Matthew Phillips are flying high in the League – can Tony Pulis really get them into Europe this season?
Pards get’s respite with convincing 3-0 victory against a good Southampton side – but how long for?
Sunderland win again and as a result leapfrog Swansea and Hull City at the bottom of the league – can they stay up after all?
Leicester struggle to win away AGAIN – ironically last away win was @ Sunderland LAST APRIL!
Stokes good run continues – 1 defeat in last 9! Can they make it perfect ten and avoid defeat next week against Arsenal at The Emirates?
With West Ham only one point away from the drop zone – will Gold and Sullivan give Bilic the time to turn it round? Where has it gone wrong? London Stadium??????
With Everton holding Manchester United at Goodison Park – can Manchester United make Top 4 this year or even challenge for the title?
Boro beat Hull City thanks to Ramirez’s goal to put Boro in 13th. Is the only way down for Hull City and how well can Boro do this year?