Spurs make massive assertion
Tottenham powered to the highest of the Premier League with a powerful 2-0 win in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, whereas Chelsea are as much as second place after their victory at Newcastle on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho’s facet are two factors away from Chelsea because of objectives from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham took the lead after 5 minutes as South Korean ahead Son ran onto Tanguy Ndombele’s lofted cross, beat the Metropolis offside lure and slotted a cool end beneath Ederson.
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It was Son’s ninth league objective this season and his eleventh in all competitions. Metropolis dominated possession after Son’s objective and thought that they had equalised within the twenty seventh minute when Aymeric Laporte fired dwelling.
However Gabriel Jesus managed Rodri’s cross together with his arm earlier than establishing Laporte and the objective was disallowed after referee Mike Dean consulted the pitchside monitor.
Lo Celso got here off the bench to attain together with his first contact simply 35 seconds after his introduction.
The Argentine midfielder netted his first Premier League objective within the sixty fifth minute, driving his shot previous Ederson after Harry Kane’s chic cross prised open the Metropolis defence.
On the one-year anniversary of Mourinho’s appointment, Tottenham are unbeaten of their final eight league video games since dropping to Everton on the opening weekend of the season.
Mourinho’s staff are on a four-match successful run within the league and have been remodeled into real title contenders simply months after ending outdoors the highest 4 final time period.
Tottenham, who final gained the top-flight title in 1961 and haven’t lifted a serious trophy since 2008, would give up pole place if Leicester beat champions Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Metropolis are languishing in tenth place, eight factors behind the leaders after their first defeat in 10 video games in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s timid facet look a shadow of the swaggering outfit that gained successive league titles in 2018 and 2019.
Chelsea handle ANOTHER clear sheet
Chelsea climbed to second spot on the ladder with a convincing 2-0 win at Newcastle.
Frank Lampard’s facet moved above Leicester on objective distinction because of Federico Fernandez’s first-half personal objective and Tammy Abraham’s strike after the interval.
Chelsea are unbeaten in 9 video games in all competitions and haven’t misplaced of their final six league matches.
With 5 clear sheets of their final six matches in all competitions, Chelsea’s third successive league victory was the right strategy to begin a busy interval main as much as Christmas.
Maurizio Sarri was in cost the final time Chelsea have been in pole place within the Premier League in September 2018.
However Lampard’s squad are extra formidable than his predecessor’s fragile staff and a severe title problem seems more and more potential.
Chelsea’s stress was rewarded within the tenth minute when a brief nook caught Newcastle flat-footed.
Mason Mount whipped in a low cross and Fernandez turned it into his personal internet beneath stress from Ben Chilwell on the far publish.
With Lampard’s males monopolising possession, Timo Werner ought to have doubled their lead from Mount’s cross, however the German ahead scuffed his shot vast from 10 yards.
The Blues put the consequence past doubt within the sixty fifth minute when Werner accelerated away from the Newcastle defence and slipped a cross to Abraham, who guided his shot previous Karl Darlow and in off the publish.
Abraham has now scored in three consecutive appearances in all competitions for the primary time since September 2019.
“It’s not a simple sport. We performed effectively in patches and the result’s key in these video games,” Lampard mentioned.
“The Premier League is hard, relentless, and we handled the problem of the sport very effectively.
“I gained’t get enthusiastic about being prime of the desk for 5 minutes. It’s vital to be humble and realize it’s an extended race.”
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At Villa Park, Brighton’s 2-1 success ended a run of seven video games with out a win in all competitions, nevertheless it didn’t come simply for the Seagulls.
Graham Potter’s facet, who had gained solely as soon as within the league this time period, took the lead by way of Danny Welbeck earlier than Ezri Konsa’s equaliser for Villa.
Solly March put Brighton again in entrance, however Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey was despatched off for a foul on Jack Grealish in stoppage-time.
Villa have been controversially denied a penalty within the remaining seconds when Michael Oliver gave a spot-kick for March’s problem on Trezeguet, just for the referee to vary his thoughts after consulting the pitchside monitor.
Within the twelfth minute, Welbeck took Adam Lallana’s cross close to the midway line, sprinted away from the sluggish Villa defence and clipped a cool end over Emiliano Martinez.
It was the 29-year-old’s first objective since July when the previous Arsenal ahead netted in his final sport for Watford.
Recent from his tremendous performances for England throughout the worldwide break, Grealish was filled with confidence and the Villa captain’s curling effort was effectively saved by Mat Ryan.
Ryan saved together with his leg to maintain out Tyrone Mings’ close-range effort, however a sport filled with possibilities lastly featured a Villa objective within the forty seventh minute.
Bertrand Traore’s free-kick reached Konsa on the far publish and the unmarked Villa defender slid in for a medical end.
March restored Brighton’s lead from Pascal Gross’s cross within the 56th minute, bending an excellent strike into the highest nook from the sting of the realm.