Premier League: Manchester Metropolis prolong lead, Chelsea stumble in Champions League chase

Premier League: Manchester Metropolis prolong lead, Chelsea stumble in Champions League chase

John Stones opened the floodgates earlier than an emphatic end from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero’s first Premier League objective for 14 months from the penalty spot spherical off the scoring.

Premier League: Manchester City extend lead, Chelsea stumble in Champions League chase

John Stones opened the scoring for Manchester Metropolis of their 3-0 win over Fulham. AP

A much-changed Manchester Metropolis stretched their Premier League result in 17 factors with a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday, whereas Chelsea gave the chasing pack within the race for a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League hope with a 0-0 draw at Leeds.

Pep Guardiola might afford the posh of constructing seven adjustments forward of Metropolis’s Champions League final 16, second leg towards Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek with Kevin De Bruyne among the many key gamers handed a relaxation.

Nevertheless, Metropolis’s energy in depth shone by as soon as extra because the guests struck thrice within the first quarter-hour of the second-half at Craven Cottage.

John Stones opened the floodgates earlier than an emphatic end from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero’s first Premier League objective for 14 months from the penalty spot spherical off the scoring.

“We have all performed so many video games, we all know the squad is rotated due to the schedule,” stated Stones.

“Everyone knows our roles and obligations and everybody who got here in at the moment deserves all of the credit score for the way in which we performed, fought and stayed so affected person.”

Manchester United have two video games in hand on the runaway league leaders to shut the hole, however there appears little doubt Metropolis will declare a 3rd league title in 4 years within the coming weeks after a run of 23 wins in 24 video games.

Fulham stay rooted within the backside three after only a second defeat in eight video games.

Chelsea not medical

Fourth-placed Chelsea stretched their unbeaten run since Thomas Tuchel changed the sacked Frank Lampard to 12 video games at Elland Highway.

Nevertheless, the Blues have been removed from prolific regardless of the wealth of attacking expertise at Tuchel’s disposal.

Tuchel left strikers Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud on the bench with Kai Havertz protecting his place as a false 9 and the German had his facet’s greatest likelihood with a pushed effort than Illan Meslier tipped over.

Leeds misplaced high scorer Patrick Bamford to harm within the first-half, however might have claimed victory themselves as Edouard Mendy made sensible saves to disclaim Tyler Roberts and Raphinha.

“We created sufficient possibilities and sufficient touches within the field to attain one or two targets. Sadly, we did not, so now we have to reside with a draw,” stated Tuchel.

A degree edges Chelsea three factors away from West Ham, who’ve two video games in hand.

Everton are nonetheless 5 factors adrift of the highest 4 as Burnley received 2-1 at Goodison Park.

The guests’ brilliant begin was rewarded with a significant three factors of their battle to beat the drop. Chris Wooden opened the scoring earlier than Dwight McNeil’s sensational strike doubled the guests’ lead.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled a objective again for Everton, however Burnley comfortably held out to open up a seven-point hole above the relegation zone.

“It’s a huge disappointment as a result of we misplaced an ideal alternative to climb the desk,” stated Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti.

“We made the identical mistake as many of the video games in Goodison Park, we did not begin nicely.”

‘Stand tall’

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha turned the primary Premier League participant to not take a knee previous to kick-off of a 1-0 win over West Brom.

The Ivory Coast worldwide stood tall whereas the remainder of his Palace team-mates and their opponents took the knee.

The 28-year-old revealed final month that he would not carry out the gesture towards racial injustice, which has been adopted by Premier League gamers, officers and workers since June.

“As a society, I really feel we ought to be encouraging higher training in colleges, and social media corporations ought to be taking stronger motion towards individuals who abuse others on-line – not simply footballers,” Zaha stated in a press release.

“I now simply wish to concentrate on soccer and luxuriate in being again taking part in on the pitch. I’ll proceed to face tall.”

As soon as the motion started, Luka Milivojevic scored the one objective from the penalty spot to plunge the Baggies ever nearer to a return to the Championship.

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