Saturday's top results
Frank Lampard’s men climb second in the table after a comfortable 2-0 win over out-of-form Newcastle United.
Lampard made only one change to his side as Antonio Rudiger replaced tired Thiago Silva. Both Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech started after impressing with their national teams, while Olivier Giroud remained on the bench despite scoring twice in France’s 4-2 win over Sweden.
Chelsea started the game impressively and Blues’ early pressure was paid off in 10th-minute when Mason Mount’s cross was converted into his own net by Federico Fernandez, who couldn’t sort out his footing while clearing the ball.
Timo Werner spurned a couple of golden opportunities and then finally set up Tammy Abraham after a magnificent solo run.
Stamford Bridge residents are on a roll with five consecutive wins in all competitions, however, Frank Lampard states that his team should stay humble as Chelsea prepare for Champions League trip to France and London Derby against Spurs: “I know we are top of the league for five minutes but we have to think about the big picture," Lampard said, speaking before the Tottenham game. We know that there are improvement and work to be done. We have to remain humble.”
The home side took the lead inside 5-minutes as Son Heung-min expertly nutmegged Ederson after receiving an overhead pass from Tanguy Ndombele. Aymeric Laporte restored parity with a thunderous strike, but Man City’s equalizer was ruled out by VAR as Gabriel Jesus hand handled the ball in the buildup play.
As expected, Pep’s men enjoyed possession but Mourinho’s men defended resiliently and taken their chances more clinically than Man City and in the 65th-minute, Giovani lo Celso put the result beyond any doubt with a low finish past Ederson.
Despite an impressive performance against title-challengers, Jose Mourinho claimed that his side is not challenging for the title: “People cannot expect us to come here and after one season we are fighting for the title. We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to win every match. But we are going to lose matches, we are going to draw matches.”
In the meantime, Manchester City’s 12 points from opening 8 games are their worst start to a Premier League season since 2008-09.
Atletico Madrid go joint top of La Liga table with Real Sociedad after a narrow 1-0 win over FC Barcelona.
The only goal of the night came in first-half stoppage time when Yannick Carrasco dived in midway into Barcelona half and put the ball into an empty net after goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen failed to reach the ball before the Belgian.
Jan Oblak kept his clean sheet intact as he made a stunning save from Clement Lenglet header. The night went bad to worse for Ronald Koeman as defender Gerard Pique left the pitch in the second half, hobbling with a knee injury.
It was later reported by Barcelona that Spain center-back had sprained his right knee, but reports are coming out from Spain that the 33-year-old could well spend four to six months on the treatment table.
This defeat has left Barcelona to 10th place, nine points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad. Meanwhile, coach Ronald Koeman confessed that his team should not concede a goal in that manner: “A team like Barca cannot afford to concede a goal like that. It was our fault, it's not good and we can't let something like that happen again.”
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