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Chelsea are still Premier League leaders courtesy of their a third win in a row against Newcastle United at St.James’ Park. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are walking the same path of Blues, level on points at the top of the table.

LIVERPOOL 1-0 BRIGHTON (Mo Salah 23′)

WATFORD 2-1 CRYSTAL PALACE (Pereyra 53′ Holebas 71′ Zaha 78′) 

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-3 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS (Kane 50′ Lucas Moura 52′ 84′)

A goal from former Chelsea star Mo Salah secured a narrow victory over Brighton Hove&Albion. The Hornets broke a long-term record as they had never won three consecutive Premier League games in a start to the season. Spurs trashed Manchester United at Old Trafford, which means José Mourinho is currently 6 points behind Chelsea.

In the middle of the table we find Arsenal as Unai Emery’s men cruised to a convincing win against London rivals West Ham United, despite the Hammers broke the deadlock earlier in the first half. Aleksandr Mitrovic scored for Fulham as the Cottagers really can start enjoying their return to English top-flight division with a much-needed 4-2 win at home.

Maurizio Sarri will face Bournemouth on Saturday. The Cherries are currently level on points with Man City following their 2-2 against Everton (Richarlison was shown a red card and sent off for an attempted headbutt. The Citizens failed to get a win too, as Wolverhampton deservedly sealed a vital point at the Molineux.

 

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Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso spoke after the win against Newcastle that put Chelsea on the top of the table again, along with Liverpool and Watford.

“After them equalising everyone tought it was over but then Marcos [Alonso] found an incredible goal,” the Belgian said.

“They defended very well for most of the game, but eventually we were able to win.”

Marcos Alonso, who was again decisive after finding the winner against Arsenal last week, claimed it was a penalty on him:

“I think I touched the ball before the defender, I was between him and the ball, I guess the referee took the right decision”

“I believe we deserved these three points”.

 

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Chelsea are top of the table with 9 points after their win at St. James’s Park today.

The Blues won the third game out of three in this start of the Premier League and are now leaders along with Liverpool and Watford, who won 2-1 against Palace today.

The clash at Newcastle was decided in the last 15 minutes: first Eden Hazard converted a penalty awarded by referee Paul Tieney for a foul on Marcos Alonso.

After ten minutes Newcastle equalised with Joselu but the goal should have been disallowed as Yedlin, who made the cross for the Spaniard, hit Olivier Giroud with an elbow on the neck before assisting.

It was the same Yedlin who deflected, two minutes later, a shot of Marcos Alonso in the net: this goal allowed Chelsea to go back to London with 3 points, enough to be top of the table again.

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Watford managed to get their second consecutive Premier League win as they beat Burnley at Turf Moor last time out. The Hornets cruised to a 3-1 victory thanks to Troy Deeney and Will Hughes, who both found the net after Tarkowski had canceled out Andre Gray’s opener.

Watford are now level on points (6) with Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the standings. Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who both won their openers last week, will play their Premier League fixture on Monday.

CARDIFF CITY 0-0 NEWCASTLE UNITED

EVERTON 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON (Walcott 14′ Richarlison 31′ Ings 54′)

LEICESTER CITY 2-0 WOLVERHAMPTON (Doherty 29′ OG Maddison 45′)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3-1 FULHAM (Lucas Moura 43′ Mitrovic 52′ Trippier 74′ Kane 77′)

WEST HAM 1-2 BOURNEMOUTH (Arnautovic 33′ PEN Wilson 60′ Cook 66′)

 

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MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 LEICESTER CITY (Pogba 3′ PEN Luke Shaw 83′ Jamie Vardy 83′)

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (8′ Dele Alli 11′ Joselu 18′ Jan Vertonghen)

Man United and Spurs start Premier League campaign with narrow wins

BOURNEMOUTH 2-0 CARDIFF CITY (24′ Fraser 90’+1 Wilson)

WATFORD 2-0 BRIGHTON HOVE&ALBION (35′ 54′ Roberto Pereyra)

FULHAM 0-2 CRYSTAL PALACE (41′ Jeff Schlupp 76′ Wilfried Zaha)

WOLVERHAMPTON 2-2 EVERTON (17′ 67′ Richarlison 44′ Ruben Neves 80′ Raul Jimenez)

LIVE ON SUNDAY – West Ham face Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, with also Saints called to action against Burnley, who will face Istanbul Başakşehir in the second-tie of Europa League third qualifying round match on Thursday.

ARSENAL – MAN CITY (Kick-Off: 3PM BST)

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Champions League qualification is closer for Spurs thanks to Dele Alli and Harry Kane. The former broke the deadlock at 16′, the latter scored in the second half closing the match at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur are now just one point behind Liverpool and 5 points above Chelsea.

Harry Kane found the net following a frustrating period and scored his 38th goal from 45 games. The England international striker had also scored at 73′, but was caught offside. Mohamed Salah remains the Premier League top scorer with 31 goals, while Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is still behind the Tottenham Hotspur forward with 21  goals this season so far.

Spurs will be facing West Bromwich Albion next Saturday before hosting Newcastle United and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium for the last two games of Premier League season.

 

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Tiemoue Bakayoko has recently returned to training after suffering an injury which kept him out for several weeks. And Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the Frenchman has spent injury spell learning from his poor performance showed against Watford in February.

Conte told journalists: “If I have to see a positive aspect about his injury because he had a lot of time to metabolise the bad performance against Watford. Now he’s training with us for a week. His physical condition is not bad. But don’t forget that Baka is only 22 years old. He’s a really young player”.

“This season, I think we are paying a bit for a lack of experience of many players. About Baka, he has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea. I hope in the present but, for sure, in the future”.

Then he added: “We are working with him in the same way that we are working with the strikers, with [Andreas] Christensen, with every single player. Yes, for sure I trust Bakayoko. Only because, don’t forget, in the squad there are four midfielders. I must trust in my players. I have to continue to insist and trust.”

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New Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud made his first appeareance in the Starting XI with the Blues yesterday night in the Premier League game vs West Bromwich Albion.

After the match the French forward expressed his satisfaction for this new step in his career: “It’s been a while since I played regularly and that’s why I needed to move,” Giroud said. “I needed a new challenge and Chelsea was the perfect club for me. It’s the Premier League, a club which has won more titles in the past ten years than any other. It’s a massive club and I am very proud to be here and to carry on my career. I feel very good. It’s been maybe two months since I started a game so I felt good. I worked hard in training to be physically ready and to do what the coach asked me to do tactically. There is still room for improvement but I take a lot of pleasure from (my performance) and I’m happy to set the first goal for Eden. I was very excited to make my debut at Stamford Bridge and I’m very happy for the team. Obviously we needed the three points to get the confidence for the following games and we’ve done the job. It’s true you could see the team was not playing with the full freedom at times but it’s normal after two disappointing results (successive defeats by Watford and Bournemouth). It’s a new challenge and it’s been special for me to leave Arsenal. I had five amazing years there but now it’s a new chapter of my career and I am focused 100 per cent on the Blues to reach our targets and I’m very happy to be here. I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful and I couldn’t play the whole game.”

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Antonio Conte comes out in this delicate moment for Chelsea claiming his commitment to the club hasn’t changed lately:

“I’m not thinking for only one moment about the possibility of going away from this club. I repeat, my commitment is totally for this club, like that of my players,” the Italian said in today’s press conference.

“But, as you know very well, because we are talking about football a lot of times – I don’t agree with this – the coach depends on the results.

“For this reason, we have to pay great attention.

“When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club.

“We have to try to stop this bad run and to try to get three points against West Brom.

“It won’t be easy because in this type of situation the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work.”

Conte opted to give his players three days off following Monday’s humilation against Watford when they conceded three goals in the final six minutes.

With a two-legged Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up, the Blues boss felt this week was a rare opportunity for his players to have a break.

“I think it was the only moment in the season to give them a rest. I think in the future it will be very important to try (to create) a little space, a little room with the federation (FA) to try to give rest to the players,” he said.

Speaking about the disappointing performance at Vicarage Road, he added:

“I think Watford was a really bad game but it can happen. Our performance was totally negative.

“The performance was negative from the start and we didn’t create the chances to score. I think that the coach has to understand and try to find the best solution to avoid this type of situation. I didn’t like the Watford performance.”

 

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After the two consecutive Premier League losses with Bournemouth and Watford,  Cesar Azpilicueta claims all the players are working hard for Chelsea and the Blues manager Antonio Conte as they are the first to be disappointed by this bad moment.

“We are here altogether. We are all disappointed with the results,” Azpilicueta said after the Watford defeat. “We know that there is speculation here all the time – it has been that way in the six years I have been here. Are the players letting the coach down? No. I think if you see the training sessions, we all fight hard. We are the first to be disappointed with the way the last two games went. We are getting penalised in the bad moments we are having in the game. It’s not a long period, but in this league, which is so tough, you get punished as soon as you drop a bit.”

 

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