City remains unstoppable and United suffer from a brilliant Coutinho

Manchester City reinforced its lead in the Premier League by defeating Chelsea (1-0) this Saturday, which leaves 13 points with 22 disputed dates.

The race for the title seems increasingly cloudless, although Liverpool, 3rd on 14 points, have two games in hand and host Brentford on Sunday.

After 11 consecutive victories in the league, a possible relaxation of City and some ‘Bleus’ were expected to go all out knowing that it was perhaps their last train to get hooked on the Premier. But neither one nor the other occurred in Manchester.

“Twelve wins in a row is incredible, we have to continue,” Guardiola celebrated.

“My job is to get what people are going to say out of the players’ heads. We are more than happy but there is still a lot to do,” added the Catalan.

– Focused on the Champions –

It is true that a one-on-one between the Belgian Romelu Lukaku and the goalkeeper Ederson in the 47th minute could have changed the tone of the game.

But the Brazilian goalkeeper resolved the situation correctly, in which it was Chelsea’s first shot between the three posts.

Never before, since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel on the London bench, had Chelsea gone through the entire first half without disturbing the rival goal at least once.

City, with an attacking hat-trick made up of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling, however went ahead with a goal from Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne.

Chelsea’s Basque goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who replaced Edouard Mendy (disputing the African Cup) could not do anything before De Bruyne’s shot from outside the area with 20 minutes to go.

Chelsea have only won one of their last six Premier League games.

“Our attacking players need to appear more. We need consistency. Chelsea is not a place to hide,” Tuchel launched.

Hegemonic power of English football in recent years, with the exception of 2019/2020, when Liverpool knew how to take advantage of its drop in performance, City is the undisputed favorite to win its fourth Premier in five years.

City’s eternal rival, Manchester United (7th), could only draw (2-2) in their visit to Aston Villa (13th), and they are still far from their neighbors, now being 24 points behind Pep’s team Guardiola.

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho made a brilliant return to the Premier League with Aston Villa, overturning Manchester United’s 2-0 lead in five minutes.

In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, injured in the hip, his compatriot Bruno Fernandes gave United the lead with a brace (6, 67).

After United’s second goal, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard brought on his former Liverpool teammate from Brazil.

Coutinho first provided the assist that allowed Jacob Ramsey to reduce the deficit (1-2, 77), before the Brazilian player himself equalized five minutes later (2-2, 82).

“I missed the Premier League and these kinds of games. I’m very happy here with my new teammates,” Coutinho said after the match, four years after leaving Liverpool for FC Barcelona.

“It was a good start for me. We believed in ourselves until the end and we didn’t lose,” he added.

– Burnley, new bottom –

For their part, Newcastle (19th, penultimate) suffered another disappointment, this time with a bitter 1-1 draw at home against Watford (17th).

The ‘Magpies’ went ahead in the 49th minute with a goal from the French Allan Saint-Maximin (49), but Watford equalized in the 87th, with a goal from the Brazilian Joao Pedro.

Wolverhampton (8th), guided by an initial penalty kick from Mexican Raúl Jiménez, beat Southampton (12th) 3-1.

Norwich left the bottom spot and moved up to 18th thanks to their 2-1 win over Everton (15th).

The last position is now for Burnley, who did not play this day. Their game against Leicester was postponed due to Burnley’s absences, due to injuries and cases of covid-19.

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