Chelsea and Liverpool neutralize each other and make a nice gift to Manchester City

We must act in time before it is too late. In the aftermath of Manchester City’s in extremis victory against Arsenal, the urgency was the same for Chelsea and Liverpool, with a double objective in mind: above all not to let City fly away at the top of the Premier League while overthrowing a competitor. direct. But Blues and Reds were neutralized on Sunday January 2 at Stamford Bridge (2-2), giving the Citizens the right to reap the fruits of their spectacular clash.

Liverpool had however put everything in place to spend a quiet evening and take second place from their opponent of the day. Jürgen Klopp’s players only needed 25 minutes to lead by two goals. Sadio Mané was the first to strike, eliminating Edouard Mendy to conclude from the left after a failed intervention by Trevoh Chalobah (9th). Mohamed Salah made the break after being found on the right, with a nice dive in the closed angle (26th).

At this moment, the mass seemed already said. The only concern for the Reds was then to wonder how they were going to do without their two scorers, who will participate in the CAN (Salah with Egypt and Mané with Senegal) from January 9 to February 6 next. But when there was no cloud on the horizon, Chelsea returned to the game just before the break.

Mateo Kovacic woke up the stands with a magical volley from outside the area (42nd), an unexpected conclusion after a free kick from Marcos Alonso returned by Reds goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher. On their way, the Blues hit the mark three minutes later thanks to Christian Pulisic, perfectly found by N’Golo Kanté in depth and applied on his volley in the race (45th + 1).

The match remained very open after returning from the locker room, but the goals stopped pouring in. Partly thanks to Edouard Mendy. The Chelsea goalkeeper didn’t let anything pass, even when his opponents were finally flagged offside. The Senegalese, who will also play the CAN, released the big game in the 57th minute with a sumptuous save against Mohamed Salah when he was a little far from his goal line.

The score remained frozen at 2-2. No winner has been named, but City are rubbing their hands. The English champion is now 10 points ahead of his runner-up Chelsea and 11 over the third, Liverpool. A nice mattress that already allows him to be the big favorite at his own estate in the spring.

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