London, United Kingdom.- It’s just beginning, New Year can be fatal Chelsea the Liverpool In the title race, when the two teams face each other on Sunday in Stamford BridgeOn the twenty-first day of Premier League.
Both squads are bound to win to maintain contact with Manchester City, who are eight points ahead of Chelsea, and nine over Liverpool, although the Reds have one game less.
In the Blues, the atmosphere is tense, especially after the statements of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who told Sky Sport Italia Thursday that he is not happy with his position at Chelsea, regarding the choices of his coach Thomas Tuchel and “the system”. Different” that he put on after returning from injury.
The German coach indicated that he would speak with his player “in private.”
The Tuchel players, the last winners of the Champions League, have no right to make a mistake, especially given that their next trip in the tournament, on January 15, will be at the Etihad Stadium against City, the ranking leaders.
Slightly less convincing in December, and this week’s last-second draw against Brighton (1-1), Chelsea He has good memories of the first round match against the Reds (1-1, on August 28), when the equalizer was achieved at Anfield although the second half lost count.
The Reds are at a bad time
For their part, despite a correct performance, the Reds have won only one point out of six matches in their last two home matches at Tottenham (2-2, on December 19) and at Leicester (1-0, on December 28).
The holiday season is definitely not good for the Reds. A year ago, when they seemed untouchable, especially after the 7-0 win over Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s players had two bad matches against West Bromwich (1-1) and Newcastle (0-0), before losing. Title hopes earlier in the year in Southampton (lose 3-2).
Eight days were enough to give up first place for good. Unless they have a reaction in stamford bridge, Back in this part of the season they could see the title out of the way.
for this part, Manchester He will head to the Arsenal stadium with full confidence on Saturday (12:30 GMT) despite Arsenal’s fourth place.
Pep Guardiola’s formation easily dominated the first round match (5-0) and won all five of the tournament’s matches against Arsenal since Mikel Arteta, Guardiola’s former assistant, came off the bench.
Arteta will not be around because he has tested positive for Covid-19. City defender Joao Cancelo came under suspicion after he was subjected to a violent burglary at his home on Thursday, in which he was shot in the face.
The program for the twenty-first day of the English Premier League:
Arsenal – Manchester City
Watford – Tottenham
Crystal Palace – West Ham United
Brentford – Aston Villa
Leeds United – Burnley
Everton – Brighton
Chelsea – Liverpool