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Premier League: Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur – ENGLISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith

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Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea

Tottenham have missed out on champions league places in the Premier League. Against Chelsea under manager Frank Lampard, who had played for the Blues for a total of four years under the current Spurs coach José Mourinho, Tottenham had to contend with defensive concentration weaknesses: the first goal fell from the left side after a short corner by Chelsea, because Serge Aurier came out too late and was then played out too easily by Willian. The Brazilian laid the ball on the stronger right foot in the penalty area and shot into the long corner. Spurs goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga was without a chance in the 12th minute.

Even after the delay, Tottenham made life difficult: after a high pass from Willian into the penalty area, Gazzaniga did not go to the ball, but instead jumped into the approaching Marcos Alonso. First referee Anthony Taylor decided on striker foul, but after consulting with the video assistant he gave the penalty kick: Willian converted (45.+4).

Gazzaniga jumps in Marcos Alonso

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Gazzaniga jumps in Marcos Alonso

The video evidence was also attempted when Chelsea’s central defender Antonio Rüdiger walked on the ground after a duel with Son Heung-min. Son had played against the recently often injured German national player – and saw the red card (62nd). The defeat has put Tottenham in seventh place and are now six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. The Blues are now 32 points clear of fifth-placed the Blues in fifth place.

Watford 2-0 Manchester United (0-0)

There was also a glaring goalkeeping error in Watford’s victory over the English record holders: in the 50th minute, United’s goalkeeper David De Gea let a really harmless, wrongly hit and central set-up of Watford’s Ismailia Sarr slip into the goal. It was the Spanish national goalkeeper’s sixth goalless goal- the Premier League’ highest.

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United defeat to Watford:
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Just four minutes later, Watford captain Troy Deeney made the decision with a penalty after United’s summer arrival smothered Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the penalty area (54th). It was United’s fifth defeat of the season, all of which were scored by coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against poorly placed teams. Against the top four, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool and City, United had three wins and a draw. However, the Red Devils are only eighth and are already seven points behind Chelsea.