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Leeds United were Chelsea's next opponents, with the Yorkshire side travelling to Stamford Bridge for the first time since they were relegated in 2004. Carlos Coberán's side had spent the season hovering around the bottom three, but Spencer knew that they would be determined to win, given the historic rivalry between the two sides that had started in the late 1960s. Alex Telles was suspended, so Emerson started on the left. 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

Azpilicueta Christensen Zouma Emerson 

Kovacic 

Mount Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Kanté, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, James 

 

Leeds United 

Casilla

Souquet Kenneh Cooper Silva 

Aina Shackleton Phillips Costa

Eze

Augustin 

Substitutes: Huffer, Davis, McCalmont, Edmondson, Stevens, Gotts, Alioski

 

Referee: David Coote 

 

In the 6th minute, Chelsea won a corner. Werner won the ball in the air from Helder Costa, but his header was saved by Casilla. Werner had another chance in the 10th minute, but his shot was again saved by Casilla. 

 

In the 19th minute, a corner from Mount found Werner, whose header skimmed the top of the bar. 

 

In the 25th minute, Costa was penalised for a foul on Sancho. Ziyech took the free kick, but his shot was saved by Casilla. Casilla would be called into action again in the 27th minute as he saved from Emerson, and again in the 28th minute as he saved a shot from Havertz, followed by a Ziyech header in the 29th minute. 

 

On the half hour mark, a cross from Mount found Zouma, whose header went over the bar. Three minutes later, Mount received the ball from Azpilicueta and played it into space for Sancho to run onto. Sancho exchanged passes with Werner and hit a swerving shot which was tipped over by Casilla.

 

In the 34th minute, a clearance from Silva was intercepted by Azpilicueta, who passed to Mount. Mount then played it to Ziyech, and Ziyech hit a dipping shot which went in off the post from 25 yards to give Chelsea the lead, with Martin Tyler describing it as "a fabulous strike" on Sky Sports. 

 

A minute later, Kovacic played a one-two with Azpilicueta and passed to Mount. Mount looked up, and sent a shot flying into the top corner from 25 yards. Once again, Martin Tyler didn't hold back, describing the goal as "A 25-yard blockbuster", "Sheer Brilliance", and "An incredible goal".

 

Chelsea now looked to add to the misery, and in the 37th minute Werner was denied by a last-ditch tackle. Three minutes later, a shot from Sancho was saved by Casilla.

 

Chelsea started the second half as they'd finished the first, and in the 48th minute a cross from Emerson was met by Ziyech, whose volley was charged down by Silva. A minute later, a free kick from Costa found former Chelsea player Ola Aina, whose header went just wide, before Cooper blocked a shot from Mount. 

 

In the 53rd minute, a cross from Azpilicueta found Werner, whose header went over the bar. Four minutes later, Leeds replaced Silva with Gotts while Sancho was replaced by Hudson-Odoi. 

 

On the hour, Ziyech received the ball from Azpilicueta and got down the right before sending the ball 30 yards back to Havertz. Havertz saw his shot blocked by Kenneh, but Hudson-Odoi pounced on the rebound and sent a half-volley into the top corner.

 

Hudson-Odoi nearly got on the scoresheet again in the 64th minute, as he received the ball from Havertz and hit a right-footed shot which was saved by Casilla. A minute later, Phillips was booked for a foul on Mount. Ziyech struck the free kick goalwards, but his shot was saved by Casilla.

 

With 20 minutes to go, Chelsea replaced a disappointing Werner with Batshuayi. A minute later, Havertz received the ball from Emerson before taking a shot which was tipped over by Casilla, who also saved Batshuayi's header from the corner and another shot from Batshuayi a minute later. 

 

In the 76th minute, Havertz was replaced by Loftus-Cheek, but a minute later Emerson was injured in a tackle by Gotts and was forced off with fractured ribs. Spencer ordered his wingers back and Azpilicueta inside, while Aina was replaced by Alioski before Phillips was replaced by McCalmont.

 

With a man advantage, Leeds looked to get back into the game. In the 83rd minute, a cross from Souquet found Augustin, who sent a header just over, before Eze saw a shot blocked by Zouma. In the 88th minute, Souquet saw a shot tipped against the post by Kepa before Zouma cleared. 

 

In the final minute of added time, Ziyech saw a free kick saved by Casilla as Chelsea saw out a convincing win.

 

Sunday 6 December 2020, 14:00: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 3-0 Leeds United (Ziyech 34, Mount 35, Hudson-Odoi 60)

Attendance: 41,631 (3,000 away)

Man of the Match: Mason Mount 

 

Other results 

Liverpool 2-0 Norwich (Dybala pen 21, Origi 90)

Arsenal 4-2 Aston Villa (Depay 43, Lacazette 68, Elneny 89, Saka 90+1; Samatta 38, Mata pen 77)

Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield (King 20, de Jong 26; Mbenza 45)

Everton 2-0 Burnley (Iwobi 32, Davies 67)

Southampton 2-3 Tottenham (Ings 47, Elyounoussi 86; Son 17, 20, Zaha 39)

Leicester 0-1 Man Utd (Pogba 17)

West Ham 1-3 Man City (Yarmolenko 17, Rice s/o 54; Silva 33, 86, Sterling 70)

 

Sunday 

Sheff Utd 1-1 Brighton (L. Freeman 1; Andone pen 88)

 

Monday 

Fulham 1-0 Wolves (Mitrovic 64)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Arsenal      | 16    | 14    | 1     | 1     | 56    | 12    | 44    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man City     | 16    | 14    | 0     | 2     | 35    | 13    | 22    | 42    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 16    | 12    | 1     | 3     | 37    | 15    | 22    | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Man Utd      | 16    | 12    | 1     | 3     | 35    | 13    | 22    | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 16    | 11    | 3     | 2     | 32    | 7     | 25    | 36    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 16    | 10    | 2     | 4     | 30    | 18    | 12    | 32    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 16    | 9     | 1     | 6     | 24    | 18    | 6     | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Everton      | 16    | 7     | 1     | 8     | 23    | 25    | -2    | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Fulham       | 16    | 6     | 3     | 7     | 16    | 21    | -5    | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Brighton     | 16    | 5     | 6     | 5     | 19    | 25    | -6    | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Aston Villa  | 16    | 6     | 1     | 9     | 19    | 28    | -9    | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Sheff Utd    | 16    | 5     | 3     | 8     | 16    | 22    | -6    | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 16    | 4     | 4     | 8     | 25    | 27    | -2    | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | West Ham     | 16    | 5     | 1     | 10    | 14    | 29    | -15   | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Huddersfield | 16    | 4     | 3     | 9     | 19    | 25    | -6    | 15    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Leicester    | 16    | 3     | 4     | 9     | 15    | 26    | -11   | 13    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Leeds        | 16    | 3     | 4     | 9     | 14    | 36    | -22   | 13    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Burnley      | 16    | 3     | 3     | 10    | 11    | 28    | -17   | 12    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Norwich      | 16    | 3     | 2     | 11    | 14    | 31    | -17   | 11    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 16    | 2     | 0     | 14    | 12    | 47    | -35   | 6     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea's final Champions League Group game saw them travel to Belgium to face Club Brugge. Victory would be enough to see them win the group on goal difference as long as Juventus didn't beat Krasnodar by a margin of three goals greater than Chelsea's. Spencer opted to keep Mount and Hudson-Odoi, as well as playing Loftus-Cheek and Kana. 

 

Club Brugge 

Mignolet 

Diatta Djimsiti Castelletto Naert

Garcia Vormer 

Pussetto Birsa Yildirim 

Braithwaite 

Substitutes: Letica, Vancraeyveldt, Deman, Claeys, Mazinho, Munganga, Okereke 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

Azpilicueta Christensen Rüdiger Telles 

Kana 

Loftus-Cheek Mount 

Ziyech Werner Hudson-Odoi 

Substitutes: Caballero, Jorginho, Kovacic, Sancho, Batshuayi, James, Tomori 

 

Referee: Alejandro Hernández (ESP)

 

Ils sont les meilleurs 

Sie sind die besten 

These are the Champions 

 

Die meister 

Die besten 

Les meilleurs équipes 

The Champions!

 

In the 7th minute, Rüdiger was shown a yellow card for a foul on Braithwaite.

 

In the 11th minute, a cross from Hudson-Odoi found Ziyech, whose header was saved by Mignolet. A minute later, Azpilicueta received the ball from Loftus-Cheek and passed to Ziyech, who hit a hopeful long-range effort which flew past Mignolet at his near post to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

In the 17th minute, a cross from Azpilicueta found Hudson-Odoi, whose header was saved by Mignolet.

 

In the 25th minute, Club Brugge got their first chance, a header from Djimsiti which looped over the crossbar. Two minutes later, Braithwaite was pushed by Christensen. Yildirim's free kick found Vormer, whose header was saved by Kepa.

 

In the 28th minute, a pass from Loftus-Cheek found Telles, whose shot was saved by Mignolet. A minute later, a free kick from Mount found Christensen, whose header went over the bar. 

 

In the 33rd minute, Naert was shown a yellow card for a foul on Ziyech. Three minutes later, Mount sent a volley wide before Ziyech sent a crashing drive narrowly over and a shot from Werner was saved by Mignolet, with Ziyech sending the ball wide.

 

Two minutes later, a cross from Azpilicueta found Werner, whose volley was parried by Mignolet before he headed over a minute later. 

 

The second half started like the first had finished, with a shot from Loftus-Cheek being blocked by García before Azpilicueta hit the side netting. In the 51st minute, Okereke came on to replace Birsa before Hudson-Odoi saw a shot saved by Mignolet.

 

In the 57th minute, Werner appeared to be held as he looked to run onto Hudson-Odoi's cross. Alejandro Hernández initially waved play on despite Werner's protests, but VAR advised him to check the monitor. As a result, he awarded Chelsea a penalty and showed Castelletto a yellow card. Mason Mount stepped up and drilled the ball into the bottom corner. 

 

In the 64th minute, Pussetto was replaced by Vancraeyveldt. Two minutes later, Mount received the ball from Ziyech and weighted one out right to Loftus-Cheek. Loftus-Cheek centred the ball, and Werner got free in the area and buried it from point-blank range. 

 

The home fans, seeing their side's Europa League hopes vanish, began to leave early, while Diatta came off to be replaced by Deman. In the 73rd minute, a cross from Telles found Azpilicueta, whose header was saved by Mignolet. 

 

With 15 minutes left, Azpilicueta was replaced by Reece James. Hudson-Odoi was next to try his luck, seeing a shot saved by Mignolet.

 

With six minutes left, Kana was shown a yellow card for a foul on Yildirim. In stoppage time, Mount and Christensen were replaced by Tomori and Kovacic. With Juventus only able to beat Krasnodar 2-0, Chelsea secured top spot in the group. 

 

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 20:00: UEFA Champions League Group F - at Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges 

Club Brugge 0-3 Chelsea (Ziyech 12, Mount pen 58, Werner 66)

Attendance: 29,042 (1,452 away)

Man of the Match: Ruben Loftus-Cheek 

 

Group Tables:

| Pos | Inf   | Team              | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | Bayern Munich	  | GER   | 6     | 3     | 3     | 0     | 9     | 5     | 4     | 12    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | Real Madrid       | ESP   | 6     | 3     | 2     | 1     | 10    | 5     | 5     | 11    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | A.C. Milan        | ITA   | 6     | 3     | 1     | 2     | 13    | 7     | 6     | 10    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | CSKA Moscow       | RUS   | 6     | 0     | 0     | 6     | 2     | 17    | -15   | 0     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 


| Pos | Inf   | Team       | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | Barcelona  | ESP   | 6     | 5     | 0     | 1     | 18    | 6     | 12    | 15    | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | RB Leipzig | GER   | 6     | 4     | 1     | 1     | 6     | 3     | 3     | 13    | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | Shakhtar   | UKR   | 6     | 2     | 0     | 4     | 6     | 11    | -5    | 6     | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | PAOK       | GRE   | 6     | 0     | 1     | 5     | 4     | 14    | -10   | 1     | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 


| Pos | Inf   | Team          | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | Liverpool     | ENG   | 6     | 6     | 0     | 0     | 12    | 1     | 11    | 18    | 
| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | Lazio         | ITA   | 6     | 3     | 1     | 2     | 8     | 5     | 3     | 10    | 
| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | Real Sociedad | ESP   | 6     | 1     | 1     | 4     | 2     | 11    | -9    | 4     | 
| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | Lyon          | FRA   | 6     | 0     | 2     | 4     | 2     | 7     | -5    | 2     | 
| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 


| Pos | Inf   | Team       | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | Arsenal    | ENG   | 6     | 5     | 0     | 1     | 19    | 8     | 11    | 15    | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | Fenerbahçe | TUR   | 6     | 4     | 1     | 1     | 14    | 7     | 7     | 13    | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | Zenit      | RUS   | 6     | 2     | 0     | 4     | 6     | 9     | -3    | 6     | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | Olympiakos | GRE   | 6     | 0     | 1     | 5     | 3     | 18    | -15   | 1     | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 


| Pos | Inf   | Team              | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | Man Utd           | ENG   | 6     | 5     | 1     | 0     | 22    | 2     | 20    | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | Ajax              | NED   | 6     | 3     | 1     | 2     | 9     | 7     | 2     | 10    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | Schalke 04        | GER   | 6     | 2     | 1     | 3     | 7     | 10    | -3    | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | Partizan Belgrade | SRB   | 6     | 0     | 1     | 5     | 1     | 20    | -19   | 1     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 


| Pos | Inf   | Team           | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | Chelsea        | ENG   | 6     | 4     | 2     | 0     | 19    | 3     | 16    | 14    | 
| -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | Juventus       | ITA   | 6     | 4     | 2     | 0     | 16    | 4     | 12    | 14    | 
| -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | Krasnodar      | RUS   | 6     | 1     | 0     | 5     | 2     | 13    | -11   | 3     | 
| -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | Club Brugge KV | BEL   | 6     | 1     | 0     | 5     | 3     | 20    | -17   | 3     | 
| -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 


| Pos | Inf   | Team              | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | Man City          | ENG   | 6     | 6     | 0     | 0     | 14    | 2     | 12    | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | Borussia Dortmund | GER   | 6     | 2     | 1     | 3     | 8     | 11    | -3    | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | Valencia          | ESP   | 6     | 2     | 1     | 3     | 8     | 9     | -1    | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | Inter Milan       | ITA   | 6     | 0     | 2     | 4     | 2     | 10    | -8    | 2     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 


| Pos | Inf   | Team       | Nation| Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st | Q1    | PSG  	   | FRA   | 6     | 4     | 1     | 1     | 12    | 5     | 7     | 13    | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd | Q2    | Celtic     | SCO   | 6     | 3     | 2     | 1     | 8     | 3     | 5     | 11    | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd |       | SL Benfica | POR   | 6     | 2     | 2     | 2     | 7     | 8     | -1    | 8     | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th |       | Basel      | SUI   | 6     | 0     | 1     | 5     | 2     | 13    | -11   | 1     | 
| -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

Other results 

UEFA Champions League 

Group A: CSKA Moscow 0-2 Real Madrid (Hazard 26, 44), Bayern Munich 2-1 AC Milan (Lewandowski 26, Pavard 76; Besedin 47)

Group B: RB Leipzig 2-1 Barcelona (Daka 59, Sabitzer 77; Dembélé 45), Shakhtar 2-1 PAOK (Biglia 42, pen 50; Baker 75)

Group C: Liverpool 2-0 Lazio (Shaqiri 19, 80), Lyon 1-1 Real Sociedad (Dembélé 49; Minamino 81)

Group D: Fenerbahçe 5-1 Arsenal (Muriqi 9, 26, 33, Deniz Türüç 41, Aziz 48; Nelson 58), Olympiakos 0-3 Zenit (Dzyuba pen 22, 62, Azmoun 28)

Group E: Ajax 2-1 Schalke (van de Beek 43, Huntelaar 80, Huntelaar m/pen 76; Harit 30), Man Utd 8-0 Partizan Belgrade (Martial 1, 10, 24, 72, 90+1, Barbosa pen 6, 8, Fernandes 23; Korac s/o 81)

Group F: Juventus 2-0 Krasnodar (Rabiot 15, Cristiano Ronaldo 84)

Group G: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Inter Milan (Reus 69), Man City 1-0 Valencia (Gabriel Jesus 39, Kane m/pen 3)

Group H: Celtic 2-0 Basel (Ntcham 30, Bonatini 71), Benfica 0-0 PSG

 

Europa League 

Group C: Napoli 2-0 Kilmarnock (Politano 12, Ounas 25, Manolas s/o 63)

Group H: Rangers 3-0 Legia Warsaw (Kent 20, Borrello 30, Morelos 34)

Group J: Wolves 3-0 Sturm Graz (Doherty 44, Jiménez 50, Wilson 61)

Group K: Everton 3-1 Lille (Kluivert 16, Calvert-Lewin 24, Richarlison 44; Alario 90)

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Chelsea travelled to Brighton for their next match. The Seagulls were doing well in the league, having already beaten Man Utd earlier that season. Loftus-Cheek and Mount retained their places, with Reece James coming in on the right. There was a new team on top of the league, as Manchester City had demolished Arsenal 4-0 in the lunchtime kickoff. 

 

Brighton 

Ryan

Webster White Clarke 

D'Ambrosio Pröpper Mooy Henry

Mac Allister Alzate 

Maupay 

Substitutes: Walton, Duffy, Drinkwater, Connolly, Bissouma, Bernardo, Andone

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

James Christensen Rüdiger Azpilicueta

Kanté 

Loftus-Cheek Mount 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Havertz, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, James, Tomori 

 

Referee: Simon Hooper 

 

The first chance fell to Brighton in the 5th minute, as Alzate hit a speculative effort which was no problem for Kepa. In the 13th minute, Maupay received the ball from Alzate, but he couldn't get his shot on target. 

 

In the 18th minute, a corner from Mount found Werner, whose header went sailing over the bar. 

 

A minute later, Azpilicueta received the ball from Mount and passed to Kanté. Kanté unleashed a volley at goal, which nestled in the far corner of the net to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

On the half hour mark, Mount played a one-two with Kanté before passing to Azpilicueta. Azpilicueta sent a cross into the area, and Werner powered a header into the net. However, the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR. A minute later, Alzate sent a shot wide from Mooy's pass, before Kepa tipped a shot from Mac Allister over the bar. 

 

Brighton would regret those misses, as in the 35th minute Azpilicueta received the ball from Mount and passed to Sancho. Sancho slipped a pass to Mount, and Mount unleashed a low shot which flew into the bottom corner of the net to put Chelsea in total control. 

 

On the stroke of half time, a header from Rüdiger was intercepted by Pröpper, whose header was tipped over by Kepa. A minute later, a cross from James found Loftus-Cheek, whose header was off target. 

 

In the 48th minute, Pröpper was shown a yellow card for holding onto Azpilicueta's shirt. 

 

In the 55th minute, Henry was fouled by James. Maupay sent the ball into the box for Henry, who volleyed it into the net. However, the goal was disallowed for offside by VAR. 

 

On the hour mark, a corner from Mooy found Clarke, whose header was saved by Kepa. Four minutes later, a corner from Mount found Ziyech, who powered a header into the net. Brighton then made their first change, replacing Maupay with Connolly. 

 

In the 68th minute, Pröpper received the ball from D'Ambrosio and bent a shot wide from distance. With twenty minutes left, many of the home fans began to leave early.

 

With fifteen minutes left, a shot from Connolly was tipped behind by Kepa, before Pröpper was replaced by Drinkwater. Two minutes later, Mac Allister received the ball from Webster and saw a shot tipped wide by Kepa. 

 

With ten minutes left, Alzate was replaced by Andone, while Chelsea replaced Loftus-Cheek and Christensen with Kovacic and Tomori. Two minutes later, a throw-in from Henry was headed clear by Kovacic, and Ziyech sent a long ball to Werner. Werner found himself in space and got to the edge of the area before firing across Ryan to put the gloss on the win.

 

Ziyech was replaced by Hudson-Odoi in the 86th minute as Chelsea closed out a dominant performance.

 

Saturday 12 December 2020, 19:45: Barclays Premier League - at American Express Community Stadium, Brighton 

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea (Kanté 19, Mount 35, Ziyech 64, Werner 82)

Attendance: 30,666 (3,000 away)

Man of the Match: Mason Mount 

 

Other results 

Friday

Huddersfield 4-5 Sheff Utd (Masina 10, Ghezzal 21, Kownacki pen 43, Johnson 73; Mousset 3, 23, 33, 79, L. Freeman 6)

 

Saturday 

Man City 4-0 Arsenal (Mendy 3, Agüero pen 79, Gabriel Jesus 87, 90+2)

Aston Villa 0-4 Fulham (Mitrovic pen 11, Troost-Ekong 14, Cavaleiro 24, Mawson 62)

Burnley 2-2 Bournemouth (Gudmundsson pen 43, Foyth 87; Cook 41, King 73)

Leeds 3-0 West Ham (Augustin 15, Eze pen 18, Shackleton 57)

Man Utd 1-0 Southampton (Pereira 13)

Tottenham 2-0 Leicester (Zaha 49, Draxler 83; Pereyra s/o 69)

 

Sunday 

Norwich 3-1 Everton (Cantwell 7, Idah 46, Petkovic 49; Richarlison 34)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 17    | 15    | 0     | 2     | 39    | 13    | 26    | 45    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Arsenal      | 17    | 14    | 1     | 2     | 56    | 16    | 40    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 17    | 13    | 1     | 3     | 41    | 15    | 26    | 40    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Man Utd      | 17    | 13    | 1     | 3     | 36    | 13    | 23    | 40    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 16    | 11    | 3     | 2     | 32    | 7     | 25    | 36    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 17    | 11    | 2     | 4     | 32    | 18    | 14    | 35    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 16    | 9     | 1     | 6     | 24    | 18    | 6     | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 17    | 7     | 3     | 7     | 20    | 21    | -1    | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Everton      | 17    | 7     | 1     | 9     | 24    | 28    | -4    | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Sheff Utd    | 17    | 6     | 3     | 8     | 21    | 26    | -5    | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Brighton     | 17    | 5     | 6     | 6     | 19    | 29    | -10   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Aston Villa  | 17    | 6     | 1     | 10    | 19    | 32    | -13   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 17    | 4     | 5     | 8     | 27    | 29    | -2    | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | West Ham     | 17    | 5     | 1     | 11    | 14    | 32    | -18   | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Leeds        | 17    | 4     | 4     | 9     | 17    | 36    | -19   | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Huddersfield | 17    | 4     | 3     | 10    | 23    | 30    | -7    | 15    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Norwich      | 17    | 4     | 2     | 11    | 17    | 32    | -15   | 14    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Leicester    | 17    | 3     | 4     | 10    | 15    | 28    | -13   | 13    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Burnley      | 17    | 3     | 4     | 10    | 13    | 30    | -17   | 13    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 17    | 2     | 0     | 15    | 12    | 48    | -36   | 6     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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The draw for the knockout stage of the Champions League took place the following Monday. Chelsea, as group winners, were seeded, but they could still face Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund.

 

"Borussia Dortmund," the UEFA official said, "Cannot be drawn against Manchester City or Bayern Munich. They will play...Barcelona."

 

"Fenerbahçe cannot be drawn against Arsenal. They will play...Chelsea."

 

"Celtic cannot be drawn against Paris Saint-Germain. They will play...Arsenal."

 

"RB Leipzig cannot be drawn against Bayern Munich. They will play...Manchester United."

 

"Real Madrid cannot be drawn against Bayern Munich. They will play...Liverpool."

 

"Ajax can be drawn against any of the remaining group winners. They will play...Paris Saint-Germain."

 

"Juventus will play Manchester City. Meaning that Lazio will play Bayern Munich."

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The fifth round of the Carabao Cup saw Chelsea face West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. Spencer retained Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Reece James, with Alex Telles also coming in.

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

James Christensen Rüdiger Telles 

Kanté 

Loftus-Cheek Mount 

Hudson-Odoi Werner Pulisic 

Substitutes: Caballero, Havertz, Zouma, Kana, Sancho, Batshuayi, Azpilicueta 

 

West Ham United 

Trott 

Meunier Kabasele Diop Lulic 

Fofana Soucek 

Yarmolenko Fornals Anderson 

Haller 

Substitutes: Randolph, Malcuit, Gameiro, Noble, Bowen, Fredericks, Diagana

 

Referee: Craig Pawson 

 

Chelsea wanted a strong start and in the first minute, a cross from Telles found Werner, who sent a shot over the bar. Four minutes later, another Telles cross found Pulisic, whose header was saved by Trott.

 

A minute later, Fornals was pushed by Kanté. Anderson's free kick found Haller, whose header went over the bar. 

 

In the 7th minute, a pass from Kabasele was intercepted by Werner, who passed back to Loftus-Cheek. Loftus-Cheek played a first time ball ahead of Hudson-Odoi, who dribbled past Kabasele before hitting a low shot into the net to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

Things got even better for Chelsea two minutes later. Reece James played a free kick short to Loftus-Cheek, who played a long ball to Hudson-Odoi. Hudson-Odoi struck a half volley on the edge of the box which flew into the net at the near post. 

 

It could have been three in the tenth minute. A cross from Telles was headed clear by Diop, but only as far as Pulisic. Pulisic struck a volley which was tipped wide by Trott. Trott would again be on hand to save from Pulisic in the 12th minute. 

 

In the 14th minute, Reece James was shown a yellow card for a foul on Anderson. Anderson went for goal from the free kick, but his shot was tipped over by Kepa. Yarmolenko then struck a volley which went wide. Chelsea were then awarded a free kick, with Mason Mount seeing his effort saved by Trott. 

 

It was virtually one-way traffic, and in the 20th minute Mason Mount saw a long-range effort saved by Trott. Two minutes later, Telles was shown a yellow card for a shove on Yarmolenko.

 

In the 27th minute, Pulisic received the ball from Loftus-Cheek and sought out Werner. Werner drove a shot in low, but it was tipped behind by Trott. A minute later, a corner from Telles found Hudson-Odoi, whose header was saved by Trott. 

 

In the 31st minute, Christensen was fouled by Lulic. Telles' free kick found Christensen, whose header went wide. Two minutes later, a header from Werner went well over.

 

In the 37th minute, a corner from Telles found Werner, whose header was blocked by Trott. Three minutes later, a free kick from James found Werner, whose shot went over the bar. 

 

In the 42nd minute, Kabasele was shown a yellow card for a handball. 

 

At half time, West Ham took Yarmolenko off, replacing him with Bowen. In the 49th minute, a shot from Haller was blocked by Christensen. 

 

In the 55th minute, Bowen was shown a yellow card for a foul on Telles, before Haller was replaced by Kevin Gameiro. A corner from Telles then found Mount, whose header was saved by Trott.

 

Chelsea were dealt a major blow on the hour mark. Pulisic landed badly from a hard tackle by Anderson, and was stretchered off with a damaged spine. Spencer opted to bring Marco Kana on, with Hudson-Odoi moving to the right and Mason Mount moving wide. A minute later, Werner received the ball from Hudson-Odoi and hit a shot which was turned behind by Trott. Telles corner found Hudson-Odoi, who headed over the crossbar. 

 

In the 64th minute, Felipe Anderson was booked for a shirt pull on Christensen.

 

Four minutes later, Fornals was penalised for a foul on Christensen. Mason Mount struck the free kick, which Trott beat against the crossbar. Mount had another chance in the 76th minute, nodding wide from Telles' corner. A minute later, another corner from Telles found Kana, whose header was saved by Trott.

 

In the 82nd minute, a square ball from Hudson-Odoi found Kanté, whose shot went just over the bar. Four minutes later, a cross from Telles found Hudson-Odoi, who fired over when he should have had his hat-trick. Chelsea then took Loftus-Cheek off, replacing him with Havertz. 

 

In stoppage time, a long ball from Trott found Bowen, who drifted past Telles before seeing his shot saved by Kepa. That was all West Ham could muster, and Chelsea secured their place in the last four. 

 

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 19:45: Carabao Cup Fifth Round - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United (Hudson-Odoi 7, 9)

Attendance: 40,712 (2,081 away)

Man of the Match: Callum Hudson-Odoi 

 

Other results 

Saturday 

Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace (Dybala 16, 29, van Dijk 24)

 

Tuesday 

Man Utd 5-2 Wolves (Pogba 20, Bailey 25, Martial 59, 86, Gabriel Barbosa pen 74; Diogo Jota 46, Taison 53)

Norwich 1-0 Rotherham (Godfrey 7, Petkovic m/pen 20)

 

Semi final draw 

Man Utd vs Chelsea 

Norwich vs Liverpool 

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Chelsea hosted a struggling Burnley side in their final game before Christmas. Spencer opted to retain the services of Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek from the West Ham game. He also gave Marco Kana a place in the squad, the Belgian wonderkid having performed faultlessly in training. 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

James Zouma Rüdiger Azpilicueta 

Loftus-Cheek Kanté 

Ziyech Havertz Hudson-Odoi 

Werner 

Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Kana, Mount, Sancho, Batshuayi, Tomori 

 

Burnley 

Pope 

Tete Tarkowski Foyth Mee Ghoulam

Gudmundsson Cork García McNeil 

Barnes 

Substitutes: Hart, Taylor, Hendrick, Wood, Doku, Porro, Westwood 

 

Referee: Anthony Taylor 

 

Chelsea looked for a good start and in the first minute, Kanté bent a shot towards goal which was tipped over by Pope, with Loftus-Cheek shooting wide from the corner. Two minutes later, a shot from Kanté was blocked by Cork.

 

In the 4th minute, a cross from James was headed just wide by Werner, before Ziyech required the physio on due to a gashed leg. Three minutes later, another shot from Werner was blocked by Foyth, before Kanté saw a long-range effort strike the post. 

 

In the 13th minute, Reece James was shown a yellow card for a foul on McNeil. García's free kick found Tete, whose header was saved by Kepa. Three minutes later, Kanté hit a shot wide before Loftus-Cheek saw a shot go just wide. Another shot from Loftus-Cheek went sailing over the bar a minute later. 

 

In the 20th minute, a 40 yard ball from Havertz found Ziyech. Ziyech headed the ball on to Werner, whose header missed the target. A minute later, Ashley Barnes received a yellow card for a foul on Zouma.

 

In the 27th minute, a free kick from James found Havertz, whose header flew well over the bar. A minute later, another free kick was pushed away by Pope. 

 

On the half hour mark, a through ball from Loftus-Cheek found Werner, whose shot was turned behind by Pope. Three minutes later, a pass from Havertz found Ziyech, whose long-range effort went wide of the mark.

 

In the 35th minute, a piledriver by Ziyech was blocked by Ghoulam. A minute later, a pass from Barnes found Gudmundsson, whose shot was saved by Kepa. 

 

In the 38th minute, a shot from Loftus-Cheek was tipped over by Pope, who also saved a shot from James. Three minutes before half time, a shot from Havertz was tipped behind. 

 

In the 43rd minute, Rüdiger was booked for a foul on Barnes, before García was booked in stoppage time for a foul on Ziyech. Hudson-Odoi then received the ball from Havertz and took a shot which was tipped over the bar. 

 

In the 50th minute, a shot from Ziyech clattered off Tarkowski. Werner reacted quickest, but his shot was saved by Pope when it was easier to score. Pope would be on hand again a minute later, as he saved a speculative effort from Werner. 

 

In the 52nd minute, Barnes passed to García, who sent a long-range drive sailing over the crossbar. A minute later, a shot from Loftus-Cheek was saved by Pope, who also saved a swerving shot from Reece James.

 

In the 56th minute, Chelsea were awarded a free kick. Ziyech struck it at goal, but his shot was tipped away by Pope. Two minutes later, Kanté took over from Hudson-Odoi and played a one-two with Havertz before his shot was saved by Pope. 

 

On the hour mark, Chelsea were awarded a free kick. Reece James stepped up, but his shot was pushed away by Pope. Ziyech had been kicked around all game and he was then subbed off, with Sancho replacing him. Burnley then made a change of their own, as Hendrick replaced García. A minute later, Cork had his name taken for a foul on Kanté. 

 

In the 63rd minute, a free kick from James found Zouma, whose header went over the bar. 

 

In the 67th minute, Zouma appeared to be pushed in the box by Hendrick. VAR confirmed a penalty, and Werner sent Pope the wrong way to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

Two minutes later, Gudmundsson sent a free kick off-target, before Tarkowski was booked for a foul on Sancho. In the 72nd minute, Loftus-Cheek saw a shot saved by Pope, before Werner sent a shot sailing over the crossbar and Burnley brought Porro on for Tete.

 

In the 79th minute, a pass from Mee was intercepted by Sancho. Sancho then got away from Gudmundsson with ease and surged past Tarkowski before trying his luck. His shot was saved by Pope, but Werner pounced on the rebound and slid the ball into the net.

 

Burnley replaced Cork with Westwood before McNeil saw a header saved by Kepa. Chelsea then took James off, replacing him with Tomori. 

 

In the 84th minute, Ghoulam was shown a yellow card for a foul on Loftus-Cheek.

 

In stoppage time, Kana came on for Loftus-Cheek before a shot from Hendrick was saved by Kepa. It proved to be Danny Cowley's last game in charge of Burnley, as he was sacked the following day. 

 

Sunday 20 December 2020, 14:30: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley (Werner pen 68, 79)

Attendance: 41,631 (3,000 away)

Man of the Match: Timo Werner 

 

Other results 

Friday 

Southampton 0-1 Brighton (Groß 25, Andone s/o 45+1)

 

Saturday 

Arsenal 2-1 Huddersfield (Lacazette 45+1, Aubameyang 81, Xhaka s/o 16; Kownacki pen 75)

Leicester 1-4 Wolves (Choudhury 58, Choudhury s/o 68; Taison 70, Montiel 73, 90+1, Moutinho 88)

Sheff Utd 0-4 Tottenham (Sánchez 52, Ndombele 57, Zaha 58, Son 72)

Everton 0-2 Man Utd (Rashford pen 20, Pereira 90+1)

Bournemouth 0-3 Man City (Kane 20, 45+1, Bernardo Silva 38)

 

Sunday 

West Ham 0-1 Norwich (Petkovic pen 90+2)

 

Monday 

Fulham 1-1 Leeds (Cavaleiro 66; Stevens pen 31)

 

Tuesday 

Wolves 1-1 Liverpool (Diogo Jota 2; Keïta 45+1)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 18    | 16    | 0     | 2     | 42    | 13    | 29    | 48    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Arsenal      | 18    | 15    | 1     | 2     | 58    | 17    | 41    | 46    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 18    | 14    | 1     | 3     | 43    | 15    | 28    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Man Utd      | 18    | 14    | 1     | 3     | 38    | 13    | 25    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Tottenham    | 18    | 12    | 2     | 4     | 36    | 18    | 18    | 38    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Liverpool    | 17    | 11    | 4     | 2     | 33    | 8     | 25    | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 18    | 10    | 2     | 6     | 29    | 20    | 9     | 32    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 18    | 7     | 4     | 7     | 21    | 22    | -1    | 25    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 18    | 6     | 6     | 6     | 20    | 29    | -9    | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Everton      | 18    | 7     | 1     | 10    | 24    | 30    | -6    | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Sheff Utd    | 18    | 6     | 3     | 9     | 21    | 30    | -9    | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Aston Villa  | 17    | 6     | 1     | 10    | 19    | 32    | -13   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 18    | 4     | 5     | 9     | 27    | 32    | -5    | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Norwich      | 18    | 5     | 2     | 11    | 18    | 32    | -14   | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Leeds        | 18    | 4     | 5     | 9     | 18    | 37    | -19   | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | West Ham     | 18    | 5     | 1     | 12    | 14    | 33    | -19   | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Huddersfield | 18    | 4     | 3     | 11    | 24    | 32    | -8    | 15    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Leicester    | 18    | 3     | 4     | 11    | 16    | 32    | -16   | 13    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Burnley      | 18    | 3     | 4     | 11    | 13    | 32    | -19   | 13    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 18    | 2     | 0     | 16    | 12    | 49    | -37   | 6     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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The boxing day fixture saw Chelsea host Sean Dyche's Everton at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had less than 48 hours recovery between the match and their trip to Anfield, which Spencer was not happy about. He opted to rest a large number of his first team so that they would be fresh for the Liverpool game. 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

James Tomori Rüdiger Azpilicueta 

Kana

Kanté Loftus-Cheek 

Hudson-Odoi Werner Mount 

Substitutes: Caballero, Telles, Christensen, Abraham, Ziyech, Havertz, Sancho 

 

Everton 

Pickford

Coleman Mina Holgate Augustinsson

Kluivert Gomes Gbamin Iwobi 

Ikoné 

Richarlison 

Substitutes: Lössi, Sánchez, Calvert-Lewin, Sandro, Rosario, Keane, Verschaeren 

 

Referee: Lee Mason 

 

It was in fact Everton who had the first chance, as in the 3rd minute Kluivert evaded Azpilicueta and took a shot which was saved by Kepa. Two minutes later, Mount got past Coleman and took a shot which was saved by Pickford. 

 

In the 22nd minute, Azpilicueta beat Coleman to the loose ball and passed to Tomori, who sprayed it to Rüdiger. Rüdiger looked for Loftus-Cheek, who moved the ball on to Kanté. Kanté played the ball out wide to Mount, and Mount drilled a low shot into the opposite corner to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

In the 27th minute, a cross from James found Werner, whose header was saved by Pickford. Pickford was called into action again two minutes later, saving Werner's header from a corner. 

 

In the 35th minute, Azpilicueta was booked for a foul on Kluivert.

 

Spencer wanted to see his side keep focused and got exactly what he wanted. The second half was barely a minute old when a long ball from Tomori was nodded to Hudson-Odoi by James. Hudson-Odoi sent a cross to the far post, where Mount arrived to turn the ball into the net. 

 

Three minutes later, a shot from Hudson-Odoi was blocked by Holgate.

 

In the 55th minute, Werner got on the end of a long ball from Kana and found himself in space, before taking a shot which was tipped over by Pickford. 

 

Everton had barely threatened, but in the 64th minute a free kick from Augustinsson found Holgate, whose header went over the bar. Five minutes later, Rosario came on for Gbamin, before Kana was booked for a foul on Ikoné. 

 

Chelsea then replaced Werner with Tammy Abraham, before Kanté received a yellow card for a foul on Iwobi. Everton then replaced Augustinnson with Sánchez. 

 

In the 77th minute, a corner from Mount found Abraham, who headed over the bar. Two minutes later, Loftus-Cheek received the ball from Abraham and sent a vicious shot flying over the bar. 

 

With ten minutes left, Everton replaced Ikoné with Verschaeren while Telles came on for Reece James. With five minutes left, Mount took the ball away from Coleman and sent a left-footed shot wide.

 

Sancho came on to replace Hudson-Odoi in stoppage time and saw a header saved by Pickford before Iwobi sent a header over the bar. 

 

Thursday 26 December 2020, 19:45: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 2-0 Everton (Mount 22, 46)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Mason Mount 

 

Other results 

Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool (Saka 90; Dybala 28, Alexander-Arnold 43, Mané 47)

Aston Villa 0-2 Burnley (Barnes 12, Tarkowski 41, Wood m/pen 22)

Fulham 1-0 Burnley (Mitrovic 43)

Huddersfield 0-0 Tottenham 

Leicester 1-1 Norwich (Vardy 82; Petkovic 81)

Man Utd 2-0 Leeds (Rashford 24, Fernandes 78)

Sheff Utd 1-0 West Ham (Fleck pen 3)

Southampton 0-2 Wolves (Coady 32, Dendoncker 75, Jiménez s/o 81)

Man City 3-0 Brighton (Webster og 29, Agüero 43, Kane 82)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 19    | 17    | 0     | 2     | 45    | 13    | 32    | 51    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Arsenal      | 19    | 15    | 1     | 3     | 59    | 20    | 39    | 46    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 19    | 15    | 1     | 3     | 45    | 15    | 30    | 46    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Man Utd      | 19    | 15    | 1     | 3     | 40    | 13    | 27    | 46    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 18    | 12    | 4     | 2     | 36    | 9     | 27    | 40    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 19    | 12    | 3     | 4     | 36    | 18    | 18    | 39    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 19    | 11    | 2     | 6     | 31    | 20    | 11    | 35    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 19    | 8     | 4     | 7     | 22    | 22    | 0     | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Sheff Utd    | 19    | 7     | 3     | 9     | 22    | 30    | -8    | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Brighton     | 19    | 6     | 6     | 7     | 20    | 32    | -12   | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 19    | 7     | 1     | 11    | 24    | 32    | -8    | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Aston Villa  | 18    | 6     | 1     | 11    | 19    | 34    | -15   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Norwich      | 19    | 5     | 3     | 11    | 19    | 33    | -14   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Bournemouth  | 19    | 4     | 5     | 10    | 27    | 33    | -6    | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Leeds        | 19    | 4     | 5     | 10    | 18    | 39    | -21   | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Huddersfield | 19    | 4     | 4     | 11    | 24    | 32    | -8    | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Burnley      | 19    | 4     | 4     | 11    | 15    | 32    | -17   | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | West Ham     | 19    | 5     | 1     | 13    | 14    | 34    | -20   | 16    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leicester    | 19    | 3     | 5     | 11    | 17    | 33    | -16   | 14    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 19    | 2     | 0     | 17    | 12    | 51    | -39   | 6     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea travelled to Anfield less than 48 hours after the game against Everton. The Blues were able to make wholesale changes, with much of their first team squad coming back into the side.

 

Liverpool 

Alisson 

Fabinho Matip Lovren Bernat

Henderson Keïta 

Dybala Lallana Origi

Firmino 

Substitutes: Karius, Gomez, Chamberlain, Brewster, Shaqiri, Arroyo, Wijnaldum 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa

Azpilicueta Christensen Zouma Telles 

Kovacic 

Kanté Mount 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Jorginho, Abraham, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, James 

 

Referee: Michael Oliver 

 

In the 6th minute, a free kick from Dybala found Lovren, whose header went over the bar. A minute later, Telles sent a free kick to Christensen, whose header went over the bar.

 

In the 12th minute, a cross from Fabinho found Origi, whose header was saved by Kepa. Kepa was on hand again in the 17th minute, as he punched Dybala's cross clear. 

 

In the 18th minute, a shot from Sancho was blocked by Fabinho at the expense of a corner. Telles corner was headed clear by Matip but only to Zouma, whose volley was turned over by Alisson. 

 

In the 23rd minute, a shot from Origi was saved by Kepa. Chelsea then turned defence into attack, and a cross from Sancho found Werner, who slid the ball home to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

Liverpool looked to respond immediately, and a shot from Firmino was turned behind by Kepa, who also saved Firmino's header from the corner. Chelsea then looked to attack, and Sancho saw a shot blocked by Fabinho.

 

In the 34th minute, Origi got past Azpilicueta and took a shot which was saved by Kepa. Three minutes later, a shot from Henderson was blocked by Mount.

 

Four minutes before half time, Henderson played a quick ball into the area. Lallana took over from Dybala and slipped the ball to Fabinho, who fired the ball into the net before Kepa could react to bring Liverpool level. 

 

Two minutes later, Henderson received the ball from Dybala and hit a long range effort which went just wide. In stoppage time, Sancho got one on one with Alisson but couldn't direct his shot goalwards. 

 

A minute into the second half, a shot from Henderson was tipped behind by Kepa, who also saved Firmino's volley from the corner. Two minutes later, Mount saw a free kick saved by Alisson. 

 

In the 49th minute, a corner from Dybala found Origi, whose header skimmed the top of the bar. A minute later, Sancho drilled a low cross to Ziyech, whose volley was blocked by Bernat. Dybala was then tripped by Telles, and the free kick was headed over by Matip. 

 

In the 57th minute, a Lallana shot from a tight angle was saved by Kepa, before Firmino put a shot wide two minutes later. 

 

In the 64th minute, a corner from Dybala found Origi, whose header went narrowly over. Two minutes later, Lovren was shown a yellow card for a foul on Kanté, before Dybala was replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly made an instant impact, with his header being saved by Kepa before he sent a shot wide. 

 

In the 69th minute, a header from Sancho found Mount. Mount hit a shot which moved all over the place, but went narrowly over. 

 

With 18 minutes left, Liverpool replaced Origi with Wijnaldum, before Havertz came on to replace Mount. 

 

In the 78th minute, Keïta received the ball from Matip and passed to Lallana. Lallana found Wijnaldum in the area, and Wijnaldum played a square ball to Firmino, who hit a left-footed shot into the net to give Liverpool the lead. 

 

With 8 minutes left, Chelsea replaced a tiring Azpilicueta with Reece James. With a minute left, Wijnaldum put a thunderous drive wide. 

 

Chelsea pushed forward in stoppage time. A shot from Ziyech was saved by Alisson, before Zouma sent a header just over the bar. 

 

Monday 28 December 2020, 17:30: Barclays Premier League - at Anfield, Liverpool 

Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea (Fabinho 41, Firmino 78; Werner 23)

Attendance: 54,074

Man of the Match: Fabinho 

 

Other results 

Saturday 

Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal (Brooks 71; Guendouzi 85)

Brighton 3-0 Aston Villa (Bissouma 17, Maupay 32, Connolly 84)

Burnley 1-0 Sheff Utd (McNeil 60)

Everton 2-2 Leicester (Calvert-Lewin 8, Richarlison 27; Tielemans 5, Evans 20)

Norwich 2-1 Southampton (Pukki 84, Touré 90+3; Ings 55)

West Ham 2-2 Huddersfield (Anderson 43, Ajeti 47; Johnson 43, Kownacki 63)

Tottenham 1-0 Fulham (Correa 45)

 

Tuesday 

Wolves 2-1 Man Utd (Ennis 90+1, 90+4; Bailey 14)

 

Wednesday 

Leeds 0-3 Man City (Cancelo 4, Kane pen 70, 81)

 

League Table 


| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 20    | 18    | 0     | 2     | 48    | 13    | 35    | 54    | 
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| 2nd  |       | Arsenal      | 20    | 15    | 2     | 3     | 60    | 21    | 39    | 47    | 
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| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 20    | 15    | 1     | 4     | 46    | 17    | 29    | 46    | 
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| 4th  |       | Man Utd      | 20    | 15    | 1     | 4     | 41    | 15    | 26    | 46    | 
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| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 19    | 13    | 4     | 2     | 38    | 10    | 28    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 20    | 13    | 3     | 4     | 37    | 18    | 19    | 42    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 20    | 12    | 2     | 6     | 33    | 21    | 12    | 38    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 20    | 8     | 4     | 8     | 22    | 23    | -1    | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 20    | 7     | 6     | 7     | 23    | 32    | -9    | 27    | 
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| 10th |       | Sheff Utd    | 20    | 7     | 3     | 10    | 22    | 31    | -9    | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 20    | 7     | 2     | 11    | 26    | 34    | -8    | 23    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Norwich      | 20    | 6     | 3     | 11    | 21    | 34    | -13   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Burnley      | 20    | 5     | 4     | 11    | 16    | 32    | -16   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Aston Villa  | 19    | 6     | 1     | 12    | 19    | 37    | -18   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Bournemouth  | 20    | 4     | 6     | 10    | 28    | 34    | -6    | 18    | 
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| 16th |       | Huddersfield | 20    | 4     | 5     | 11    | 26    | 34    | -8    | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | West Ham     | 20    | 5     | 2     | 13    | 16    | 36    | -20   | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Leeds        | 20    | 4     | 5     | 11    | 18    | 42    | -24   | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leicester    | 20    | 3     | 6     | 11    | 19    | 35    | -16   | 15    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 20    | 2     | 0     | 18    | 13    | 53    | -40   | 6     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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The draw for the third round of the FA Cup had been favourable to Chelsea, who had been given a home tie against National League side Sutton United. Spencer used this as an opportunity to give several youth prospects a run out, although he was unable to utilise Billy Gilmour, who was in dire need of a rest following his loan at Sheffield Wednesday, or Joe Haigh, a promising winger who had been picked for the Under 18's squad earlier that day despite Spencer putting him in the first team squad. 

 

Chelsea 

Caballero 

Chalobah Ampadu Tomori Emerson 

Kana 

Gallagher Bate

Hudson-Odoi Abraham Lewis 

Substitutes: Cumming, Rüdiger, Jorginho, Zouma, Batshuayi, James, Simons 

 

Sutton United 

Andrésson

Barden Rowe Goodliffe Fyfield

Appiah-Forson

Wright Eastmond Beautyman Jones-Thomas

Jarvis 

Substitutes: Butler, Pearce, Boyo, Clayden, Henry, Ewuoso, Burgess

 

Referee: Martin Ross

 

The gulf in class was evident from the first minute and in the first minute, Hudson-Odoi sent a shot narrowly wide. Three minutes later, a cross from Emerson found Abraham, whose header went over the bar. 

 

In the 6th minute, Gallagher received the ball from Kana and passed to Hudson-Odoi, whose shot was tipped wide by Andrésson.

 

In the 8th minute, Bate received the ball from Chalobah and passed to Hudson-Odoi. Hudson-Odoi sent a cross into the area which was blocked, but Abraham reacted quickest to stick the ball into the net for his first goal after a long injury layoff. 

 

Things got even better for Chelsea a minute later. As a corner came into the area, VAR alerted Martin Ross to a push on Tomori. Tammy Abraham stepped up and drilled the penalty into the bottom corner. Abraham then had a chance to score a quick hat-trick, but his header was saved by Andrésson.

 

In the 16th minute, Emerson got past Wright and sent a cross to Abraham, whose shot was tipped over by Andrésson. Abraham then headed way over from the corner, before a shot from Lewis was charged down 3 minutes later.

 

In the 20th minute, a rare Sutton attack saw Barden play a one-two with Wright before crossing to the back post. Jones-Thomas met the cross, but his header was saved by Caballero.

 

In the 27th minute, Marcel Lewis sent a free kick wide. Two minutes later, Chalobah played a one-two with Hudson-Odoi before crossing into the area, where Lewis Bate got up above Rowe and powered a header into the net. 

 

In the 31st minute, Lewis received the pass from Emerson and put a hopeful shot wide, before Fyfield went into the book for a foul on Hudson-Odoi.

 

In the 35th minute, a corner from Lewis found Abraham, whose header went over the bar, before Hudson-Odoi sent a shot wide a minute later. Emerson then put a free kick wide before a shot from Hudson-Odoi was blocked by Barden. 

 

Just before half time, a cross from Emerson found Abraham, whose header flew well over.

 

Chelsea showed no sign of letting up and in the 49th minute, a header from Abraham was saved by Andrésson, who also saved a speculative shot from Abraham a minute later. 

 

It was all one-way traffic and in the 60th minute, Hudson-Odoi ran onto Kana's pass before seeing his shot saved by Andrésson. 

 

The second half was largely uneventful, and in the 67th minute Pearce replaced Fyfield, with Clayden replacing Jones-Thomas.

 

In the 77th minute, Abraham received the ball from Emerson and passed to Bate. Bate looked to double his tally, but his shot was saved by Andrésson. He was then taken off, with fellow youth prospect Xavier Simons replacing him. 

 

With 8 minutes left, a free kick from Lewis was headed over by Tomori, before Ewuoso replaced Beautyman. Simons then saw a shot saved by Andrésson, before he sent a shot sailing over with two minutes left. 

 

Saturday 2 January 2021, 15:00: FA Cup Third Round - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 3-0 Sutton United (Abraham 8, pen 10, Bate 28)

Attendance: 40,782

Man of the Match: Tammy Abraham 

 

Other results (Premier League sides only)

Arsenal 7-0 Lincoln City (Stengs 9, Holding 15, 88, Nketiah 24, Aubameyang 39, 45, pen 74)

Aston Villa 2-0 Watford (Suárez og 40, Mata 70, Mata m/pen 33)

Blackpool 0-2 Brighton (Husband s/o 87; Mooy 22, Clarke 57)

Cardiff 2-0 Leeds (Murphy 37, 83)

Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace (Sandro 13, Richarlison 28, Rosario 76; Ayew 37, McCarthy 45+3)

Fulham 4-0 Crewe (Mitrovic 17, 57, Troost-Ekong 50, Lolley 86)

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield (Firmino 15, Mané 23, Origi 70)

Man Utd 5-0 Middlesbrough (Greenwood 5, 15, Rashford 11, Pereira 39, Fernandes 64)

Mansfield 1-3 Burnley (Tunnicliffe 88; Gudmundsson 32, Brady 36, Tarkowski 44)

Millwall 0-1 Norwich (Chalobah 90)

Southend 0-2 Southampton (Redmond 11, Ings pen 26)

Tottenham 4-1 Grimsby (Dier 37, Draxler 44, Alli pen 53, Bergwijn 72; Koiki 82)

Wolves 3-0 Brentford (Neves 31, Taison 61, Traoré 90+1)

West Brom 0-1 Man City (Rodri 90+5)

 

Sunday 

Nottingham Forest 3-0 West Ham (Jota 29, Cash 31, Gouveia 86)

Leicester 1-1 Sheff Utd (Çaglar Söyüncü 16; Baldock 86)

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The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup took place on The One Show the following Monday. 

 

"The first team out is Number 10, Derby County. They at home to...Number 5, Blackburn Rovers. 

 

"Number 14, Manchester City, will play...Number 22, Chelsea."

 

"Number 32, Swansea City, are at home to...Number 15, Burnley."

 

"Number 31, Fulham, will play...Number 28, Tottenham Hotspur."

 

"Number 3, Scunthorpe United, are at home to...Number 13, Bolton Wanderers."

 

"Number 11, Ipswich Town, will play...Number 18, Southampton."

 

"Number 1, Newcastle United, are at home to...Number 16, Reading or Sunderland."

 

"Number 24, AFC Bournemouth, will play...Number 5, Bradford City."

 

"Number 4, Everton, are at home to...Number 12, Manchester United."

 

"Number 19, Bristol City, will play...Number 17, Cardiff City."

 

"Number 9, Wolverhampton Wanderers, are at home to...Number 2, Brighton and Hove Albion."

 

"Number 8, Hull City, will play...Number 7, Norwich City."

 

"Number 6, Leicester City or Sheffield United, are at home to...Number 27, Sheffield Wednesday."

 

"Number 26, Liverpool, will play...Number 21, Arsenal."

 

"Number 23, Nottingham Forest, are at home to...Number 30, Luton Town."

 

"Number 20, Preston North End, will play Number 25, Aston Villa."

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Chelsea travelled to Old Trafford for the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi final. While the transfer window was open, Spencer had made his signings in the summer. He had, however, pulled off a massive coup by getting AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to join the club when his contract with Milan expired at the end of the season. 

 

Man Utd 

De Gea 

Semedo Maguire Dias Tuanzebe 

Fernandes Fred

Bailey Pereira Rashford 

Martial 

Substitutes: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Barbosa, James, Lindelöf, Greenwood 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

Azpilicueta Rüdiger Zouma Telles 

Jorginho 

Kovacic Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Kanté, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, James

 

Referee: Andrew Davies 

 

In the third minute, Havertz was upended by Bailey. Telles' free kick found Zouma, who powered a header at goal. Sancho turned the ball into the net, but the goal was disallowed for offside. 

 

A minute later, Bailey outpaced Telles and took a shot which was tipped wide by Kepa. Pereira's corner found Martial, whose header skimmed the top of the bar.

 

In the ninth minute, Sancho received the ball from Kovacic and played it to Havertz. Havertz took a shot which was blocked by Dias.

 

In the 15th minute, a corner from Telles found Sancho, whose header was tipped over by De Gea. The resulting corner saw Werner send a header just over. 

 

In the 19th minute, a good forward pass from Maguire found Semedo, whose shot was saved by Kepa. In the 26th minute, Bailey received the ball from Semedo and hit a hopeful shot which was blocked by Rüdiger.

 

In the 32nd minute, Rashford received the ball from Tuanzebe and crossed to Martial. Martial connected with a half volley which was tipped wide by Kepa. Two minutes later, Ziyech saw a shot blocked by Tuanzebe. 

 

In the 41st minute, Telles received a yellow card for a foul on Bailey which would rule him out of the second leg. 

 

Man Utd flew out of the blocks in the second half and almost immediately, a long range effort from Rashford was saved by Kepa. Three minutes later, a corner from Pereira found Maguire, whose header went over the bar. 

 

In the 56th minute, Fernandes was replaced by Scott McTominay. Five minutes later, Azpilicueta was booked for handball.

 

In the 65th minute, Semedo was tripped by Sancho. From the free kick, Fred took over from McTominay and played in Semedo. Semedo had all the time in the world as he delivered a cross to Martial, who sent a volley into the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead. 

 

Four minutes later, Bailey received the ball from Dias, only to see his shot blocked by Rüdiger.

 

Chelsea then replaced a disappointing Werner with Abraham as they won a corner. Telles' initial ball was cleared but Zouma headed it from 15 yards. De Gea blocked the header but the loose ball fell to Sancho, who nodded home from point-blank range to bring Chelsea level.

 

With five minutes left, Rashford was replaced by Barbosa, before Kovacic was booked for a foul on Fred.

 

In the 87th minute, a free kick from Ziyech saw a header from Rüdiger saved by De Gea, before Kepa turned a shot from Tuanzebe over the crossbar. 

 

Wednesday 6 January 2021, 19:45: Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg - at Old Trafford, Manchester 

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (Martial 65; Sancho 73)

Attendance: 75,635 (3,781 away)

Man of the Match: Nelson Semedo 

 

Other results 

Tuesday 

Norwich 0-2 Liverpool (Origi 36, Firmino 88)

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Chelsea travelled to Norwich City for their first league match of 2021. Spencer faced something of a quandary; Alex Telles was out for three weeks with sprained ankle ligaments, while Cesar Azpilicueta had come down with a cold and Jadon Sancho was only fit enough for the bench following a bruised ankle. The big story of the weekend, meanwhile, was that Chelsea's record for league games unbeaten at home was safe after Liverpool's home defeat by Manchester City.

 

Norwich City 

Krul

Ayhan Godfrey Zimmermann Lewis 

Rupp Chalobah 

Lamela Buendía Cantwell 

Pukki

Substitutes: Gunn, Byram, Touré, Idah, Ricci, Clavería, Hernández 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

James Rüdiger Zouma Emerson 

Kana

Kanté Havertz 

Hudson-Odoi Werner Mount 

Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Sancho, Tomori 

 

Referee: Paul Tierney 

 

Chelsea looked to get on top from the start and had a succession of early chances. In the seventh minute, Havertz saw a shot hit the side netting, before Werner saw a half volley saved by Krul and Havertz fired wide after a one-two with Kanté.

 

In the 14th minute, Lamela was fouled by Emerson. Ayhan had a go from the free kick, but he only found the side netting. 

 

Kanté then had a shot which was blocked by Zimmermann, before Emerson was booked for a foul on Lamela and Reece James saw a free kick saved by Krul. 

 

In the 23rd minute, Lewis was shown a yellow card for a foul on Hudson-Odoi. Ayhan would follow him into the book on the half hour mark for a foul on Mount. Reece James struck the free kick, but he couldn't direct it goalwards. Four minutes later, Werner saw a volley blocked by Chalobah. 

 

Four minutes before half time, Emerson was fouled by Ayhan as he entered the box. Paul Tierney consulted VAR as to where the foul had taken place, and awarded a penalty. Mason Mount stepped up and drilled the ball into the bottom corner on his birthday.

 

Chelsea looked for a second as the half ended. Zouma and Hudson-Odoi both saw headers tipped over by Krul, before Mount saw a shot charged down by Zimmermann.

 

The second half started as the first had ended, with Hudson-Odoi seeing a header saved by Krul. A minute later, Emerson had the legs on Ayhan and took a shot which was parried by Krul. The rebound fell to Werner, who pounced on it and sent it into the net via a deflection off Godfrey. 

 

In the 54th minute, Zouma took a shot which was blocked by Zimmermann. Emerson pounced on the rebound, but Krul saved the shot. 

 

On the hour mark, Mount encouraged Kanté to come forward with a searching pass. Kanté took a shot which Krul did well to tip wide. 

 

In the 66th minute, Kanté was taken off and replaced by Loftus-Cheek. Three minutes later, Werner saw a header from a corner saved by Krul. Norwich then took Ricci off, with Rupp replacing him. 

 

In the 72nd minute, Mount's corner found Werner. Werner beat Lamela in the air, but his header went over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Sam Byram and Idah replaced Lewis and Lamela, while Kovacic came on for Havertz.

 

In the 78th minute, Zouma was shown a yellow card for a foul on Idah. With ten minutes left, Mount passed the ball to Loftus-Cheek, who passed instantly to James. James took a shot which Krul did well to turn over the crossbar. Three minutes later, Buendía skied a shot right over the crossbar, prompting the Norwich fans to start leaving early.

 

With six minutes left, Hudson-Odoi was replaced by Sancho. Three minutes later, Idah took a shot from a tight angle which Kepa managed to turn behind.

 

Chelsea continued to attack in the closing stages. In the 89th minute, Zouma headed over from a Mount free kick, before Timo Werner headed way over in stoppage time. 

 

Sunday 10 January 2021, 14:00: Barclays Premier League - at Carrow Road, Norwich 

Norwich City 0-2 Chelsea (Mount pen 41, Werner 48)

Attendance: 27,359 (2,735 away)

Man of the Match: Mason Mount 

 

Other results 

Friday

Bournemouth 1-0 Aston Villa (King 90+1)

 

Saturday 

Liverpool 0-1 Man City (Kane 5)

Burnley 1-1 Fulham (Foyth 45; Cavaleiro 70)

Leeds 0-0 Southampton 

West Ham 0-2 Leicester (Tielemans 87, 90+4)

Wolves 2-0 Sheff Utd (Gibbs-White 11, Diogo Jota 36)

Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd (Rashford 52)

Everton 0-4 Arsenal (Lacazette 16, 18, Depay 20, Xhaka 65)

 

Sunday 

Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield (Bernardo 44)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 21    | 19    | 0     | 2     | 49    | 13    | 36    | 57    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Arsenal      | 21    | 16    | 2     | 3     | 64    | 21    | 43    | 50    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 21    | 16    | 1     | 4     | 48    | 17    | 31    | 49    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Man Utd      | 21    | 16    | 1     | 4     | 42    | 15    | 27    | 49    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 20    | 13    | 4     | 3     | 38    | 11    | 27    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 21    | 13    | 3     | 5     | 37    | 19    | 18    | 42    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 21    | 13    | 2     | 6     | 35    | 21    | 14    | 41    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Brighton     | 21    | 8     | 6     | 7     | 24    | 32    | -8    | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Fulham       | 21    | 8     | 5     | 8     | 23    | 24    | -1    | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Sheff Utd    | 21    | 7     | 3     | 11    | 22    | 33    | -11   | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 21    | 7     | 2     | 12    | 26    | 38    | -12   | 23    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Bournemouth  | 21    | 5     | 6     | 10    | 29    | 34    | -5    | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Norwich      | 21    | 6     | 3     | 12    | 21    | 36    | -15   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Burnley      | 21    | 5     | 5     | 11    | 17    | 33    | -16   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Aston Villa  | 20    | 6     | 1     | 13    | 19    | 38    | -19   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Leicester    | 21    | 4     | 6     | 11    | 21    | 35    | -14   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Leeds        | 21    | 4     | 6     | 11    | 18    | 42    | -24   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 21    | 4     | 5     | 12    | 26    | 35    | -9    | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | West Ham     | 21    | 5     | 2     | 14    | 16    | 38    | -22   | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 21    | 2     | 1     | 18    | 13    | 53    | -40   | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

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Chelsea hosted Tottenham in the middle of a packed January as the fixtures came thick and fast. Spencer opted to keep Mount on the left, with Sancho on the right. 

 

Chelsea 

Kepa 

Azpilicueta Rüdiger Christensen Emerson 

Kovacic 

Kanté Havertz 

Sancho Werner Mount 

Substitutes: Caballero, Jorginho, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Zouma, Hudson-Odoi, James 

 

Tottenham 

Lloris 

Alderweireld Sánchez Dier Rose

Winks Lo Celso 

Correa Alli Draxler 

Son

Substitutes: Reimann, Davies, Ndombele, Calvert-Lewin, Sissoko, Walker-Peters, Almada

 

Referee: Jon Moss 

 

Both sides set up to win and in the first minute, Werner met Sancho's cross with a header which Lloris saved. A minute later, Kepa tipped a shot from Alli over the bar. 

 

In the 4th minute, Alderweireld was booked for a foul on Christensen. Four minutes later, Kanté sent a shot well over the bar, before Emerson was shown a yellow card for a foul on Correa. Kanté then centred the ball to Havertz, whose header was saved by Lloris. 

 

In the 10th minute, Kovacic fouled Draxler and was shown a yellow card. A corner from Correa then found Sánchez, whose header was saved by Kepa.

 

In the 13th minute, Kanté received the ball from Mount and attempted a thunderous drive which Lloris did just enough to tip over. From Mount's corner, Werner dominated Dier in the air and had a header which Lloris saved.

 

In the 23rd minute, Correa surged past Emerson and took a shot which evaded Kepa but struck the post. Chelsea then went to the other end, and a cross from Emerson found Sancho, whose header was saved by Lloris. Tottenham then launched a counter attack, which ended with Rüdiger blocking Allì's shot, before Werner saw a shot blocked by Alderweireld. 

 

Chelsea looked to take control of the game, and in the 27th minute, Sancho met Emerson's cross with a header which was saved by Lloris. 

 

In the 34th minute, Christensen was shown a yellow card for a push on Son.

 

In the 39th minute, Rose received the ball from Alli and took a shot which Kepa tipped wide. 

 

Two minutes before half time, Sancho received a loose ball and took a shot which was saved by Lloris. Tottenham then launched a flurry of stoppage time attacks, as Kepa saved a 25 yard piledriver from Rose and Draxler hit the crossbar. Havertz then met Werner's cross and headed the ball over the bar. 

 

At half time, a tiring Draxler was replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a £55M signing from Everton. In the 52nd minute, Rose was booked before Lloris saved a volley from Kanté.

 

In the 56th minute, Tottenham made their second substitution, with Ndombele replacing Winks. Two minutes later, Mount received Azpilicueta's cross only to send the ball looping over the crossbar, before Rüdiger was booked for a foul on Calvert-Lewin and Mount came off for Hudson-Odoi.

 

In the 62nd minute, Alli's accurate pass found Correa, whose shot was saved by Kepa. 

 

In the 66th minute, a clearance from Lloris found Calvert-Lewin, who flicked the ball forward to Son. Son fed Correa with a low pass right, and Correa sent a savage right-footed shot into the net off the near post.

 

Chelsea almost responded immediately. Sancho received the ball from Kanté on the right, but his shot went wide of the post. Two minutes later, Ndombele ran onto Alderweireld's pass only to see his shot blocked by Havertz.

 

With just under 20 minutes left, Spencer brought Reece James on for the booked Emerson. Rüdiger was then fouled by Ndombele, and James sent the ball curling over the wall and into the net to bring Chelsea level.

 

Chelsea now looked to get the winner, and in the 74th minute, another James free kick found Sancho, who headed over the bar. Dier then charged down a shot from Havertz, before Lloris saved a Sancho header and then a volley from Sancho. Spencer took Sancho off with 8 minutes left, replacing him with Abraham, while Tottenham replaced Rose with Davies. 

 

As the game entered the closing stages, Abraham saw a shot blocked by Lo Celso, before in stoppage time he saw another shot blocked, this time by Alli.

 

Wednesday 13 January 2021, 20:00: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (James 71; Correa 66)

Attendance: 41,631 (3,000 away)

Man of the Match: Ángel Correa

 

Other results:

Tuesday 

Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves

 

Wednesday 

Premier League

Arsenal 3-0 Brighton (Depay 6, Stengs pen 21, 23)

Fulham 1-2 Liverpool (Cairney 29; Firmino 37, Origi 51)

Huddersfield 0-1 Everton (Kluivert 63)

Man City 3-0 Norwich (Kane 31, Agüero 76, Gabriel Jesus 79)

Man Utd 3-0 Bournemouth (Fred 45+1, Lindelöf 48, Gabriel Barbosa 68; Acuña s/o 61)

Southampton 2-3 West Ham (Ward-Prowse 55, 60; Felipe Anderson 7, Soucek 56, Haller 90+3)

FA Cup Third Round Replay

Leicester 0-0 Sheff Utd (Leicester win 4-3 on penalties)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 22    | 20    | 0     | 2     | 52    | 13    | 39    | 60    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Arsenal      | 22    | 17    | 2     | 3     | 67    | 21    | 46    | 53    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Man Utd      | 22    | 17    | 1     | 4     | 45    | 15    | 30    | 52    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Chelsea      | 22    | 16    | 2     | 4     | 49    | 18    | 31    | 50    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 21    | 14    | 4     | 3     | 40    | 12    | 28    | 46    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 22    | 13    | 4     | 5     | 38    | 20    | 18    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 22    | 13    | 3     | 6     | 35    | 21    | 14    | 42    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Brighton     | 22    | 8     | 6     | 8     | 24    | 35    | -11   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Fulham       | 22    | 8     | 5     | 9     | 24    | 26    | -2    | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Everton      | 22    | 8     | 2     | 12    | 27    | 38    | -11   | 26    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Sheff Utd    | 21    | 7     | 3     | 11    | 22    | 33    | -11   | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Bournemouth  | 22    | 5     | 6     | 11    | 29    | 37    | -8    | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Norwich      | 22    | 6     | 3     | 13    | 21    | 39    | -18   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Burnley      | 21    | 5     | 5     | 11    | 17    | 33    | -16   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Aston Villa  | 21    | 6     | 2     | 13    | 19    | 38    | -19   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | West Ham     | 22    | 6     | 2     | 14    | 19    | 40    | -21   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Leicester    | 21    | 4     | 6     | 11    | 21    | 35    | -14   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Leeds        | 21    | 4     | 6     | 11    | 18    | 42    | -24   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Huddersfield | 22    | 4     | 5     | 13    | 26    | 36    | -10   | 17    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 22    | 2     | 1     | 19    | 15    | 56    | -41   | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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So, for this one I'm going to do something a little different. I'm going to do this as though it was being broadcast on TV.

 

Barclays Premier League 

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Kick Off 19:45

 

"Hello, and welcome to Saturday Night Football on Sky Sports Premier League. We're at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea host Wolverhampton Wanderers. A win will be vital for Chelsea, as Liverpool play at St Mary's tomorrow and are just a point behind the Blues. First, a recap of the results from earlier today."

 

12:45

Man City 2-0 Tottenham (Rodri 29, Kane 37, Mendy s/o 40)

 

15:00

Arsenal 5-1 Burnley (Stengs 13, 36, Depay 15, Xhaka 46, Rodrigo Caio 89; Wood 2)

Aston Villa 3-0 Norwich (Chong 6, Soteldo 12, Samatta 82)

Fulham 3-0 West Ham (Mawson 24, Knockeart 37, Mitrovic pen 79)

Leicester 1-0 Bournemouth (Maddison 89)

Man Utd 1-0 Brighton (Martial 79)

Sheff Utd 1-1 Everton (Freeman 11; Sánchez 13)

Southampton 0-1 Liverpool (Alexander-Arnold 8)

 

17:30

Huddersfield 2-0 Leeds (Kownacki 36, Masina 67)

 

And here are the lineups. 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Rüdiger Christensen Azpilicueta 

Kovacic 

Kanté Havertz 

Hudson-Odoi Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Jorginho, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Zouma, Mount, Emerson 

 

Wolves 

Patricio 

Sokratis Dendoncker Coady

Doherty Neves Doucouré Jonny

Wilson Jota Taison 

Substitutes: Ruddy, Montiel, Moutinho, Jiménez, Traoré, Luiz, Neto 

 

Referee: André Marriner 

 

Commentary Team: Martin Tyler and Alan Smith 

 

00: It's Wolves who get us underway, looking to repeat their victory here from last season. 

 

02: Hudson-Odoi was tripped there, it looks like James is going to take the free kick. He goes for the far post, for Havertz, but the header sails over the crossbar. 

 

05: Throw-in taken by Azpilicueta. Kovacic to Havertz. Havertz with a searching pass, now Sancho arriving in the area, Sancho with a low strike at the far post, and it's in! What a goal by Sancho, Patricio was completely bamboozled, and Chelsea are off to a fantastic start!

 

07: Werner's chasing after the ball, but he's been brought down, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos receives the first yellow card of the match. 

 

10: Kovacic is calling for the physio, it looks like a calf strain. 

 

12: Long ball from Rüdiger, finds Havertz. Havertz gets past Neves, he's looking for Sancho. Sancho with the legs on Doherty, goes for goal, but Patricio pushes it away.

 

17: Kovacic sends the corner into the area. Doucouré with the header but it's fallen to Rüdiger…not even close. 

 

18: Foul by Kovacic on Doherty, and it's a yellow card. 

 

21: It's going to be James with the free kick. He's gone for goal, but it goes wide. 

 

22: Doucouré with a sliding tackle on Havertz. Taison with a long ball to Jota. He's got past Christensen, goes for it, but it's saved by Kepa. 

 

27: Wilson with the free kick. Header by Doherty, but it's saved by Kepa.

 

31: James moving the ball on to Havertz. Havertz with a first time ball to Hudson-Odoi. Hudson-Odoi with the header, but it's wide.

 

37: Sancho wins the ball from Doherty, finds Hudson-Odoi on the right. Hudson-Odoi gets to the byline and cuts inside. Goes for the shot...saved! Loose ball falls to Werner, scores! No way he was going to miss that, and Chelsea are in control!

 

38: Hudson-Odoi with the shot, but he couldn't get it on target. 

 

45: There's going to be three minutes of added time.

 

45+4: Foul by Azpilicueta on Jota. Wilson with the free kick, Doherty's there, now Coady, and it's in! Wolves are back in it, but George Spencer will be fuming at the defending of that set piece!

 

47: Jonny's throw-in finds Doucouré. Doucouré nods the ball to Taison, but Kepa makes the save.

 

54: Doherty with the cross, but Rüdiger's there to head clear. Chelsea looking to break, here's Havertz, looking for Sancho. Sancho going deep into the Wolves half here, he's got past Dendoncker, he's in the area, can he finish, he has! What an incredible solo goal from Jadon Sancho!

 

55: It looks like Taison is being taken off, with Raul Jiménez replacing him.

 

61: Another substitution for Wolves, as Traoré comes on for Wilson. It looks like Chelsea are taking Rüdiger off, with Zouma replacing him. 

 

66: Wolves are making their final substitution, as João Moutinho comes on to replace Rúben Neves.

 

71: Free kick to Chelsea. James goes for goal, but it's saved by Patricio. 

 

77: It looks like Chelsea are making a change, off comes Kovacic, to be replaced by Jorginho.

 

78: Here's Werner, passes to Sancho. Sancho goes for goal, but Patricio had no problem saving it.

 

82: Here's James on the right, exchanges passes with Kanté. Kanté taking over now, plays a one-two with Hudson-Odoi, now tries his luck, but it's saved by Patricio. 

 

82: This free kick looks ideal for James.  He's gone for it, but it hits the side netting!

 

84: Sokratis with a pass to Doherty. Doherty with the shot, but it's saved by Kepa. 

 

86: Jorginho now, looks for the run of James. James with the shot, saved by Patricio. 

 

89: Doucouré with a cross, Jiménez heads it on, Traoré...tipped wide by Kepa, but Traoré should never have missed that!

 

89: Chelsea make their final change, with Loftus-Cheek replacing Havertz.

 

90+3: Here's Doherty, centres the ball to Jonny. Jonny heads it on to Jota, Jota with the volley, but it's diverted away by Kepa. 

 

90+4: The final whistle, and Chelsea record a richly-deserved victory to keep in touch with Arsenal and Man Utd.

 

Chelsea 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sancho 6, 54, Werner 37; Coady 45+4)

Man of the Match: Jadon Sancho 

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 23    | 21    | 0     | 2     | 54    | 13    | 41    | 63    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Arsenal      | 23    | 18    | 2     | 3     | 72    | 22    | 50    | 56    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Man Utd      | 23    | 18    | 1     | 4     | 46    | 15    | 31    | 55    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Chelsea      | 23    | 17    | 2     | 4     | 52    | 19    | 33    | 53    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 22    | 15    | 4     | 3     | 41    | 12    | 29    | 49    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 23    | 13    | 4     | 6     | 38    | 22    | 16    | 43    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 23    | 13    | 3     | 7     | 36    | 24    | 12    | 42    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 23    | 9     | 5     | 9     | 27    | 26    | 1     | 32    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 23    | 8     | 6     | 9     | 24    | 36    | -12   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Everton      | 23    | 8     | 3     | 12    | 28    | 39    | -11   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Sheff Utd    | 22    | 7     | 4     | 11    | 23    | 34    | -11   | 25    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Aston Villa  | 22    | 7     | 2     | 13    | 22    | 38    | -16   | 23    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 23    | 5     | 6     | 12    | 29    | 38    | -9    | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Leicester    | 22    | 5     | 6     | 11    | 22    | 35    | -13   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Norwich      | 23    | 6     | 3     | 14    | 21    | 42    | -21   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Huddersfield | 23    | 5     | 5     | 13    | 28    | 36    | -8    | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Burnley      | 22    | 5     | 5     | 12    | 18    | 38    | -20   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | West Ham     | 23    | 6     | 2     | 15    | 19    | 43    | -24   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 22    | 4     | 6     | 12    | 18    | 44    | -26   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 23    | 2     | 1     | 20    | 15    | 57    | -42   | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

“Really, there was only one team in it,” Kelly Cates said on Sky Sports Premier League after the match. 

"Well for me, Havertz was outstanding," Graeme Souness said, "I know Sancho got two goals but for both of them he was supplied by Havertz. Now we all know that Spencer wanted Pogba last season, but I don't think he'd get anywhere near this Chelsea side."

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Chelsea travelled to Goodison Park in the middle of a hectic January. The Toffees, now under the management of Sean Dyche, were tenth in the league and had sold their main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Tottenham for £55million. Chelsea arrived without Antonio Rüdiger, who was out for two weeks with a damaged heel, or Mateo Kovacic, who would miss up to four weeks with a calf strain. 

 

Everton 

Pickford 

Sánchez Holgate Mina Augustinsson 

Rosario Gomes Davies Richarlison 

Sandro Ikoné 

Substitutes: Lössl, Kenny, Coleman, Kean, Sibley, Keane, Branthwaite 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Tomori Christensen Azpilicueta 

Jorginho

Kanté Mount 

Hudson-Odoi Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Havertz, Zouma, Kana, Emerson 

 

Referee: Martin Atkinson 

 

It took until the 14th minute for the first chance, as a cross from Davies found Sandro, whose header was saved by Kepa. 

 

Two minutes later, Richarlison pulled up while chasing a loose ball. He was forced off with Sibley replacing him, and would be out for up to three months with a torn hamstring. 

 

In the 24th minute, Sibley received a yellow card for a foul on Mount. Two minutes later, Hudson-Odoi skipped past Davies and took a shot which was blocked by Mina.

 

In the 32nd minute, James received the ball from Hudson-Odoi and sent a cross to the near post. Werner headed the ball down to Kanté, who sent it inches wide. A minute later, Mount saw a right-footed shot saved by Pickford. 

 

Three minutes before half time, Sancho dispossessed Rosario and had the legs on Gomes before seeing his shot saved by Pickford.

 

In first half stoppage time, Mount's corner was headed clear by Mina. Tomori hit a half volley, but it went over the bar. 

 

At half time, Everton replaced Ikoné with Kean. In the 51st minute, Azpilicueta hit a shot which went wide of the post. Three minutes later, Tom Davies sent a shot wide before Rosario was shown a yellow card for a foul on Sancho.

 

In the 58th minute, Louie Sibley was taken off and replaced by Coleman, before a header from Holgate sailed over the bar. 

 

Hudson-Odoi hadn't been at the races and in the 65th minute, Spencer replaced him with Havertz. A minute later, a shot from Rosario was tipped over by Kepa.

 

In the 73rd minute, Kean ran onto a 40 yard ball from Augustinsson and took a shot which was tipped away by Kepa. A minute later, Mount beat Sánchez to the ball only to see his shot saved by Pickford. A tiring Sancho was then taken off, with Tammy Abraham replacing him, before Sandro saw a shot tipped around the post by Kepa.

 

Chelsea had their backs against the wall and in the 77th minute, Mina beat Christensen in the air but headed over the bar. Chelsea then took Azpilicueta off, replacing him with Emerson. 

 

In the 81st minute, Jorginho got past Sánchez and crossed the ball to Werner, whose header was saved by Pickford. A minute later, a free kick from James found Tomori, whose header grazed the crossbar. 

 

Tom Davies then went into the book for persistent fouling, before Christensen followed a minute later. In the 86th minute, Davies raced clear of the last man only to see his shot strike the post.

 

Tuesday 19 January 2021, 19:45: Barclays Premier League - at Goodison Park, Liverpool 

Everton 0-0 Chelsea 

Attendance: 39,572

Man of the Match: Ludwig Augustinsson 

 

That result left Chelsea in danger of losing the initiative to Liverpool, but the following evening former Blue Marcos Alonso salvaged a point for Arsenal at Anfield deep into stoppage time. On the transfer front, Scott McTominay departed Man Utd for PSV for £13.5million following the Red Devils' £35million capture of Adrien Rabiot. 

 

Other results 

Tuesday 

Bournemouth 2-0 Fulham (Wilson 17, de Jong 77)

Brighton 0-5 Man City (De Bruyne 26, Kane 31, 45, Sterling 40, Sané 72, Kane m/pen 84)

Burnley 0-0 Aston Villa 

Norwich 0-3 Leicester (Pereira 25, Tielemans 73, Praet 89)

Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield (Lo Celso pen 53, Correa 58)

West Ham 4-2 Sheff Utd (Yarmolenko 59, 90+4, Felipe Anderson 74, Meunier 77; Mousset 58, Baldock 90+3)

Wolves 2-0 Southampton (Jiménez 68, Neto 74)

Leeds 0-1 Man Utd (Martial 51)

 

Wednesday 

Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal (Origi 66, Wijnaldum 77, Matip 90+2; Depay 50, O'Connell 87, Alonso 90+6)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 24    | 22    | 0     | 2     | 59    | 13    | 46    | 66    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 24    | 19    | 1     | 4     | 47    | 15    | 32    | 58    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Arsenal      | 24    | 18    | 3     | 3     | 75    | 25    | 50    | 57    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Chelsea      | 24    | 17    | 3     | 4     | 52    | 19    | 33    | 54    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 23    | 15    | 5     | 3     | 44    | 15    | 29    | 50    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 24    | 14    | 4     | 6     | 40    | 22    | 18    | 46    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 24    | 14    | 3     | 7     | 38    | 24    | 14    | 45    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 24    | 9     | 5     | 10    | 27    | 28    | -1    | 32    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 24    | 8     | 6     | 10    | 24    | 41    | -17   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Everton      | 24    | 8     | 4     | 12    | 28    | 39    | -11   | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Sheff Utd    | 23    | 7     | 4     | 12    | 25    | 38    | -13   | 25    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Bournemouth  | 24    | 6     | 6     | 12    | 31    | 38    | -7    | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Leicester    | 23    | 6     | 6     | 11    | 25    | 35    | -10   | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Aston Villa  | 23    | 7     | 3     | 13    | 22    | 38    | -16   | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | West Ham     | 24    | 7     | 2     | 15    | 23    | 45    | -22   | 23    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Burnley      | 23    | 5     | 6     | 12    | 18    | 38    | -20   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Norwich      | 24    | 6     | 3     | 15    | 21    | 45    | -24   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 24    | 5     | 5     | 14    | 28    | 38    | -10   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 23    | 4     | 6     | 13    | 18    | 45    | -27   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 24    | 2     | 1     | 21    | 15    | 59    | -44   | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup saw Chelsea face Manchester City at the Etihad. The Blues came into the match missing Kovacic, Rüdiger, Pulisic and Telles through injury, while Man City could rely on the service of new £25.5million signing Everton Soares.

 

Man City 

Steffen 

Cancelo Stones Otamendi Mendy 

Fernandinho 

De Bruyne Foden

Jesus Agüero Everton 

Substitutes: Ederson, García, Sané, Boadu, Sterling, Walker, Kane 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Zouma Christensen Emerson 

Jorginho 

Kanté Havertz 

Hudson-Odoi Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Kana, Mount, James, Tomori

 

Referee: Kevin Friend 

 

The first real chance came in the 7th minute, as Gabriel Jesus sent a header sailing over from an acute angle. A minute later, a shot from Fernandinho was tipped over by Arrizabalaga. Arrizabalaga would be called into action again almost immediately, saving first from Agüero and then Foden. 

 

In the 12th minute, new signing Everton beat Sancho to the loose ball, only to send his shot wide. Four minutes later, John Stones beat Zouma in the air only to see his header saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 25th minute, De Bruyne's free kick found Otamendi, who out-jumped Zouma before sending his header looping over the bar. 

 

A minute later, Mendy sent a pass to Fernandinho, who crossed the ball to Cancelo. Cancelo hit a fierce shot past Arrizabalaga and into the net to give Man City the lead. 

 

City could have doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, as Everton beat Hudson-Odoi in the air only for his header to go sailing over.

 

Manchester City had dominated so far but in the 39th minute, Werner raced onto Sancho's pass and sent in a cross. Mendy's header could only find Hudson-Odoi, whose volley was saved by Steffen. Two minutes later, Havertz's cross found Hudson-Odoi, who was again denied by Steffen and then Mendy. 

 

Two minutes before half time, a volley from Sancho went sailing over the crossbar, before Fernandinho sent a crashing drive wide of the mark. 

 

Spencer moved Havertz forward for the second half, and in the 46th minute Otamendi received a yellow card for holding back Werner. 

 

In the 50th minute, Agüero got free of the last defender, only to see his shot tipped wide. From the corner, Gabriel Jesus saw his header saved by Arrizabalaga. A minute later, Stones headed over from a De Bruyne free kick. 

 

In the 54th minute, Agüero was booked for a foul on Christensen. Three minutes later, Everton saw a shot strike the post before Fernandinho saw a shot blocked by Hudson-Odoi.

 

In the 61st minute, Emerson sent a free kick into the area. Havertz met it, but his header was saved by Steffen. Chelsea then replaced an underperforming Sancho with Abraham.

 

A minute later, a loose ball was pounced on by Werner, who sent it wide. Mendy then saw a shot saved by Arrizabalaga before Everton sent a shot wide.

 

Chelsea then won a corner, and Werner saw his header saved by Steffen. 

 

In the 67th minute, a corner from Emerson was headed clear by Fernandinho. Kanté won the ball back, and headed it down to Christensen, who sent a left-footed volley into the net to bring Chelsea level with his first goal of the season. Manchester City then made a double change, as Everton and Jesus were replaced by Boadu and Sterling. 

 

Sterling nearly made an instant impact, running onto a pass from Agüero before sending a shot just wide.

 

With 15 minutes left, Abraham received the ball from Havertz and took a shot which was blocked by Stones. Cancelo then looked to repeat his goal, although this time Arrizabalaga tipped it away before saving Stones' header from the corner. 

 

With ten minutes left, Hudson-Odoi was shown a yellow card for a foul on Mendy. From the free kick, Stones saw his header saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

With 4 minutes left, Cancelo put a volley high and wide before Arrizabalaga pushed away a shot from Sterling.

 

In stoppage time, Arrizabalaga saved a header from Otamendi before De Bruyne put a shot over the bar as Chelsea salvaged a draw to earn a replay at Stamford Bridge. 

 

Sunday 24 January 2021, 16:00: FA Cup Fourth Round - at Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea (Cancelo 27; Christensen 67)

Attendance: 55,097

Man of the Match: João Cancelo 

 

Other results 

Saturday 

Ipswich 2-3 Southampton (Jackson 16, 20; Redmond 24, 88, Ings pen 70)

Bournemouth 5-0 Bradford City (Wilson 13, 27, pen 75, 89, Acuña 62; O'Connor s/o 40)

Bristol City 0-2 Cardiff (Whyte 66, Ward 71)

Derby 1-2 Blackburn (Bird 58; Dack 10, 38)

Everton 1-2 Man Utd (Sandro 60; Gabriel Barbosa pen 72, Rashford 89)

Fulham 2-0 Tottenham (Mitrovic 34, 50)

Hull 0-2 Norwich (Touré 24, Kaan Ayhan 66)

Newcastle 5-2 Reading (Saint-Maximin 3, 8, 90+1, Clark 6, Carvalho 90+3; Morrison 2, Puscas 19)

Nottingham Forest 1-1 Luton (Cash 60; Pantilimon og 72)

Preston 1-4 Aston Villa (Browne 39; Samatta 13, Mata pen 16, Soteldo 38, 75)

Scunthorpe 4-2 Bolton (van Veen 3, 26, Gwargis 38, Olomola 56; Crawford 27, Riley 90+1)

Swansea 0-1 Burnley (Wood 38)

Wolves 2-1 Brighton (Doherty 28, Neto 68; Duffy 86)

Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal (Lallana 63)

 

Sunday 

Sheff Utd 0-0 Sheff Wed

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The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup took place the following Monday evening. 

 

"The first team out is Number 1, Blackburn Rovers. They are at home to...number 15, Nottingham Forest or Luton Town."

 

"Number 11, Wolverhampton Wanderers, will play...number 5, Scunthorpe United."

 

"Number 3, Burnley, are at home to...number 8, AFC Bournemouth."

 

"Number 12, Norwich City, will play...number 4, Fulham."

 

"Number 9, Manchester United, are at home to...number 6, Southampton."

 

"Number 7, Newcastle United, will play...number 10, Cardiff City."

 

"Number 13, Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday, are at home to...number 14, Liverpool."

 

"And finally, Number 2, Manchester City or Chelsea, will play number 16, Aston Villa."

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Chelsea hosted Manchester United in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi final. The winners would face Liverpool at Wembley, after the Reds had demolished Norwich. 

 

Chelsea (1)

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Tomori Christensen Emerson 

Jorginho

Loftus-Cheek Havertz 

Hudson-Odoi Abraham Mount 

Substitutes: Caballero, Kanté, Werner, Zouma, Kana, Sancho, James 

 

Man Utd (1)

De Gea 

Wan-Bissaka Tuanzebe Lindelöf Semedo 

Fred Rabiot 

Barbosa Pereira Martial 

Greenwood 

Substitutes: Henderson, Maguire, Garner, Gomes, James, Laird, Levitt

 

Referee: Rob Jones 

 

In the 9th minute, a cross from Azpilicueta found Abraham, whose header was saved by De Gea. Abraham had another chance in the 15th minute, meeting Emerson's cross with a header which clipped the crossbar.

 

A minute later, Pereira's free kick found Rabiot, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. In the nineteenth minute, Loftus-Cheek was booked for a foul on Rabiot. From the free kick, Barbosa saw a volley saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 23rd minute, a corner from Mount found Abraham, whose header went over the bar. Man Utd went to the other end, and a fingertip save from Arrizabalaga denied Semedo. 

 

In the 27th minute, a loose ball fell to Hudson-Odoi, whose shot was saved by De Gea. De Gea was called into action again a minute later, as he saved a shot from Abraham before tipping a shot from Emerson wide in the 30th minute.

 

In the 34th minute, Wan-Bissaka ran onto a pass from Tuanzebe only to see his shot parried by Arrizabalaga. A minute later, Emerson was shown a yellow card for a foul on Barbosa. 

 

Chelsea continued to attack at the end of the half, as Mount and Hudson-Odoi saw shots blocked by Tuanzebe and Lindelöf respectively.

 

In the 50th minute, Azpilicueta was shown a yellow card for a foul on Martial. Two minutes later, Abraham brought Mount into play only for his shot to be blocked by Tuanzebe. 

 

In the 56th minute, Fred was taken off and replaced by Angel Gomes. A minute later, Emerson received the ball from Havertz and took a shot which was saved by De Gea. 

 

In the 59th minute, Jorginho was booked for a foul on Gomes, before James Garner replaced Pereira. 

 

In the 63rd minute, Gomes received the ball from Barbosa and took a shot which was blocked by Christensen. Three minutes later, Lindelöf was booked for a foul on Abraham. Man Utd then replaced Greenwood with Maguire, while Chelsea replaced Hudson-Odoi with Sancho.

 

In the 68th minute, a Mount free kick found Sancho, whose header was saved by De Gea. De Gea then hit a long ball to Barbosa, who broke the offside trap and got through on goal. Arrizabalaga saved the initial shot, but Tomori's clearance deflected back to Barbosa, who tucked it away to give the visitors the lead.

 

In the 72nd minute, a cross from Azpilicueta found Mount. Mount met it with a header which De Gea turned over the bar before the offside flag went up against Azpilicueta. A minute later, Martial got past Azpilicueta and took a shot which was tipped away by Arrizabalaga. 

 

With 15 minutes left, Christensen was booked for a foul on Barbosa. A minute later, Barbosa saw a shot cannon off Christensen, before Sancho saw a shot saved by De Gea. Chelsea then took Loftus-Cheek off, replacing him with Werner. 

 

With 8 minutes left, Sancho was again denied by De Gea before Semedo entered the book.

 

With three minutes left, Rabiot received the ball from Garner and passed to Gomes. Gomes fired it across the body of Arrizabalaga and into the bottom corner to send Man Utd to Wembley. 

 

Barbosa sent a shot wide two minutes later, while Tomori headed over in the 90th minute.

 

Wednesday 27 January 2021, 19:45: Carabao Cup semi final 2nd leg - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea (1) 0-2 (3) Manchester United (Gabriel Barbosa 68, Gomes 87)

Attendance: 41,638

Man of the Match: Angel Gomes 

 

Other results:

Tuesday 

Norwich (0) 0-3 (5) Liverpool (Lallana 7, Origi 12, Firmino 51)

 

Wednesday 

Premier League 

Leicester 1-0 Burnley (Tielemans 63)

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Southampton were Chelsea's next opponents at St Mary's Stadium. The Saints sat bottom of the league with the lowest number of goals scored and the highest number conceded. In addition, Spencer wanted to take full advantage of Liverpool's shock defeat at home to Bournemouth and Arsenal's draw with Leicester. Hakim Ziyech was available again following Morocco's exit from the Cup of Nations. 

 

Southampton 

Forster 

Valery Bednarek Cathcart Bertrand 

Nzonzi

Ward-Prowse Armstrong 

Perez Ings Elyounoussi 

Substitutes: McCarthy, Opoku, Romeu, Petagna, Adams, Ballo-Touré, Stephens 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Zouma Christensen Emerson 

Kanté Jorginho 

Ziyech Havertz Sancho 

Werner

Substitutes: Caballero, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, James, Tomori 

 

Referee: Simon Hooper 

 

It was in fact the hosts who had the first chance. Elyounoussi ran onto a pass from Bertrand and got into the area before taking a shot which Arrizabalaga turned away. Two minutes later, Havertz sent a shot off target. 

 

In the 8th minute, Sancho was impeded by Valery. Ziyech took the free kick, but it hit the side netting.

 

Christensen was the next player to have a go in the 13th minute, meeting Ziyech's cross with a header which was saved by Forster before Sancho had a shot blocked by Cathcart. A minute later, Zouma headed over from Ziyech's free kick. 

 

In the 26th minute, Bertrand ran onto Elyounoussi's header and sent his shot into the side netting, before Werner saw a header saved by Forster. 

 

In the 34th minute, Pérez was booked for a foul on Emerson. Ziyech met Azpilicueta's cross, but Forster saved again. 

 

In the 42nd minute, Forster was called into action yet again. Emerson received the ball from Jorginho and let fly from 30 yards, only for Forster to tip it over. Two minutes later, Zouma headed clean over from a Ziyech free kick before an ambitious attempt from Kanté was also tipped behind by Forster. 

 

The deadlock was broken in the first minute of stoppage time. A cross from Ziyech was headed clear by Cathcart. Zouma intercepted and passed to Ziyech, who hit a 25-yard blockbuster into the net to give Chelsea the lead.

 

Southampton introduced Andrea Petagna in place of Valery in the second half, changing to a 3-1-3-1-2 formation, and in the 49th minute Armstrong headed over before seeing a shot saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

For all Southampton's pressure, however, it was Chelsea who struck again in the 54th minute. Christensen hit a 35 yard ball to a wide-open Sancho, who centred the ball. Ziyech met it and volleyed home from a tight angle to double Chelsea's lead.

 

Chelsea nearly added a third immediately, as Azpilicueta met a pass from Sancho with a shot which was saved by Forster. Two minutes later, Pérez and Petagna were denied by Arrizabalaga in quick succession.

 

In the 60th minute, Stuart Armstrong took a knock in a challenge with Werner, and was replaced by Ballo-Touré. 

 

In the 64th minute, Havertz took over from Zouma and played the ball out left for Emerson. Emerson fired a low cross to the far post, where Ziyech met it with a header to complete a perfect hat-trick and mark his return from the Cup of Nations with a bang. Southampton then took Bertrand off, replacing him with Stephens.

 

A minute later, Ward-Prowse sprung the offside trap only to be denied by Arrizabalaga. Chelsea then took Ziyech off, replacing him with Hudson-Odoi. 

 

In the 69th minute, a cross from Azpilicueta found Hudson-Odoi, whose header went flying over the bar, before Sancho headed over two minutes later. Havertz then saw a shot tipped wide by Forster, before Abraham replaced Werner. 

 

In the 73rd minute, Azpilicueta was shown a yellow card for a foul on Fodé Ballo-Touré. Two minutes later, Emerson saw a shot saved by Forster before Ballo-Touré hit the side netting. Sancho then had another shot which was tipped over by Forster. 

 

With five minutes left, Spencer replaced Azpilicueta with Tomori. Three minutes later, Zouma was booked for a foul on Petagna, before Ballo-Touré saw a shot saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

In stoppage time, a header from Kanté was saved by Forster, before Ings saw a header blocked by Christensen as Chelsea secured a dominant win.

 

Sunday 31 January 2021, 14:00: Barclays Premier League - at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton 

Southampton 0-3 Chelsea (Ziyech 45+1, 54, 63)

Attendance: 32,384

Man of the Match: Hakim Ziyech 

 

Other results 

Saturday 

Man Utd 2-1 Man City (Gabriel Barbosa 2, 24; Silva 77)

Aston Villa 4-1 Leeds (Grealish 3, Chong 9, Wesley 60, 62; Eze pen 45+1)

Everton 0-1 West Ham (Haller 36)

Tottenham 3-2 Burnley (Calvert-Lewin 34, 53, Alli 90+6, Lo Celso m/pen 90+5; Gudmundsson 11, Wood 44)

Wolves 1-0 Huddersfield (Jiménez 86)

Liverpool 1-2 Bournemouth (Mané 89; Lerma 14, Mepham 32)

Arsenal 1-1 Leicester (Bellerín 3; Tierney og 90+3)

 

Sunday 

Sheff Utd 1-3 Fulham (Osborn 40; Mitrovic pen 16, 62, Dummett 41)

 

Monday 

Brighton 3-1 Norwich (Dunk 13, Andone 15, Godfrey og 86; Stiepermann 50)

Manager of the Month: 1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man Utd) 2. Michael O'Neill (Leicester) 3. Pep Guardiola (Man City)

Player of the Month: 1. Youri Tielemans (Leicester) 2. Memphis Depay (Arsenal) 3. Calvin Stengs (Arsenal)

Young player of the Month: 1. Jadon Sancho (Chelsea) 2. Reece James (Chelsea) 3. Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 25    | 22    | 0     | 3     | 60    | 15    | 45    | 66    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 25    | 20    | 1     | 4     | 49    | 16    | 33    | 61    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Arsenal      | 25    | 18    | 4     | 3     | 76    | 26    | 50    | 58    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Chelsea      | 25    | 18    | 3     | 4     | 55    | 19    | 36    | 57    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 24    | 15    | 5     | 4     | 45    | 17    | 28    | 50    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 25    | 15    | 4     | 6     | 43    | 24    | 19    | 49    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 25    | 15    | 3     | 7     | 39    | 24    | 15    | 48    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 25    | 10    | 5     | 10    | 30    | 29    | 1     | 35    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 25    | 9     | 6     | 10    | 27    | 42    | -15   | 33    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Leicester    | 25    | 7     | 7     | 11    | 27    | 36    | -9    | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 25    | 8     | 4     | 13    | 28    | 40    | -12   | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Sheff Utd    | 25    | 8     | 4     | 13    | 30    | 44    | -14   | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 25    | 7     | 6     | 12    | 33    | 39    | -6    | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Aston Villa  | 24    | 8     | 3     | 13    | 26    | 39    | -13   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | West Ham     | 25    | 8     | 2     | 15    | 24    | 45    | -21   | 26    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Burnley      | 25    | 5     | 6     | 14    | 20    | 42    | -22   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Norwich      | 25    | 6     | 3     | 16    | 22    | 48    | -26   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 25    | 5     | 5     | 15    | 28    | 39    | -11   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 25    | 4     | 6     | 15    | 22    | 53    | -31   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 25    | 2     | 1     | 22    | 15    | 62    | -47   | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea faced Manchester City again in the FA Cup fourth round replay. The team was unchanged from the win at Southampton.

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Zouma Christensen Emerson 

Kanté Jorginho 

Ziyech Havertz Sancho 

Werner 

Substitutes: Caballero, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, James, Tomori 

 

Man City 

Steffen 

Walker Stones García Mendy 

Rodri

De Bruyne Foden 

Silva Kane Everton 

Substitutes: Ederson, Otamendi, Jesus, Agüero, Sané, Laporte 

 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

 

Man City started the better side and in the 3rd minute, Arrizabalaga had to be on hand to save from Silva before tipping the rebound from Kane around the post. In the 11th minute, Everton hit a long-range shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 17th minute, Emerson was shown a yellow card for a foul on Silva.

 

In the 21st minute, García missed a cross from Emerson. Ziyech met it with a header, which he put wide. A minute later, Ziyech found a wide-open Werner, who was denied by a brilliant save by Steffen.

 

In the 26th minute, Kane hit a long ball to Everton, who was denied by a save from Arrizabalaga. Two minutes later, Ziyech outpaced Mendy only to send his shot off-target. 

 

In the 32nd minute, Silva was shown a yellow card for a foul on Emerson. Ziyech sent the free kick into the area, but Steffen fisted it to safety. 

 

Three minutes before half time, Sancho received the ball from Christensen and played a quick one-two with Emerson before bringing Werner into play with a searching pass. Werner got into a dangerous position and slotted the ball past Steffen at his near post to give Chelsea the lead.

 

On the stroke of half time, Walker received the ball from Silva and took a shot which went wide of the mark. 

 

Manchester City came out all guns blazing in the second half and in the 50th minute, Walker skipped past Sancho and took a shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

However, three minutes later, City won a corner. De Bruyne found Rodri, who headed home to bring City level. 

 

In the 56th minute, Azpilicueta was shown a yellow card for a foul on Everton. A minute later, Foden took a shot which went wide. Chelsea then went to the other end and Werner saw a shot saved by Steffen before seeing a header tipped over by Steffen. From the corner, a City counter-attack saw Foden strike the bottom of the post. 

 

In the 61st minute, Guardiola replaced De Bruyne with Boadu. Two minutes later, Walker saw a shot tipped behind by Arrizabalaga, with Rodri heading just over from the corner. 

 

With just under 20 minutes left, a cross from Boadu caused chaos in the Chelsea area before Kane scrambled it over the line to give City the lead. Four minutes later, Zouma was shown a yellow card for a foul on Kane. Silva's free kick found Mendy, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

With ten minutes left, a corner from Foden found García, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

In the 87th minute, Kanté lost the ball to Foden, who sent in a cross to Kane. Kane had the goal at his mercy and doubled his tally to secure the win, while a tiring Sancho was replaced by Abraham.

 

Havertz was denied by a save from Steffen in the 89th minute, while Arrizabalaga saved a header from Rodri in the 90th as Chelsea's FA Cup hopes ended for another season. 

 

Wednesday 3 February 2021, 19:45: FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City (Werner 42; Rodri 56, Kane 71, 87)

Attendance: 34,450

Man of the Match: Harry Kane 

 

Other results 

FA Cup Replay

Tuesday 

Luton 0-2 Nottingham Forest (Pereira Lage 19, Cash 45+1)

 

Wednesday 

Sheff Wed 2-1 Sheff Utd (Freeman og 53, Börner 69, Cenk Tosun s/o 47; Mousset 16)

 

Premier League 

Saturday 

Leicester 0-0 Sheff Utd 

Man City 4-0 Southampton (Kane pen 14, pen 28, 60, Walker 30; Lemina s/o 30)

Huddersfield 0-2 Man Utd (Rashford 15, Pereira 47)

Burnley 0-3 Liverpool (Mané 22, 63, 68)

Fulham 1-2 Arsenal (Mitrovic pen 47; Xhaka 5, Depay 14)

West Ham 1-3 Tottenham (Felipe Anderson 32; Alli 30, Lo Celso 57, Calvert-Lewin 70)

Leeds 2-4 Brighton (Bamford 2, 61; Dunk 1, Mac Allister 31, Groß pen 58, 85)

 

Sunday 

Norwich 0-2 Wolves (Diogo Jota 54, Taison 58)

Bournemouth 0-0 Everton (Lerma s/o 84)

 

League Table

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 26    | 23    | 0     | 3     | 64    | 15    | 49    | 69    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 26    | 21    | 1     | 4     | 51    | 16    | 35    | 64    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Arsenal      | 26    | 19    | 4     | 3     | 78    | 27    | 51    | 61    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Chelsea      | 25    | 18    | 3     | 4     | 55    | 19    | 36    | 57    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 25    | 16    | 5     | 4     | 48    | 17    | 31    | 53    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 26    | 16    | 4     | 6     | 46    | 25    | 21    | 52    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 26    | 16    | 3     | 7     | 41    | 24    | 17    | 51    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Brighton     | 26    | 10    | 6     | 10    | 31    | 44    | -13   | 36    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Fulham       | 26    | 10    | 5     | 11    | 31    | 31    | 0     | 35    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Leicester    | 26    | 7     | 8     | 11    | 27    | 36    | -9    | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 26    | 8     | 5     | 13    | 28    | 40    | -12   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Sheff Utd    | 26    | 8     | 5     | 13    | 30    | 44    | -14   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 26    | 7     | 7     | 12    | 33    | 39    | -6    | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Aston Villa  | 24    | 8     | 3     | 13    | 26    | 39    | -13   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | West Ham     | 26    | 8     | 2     | 16    | 25    | 48    | -23   | 26    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Burnley      | 26    | 5     | 6     | 15    | 20    | 45    | -25   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Norwich      | 26    | 6     | 3     | 17    | 22    | 50    | -28   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 26    | 5     | 5     | 16    | 28    | 41    | -13   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 26    | 4     | 6     | 16    | 24    | 57    | -33   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 26    | 2     | 1     | 23    | 15    | 66    | -51   | 7     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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The First Knockout Round of the Champions League saw Chelsea travel to Istanbul to face Fenerbahçe. Spencer was confident in his side's ability, but also knew that the Sari Kanayalar were a threat, having demolished Arsenal 5-1 in their final group game. 

 

Fenerbahçe 

Bayindir

Dirar Stambouli Serdar Kaldirim

Kruse Gustavo

Deniz Zajc Rodrigues 

Muriqi

Substitutes: Tekin, Jørgensen, Arslan, Mevlüt, Alper, Ciğerci, Pekesen

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Zouma Christensen Emerson 

Jorginho 

Kanté Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, James 

 

Referee: Ricardo Bengoetxea (ESP)

 

Ils sont les meilleurs 

Sie sind die besten 

These are the Champions 

 

Die meister 

Die besten 

Les meilleurs équipes 

The Champions!

 

In the second minute, Stambouli was shown a yellow card for a foul on Werner. Two minutes later, Ziyech sent a cross to Sancho, whose header looped over the crossbar before Kanté put a shot wide. 

 

In the 13th minute, Luiz Gustavo missed a chance, before Muriqi missed one a minute later. Chelsea then went to the other end, with Ziyech hitting a shot off-target. 

 

In the 21st minute, Luiz Gustavo was booked for a foul on Christensen, ruling him out of the next match. Ziyech took the free kick, but he couldn't get it on target. Two minutes later, Kanté headed over from Ziyech's corner. 

 

In the 27th minute, Havertz headed the ball down to Sancho, whose volley went wide. Three minutes later, Serdar met Deniz's corner with a header which was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 34th minute, Azpilicueta whipped in a cross to Werner, whose header was easily gathered by Altay. Three minutes later, Serdar Aziz was shown a yellow card for a foul on Werner, despite protests that the German had appeared to dive. Azpilicueta then followed him into the book for a foul on Garry Rodrigues.

 

Five minutes before half time, a free kick from Ziyech found Zouma, whose header went over the bar.

 

Chelsea came out in the second half looking to show that they meant business and in the 47th minute, Werner played a one-two with Ziyech before taking a shot which was saved by Altay, before Zouma was booked. 

 

In the 55th minute, Ziyech received Kanté's through ball and took a shot which was tipped over by Altay. Two minutes later, Zouma saw a volley saved by Altay, before Jorginho had a shot blocked by Hasan Ali. 

 

Spencer asked his team for more and in the 59th minute, Jorginho won the ball from Luiz Gustavo and passed to Kanté. It was 4 against 3 as Kanté hit a first time pass to Werner, who brought Sancho into play. Sancho was in a dangerous position, but his shot was blocked by Stambouli. Sancho had another chance a minute later, which was saved by Altay. Altay then saved a volley from Werner in the 62nd minute. 

 

Two minutes later, a rare Fenerbahçe attack saw Garry Rodrigues get away down the left before being denied by a save from Arrizabalaga before Zouma slide tackled him before he could shoot again.

 

In the 67th minute, a corner from Deniz was headed clear by Jorginho. Ziyech launched a long ball to Werner, who hunted it down and burst through on goal before firing the ball into the bottom corner to finish a counter attack that was executed with almost surgical precision. Fenerbahçe then made a change, replacing Muriqi with Mevlüt as they went to a 4-2-4.

 

With 20 minutes left, Sancho received the ball from Emerson and centred it to Ziyech, whose header went over the crossbar. 

 

It was a miss Ziyech would regret as, a minute later, Garry Rodrigues broke the offside trap and sent a shot into the bottom corner to level the score. 

 

Fenerbahçe then replaced Deniz with Tolga, before Alper came on to replace Zajc. Meanwhile, Chelsea replaced Havertz with Mount.

 

Alper nearly made an impact immediately, as he met Rodrigues' cross with a header which was saved by Arrizabalaga. Three minutes later, Mevlüt was booked for a foul on Zouma. Ziyech then took a knock, and was replaced by Hudson-Odoi. 

 

In the 86th minute, Kanté intercepted a long ball and passed to Zouma. Zouma brought Mount into play, and Mount played a low forward pass towards Sancho. Sancho closed in and placed a shot into the bottom corner to give Chelsea the lead again and two away goals with four minutes left. 

 

In the 90th minute, a volley from Zouma was cleared off the line by Garry Rodrigues, as the board went up to indicate six added minutes. Dirar then saw a shot tipped behind by Arrizabalaga, as Spencer ordered his side to batten down the hatches. 

 

In the final minute of stoppage time, Werner sent a header over the bar as Chelsea closed out a vital win to put them in a commanding position. 

 

Tuesday 16th February 2021, 20:00: UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round First Leg - at Şükrü Saracoğlu Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul 

Fenerbahçe 1-2 Chelsea (Garry Rodrigues 71; Werner 67, Sancho 86)

Attendance: 46,253 (810 away)

Man of the Match: Kurt Zouma 

 

Other results 

 

UEFA Champions League 

Tuesday 

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Barcelona (Atal 22, Zagadou 27; Aouar 84)

 

Wednesday 

Celtic 1-2 Arsenal (Mariano 16; Rodríguez 48, Xhaka 63)

RB Leipzig 3-0 Man Utd (Adams 33, Lookman 45+1, 55, Majer m/pen 49)

 

Thursday 

UEFA Europa League Round of 32

Rangers 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen (Mayoral 6, Aránguiz pen 38)

Wolves 5-1 Galatasaray (Taison 32, Diogo Jota 49, Wilson 53, Jiménez 80, 90+3; Falcao pen 19)

Everton 0-1 AC Milan (Besedin 33)

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Chelsea travelled to Turf Moor to face Burnley off the back of their Champions League game in Istanbul. Spencer opted to bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek in for Kai Havertz, while Mateo Kovacic only made the bench. Kepa Arrizabalaga had passed a late fitness test following a groin strain in training. 

 

Burnley 

Pope 

Porro Tarkowski Montero Ghoulam 

Cork

García Connell 

Gudmundsson Wood McNeil 

Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Tete, Westwood, Barnes, Doku, Taylor, Hendrick 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Zouma Christensen Emerson 

Kanté Jorginho 

Ziyech Loftus-Cheek Sancho 

Werner 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Abraham, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, James 

 

Referee: Jon Moss

 

Chelsea could have been in front after 50 seconds, but Loftus-Cheek's shot was blocked by the feet of Pope after getting free of the defence. 

 

In the 3rd minute, Wood beat Zouma in the air and ran onto the loose ball only to see his shot strike the post. Two minutes later, Wood drifted past Zouma and took a shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

In the 9th minute, Sancho connected with a cross from Azpilicueta with a volley which was blocked by Porro. 

 

In the 13th minute, Azpilicueta was booked for a foul on McNeil. A minute later, Ghoulam crossed the ball to McNeil, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

McNeil would regret that miss, as Chelsea then came forward. Azpilicueta received the ball from Loftus-Cheek and sent a cross to the far post, which Sancho volleyed past Pope to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

Burnley looked to respond, but Gudmundsson headed over after outjumping Emerson. A minute later, Werner got away from Porro only to be denied by Pope, with Sancho heading wide from the corner. Ziyech then got past Ghoulam before shooting over. 

 

In the 20th minute, Sancho surged past Gudmundsson and sought out Emerson, who played a cross-field ball to Ziyech on the right. Ziyech crossed the ball into the area, where Emerson headed the ball into the net to double Chelsea's lead.

 

In the 25th minute, Ziyech's free kick found Christensen, whose header went over the bar. Two minutes later, a corner from Sancho found Ziyech, whose shot was turned behind by Pope. 

 

In the 37th minute, Jorginho was booked for a foul on McNeil. A minute later, Porro received the ball from Wood and sent a cross to McNeil, who headed the ball into the net despite Arrizabalaga getting a hand to it.

 

Four minutes before half time, Loftus-Cheek saw a header saved by Pope before he put a shot over the bar three minutes later. Manu García then had to be on hand to block another shot from Loftus-Cheek. 

 

Both sides came out fighting in the second half. A hopeful looking shot from Azpilicueta was saved by Pope, before a header from Wood was saved by Arrizabalaga and a McNeil shot blocked by Azpilicueta. 

 

In the 50th minute, Sancho was brought down by Porro. Ziyech stepped up and bent the free kick around the wall and into the net from 25 yards to restore Chelsea's two-goal lead. 

 

In the 54th minute, McNeil sent a header over the bar from a free kick, before Wood headed over after getting above Zouma. Ziyech then skipped past Ghoulam and sent a cross to Sancho, whose header was blocked by Tarkowski. Zouma then headed over from a free kick on the hour mark, before Connell was replaced by Westwood. 

 

In the 63rd minute, Ziyech crossed the ball to Zouma, who headed over the bar. A minute later, shot from McNeil was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

Chelsea then suffered a massive blow, as Azpilicueta was injured tackling McNeil. He was stretchered off with a broken arm, with Reece James replacing him. McNeil hadn't come out of it unscathed either, and he was replaced by Jérémy Doku.

 

In the 73rd minute, Kovacic came on, replacing Loftus-Cheek. A minute later, Sancho saw a shot tipped away by Pope.

 

With 15 minutes left, Kanté received the ball from Ziyech and passed down the left for Sancho. Sancho cut inside and bent the ball into the top corner to score his tenth goal of the season in some style. 

 

Two minutes later, it nearly became five as Werner met James' cross with a header which he nodded against the crossbar, before seeing another header saved by Pope. 

 

With 8 minutes left, Ghoulam was injured in a challenge with Ziyech, and replaced by Taylor. Ziyech tgen went off, being replaced by Hudson-Odoi. 

 

With 4 minutes left, Doku received the ball from Wood and took a shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

Nick Pope made one more save in stoppage time from Werner as Chelsea closed out a dominant second half.

 

Saturday 19th February 2021, 15:00: Barclays Premier League - at Turf Moor, Burnley

Burnley 1-4 Chelsea (McNeil 38; Sancho 15, 75, Emerson 20, Ziyech 50)

Attendance: 22,093

Man of the Match: Jadon Sancho

 

Other Results:

Saturday

Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool (Guilbert s/o 18; Salah 29, Soteldo og 70)

Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal (Mbenza 88; Bellerín 21, Tierney 25)

Leeds 1-3 Fulham (Eze 83; Cavaleiro 2526, 73, Mitrovic 56)

Norwich 1-1 West Ham (Lamela 60; Nkunku 78)

Man City 4-1 Bournemouth (Kane 58, Otamendi 61, Everton 68, 82; Acuña 48)

Sunday

Tottenham 5-0 Sheff Utd (Correa 4, 35, Alli 24, 50, Son 45; Stevens s/o 48)

Brighton 2-2 Southampton (Forster og 7, Maupay 87; Ings pen 70, Ward-Prowse 76)

Monday

Man Utd 4-0 Everton (Martial 40, 50, 77, Rabiot 53)

Wolves 2-0 Leicester (Jiménez pen 42, pen 45)

League Table

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 27    | 24    | 0     | 3     | 68    | 16    | 52    | 72    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 27    | 22    | 1     | 4     | 55    | 16    | 39    | 67    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Arsenal      | 27    | 20    | 4     | 3     | 80    | 28    | 52    | 64    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Chelsea      | 26    | 19    | 3     | 4     | 59    | 20    | 39    | 60    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 26    | 17    | 5     | 4     | 50    | 17    | 33    | 56    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 27    | 17    | 4     | 6     | 51    | 25    | 26    | 55    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 27    | 17    | 3     | 7     | 43    | 24    | 19    | 54    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 27    | 11    | 5     | 11    | 34    | 32    | 2     | 38    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 27    | 10    | 7     | 10    | 33    | 46    | -13   | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Leicester    | 27    | 7     | 8     | 12    | 27    | 38    | -11   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 27    | 8     | 5     | 14    | 28    | 44    | -16   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Sheff Utd    | 27    | 8     | 5     | 14    | 30    | 49    | -19   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 27    | 7     | 7     | 13    | 34    | 43    | -9    | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Aston Villa  | 25    | 8     | 3     | 14    | 26    | 41    | -15   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | West Ham     | 27    | 8     | 3     | 16    | 26    | 49    | -23   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Norwich      | 27    | 6     | 4     | 17    | 23    | 51    | -28   | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Burnley      | 27    | 5     | 6     | 16    | 21    | 49    | -28   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 27    | 5     | 5     | 17    | 29    | 43    | -14   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 27    | 4     | 6     | 17    | 25    | 60    | -35   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 27    | 2     | 2     | 23    | 17    | 68    | -51   | 8     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea's next Premier League game saw them host Aston Villa. Spencer knew that a win was imperative, although Cesar Azpilicueta was out for up to 5 weeks with a broken arm.

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Zouma Christensen Emerson 

Jorginho 

Kanté Loftus-Cheek 

Ziyech Abraham Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Werner, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Tomori 

 

Aston Villa 

Heaton 

Bree Konsa Mings Targett 

Luiz 

Mata Puig McGinn Grealish 

Samatta 

Substitutes: Kalinic, Engels, Soteldo, Wesley, Chong, Revan, Braaf

 

Referee: Mike Dean 

 

Chelsea looked to assert themselves from the off, and in the 3rd minute Emerson received the ball from Christensen and darted past Targett before skewing his shot wide.

 

In the 7th minute, James received the ball from Ziyech's header and sent a cross into the area, where Abraham hit a first time shot into the net to score his first Premier League goal since breaking his leg. 

 

Three minutes later, a cross from Sancho found Christensen, whose header was saved by Heaton. 

 

The next 15 minutes passed without much incident, but in the 26th minute Ziyech encouraged Sancho to come forward with a searching pass. Sancho took a shot which Heaton pushed behind. From the corner, Zouma headed over the bar. 

 

Aston Villa had barely had a sniff, but in the 36th minute, Puig was tripped by Jorginho. Mata went for goal from the free kick, but his shot went well wide.

 

In the 52nd minute, Grealish was shown a yellow card for a foul on James. Ziyech sent the free kick into the area, but it was punched clear by Heaton. James then went into the book 3 minutes later for a foul on Grealish. 

 

In the 58th minute, Sancho skipped past Mata and had a shot which was saved by Heaton, before Puig was booked. Spencer then took Sancho off, replacing him with Hudson-Odoi.

 

In the 66th minute, a 40 yard ball from Ziyech found Emerson, whose shot was saved by Heaton. Ziyech was then shown a yellow card for a foul on Grealish, before Tahith Chong replaced Puig. James' free kick found Christensen, whose header was saved by Heaton. 

 

With 20 minutes left, a corner from Ziyech was headed just over by Abraham. A minute later, Villa's second chance of the match saw Chong send a shot off-target, before Samatta was replaced by Wesley. 

 

In the 73rd minute, a cross from Emerson was headed over by Ziyech. A minute later, Ziyech was taken off and replaced by Mason Mount. Abraham then met James' corner with a header which was tipped away by Heaton.

 

Mount sent the resulting corner into the area, where Zouma got above Wesley and powered a header at goal. Heaton pushed it away, but Zouma pounced on the rebound and took a shot which deflected into the net off Tyrone Mings.

 

In the 77th minute, Aston Villa's first corner of the match found Konsa, who headed over. 4 minutes later, Hudson-Odoi saw a shot blocked by Targett before Bree was replaced by Björn Engels. 

 

With 3 minutes left, Hudson-Odoi darted past Targett and took a shot which was tipped over by Heaton. Loftus-Cheek then came off to be replaced by Kovacic.

 

In the 88th minute, Engels was shown a yellow card for a foul on Abraham. From the free kick, Zouma headed the ball down to Kovacic, who volleyed home. However, VAR judged Zouma to have been offside, and the goal was ruled out. A minute later, Arrizabalaga was called into action for the first time and turned a shot from Wesley behind. 

 

In stoppage time, Kovacic and Hudson-Odoi were denied by Heaton as Chelsea closed out a dominant win. 

 

Wednesday 24th February 2021, 19:45: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa (Abraham 7, Mings og 75)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Reece James 

 

Other results 

Tuesday 

Ajax 0-1 PSG (Saúl 45+1)

Real Madrid 1-3 Liverpool (Jovic 61; Salah 51, Matip 56, Dybala 67)

 

Wednesday 

Juventus 2-2 Man City (Cristiano Ronaldo pen 15, 33; Sterling 31, 49)

Lazio 0-0 Bayern Munich 

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 27    | 24    | 0     | 3     | 68    | 16    | 52    | 72    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 27    | 22    | 1     | 4     | 55    | 16    | 39    | 67    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Arsenal      | 27    | 20    | 4     | 3     | 80    | 28    | 52    | 64    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Chelsea      | 27    | 20    | 3     | 4     | 61    | 20    | 41    | 63    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Liverpool    | 26    | 17    | 5     | 4     | 50    | 17    | 33    | 56    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  |       | Tottenham    | 27    | 17    | 4     | 6     | 51    | 25    | 26    | 55    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 27    | 17    | 3     | 7     | 43    | 24    | 19    | 54    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 27    | 11    | 5     | 11    | 34    | 32    | 2     | 38    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 27    | 10    | 7     | 10    | 33    | 46    | -13   | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Leicester    | 27    | 7     | 8     | 12    | 27    | 38    | -11   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 27    | 8     | 5     | 14    | 28    | 44    | -16   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Sheff Utd    | 27    | 8     | 5     | 14    | 30    | 49    | -19   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 27    | 7     | 7     | 13    | 34    | 43    | -9    | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Aston Villa  | 26    | 8     | 3     | 15    | 26    | 43    | -17   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | West Ham     | 27    | 8     | 3     | 16    | 26    | 49    | -23   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Norwich      | 27    | 6     | 4     | 17    | 23    | 51    | -28   | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Burnley      | 27    | 5     | 6     | 16    | 21    | 49    | -28   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 27    | 5     | 5     | 17    | 29    | 43    | -14   | 20    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 27    | 4     | 6     | 17    | 25    | 60    | -35   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 27    | 2     | 2     | 23    | 17    | 68    | -51   | 8     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea hosted Brighton at the end of February. The Seagulls were having a good season and were battling it out with Fulham for the title of "Best of the rest". Spencer opted to retain Tammy Abraham following his goal against Aston Villa, with Hudson-Odoi and Tomori also starting.

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Zouma Tomori Emerson 

Jorginho 

Loftus-Cheek Kanté 

Ziyech Abraham Hudson-Odoi 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Telles, Werner, Kovacic, Mount, Sancho 

 

Brighton and Hove Albion 

Ryan 

Webster White Dunk

D'Ambrosio Pröpper Mooy Henry

Mac Allister Groß

Maupay 

Substitutes: Walton, Duffy, Berisha, Andone, Clarke, Molumby

 

Referee: Graham Scott 

 

Chelsea flew out of the blocks and in the first minute, James sent a free kick to Zouma, whose header was saved by Ryan.

 

In the 7th minute, Zouma was booked for a foul on Maupay. A minute later, Mac Allister played a one-two with Maupay before shooting over the bar.

 

In the 9th minute, James received the ball from Kanté and floated a cross into the area. Hudson-Odoi connected with a volley which struck the post.

 

In the 21st minute, Groß tripped Emerson. James' free kick found Zouma, whose header looped over the crossbar. 

 

In the 27th minute, Chelsea won a corner. James aimed it at the near post, where Abraham was there to power a header into the net to make it 2 in 2.

 

Brighton looked to respond immediately, and Mac Allister exchanged passes with Groß before taking a shot which beat Arrizabalaga but went just wide. Pröpper was then booked for a foul on Emerson, before Mooy followed him into the book for a trip on James. 

 

In the 34th minute, Henry found Mac Allister in a good position. Mac Allister hit a speculative long-range effort, which was blocked by Zouma. 

 

Brighton's pressure paid off two minutes later. Mac Allister wriggled away from Emerson and hit a pass towards Maupay. Maupay got clear of the defence and passed the ball into the net to bring Brighton level.

 

Chelsea looked to respond, and in the 39th minute Tomori went on a run from his own half to the edge of the Brighton area. He was tackled by Pröpper, but Loftus-Cheek got to the rebound only to send it off-target.

 

Four minutes before half time, Jorginho sustained a gashed leg and signalled that he wanted to come off. Mateo Kovacic came on to replace him. Deep into injury time, Ziyech met Emerson's cross with a header which was saved by Ryan. 

 

Spencer told his players at half time that he expected much better from them and he got his wish in the first minute. James received the ball from Ziyech and outpaced Mooy into the area. He looked to centre the ball, but his pass deflected off Dunk and into the net to restore Chelsea's lead. 

 

In the 50th minute, a cross from Ziyech found Abraham, whose header was saved by Ryan. Abraham would again be denied by Ryan two minutes later, before the Brighton keeper saved from Ziyech. 

 

In the 67th minute, Mac Allister was tripped by James. Groß took the free kick, but he sent it wide. Pröpper was then taken off, with former Chelsea player Danny Drinkwater replacing him. 

 

With 20 minutes left, Hudson-Odoi was tripped by D'Ambrosio. James sent the free kick into the area, where Ziyech powered a header into the net to surely wrap up the points. 

 

Brighton looked to get back into the match, and a minute later Mac Allister received the ball from Webster before sending a shot off-target. 

 

With 18 minutes left, Ziyech left the field to be replaced by Sancho. Two minutes later, Hudson-Odoi was again tripped by D'Ambrosio. Once again James sent the free kick into the area, where this time Tomori - who had once played for Brighton on loan - volleyed home for Chelsea's fourth. 

 

Brighton brought Duffy on for Webster, before Chelsea came forward again in the 77th minute. Abraham ran onto Sancho's pass and shot from an angle, only for Ryan to push it away. A minute later, Hudson-Odoi put the ball into the six-yard box, where Sancho's volley struck the post.

 

With ten minutes left, Groß was replaced by Berisha.

 

Reece James had had a hand in all four of Chelsea's goals and looked to get on the scoresheet himself in the 82nd minute, running onto Sancho's pass before being denied by Ryan. A minute later, another James free kick found Tomori, who headed the wrong side of the post. James was then taken off, with Rüdiger replacing him. 

 

However, Chelsea were dealt a blow two minutes later as N'Golo Kanté was forced off with a groin injury, reducing Chelsea to ten men. 

 

In the last five minutes, Brighton looked to take advantage of their numerical superiority, with Arrizabalaga saving from Maupay and Berisha.

 

In the third minute of added time, Loftus-Cheek saw a shot turned around the post by Ryan. It was another win for Chelsea, which was marred by the fact that N'Golo Kanté was out for up to five weeks with a torn groin muscle. 

 

Saturday 27th February 2021, 15:00: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 4-1 Brighton and Hove Albion (Abraham 27, Dunk og 46, Ziyech 70, Tomori 74; Maupay 36)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Reece James 

 

Other results 

Saturday 

Leicester 1-3 Tottenham (Barnes 64; Zaha 1, Alderweireld 18, Alli 61)

Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa (Dummett 27, Knockeart 36)

West Ham 2-0 Leeds (Haller 45+1, 71)

Arsenal 1-1 Man City (Depay 15; De Bruyne 24)

 

Sunday 

Bournemouth 0-2 Burnley (Manu García 25, Wood 78)

Everton 2-1 Norwich (Gbamin 49, Sandro pen 90+4; Buendía 73)

 

Carabao Cup Final 

Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd (Salah 67, 116; Bailey 90)

 

Awards 

 

Manager of the Month: 1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man Utd) 2. Carlo Ancelotti (Tottenham) 3. George Spencer (Chelsea)

Player of the Month: 1. Harry Kane (Man City) 2. Anthony Martial (Man Utd) 3. Sadio Mané (Liverpool)

Young Player of the Month: 1. Jadon Sancho (Chelsea) 2. Reece James (Chelsea) 3. Dwight McNeil (Burnley)

 

League Table

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 28    | 24    | 1     | 3     | 69    | 17    | 52    | 73    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 27    | 22    | 1     | 4     | 55    | 16    | 39    | 67    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 28    | 21    | 3     | 4     | 65    | 21    | 44    | 66    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Arsenal      | 28    | 20    | 5     | 3     | 81    | 29    | 52    | 65    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Tottenham    | 28    | 18    | 4     | 6     | 54    | 26    | 28    | 58    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  | EC2   | Liverpool    | 26    | 17    | 5     | 4     | 50    | 17    | 33    | 56    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 27    | 17    | 3     | 7     | 43    | 24    | 19    | 54    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 28    | 12    | 5     | 11    | 36    | 32    | 4     | 41    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 28    | 10    | 7     | 11    | 34    | 50    | -16   | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Everton      | 28    | 9     | 5     | 14    | 30    | 45    | -15   | 32    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Sheff Utd    | 28    | 8     | 6     | 14    | 30    | 49    | -19   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | West Ham     | 28    | 9     | 3     | 16    | 28    | 49    | -21   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Leicester    | 28    | 7     | 8     | 13    | 28    | 41    | -13   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Bournemouth  | 28    | 7     | 7     | 14    | 34    | 45    | -11   | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Aston Villa  | 27    | 8     | 3     | 16    | 26    | 45    | -19   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Burnley      | 28    | 6     | 6     | 16    | 23    | 49    | -26   | 24    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Norwich      | 28    | 6     | 4     | 18    | 24    | 53    | -29   | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 28    | 5     | 6     | 17    | 29    | 43    | -14   | 21    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 28    | 4     | 6     | 18    | 25    | 62    | -37   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 27    | 2     | 2     | 23    | 17    | 68    | -51   | 8     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea's first game in March took them to Elland Road to face Leeds United. The Whites were bottom of the form table, but had appointed Sam Allardyce as manager in an attempt to stay up. Spencer knew a win was imperative with the impending visit of Manchester City. In addition, Tammy Abraham was out for another four weeks with a back injury. 

 

Leeds United 

Casilla 

Souquet Kenneh Cooper Aina 

Shackleton Phillips 

Costa Eze Dallas 

Augustin 

Substitutes: Huffer, Silva, McCalmont, Bamford, Forshaw, Gil, Gotts

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Tomori Zouma Emerson 

Kana 

Mount Loftus-Cheek

Ziyech Werner Hudson-Odoi 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Telles, Havertz, Kovacic, Sancho, Batshuayi 

 

Referee: Lee Mason 

 

Chelsea looked to attack early on and in the 2nd minute, Hudson-Odoi centred the ball to Ziyech, whose header went over the bar. Ziyech had another header two minutes later, which also went over the bar.

 

In the 13th minute, Tomori was shown a yellow card for a foul on Augustin. Arnaud Souquet took the free kick and struck it into the net to give Leeds the lead. 

 

Chelsea looked to respond immediately, and two minutes later Werner received the ball from Loftus-Cheek and took a shot which was saved by Casilla. 

 

In the 24th minute, a corner from Souquet was headed clear by Tomori. Helder Costa intercepted it and took a shot which he couldn't get on target. Three minutes later, Costa headed over from an Aina cross.

 

Chelsea then went up the other end and won a free kick. Ziyech went for goal, but his effort was saved by Casilla. 

 

In the 32nd minute, Phillips brought down Mount and was shown a yellow card. Two minutes later, Mount saw a shot from a tight angle blocked by Cooper. 

 

In the 36th minute, a fierce shot by Loftus-Cheek was blocked by Aina before Werner saw a header saved by Casilla. Two minutes later, Casilla was on hand again to save Zouma's header. 

 

Three minutes before half time, Aina ran onto Dallas' pass. The former Chelsea player looked to shoot, but his effort was blocked by Kana. 

 

Leeds looked to take their lead into the break, but on the stroke of half time James received the ball from Mount and played it into the area. Ziyech received and fired a snapshot into the roof of the net at the near post, with Martin Tyler commenting that "You don't save those!"

 

Three minutes into the second half, Zouma was shown a yellow card. Shackleton then followed him into the book for a foul on Ziyech, before Costa was also booked for a foul on James. 

 

In the 51st minute, Dallas saw a shot from a tight angle saved by Arrizabalaga. A minute later, Werner took Hudson-Odoi's cross on the bounce and took a shot which was blocked by Kenneh, before he saw a header saved by Casilla. 

 

In the 55th minute, Souquet looked to restore Leeds' advantage, receiving the ball from Shackleton before taking a shot. His effort beat Arrizabalaga, but not the post, and Chelsea were able to clear. 

 

Souquet would regret that miss, as a minute later Ziyech was brought down by Aina. Mount stood the free kick up to the far post, where Zouma met it with a header which crashed in off the crossbar to give Chelsea the lead. Leeds responded by introducing another former Chelsea player, Patrick Bamford, for Dallas.

 

In the 59th minute, Kana was shown a yellow card for a foul on Aina. A minute later, James curled a cross to the far post, where Hudson-Odoi's header went flying over the bar. 

 

In the 66th minute, Mount intercepted a clearance and took a shot which was saved by Casilla. Three minutes later, Souquet took a shot which clattered off Emerson. 

 

Spencer opted to make a change in the 71st minute. Loftus-Cheek had played well, but Spencer wanted to add some steel to his midfield, and Mateo Kovacic replaced him. A minute later, Eze took a shot from a very tight angle which was saved by Arrizabalaga. Leeds then took Shackleton off, replacing him with McCalmont. 

 

With 11 minutes left, James wriggled away from Aina and sent the ball left to Mount. Mount went for goal, but his shot was saved by Casilla. Aina was then taken off, with Silva replacing him. 

 

In the 81st minute, Emerson was upended by Souquet. The free kick found Tomori, whose header went over the bar. Two minutes later, Emerson played the ball to Hudson-Odoi, who sent the shot wide. Spencer then opted for some fresh legs, replacing Zouma with Rüdiger.

 

With 5 minutes left, Emerson was shown a yellow card for a foul on Bamford. 

 

In the second minute of stoppage time, a long ball from Casilla found Eze, whose shot was saved by Arrizabalaga. A minute later, Ziyech saw a shot turned behind by Casilla before putting a shot wide. 

 

Saturday 7th March 2021, 16:30: Barclays Premier League - at Elland Road, Leeds 

Leeds United 1-2 Chelsea (Souquet 14; Ziyech 45, Zouma 56)

Attendance: 37,799

Man of the Match: Hakim Ziyech 

 

Other results 

Saturday 

Man Utd 2-0 Leicester (Fernandes 14, Gabriel Barbosa pen 82)

Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal (Hause 12; Depay 87, Lacazette 90+2)

Huddersfield 0-0 Bournemouth 

Man City 6-0 West Ham (Foden 2, 12, Haller og 51, Everton 54, Kane 59, Fernandinho 79; Felipe Anderson s/o 58)

Norwich 2-2 Liverpool (Chalobah 9, Lamela 32; Firmino 37, Salah 50, Robertson s/o 45+1)

Tottenham 5-1 Southampton (Aurier 1, Son 11, 71, 73, Lo Celso pen 89; Lemina 60, Lemina s/o 90+4)

 

Sunday 

Burnley 1-0 Everton (Gudmundsson 27)

Wolves 2-1 Fulham (Taison 32, 51; Mitrovic 24)

 

League Table

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 29    | 25    | 1     | 3     | 75    | 17    | 58    | 76    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 28    | 23    | 1     | 4     | 57    | 16    | 41    | 70    | 
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| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 29    | 22    | 3     | 4     | 67    | 22    | 45    | 69    | 
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| 4th  |       | Arsenal      | 29    | 21    | 5     | 3     | 83    | 30    | 53    | 68    | 
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| 5th  |       | Tottenham    | 29    | 19    | 4     | 6     | 59    | 27    | 32    | 61    | 
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| 6th  | EC2   | Liverpool    | 27    | 17    | 6     | 4     | 52    | 19    | 33    | 57    | 
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| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 28    | 18    | 3     | 7     | 45    | 25    | 20    | 57    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 29    | 12    | 5     | 12    | 37    | 34    | 3     | 41    | 
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| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 29    | 10    | 7     | 12    | 34    | 53    | -19   | 37    | 
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| 10th |       | Sheff Utd    | 29    | 9     | 6     | 14    | 33    | 49    | -16   | 33    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Everton      | 29    | 9     | 5     | 15    | 30    | 46    | -16   | 32    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | West Ham     | 29    | 9     | 3     | 17    | 28    | 55    | -27   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 29    | 7     | 8     | 14    | 34    | 45    | -11   | 29    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | Leicester    | 29    | 7     | 8     | 14    | 28    | 43    | -15   | 29    | 
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| 15th |       | Aston Villa  | 28    | 8     | 3     | 17    | 27    | 47    | -20   | 27    | 
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| 16th |       | Burnley      | 29    | 7     | 6     | 16    | 24    | 49    | -25   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Norwich      | 29    | 6     | 5     | 18    | 26    | 55    | -29   | 23    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 29    | 5     | 7     | 17    | 29    | 43    | -14   | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 29    | 4     | 6     | 19    | 26    | 64    | -38   | 18    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 28    | 2     | 2     | 24    | 18    | 73    | -55   | 8     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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The second leg of the Champions League first knockout round saw Chelsea hold a 2-1 lead at Stamford Bridge against Fenerbahçe. Despite their injuries, the Blues were favourites to go through.

 

Chelsea (2)

Arrizabalaga 

Tomori Zouma Christensen Telles 

Jorginho 

Mount Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, James, Emerson 

 

Fenerbahçe (1)

Altay 

Ozan Stambouli Jørgensen Kaldirim

Tolgay Zajc 

Deniz Kruse Rodrigues 

Muriqi 

Substitutes: Tekin, Dirar, Alper, Erdinç, Pekesen, Tolga

 

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

 

Ils sont les meilleurs

Sie sind die besten 

These are the Champions 

 

Die meister 

Die besten 

Les meilleurs équipes 

The Champions!

 

In the second minute, a free kick from Mount struck the wall and Garry Rodrigues broke away down the right. Rodrigues played the ball into the path of Muriqi, who hit a first time shot into the net. However, the goal was ruled out by VAR, as Muriqi had been a yard offside.

 

In the 6th minute, Chelsea came forward and Havertz played a ball to Ziyech. Ziyech crossed the ball to Werner, whose header went over the bar. Fenerbahçe then went to the other end, with Zajc heading just wide from Deniz's cross. 

 

In the 9th minute, Jorginho played a 35 yard pass to Sancho, who passed to Havertz. Havertz played in Telles, who got down the left and slipped the ball into the box for Sancho. Sancho crossed to the far post, where Ziyech was there to turn the ball into the net to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

In the 13th minute, Sancho was shown a yellow card for a foul on Deniz. Deniz took the free kick, but it was no trouble for Arrizabalaga. Two minutes later, Deniz was again denied by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 16th minute, Hasan Ali was cautioned for a foul on Ziyech. Telles' free kick found Zouma, whose header went over the bar.

 

Two minutes later, Zouma held Muriqi back. Deniz' free kick caused chaos in the Chelsea box before Jørgensen stabbed the ball home to equalise.

 

Fenerbahçe now came forward with purpose, and in the 23rd minute they won a corner. Deniz sent the ball in for Rodrigues, who got up above Havertz to head home and give Fenerbahçe the lead on the night and equalise on aggregate.

 

Chelsea responded by attacking, and a minute later Werner fed the ball to Ziyech, who put it wide. Stambouli was then booked for a foul on Ziyech. 

 

In the 31st minute, Havertz played the ball to Telles, who sent a cross into the area. Ziyech's shot was blocked by Hasan Ali, but Werner made no mistake with the rebound and Chelsea retook the lead on aggregate. 

 

In the 35th minute, a free kick from Mount found Zouma, who headed over. A minute later, Arrizabalaga was on hand to save a volley from Rodrigues.

 

In the 38th minute, Jørgensen was booked for a foul on Werner. A minute later, Ziyech put a shot wide from Sancho's pass. Christensen was then booked for a foul on Muriqi. Muriqi had the chance to give Fenerbahçe the lead on away goals in stoppage time, but his header went sailing over the crossbar. 

 

Spencer told his side that he was not happy at half time, and the Blues came out looking to make a point. In the 54th minute, Zouma passed the ball forward to Mount, who played it out wide to Ziyech. Ziyech took a moment and then sent the ball flying into the net to give Chelsea the lead on the night with a strike described as "a special goal from a special player" by Ian Darke on BT Sport and "absolutely stupendous" by Jonathan Pearce on Radio 5 Live. 

 

Fenerbahçe brought Alper on for Tolgay, but Chelsea now had the bit between their teeth. In the 56th minute, a cross from Tomori found Werner, who sent his header over the bar. A minute later, a shot from Ozan was charged down by Christensen. 

 

In the 61st minute, Deniz was robbed by Christensen who passed to the feet of Telles. Telles knocked the ball down the line for Sancho, who played it into the area for Werner. Werner had time and took full advantage, shooting low into the bottom corner to double Chelsea's lead and surely put the tie to bed.

 

Fenerbahçe tried to get back into the game, and in the 63rd minute Muriqi saw a header saved by Arrizabalaga before Rodrigues had a shot blocked by Zouma. A minute later, Ziyech headed over from a tight angle, before Werner saw a speculative shot blocked by Stambouli. 

 

With just over 15 minutes left, Muriqi got on the end of a long ball and raced clear of the defence before scoring to pull one back. Two minutes later, Zouma was shown a yellow card for a foul on Muriqi. Deniz then shot wide from a tight angle as Fenerbahçe threw everything forward. In response, Spencer replaced a tiring Zouma with Reece James. 

 

With 11 minutes left, Rodrigues got into space and took a shot which was tipped over by Arrizabalaga. Chelsea then went to the other end and Werner took a shot which was saved by Altay. A minute later, Tomori played a one-two with Havertz before shooting wide, before Havertz sent a shot wide.

 

With five minutes left, Arrizabalaga lofted the ball 45 yards upfield. Werner skinned Stambouli for pace and took a shot which struck the post from 25 yards out. A minute later, Jorginho was booked, while Hudson-Odoi replaced Sancho. Muriqi then met Deniz's cross with a header that was saved by Arrizabalaga, before Werner met Ziyech's cross with a shot which was saved by Altay.

 

With two minutes left, Jorginho came off to be replaced by Kovacic. 

 

In the 91st minute, Deniz saw a free kick saved by Arrizabalaga, before Ozan was booked for a foul on Hudson-Odoi. James' free kick found Werner, whose header clipped the crossbar before Fenerbahçe replaced Zajc with Tolga.

 

In the second minute of stoppage time, Havertz received the ball from Hudson-Odoi and played a forward pass to Werner, who got past Jørgensen and sent the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick. 

 

Muriqi sent a shot wide in the dying seconds, but Chelsea held on to progress to the quarter finals after a pulsating match.

 

Wednesday 10th March 2021, 20:00: UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round Second Leg - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea (7) 5-3 (4) Fenerbahçe (Ziyech 9, 53, Werner 31, 61, 90+2; Jørgensen 18, Garry Rodrigues 23, Muriqi 74)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Timo Werner 

 

Other results 

Tuesday 

Arsenal (5) 3-1 (2) Celtic (Torreira 42, 63, Aubameyang 72; Johnston 71)

Man Utd (3) 3-1 (4) RB Leipzig (Bailey 2, Pereira 4, Martial 84; Lookman 77)

 

Wednesday 

Champions League 

Barcelona (2) 1-0 (2) Borussia Dortmund (de Jong 22) Barcelona win on away goals 

 

Premier League 

Liverpool 5-0 Aston Villa (Fabinho 15, Mané 20, Firmino 45+2, Dybala pen 62, Alexander-Arnold 66)

 

Thursday 

Europa League 

AC Milan (3) 2-0 (1) Villarreal (Borré 34, Leão 88)

Bayer Leverkusen (5) 2-0 (1) AS Monaco (Jatta 40, Weiser 79)

Dinamo Zagreb (1) 1-1 (3) (Kachunga 83; Burgstaller 2)

Anderlecht (0) 0-2 (3) Atalanta (Bettella pen 51, Zapata 53)

AS Roma (4) 3-1 (1) Borussia Mönchengladbach (Florenzi 6, Dzeko 46, Reinier 87; Neuhaus 3)

Atlético Madrid (4) 0-0 (0) Benfica (Giménez s/o 79)

Napoli (5) 3-1 (2) FC Augsburg (Allan 22, Lozano 41, 46; Yusuf Yazici 26)

Wolves (3) 3-1 (1) Valencia (Jiménez 22, pen 50, 86; Gómez 71)

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Following the thriller against Fenerbahçe, Chelsea hosted leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Far from being runaway leaders the previous season, City had Manchester United breathing down their necks after the Red Devils' victory at Arsenal the previous evening. Chelsea were after revenge for the FA Cup, and Spencer knew that a win could propel the Blues into the title race.

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Zouma Christensen Telles 

Jorginho 

Mount Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Tomori, Emerson 

 

Man City 

Ederson 

Walker García Laporte Zinchenko 

Rodri 

De Bruyne Foden 

Silva Kane Boadu 

Substitutes: Steffen, Otamendi, Sané, Agüero, Everton, Cancelo, Jesus 

 

Referee: David Coote 

 

It took just a minute for the first yellow card to be shown. Eric García was the recipient, for a foul on Werner. 

 

In the 4th minute, Reece James passed to Mount, whose shot went off target. Two minutes later, Myron Boadu headed well over from De Bruyne's corner. 

 

In the 8th minute, Christensen was booked for a foul on Kane. Werner then intercepted a pass from García and took a shot which was blocked by Rodri. 

 

In the 13th minute, Bernardo Silva played a one-two with De Bruyne before taking a shot which was tipped over by Arrizabalaga. From the corner, Boadu intercepted Zouma's clearance and took a shot which went just over. 

 

Three minutes later, a pass from Ziyech found Mount, whose vicious shot was tipped over by Ederson. 

 

In the 27th minute, Bernardo Silva received a headed pass from Walker and took a shot which moved all over the place, but was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 28th minute, a clearance from Christensen found Werner. Werner left Laporte standing and took a shot which was tipped wide by Ederson. Three minutes later, Telles' free kick found Mount, who headed over.

 

Four minutes before half time, Jorginho played a one-two with Ziyech before searching out James. James fired a low cross towards the far post which Zinchenko failed to reach, and Sancho applied the finish to open the scoring against his former team. 

 

In stoppage time, a shot from Silva was blocked by Jorginho, before Ziyech saw a header saved by Ederson. 

 

Manchester City came out fighting in the second half, and in the 50th minute they won a corner. De Bruyne's delivery found Kane, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. Seven minutes later, a free kick from De Bruyne found Kane, whose header was again saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

On the hour mark, a corner from De Bruyne was headed to Boadu by Kane. Boadu struck a volley which went just over the bar. Two minutes later, Boadu was replaced by Leroy Sané.

 

In the 63rd minute, Manchester City were awarded a free kick. Again De Bruyne looked for Kane, and again Kane headed over. Four minutes later, Kane received the ball from Rodri and spread play to the right. De Bruyne arrived and took a curling shot which went wide. 

 

With just over 20 minutes left, a cross from Kyle Walker found Kane. Jorginho missed the ball, but Arrizabalaga didn't. Two minutes later, Telles received a yellow card for a foul on Silva. The free kick was cleared behind, and De Bruyne's corner found Rodri, whose header went high into the stands. 

 

With 11 minutes left, Sané received the ball and looked for Kane, who played in Zinchenko. Sané took over and, with all the time in the world, hit a hopeful looking shot which was tipped wide by Arrizabalaga. Everton then replaced Foden, with Bernardo Silva moving into midfield. Chelsea made their first change a minute later, as Kovacic replaced Mason Mount. 

 

In the 82nd minute, De Bruyne saw a shot blocked by Jorginho, with Zouma blocking the follow-up from Walker. Walker was then taken off, with Cancelo replacing him. 

 

In the 89th minute, Zinchenko received the ball from Rodri and took a shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga as Chelsea battened down the hatches. 

 

As the match entered stoppage time, Manchester City continued to try and salvage a point. A cross from Kane found De Bruyne, whose header went just wide, but Chelsea held firm to take the points and suddenly enter the title race. 

 

Saturday 13 March 2021, 17:30: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City (Sancho 41)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Jorginho 

 

Other results 

Friday 

Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd (Lacazette 56, Rodrigo Caio s/o 61; Rashford 19, Martial 41, 44)

 

Saturday 

Everton 3-2 Tottenham (Sandro 18, 31, Verschaeren 71; Zaha 23, Son 75)

Leicester 4-1 Leeds (Benkovic 49, 74, Vidal pen 65, Ilicic 69; Phillips 81)

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton (Dybala 2, Firmino 11, 20, Lallana 13)

Southampton 2-2 Burnley (Ings 76, Pérez 90+2; Wood 43, Porro 70)

 

Sunday 

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa (Haller 43, 65)

Bournemouth 1-0 Wolves (Tavares 13; Vinagre s/o 90+3)

Sheff Utd 4-0 Norwich (Mousset 17, Stevens 62, 90+2, Baldock 71)

 

Monday 

Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield (Decordova-Reid 78)

 

Tuesday 

Bayern Munich (1) 1-3 (3) Lazio (Goretzka 64; Lazzari 19, Felipe 33, Zaracho 46)

Man City (5) 3-0 (2) Juventus (Sterling 48, Everton 89, Agüero 90)

 

Wednesday 

Champions League 

Liverpool (7) 4-2 (3) Real Madrid (Dybala 1, Firmino 8, van Dijk 53, 56; Jovic 11, 78)

PSG (4) 3-1 (1) Ajax (Saúl 11, Mbappé 12, Icardi pen 67; Lucas Leiva pen 20)

 

Premier League 

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd (Stevens 30, Redmond 76; Rabiot 41, Rashford 51, Pogba 84)

 

Champions League Quarter Final draw

Barcelona vs Lazio 

Man City vs RB Leipzig 

Arsenal vs Chelsea 

PSG vs Liverpool 

 

League Table 

| Pos   | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st   |       | Man City     | 30    | 25    | 1     | 4     | 75    | 18    | 57    | 76    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd   |       | Man Utd      | 30    | 25    | 1     | 4     | 63    | 19    | 44    | 76    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd   |       | Chelsea      | 30    | 23    | 3     | 4     | 68    | 22    | 46    | 72    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th   |       | Arsenal      | 30    | 21    | 5     | 4     | 84    | 33    | 51    | 68    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th   | EC2   | Liverpool    | 29    | 19    | 6     | 4     | 61    | 19    | 42    | 63    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th   |       | Tottenham    | 30    | 19    | 4     | 7     | 61    | 30    | 31    | 61    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th   |       | Wolves       | 29    | 18    | 3     | 8     | 45    | 26    | 19    | 57    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th   |       | Fulham       | 30    | 13    | 5     | 12    | 38    | 34    | 4     | 44    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th   |       | Brighton     | 30    | 10    | 7     | 13    | 34    | 57    | -23   | 37    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th  |       | Sheff Utd    | 30    | 10    | 6     | 14    | 37    | 49    | -12   | 36    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th  |       | Everton      | 30    | 10    | 5     | 15    | 33    | 48    | -15   | 35    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th  |       | West Ham     | 30    | 10    | 3     | 17    | 30    | 55    | -25   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th  |       | Bournemouth  | 30    | 8     | 8     | 14    | 35    | 45    | -10   | 32    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th  |       | Leicester    | 30    | 8     | 8     | 14    | 32    | 44    | -12   | 32    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th  |       | Burnley      | 30    | 7     | 7     | 16    | 26    | 51    | -25   | 28    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th  |       | Aston Villa  | 30    | 8     | 3     | 19    | 27    | 54    | -27   | 27    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th  |       | Norwich      | 30    | 6     | 5     | 19    | 26    | 59    | -33   | 23    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th  |       | Huddersfield | 30    | 5     | 7     | 18    | 29    | 44    | -15   | 22    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th  |       | Leeds        | 30    | 4     | 6     | 20    | 27    | 68    | -41   | 18    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th  |       | Southampton  | 30    | 2     | 3     | 25    | 22    | 78    | -56   | 9     | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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The victory over Manchester City had sparked talk of a title challenge at Stamford Bridge from the stands to the boardroom, and even journalists like Martin Samuel and Henry Winter were touting the possibility of Chelsea snatching the trophy from under Pep's nose. Spencer, however, knew that it would count for nothing if the Blues failed to beat West Ham the following Friday. The Hammers, now under the management of Tony Mowbray, had climbed to 12th in the table but had conceded 6 without reply in their last away match at The Etihad. 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Zouma Rüdiger Telles 

Jorginho 

Mount Kovacic 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Loftus-Cheek, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Tomori, Emerson 

 

West Ham United

Fabianski 

Meunier Diop Cardoso Vertonghen 

Yarmolenko Fofana Rice Anderson 

Fornals 

Haller 

Substitutes: Trott, Malcuit, Nkunku, Bowen, Haksabanovic, Alese, Diangana 

 

Referee: Mike Dean 

 

Spencer wanted a good start and that is exactly what he got. In the 8th minute, Telles played a free kick long to Werner, who got in behind the defence and, with only Fabianski to beat, placed a low shot into the net to give Chelsea the lead. 

 

It could have been two three minutes later. James played a one-two with Mount which evaded Rice and passed to Ziyech. Ziyech crossed the ball into the area for Mount, whose header was saved by Fabianski. 

 

In the 13th minute, Yarmolenko was booked for a foul on Telles. James' free kick found Zouma, whose header was saved by Fabianski. 

 

It had been all Chelsea in the opening 15 minutes, but in the 17th minute West Ham came forward. Anderson got on the end of Rice's ball, but was denied by a last ditch tackle from Reece James.

 

Three minutes later, James played the ball to Ziyech, whose cross was intercepted by Fofana. James got to the clearance and passed to Ziyech, who this time smashed a shot into the top corner at the near post, marking his birthday with his 20th goal of the season.

 

In the 24th minute, a pass from Vertonghen was intercepted by Mount, who exchanged passes with Jorginho before playing a first time ball to Sancho. Sancho hit a low, left-footed volley which struck the inside of the post and settled in the net to put Chelsea three goals ahead inside 25 minutes. 

 

In the 27th minute, Declan Rice was booked for a trip on Mount. Telles' free kick found Rüdiger, whose header was blocked by Vertonghen. 

 

In the 39th minute, Kovacic looked to get on the act, playing a one-two with Sancho before getting past Fofana and shooting wide. A minute later, Telles also shot wide after receiving the ball from Kovacic. 

 

West Ham had barely been out of their own half, but in stoppage time they won a corner. Anderson's delivery found Diop, whose header went over the bar. 

 

Chelsea continued to attack in the second half, with Werner being denied by a crucial challenge from Yarmolenko. Two minutes later, Sancho hit a 35 yard ball to Ziyech, whose shot was blocked by Vertonghen. 

 

In the 50th minute, a rare Hammers attack resulted in a corner. Anderson delivered the ball to Diop, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. Four minutes later, another West Ham attack saw Arrizabalaga tip Anderson's shot over the bar, before tipping Haller's header over from the corner. 

 

Having withstood that period of West Ham pressure, in the 56th minute a cross from Telles found Werner, whose header was saved by Fabianski.

 

Werner would have better luck three minutes later. Jorginho exchanged passes with Kovacic before playing a long ball to Telles on the left.  Telles then passed into the area for Sancho, whose cross was headed into the net by Werner for Chelsea's fourth. 

 

Two minutes later, however, West Ham launched an attack as Vertonghen took the ball down the left, getting past James before sending a cross into the area, where Yarmolenko volleyed it into the net to add some respectability to the scoreline. 

 

Felipe Anderson then went into the book, for a foul on James. Four minutes later, James played in Mount, whose shot was saved by Fabianski. 

 

With just under 20 minutes left, Mount was taken off, with Loftus-Cheek replacing him, before Malcuit replaced Meunier a minute later. In the 74th minute, a cross from James was tipped behind by Fabianski.

 

Two minutes later, a counter attack by West Ham saw Anderson receive the ball from Fofana before hitting a hopeful shot which was turned behind by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 78th minute, Hudson-Odoi came on for Ziyech while West Ham replaced Anderson with Nkunku. With ten minutes left, a shot from Kovacic was blocked by Diop. 

 

A minute later, Fofana was given a warning for a foul on Kovacic. James took the free kick, but it struck the wall, Sancho then had a shot which was blocked by Malcuit. 

 

With 5 minutes remaining, Loftus-Cheek played a one-two with James before putting the ball into the six yard box, where Werner's header was saved by Fabianski.

 

As the game entered stoppage time, Tomori came on to replace James. Kovacic had a chance in the 92nd minute, but he put it wide as Chelsea's dominant win saw them move to within a point of top spot. 

 

Friday 19th March 2021, 20:00: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 4-1 West Ham United (Werner 8, 59, Ziyech 20, Sancho 24; Yarmolenko 61)

Attendance: 41,631 

Man of the Match: Timo Werner 

 

Other results 

Saturday 

Premier League 

Brighton 1-2 Leicester (D'Ambrosio 42; Ilicic 47, Niang 70)

Leeds 2-2 Bournemouth (Costa 22, Shackleton 83; de Jong 25, King 54)

Norwich 1-0 Huddersfield (Petkovic 7)

Aston Villa 1-6 Tottenham (Grealish 33; Alli 4, Winks 43, Son 50, 64, Correa 67, Lo Celso 81)

 

FA Cup 

Cardiff 3-0 Blackburn (Glatzel 5, Murphy 73, Ward 81)

Wolves 1-0 Man City (Taison 44, Doherty s/o 90+5)

 

Sunday 

Fulham 0-0 Liverpool - Liverpool win 12-11 on penalties 

Man Utd 2-0 Burnley (Greenwood 71, Pereira 74)

 

Premier League Table

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man City     | 30    | 25    | 1     | 4     | 75    | 18    | 57    | 76    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man Utd      | 30    | 25    | 1     | 4     | 63    | 19    | 44    | 76    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 31    | 24    | 3     | 4     | 72    | 23    | 49    | 75    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Arsenal      | 30    | 21    | 5     | 4     | 84    | 33    | 51    | 68    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Tottenham    | 31    | 20    | 4     | 7     | 67    | 31    | 36    | 64    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  | EC2   | Liverpool    | 29    | 19    | 6     | 4     | 61    | 19    | 42    | 63    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 29    | 18    | 3     | 8     | 45    | 26    | 19    | 57    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 30    | 13    | 5     | 12    | 38    | 34    | 4     | 44    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Brighton     | 31    | 10    | 7     | 14    | 35    | 59    | -24   | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Sheff Utd    | 30    | 10    | 6     | 14    | 37    | 49    | -12   | 36    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Leicester    | 31    | 9     | 8     | 14    | 34    | 45    | -11   | 35    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Everton      | 30    | 10    | 5     | 15    | 33    | 48    | -15   | 35    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 31    | 8     | 9     | 14    | 37    | 47    | -10   | 33    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | West Ham     | 31    | 10    | 3     | 18    | 31    | 59    | -28   | 33    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Burnley      | 30    | 7     | 7     | 16    | 26    | 51    | -25   | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Aston Villa  | 31    | 8     | 3     | 20    | 28    | 60    | -32   | 27    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Norwich      | 31    | 7     | 5     | 19    | 27    | 59    | -32   | 26    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 31    | 5     | 7     | 19    | 29    | 45    | -16   | 22    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 31    | 4     | 7     | 20    | 29    | 70    | -41   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 30    | 2     | 3     | 25    | 22    | 78    | -56   | 9     | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea travelled to Dean Court knowing that victory could see them go top if the two Manchester clubs slipped up. This was Spencer's first match since signing a new four-year contract, and he made one change, with Hudson-Odoi replacing Sancho, who was tired after the international break. 

 

AFC Bournemouth 

Ramsdale 

Tavares S. Cook Mepham Kelly 

Lerma L. Cook Billing Acuña 

Solanke Wilson 

Substitutes: Begovic, Stacey, King, de Jong, Ibe, Besic, Brooks 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

James Zouma Rüdiger Telles 

Jorginho 

Mount Kovacic 

Ziyech Werner Hudson-Odoi 

Substitutes: Caballero, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Havertz, Sancho, Tomori, Emerson 

 

Referee: Simon Hooper 

 

In the 3rd minute, Telles was booked for a foul on Tavares. A minute later, a loose ball found Solanke, whose shot was saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

Chelsea had their first real chance in the 7th minute. Kovacic received a first time ball from Zouma and hit a speculative long-range effort which was tipped over by Ramsdale. Three minutes later, Acuña left James standing and took a shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

Chelsea then began to turn up the pressure and in the 14th minute, a shot from Kovacic was blocked by Billing before Ziyech sent a shot wide and James forced a save from Ramsdale.

 

The pressure paid off in the 17th minute. Telles fed the ball to Jorginho, who put the ball into the area. Ziyech was unmarked, and leapt up to power a header into the net.

 

Chelsea now had the bit between their teeth, and in the 19th minute Kovacic saw a shot blocked by Steve Cook before Ziyech saw a free kick tipped behind by Ramsdale. Werner then pounced on a poor backpass by Callum Wilson only to see his shot skew wide.

 

Werner would have better luck in the 23rd minute. A shot from Ziyech was tipped over the bar for a corner. Telles sent the ball into the area, where Werner was left with a simple finish to score his 30th goal of the season. 

 

However, Chelsea's two-goal lead lasted barely a minute. A cross from Billing found Solanke, who volleyed home from close range to bring the Cherries back into the game. 

 

In the 26th minute, Rüdiger received a yellow card for a foul on Solanke. 

 

Just after the half hour mark, Acuña sent a free kick into the area. Lerma dominated Telles in the air, but his header was saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

In the 38th minute, a fierce shot from Telles was blocked by Steve Cook. Lewis Cook was then cautioned for a foul on Kovacic, before Ziyech shot just wide two minutes later. 

 

Four minutes before half time, a pass from Tavares found Solanke, whose shot was tipped over by Arrizabalaga. In the 45th minute, a corner from Telles found Werner, whose shot skimmed the top of the bar.

 

Bournemouth came out in the second half looking to get level and in the 49th minute, a cross from Acuña found Solanke, whose header went over the bar. Two minutes later, a corner from Telles found Hudson-Odoi, whose header was saved by Ramsdale. 

 

In the 53rd minute, a headed clearance from Steve Cook was intercepted by Ziyech, whose volley went over the bar. Bournemouth then won a series of corners, before Kelly was shown a yellow card for a foul on Werner. 

 

A minute later, Werner was brought down in the area and VAR confirmed the penalty. Telles stepped up and drilled the ball into the bottom corner beyond the outstretched arm of Ramsdale. 

 

However, once again Bournemouth refused to lie down. In the 66th minute, a cross from Tavares found Marcos Acuña, whose header from a tight angle found the net. Acuña had another chance a minute later, but his shot flew over the bar. 

 

In the 70th minute, a corner from Acuña was punched clear by Arrizabalaga. Two minutes later, Lewis Cook came off to be replaced by Brooks.

 

Chelsea were still dangerous, however, and in the 73rd minute a half volley by Kovacic was saved by Ramsdale. Kovacic had another chance a minute later, putting a shot wide. 

 

With 11 minutes left, a shot from Brooks was blocked by Telles, before Wilson sent a header over the bar four minutes later. Ziyech was then taken off with Loftus-Cheek replacing him. 

 

With 5 minutes left, Steve Cook was shown a yellow card for a foul on Werner. 

 

Bournemouth pushed hard for an equaliser as the game entered its closing stages. With 2 minutes left, Brooks saw a shot blocked by Telles, while Jordon Ibe replaced Wilson. In stoppage time, Lerma sent a header off-target before a superb save from Arrizabalaga at the death denied Lerma after a poor pass from Jorginho allowed Bournemouth to set up a counter attack. The corner came to nothing, and Chelsea came away with their eighth win on the bounce to make it 12 games unbeaten.

 

Saturday 3rd April 2021, 15:00: Barclays Premier League - at Dean Court, Bournemouth 

AFC Bournemouth 2-3 Chelsea (Solanke 24, Acuña 66; Ziyech 17, Werner 23, Alex Telles pen 56)

Attendance: 11,464

Man of the Match: Alex Telles 

 

Other results 

Friday 

Leicester 2-1 Aston Villa (Barnes 44; Vidal pen 89; McGinn 41)

 

Saturday 

Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool (Zaha 19; Origi 44)

Arsenal 1-1 Norwich (Nketiah 54; Gilmour 6)

Burnley 0-2 Man City (Agüero 37, García 77)

Fulham 3-1 Brighton (Sessegnon 3, Mitrovic 39, Cavaleiro 68; D'Ambrosio 90+1)

 

Sunday 

West Ham 1-3 Wolves (Rice 55; Neto 58, David Luiz pen 70, Traoré 72)

Huddersfield 1-1 Southampton (Sobhi 71; Elyounoussi 76)

 

Monday 

Everton 4-3 Leeds (Gomes pen 8, Iwobi 16, Richarlison 42, 49; Phillips 11, Aina 45, Dallas 53)

 

League Table 

| Pos   | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st   |       | Man City     | 31    | 26    | 1     | 4     | 77    | 18    | 59    | 79    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd   |       | Man Utd      | 31    | 26    | 1     | 4     | 66    | 19    | 47    | 79    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd   |       | Chelsea      | 32    | 25    | 3     | 4     | 75    | 25    | 50    | 78    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th   |       | Arsenal      | 31    | 21    | 6     | 4     | 85    | 34    | 51    | 69    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th   |       | Tottenham    | 32    | 20    | 5     | 7     | 68    | 32    | 36    | 65    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th   | EC2   | Liverpool    | 30    | 19    | 7     | 4     | 62    | 20    | 42    | 64    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th   |       | Wolves       | 30    | 19    | 3     | 8     | 48    | 27    | 21    | 60    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th   |       | Fulham       | 31    | 14    | 5     | 12    | 41    | 35    | 6     | 47    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th   |       | Leicester    | 32    | 10    | 8     | 14    | 36    | 46    | -10   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th  |       | Everton      | 31    | 11    | 5     | 15    | 37    | 51    | -14   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th  |       | Brighton     | 32    | 10    | 7     | 15    | 36    | 62    | -26   | 37    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th  |       | Sheff Utd    | 31    | 10    | 6     | 15    | 37    | 52    | -15   | 36    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th  |       | Bournemouth  | 32    | 8     | 9     | 15    | 39    | 50    | -11   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th  |       | West Ham     | 32    | 10    | 3     | 19    | 32    | 62    | -30   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th  |       | Burnley      | 31    | 7     | 7     | 17    | 26    | 53    | -27   | 28    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th  |       | Norwich      | 32    | 7     | 6     | 19    | 28    | 60    | -32   | 27    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th  |       | Aston Villa  | 32    | 8     | 3     | 21    | 29    | 62    | -33   | 27    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th  |       | Huddersfield | 32    | 5     | 8     | 19    | 30    | 46    | -16   | 23    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th  |       | Leeds        | 32    | 4     | 7     | 21    | 32    | 74    | -42   | 19    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th  |       | Southampton  | 31    | 2     | 4     | 25    | 23    | 79    | -56   | 10    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea faced Arsenal in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League, with the first leg at the Emirates. Whilst the Blues were slight favourites, Arsenal were the Premier League's top scorers, with Lacazette, Aubameyang, Calvin Stengs, a £58million signing from Ajax, and Memphis Depay, who was enjoying a much better spell in the Premier League than his disastrous first one at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal. As such, Spencer abandoned his principles and opted for a counter-attacking setup. On BT Sport, Simon Brotherton described it as "a clash of two potential dark horses"

 

Arsenal 

Leno

Bellerín Caio Chambers Alonso 

Elneny Torreira 

Stengs Depay Aubameyang 

Lacazette 

Substitutes: Macey, O'Connell, Pépé, Nketiah, Mkhitaryan, Maitland-Niles, John-Jules

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Zouma Rüdiger Telles 

Jorginho 

Kovacic Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, James, Tomori 

 

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

 

Ils sont les meilleurs 

Sie sind die besten 

These are the Champions 

 

Die meister 

Die besten 

Les grandes équipes 

The Champions!

 

The first real chance came Chelsea's way in the 7th minute, as a free kick from Telles was headed over by Zouma. A minute later, Havertz intercepted a pass and got past Chambers before hitting a low shot which was turned behind by Leno. 

 

Chelsea's pressure would pay off in the 10th minute. A throw in from Telles found Havertz, who played a first time ball into the area for Werner. Werner struck a curling shot into the net to put Chelsea ahead and give them a vital away goal. 

 

Chelsea now looked to keep their lead, and in the 12th minute, Cüneyt Çakir - who had infamously sent off John Terry in the Nou Camp in 2012 - showed Rüdiger a yellow card for a foul on Lacazette. 

 

Two minutes later, Arsenal won a corner. Torreira's ball found Aubameyang, whose header flew well over.

 

In the 16th minute, a clearance from Ziyech fell to Bellerín. The Spaniard tried a pot-shot at goal which went wide. Two minutes later, Lacazette saw a powerful left-footed shot saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

Lacazette would have another chance in the 22nd minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran past Azpilicueta and delivered a cross into the area. Lacazette met it with a volley, but he skewed it wide when it looked easier to score than to miss.

 

A minute later, Jorginho was shown a yellow card for a foul on Lacazette. Torreira delivered the free kick into the area, where Bellerín headed home to equalise. 

 

Chelsea looked to retake their lead, and in the 25th minute Bellerín was called into action at the other end as he blocked a shot from Werner. Two minutes later, Azpilicueta was booked for a foul on Lacazette. Torreira then met Aubameyang's cross with an ambitious effort which was blocked by Rüdiger.

 

Zouma was the next player to go into the book, for a foul on Lacazette. From the free kick, Stengs got above Telles and powered a header at goal which Arrizabalaga diverted over with his fingertips. 

 

Ten minutes before half time, Depay got to a loose ball ahead of Ziyech, only to send his shot wide. Chelsea then went to the other end, with Zouma sending a header well over the bar.

 

Aubameyang and Lacazette both had chances in the latter stages of the half, before Brazilian defender Rodrigo Caio - an £18million signing from Flamengo - was booked for a trip on Werner.

 

Arsenal came out fighting in the second half and in the 49th minute, Arrizabalaga saved a shot from Depay before Kovacic was shown a yellow card for a foul on Aubameyang. Torreira's free kick found Stengs, whose header went over the bar.

 

In the 58th minute, Aubameyang ran onto a long ball from Caio. He had the legs on Azpilicueta, but his shot was turned behind by Arrizabalaga.

 

Chelsea had been on the back foot for the opening stages of the second half, but in the 61st minute Kovacic played a one-two with Jorginho and weighted the ball out wide to Ziyech. Ziyech sent a cross into the area, where Sancho saw his header saved by Leno.

 

A minute later, Elneny was shown a yellow card for a foul on Havertz. Telles' free kick found Havertz, whose header went harmlessly over. 

 

In the 65th minute, a pass from Torreira found Aubameyang, who was once again denied by Arrizabalaga. Two minutes later, Depay was taken off, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan replacing him. 

 

In the 69th minute, Werner was brought down by Calum Chambers. Ziyech's free kick struck the wall, however, and was cleared. 

 

With 17 minutes left, Calvin Stengs was withdrawn, being replaced by Eddie Nketiah. Kepa Arrizabalaga then made two saves in as many minutes, first from Nketiah and then from Aubameyang. 

 

With 12 minutes to go, Lacazette was replaced by Nicolas Pépé. In the 82nd minute, Mkhitaryan saw a shot saved by Arrizabalaga, with Mount replacing a tiring Jorginho two minutes later. 

 

Arsenal threw players forward in the dying minutes, with Arrizabalaga saving twice from Aubameyang in as many minutes. Eddie Nketiah then broke away as Arsenal launched a counter attack, but again Arrizabalaga made a good save to deny him. 

 

Chelsea battened down the hatches as the game entered stoppage time. In the dying seconds, Mkhitaryan set Marcos Alonso free down the left. The Spaniard entered the Chelsea area and took a shot which he couldn't get on target, as Chelsea came away from The Emirates with a draw and an away goal.

 

Tuesday 6th April 2021: 20:00: UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - at The Emirates, London 

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (Bellerín 23; Werner 10)

Attendance: 60,432

Man of the Match: Héctor Bellerín 

 

Other results 

 

Tuesday 

PSG 1-1 Liverpool (Verratti 47; Salah 69)

 

Wednesday 

Champions League 

Barcelona 0-1 Lazio (Immobile 53)

Man City 2-0 RB Leipzig (Silva 35, García 50)

 

Premier League 

Man Utd 2-0 Burnley (Maguire 7, Lindelöf 53)

 

Thursday 

AC Milan 2-2 Atlético Madrid (Hernández 32, Rebic 63; João Félix 42, 76)

AS Roma 4-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Dzeko 11, Rodrygo 26, Zaniolo 69, Florenzi 86; Dabbur 75)

Napoli 1-0 Atalanta (Lozano 30)

Wolves 1-0 Schalke (Boly 53)

 

League Table 

| Pos   | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st   |       | Man Utd      | 32    | 27    | 1     | 4     | 68    | 19    | 49    | 82    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd   |       | Man City     | 31    | 26    | 1     | 4     | 77    | 18    | 59    | 79    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd   |       | Chelsea      | 32    | 25    | 3     | 4     | 75    | 25    | 50    | 78    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th   |       | Arsenal      | 31    | 21    | 6     | 4     | 85    | 34    | 51    | 69    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th   |       | Tottenham    | 32    | 20    | 5     | 7     | 68    | 32    | 36    | 65    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th   | EC2   | Liverpool    | 30    | 19    | 7     | 4     | 62    | 20    | 42    | 64    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th   |       | Wolves       | 30    | 19    | 3     | 8     | 48    | 27    | 21    | 60    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th   |       | Fulham       | 31    | 14    | 5     | 12    | 41    | 35    | 6     | 47    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th   |       | Leicester    | 32    | 10    | 8     | 14    | 36    | 46    | -10   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th  |       | Everton      | 31    | 11    | 5     | 15    | 37    | 51    | -14   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th  |       | Brighton     | 32    | 10    | 7     | 15    | 36    | 62    | -26   | 37    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th  |       | Sheff Utd    | 31    | 10    | 6     | 15    | 37    | 52    | -15   | 36    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th  |       | Bournemouth  | 32    | 8     | 9     | 15    | 39    | 50    | -11   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th  |       | West Ham     | 32    | 10    | 3     | 19    | 32    | 62    | -30   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th  |       | Burnley      | 32    | 7     | 7     | 18    | 26    | 55    | -29   | 28    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th  |       | Norwich      | 32    | 7     | 6     | 19    | 28    | 60    | -32   | 27    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th  |       | Aston Villa  | 32    | 8     | 3     | 21    | 29    | 62    | -33   | 27    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th  |       | Huddersfield | 32    | 5     | 8     | 19    | 30    | 46    | -16   | 23    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th  |       | Leeds        | 32    | 4     | 7     | 21    | 32    | 74    | -42   | 19    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th  |       | Southampton  | 31    | 2     | 4     | 25    | 23    | 79    | -56   | 10    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Sandwiched between the two Champions League games against Arsenal was a league match at home to Leicester, who were now under the management of former Watford manager Walter Mazzari. They also had former Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barcelona playmaker Arturo Vidal on their books. With the second leg against Arsenal looming, Spencer rotated his squad, with Tomori, Loftus-Cheek, Mount and Abraham all coming in. 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Tomori Rüdiger Telles 

Jorginho 

Loftus-Cheek Mount 

Hudson-Odoi Abraham Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Kanté, Ziyech, Werner, Kovacic, James 

 

Leicester City 

Schmeichel 

Söyüncü Ndidi Benkovic

Hateboer Tielemans Vidal Chilwell 

Barnes Ilicic 

Vardy 

Substitutes: Ward, Pereira, Choudhury, Niang, Praet, Evans, Pereyra 

 

Referee: Stuart Atwell 

 

In the second minute, Arturo Vidal was booked for a foul on Azpilicueta. 

 

The first real chance came in the 11th minute. Mount sent a free kick to the back post, where Rüdiger headed over from a tight angle. Leicester then countered, and a cross from Hateboer found Chilwell, whose volley was turned over by Arrizabalaga.

 

It was a miss that Chilwell would regret, as in the 18th minute, Sancho fed Telles in an advanced position. Telles hit the ball 30 yards back towards Loftus-Cheek, who struck a first time shot into the net from 25 yards out for his first goal since 2019.

 

Leicester looked to get back into the game and in the 24th minute, Chilwell again met a cross from Hateboer which skimmed the top of the bar. Two minutes later, a free kick from Tielemans found Çaglar Söyüncü, who blazed a volley over the bar. 

 

Chelsea then began to attack again, and a cross from Telles was cleared by Ndidi before Abraham saw a header saved by Schmeichel. On the half hour mark, an ambitious shot from Hudson-Odoi was blocked by Vidal. 

 

The game then entered a quiet phase, until two minutes before half time, when a free kick from Telles found Mount, whose header was saved by Schmeichel as the heavens opened.

 

The second half started slowly with few chances, before Vardy was replaced by Niang in the 56th minute. A minute later, Chelsea won a corner. Telles lifted the ball to Abraham, whose header was saved by Schmeichel.

 

On the hour mark, Mount passed into the area for Telles, whose shot went wide. Three minutes later, a free kick from Telles found Tomori, whose header looped over the crossbar. Mount was the next player to try his luck, with his low shot saved by Schmeichel.

 

In the 72nd minute, Hateboer was replaced by Ricardo Pereira. With 15 minutes left, Loftus-Cheek saw a shot go over, before a disappointing Sancho was replaced by Ziyech and Barnes was replaced by Dennis Praet. 

 

With 11 minutes left, a cross from Tielemans found Niang, whose header came back off the crossbar. A minute later, a cross from Telles found Ziyech, who headed the ball just over. 

 

Leicester began to push forward as the game entered the closing stages, and with five minutes left, the Foxes were awarded a free kick. Tielemans sent the ball into the area, where Söyüncü headed the ball into the net for a late equaliser. 

 

Spencer brought N'Golo Kanté on for Jorginho, but with a minute left Leicester were awarded another free kick. Tielemans found Niang, whose header from a tight angle went just over. 

 

Chelsea knew that they needed a win to stay in the title race and as the clock ticked round to the 90th minute, Azpilicueta hit a 40 yard ball to Mount. Mount didn't let it bounce, but struck a volley high into the stands.

 

As the game entered stoppage time, Hudson-Odoi drove forward. He was dispossessed by Praet, but Mount got to the loose ball and took it deep into the Leicester half, getting into the area before being bundled over by Ilicic, with VAR confirming the penalty. With the Leicester fans in their corner of the Shed End trying to put him off, Mount stepped up and drilled the ball into the bottom corner to surely snatch the points at the death.

 

Leicester tried to salvage a point, but with barely any time left, Chelsea ran out winners.

 

Saturday 10th April 2021, 15:00: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City (Loftus-Cheek 18, Mount pen 90+2; Çaglar Söyüncü 85)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Ruben Loftus-Cheek 

 

"I'm not going to make any excuses," Spencer told Radio 5 Live after the match, "We were poor out there and I've told the lads as such. However," he continued, "Sometimes, you have to grind out wins if you're going to challenge for the title, and that's what we did today." Walter Mazzari, meanwhile, called Chelsea "lucky" and claimed that Leicester "deserved far more".

 

Other results:

Friday 

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth (Nzonzi 16, Lemina 50)

 

Saturday 

Brighton 0-3 Tottenham (Zaha 4, Correa 57, Alderweireld 80)

Leeds 0-2 Arsenal (Saka 19, Lacazette 60)

Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd (Milner 76, Lallana 79; Berge 90+5)

Man City 3-0 Fulham (Boadu 27, Gabriel Jesus 29, 54)

Man Utd 5-0 West Ham (Maguire 13, Rashford pen 15, Bailey 36, Fernandes 46, Greenwood 87)

 

Sunday 

Aston Villa 3-1 Huddersfield (Braaf 8, Chong 33, 65; Kownacki 5)

Norwich 3-2 Burnley (Chalobah 22, Cantwell 24, Wickham 90; Gudmundsson 54, Kubo 68)

 

League Table 

| Pos   | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st   |       | Man Utd      | 33    | 28    | 1     | 4     | 73    | 19    | 54    | 85    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd   |       | Man City     | 32    | 27    | 1     | 4     | 80    | 18    | 62    | 82    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd   |       | Chelsea      | 33    | 26    | 3     | 4     | 77    | 26    | 51    | 81    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th   |       | Arsenal      | 32    | 22    | 6     | 4     | 87    | 34    | 53    | 72    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th   |       | Tottenham    | 33    | 21    | 5     | 7     | 71    | 32    | 39    | 68    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th   | EC2   | Liverpool    | 31    | 20    | 7     | 4     | 64    | 21    | 43    | 67    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th   |       | Wolves       | 30    | 19    | 3     | 8     | 48    | 27    | 21    | 60    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th   |       | Fulham       | 32    | 14    | 5     | 13    | 41    | 38    | 3     | 47    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th   |       | Leicester    | 33    | 10    | 8     | 15    | 37    | 48    | -11   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th  |       | Everton      | 31    | 11    | 5     | 15    | 37    | 51    | -14   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th  |       | Brighton     | 33    | 10    | 7     | 16    | 36    | 65    | -29   | 37    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th  |       | Sheff Utd    | 32    | 10    | 6     | 16    | 38    | 54    | -16   | 36    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th  |       | Bournemouth  | 33    | 8     | 9     | 16    | 39    | 52    | -13   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th  |       | West Ham     | 33    | 10    | 3     | 20    | 32    | 67    | -35   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th  |       | Aston Villa  | 33    | 9     | 3     | 21    | 32    | 63    | -31   | 30    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th  |       | Norwich      | 33    | 8     | 6     | 19    | 31    | 62    | -31   | 30    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th  |       | Burnley      | 33    | 7     | 7     | 19    | 28    | 58    | -30   | 28    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th  |       | Huddersfield | 33    | 5     | 8     | 20    | 31    | 49    | -18   | 23    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th  |       | Leeds        | 33    | 4     | 7     | 22    | 32    | 76    | -44   | 19    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th  |       | Southampton  | 32    | 3     | 4     | 25    | 25    | 79    | -54   | 13    | 
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In what was arguably George Spencer's biggest game so far as Chelsea manager, the Champions League quarter final was on a knife edge when Arsenal arrived in West London. The Blues had faced Arsenal in two previous European competitions; first in 2004 when, famously, a Chelsea side with Spencer in midfield had knocked the legendary Invincibles out of the Champions League at Highbury, and the Europa League final in 2019, when Hazard and Giroud had taken Arsenal apart in what had been both Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery's last game in charge. Gary Lineker, on BT Sport, opened the program by saying "You may have heard about a football match taking place tonight." To up the ante, Piers Morgan had pledged to present the following day's Good Morning Britain in a Chelsea shirt if Arsenal lost. 

 

Chelsea (1)

Arrizabalaga

Azpilicueta Zouma Christensen Telles 

Jorginho 

Kovacic Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Rüdiger, Kanté, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, James 

 

Arsenal (1)

Leno 

Bellerín Chambers O'Connell Tierney 

Xhaka Torreira 

Saka Depay Aubameyang 

Lacazette 

Substitutes: Macey, Alonso, Pépé, Nketiah, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, John-Jules

 

Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

 

Ils sont les meilleurs 

Sie sind die besten 

These are the Champions 

 

Die meister 

Die besten 

Les grandes équipes 

The Champions!

 

Spencer wanted his side to impose themselves early on and in the 3rd minute, Ziyech got up above Tierney with a header which was straight at Leno.

 

It was expected to be a feisty game and in the 4th minute, Azpilicueta was booked for impeding Lacazette, before Zouma followed him into the book two minutes later. 

 

Arsenal looked to cancel out Chelsea's away goal and in the 7th minute, a cross from Aubameyang found Lacazette, whose shot was charged down by Zouma. Two minutes later, Chambers was cautioned for a foul on Werner. Ziyech then took a shot from long range which went inches wide. 

 

In the 12th minute, O'Connell fed Tierney, whose shot was turned behind by Arrizabalaga. O'Connell was then called into action at the other end, blocking a shot from Werner. 

 

In the 17th minute, Telles sent a free kick into the area, where Zouma saw a header saved by Leno. Three minutes later, O'Connell was shown a yellow card for a foul on Kovacic, before Leno saved another header, this time from Werner. 

 

Arsenal then launched a counter attack, and Arrizabalaga did really well to turn Depay's shot behind. The corner was headed clear by Christensen, with Xhaka putting a shot wide.

 

In the 28th minute, Ziyech dispossessed Tierney and had a go, only to see his shot beaten against the crossbar by Leno, before Sancho headed over. 

 

In the 33rd minute, Telles was shown a yellow card for a foul on Bukayo Saka. 

 

Mikel Arteta ordered his players to attack more, but Chelsea began to put Arsenal under pressure. In the 36th minute, Kovacic was denied by Leno, before Werner sent a header over the crossbar. Ziyech then surged past O'Connell only to see his shot turned behind by Leno, with Havertz heading over from the corner, before Leno tipped a hopeful Ziyech effort behind and saved from Werner. 

 

A minute later, Chelsea had arguably their best chance. Werner ran onto a clearance from Zouma and left O'Connell standing. He was in space as he took his shot, but the ball went just wide when he would normally have scored. 

 

A minute before half time, Aubameyang received the ball from Depay and took a shot which was blocked by Zouma. In stoppage time, Werner saw a shot blocked by O'Connell, before a shot from Ziyech was saved by Leno. 

 

Arsenal, knowing that they would be eliminated on away goals as things stood, looked to start the second half on the front foot, and in the 48th minute a shot from Aubameyang clattered off Zouma.

 

In the 56th minute, Werner sent a shot off-target, before Arteta replaced Saka with Pépé. Pépé looked to make an immediate impact, but his long-range effort was charged down by Christensen. 

 

Chelsea made their first change a minute later, as Spencer had seen enough from Werner, with Tammy Abraham replacing him. 

 

In the 63rd minute, Havertz was tripped by O'Connell. Ziyech went for goal, but his shot went over the bar. A minute later, Bellerín was booked for a foul on Sancho. Ziyech's free kick found Christensen, whose header was tipped over by Leno. Ziyech then received the ball from Kovacic and struck a long-range piledriver which was blocked by Lacazette. 

 

Lacazette looked to make an impact in more familiar territory in the 69th minute, as he received the ball from Pépé before hitting a vicious shot well over the bar.

 

A minute later, a shot from Sancho was saved by Leno. Chambers picked up the loose ball and passed to Pépé, who cleared it to Aubameyang. Aubameyang's pass found Lacazette, who was tackled by Christensen. Aubameyang, however, recovered the loose ball and centred to Lacazette, who tucked the ball away to give Arsenal the lead and put them 20 minutes away from their first Champions League semi final since 2009.

 

However, things turned sour for the Frenchman a minute later as he pulled up with pulled knee ligaments. He struggled on for another five minutes before being replaced by Nketiah. Spencer, meanwhile, hooked Ziyech for Hudson-Odoi.

 

Arteta now ordered his players to tighten up, as Telles saw a shot saved by Leno. 

 

With ten minutes left, Chelsea won a corner. Telles sent the ball into the area, but Sancho was impeded by Bellerín, with VAR confirming the penalty. Jorginho was tasked with taking it, but his spot kick struck the post. Despair turned to joy for the home fans, however, as Sancho reacted quickest and stuck the rebound into the net. 

 

Arsenal replaced Xhaka with Elneny as Chelsea now looked to win the match in normal time. With 3 minutes left, Hudson-Odoi saw a shot saved by Leno. 

 

Arsenal came forward in stoppage time, as Torreira received the ball from Nketiah and took a shot which was charged down by Kovacic. Then, with time almost up, Depay's cross found Aubameyang, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

Right at the death, a cross from Telles found Abraham, whose header was saved by Leno.

 

As the game entered extra time, Arteta replaced Depay with Tyreece John-Jules. Chelsea looked to attack from the outset, with Hudson-Odoi beating Tierney before hitting the side netting. Three minutes later, Aubameyang hit a speculative effort which was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 96th minute, Pépé intercepted a header from Zouma and hit a volley high into the stands, before Nketiah saw a shot tipped behind by Arrizabalaga before shooting just wide. He then left Zouma standing in the 100th minute, only to see his shot blocked by Arrizabalaga. 

 

Nketiah would regret those missed chances, as a minute later Jorginho angled the ball out left for Telles. Telles took it down the left and crossed into the box, where Abraham arrived to turn the ball into the net to send Stamford Bridge into raptures. On BT Sport, Peter Drury said, "He broke his leg in preseason, he had to watch from the sidelines as Timo Werner banged in goal after goal, then he suffered another injury, but Tammy Abraham might just have scored the goal that puts Chelsea in the semi finals of the Champions League!"

 

Arsenal desperately tried to get the goal which would put them ahead on away goals, but Chelsea had no intention of letting them anywhere near the ball. They had to wait until the 115th minute for a chance, as Aubameyang saw a shot saved by Arrizabalaga. Chelsea then went to the other end, and Hudson-Odoi saw a shot saved by Leno.

 

Two minutes later, Hudson-Odoi was booked for a foul on Tierney. Torreira's free kick found Aubameyang, whose shot was saved by Arrizabalaga.

 

Spencer then made another change. Zouma had run himself into the ground, so Rüdiger came on to replace him for the last few minutes. Arsenal were unable to muster up any meaningful attack, and the final whistle was greeted with jubilation from the players and fans, as Tammy Abraham sank to his knees with his arms raised in celebration. While he and Sancho would get the plaudits, it was a dominant rearguard display from Andreas Christensen which had arguably won the tie.

 

Wednesday 14th April 2021, 20:00: UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea (3) 2-1 (2) Arsenal (Sancho 80, Abraham 101, Jorginho m/pen 80; Lacazette 70)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Andreas Christensen 

 

"I'm delighted with the result and the performance," Spencer told BT Sport after the match, "The players knew how important this match was and really rose to the occasion." This was in stark contrast to his post-match team talk, which simply consisted of the words "GET IN THERE!" Arteta, meanwhile, said that "My players worked hard and performed admirably, there's no shame in this defeat."

 

Chelsea's opponents would be Manchester City, who were now joint favourites to lift the trophy after beating RB Leipzig 3-0 on aggregate. The other semi final would see Lazio, who had pulled off shock victories over Bayern Munich and Barcelona, take on Liverpool, who had survived a late scare to beat PSG. 

 

Other results 

Tuesday 

Lazio (2) 1-1 (1) Barcelona (Immobile 20; Milinkovic-Savic 72)

RB Leipzig (0) 0-1 (3) Man City (Zinchenko 84)

 

Premier League 

Burnley 0-1 Wolves (Traoré 6)

 

Wednesday 

Champions League 

Liverpool (3) 2-1 (1) PSG (Wijnaldum 11, Dybala 42; Icardi 67)

 

Premier League 

Southampton 1-2 Fulham (Elyounoussi 59; Knockeart 34, Mitrovic pen 43)

 

Thursday 

Atalanta (0) 0-0 (1) Napoli

Atlético Madrid (3) 1-0 (2) AC Milan (Hermoso 90+5)

Bayer Leverkusen (1) 0-1 (5) AS Roma (Reinier 72)

Schalke (1) 1-0 (1) Wolves (Todibo 23) Wolves win 4-3 on penalties 

 

League Table 

| Pos  | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st  |       | Man Utd      | 33    | 28    | 1     | 4     | 73    | 19    | 54    | 85    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd  |       | Man City     | 32    | 27    | 1     | 4     | 80    | 18    | 62    | 82    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd  |       | Chelsea      | 33    | 26    | 3     | 4     | 77    | 26    | 51    | 81    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th  |       | Arsenal      | 32    | 22    | 6     | 4     | 87    | 34    | 53    | 72    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th  |       | Tottenham    | 33    | 21    | 5     | 7     | 71    | 32    | 39    | 68    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th  | EC2   | Liverpool    | 31    | 20    | 7     | 4     | 64    | 21    | 43    | 67    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th  |       | Wolves       | 31    | 20    | 3     | 8     | 49    | 27    | 22    | 63    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th  |       | Fulham       | 33    | 15    | 5     | 13    | 43    | 39    | 4     | 50    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th  |       | Leicester    | 33    | 10    | 8     | 15    | 37    | 48    | -11   | 38    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th |       | Everton      | 31    | 11    | 5     | 15    | 37    | 51    | -14   | 38    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th |       | Brighton     | 33    | 10    | 7     | 16    | 36    | 65    | -29   | 37    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th |       | Sheff Utd    | 32    | 10    | 6     | 16    | 38    | 54    | -16   | 36    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th |       | Bournemouth  | 33    | 8     | 9     | 16    | 39    | 52    | -13   | 33    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th |       | West Ham     | 33    | 10    | 3     | 20    | 32    | 67    | -35   | 33    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th |       | Aston Villa  | 33    | 9     | 3     | 21    | 32    | 63    | -31   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th |       | Norwich      | 33    | 8     | 6     | 19    | 31    | 62    | -31   | 30    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th |       | Burnley      | 34    | 7     | 7     | 20    | 28    | 59    | -31   | 28    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th |       | Huddersfield | 33    | 5     | 8     | 20    | 31    | 49    | -18   | 23    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th |       | Leeds        | 33    | 4     | 7     | 22    | 32    | 76    | -44   | 19    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th |       | Southampton  | 33    | 3     | 4     | 26    | 26    | 81    | -55   | 13    | 
| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea and Arsenal barely had time to rest before they met again at The Emirates. Neither Spencer nor Arteta was happy at the 12:45 kick off, with both sides having to rest key players. For Chelsea, Pulisic, Emerson and Rüdiger came in for the fatigued Sancho, Telles and Zouma, while Bukayo Saka came in for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

 

Arsenal 

Leno 

Chambers Saliba O'Connell Alonso 

Maitland-Niles Xhaka 

Saka Mkhitaryan Depay 

Nketiah 

Substitutes: Macey, Tierney, Pépé, John-Jules, Guendouzi, Elneny, Balogun

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Rüdiger Christensen Emerson 

Kovacic 

Mount Havertz 

Pulisic Werner Ziyech 

Substitutes: Caballero, Kanté, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, James, Tomori 

 

Referee: Andy Madley 

 

Spencer's decision to start Pulisic was justified after just 3 minutes. Havertz exchanged passes with Ziyech and weighted the ball to Emerson. Emerson sent a cross to the far post, where Pulisic headed home for only his second goal of an injury-hit season. 

 

Chelsea could have made it two two minutes later. Werner spread the play to the left, where Havertz laid it left to Ziyech. Ziyech was denied by the fingertips of Leno.

 

In the 10th minute, Xhaka was booked for a shirt pull on Werner. Four minutes later, Pulisic was impeded by Alonso. Mount nearly caught Leno off guard, but the Arsenal keeper pushed the ball away. 

 

Spencer had set Chelsea up to keep it tight at the back, and it took until the 25th minute for Arsenal to have their first chance, as Nketiah got clear of the defence only to see his shot beaten away by Arrizabalaga. A minute later, Nketiah ghosted past Kovacic only to be tripped by the Croatian, who was shown a yellow card. Ainsley Maitland-Niles followed him into the book in the 29th minute for a foul on Werner.

 

In the 34th minute, a shot from Werner was saved by Leno. Depay got on the end of Leno's long ball and outpaced Rüdiger only to see his shot saved by Arrizabalaga. Five minutes later, Xhaka received the ball from Mkhitaryan only to send the ball wide. 

 

In first half stoppage time, a cross from Alonso found Nketiah, who headed the ball over the bar. 

 

The second half started slowly but in the 53rd minute, Werner pounced on a loose ball only to shoot wide. Four minutes later, Christensen was booked for a push on Nketiah. Depay's free kick found Nketiah, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

As the game passed the hour mark, Depay left the pitch, with Nicolas Pépé replacing him, before Elneny replaced Calum Chambers. In the 68th minute, Rüdiger was shown a yellow card for a foul on Nketiah. 

 

With just under 20 minutes left, Arsenal launched an attack. Saka received the ball from Nketiah and smashed the ball towards the top corner, only for Arrizabalaga to tip it over the bar.

 

With 15 minutes to go, Pépé was booked for a foul on Ziyech. A minute later, a cross from Emerson found Pulisic. Pulisic headed the ball down to Werner, whose volley was tipped over by Leno. Arsenal then went to the other end, and Pépé saw a shot saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

In the 78th minute, Azpilicueta was shown a yellow card for a foul on Saka, while Alonso was replaced by Tierney. Pépé stepped up and fired the free kick into the net to bring Arsenal level. 

 

In the 82nd minute, William Saliba, making his Arsenal debut, was shown a yellow card for a foul on Havertz. A minute later, Xhaka saw a shot tipped behind by Arrizabalaga before Elneny headed over from the corner. With five minutes left, Tierney put a shot wide. 

 

A minute later, Ziyech was upended by Maitland-Niles. Mount put the free kick into the area, where Christensen powered a header into the net to give Chelsea the lead again.

 

In the 87th minute, Saka intercepted a clearance from Christensen and took a shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga. Spencer then took Kovacic off, with N'Golo Kanté replacing him.

 

With a minute of normal time left, Werner ran on to a 40 yard ball from Havertz, only to send his shot wide. A minute later, Ziyech saw a header saved by Leno. 

 

Four minutes of added time saw Saliba head well over from a free kick, as Chelsea successfully parked the bus to secure the points. 

 

Saturday 17th April, 12:45: Barclays Premier League - at The Emirates, London

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (Pépé 79; Pulisic 3, Christensen 86)

Attendance: 60,432

Man of the Match: Nicolas Pépé 

 

Other results 

Saturday

Bournemouth 0-3 Norwich (Cantwell 10, Stiepermann 13, Pukki 87)

Everton 3-4 Aston Villa (Iwobi 1, Sandro 3, Gbamin 24; Grealish 8, 68, Samatta 18, Mata pen 89)

Sheff Utd 0-0 Southampton 

West Ham 0-2 Brighton (Webster 21, Andone 90)

Tottenham 4-1 Leeds (Draxler 35, Lo Celso pen 77, Kenneh og 84, Dier 87; McCalmont 66)

 

FA Cup 

Cardiff 0-2 Man Utd (Rashford pen 39, Martial 53)

 

Sunday 

Huddersfield 0-1 Man City (De Bruyne 90+3)

 

FA Cup 

Liverpool 1-2 Wolves (Henderson 81, Dybala m/pen 105; Jiménez pen 118, Diogo Jota 120+1)

 

Tuesday 

Fulham 1-2 Man Utd (Mitrovic 33; Pereira 24, Semedo 90+4)

 

Wednesday 

Leicester 0-3 Liverpool (Henderson 10, Wijnaldum 33, 61)

Man City 3-2 Sheff Utd (Kane 30, García 82, Walker 90; Ampadu 2, Mousset 19)

 

League Table 

| Pos   | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st   |       | Man City     | 34    | 29    | 1     | 4     | 84    | 20    | 64    | 88    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd   |       | Man Utd      | 34    | 29    | 1     | 4     | 75    | 20    | 55    | 88    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd   |       | Chelsea      | 34    | 27    | 3     | 4     | 79    | 27    | 52    | 84    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th   |       | Arsenal      | 33    | 22    | 6     | 5     | 88    | 36    | 52    | 72    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th   |       | Tottenham    | 34    | 22    | 5     | 7     | 75    | 33    | 42    | 71    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th   | ECL   | Liverpool    | 32    | 21    | 7     | 4     | 67    | 21    | 46    | 70    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th   |       | Wolves       | 31    | 20    | 3     | 8     | 49    | 27    | 22    | 63    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th   |       | Fulham       | 34    | 15    | 5     | 14    | 44    | 41    | 3     | 50    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th   |       | Brighton     | 34    | 11    | 7     | 16    | 38    | 65    | -27   | 40    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th  |       | Leicester    | 34    | 10    | 8     | 16    | 37    | 51    | -14   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th  |       | Everton      | 32    | 11    | 5     | 16    | 40    | 55    | -15   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th  |       | Sheff Utd    | 34    | 10    | 7     | 17    | 40    | 57    | -17   | 37    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th  |       | Bournemouth  | 34    | 8     | 9     | 17    | 39    | 55    | -16   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th  |       | Norwich      | 34    | 9     | 6     | 19    | 34    | 62    | -28   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th  |       | Aston Villa  | 34    | 10    | 3     | 21    | 36    | 66    | -30   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th  |       | West Ham     | 34    | 10    | 3     | 21    | 32    | 69    | -37   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th  |       | Burnley      | 34    | 7     | 7     | 20    | 28    | 59    | -31   | 28    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th  |       | Huddersfield | 34    | 5     | 8     | 21    | 31    | 50    | -19   | 23    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th  |       | Leeds        | 34    | 4     | 7     | 23    | 33    | 80    | -47   | 19    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th  | R     | Southampton  | 34    | 3     | 5     | 26    | 26    | 81    | -55   | 14    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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Chelsea faced another tough test prior to their UEFA Champions League semi final, in a title six-pointer at home to Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were also going for the title, although they were without Gabriel Barbosa, Rúben Dias and Leon Bailey. In addition, Paul Pogba had been rushed back into the side, but the Red Devils had a reliable source of goals in Marcus Rashford, who was second only to runaway leader Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot. 

 

Chelsea 

Arrizabalaga 

Azpilicueta Zouma Christensen Telles 

Jorginho 

Kovacic Havertz 

Ziyech Werner Sancho 

Substitutes: Caballero, Kanté, Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, James, Tomori 

 

Man Utd 

De Gea 

Semedo Lindelöf Maguire Shaw 

Rabiot Pogba 

James Fernandes Rashford 

Martial

Substitutes: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Pereira, Gomes, Fred, Tuanzebe, Garner 

 

Referee: Michael Oliver 

 

Chelsea looked to dominate and in the 12th minute, Kovacic passed through to Werner. Werner took a shot, which De Gea tipped over the bar. Four minutes later, Havertz sprayed the ball out to the left for Sancho, who sent a cross far post. Ziyech powered a header at goal, but it was saved by De Gea. 

 

In the 18th minute, Chelsea won a corner. Telles' delivery fell to Sancho, whose shot was saved by De Gea. De Gea launched a long ball to Daniel James, who got clear of the Chelsea defence and took the ball into the area before beating Arrizabalaga at his near post, sparking wild celebrations among the Man Utd fans.

 

In the 23rd minute, Azpilicueta was booked for a foul on Rashford. A minute later, a cross from Shaw found Martial, whose header was saved by Arrizabalaga. Chelsea then launched a counter attack, and Ziyech saw a shot blocked by Rashford. Two minutes later, Rashford sprinted past Azpilicueta only to see his shot saved by Arrizabalaga. 

 

Chelsea's players were starting to pour forward regularly, and in the 31st minute Havertz's pass found Sancho, whose shot was saved by De Gea. Two minutes later, a pot-shot from Ziyech was saved by De Gea, who then saved from Werner. 

 

In the 38th minute, a Telles free kick found Werner, whose header was saved by De Gea. Two minutes later, Ziyech received the ball from Havertz and took a shot which hit the side netting. 

 

Chelsea's pressure paid off a minute later. Ziyech beat Rashford to a loose ball and exchanged passes with Werner before finding Sancho. Sancho skipped past Lindelöf and slotted home to bring Chelsea level. 

 

Chelsea now looked to take the lead, and in the 45th minute Sancho won the ball in the air from Semedo, but couldn't get it on target. In stoppage time, Ziyech received the ball from Kovacic, only to see his shot blocked by Shaw.

 

Solskjær made a change at half time. Bruno Fernandes had spent the first half in Jorginho's pocket, so he was replaced by Andreas Pereira. However, Sancho's runs were causing the Man Utd defence countless problems, and in the 48th minute he received the ball from Kovacic and took a shot which was saved by De Gea. 

 

In the 51st minute, Rashford was replaced by Angel Gomes, before Zouma was cautioned for a push on Martial. Christensen followed him into the book a minute later for a foul on Gomes.

 

In the 59th minute, Telles received the ball from Havertz and put a cross into the area. Werner met it with a header which was saved by De Gea. A minute later, Ziyech ran onto a pass from Werner only to see his shot blocked by Maguire. Chelsea then won a corner, and Havertz headed just over the bar.

 

In the 64th minute, Ziyech received the ball from Kovacic and found Werner. Werner's shot eluded De Gea, but went the wrong side of the post. 

 

Two minutes later, Azpilicueta beat Pogba to a loose ball and played a quick one-two with Jorginho before the Italian sprayed the ball out left. Telles put the ball into the six yard box, where Ziyech got up and headed the ball into the net to give Chelsea the lead. Solskjær responded by taking Rabiot off, with Fred replacing him. 

 

United looked to respond immediately, and a minute later, Gomes received the ball from Martial and took a shot which was saved by Arrizabalaga. Spencer then made his first change, replacing a disappointing Werner with Abraham. 

 

In the 74th minute, Azpilicueta was brought down by Martial. Telles' free kick found Kovacic, whose header went flying over the bar.

 

Two minutes later, Telles was cautioned for a foul on Daniel James, before Luke Shaw was shown a yellow card for a foul on Kovacic.

 

In the 78th minute, Sancho received the ball from Telles but couldn't get his shot on target. From the goal kick, Maguire passed to Martial, who passed to Pereira. As Solskjær demanded more from his team, Pereira played the ball to Martial, who got past Azpilicueta before placing his shot past Arrizabalaga to equalise.

 

Chelsea looked to respond immediately, and Ziyech beat Shaw in the air to head Sancho's long ball down to Abraham. Abraham's shot was blocked by Maguire, with De Gea saving the rebound. 

 

A minute later, Kovacic got onto Jorginho's header and passed through to Ziyech. Ziyech crossed the ball to Sancho, who powered a header into the net to restore Chelsea's lead barely two minutes after United's equaliser.

 

Chelsea now looked to put the game to bed, and a pass from Maguire was intercepted by Ziyech, who skipped past Shaw before taking a shot which was pushed away by De Gea. Kanté then came on for Havertz, before Zouma saw a header saved by De Gea. 

 

With three minutes left, Spencer replaced Ziyech with Pulisic. Andreas Pereira then saw a header saved by Arrizabalaga, before De Gea secured a shot from Zouma.

 

Chelsea looked to tighten up as the game entered stoppage time and Angel Gomes saw a header sail over the crossbar. United continued to try and salvage a point, as a half volley from Pereira was blocked by Jorginho. In the dying seconds, Daniel James ran onto Pogba's ball only to see his shot saved by Arrizabalaga as Chelsea won a thrilling encounter.

 

Saturday 24th April 2021, 12:45: Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London 

Chelsea 3-2 Manchester United (Sancho 41, 80, Ziyech 66; James 18, Martial 78)

Attendance: 41,631

Man of the Match: Jadon Sancho 

 

Other results 

Friday 

Everton 1-2 Fulham (Kluivert 65; Decordova-Reid 63, 77)

Wolves 1-1 Brighton (Neto 4; Connolly 84)

Burnley 2-0 Leeds (Wood 68, Kubo 90+4; Kenneh s/o 77, Cooper s/o 89, Shackleton s/o 90+1)

 

Saturday 

Leicester 0-1 Man City (Boadu 78)

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield (Bernat 14, Firmino 42, van Dijk 62)

Arsenal 5-0 Southampton (Nketiah 30, Saka 32, 36, Pépé 58, Elneny 75)

 

Sunday 

Aston Villa 0-0 Sheff Utd 

Bournemouth 2-4 West Ham (Billing 32, Wilson 71; Fornals 4, 89, Bowen 20, Rice 29)

 

Monday 

Wolves 0-0 Everton 

Norwich 0-3 Tottenham (Alli 19, Correa 22, Calvert-Lewin 74)

 

League Table

| Pos   | Inf   | Team         | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | GD    | Pts   | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 1st   | CL    | Man City     | 35    | 30    | 1     | 4     | 85    | 20    | 65    | 91    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 2nd   |       | Man Utd      | 35    | 29    | 1     | 5     | 77    | 23    | 54    | 88    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 3rd   |       | Chelsea      | 35    | 28    | 3     | 4     | 82    | 29    | 53    | 87    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 4th   |       | Arsenal      | 34    | 23    | 6     | 5     | 93    | 36    | 57    | 75    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 5th   |       | Tottenham    | 35    | 23    | 5     | 7     | 78    | 33    | 45    | 74    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 6th   | ECL   | Liverpool    | 33    | 22    | 7     | 4     | 70    | 21    | 49    | 73    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 7th   |       | Wolves       | 33    | 20    | 5     | 8     | 50    | 28    | 22    | 65    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 8th   |       | Fulham       | 35    | 16    | 5     | 14    | 46    | 42    | 4     | 53    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 9th   |       | Brighton     | 35    | 11    | 8     | 16    | 39    | 66    | -27   | 41    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 10th  |       | Everton      | 34    | 11    | 6     | 17    | 41    | 57    | -16   | 39    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 11th  |       | Leicester    | 35    | 10    | 8     | 17    | 37    | 52    | -15   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 12th  |       | Sheff Utd    | 35    | 10    | 8     | 17    | 40    | 57    | -17   | 38    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 13th  |       | West Ham     | 35    | 11    | 3     | 21    | 36    | 71    | -35   | 36    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 14th  |       | Aston Villa  | 35    | 10    | 4     | 21    | 36    | 66    | -30   | 34    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 15th  |       | Bournemouth  | 35    | 8     | 9     | 18    | 41    | 59    | -18   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 16th  |       | Norwich      | 35    | 9     | 6     | 20    | 34    | 65    | -31   | 33    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 17th  |       | Burnley      | 35    | 8     | 7     | 20    | 30    | 59    | -29   | 31    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 18th  |       | Huddersfield | 35    | 5     | 8     | 22    | 31    | 53    | -22   | 23    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 19th  | R     | Leeds        | 35    | 4     | 7     | 24    | 33    | 82    | -49   | 19    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
| 20th  | R     | Southampton  | 35    | 3     | 5     | 27    | 26    | 86    | -60   | 14    | 
| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 

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