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City and Liverpool served up a thriller, but Chelsea were the real winners

It could have been 4-4. In the end it was 1-1. We all expected that a game between Pep Guardiola and...
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7:25 PM - 19 Mar 2017



City and Liverpool served up a...

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City and Liverpool served up a thriller, but Chelsea were the real winners

TodayFM
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7:25 PM - 19 Mar 2017



It could have been 4-4. In the end it was 1-1.

We all expected that a game between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp would be exciting, and yesterday's draw at the Etihad Stadium was frantic from start to finish.

Whether it should have been 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 or 4-4, a draw of some description seems like the right result. The defending wasn't up to much, but it added to the fun.

In the first half, City flew into gear, Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne constantly found space out wide, but the final ball constantly eluded them. Eventually, a low cross was parried out by Simon Mignolet, and when it looked like David Silva would break the deadlock, he fired high and wide from close range.

And then it was Liverpool's turn to attack. Sadio Mane thought he should have had a penalty, going down under a challenge from Nicolas Otamendi, before an Adam Lallana half volley brought a wonderful save out of Willy Caballero.

City had the next penalty shout, a low cross to the back post was missed by Sterling, who felt James Milner had taken his legs from under him.

We did get our penalty early in the second half, Gael Clichy's high foot on Roberto Firmino penalised by Michael Oliver. James Milner, who left City for Anfield on a free transfer in 2015, sent Caballero the wrong way, and City were in front.

It stayed like that until the 70th minute, Sergio Aguero sliding the equaliser into the bottom corner after a cracking low cross from de Bruyne. From there it was mayhem. De Bruyne hit the post, Adam Lallana missed the sitters of all sitters, Firmino came close, and Aguero fired a volley over the bar.

A point was fair, but Chelsea were the real winners. They're now 12 clear of third place City and 13 beyond Liverpool.

Spurs got back within 10 points of the Blues, but it's even hard to see them overturning the gap in just 10 games. But a Champions League place is now looking probable, and they're irresistible at home. Mauricio Pochettino's side have now won 13 games in a row in all competitions at White Hart Lane. The only "home" games they've failed to win since October 29th have been European ties at Wembley.

It was also a good weekend for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho was fooling nobody when he said a draw would be a great result against Middlesbrough, given their busy fixtures list. And even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, it was a routine enough win for United.

Crucially, the three points endured they would end the day in fifth place, after a whopping 184 days in sixth. Progress is slow, but at least it's progress!

 

 



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