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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Chelsea beat Manchester City to hand Liverpool title


Our very first home game behind closed doors was a cracking contest and ended with three precious Chelsea points courtesy of Willian’s second-half penalty.

There may not have been any supporters inside Stamford Bridge, but this meeting of top-four sides did not lack for intensity or excitement, and remained in the balance throughout. Chelsea were worthy winners in the end.

Christian Pulisic had given us the lead before the break with a sublime individual effort, and a goal of similar quality drew the visitors level after it, Kevin De Bruyne’s dipping set-piece ending up in the top corner.

On 70 minutes, Pulisic then stole in behind and so nearly doubled his and our tally. He burst clear of Fernandinho, took the ball around Ederson and steered goalwards with the angle narrowing. It looked set to roll in, but Kyle Walker appeared from nowhere to slide and stop it on the line, with Abraham unfortunate not to be able to force it home.

Pulisic showed his alertness closer to goal at Villa, and then his threat further away tonight. Twice he capitalised on hesitancy in the opposition ranks to break free, and was so unlucky not to add to his blistering opener that gave us the lead. Having been out for a couple of months prior to lockdown, he looks set to have a major impact on the rest of the season.

Raheem Sterling and Pulisic then went very close at either, before an intervention from VAR handed us the opportunity to seize control. After a scramble on the line, Fernandinho handled and was dismissed. Willian stroked the penalty home.

It felt like déjà vu when Pulisic and then Abraham somehow failed to bundle the ball in following wing wizadry from Willian and an Ederson save. Amid the scramble, our striker’s screams could be heard all over SW6, and replays showed why: Fernandinho had palmed Abraham’s nudge away. VAR’s decision, a penalty and red card, was simple.

While much of the attention will focus on Liverpool’s coronation, this was a mighty impressive Chelsea victory that maintains our five-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United. The performance will please Frank Lampard just as much, with his side markedly the better after the two drinks breaks.




Congrats Liverpool!!!

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