Manchester City took a big step towards defending their title in the final game of the year. The English champions won 1-0 (1-0) in the Premier League at Brentford FC and is now eight points ahead of their pursuers Chelsea.
Phil Foden scored City’s goal of the day in the 16th minute. With 50 points, Pep Guardiola’s team is now clearly ahead of Chelsea (42) and Liverpool (41). Jürgen Klopp’s team also messed up with a 0:1 at Leicester City on Tuesday.
Chelsea FC, on the other hand, only got the equalizer on Wednesday in injury time in a 1-1 (1-0) win over Brighton & Hove Albion. However, the focus of the discussions after the game was again on the video referee.
“That was not true at all. We should have had a clear penalty. I am very disappointed,” Tuchel said after the game at Sky Sports: “We had problems today, but we have two injured players again. Something like that happens when the referee Don’t want to give us another penalty, even if it was crystal clear. That was a 100 percent penalty.”
Reece James apparently more seriously injured
The Blues coach was furious at VAR’s failure to intervene after Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic was knocked down in the penalty area in the second half. Tuchel: “There wasn’t even a check. Everything was against us.”
Defenders Reece James and Andreas Christensen were also injured. James even stumbled off the field on crutches after the game.
Belgian Romelu Lukaku put Chelsea in the lead in his first starting XI since October 16 with a header (28th) before Danny Welbeck (90th + 1) equalized. National player Kai Havertz, unlike Timo Werner (Corona), sat on the bench for the first time since December 11, at least Antonio Rüdiger was in the starting lineup again.
Chelsea and Liverpool will also meet face-to-face on January 2. Manchester City are already being challenged at Arsenal this New Year.