Chelsea won on Saturday afternoon with force majeure on the field of Leicester: 0-3. The damage could have been much higher, because The Blues saw three more goals (rightly) disallowed for offside. Christian Benteke was successful at Crystal Palace, as did Steven Gerrard as a debuting coach at Aston Villa. Liverpool put Arsenal’s feet firmly on the ground.
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After a run of eight unbeaten league games (six wins and two draws), Arsenal know what to lose again. It went down on Saturday evening with heavy 4-0 figures in and against Liverpool on the twelfth match day of the Premier League.
Aaron Ramsdale saved the Gunners with some great saves for the deficit, but had to give in with halftime in sight on a header from Sadio Mané (39.). The Reds were out of touch in the second half. Diogo Jota (52.), Mo Salah (74.) and Takumi Minamino (77.) completed the 4-0 final score. Albert Sambi Lokonga was allowed to rest after the 2-0. Jürgen Klopp gave 19-year-old youth product Tyler Morton his first minutes in the highest English football department in the last minutes.
A strong Chelsea was already sitting on roses on the field of Leicester after half an hour. Thomas Tuchel’s team monopolized possession of the ball and saw his dominance in the field also expressed in goals. First Antonio Rüdiger headed in a corner, then N’Golo Kanté completed an individual action with a placed long shot.
After halftime, Leicester continued to undergo the law of the fittest. Christian Pulisic was in the right place to fumble in an assist from Hakim Ziyech, but the score could have been much higher. However, no fewer than three goals from Chelsea were (rightly) disallowed for offside. With the win, Chelsea takes 16 out of 18 and remains in the lead in the Premier League. Leicester is twelfth.
Good luck for Benteke
There was one Belgian who excelled: Christian Benteke. The Red Devil may not have won against Burnley with Crystal Palace, but he did score twice in the 3-3 draw. Benteke has already scored four times for Palace since mid-October and seems to have found his good form again. In total, he has already scored 86 times in the Premier League. That is one goal more than Eden Hazard and one less than Dennis Bergkamp. Not a bad list to be in.
Varying success with debuting coaches
Also a lot of debuting coaches in the Premier League this weekend. Dean Smith immediately did well with Norwich, winning 2-1 against Southampton. Eddie Howe got no further than a 3-3 draw against Brentford with the wildly ambitious Newcastle. Steven Gerrard, who started at Aston Villa, won immediately: against Brighton it was 2-0. Wolverhampton, finally, came out with a handsome 1-0 win against season’s revelation West Ham. Raul Jimenez scored the only goal of the game just before the hour. Leander Dendoncker did not enter the playing field for the home team until minute 87.