Man City takes advantage of slip-ups from Chelsea and Liverpool

Liverpool grumbled at the referees being held by Tottenham. And Manchester City only sauntered forward at the top of the Premier League.

USA About: Chelsea Publish: 12/19/2021 Edit: 12/19/2021 Author: Gardener

LiverpoolLONDON (AP) - Chelsea complained about having to play with a coronavirus-exhausted squad in the Wolverhampton draw. Liverpool grumbled at the referees being held by Tottenham. And Manchester City only sauntered forward at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola's side advanced three points ahead of Liverpool, who drew 2-2 at Tottenham after defender Andrew Robertson was sent off and angry that opposing striker Harry Kane didn't see red. Liverpool had already conceded the last time - Son Heung-min's equalizer in the 74th minute - when Robertson was sent off three minutes later for a wild kick against Emerson Royal. Kane had already put Tottenham ahead - after hooking into Tanguy Ndombele's through pass - for only the striker's second league goal of the season in his 15th game. "We can give Robbo a red card, it's not the smartest challenge of his life, but that (from Kane) is definitely a red card," said Klopp. Harry can't tell, if Robbo's leg is on the floor it's a broken leg. ”Liverpool took the lead, with Diogo Jota equalizing in the 35th and Robertson napping in the 69th from close range. However, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker missed an attempt to clear Harry Winks' long ball, which gave Son the opportunity to grab the ball and put it in an empty net. "It was an exciting game and we created many, many opportunities," said Tottenham coach Antonio Conte. But Liverpool are losing ground to City to recapture the trophy. City defender Ciaran Clark started their eighth league win in a row, enabling Ruben Dias to lead the opening game in Newcastle before Joao Cancelo struck powerfully. Riyad Mahrez's 50th league goal since joining City in 2018 scored the 63rd goal before Raheem Sterling scored a fourth in the 86th goal. It was City's 34th league win in 2021, beating the previous calendar year record in England set by Liverpool in 1982. Newcastle approached half-time penultimate, underscoring the need for the new Saudi ownership to put the squad in the January transfer window. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel criticized the league for failing to postpone the Wolverhampton trip, which ended 0-0 on a weekend, when six of the 10 games were canceled due to coronavirus cases. Chelsea were missing seven players with COVID-19 and Jorginho at Molineux was not risked after inconclusive test results. "We were exposed to an enormous health and safety risk for the players not only because of COVID, but also physically," said Tuchel. “I am not sure if I will get COVID. Chelsea fell to six points behind City.

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