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Riyad Mahrez says goodbye to Man City, Samuel Chukwueze under the gates in the masterclass

Riyad Mahrez was Africa's top star in Europe this weekend when the Premier League was signed before Christmas. (Author: Gardener)

Riyad MahrezRiyad Mahrez was Africa's star in Europe this weekend when the Premier League was signed before Christmas. Amid a Prem schedule devastated by COVID-19 cases and postponements, Romain Saiss shone again when Wolverhampton Wanderers neutralized Chelsea while Samuel Chukwueze was also on the scorers' list in Spain. Man City had scored 106 Premier League goals so far this calendar year - a club record and the best by an English premier league club since 1963. The curtain falls on a remarkable year in which few City players are as irresistible as Algeria's Mahrez. The attacker has now scored five goals in their last three games, followed by one in the defeat at RB Leipzig and one goal and assist against Leeds United mid-week with another strong performance against Newcastle on Sunday. His most recent run contrasts with his recent on-goal efforts, where a sensational performance against Paris Saint-Germain in late November did not completely obscure an eight-game run in which he only scored a single goal and didn't make a single assist. City barely had to work up a sweat to beat Newcastle or their new head coach Eddie Howe, who have lost each of their 11 games against the club. Mahrez flexed his creative muscles early on to prepare Joao Cancelo for City's runner-up in the 27th minute; the pair exchanged quick passes before the full-back sent a 20-yarder behind Martin Dubravka. There was initial confusion when officials on the field ruled the offside strike only for VAR to override Martin Atkinson's decision and award the goal - City's third in a 4-0 win - to the 30-year-old. "We just have to keep going and we are in a very good moment," said Mahrez after the game. "We just try to take one game at a time and try to win it." The numbers at the end, when we're gaining a lot of wins, it's nice to know, but the most important thing is to just get on with the next game. "City's win means that they can enjoy Christmas Day at the top of the table; they have the league with them won two previous occasions, which she won on the 25. I just believe in winning games and trying to get through to the end. " Amid the many talking points and controversies that accompanied the reaction to Liverpool's entertaining draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Mohamed Salah's performance - and missing goal contribution - has gone under the radar. Against Newcastle United during the week, the Egyptian superstar took the lead for the Reds after 25 minutes, setting a Premier League record. His efforts expanded his streak of either scored or assisted prem games to 15, which was a record held by Jamie Vardy during Leicester City's memorable 2015-16 season. Salah could have broken that record by extending his run against Spurs, but delivered an unusually subdued performance when Jurgen Klopp's side lost points at New White Hart Lane, infuriating the Fantasy Premier League players. The striker was still involved in the Liverpool goals - and controversy - when his deflected shot was blown away by Hugo Lloris in the 69th minute. Spurs protested that Salah acted in preparation, but the referee's decision was not challenged by the VAR and the goal was scored ... much to the chagrin of the hosts. His run was over, but it was another crucial - if dubious - contribution of the formally strong attacker. He is supported in double digits this season by Diogo Jota, who scored his sixth header, this season. This is the first time since 1979 that two Liverpool players have scored 10 or more goals for the club before Christmas. Sadio Mane defeated a nervous Emerson Royal largely in the tussle between the two on Liverpool's left while Naby Keita undermined a lively performance in which he forced Hugo Lloris to make a lovely save by taking a booking for the simulation. Also in the prem, Morocco's Romain Saiss slacked off his match winner against Brighton & Hove Albion with a sovereign performance in the middle of the week when Wolves defeated Chelsea 0-0. Only Liverpool and Man City - one goal each - have broken the rear of Saiss and Old Gold in the last seven games. It was a game with few chances, with Chelsea largely neutralized by Saiss' heroic defensive performances. Not only did he register five interceptions at height, but he also cleared the ball five times (no one did this more often) and completed three successful tackles during the contest. The Atlas Lion was praised by team-mate Ruben Neves for attacking strength after its mid-week winner against Brighton, but here Saiss reminded watchers why he should be considered one of Prem's most underrated defenders. His form may have been questioned recently, but the Senegal stop's contribution to a memorable 2021 for Chelsea was recognized on Monday when he was named Chelsea Fans' Footballer of the Year. The final game in an exhausted Premier League program this weekend on Elland Road, where Leeds United troubles continued as they were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal. The striker has been named to Gabon's Nations Cup squad and with the teams coming together in late December, it remains to be seen whether the former Gunners talisman will be used again for the club. At the other end of his Prem career, Gambian youngster Cody Drameh made his full debut for Leeds as a right-back demolition by Manchester City. Finally to Spain, where Samuel Chukwueze was again among the goals when Villarreal beat Real Sociedad 3-1. The combination of Unai Emery's desire not to bring the Nigerian winger back too soon after his injury and the good performances of the other Yellow Sub attackers meant the 22-year-old had a frustrating start to the season. All of his 13 appearances in the Spanish LaLiga and Champions League this season have taken place on the bench, although Emery moved to the winger half an hour before the end of the game on Saturday, with the two teams tied 1-1, rewarding his manager with Villarreal's third. Despite his limited playing time, the Wideman has already scored five goals in all competitions this season and could still be an important win for Nigeria at next month's Africa Cup of Nations.

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West Brom player ratings like Windsor & Faal impress after defeat

Albion remains in third place and has a lot to do in the second half of the season (Author: Gardener)

Windsor & FaalWest Brom were defeated in an entertaining encounter with leaders Fulham in the last PL2 game before Christmas. Adrion Pajaziti's stunner opened the gate for the Cottagers, who are running away with this league this season, but Albion responded with Mo Faal's low finish. That parity lasted 60 seconds before Sonny Hilton restored the away team's lead, but Jamie Andrews converted a penalty won by Reyes Cleary to ensure Albion didn't go behind. Olli O’Neill's rapid-fire double in the second half, however, paid the bills. It just really confirmed Fulham's dominance, not just tonight but in this campaign as a whole. Albion remains in third place and has a lot to do in the second half of the season. Controlled the area well enough, although he was vulnerable to many shots at goal in the first half, most of them at goal. An important challenge arose in the first half, when Fulham began to get the game under control, then another in the second period. He was caught from behind with loft balls once or twice when Fulham attacked Albion's high line in numbers, but he made a brilliant recovery once to obliterate the threat. For a young defender against a talented frontline who was quick and agile, Williams got along pretty well for the most part. Aerially won a lot but Fulham are a good team on the ground and caused a lot of worries for Albion's back three over the course of the evening. Some of his balls along the canals were menacing, but while Ashworth can usually affect games from the deep, this was the kind of night he had a lot to defend on. He was often on the alert, but the two goals in the second half fell to the left side of Albion's defense. As left full-back tonight, he had to defend what he otherwise wouldn't have to do if he played in the top three. Delivered an excellent ball on the head of Faal, whose header was brilliantly blocked. Lots of energy and willpower in the middle of Teixeira, who once chased a middle half to the byline and forced an Albion throw-in. Very busy in midfield but he and Teixeira struggled at times to contain the tide of the Fulham waves when they hit their oars in the first half. Some of his passes were impressive and he gave the goalkeeper no chance with his emphatic penalty. Was more of a fight in the second half, but remained positive on the ball. Two assists - one from the penalty won - are not to be expected. Fought when he switched to the nine and was on the periphery in the second half. Looked very sharp in the first half, perhaps the best of the first three early doors. Moved the ball quickly, was able to navigate out of tight spaces and his passing game in the last third resulted in good openings. Good feet for a tall man, as they say. Part of his tight control was very good, playing at the forefront of the forwards. Couldn't have come much closer with his header before he finally scored. The ball gave Cleary a chance and a shot on goal.

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Thomas Tuchel takes eight Chelsea Academy players into first-team training

Thomas Tuchel has included at least eight Chelsea Academy players in first-team training before his side face Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Chelsea's first-team squad was boosted by ... (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThomas Tuchel has included at least eight Chelsea Academy players in first-team training before his side face Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. The Chelsea first-team squad has been hit by a Covid outbreak and the Champions League title has been unsuccessful in its attempt to postpone its Premier League game against the Wolves over the weekend. Tuchel announced that seven players on his squad were unavailable due to Covid, but the Premier League denied Chelsea's request to postpone their game on Sunday. Chelsea have been kept goalless by the Wolves and will now face Brentford in the Carabao Cup this week after the EFL confirmed on Monday that the competition would continue. In a statement by the EFL it is said that the Carabao Cup games "where it is safe to do so and the specified squad criteria can be met by the clubs" will be played. Chelsea's players who didn't play the Wolves on Monday trained on Monday and were supported by several academy stars including Harvey Vale, Josh Brooking, Alfie Gilchrist, Dion Rankine, Xavier Simons, Joe Haigh, Jay Wareham and Lewis Hall. Jorginho, who had missed the trip to see the wolves as a precaution, was able to start training again on Monday. After the Wolves draw, Tuchel made it clear that he was dissatisfied with the decision to let Chelsea play. “How should it stop when we're sitting on the bus, having dinner and just staying together as if nothing had happened?” You can find more stories like this on our sports page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news about

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Thomas Tuchel urged Chelsea to bid £ 72.5m for the PSG star

According to French reports, Chelsea failed last summer with a € 85m (£ 72.5m) offer to sign Paris Saint-Germain center-back Marquinhos. The Champions League title really wanted a ... (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaAccording to French reports, Chelsea failed last summer with a € 85m (£ 72.5m) offer to sign Paris Saint-Germain center-back Marquinhos. The Champions League defending champions were keen to sign a new center-back this summer and were on the verge of bringing on Jules Kounde before Sevilla increased their asking price in the closing stages of the window. Chelsea signed Thiago Silva a few months before Thomas Tuchel's arrival at Stamford Bridge in January on a free transfer from PSG. And according to L’Equipe, Tuchel was keen to reunite his two Brazilian defenders when he personally supported the move from Chelsea to Marquinhos that summer. The report claims that Chelsea's 85 million Tuchel proposal has already made it clear that he is a great admirer of Marquinhos after working with him at PSG. “Marquinhos is the heart and soul of our team,” said Tuchel last year. “That's why he has to play in the middle of the action, but also because he's talented. “He has all the qualities to play in midfield and has a worker mentality. “Marqui covers more ground than anyone else on the team and is valuable in counter pressing. “If Marqui has to play at the back, he will, but he has proven his ability in midfield. "He can really bring the team to the top level." Follow Metro Sport for the latest news

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Chelsea's Thomas Tuchel "asks" for Ruben Neves to be signed as a planned Kepa reunion

Stamford Bridge club could sign Ruben Neves from Premier League rivals Wolves in the January transfer window after Thomas Tuchel reportedly requested the signing (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThe Stamford Bridge club could sign Ruben Neves from Premier League rivals Wolves in the January transfer window after Thomas Tuchel reportedly asked Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to further strengthen his midfield in the January transfer window next month. The Blues loaned Saul Niguez for the season on the day of the transfer deadline last summer, but the Spaniard is struggling to influence the club. It comes as several stars are linked to the January move from Stamford Bridge. One of them could be Hakim Ziyech, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona while ex-Blues coach Maurizio Sarri is reportedly saying a reunion with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Lazio. Who would you like Chelsea to sign in the January transfer window? Wolves star Ruben Neves has been linked to a move to Chelsea Thomas Tuchel has reportedly "requested" to expand his options in midfield - looking to sign Ruben Neves from Premier League rivals Wolves. According to TodoFichajes, Tuchel "was pleasantly surprised by Ruben Neves' performance" and the Wolves star "would be his bet to strengthen the core [Chelsea]". It comes after Saul Niguez's fight at Stamford Bridge, although the report adds that the Spaniard is unlikely to leave the club during the January transfer window - meaning he may also fight Neves for a spot in the Blues starting XI got to. Former Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri wants to reunite with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Lazio, it said. According to Spanish publication Sport [via Football Italia], Sarri could try to loan the goalkeeper out during next January's transfer window. Hakim Ziyech is Barcelona's "Plan B" should Manchester City's Ferran Torres fail, it has been reported. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano [via Daily Express], Barcelona are looking into the possibility of switching to Ziyech as a “plan B” option for Manchester City star Torres.

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Bruno Lage shows Chelsea boss Tuchel what real leadership looks like

Teams were not told to keep playing until Christmas and were mischievously reminded of the presence of U21 players in their ranks, which some clubs seem to be stocking just to keep them away from their rivals. (Author: Gardener)

Bruno LageIt hasn't been the best days for these Premier League managers who have spent the last week insisting that their Covid-depleted squads shouldn't go through football games. Not only were they told to keep playing until Christmas, but they were reminded of the presence in their ranks of those U21 players who some clubs seem to be stocking up just to keep them out of the hands of rivals. "If they're in your books and have first-team experience, use them instead." That was the message that came from the league's emergency club meeting. Not the best result for Thomas Tuchel in a Covid-hit Chelsea, who complained long and violently on Sunday that he was forced to pitch an unfit N’Golo Kante and not fill his bench at Wolves. But before the German pleads for more compassion for the fact that unprepared players like Kante are exposed to “great risk”, it should be remembered that not all medical matters seem to be equally demanding. When Kante went down with Covid for the first time last month, putting him out of the game and thus unprepared for Molineux, Tuchel didn't even dare to claim that he would recommend a vaccination to his players. "It would be easy to say 'yes' now and get applause from a lot of people," he said. I am vaccinated. Tuchel once said that he did not know what proportion of his players had been stabbed. Even last Thursday when Omicron sped across the country threatening to overwhelm our hospitals, he wouldn't add to a conversation about Covid draining the troops. "I don't want to get involved in this political stuff," he said. “If we have to play with our cases, we'll play and do our best.” His highly selective intervention feels like self-interest talk. It is kind of out of fashion to even suggest that players should be vaccinated. The counter-argument to the individual's right to vote comes back quickly. As if society did not transcend the individual in times like these. As if a stricken NHS worker desperately waiting for the vaccination message to hit home doesn't matter anymore. But the observations of the Portuguese coach of the Wolves, Bruno Lage, after the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday showed what open, uncomplicated leadership looks like in a time of national crisis. Lage confirmed that his entire squad would receive covid booster jabs after the game. We say, “If it's free, we'll take it,” so they stand in line to take their third, "Lage said. It doesn't necessarily follow that well-vaccinated clubs avoid Omicron, as Brentford only shows. But they do Managers who don't see the moral need to use their public status to get an important public health message across are now facing a professional one. If you don't handle this, then you have to put the kids up. It's not Topic that executives alone have to shoulder. Where are the senior locker room players? Danny Murphy feels that such leadership is lacking or, in many cases, has crept in. You are wondering if they are putting themselves at risk of an unvaccinated player their books. Day by night, managers are under pressure from their board members to put aside fears of offending tender souls, get this problem under control and actually discuss vaccinations with the players.

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Madonna spends time with her children Estere and Job

Madonna, 63, showed her gentler side on Instagram Thursday as she shared a relapse clip with their youngest children Ester and Stelle Ciccone, both nine (Author: Gardener)

MadonnaShe's been sharing racy pictures on her social media lately. But Madonna, 63, showed her softer side on Instagram Thursday when she posted a relapse clip with their youngest children Ester and Stelle Ciccone, both nine. She shared the nostalgic clip for her story and wrote next to it: "Nostalgia, why can't time stand still." In the videos she can be seen running through a garden with Estere and Stelle before she sits with them in a motherly manner. Elsewhere in the video, she was seen in a busty dress that had a thigh-high slit on the side. The Material Girl singer rode in a horse-drawn carriage in one part of the video, while in other segments she put on make-up in a small mirror. She wore various outfits in the video, including a white dress, as she lay on her bed. Madonna also wore a flowing blue dress that had a high neck and a pussy bow. The video was set to music and also the spoken word. After posting the throwback clips, she shared a series of snaps with playwright Erin Wilson. Next to the silly pictures she wrote: “With my two writing muses. And Shakespeare's daughter Erin Cressida Wilson. Madonna also held the sculpture to which she relates. In the snaps she wore light blue denim overalls with tears on the thigh that matched Erin's look. In the quirky snapshots, she looked focused as she posed in one mirror while in others she climbed over Erin. Madonna also tried pouring some tea while sprinkling Erin. The video comes after Madonna felt inspired to clean the cinema floor after watching Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza. On Instagram, she revealed to her 17.3 million followers that she was “so inspired” by the film that she felt compelled to “clean the theater”. Like A Virgin hitmaker shared snaps of herself mopping the cinema floor before using the venue as her personal photoshoot set. “I saw the movie Licorice Pizza! I felt so inspired that I had to clean the theater #paulthomasanderson, ”read her official caption. Earlier that day, Madonna was every inch a proud mom when she took to Instagram to share some ornate black and white pictures of her son Rocco in California. Madonna often shared pictures of her family on social media last week and amused fans after cutting herself into one of her daughter's cheeky new snaps. Lourdes Leon had given her ultra-famous mother a run for her money in a sultry cover shoot for the January issue of PAPER magazine, which was captured by photographer Indiana Piorek. In the original picture, Lourdes flashed her cleavage and waist while posing in a spartan setting in front of the shirtless model Zack Necht. Material Girl used a photo of herself that photographer Ricardo Gomes took in London while standing next to a drawing by Tracey Emin. The Lourdes photoshoot takes place just weeks after Madonna went viral for revealing her bare chest on Instagram in a series of explicit bedroom shots that were later removed from the platform for violating community guidelines.

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How Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea stand after the last few games

Analysis; updated Premier League table; festive decor; League positions after match day over the previous season; current form; Top scorer and creator; Live games on Sky Sports during the holidays (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolHow are Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea doing in the closest title race in years after the most recent round of Premier League games? City took eight straight wins with a convincing win at Newcastle while Liverpool and Chelsea drew - meaning the top contenders are now within six points of each other. Pep Guardiola's side beat Newcastle 4-0, Liverpool played a 2-2 thriller at Tottenham, while Chelsea suffered a second straight draw in a goalless stalemate at Wolves. Here we go through the contenders, their festive dates, injury lists, statistics and more ... "I think one of the problems lately has been a bit of a lack of consistency in their starting XI - and that was of course due to injuries and Covid, but also due to the options they have. "The thing about options is that on the one hand it keeps people busy, it's the squad depth for European competition, but they've made 60 starting XI changes this season, it's by far that 11 more than 'Fantasy Football' Pep Guardiola and 19 more than Liverpool in most of the Premier League. I don't see them being dragged into a top four fight to be honest, but Tuchel may need to find some staffing consistency if that all calms down. "Lukaku has been largely denied being fit, but we talk about City De Bruyne losing for a large part and suddenly they can fit in someone like Bernardo Silva, who was one of the best players in the Premier League this season, giving the opponent at least four or five good chances in a single game "City are the favorites, they really are a machine, they can barely get out of third gear sometimes and they have the best defensive record in the Premier League again. Don't get me wrong, Liverpool are the best team to watch because it's "always a game, but this season in particular their style is unmistakably risky:" I think they are actually into the second and third seasons returned from Liverpool of Klopp where they scored a lot of goals and conceded a few goals - and people will point it out. "Winner of the 2020 title but many forget that Liverpool has been very conventional at times and I'm not sure they do have consistently found this style of play - controlling games without risk - since then. "If this becomes a season with more than 90 points, when City gets 90 odd points, Liverpool will have many more games like Sunday and I don't think they'll get that score will achieve. "" I think it depends on the staff. "I think they will outperform most teams but the challenge will come against decent teams in games like this." But that being said, if AFCON carries on I don't think Liverpool can win it for a handful of games without Salah anyway. " "The thing is that with City they can just do 10, 12, 14, 16 winning streaks without making a fuss. "It's not that people forget about City, but they're so machine-minded that they tear down pages" that simple. It's like, 'Oh, City won again and again.' I think Pep has mastered the psychology of this City team, where he keeps outside noise to a minimum. "" City is playing fantastic football again. They have taken to another level in the past few weeks, which is in line with what we saw of them winning 21 matches last year. "Pep knows the players are in tune with what he wants, all tactical shifts from summer on are standard and they look dangerous." It's this recklessness that is synonymous with City's great sites. "City win, they have momentum and all of that when they haven't signed a striker, and that's worrying for the rest of the Premier League. Only six points separate the three teams if we move to the bottom of the festive season - but" Manchester City last week increased the lead from one point on Liverpool to three. Eight in a row for City, but Liverpool's six-game winning streak ended in a 2-2 thriller at Tottenham. Meanwhile, Chelsea have drawn two straight draws, falling six points behind the leaders ... The busy holidays often separate contenders from followers, with three Premier League games in a week. Both Liverpool and City have two away games, but Jurgen Klopp's side also have a Carabao Cup quarter-finals with Leicester leading the way, as well as the big clash at Chelsea on January 2nd. Chelsea meanwhile have two home games, but also a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Brentford on December 22nd, while all three title contenders face the current opposition in the top half of two of their three league games. Liverpool dominate the top of goals, shots, assists and chances created a place in the table ... The Africa Cup will take place from January 9th to February 6th, with possibly 40 Premier League players called up for the tournament in Cameroon. Those called up to AFCON could at least one Premier League round (weekend of January 15-16), the third round of the FA Cup (weekend of January 8) and the Carabao Cup semi-finals (w / c 3 January and January 10th). in the best case. However, depending on when the clubs fire their players and how fit they are when they return, in the worst case scenario the players could miss four Premier League rounds, both the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup. Chelsea are at Aston Villa on Boxing Day, live on the Sky Sports Premier League at 5:30 p.m., ahead of their big home game against Liverpool on Super Sunday 2nd January at 4:30 p.m. Later in January, the Man City to Saints trip takes place on Saturday night Football on January 22nd at 5:30 p.m., before Palace v Liverpool (2 p.m.) and Chelsea v Spurs (4:30 p.m.) the following day on Super Sunday.

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Bruno Lage shows Chelsea boss Tuchel what real leadership looks like

Teams were not told to keep playing until Christmas and were mischievously reminded of the presence of U21 players in their ranks, which some clubs seem to be stocking just to keep them away from their rivals. (Author: Gardener)

Bruno LageIt hasn't been the best days for these Premier League managers who have spent the last week insisting that their Covid-depleted squads shouldn't go through football games. Not only were they told to keep playing until Christmas, but they were reminded of the presence in their ranks of those U21 players who some clubs seem to be stocking up just to keep them out of the hands of rivals. "If they're in your books and have first-team experience, use them instead." That was the message that came from the league's emergency club meeting. Not the best result for Thomas Tuchel in a Covid-hit Chelsea, who complained long and violently on Sunday that he was forced to pitch an unfit N’Golo Kante and not fill his bench at Wolves. But before the German pleads for more compassion for the fact that unprepared players like Kante are exposed to “great risk”, it should be remembered that not all medical matters seem to be equally demanding. When Kante went down with Covid for the first time last month, putting him out of the game and thus unprepared for Molineux, Tuchel didn't even dare to claim that he would recommend a vaccination to his players. "It would be easy to say 'yes' now and get applause from a lot of people," he said. I am vaccinated. Tuchel once said that he did not know what proportion of his players had been stabbed. Even last Thursday when Omicron sped across the country threatening to overwhelm our hospitals, he wouldn't add to a conversation about Covid draining the troops. "I don't want to get involved in this political stuff," he said. “If we have to play with our cases, we'll play and do our best.” His highly selective intervention feels like self-interest talk. It is kind of out of fashion to even suggest that players should be vaccinated. The counter-argument to the individual's right to vote comes back quickly. As if society did not transcend the individual in times like these. As if a stricken NHS worker desperately waiting for the vaccination message to hit home doesn't matter anymore. But the observations of the Portuguese coach of the Wolves, Bruno Lage, after the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday showed what open, uncomplicated leadership looks like in a time of national crisis. Lage confirmed that his entire squad would receive covid booster jabs after the game. We say, “If it's free, we'll take it,” so they stand in line to take their third, "Lage said. It doesn't necessarily follow that well-vaccinated clubs avoid Omicron, as Brentford only shows. But they do Managers who don't see the moral need to use their public status to get an important public health message across are now facing a professional one. If you don't handle this, then you have to put the kids up. It's not Topic that executives alone have to shoulder. Where are the senior locker room players? Danny Murphy feels that such leadership is lacking or, in many cases, has crept in. You are wondering if they are putting themselves at risk of an unvaccinated player their books. Day by night, managers are under pressure from their board members to put aside fears of offending tender souls, get this problem under control and actually discuss vaccinations with the players.

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Jamie Carragher assesses Chelsea’s title chances after recent fights

Jamie Carragher has commented on whether Chelsea will remain in the running for the Premier League title despite their recent drop in form. (Author: Gardener)

Jamie CarragherJamie Carragher has commented on whether Chelsea will remain in the running for the Premier League title despite their recent drop in form. Chelsea topped the Premier League table after 14 games, a run that included only one loss. However, a mix of injuries and a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad has resulted in the Blues struggling for the past few weeks, scooping just five points from their last four games. The decline in form has meant that Chelsea have dropped to third place in the table with 38 points from 18 games and six points behind current leaders Manchester City. And former Liverpool defender Carragher fears that Thomas Tuchel's side have all but ended their Premier League title chances this season. “Most people think that they [Man City] have an advantage over Liverpool and Chelsea. It's difficult to be too critical of Liverpool's [2-2] draw with Tottenham, it's not an easy game and they have Covid-19, they played Thursday night, "he told Sky Sports. “But what Liverpool can't afford is what happened to Chelsea, where three points became six. I think it's very, very difficult for Chelsea to get that back. "Liverpool are a game at the moment, but they can't leave that gap of five, six, seven points or we fear the title will return to Manchester." Despite calling for a "breaker" to curb the number of Covid-19 cases, the Premier League today decided against such a break over the Christmas season. Chelsea travel to West London rivals Brentford in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday before facing Aston Villa in their annual Boxing Day game in the Premier League on Sunday.

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