Sunday 29th November 2020
After the 10th game day of the English Premier League, the table leaders are still Tottenham Hotspur. José Mourinho’s side had a goalless draw at London’s local rivals Chelsea on Sunday to regain first place. Liverpool FC temporarily took the lead on Saturday with a 1-1 (0-0) win at Brighton & Hove Albion. Both teams are tied with 21 points, but Tottenham has the better goal difference.
The 0-0 between the Blues and the Spurs was performance-based. National player Timo Werner had shot the ball into the goal after eleven minutes, but the supposed lead for the hosts did not count because of an offside position. Overall, the Blues acted a little more offensively than the Spurs. But former Chelsea coach Mourinho held back with Tottenham and his team had chances too.
Havertz back in the Chelsea squad
At Chelsea, Kai Havertz returned to the squad after surviving the corona infection. The national player came on in the 83rd minute, but – just like the substitute offensive forces Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud – couldn’t change anything at 0-0. At the Spurs, Gareth Bale stayed on the bench for 90 minutes.
Liverpool had only given the victory on Saturday in stoppage time. After Diogo Jota’s opening goal (60th), Pascal Groß (90th + 3) scored to equalize for Brighton late. After the final whistle, Jürgen Klopp had a strange battle of words with a reporter.
Klopp tries sarcastically
“Congratulations!” Said Klopp sarcastically when asked about James Milner’s injury. “Me personally?” Said Des Kelly from BT Sport, confused. “No, but you work for them,” said Klopp, who blames the TV stations for the injury misery in the Liverpool squad because of the tight schedule.
“You chose the kick-off time at 12.30,” said Klopp three days after the 2-0 defeat in the Champions League against Atalanta Bergamo. Kelly disagreed, however. “We are just the broadcasters and we work according to Premier League rules,” said the reporter. “If you come here and hit the transmitter, it won’t do anything.”
ManUnited is fighting its way back
Record champions Manchester United came back on Sunday at Southampton FC after a two-goal deficit. Noble joker Edinson Cavani, who was substituted on at half-time, turned the game with his brace (74./90.+3). The Saints first took the lead through Jan Bednarek (23rd) and James Ward-Prowse (33rd). Bruno Fernandes (59th) scored the connection goal for Man United.
In the last game of Sunday, Arsenal lost with Bernd Leno in goal at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers 1: 2 (1: 2). The team from north London, in which Mesut Özil no longer plays a role, lost the connection to the European Cup places and is in 14th place. The game was overshadowed by a serious head injury to Wolverhamptons Raul Jimenez.