London: Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea registered victories in their respective matches of the ongoing Premier League 2021-22 season. Chelsea is currently at the top of the Premier League standings and Thomas Tuchel’s side is one point ahead of the second-placed Manchester City. Liverpool is in the third position, two points behind table-toppers Chelsea. Chelsea defeated Watford 2-1 with the goals coming from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech for the Blues.
Liverpool thrashed Watford 4-1 with the goals being registered by Jordon Henderson, Mohamed Salah (brace) and Diogo Jota for the Reds. Manchester City defeated Aston Villa 2-1 while Southampton and Leicester City played out a 2-2 draw. Later today, Arsenal would square off against Manchester United while Tottenham Hotspur will take on Brentford.
Chelsea needed Hakim Ziyech to come off the bench and score the winner 18 minutes from time at Vicarage Road to hold off City and Liverpool at the top of the table.
After a half an hour hold up early in the match as a fan was attended to by emergency services, Mason Mount gave the European champions the lead. Emmanuel Dennis hit back for Watford on the stroke of half-time and for a while it looked like Chelsea could drop points for the third time in four league games.
But Ziyech’s powerful finish from Mount’s cross maintained their slender one-point advantage over City. “The two situations we had, we scored,” said Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel. “We were very lucky to escape with the win.”
Gerrard had got off to a flying start as Villa boss with back-to-back wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace to ease fears of being dragged into a relegation battle, but admitted before the game that the champions posed a very different test and so it proved.
An injury-hit City dominated the first half and went in 2-0 up at the break thanks to brilliant finishes from Portuguese international duo Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva. Ollie Watkins pulled a goal back two minutes into the second half but City held out for a vital three points as Jack Grealish celebrated a victorious return to Villa Park.
“The game we played was fantastic,” said City manager Pep Guardiola. “Difficult game. We knew it. I understand why. Especially after conceding early in the second half, the way we reacted, we played really well.” West Ham’s hopes of a top-four finish suffered another blow as Brighton struck late to snatch a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.
Tomas Soucek opened the scoring for the Hammers after just five minutes, but after a second for David Moyes’s men was controversially ruled out by a VAR review, Neal Maupay earned a point for Brighton a minute from time. In the other match affected by a lengthy delay to attend to an ill fan in the crowd, Leicester twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at Southampton.
(With Inputs from ANI and PTI)