Manch­ester City breaks club wins record

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY ROB HARRIS

Break­ing a 103- year club record, Manch­ester City reeled off its 10th straight Premier League vic­tory on Satur­day. For Jose Mour­inho, a land­mark day pro­duced an un­wel­come re­sult, with his 100th home league game in charge of Chelsea end­ing in only a sec­ond loss.

City’s fourth suc­cess of the new sea­son was a 2-0 vic­tory over Wat­ford, with US$76-mil­lion sign­ing Ra­heem Ster­ling scor­ing his first league goal for Manuel Pel­le­grini’s side, which looks ir­re­sistible in its quest to re­gain the tro­phy from Chelsea.

For­tu­nately for City, whose other goal was scored by Fer­nand­inho, Chelsea ap­pears to be im­plod­ing.

A 2-1 loss to Crys­tal Palace left Chelsea with only four points from four games head­ing into the in­ter­na­tional break.

Although Radamel Fal­cao can­celed out Bakary Sako’s Palace opener by head­ing in his first Chelsea goal in the 79th minute, the south Lon­don visi­tors were back in front in­side two min­utes through Joel Ward.

“I can­not say that I had 11 play­ers per­form­ing at the same time,” Mour­inho said. “Two or three of them their in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance was far from good. I blame my­self for not chang­ing one of them.”

Al­ready Chelsea is eight points adrift of early leader City. It’s a daunt­ing gap, but Mour­inho knows how easy it is to throw away a lead.

Be­fore win­ning the ti­tle by eight points in May, Chelsea re­cov­ered from con­ced­ing the same ad­van­tage over City mid­way through the sea­son.

Liver­pool har­bors am­bi­tions of win­ning a 19th ti­tle — the first since 1990 — but could strug­gle to just re­turn to the top four, as Satur­day’s 3-0 home ca­pit­u­la­tion to West Ham demon­strated.

On the day Palace won at Chelsea for the first time since 1982, West Ham ended an even longer win­less run at An­field stretch­ing back to 1963.

“A lot of it to­day was self-in­flicted,” Liver­pool man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers said. “We gave poor goals away and that was the big­gest dis­ap­point­ment.”

Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble sent West Ham into a half­time lead. Although Liver­pool had Philippe Coutinho sent off at the start of the sec­ond half, Noble was also dis­missed be­fore Di­afra Sakho com­pleted West Ham’s sec­ond away win of the sea­son.

“It is one of those games that will be writ­ten in the history books of our club,” West man­ager Slaven Bilic said.

The league cam­paign started for West Ham un­der Bilic with a win at Ar­se­nal, which has re­cov­ered from that open­ing day set­back to col­lect seven points from nine.

Ar­se­nal re­lied on Fabri­cio Coloc­cini’s own goal to win 1-0 at New­cas­tle de­spite the hosts play­ing for 75 min­utes with 10 men af­ter Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic was dis­missed.

There were two red cards at Stoke, shown to two home play­ers — Ibrahim Afel­lay and Char­lie Adam — within seven min­utes against West Bromwich Al­bion. De­spite play­ing with nine men from the 31st, West Brom only edged a 1-0 win through Salomon Ron­don’s header.

Like Stoke, Sun­der­land and Tot­ten­ham are still search­ing for their first wins of the sea­son.

Sun­der­land was held 2-2 at As­ton Villa and Tot­ten­ham-Ever­ton ended 0-0.

Bournemouth, play­ing its firstever sea­son in the top flight, has four points from four af­ter draw­ing 1-1 with Le­ices­ter.

On Sun­day, Manch­ester United is at Swansea and Southamp­ton hosts Nor­wich. Then at­ten­tion shifts to late moves in the trans­fer win­dow, which closes on Tues­day.

AP

(Left) Chelsea’s Diego Costa, cen­ter, com­petes for the ball with Crys­tal Palace’s Scott Dann, top right, dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Chelsea and Crys­tal Palace at Stam­ford Bridge sta­dium in Lon­don, Satur­day, Aug. 29. (Right) Chelsea’s Diego Costa kneels on the pitch af­ter a chal­lenge dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Chelsea and Crys­tal Palace at Stam­ford Bridge sta­dium in Lon­don, Satur­day.

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