Chelsea beaten at Wolves, loses more ground in title race
CHELSEA lost more ground in the Premier League title race, and left its coach “really very worried”, after squandering an early lead to go down 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.
Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored goals in a four-minute span around the hour mark to condemn Chelsea to a second loss in three games, after a recent 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.
Chelsea is 10 points behind unbeaten leader Manchester City, the team it hosts on Saturday, and could now face a fight to finish in the top four to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “After this match we are less confident but maybe it’s better because sometimes my players show me they have too much confidence,” Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said.
“I am really very worried, not for the result but the fact that after the first goal we conceded we did not react very well.” Fourth-place Chelsea had taken the lead in the 18th minute when Ruben Loftuscheek’s goalbound effort deflected inside the near post off the head of Wolves defender Conor Coady.
It was another good result against a top-flight heavyweight for Wolves, which has also drawn against Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal. – AP HARRY Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min scored to give Tottenham a 3-1 victory over Southampton on Wednesday, sending the north London club up to third in the Premier League.
It showed the size of the task facing Ralph Hasenhuettl, the Austrian who watched from the stands after being hired earlier in the day by Southampton to replace the fired Mark Hughes.
He will have been encouraged by his team’s performance when Tottenham eased off in the final 30 minutes and the visitors got a late consolation through Charlie Austin.
With Hasenhuettl assessing his players, left back Matt Targett produced some lax defending that allowed Spurs to take a ninth-minute lead.as the hosts played a corner short, Targett fatally did not match Kane’s run to the near post and the striker netted from Christian Eriksen’s cross. Two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half killed the game as Tottenham hit back after losing the north London derby to Arsenal on Sunday. After Eriksen’s low free-kick was well saved by Alex Mccarthy, Moura fired home from the resulting corner at the second attempt for his fifth goal of the campaign.. – AP
do inside the arena.
What about your injury? Is it still a weakness for you? How to setup on this points?
I have recovered fully from my knee injury. I don’t think it is my weakness.
I’ve fully prepared for all of my weaknesses.
If he will fight to my knee, I don’t care.
I think he has no powerful kicks. But he is taller and he has long fist and good elbow strike.
I need to be careful about his strong points.
What is your game plan? Can spectators see again your powerful kicks you used to count on in the past?
I will fight in my own style. I always initiate the attacks and strike my opponent.
Otherwise, he is taller than me. I can’t do counter-attack to a higher opponent.
Spectators will see my powerful kicks and sure they will be happy as I have taken training more than enough.
Please tell me how were you feeling when you lost your golden belt. What had really happened at the fight? Why did you lose to Dave?
I always focus each fight since the onset of my career. Never giveup and never underestimate to opponents. I always prepare my best.
I fought against Dave Leduc twice. First fight finished in draw and I lost in second fight due to the knee injury.
That was quite unexpected and unfortunate. But my knee is back to normal.
I feel so sad after losing the fight because I had to transfer Myanmar traditional lethwei champion belt to a foreign fighter.
This is the first ever record in lethwei history. I feel guilty to my Myanmar lethwei fans.
That’s why I challenge again for the belt. I will take it back.
Please come,watch and support me. MANCHESTER United’s patched-up side twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday after Jose Mourinho made a statement by dropping Paul Pogba.
Mourinho made seven changes to his United team, including demoting Pogba to the bench, and had to rely on some players who were struggling for full fitness amid injury problems in his squad.
United had to twice respond to conceding bizarre goals. Shkodran Mustafi put fifth-place Arsenal ahead with a header that was fumbled over the line by United goalkeeper David De Gea, while an own goal by Marcos Rojo allowed the visitors to lead 2-1 later in the game.
Arsenal was 1-0 up for four minutes at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial, who later went off injured, grabbed United’s first equalizer and Jesse Lingard earned United a point by scoring 75 seconds after his team went behind for the second time.
British boxer Tyson Fury, who drew his world heavyweight title bout with Deontay Wilder on Saturday, was in the crowd for a match regarded as among the biggest in English soccer.
Both teams showed lots of fight in a frantic and often feisty encounter which saw Unai Emery’s Arsenal rack up a 20th unbeaten game in all competitions.
United is now 18 points behind first-place Manchester City and, perhaps more significantly, eight points off the Champions League qualification places.
“As always we made mistakes and we paid for the mistakes,” Mourinho said. “Today was more of the same, but with great spirit and people ready to have a go and fight hard.”
It was the first United-arsenal game since 1986 that didn’t have either United manager Alex Ferguson or ex-arsenal coach Arsene Wenger in the dugout. Ferguson was in the stands, however.
Arsenal hasn’t won at Old Trafford in the league since 2006.
– Associated Press