Chelsea beaten at Wolves, loses more ground in ti­tle race

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport - DE­CEM­BER 7, 2018

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 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

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