SUNDAY PL ROUND-UP: TUCHEL GETS FIRST WIN, BRIGHTON SHOCK SPURS
New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel guided his team to a comfortable win over Burnley, while Brighton put further distance between themselves and the bottom three after beating Tottenham.
Sunday also saw Leeds come from behind to win 3-1 at high-flying Leicester and Liverpool pick up a second impressive away win in four days.
West Ham United 1-3 Liverpool
Premier League champions Liverpool carried on where they left off in London on Thursday as they collected the same result as they did at Tottenham, this time in the east of the capital against West Ham.
The Hammers had been in excellent form, winning their last six games in all competitions and establishing themselves as surprise contenders for European qualification, but Liverpool were too good on the day.
Mo Salah extended his lead at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a brace, the first a delighted curled effort and the second a cultured finish to a rapid counter-attack.
Georginio Wijnaldum then completed a flowing team move for three, and although Craig Dawson got one back for the hosts, the damage was done and Liverpool moved five points ahead of their opponents.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Brighton did what they haven’t been doing all season and converted an excellent performance into three points.
Leandro Trossard’s early goal was enough to beat Tottenham and seal a first home league win since June for the Seagulls.
Although their Achilles heel in recent times has been their failure to convert chances, Brighton fans can now feel fairly comfortable as their team sit seven points above the drop.
This display sees them continue the upturn in form that included a win at Elland Road, while it’s a hugely disappointing result for Tottenham, who now sit four points adrift of the top four.
Chelsea 2-0 Burnley
Chelsea enjoyed another dominant display under Thomas Tuchel, and this time, they converted a huge share of possession into a win.
The 2-0 victory over Burnley was sealed by goals from the experienced duo of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, the opposite of what we became used to under previous manager Frank Lampard.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was arguably the hosts’ most impressive player on the day, his pace creating plenty of chances as well as having a deflected effort come back off the post.
Tuchel’s side have now shown that they can break down a team that employs a low block, and that should give them plenty of confidence ahead of their trip to Tottenham on Thursday.
Leicester City 1-3 Leeds United
Strikes from Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison completed a superb come-from-behind victory for Leeds at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester had taken the lead through Harvey Barnes, but they were quickly pegged back and Bamford was particularly involved as Marcelo Bielsa’s team won their third straight Premier League away game.
The Foxes now sit five points off the top after the result, but are still comfortably inside the top four.
They’ll look to get back on track with trips to Fulham and Wolves in their next two, a pair of sides who are yet to win in the league in 2021.