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New step back for City after losing against Tottenham

Manchester City took a further step back in their title aspirations after losing 2-0 on Saturday at Tottenham, which with the victory is the Premier League leader.

The South Korean Son Heung-min (5) and the Argentine Giovani Lo Celso (65) were the authors of the goals of the ‘Spurs’, which in this way reached 20 points and surpassed Chelsea, which had been placed provisional leader of the English championship after winning 2-0 in their visit to Newcastle (13th).

“The players gave everything and followed the strategy. They were fantastic,” said José Mourinho. “We found a way to play and it was great to see them play and how they did it,” added the Portuguese coach.

In contrast, the team coached by Pep Guardiola is stuck in the middle of the table, 11th with 12 points after having already lost half of the points played, four days after visiting Olympiakos to seal their classification to the second round of the League of Champions.

“We have played in a similar way to how we have done the rest of the season. We did not defend well in the first goal,” Guardiola lamented.

“We had more chances than they did, but we lost. With Mourinho’s teams this happens, when you make a mistake they make you pay against it,” he added.

A few days after announcing the renewal of the Catalan coach’s contract, Guardiola’s men did not offer their best version, hardly bringing danger to the opposing goal (except for a chance by Gabriel Jesus in the 9th minute and a goal annulled by the VAR to Aymeric Laporte) and again showing a defensive weakness that cost City both goals.

– Chelsea on the rise –

Earlier, Chelsea, won 2-0 on their visit to a listless Newcastle (14th), who needed an hour to enter the game, which Frank Lampard’s players took advantage of to dominate the match and raise their self-esteem in the face of the trip to Rennes on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Chelsea’s tactical, technical, physical and psychological dominance was total, superior for example to what it had shown three weeks ago in the Champions League against Rennes (3-0).

The ‘Blues’ prevailed with a goal against Argentine defender Federico Fernández (10) and a goal from Tammy Abraham (65), although the result could have been much more bulky if the London forwards had been more effective.

The London team’s convincing performance came without Brazilian Thiago Silva, who has just returned from the World Cup qualifiers in South America, and whose role in defensive stabilization was essential in October.

The surprise had arrived shortly before, with the defeat at home of Aston Villa (6th) against a Brigthon that moves away from the relegation zone.

Danny Welbeck put the visitors ahead (12) and although Ezni Konsa Ngoyo tied for the locals as soon as the second half started, the three points flew from Villa Park with a goal from Solly March (56).

In the last game of the day, Manchester United rose to ninth place by winning 1-0 at West Bromwich (18th) with a penalty from Portuguese Bruno Fernandes (56), who had to shoot a second time, after Sam Johnstone saved the first shot, but got ahead of the line.

– Results of the matches of the 9th day of the English championship:

– Saturday:

Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea

Aston Villa – Brighton 1 – 2

Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City

Manchester United 1 – 0 West Bromwich

– Sunday:

(12h00 GMT) Fulham – Everton

(14h00 GMT) Sheffield United – West Ham

(16h30 GMT) Leeds – Arsenal

(19:15 GMT) Liverpool – Leicester

– Monday:

(17h30 GMT) Burnley – Crystal Palace

(20h00 GMT) Wolverhampton – Southampton

Classification: Pts JGEP GF GC Dif

1. Tottenham 20 9 6 2 1 21 9 12

2. Chelsea 18 9 5 3 1 22 10 12

3. Leicester 18 8 6 0 2 18 9 9

4. Liverpool 17 8 5 2 1 18 16 2

5. Southampton 16 8 5 1 2 16 12 4

6. Aston Villa 15 8 5 0 3 19 11 8

7. Everton 13 8 4 1 3 16 14 2

8. Crystal Palace 13 8 4 1 3 12 12 0

9. Manchester United 13 8 4 1 3 13 14 -1

10. Wolverhampton 13 8 4 1 3 8 9 -1

11. Manchester City 12 8 3 3 2 10 11 -1

12. Arsenal 12 8 4 0 4 9 10 -1

13. West Ham 11 8 3 2 3 14 10 4

14. Newcastle 11 9 3 2 4 10 15 -5

15. Leeds 10 8 3 1 4 14 17 -3

16. Brighton 9 9 2 3 4 13 15 -2

17. Fulham 4 8 1 1 6 7 15 -8

18. West Bromwich 3 9 0 3 6 6 18 -12

19. Burnley 2 7 0 2 5 3 12 -9

20. Sheffield United 1 8 0 1 7 4 14 -10

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