Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
CR7 goalless, United do not win
Strong Werner shoots Chelsea to the top
With his first league goal since April, Timo Werner brings his Chelsea FC to Siegstrasse. This means that coach Thomas Tuchel’s team is at least temporarily at the top of the table. Manchester United, on the other hand, has to take another setback. Because even a Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t always score.
Champions League winners Chelsea are back on the road to success in the Premier League. One week after the home defeat against Manchester City, coach Thomas Tuchel’s team won a well-deserved 3-1 (1-0) home win against FC Southampton thanks to the strong Timo Werner. This puts the club at the top of the table, at least temporarily. Liverpool FC can, however, on Sunday (5.30 p.m. / Sky and in the ntv.de live ticker) counter in the top game against Manchester City. City can also be first in the event of a victory.
Trevoh Chalobah (9th minute) scored the early lead for the clearly superior Blues at Stamford Bridge. After a foul in the penalty area by Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell on Valentino Livramento, James Ward-Prowse (61.) converted the penalty due to equalize the Saints trained by former Leipzig coach Ralf Hasenhüttl.
Barely fifteen minutes before the end of the game, the goal scorer Ward-Prowse saw the yellow card after a foul, but the red card after the use of video evidence. The late decision was made by Timo Werner (84th), who was celebrated with chants and who was finally able to celebrate his first league goal since April, before Ben Chilwell (89th) made everything clear for Chelsea.
Several video evidence decisions had meanwhile caused frustration with Tuchel and his Londoners. After a good half hour, a remarkable goal from Romelu Lukaku after a dream pass from Antonio Rüdiger did not count because the video assistant complained about an offside position. A little later, a beautiful header from the highly motivated Werner was revoked after video evidence, because his teammate César Azpilicueta had previously committed a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters – a tough decision that did not suit Tuchel. The Chelsea coach saw the yellow card for his angry protest.
Ronaldo doesn’t always score
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo found that he can’t always fix it for Manchester United. In the 1-1 (1-0) win against Everton FC at Old Trafford Stadium, United failed to make a mark in the title fight.
The Portuguese superstar, who won the Champions League against Villarreal in the 95th minute during the week, had to watch at first and was only substituted in for Edinson Cavani in the 57th minute. At this point United was leading 1-0 with a goal from Anthony Martial (43.), Andros Townsend (65.) then managed the flattering equalizer – he cheekily copied Ronaldo during the cheers. And then Everton almost went off the field as the winner: Yerry Mina was offside before his supposed winner (86th), as the video evidence showed. Both teams have 14 points in their accounts.
Things are not going well for Man United at the moment. The record champions were only able to win one of the last four competitive games. Before beating Villarreal, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team had lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in the Premier League and lost 1-0 to West Ham United in the League Cup. Nevertheless, Man United is currently third in the Premier League.