Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over West Ham to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to three points, while Thomas Tuchel lambasted Chelsea fans who sang Roman Abramovich’s name during a minute of applause for Ukraine on Saturday.
With City not playing again until Sunday’s derby against Manchester United, Liverpool took advantage of the opportunity to put more pressure on the champions.
Mane scored from close range from Trent Alexander-cross Arnold’s in the 27th minute at Anfield.
The Senegal forward’s goal escaped a VAR offside check, and that was all Liverpool needed to make it seven league wins in a row.
Even if City defeats United, Liverpool still has a game in hand to keep the Premier League leaders in reach as they pursue an unprecedented quadruple.
West Ham’s hopes of finishing in the top four were dashed by the defeat, which dropped them two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
This weekend, all Premier League captains wore armbands with Ukrainian flags on them, and teams held a minute of applause in solidarity with the country following Russia’s invasion.
The battle has had an indirect impact on Chelsea, with Russian businessman Roman Abramovich putting the club up for sale amid worries of British government sanctions over his alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During Abramovich’s 19-year reign, he won 19 major titles, including the Champions League and Club World Cup under Tuchel.
However, Tuchel thought that a part of Chelsea’s fan base went too far when they screamed Abramovich’s name during the Ukraine applause before their 4-0 win over Burnley.
Tuchel stated, “This is not the time to do this.” “Solidarity is demonstrated if we display solidarity.” We urge our supporters to commit to a minute of applause as a club.
“We’re doing it for Ukraine, and there’s no doubt about it.” “Let’s unite.”
Tuchel’s main goal, independent of the Abramovich drama, is to qualify for the Champions League, and Chelsea is still on track after beating Burnley.
With a ferocious finish in the 47th minute, Reece James put them ahead, and Kai Havertz equalized five minutes later with a header.
With a close-range strike from James’ cross, Havertz made it three goals in nine minutes.
Chelsea’s fourth goal came in the 69th minute, when Christian Pulisic punched in a deflected cross from Saul Niguez.
Chelsea went six points clear of Manchester United with their third consecutive league victory.
– Jesse Marsch hired to save Leeds from relegation following Marcelo Bielsa’s departure – Jesse Marsch has been hired to save Leeds from relegation after Marcelo Bielsa’s departure.
However, Marsch was unable to immediately change their fortunes, as Leicester won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Harvey Barnes in the 67th minute.
Barnes scored with a crisp finish from inside the box after Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had made a string of excellent saves.
Leeds have lost five of their previous six games and are only two points clear of the drop zone.
“We’re still getting to know one another.” It doesn’t feel right that we didn’t get what we deserved after playing so brilliantly in such a difficult environment, but that’s a sport. “This is a significant first step for us,” Marsch added.
Brentford won for the first time in ten league games thanks to a hat-trick from Ivan Toney, as the Bees moved six points clear of the relegation zone with a 3-1 triumph.
Christian Eriksen assisted on Toney’s goal in his first competitive appearance since suffering a heart episode while playing for Denmark at the European Championship last year.
Newcastle extended their unbeaten league run to eight games with a 2-1 win over Brighton at St James’ Park, thanks to goals from Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar.
Newcastle, who was in serious relegation danger when Eddie Howe came over as manager, is now seven points clear of the bottom three.
Ollie Watkins, Douglas Luiz, Philippe Coutinho, and Danny Ings scored for Aston Villa in a 4-0 win over Southampton.
Crystal Palace beat Wolves 2-0 thanks to goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Wilfried Zaha.