Last updated on September 29, 2019
Manchester City clung on the coat-tails of Premier League pacesetters Liverpool using a hard-fought win against Everton on Saturday following Jurgen Klopp’s men extended their best start to this season.
Elsewhere, 10-man Tottenham set their current wobbles supporting them to clamber to the top four with success against Southampton while Chelsea caught their first home league win under new manager Frank Lampard.
In the first game, Liverpool won their seventh Premier League match from seven due to Georginio Wijnaldum’s lucky hit in a 1-0 success at Sheffield United.
Liverpool, who have won 16 consecutive league matches, ended one purpose behind winners City from the Premier League last year but are currently setting a searing rate as they pursue their initial top-flight name since 1990.
“For us, it was important to win, we’d incredibly big opportunities,” Klopp informed BT Sport.
“In the first half, we had two big opportunities and at the next one, which we graduated from. These matches, they’re not all beauties and you need to work hard for your outcomes.”
City was under enormous pressure to reply from the late kick-off in Goodison Park and took the lead throughout Gabriel Jesus midway during the first half.
However, while Pep Guardiola’s guys were irresistible heading forward, they seemed shaky in the back, together with makeshift center-back Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi in central defense.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalized and the two sides had further chances to score until a Riyad Mahrez free-kick along with also a late Raheem Sterling aim secured a 3-1 victory, which transferred City back to within five points of Liverpool.
“It is always hard here,” explained Guardiola. “First half we began unbelievable, the first 20-25 minutes, we had issues to restrain Gylfi Sigurdsson in this place.
“But we generated from broad regions in the second half and we all had the caliber of Riyad Mahrez for its objective.
“Everton have players that are fast, that they caused a lot of issues in the back, so I am thrilled because we would like to opt for this league and try to win it .”
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remembered his big guns for the home game against Southampton, which makes 11 changes from the side that suffered a jolt League Cup exit at Colchester in midweek.
Spurs had won two of the opening eight matches in all competitions before Saturday and seemed in deep trouble if they had been reduced to ten men.
Hugo Lloris then talented Southampton an equalizer using a goalkeeping howler, Danny Ings dispossessing the Frenchman in his six-yard box and pushing the ball home until Harry Kane revived the home side’s lead soon before half-time.
The 2-1 win increased Spurs into fourth position in the Premier League, 1 place behind West Ham, who drew 2-2 away to Bournemouth after beating Manchester United a week.
Pochettino stated he had been proud of the soul his side had revealed, adding it had been an”amazing victory” for his group.
“Unbelievable fightback in the group, scoring the target with 10 guys and then fighting together in the next 45 minutes, maintaining a clean sheet in the second half,” he explained.
Chelsea boss Lampard explained that his side’s 2-0 home win against Brighton, coupled with a blank sheet, would improve his players’ confidence.
Talking about the crop of young players coming through, ” he told the BBC: “It is good for the club and also a long time coming. The job is completed from the academy. The mindset is excellent. They would like to play with this club. At the moment they’re earning it and establishing a degree for many others.”