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Tottenham jump up… McTominay rescues United with a dangerous win… and Chelsea continue their rise

Despite playing with 10 men in the second half, Tottenham Hotspur moved to the top of the English Premier League with a 1-0 win over hosts Luton Town. Chelsea continued their run of form with a 4-1 win over hosts Burnley in the eighth round of the English Premier League.

The round ends today (Sunday) with four matches, the most notable of which is the summit clash between defending champions Manchester City and their hosts Arsenal, while Newcastle were buoyed by a 4-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. , clash with West Ham, Liverpool meet Brighton, Wolverhampton meet Aston Villa.

Tottenham continued their impressive run of form and results from the start of the season under their new Australian coach, Ange Postecoglou, and won away from Luton Town with a goal from Dutch defender Mickey van de Ven after James’ pass. Maddison in the 52nd minute.

Tottenham maintained their 8-match unbeaten run, raising their score to 20 points, two points ahead of Manchester City, who visit third-placed Arsenal today, while Luton’s score was halted with 4 points.

Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma was sent off in the last minute of the first half after receiving a second caution for a fall, and despite that, the team managed to grab the win that allowed them to go up. Luton wasted several chances to grab the tie after withstanding Tottenham’s early pressure, but suffered a sixth defeat in the league.

Tottenham coach Postecoglou said: “The team showed great character and flexibility, which we emphasized a lot in the last matches and then at Luton Stadium.” He added: “We started well, we should have been three or four goals ahead, but then the relegation came and the match changed.”

On the other hand, Luton coach Rob Edwards said: “Tottenham were good at the start, luck was on our side in the first 10 minutes, then we got into a competitive situation and we had a lot of chances to score. , and we deserve a better ending.

At Old Trafford, Manchester United grabbed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over hosts Brentford, with two dangerous goals scored by Scottish substitute Scott McTominay.

The “Red Devils” moved up to ninth place with 12 points, while Brentford is in 14th place with 7 points.

A third successive defeat for United was almost repeated against Brentford after falling 0-1 at home to Crystal Palace in the previous round, and 2-3 on the continent against Galatasaray in Turkey in the second round of the Champions League. Danish Matthijs Jensen started the match until the last minutes of the match. Registration for guests at minute 26.

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However, United turned the tables on their visitors after McTominay equalized in the 90th minute (3+90), then came back and scored a second 4 minutes later in a maddening situation that saved their Dutch coach Erik ten Haag from the guillotine of relegation. The pressure on him was mounting, turning United’s grief into joy.

The display of mistakes was repeated in this match after the hosts conceded an early goal thanks to United’s defensive block after Swede Viktor Lindelof failed to clear the ball and it reached Jensen, who shot it under the arm of goalkeeper Onana. , who is responsible for a large part of this goal.

Den Haag made three more changes in the final minutes, replacing Casemiro with Dane Christian Eriksen at the end of the first half. Competition around.

Chelsea continued their run of form after a difficult start and beat hosts Burnley 4-1 for their third win in a row.

Burnley scored in the 15th minute through Frenchman Wilson Aubert. Sterling (65) and Nicholas Jackson (74) from Senegal. Chelsea moved up to tenth place with 11 points, while Burnley are 18th with 4 points. Everton breathed a sigh of relief after beating their visitors Bournemouth 3-0 to move 4 points away from danger. James Corner (8), Jack Harrison (37) and Malian Abdoulaye Doukore (60) took turns to score Everton hat-tricks. Fulham beat Sheffield United 3-1.

Tottenham’s Van de Ven (right) scores the winner against Luton to give his side the lead (DPA)

Champions Manchester City host runners-up Arsenal today (Sunday) in a clash that could redefine aspects of the title race that is expected to be open to more than one team this season.

For this reason, among others, City coach Josep Guardiola confirmed that the match at London’s Emirates Stadium, despite its importance, will not be the most important clash his side will play in the next two months.

But City will have crucial matches in the next two or three rounds of the Champions League, which will see them start the group stage with two consecutive wins so far and progress to the early knockout stages.

City, who collected 18 points from the first 7 domestic rounds after 6 wins and one loss, overcame the effects of their first defeat in the Premier League this season earlier last week, beating German Leipzig 3-1 in the second round. Goals by Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku. Last Wednesday.

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If Guardiola’s side maintain this form, it could well book its place in the round of 16 in the first European Club Championship, and then turn its full attention to the domestic league for much of the winter. Guardiola said: “The most important thing so far is the Champions League. When February comes, when the Champions League starts again with the knockout stage, my desire is to be one of the teams that are really competing for the (English) title. . .to be at the top of the (English) league, We want to be very close to winning the last 10 matches in our competition. “We will do it again.”

This method worked last season, with City eventually overcoming rivals Arsenal and winning the title before the penultimate round of the season.

For Arsenal, who have 17 points from the first 7 domestic rounds after 5 wins and 2 draws, this season could make the task difficult due to the ceiling of high expectations and their return to the Champions League after a 6-year absence. , lost 2-1 at French Stade de Lens last Tuesday.

McTominay celebrates cutting out two rescue goals and United’s win (AP).

Arsenal ended an eight-match losing streak against City by winning the Community Shield on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the start of last August in favor of the Spanish coach’s squad’s psychological state. Mikel Arteta said: “We insist on one thing and that is “we have to be in the best position… to have a chance.”

Arteta urged his players to end their losing streak against City, which has reached 12 since 2015, and he explained: “When I came here, I thought we hadn’t won at Old Trafford for 18 years and at Stamford for 17 years. bridge, and we were able to break the series of failures; So let’s change this situation,” he said. Arsenal’s current top scorer Bukayo Saka is a doubt over his chances of taking part after an early exit against Lens with a muscle injury.

Meanwhile, City’s standout midfielder Rodri will be absent due to a 3-match suspension for deliberate foul and was sent off in the previous match.

Newcastle, who play West Ham today, have talent, according to manager Eddie Howe, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in the second round of the Champions League. It became the biggest club in the world. Howe’s side confirmed their emergence as a real force with a comprehensive win over the French champions, and it clearly signaled intentions from Newcastle in their first season in the major continental competition for 20 years.

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After being rebuilt by Howe’s shrewd management and the financial muscle of the club’s Saudi owners, Newcastle has grown significantly into a global brand. Newcastle club chairman Yasser Al-Rumaian has made no secret of his long-term ambition, saying in the recently released documentary “We Are Newcastle United” that he wants to make the club number one in the world.

Speaking to Al-Rumaian after the Saint-Germain match, Howe admitted that his team is still far from the strength and prestige of clubs like the French capital club, Manchester City, Spanish Real Madrid or German Bayern Munich. Asked if there was any reason why his team could not be the biggest club in… football, he said: “No, but we are not currently the number one club in the world and we have to try to get there. , and these things take time. There is no magic wand. Season’s “We have a lot to prove before we can say anything about what we’ve done.”

He continued: “We have put ourselves in a good position in our Champions League group and we are still building our position in the English Premier League.” Before facing West Ham (Sunday), Howe admitted his decision to take over at Newcastle in November 2021 was a life-changing moment. He explained: “Thankfully, it’s been an amazing journey so far. I loved every second of it. There was always a feeling that I was doing something very special in my life, something I never took for granted.

Newcastle’s task is not easy to host West Ham, who have had a good season and proved this by beating German club Freiburg 2-1 in the Europa League (Europa League) on Thursday. A record at English club level, knowing that they won the Conference League title last season.

West Ham manager David Moyes said: “I am very proud to have gone 17 European matches without defeat. But the most important thing is to win and keep winning in the English Premier League.”

Today, Liverpool will play against Brighton and Wolverhampton will play against Aston Villa.

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