Chelsea suffers fresh blow, City stays atop

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Chelsea’s miserable start to the English Premier League season continued as the trouble English champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s mounting problems took centre stage on a dramatic day in the Premier League which saw Manchester City stay top after escaping with a late 2-1 win against Norwich City. Arsenal are second, behind City on goal difference, after defeating Swansea 3-0 in an especially strong second-half display, while misfiring Manchester United failed to find the net once again in a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.

At Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s side took an early lead through Ramires but any hopes that would alleviate the crisis were destroyed by Philippe Coutinho. The Liverpool forward hit a superb equaliser in first half stoppage-time and punished sloppy Chelsea defending to put Jurgen Klopp’s team ahead in the 74th minute.

With Mourinho fuming that Liverpool midfielder Lucas avoided a red card for what looked like a possible second booking at 1-1, his misery was compounded when Christian Benteke scored Liverpool’s third goal seven minutes from full time. The Blues have now lost six of their lamenting  11 league games and are four points above the relegation zone.

At Eastlands, City defender Nicolas Otamendi opened the scoring with a bullet header in the 67th minute to notch his first goal since signing from Valencia in August. Norwich snatched an 83rd minute equaliser when City goalkeeper Joe Hart spilled a corner and Cameron Jerome punished the embarrassing blunder. But City hit straight back to win it when Norwich defender Russell Martin was sent off for deliberate handball. Yaya Toure stroked in the resulting 89th minute penalty and there was still time for City to miss a spot-kick in stoppage-time when Aleksandar Kolarov fired wide.

 

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