Chelsea Fail To Lift Pressure On Lampard, Covid Spike Triggers Man City

Chelsea failed to alleviate the mounting pressure on manager Frank Lampard as Aston Vacation home came from behind to make a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Monday, as a coronavirus outbreak at Manchester City caused their clash at Everton to be delayed.

Lampard’s men have now won simply one of their last 5 league video games to fall 6 points behind leaders Liverpool in sixth and having played a game more than the champions.

Chelsea also route Rental property on objective difference, regardless of Dean Smith’s men having 2 games in hand, and the visitors were well worthy of a point.

Wilfried Zaha’s stunning strike earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw against Leicester POOL/ FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

” Now it’s a difficult minute and you have to hammer out it,” said Lampard. “No one let me down tonight, everybody worked, we just didn’t rather get the rub of the green.”

Lampard was able to make six modifications from the side beaten at Toolbox 48 hours earlier.

Olivier Giroud was one of those prepared into the side and the French worldwide showed his worth with an accurate near post header from Ben Chilwell’s cross to open the scoring with his ninth of the season.

By contrast, Smith made simply one enforced modification from the team that bet 45 minutes with 10 men in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Under Pressure: Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have actually won just among their last 5 league games SWIMMING POOL/ John Walton

But Rental property revealed no signs of fatigue in the second-half and levelled when Anwar El Ghazi turned home his 5th goal in as lots of games from Matty Cash’s cross five minutes into the second-half.

” I’m still yet to see a player carried off the pitch with exhaustion,” said Smith. “I’m a big believer in you want to play every game and if they are doing well keep playing them.”

For simply the 2nd time because the 2019/20 Premier League match season resumed in June, a match was delayed due to coronavirus infections after a spike at City.

The Manchester giants revealed on Christmas Day there had actually been positive tests at the club for players Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus and two staff members.

Manchester City’s clash with Everton on Monday has been held off due to a coronavirus break out at City SWIMMING POOL/ PETER POWELL

An additional round of tests exposed more positives on Monday, reportedly for three players, leading to the Premier League to accept City’s ask for the match to be aborted.

” With the security of the bubble jeopardized, there postured a risk that the virus could spread even more among the squad, the staff and potentially beyond,” City stated in a statement.

” Based upon strong medical advice the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, have decided to postpone the component.”

The club’s training ground will now close for an “indeterminate period” with additional screening on gamers and personnel to happen prior to it can reopen.

City are due to deal with Chelsea away in the Premier League on Sunday and Manchester United in the League Cup semi-finals on January 6.

” The Premier League Board got medical advice that the match must be delayed,” the Premier League stated in a declaration.

” The Premier League continues to have complete self-confidence in its protocols and guidelines, and the way in which all clubs are implementing them.”

Previously, a much-changed Leicester went up to 2nd thanks to Harvey Barnes’ late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

With little over 2 days rest in between the Foxes’ 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Saturday and the journey to Selhurst Park, Leicester employer Brendan Rodgers made 7 changes with Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans amongst those left on the bench.

Vardy in specific was missed as Kelechi Iheanacho had a first-half penalty conserved by Vicente Guaita.

Wilfried Zaha’s sensational near post volley then put the Eagles in front versus the run of play.

Vardy was summoned from the bench to discover a route back into the video game, however rather it was the in-form Barnes who scored an exceptional equaliser as he twitched clear of a number of Palace obstacles before firing into the bottom corner.

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