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Thirteen in a row for Chelsea
twice as leader Chelsea over-
came Stoke 4-2 to equal an
English Premier League re-
cord for 13 straight wins in a
single season yesterday.
Bruno Martins Indi and Pe-
ter Crouch struck for Stoke to
cancel out goals by Gary Cahill
and Willian. But Willian struck
for a second time moments after
Crouch’s 64th-minute equalizer
and Diego Costa netted a fourth.
Arsenal was the last team
to win 13 matches in a row in
a solitary campaign in 2002.
The Gunners extended that
landmark to 14 the following
season and Chelsea can match
that streak at Tottenham on
Chelsea’s defense will have to
be tighter at White Hart Lane.
Saturday’s win was the first time
Chelsea conceded more than one
goal in a game since the Sept. 24
loss at Arsenal.
Chelsea’s 34th-minute opener
came when Cesc Fabregas’ cor-
ner was met by Cahill, who rose
highest to head into the net.
Stoke leveled a minute into
the second half through Martins
Indi. Chelsea responded, step-
ping up the intensity and Stoke
goalkeeper Lee Grant was beaten
again in the 57th. Victor Moses
centered for Eden Hazard, who
laid the ball off for Willian to
power the ball into the bottom
The lead lasted less than sev-
en minutes, with Mame Diouf
crossing for Crouch to tuck in
Once again Chelsea retaliat-
ed, going ahead for a third time
when Fabregas fed Willian to
emphatically finish at the near
post. And Costa marked his
return from suspension by
out-muscling Martins Indi
before drilling in his 14th goal
of the season.
’It is Usain Bolt’—Olympic
champ calls into
Manchester United TV
Manchester United’s in-house
television channel received a
shock when Usain Bolt called
up to discuss Saturday’s 2-1
win over Middlesbrough in the
English Premier League.
In the post-match phone-in ,
MUTV presenter Mandy Henry
introduced the next caller as a
“Usain from Jamaica” but then
added: “It’s not Usain Bolt is it?”
The six-time Olympic cham-
pion replied: “It is Usain Bolt”.
Henry still looked disbelieving
as Bolt delivered his post-match
“They came through like the
old Manchester United,” Bolt
said. “They came through and
pushed on and persevered, the
Manchester United way. It was
a great match, I am very happy
The Jamaican sprinter tweeted
to confirm he was the caller and
Henry replied : “Sorry Usain -
we didn’t think it was you! Enjoy
your celebrations in Jamaica &
call again after West Ham on
Monday night!” (AP)
Title-chasing Liverpool pulls clear of Man City with 1-0 win
(AP) — Georginio
header cemented Liv-
erpool’s title creden-
tials by clinching a
1-0 victory over Man-
chester City yesterday
as Pep Guardiola’s side
slipped 10 points be-
hind leader Chelsea.
While Guardiola is
discovering just how
competitive the English
Premier League is in his
first season at City, Liv-
erpool manager Juergen
Klopp will start the sec-
ond half of the season
only six points behind
The 18-time English
champions are mounting
their strongest challenge
for the trophy in three
years, predating Klopp’s
arrival from Borussia
Dortmund, as they seek
to deliver league silver-
ware to Anfield for the
first time since 1990.
In a New Year’s Eve
game of few scoring
completed the job after
eight minutes as Klopp
renewed his former
Bundesliga rivalry with
Guardiola, the ex-Bayern
Wijnaldum will take
the plaudits for provid-
ing his second goal of
the season, but Adam
underscored how the
midfielder is an essential
ingredient in the title bid.
It was Lallana’s seventh
assist of the season—he
has also scored seven—
that set up Wijnaldum.
The Dutch midfield-
er climbed above City
Kolarov to meet Lalla-
na’s well-placed cross
from the left flank before
planting a header beyond
goalkeeper Claudio Bra-
While Liverpool was
pressing with rhythm,
the visitors looked rag-
ged. Even with striker
Sergio Aguero back from
suspension, the attacking
threat was minimal.
There wasn’t even a
shot on target from City
until the 54th minute.
Even then Aguero struck
centrally and goalkeeper
Simon Mignolet easily
gathered into his hands.
There was an encour-
aging moment for City
when Silva provided
some menace with a run
through the Liverpool
defense before firing just
wide of Mignolet.
The momentum was
with City, a team trans-
formed after its disjointed
first half but it couldn’t
penetrate the Liverpool
defense. Mignolet will
have few quieter days in
the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana, top, and Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta battle for the
ball during the English Premier League soccer match Liverpool against
Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool, England, yesterday. AP
Stoke City’s Ibrahim Afellay, left, and Chelsea’s Willian battle for the ball during their English Premier
League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, yesterday. AP
Clement to get
Swansea are set to appoint Paul Clement as
their new manager, Press Association Sport
Clement, the former Derby boss and current
Bayern Munich assistant, has been in talks with
Swansea over the last 24 hours to become the club’s
third manager of the season.
And it is understood that the deal could be final-
ised over the next 48 hours
before Swansea - who will
head into 2017 bottom of
the Premier League - visit
Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Swansea are set to ap-
point Paul Clement as
their new manager, Press
Association Sport under-
Clement, the former
Derby boss and current
Bayern Munich assis-
tant, has been in talks
with Swansea over the last 24 hours to become
the club’s third manager of the season.
And it is understood that the deal could be final-
ised over the next 48 hours before Swansea - who
will head into 2017 bottom of the Premier League
—visit Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Bob Bradley—who succeeded Francesco Guido-
lin in October—saw his 85-day reign come to an
end after the 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham.
Clement emerged as the favourite to succeed
Bradley after number one target Chris Coleman,
the Wales manager, chose to close the door on mak-
ing an emotional return to his home-town club.
The 44-year-old was interviewed for the posi-
tion when Bradley was appointed, and the Swansea
hierarchy were impressed enough with Clement
to return to him after sacking the American on
Clement has an excellent reputation as a coach
having worked as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at
Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bay-
But his only job in management at Derby last-
ed just eight months before he was surprisingly
sacked in February 2016.
Derby were fifth in the Championship at the
time, having been top of the table on Boxing Day.
Club owner Mel Morris said he was unhappy
with the team’s style of play and sacked Clement
after the Rams had gone seven games without a
Clement’s managerial skills will certainly be
tested in south Wales as Swansea face a huge task
to avoid relegation.
Bournemouth’s 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium
on Saturday leaves them bottom with 12 points at
the halfway stage of the campaign.
Van Ginkel joins PSV on loan
Marco van Ginkel has joined PSV Eindhoven on
loan for a second time on the day that Chelsea
announced they have extended his contract.
The 24-year-old Holland midfielder had a suc-
cessful spell at the Philips Stadion last season,
winning the league title with PSV, and returns after
recovering from a knee injury as Chelsea allow him
to leave for the remainder of the season.
The Premier League leaders announced: “Marco
van Ginkel has extended his contract with Chelsea
until 2019. The Dutch midfielder will now spend
the rest of the 2016/17 season on loan with PSV.”
The extension is for one year to the five-year
deal he signed when joining Chelsea from Vitesse
Arnhem in 2013.
He spent the first half of last term on loan to
Stoke, before moving on to Dutch giants PSV in
the winter transfer window.
Van Ginkel is confident he is at full match fitness
again and ready to contribute after putting the
knee problem behind him.
Paul Clement is set to
be named as the new
n Burnley 4 v 1 Sunderland
n Chelsea 4 v 2 Stoke
n Southampton 1 v 2 West Brom
n Man Utd 2 v 1 Middlesboro
n Leicester 1 v 0 West Ham
n Swansea 0 v 3 B’mouth
n Liverpool 1 v 0 Man City
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