City open up 11 pts lead over United

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Dec 2017 10:51:01



Man City beat Man-U 2-1 at Old Trafford in their derby clash


RUNAWAY Premier League leaders Manchester City moved 11 points clear at the top after a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in their derby clash on Sunday.
The victory means City are the first team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight games in the same season.
The result ended United’s run of 40 home games unbeaten in all competitions.

City’s lead over second-placed United means the title is now theirs to lose and, while Pep Guardiola’s side did not provide a classic display of their manager’s attractive passing football, they showed they have the grit as well as the class to come through the toughest challenges.

Jose Mourinho’s team selection suggested United’s manager was intent on playing expansively, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford chosen as wide support to central striker Romelu Lukaku.
But United struggled to get any of their forward players involved as City dominated possession. Mourinho’s team were let down by poor passing and struggled to keep the ball.

Gabriel Jesus, playing as the lone central striker with Sergio Aguero on the bench, had an early opening but shot tamely straight at United keeper David De Gea, as did Raheem Sterling when he wriggled some space.
City’s dominance was rewarded in the 43rd minute although the breakthrough was not a product of clever passing but sloppy defending from United at a set-piece.
Romelu Lukaku failed to clear Kevin De Bruyne’s inswinging corner and the ball fell to David Silva, who was played onside by Ashley Young.

The Spaniard gratefully hooked the ball home.
Poor defending at the other end allowed United to get level before the break.
‘Chelsea wary of Huddersfield ferocity’
HUDDERSFIELD Town’s ability to close down opposition players and smother their creativity will make champions Chelsea cautious ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at John Smith’s stadium, the hosts’ winger Tom Ince has said.

Third-placed Chelsea will be eager to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat by relegation-threatened West Ham United on Saturday but face a tough test against a Huddersfield side that have won four and drawn two of their eight home league games this season.
“I don’t think Chelsea or anyone fancies coming here,” Ince told reporters.

“The way we get in people’s faces, we stop people playing. We win our tackles, we win our battles, we make it difficult for teams. Chelsea have got talent in abundance.
“But we feel we can cause any team problems here. We beat Man United here—we deserved to beat Man United—and we ran Man City close.”

Palace boss Hodgson defends winger Zaha over penalties
CRYSTAL Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes winger Wilfried Zaha is not a cheat, insisting that the Ivorian did not dive to win two penalties during Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Bournemouth.

After Bournemouth took the lead, midfielder Luka Milivojevic equalised for Palace from the spot before half-time, while striker Christian Benteke failed to convert a potentially match-winning penalty in the 93rd minute.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe questioned both awards after the game but his Palace counterpart maintains that the referee made the right calls, saying Zaha was fouled on each occasion.

“He doesn’t dive, that’s the simple fact of the matter,” Hodgson told reporters.
“Apart from the two penalties awarded there were at least half a dozen other occasions where if you look at it with a fine-toothed comb, like everyone seems to want to do, there could have been more penalties.
“And if you really want to talk about refereeing decisions I suggest you look at the first Jermain Defoe goal, where their player has two arms around our defender, stopping him moving.”