Chelsea handed Liverpool their very first Premier League title, as well as boosting their very own top-four chances with a superb 2-1 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.
Goals from Christian Pulisic and Willian either side of a sublime Kevin De Bruyne free-kick was enough to secure a third successive win for Frank Lampard’s side, who tightened their grip on fourth-place, as they opened up a five-point gap on Manchester United in fifth.
The Blues were a goal to the good at half time thanks to a fantastic solo goal from Pulisic, who made the most of some slack City defending to cooly finish beyond Ederson.
City, though, responded with a brilliant goal of their own 10 minutes after the break as former Blues man De Bruyne powered home a sensational free-kick.
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But Chelsea were not to be denied, sealing all three points 12 minutes from time thanks to a well dispatched penalty from Willian, after City midfielder Fernandinho was sent-off for handling Tammy Abraham’s goal-bound effort.
With Chelsea having handed Liverpool their first league title in 30 years, as well as boosting their own respective ambitions for the campaign, the national media had plenty to say about their evening’s work at Stamford Bridge:
“There’s no doubt Tammy Abraham is the future at the Blues, but Lampard has chosen to start the veteran Giroud ahead of him in recent games,” Sam Meade wrote for the Daily Mirror.
“Short sighted perhaps, but it is absolutely the right decision.
“The young Englishman still has plenty to learn, but at this crunch time of the season there isn’t much time for pleasantries.
“Giroud is far more effective at bringing his team-mates in to play, which is always crucial.
“And despite his reputation for not being a prolific No 9 the World Cup winner is…