By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea complained about having to play with a coronavirus-depleted squad in drawing at Wolverhampton. Liverpool grumbled concerning the refereeing in being held by Tottenham.
And Manchester City simply strolled additional in entrance on the high of the Premier League. The champions eased previous Newcastle 4-0 on Sunday after brushing apart Leeds 7-0 in midweek.
Pep Guardiola’s facet moved three factors in entrance of Liverpool, which drew 2-2 at Tottenham after having defender Andrew Robertson despatched off and being infuriated that opposing striker Harry Kane did not additionally see pink.
“I have no problems with any referees — only you,” Jürgen Klopp bellowed to referee Paul Tierney after the final whistle.
Liverpool had already conceded for the final time —- Son Heung-min’s equalizer in the 74th minute — when Robertson was dismissed for a wild kick on Emerson Royal three minutes later.
But Robertson’s exit brought into sharper focus Kane staying on the pitch in the first half for a lunge on Robertson. Kane had already put Tottenham in front — after latching onto Tanguy Ndombele’s through ball — for only the striker’s second league goal of the season in his 15th game.
“We can give Robbo a red card, it’s not the smartest challenge of his life, but that (from Kane) is definitely a red card,” Klopp said. “People will say his leg is in the air, but it’s pure coincidence. Harry cannot judge that, if Robbo’s leg is on the ground it’s a broken leg.”
Liverpool did go in entrance, with Diogo Jota heading within the equalizer within the thirty fifth and Robertson nodding in from shut vary within the 69th. But Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker missed an try to clear Harry Winks’ lengthy ball, giving Son the chance to grab possession and slot into an empty web.
“It was an exciting game and we created many, many chances,” Tottenham manager Antonio Conte said. “We have to be a bit disappointed with the draw. We played against a really strong team, this team is amazing and they are working for many years.”
But Liverpool is dropping floor on City in its bid to regain the trophy.
An eighth straight league win for City was began by defender Ciaran Clark permitting Ruben Dias to move within the opener at Newcastle earlier than Joao Cancelo struck powerfully.
Riyad Mahrez’s fiftieth league objective since becoming a member of City in 2018 got here within the 63rd earlier than Raheem Sterling tapped in a fourth within the 86th.
It was City’s thirty fourth league victory in 2021, surpassing the earlier calendar 12 months document in England set by Liverpool in 1982.
“I am aware still of the margin that we have to be a better team,” Guardiola mentioned, “and we’re engaged on that.”
It left Newcastle next-from-last approaching the halfway level, highlighting the necessity for the brand new Saudi possession to begin strengthening the squad within the January switch window.
Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel was crucial of the league for not suspending the journey to Wolverhampton that ended 0-0 on a weekend when six of the ten video games had been referred to as off on account of coronavirus instances.
Chelsea was lacking seven gamers with COVID-19 and Jorginho at Molineux was not risked after inconclusive check outcomes.
“We had been put in an enormous threat of well being and security to the gamers, not simply because of COVID but in addition bodily,” Tuchel mentioned. “I’m undecided if I’ll catch COVID. Hopefully I can’t catch it.”
Chelsea fell to 6 factors behind City.
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