Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea achieved a point in extremis this Saturday to draw against Manchester United (2-2), thus provisionally rising to the leadership of the Premier League at the start of the ninth round. The blues they still do not know the defeat, and lead the table with 21 points, waiting for the games of Manchester City and Liverpool, both with 20 points, against Burnley (12th) and Huddersfield (18th) respectively.
Reds Y citizens they could leave behind one of the teams that held their pace so far, and open up the gap even more with a Manchester United that is not ruled out for the title. United, which came from coming from behind against Newcastle two weeks ago, is eighth in the standings with seven points from Chelsea.
Ross Barkley managed the equalizer in the 96th minute, leading to delirium at Stamford Bridge … and provoking a small altercation between members of the local bench and that led by José Mourinho. The French Anthony Martial had scored a double for the Red Devils (55, 73) after the German Antonio Rüdiger overtook the Londoners (21).
For Mourinho it was not a match against his team, and in a situation in which his future in Manchester is far from assured. No wonder so that react with anger when a member of the coaching staff of Chelsea held before his face the goal of the tie. Only the intervention of the private security prevented the incident from reaching greater levels.
The blues they still do not know the defeat, and lead the table with 21 points, waiting for the games of Manchester City and Liverpool, both with 20 points, against Burnley (12th) and Huddersfield (18th) respectively. Despite the point, Mourinho's team did not offer much better football than in the last few weeks, and only Martial's inspired scoring day allowed them to return with a positive result.
Of the 22 starters in the match, 19 were this week with their selections, which could explain the lack of intensity of both teams. In a rather disappointing first time technically, Chelsea took the lead on their only occasion of the first half. Rüdiger scored a superb pass from Brazilian Willian.
The visiting team equalized on the first occasion after returning from dressing rooms before getting ahead with a tight shot from Martial (73). With a Chelsea desperate, Barkley scored the tie to take a rebound in the small area. The point, given the circumstances, did not satisfy either of the two technicians.
This Saturday seven other matches are played in the English championship. In addition to the duels of City and Liverpool, the Tottenham of the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino could provisionally be placed in Champions positions if he defeats his neighbors West Ham (15th) of the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.