The top clubs Chelsea and Liverpool, which are plagued by numerous corona cases, botched in the English Premier League title race. Chelsea and team manager Thomas Tuchel at Wolverhampton Wanderers couldn’t get past a 0-0, coach Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool played 2-2 (1-1) at Tottenham Hotspur.
Diogo Jota (35th) and Andrew Robertson (70th) scored for the Klopp-Elf, Harry Kane (13th) and Heung-Min Son (74th) were successful for the Spurs. Robertson saw the red card for gross foul play (77th). The Reds had to do without Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones, who had corona. For Tottenham it was the first game in almost two weeks due to multiple infections.
Chelsea was not spared the corona wave either. Tuchel had to do without national striker Timo Werner, who tested positive, as well as Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell in Wolverhampton. The suspicion of an infection in Kai Havertz was not confirmed.
Leaders Manchester City won 4-0 (2-0) against relegation candidates Newcastle United. Ruben Dias (5th), Joao Cancelo (27th), Riyad Mahrez (63rd) and Raheem Sterling (86th) shot team manager Pep Guardiola’s eighth league success in a row. With that, City distance rivals Liverpool on three points, Chelsea in third place are six points behind.
The highly contagious Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in Great Britain. With almost 90,000 new infections within 24 hours, the corona numbers are at a record level. The highest English league has long been recorded. Of ten games planned on the 18th matchday, only four could be played.