EPL Wrap: Chelsea Firm Up Top 4 Spot, City Almost Champs

EPL Wrap: Chelsea Firm Up Top 4 Spot, City Almost Champs Photo: TT
Chelsea's Kai Havertz celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have reinforced their grip on a top four spot with a 2-0 win over Fulham while Manchester City took another step towards officially clinching the Premier League title on Saturday.

Fourth-placed Chelsea got past Fulham with goals in each half from German midfielder Kai Havertz, helping them move six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United.

Leicester City’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Friday, means Chelsea are also within two points of third spot. West Ham have the chance to close the gap when they go to Burnley on Sunday.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was delighted with the win, plus escaping with no injuries with their upcoming midweek UEFA Champions League ambitions in mind.

“It was a perfect game, in that respect,” he said. “I’m absolutely happy and the team gets full credit for this game.

“This was a big win. Now we arrive with a clear mind, we have nothing to regret and nothing else to think about except Wednesdays game.”

The German manager was also delighted with Havertz’s impact with his brace.

“There is still room for improvement from him, but for today I’m very happy, of course, because he was decisive,” Tuchel said.

“He was involved together with Timo as double-strikers, and with Mason and Hakim as the four offensive guys. He was always involved in dangerous attacks and in dangerous situations.”

Elsewhere, Manchester City scored two goals in two second-half minutes as they won 2-0 at Crystal Palace. City are now one win away from securing the title, although if Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday, they will be champions.

Brighton’s 2-0 win over Leeds United ensured they’re practically safe with Fulham practically doomed. Aston Villa also won 2-1 at Everton on Saturday.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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