Manchester City have been made to wait for the Premier League title after Chelsea fought back to earn a 2-1 win at the Etihad on Saturday. Raheem Sterling's first-half goal put Man City within 45 minutes of being confirmed as champions, but a Sergio Aguero penalty miss proved crucial as Chelsea rallied after the break to take all three points courtesy of Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso.
Thomas Tuchel is yet to receive any personal congratulations from Roman Abramovich for guiding Chelsea to the Champions League and FA Cup finals, but insists the Russian billionaire will be happy with what he is seeing. Chelsea could better their 2012 achievement by finishing the season with a Champions League and FA Cup double, as well holding on to a top-four place in the Premier League. But Abramovich, who could attend the Champions League final if, as expected, it stays in Istanbul, is yet to speak to Tuchel, who he appointed as head coach in January. Tuchel reports directly into Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and, when asked if he thought it was strange that Abramovich had not made contact, the German said: “No, absolutely not. I’m in touch with the board, I’m in touch with all the people who are in charge and I have absolutely no regrets. “I am pretty sure that he (Abramovich) likes what he sees and he likes the results, and this is what he deserves. He has built a fantastic club and I’m a part of this club. We try to make him happy and we try to make ourselves happy, so we have the same goals and everything. It’s fine.” Abramovich personally watched Chelsea twice under former head coach Frank Lampard, once in pre-season two years ago and the second time in Krasnodar for a Champions League group stage game in October last year.
Do you remember when Maurizio Sarri started playing N'Golo Kante on the right of a three-man midfield? Chelsea's manager got completely slaughtered. Kante had been sensational as a central shield in Leicester's title win, breaking up play beautifully before passing the ball on simply.