The most disappointing team was Lampard’s Chelsea. Few would expect the army to be full of excitement after the Tottenham victory in the previous round, can give Southampton 3 points right at home.
This is the match that Chelsea tried to impose the posture. However, in a bad day of the players, Chelsea did not create great pressure on the Southampton field despite superior control of the ball (66% – 34%). Meanwhile, the visitors were playing with a certain posture and effective counter attacks.
31 minutes into the match, Michael Obafemi opened the scoring for the visitors. In the second half, Coach Lampard had two personnel changes when Mason Mount was replaced by Kurt Zouma (46 minutes) and Pulisic replaced Hudson-Odoi (67 minutes).
When the substitution of Chelsea was not effective, 73 minutes, Nathan Redmond fixed the score 2-0 for Southampton.
Losing the match, Chelsea still preserve the 4th position, but if they continue at their current form, they will surely not keep this position for long.
Also disappointing, another famous London team, Arsenal, had a 1-1 draw against a weaker opponent, Bournemouth.
In order to give gifts to the coach in the club debut, the Arsenal players entered the game very determined. However, they did not deploy the attack because from the beginning, Bournemouth chose the annoying pressing play.
In the 35th minute, midfielder Dan Gosling finished close range after a cross from teammate Stacey to open the score for the home team Bournemouth. It was not until the 63rd minute that Arsenal got the equalizer by the striker Aubameyang.
Arsenal ended a day of disappointment and accepted the 11th position in the rankings.
On Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, the team from the English capital West Ham also had to accept a 1-2 defeat, closing a bad day of competition for 3 of the 4 London teams.
This is the match that all 3 goals cleared in the second half. 57 minutes, Snodgrass opened the scoring for West Ham. Crystal Palace came from behind to win with goals from Cheikhou Kouyaté (68 minutes) and Jordan Ayew (90 minutes).
The only team in London to have fun was Tottenham, with a 2-1 victory at Brighton. However, this was a very difficult victory for Mourinho’s teachers and students, even though they were played at home.
This match, Tottenham does not have the service of striker Son Heung-Min (suspended for 3 matches). In the 37th minute, Brighton’s Webster defender headed home from a free kick to open the scoring for the visitors.
It was not until the second half, when Mourinho directed the students to push the speed, actively pressing, the home team could find their way to the opponent’s net. In the 53rd minute, Harry Kane leveled the score for the home team. Dele Alli set the score for Tottenham in the 73rd minute.
With this victory, Tottenham rose to 5th place and only 3 points behind Chelsea’s.
In the most noticeable match in the Boxing day series between the two top teams in the rankings, it was not very attractive.
At home to King Power, Leicester City lost 4-4 to Liverpool. The 2nd match in a row Leicester faced the top English Premier League teams and this time, Leicester’s weaknesses were more clearly revealed.
Leicester City players repeatedly made mistakes, could not withstand the pressure, while Liverpool was too strong. In Roberto Firmino (minutes 31 and 74), James Milner (minutes 71), Alexander-Arnold (minutes 78).
After the game, Liverpool have far surpassed the team after 13 points and the chance of winning the championship with teachers and coach Jurgen Klopp has never been more clear.
On the gift day, United gave their fans a meaningful gift of a 4 – 1 victory over Newcastle at home.