A win over Crystal Palace and Liverpool's loss to Blues keeps City firmly in EPL race
London: Manchester City revived their Premier League title bid after a 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace yesterday saw them move to within three points of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Willian scores Chelsea's second goal against Liverpool at Anfield yesterday. Pics/Getty Images.
Edin Dzeko’s fourth-minute header put City ahead before Yaya Toure doubled their lead shortly before half-time when he curled a shot beyond goalkeeper Julian Speroni. Victory also left City just a point behind second-placed Chelsea, who beat table-toppers Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield earlier yesterday.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (left) and Jon Flanagan argue with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Significantly, Manuel Pellegrini’s City side still have three league games to play this season compared to Liverpool and Chelsea’s two apiece.
If City and Liverpool win all their remaining league matches they will both finish with 86 points. However, City currently have a superior goal difference of +58 compared to Liverpool’s +50 and Chelsea’s +43.
Shortly before City kicked-off at Selhurst Park, Chelsea kept their hopes of an English and European double alive with victory at Anfield.
Senegal striker Demba Ba gave Chelsea the lead in first-half stoppage time when a slip by captain Steven Gerrard allowed him to charge through and beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in a one-on-one.
Chelsea put the result beyond doubt in added time at the end of the match when, with the hosts pressing for an equaliser, Fernando Torres led a counter-attack before squaring the ball to substitute Willian for a simple finish.
25: Number of consecutive games Liverpool have scored in the first half up until their failure to do so yesterday vs Chelsea