No title celebrations but for Manchester Metropolis, simply a lot frustration.
Dropping to Chelsea 2-1 on Saturday left Metropolis nonetheless needing one win from its remaining three video games to clinch a 3rd English Premier League title in 4 seasons.
Certainly that is sufficient respiration house to carry on to prime spot and for Sergio Agüero to not be regretting the fluffed penalty when Metropolis’s lead might have been doubled in first-half stoppage time simply after Raheem Sterling’s opener.
Somewhat than blasting the kick into the online, Metropolis’s document scorer nonchalantly chipped a “Panenka” penalty centrally missing tempo in order that it was simply saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with one hand.
No marvel on the substitutes’ bench Fernandinho threw his arms within the air and Eric Garcia flung a florescent bib over his head.
Within the second half, the Metropolis subs have been howling in frustration once more, flinging their arms up. This time, their goal was referee Anthony Taylor.
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma clipped Sterling within the penalty space however no second spot kick was awarded, nevertheless a lot Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola berated fourth official Jonathan Moss — interesting in useless for a full VAR assessment.
“I do not know the way it’s not been a penalty or reviewed correctly,” Sterling mentioned. “I assumed the VAR was right here to assist.”
In 2012 it was a stoppage time purpose — by Agüero — that sealed Metropolis’s first Premier League trophy with nearly the final kick of the season. 9 years later, it was Marcos Alonso scoring in damage time for Chelsea that spoiled the celebration.
There’s nonetheless time to get the job performed. In truth, the title could possibly be gained earlier than Metropolis performs once more on Friday if second-placed Manchester United loses any of its three video games earlier than then.
There is a significance to this victory for Chelsea away from the title race, because the west London membership moved into third place having been 5 factors from the 4 Champions League locations when Frank Lampard was fired in January and Thomas Tuchel was employed.
Profitable the Champions League would clinch a spot within the competitors whatever the home putting, however Chelsea must overcome Metropolis once more in three weeks within the closing.
It wasn’t a lot of a gown rehearsal for the Champions League closing. Extra of a stage for understudies.
How a lot is Guardiola regretting making 9 adjustments from the Metropolis facet that beat Paris Saint-Germain right here on Tuesday?
“We performed a system we’re not used to,” Sterling mentioned after Guardiola performed Rodri as the one midfielder.
However Tuchel additionally made 5 adjustments from Wednesday’s victory over Actual Madrid and it paid off.