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Sterling and Silva mark milestones with victory – the Premier League Data Diary

By Sports Desk September 29, 2019

Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent Premier League record courtesy of a fortuitous moment in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on a weekend when their nearest rivals kept the pressure on.

There were landmark goals and appearances for major players in Manchester City's 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, while Tottenham picked up a much-needed win as Harry Kane extended his outstanding record in matches against Southampton.

Spurs went into the weekend under pressure, as did rivals Chelsea who ended an unwanted 11-game streak as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Our Premier League Data Diary brings to light the detail behind the big stories of this weekend's top games.

 

STERLING HITS THE HUNDRED AS SILVA REACHES DOUBLE CENTURY

There were few of the fireworks that erupted during their eight-goal win over Watford but Manchester City still had enough attacking power to claim a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring by heading in a Kevin De Bruyne cross, giving him a 22nd goal in his past 21 starts for club and country and an eighth league assist of the season for the in-form De Bruyne.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised before the interval but Riyad Mahrez's fine free-kick and Raheem Sterling's 100th club goal in all competitions ended Everton's resolve and earned substitute David Silva a 200th Premier League victory in record time, the City captain making his 289th appearance in the competition.

The Toffees did manage eight shots on target, the most the champions have faced in a top-flight fixture since November 2015, but Calvert-Lewin's prodded first-half finish was all they took from a fourth defeat of the campaign.

LUCKY WIJNALDUM WINNER MAKES LIVERPOOL'S LONG WAIT WORTHWHILE

Dean Henderson's howler gifted Liverpool a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and a club record-extending 16th successive Premier League win.

England Under-21 goalkeeper Henderson, on-loan from Manchester United, failed to keep out a tame Georginio Wijnaldum volley as the Reds made the breakthrough in the 70th minute with their first shot on target.

Jurgen Klopp's men were forced to battle hard but have now won seven games at the outset of a league season for just the second time, having first done so in 1990-91.

Their undefeated run in the Premier League, which began in January, stands at 24 matches leading into next weekend's home meeting with Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City.

KANE HITS WINNER TO MATCH SIX-GAME STREAK

Tottenham entertained Southampton having won just one of their previous five Premier League matches but survived Serge Aurier's sending-off and a Hugo Lloris howler to pick up their eighth victory over the Saints in nine league attempts at home.

Mauricio Pochettino's men started well, with Tanguy Ndombele scoring his second league goal for Spurs in the 24th minute, and he has now scored more goals (2) in five Premier League appearances for the north London club than he managed in 69 Ligue 1 appearances for Amiens and Lyon combined (1).

Aurier then picked up his second booking of the game for a foul on Ryan Bertrand in the 32nd minute and became the first Tottenham player to be sent off in a Premier League home game since Kyle Naughton against Stoke City in November 2014.

But after Lloris gifted Danny Ings an equaliser, Harry Kane pounced from 12 yards with Spurs' winner in the 43rd minute and took his tally to six in six straight Premier League appearances against Southampton, and only Robin van Persie vs Stoke (8), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink vs West Ham (7) and Romelu Lukaku vs West Ham (7) have had longer scoring streaks against an opponent in the competition.

FIRST CLEAN SHEET BRIGHTENS BLUES' PROSPECTS

Frank Lampard's first home victory as Chelsea head coach came at the expense of Brighton, who suffered a 2-0 reverse at Stamford Bridge - their ninth defeat in nine league matches between the two sides.

The result gave Chelsea the record for most games played against a single opponent while winning every single one, surpassing Bournemouth's eight victories against Wimbledon, as well as their first clean sheet under Lampard.

It was Chelsea's first clean sheet since their goalless draw with Leicester City on the last day of the 2018-19 Premier League season, ending a run of 11 matches in all competitions without a shut-out, and Jorginho's goal from the penalty spot was his second of the season - more than he mustered in 54 games last term.

Willian added a second 14 minutes from time, finding the net for the first time in 17 Premier League appearances for Chelsea despite having 32 shots at goal during that period.

Lampard will have been delighted with the clean sheet, but also with the fact that Chelsea attempted 17 shots in the first half alone - their highest total in an opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game since August 2013 (18 against Hull City).

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    The Brazil star had been out of action for a month with an injury sustained on international duty but started for PSG at home to Lille in Ligue 1 on Friday.

    Neymar had a hand in PSG's second goal in a 2-0 win that moved the champions 11 points clear at the top of the table.

    However, in his 65 minutes on the pitch, he failed to record a single shot or key pass and completed only 63.9 per cent of his passes on an underwhelming return to action.

    Tuchel, though, was not expecting a top performance given his time on the sidelines.

    "No, I'm not worried by his bad performance," Tuchel told reporters of Neymar's display. "I do not know if it's normal. 

    "I did not expect much from him because he missed six weeks. It's a lot for someone like him, who needs pace for everything he does. 

    "He missed precision today, timing. But it's like that. He had to play a few minutes."

    Neymar was replaced by Kylian Mbappe and went straight down the tunnel rather than watch the rest of the game from the bench.

    "It's normal. Many players enter the locker room directly," was Tuchel's view. 

    "I did not see that because I was focused on the game, changing tactics. 

    "We have to talk about this thing internally. But we are not going to talk about it too much now."

    Goals from Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria in the first half saw PSG to a routine victory at Parc des Princes.

    "They are fit, and strong together," Tuchel said of the Argentina duo. "Both stayed with us during the [international] break.

    "That's good because you can manage them and keep them fresh. Both are decisive and score goals. And they work for the team and it makes a huge difference for us."

  • Mourinho will inspire Tottenham players, claims Lampard Mourinho will inspire Tottenham players, claims Lampard

    Frank Lampard has credited Jose Mourinho as the manager who made him believe in himself, adding the former Chelsea boss can inspire Tottenham's players to become winners.

    Mourinho was appointed as Spurs manager on Wednesday, 11 hours after the club announced the departure of Mauricio Pochettino following a dismal start to the Premier League season.

    Lampard played under Mourinho across two separate spells at Chelsea, winning the Premier League in back-to-back campaigns between 2004 and 2006.

    Asked what Mourinho will bring to Tottenham's dressing room, Chelsea head coach Lampard cited the Portuguese's ability to instill self-belief in his squads, which he feels will be key to transforming Spurs' fortunes.

    "What Jose did when he came to the club was give me a real self-confidence. He has a lot of that himself, we all see that, but he's got a really good way of transmitting that to the players," Lampard told a news conference.

    "He took me as a bit of a project because I think I was slightly within myself at that point in terms of how I believe in myself, and he gave me great encouragement and bonded a real team spirit at the club where we hadn't won anything and he wanted to make us winners and we really bought into that.

    "I'm sure it's a different situation now but that was my experience of it. He will look to inspire the players that he works with now as we all do. That's part of his job, out on the training pitch and then some of it is how much you can do man-to-man."

    Lampard left Chelsea in 2014, joining Manchester City - who the Blues face on Saturday - for a season before heading to MLS club New York City.

    The midfielder scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw between City and Chelsea, with Mourinho subsequently claiming Lampard's "love story" with the Blues had ended.

    "At the time I didn't feel it was quite right, I have to say that. Maybe directly after match can affect the comment," Lampard said when asked about Mourinho's comments.

    "The bigger picture on that one is that I think the love story or not is always decided by the fans and the club.

    "I think it's proven now I'm here managing the club. I think a lot of people understood how I feel about Chelsea, always did, always will do, regardless of the year at City. I think it was more a comment made with emotion.

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    "To have a year in Manchester, in terms of what I'm doing now, was perfect for me in terms of what I'm doing now because it opened my eyes to another club, another structure, another dressing room, another coaching philosophy," he said.

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    Jose Mourinho believes Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world and wants to take him to the next level by winning titles at Tottenham.

    Kane blossomed into an elite performer for club and country under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino and begins a new chapter at Spurs on Saturday, when Mourinho takes charge of the club for the first time away to West Ham.

    Despite the clear achievement of establishing Tottenham as a Champions League staple during his time in charge, a flimsy stick used to beat Pochettino's achievements was his lack of a major trophy.

    Mourinho, as a league-winner in four different countries, is a specialist in this regard and believes it is something Kane needs to take his career up another gear.

    "He is one of the best strikers in the world, no doubt," he said.

    "He just needs his team with him. If his team is England or Tottenham, he needs this team to go with him to the next level.

    "What is the next level? Titles. With us, with England, he needs to bring something to highlight the quality that he has as a player, the goals he scores, what he brings to the teams.

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    Tottenham head into the weekend languishing in 14th position in the Premier League, 20 points away from leaders Liverpool.

    In the long-term, though, Mourinho does not feel ambitions should be limited for Kane and his team-mates.

    "At this moment I think only of West Ham and Olympiacos," he said, referring to Spurs' forthcoming midweek opponents. "Try to win against West Ham and try to qualify for the next round of the Champions League,

    "But with the squad we have, with the quality of the structure of the club, I think we can have the same ambitions as people and clubs potentially bigger than us.

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    The man responsible for putting much of that structure in place is chairman Daniel Levy, whose status as a divisive figure among the Tottenham faithful became a little more entrenched by Mourinho's appointment.

    Mourinho is full of admiration for Levy and his reputation as a tough transfer market operator, remarking it is "mission impossible" for any club wanting to take Kane away from north London.

    "I used to be in clubs that fear him. It's true," he said.

    "He's powerful. He's a business man but he's a football man. He has big experience as part of his intelligence overall.

    "He's a football man. He understands football, he understands the industry, he understands its evolution. It's great to have him on my side."

    Another possible bone of contention as Mourinho looks to establish himself at Tottenham is likely to be their style of play, considering how the 56-year-old's reputation for pragmatism does not exactly mesh with the high-octane approach under Pochettino that came to be much-admired.

    "The fans must be happy, the players must be happy and I must be happy. This is a process," he added.

    "One thing is the end product and another thing is the moment you start. I'm not going to try to make some tactical tics, not incredible changes.

    "I am not going to try to be Einstein, but I am going to try to make the players play the way I like them to play.

    "Offensive football, yes, but winning matches, not offensive football and don't win a match for 10 or 11 months.

    "You are not going to see Harry Kane playing at left-back."

    Mourinho clearly has much grander ambitions for his star striker.

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