Monday, May 24, 2021

Liverpool, Chelsea claim last UCL spots, as Aguero bows out with brace

Liverpool and Chelsea claimed the last two remaining UEFA Champions League spots in Sunday’s English Premier League (EPL) finale on Sunday.Also, Sergio Aguero struck twice in his farewell match for champions Manchester City.

The Nation

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Anfield from Sadio Mane’s brace to place third behind Manchester City and Manchester United while Chelsea could afford a 1-2 loss at Aston Villa.

The Blues finished fourth because FA Cup winners Leicester City blew a 2-1 lead in the final 14 minutes in a 4-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

Leicester City consequently had to settle for fifth as last season, owing to an own goal from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and a Gareth Bale brace.

Tottenham’s win gave them seventh place for a place in the new European Conference League, at the expense of London rivals Arsenal.

The Gunners 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion was then to no avail.

Chelsea could even afford to lose 2-1 at Aston Villa and still take fourth after Leicester was beaten 4-2 by Tottenham. “There are no celebrations now around the dressing room,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “It’s a big relief.” Jumping into third was a triumph reflecting Liverpool’s readjusted targets in a season of struggles and injuries after surrendering the trophy to Manchester City, while Manchester United was runner-up. “From nowhere to the Champions League in five weeks — that’s a massive achievement,” Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said after Sadio Mane’s goals clinched a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. “I’m really happy for the Champions League they don’t have to play without us.”

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/05/liverpool-chelsea-squeeze-out-leicester-to-clinch-champions-league-spots/
Chelsea could even afford to lose 2-1 at Aston Villa and still take fourth after Leicester was beaten 4-2 by Tottenham. “There are no celebrations now around the dressing room,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “It’s a big relief.” Jumping into third was a triumph reflecting Liverpool’s readjusted targets in a season of struggles and injuries after surrendering the trophy to Manchester City, while Manchester United was runner-up. “From nowhere to the Champions League in five weeks — that’s a massive achievement,” Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said after Sadio Mane’s goals clinched a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. “I’m really happy for the Champions League they don’t have to play without us.”

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/05/liverpool-chelsea-squeeze-out-leicester-to-clinch-champions-league-spots/

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/05/liverpool-chelsea-squeeze-out-leicester-to-clinch-champions-league-spots/

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