Chelsea, winner at Brighton, passes Newcastle, defeated by Manchester United at Old Trafford

Chelsea, winner at Brighton, passes Newcastle, defeated by Manchester United at Old Trafford
Chelsea, winner at Brighton, passes Newcastle, defeated by Manchester United at Old Trafford

Chelsea concludes with a cannonball a season which has long seemed dull for the Blues, who were notably in 12th place on December 10, after a setback at Everton. But since mid-February, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have produced consistent results: by winning this Wednesday evening at Brighton (2-1), in a late match on the 34th day of the Premier League, they extended a very favorable series during which they only lost once in 14 Championship matches (a heavy 0-5 defeat conceded against Arsenal at the Emirates, on April 25).

This great dynamic allows the Blues to now occupy sixth place, at the expense of Newcastle, who at the same time lost to Manchester United (2-3). While the 38th and final day of the Premier League will be played this Sunday, Chelsea, who will host Bournemouth, are now in a very favorable position to qualify for a European Cup. This is not the case for Newcastle, who will travel to Brentford on Sunday, especially since their opponent of the day, Manchester United, has returned to their height in the standings.

While waiting for the Blues’ astonishing season to conclude, they offered a serious performance in Brighton, obtaining a deserved success thanks to a new goal from their nugget, Cole Palmer, with a header this time, the young Englishman achieving in this way to lob Bart Verbruggen, following a center from Marc Cucurella (0-1, 34th). Chelsea’s second achievement is 100% French, Christopher Nkunku quietly taking advantage, up close, of a good service from Malo Gusto (0-2, 64th). At the end of the match, the Londoners, weakened by the avoidable expulsion of Reece James, for a bad gesture (88th), conceded a shot on the post from Simon Adingra (90+4th), then conceded an ultimately anecdotal goal from Danny Welbeck, well helped by Joao Pedro (1-2, 90+7th).

MU carried by its young people

At the same time, Newcastle fell at Old Trafford. The Red Devils won via the achievements of their young guard, namely Kobbie Mainoo (19 years old), who took advantage of good work from Amad Diallo (21 years old) (1-0, 41st). The latter then took back in force a poorly pushed ball (2-1, 57th). Then Rasmus Hojlund (21) scored with a cross shot (3-1, 84th), after a good service from Bruno Fernandes, who was in all the good shots this Wednesday evening.

The Magpies’ goals were scored by the inevitable Anthony Gordon (1-1, 49th), on a tense cross from Jacob Murphy, and Lewis Hall, with a clear strike from the left, following a poorly cleared corner (3-2, 90+4th). The Mancunian club can also still dream of Europe, whether via the Championship (it will travel to Brighton on Sunday) or the FA Cup, of which it will play the final on May 25 against Manchester City.

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