Man City give Jack Grealish cause for concern in Chelsea win as Enzo Fernandez left raging | Football | Sport
Manchester City crowned their Premier League title triumph in style, notching a 1-0 victory over Chelsea courtesy of Julian Alvarez’s first-half winner. Arsenal’s defeat to Nottingham Forest earlier in the weekend sealed the deal for the Sky Blues, and a party atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium accompanied Sunday’s contest. With that, Express Sport takes you through four things we learned…
Grealish’s cause for concern
Prior to kick-off, City academy product Cole Palmer had only been given 140 minutes of Premier League action this season, spread over 11 substitute appearances. Having made his debut in 2020, many expected the silky midfielder to kick on and cement his spot in City’s starting XI, but doing so is no easy feat.
Palmer was given his first Premier League start of the campaign against Chelsea, and he grasped the opportunity with both hands, tormenting Cesar Azpilicueta and providing an assist for Alvarez’s early goal.
While the performance is promising for City fans’ prospects of seeing a homegrown talent flourish, Jack Grealish may be wise to look over his shoulder in the long term, with Palmer possessing the talent to make a charge for the left-wing starting spot in seasons to come.
Enzo throws tantrum
Enzo Fernandez’s British record transfer from Benfica to Chelsea has not panned out as the World Cup winner might have expected. Bound for a bottom-half Premier League finish, the Argentine’s frustration boiled over on Sunday afternoon.
And the anger was directed at one team-mate in particular – Kai Havertz. With Fernandez attempting to press from the front, he was left incensed that the Blues forward did not squeeze up with him, casting his arms wide and pleading for assistance.
The midfielder’s exasperated outburst was one of many among Chelsea’s players on a tough afternoon at the Etihad.
Pep picks Phillips
Having signed from Leeds United last summer in a high-profile £42million deal, not many would have predicted it to take this long before being given a Premier League start. City boss Pep Guardiola finally put his faith in Phillips, placing him at the base of midfield in the 36th league game of the season, and there was plenty for the England international to feel good about.
After showing off his passing range early on, Phillips agonisingly headed against the post in the second half, narrowly missing out on his first goal for the Sky Blues. It remains to be seen whether he will get the chance to open his account at all, amid rumours that he could be sold on this summer.
Lampard nightmare continues
Accounting for the end of his spell at Everton and his stint at Chelsea to date, Frank Lampard has lost 15 of his last 18 matches as a manager. That certainly does not bode well for the former Premier League hero’s prospects of getting another job beyond the end of the season.
With just one victory in nine matches since returning to Stamford Bridge, where he became a legend as a player, Lampard faces tough upcoming ties against Manchester United and Newcastle to avoid finishing his interim reign with a dismal record.