Fabregas, Cahill See Red As Burnley Shock Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea, Leicester City

Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill were sent off the pitch on Saturday evening as Burnley stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Cahill got a straight red card after a hard tackle on Steven Defour in the 14th minute, leaving the Belgian midfielder injured.

Fabregas was booked two minutes later for pushing Jack Cork before Sam Vokes set Burnley on the lead in the 24th minute.

Stephen Ward doubled the lead with a header after Defour made a brilliant cross while Vokes scored his second goal two minutes before the first half ended.

New signing Alvaro Morata headed in for Chelsea after the restart when he took advantage of Willian’s cross.

Fabregas, however, made his second bookable offence with a rough tackle on Cork in the 81st minute and was sent off by the referee.

Chelsea got their second goal when David Luiz volleyed the ball into the back of the net two minutes to the end of the match.

Burnley got their first three points as the match ended 3-2.

Burnley-Hannover Friendly Aborted After Crowd Trouble

Crowd Trouble Aborts Burnley-Hannover Friendly

Premier League Burnley’s pre-season friendly match with Bundesliga club Hannover was abandoned at half-time on Saturday following crowd trouble from the visiting German supporters.

Burnley said in a statement on Twitter that the game had been abandoned “on police advice” and home supporters were asked to leave the stadium.

Media reports said the visiting supporters had thrown seats and surged towards Burnley fans during the first half shortly after Burnley had taken the lead in the 41st minute.

Chief Superintendent of Lancashire Police, Chris Bithell, said in a statement that Hannover fans had also tried to attack police and stewards.

“A decision has been taken to abandon the football match between Burnley FC and Hanover 96, following consultation between the police match commander, the referee and Burnley FC’s grounds safety officer. This follows violent behaviour by a group of travelling Hanover fans, who attempted to attack fans in the home stands, as well as police officers and stewards.

“Although a robust policing operation was in place for the match, based on pre-game intelligence, additional resources have now been brought in from across the county to ensure no further disorder occurs,” the statement read.

The incidents took place in the Cricket Field stand which is divided between visiting and home supporters.

Manchester United Defeat Burnley In Premier League Clash

Manchester United Defeat Burnley In Premier League ClashManchester United on Sunday beat Burnley 2-0 to keep up the pressure on Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Anthony Martial broke the deadlock after 21 minutes, sliding Ander Herrera’s cross past Tom Heaton.

Eighteen minutes later, Wayne Rooney nudged home after Martial’s shot was half-stopped by the home goalkeeper.

The victory earned United three points as they close the gap on City with a point.

On the other hand, Burnley are 15th on the Premier League table with 36 points from 34 matches.

Crystal Palace Stun Chelsea At Stamford Bridge

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Christian Benteke’s 11th minute strike has helped Crystal Palace stun league leaders, Chelsea, by two goals to one at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fàbregas gave the Blues a 5th minute but two goals in two minutes from Wilfred Zaha and Benteke ensured the Eagles took home all three points.

Elsewhere, Tottenham beat Burnley 2-0 to close the gap on Chelsea to seven points.

Hull City edged West Ham 2-1, Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, scored Leicester City’s opening goal in their 2-0 win over Stoke City.

Manchester United and West Brom drew goalless at old Trafford.

Watford pipped Sunderland 1-0, while in the day’s lunchtime kickoff, Liverpool beat Everton by three goals to one at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola Named Manager Of The Month

Pep Guardiola, Eden HazardPep Guardiola has won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for February.

Guardiola guided Manchester City to three straight wins last month, winning 4-0 away at West Ham, 2-1 at home against Swansea and 2-0 away at Bournemouth.

He defeated Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho and West Brom manager, Tony Pulis to win his first accolade in England.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard clinched the Premier League Goal of the Month for February with his solo goal against Arsenal.

Hazard glided past three Arsenal players in a run that started inside his own half before beating Petr Cech in a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on February 7.

His goal beat off competition from Danny Drinkwater’s thunderbolt for Leicester against Liverpool and Robbie Brady’s stunning free-kick on his full Burnley debut against Chelsea to pick up the award.

Premier League: Burnley Force Chelsea To Draw

Chelsea, Burnley, Premier LeaguePremier League leaders, Chelsea missed the chance to move 12 points clear at the top of the table as they were held to a draw by resilient Burnley at Turf Moor.

The hosts, who won all four of their previous home games without conceding, were shocked on Sunday when Pedro Rodriguez finished off a sweeping attack seven minute after the match began.

Record signing Robbie Brady subsequently netted a stunning free-kick in the 24th minute to level the score for Burnley.

Both teams made efforts to claim three points from the game but to no avail as the match ended 1-1.

The Blues, who face Wolves in the fifth round on the FA Cup on Saturday, now sit 10 points clear at the top of the table.

However, Manchester City can cut the margin to eight if they beat Bournemouth on Monday.

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At Anfield

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At AnfieldArsenal suffered a shock loss 2-1 loss to Watford at the Emirates in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.

It was Watford’s first Premier League away win at Arsenal as two goals in the first 13 minutes set up the 2-1 victory.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul opened the scoring with a powerful drive aided by a deflection off Aaron Ramsey, who limped off with an injury.

Watford’s second came three minutes later as Troy Deeney slotted in after Petr Cech parried Etienne Capoue’s shot into his path.

But Alex Iwobi slotted in from Alexis Sanchez’s chipped cross on 54 minutes and Lucas Perez crashed an effort against the crossbar as Arsenal piled the pressure on in the second half, but Watford held on.

Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at Anfield as the visitors missed the chance of an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s header earned Liverpool the equalizer after David Luiz’s 25th minute free-kick had put them ahead.

Chelsea could have taken all three points but Diego Costa’s penalty was saved by Mignolet.

In other matches, Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium while relegation threatened Sunderland played a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur to ensure all top teams dropped points on the night.

Elsewhere Sam Voke’s 87th minute goal was all Burnley needed to beat Leicester City 1-0 at Turf Moor while Middleborough and West Brom played a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested encounter at the Riverside Stadium.

Swansea City defeated Southampton 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Misconduct: Arsene Wenger Gets 4-Match Touchline Ban

Misconduct: Wenger Gets 4-Match Touchline BanArsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has been given a four-match touchline ban and £25,000 fine after accepting an English Football Association charge of misconduct for his behaviour in the win over Burnley.

Wenger was charged with verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor after being sent off.

It was alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official.

It was further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.

The Arsenal manager admitted the charge and requested a personal hearing which took place before an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday.

The club has decided it will not be appealing the decision.

The 67-year-old misses Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Southampton and Premier League games against Watford, Chelsea and Hull.

He will be back for the Premier League trip to Liverpool on March 4.

Late Show: 10-Man Arsenal Beat Burnley To Go 2nd

Late Show: 10-Man Arsenal Beat Burnley To Go 2ndAlexis Sanchez converted a last minute penalty in a dramatic finale to Arsenal’s Premier League game against Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday to earn them a 2-1 victory.

Alexis Sanchez earned the last-gasp penalty for Arsenal in the match that produced two converted penalties in stoppage-time.

After Burnley resisted Arsenal’s pressure in the first half, Skhodran Mustafi headed in from Mesut Ozil’s corner with 59 minutes gone.

The game looked set to be another easy win for Arsene Wenger’s men but Granit Xhaka was shown a red card for a lunge on Burnley’s Steven Defour.

Three minutes into added time, Burnley’s Andre Gray converted a penalty awarded after Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes.

The game became tense with Arsenal believing in the unthinkable and their pressure paid off following Ben Mee’s foul on Laurent Koscielny.

Sanchez deftly chipped the spot-kick down the middle of the goal – the final blow in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

The victory takes the Gunners to second place on the EPL table, taking full advantage of Liverpool’s home loss to Swansea on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Earns Man Utd Third Win In A Row

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Earns Man Utd Third Win In A RowZlatan Ibrahimovic continued his fine form with two goals for Manchester United that were enough to beat West Bromwich Albion.

United took a fifth-minute lead at The Hawthorns as Jesse Lingard’s first-time cross was headed in by Ibrahimovic.

Wayne Rooney almost doubled the score but his fierce shot was tipped on to the bar by Ben Foster, while Salomon Rondon’s first-half header went narrowly wide for West Brom.

Ibrahimovic produced his 11th Premier League goal of the season when he received Rooney’s pass, turned and saw his deflected shot go in.

The win, United’s third in a row, put them seven points above their opponents, and level with Tottenham Hotspur, who play Burnley on Sunday.

Another big performer on the day was Alvaro Negredo, who’s brace helped Middlesbrough return to winning ways as they beat Swansea City at the Riverside.

The striker broke the deadlock on 18 minutes, expertly finishing Adam Clayton’s cross past Lukasz Fabianski.

Negredo doubled the lead from the penalty spot 11 minutes later after Jordi Amat’s foul on Adam Forshaw.

Earlier in the day, Chelsea extended their lead on the Premier League table with a narrow 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, courtesy Diego Costa.

Saturday’s Results:

Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Chelsea

Middlesbrough 3 – 0 Swansea City

Stoke City 2 – 2 Leicester City

Sunderland 1 – 0 Watford

West Ham United 1 – 0 Hull City

West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Manchester United

We Knew Fabregas Was An Important Player – Mourinho

MourinhoJose Mourinho has praised the impact made by Cesc Fabregas early on in the Spanish midfielder’s Chelsea career.

The former Barcelona man only joined up with his new team-mates in July, as the team headed for their European training camp, but already his quality seems apparent.

Two goals during pre-season, a stunning free-kick against Vitesse Arnhem, followed by a wonderful individual effort against Ferencvaros, preceded a man-of-the-match performance during Monday’s 3-1 win at Burnley, which was capped by the disguised pass to tee up Andre Schurrle for Chelsea’s second goal on the night.

“We knew Fabregas was an important player from the moment we tried to buy him,” said Mourinho.

“Our team already had a structure and a way of playing on the pitch, but we knew we clearly needed that kind of midfield player and a striker who could play with his back to the goal, hold the ball and associate with the different attacking players. That would make us a different team, not just in terms of results but especially in relation to the style of play.

“Cesc has been important for us, everybody knows how good he is, he was already good as a kid, he disappeared from us for three years but he’s back at a fantastic age so I think we enjoy him and he enjoys playing in the Premier League.”

Mourinho also addressed the mood of another new signing, Diego Costa, after the striker was booked for simulation at Turf Moor when replays showed he had been brought down by goalkeeper, Tom Heaton, during the first half.

“Diego is upset because he’s been behaving extremely well,” explained the Portuguese. “He thought it was going to be a penalty and a red card for the keeper, then suddenly it’s a free-kick and a yellow card for him, so he was disappointed.

“But, I know Michael Oliver and the linesman know it was an unfair decision, so let’s move on.”

Meanwhile, the manager hasn’t given Petr Cech a personal explanation for his decision to start Thibaut Courtois in goal ahead the more experienced Cech, but insisted the overall needs of the team have to take priority.

“If I speak with him then I have to speak with everybody, I never did this in my career,” he said. “I don’t feel I have to speak with them [the players] about my decisions. The club is not under my control but the team is, and everything I do is for the best of the team.

“What I always tell them is that they know where my office is, they know where I am and if they need an explanation I never close the door. Petr didn’t come to see me, he’s worked fantastically well as always. He’s with his mates, he’s been polite, professional and that’s what we need.

“Obviously I have no problem playing him in any match, it doesn’t matter when or in which competition, I’m so confident in him. If I decide to rotate when we have an accumulation of matches it’s probably the easiest position to do it. As I said, we have two of the three best goalkeepers in the world.

“Sometimes people say a player is experienced or not experienced because of his age, but you can be 22 and still have a lot of experience,” explained the Blues boss.

“Courtois has played in the biggest matches you can play in; the World Cup, Champions League final and semi-final, UEFA Cup final and semi-final, big matches against Barcelona and Real Madrid, local derbies, Super Cup.

“Obviously he knows he has to perform but I think he can cope with that because he’s very experienced,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com.