Premier League table: Latest standings as Liverpool win, Chelsea falter against Wolves

Premier League table: Latest standings as Liverpool win, Chelsea falter against Wolves

Guardiola has used that crutch to repeatedly play down City's chances of challenging for the Champions League in his three years in Manchester.

How Chelsea miss the muscular presence and clinical finishing Drogba so often provided as they laboured to a 1-1 draw against Wolves on Sunday, a familiar tale of possession counting for little for Maurizio Sarri's side this season.

The England winger made it 2-0 four minutes later, converting Riyad Mahrez's low cross.

Tottenham's wobble is a conundrum Mauricio Pochettino must solve as he fights to keep his side in the top four.

A long discussion between referee Paul Tierney and his assistant saw the decision reversed with Sterling ruled to have been played onside by Watford's Daryl Janmaat, whose challenge saw the ball ricochet off the striker's leg into the net.

Guardiola's side host Schalke in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday, with City leading 3-2 on aggregate after the first leg away to the Bundesliga side.

"It is the end part of the season so every game is important", Guardiola said.

There was nothing fortunate about the other two, though.

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The second test event will take place on Saturday 30 March in a Spurs Legends game with a capacity of up to 45,000. We live in the perception and reality. "We are fighting against big sides [for the top four]", said Pochettino .

City, still on course to lift four different trophies, took advantage of Sterling being awarded a contentious goal just after halftime before he struck a minute later and completed his treble in the space of 13 minutes. Sterling clipped the ball past the Watford keeper and the stadium erupted but the celebrations were cut short as the lineman raised his flag for offside.

Gracia's changes proved more impactful, though, as Troy Deeney and Deulofeu were introduced, the pair combining with their first touches for the latter to score 17 seconds after his introduction - the goal offering a tantalising glimpse of what a more expansive Watford might have been able to accomplish.

"Some referees say it is, sometimes another one says no".

"In the second, the game changed".

We do not play another League game until 30 March and by then Liverpool will have played 2 matches so could well be back in the lead but right now Raheem Sterling is not only top of the League but 4 points clear. The same was also true of the incident leading to Harry Kane's penalty in the north London derby. "It's about complacency, it's about arrogance in a bad way".

A disappointing run of results has badly dented Liverpool's bid for a first English league title since 1990 and fans' nerves were jangling after they fell behind against struggling Burnley at Anfield on Sunday.

Brighton also secured a much-needed win to move level on points with rivals Crystal Palace, five above the drop zone, as Anthony Knockaert's stunning strike 16 minutes from time earned a 2-1 win.

Huddersfield and Fulham can probably begin planning for life back in the Championship next season.

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