Premier League Roundup: Goals galore as Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool bag huge wins

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Another exhilarating day of action in the Premier League played out on Saturday, as 32 goals poured in across the eight games.

Chelsea blitzed Arsenal 6-0 to get things rolling, then Liverpool went to Cardiff and won 6-3, while elsewhere Manchester City knocked five past Fulham.

Yeah, it was a goalfest in the PL.

In case you missed anything, don’t fret, we’ve put together a neatly wrapped package of recaps, analysis and video highlights from all the games on Saturday so you can catch up. We’re good like that.

Here’s everything you need to know about what went down in the PL on Saturday.

Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

Liverpool twice fought back from losing positions in the first half, as Cardiff’s goals from Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell were cancelled out by Luis Suarez and Martin Skrtel. After the break Suarez and Skrtel both scored again to make it 4-2, then Daniel Sturridge added another to make it 5-2. Mutch scored another to make it 5-3, but then Suarez popped up in stoppage time to bag his hat trick as Liverpool are four point behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand. Pulsating clash in South Wales.

Chelsea 6–0 Arsenal

An incredible win for Jose Mourinho’s Blues, as Chelsea recorded their biggest-ever win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Samuel Eto’o curled in a beauty then Andre Schurrle doubled the lead after seven minutes. After that came a moment of madness, as a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handled the ball on the line to give Chelsea a penalty, but referee Andre Marriner sent off the wrong man, Kieran Gibbs. Eden Hazard scored the PK, then Oscar scored to make it 4-0 at half time. Late goals for Oscar and Mohammed Salah rubbed salt into Arsenal’s wounds, as Arsene Wenger failed to show up for his post-match press conference after being humiliated in his 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners.

Everton 3-2 Swansea

The Toffees went ahead through a Leighton Baines penalty, but Swansea hit back through Wilfried Bony to make it 1-1 at the break. After the interval Everton went 3-1 up thanks to Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, but then a late goal from Ashley Williams made it interesting. However Everton held on to tighten their grip on the Europa League spots.

Hull City 2–0 West Bromwich Albion

Hull bagged a massive win at home, as goals from Liam Rosenior and Shane Long in the space of seven first half minutes was enough to keep West Brom in the race against the drop. The Baggies failed to create much, and old boy Long was the man who came back to haunt them at the KC Stadium. Safety almost secured for the Tigers.

Manchester City 5–0 Fulham

It was the Yaya Toure show at the Etihad, as the big Ivorian netted his first-ever hat trick with two penalty kicks and a stunning long-range effort. Martin Demichelis and Fernandinho rounding off the scoring, as basement boys Fulham were handed a real hiding away at title-chasing City. With the goals flowing once again, maybe the Citizens can charge to the top of the standings once again?

Newcastle 1–0 Crystal Palace

Not much happened in this game… until the final few seconds. Papiss Demba Cisse scored right at the death to deal a cruel blow to Crystal Palace, who had battled hard throughout the match. The Eagles looked to be taking a valuable point back to Selhurst Park with them, until Cisse popped up to send the Gallowgate End wild.

Norwich 2–0 Sunderland

If you watch one goal this weekend, make sure it is Alex Tettey’s strike for Norwich. The Canaries midfielder blasted a volley into the top corner from 25-yards out with a goal of the season contender. Robert Snodgrass have Norwich the lead, as the home side blew a poor Sunderland side away in the first half. Gus Poyet’s Black Cats are still in trouble, while Norwich move closer to safety.

West Ham United 0–2 Manchester United

Okay… maybe if you watch one goal you should watch Wayne Rooney’s first strike, as the Manchester United striker scored a goal from around the halfway line. Yeah. You read that right. Rooney, scored an absolute stunner and then added another before half time. That was enough to see off West Ham, who spent the majority of the second half looking rather listless.

In the Mixed Zone with JPW: Episode 1

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NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk lead writer and editor Joe Prince-Wright shares his behind-the-scenes access into the Premier League mixed zones highlighting the intriguing interviews from this week’s marquee matches.

This week, JPW shares his mixed zone interviews from Chelsea-Manchester United, Arsenal-Newcastle and Manchester City-West Ham.

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Pep reacts to Sterling’s Real Madrid comments

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has responded to comments from his player Raheem Sterling about their upcoming UEFA Champions League opponents Real Madrid.

Sterling, 25, spoke to Spanish outlet AS and confirmed that he is really happy at Man City ‘right now’ but admitted that Real Madrid are a ‘fantastic club’ and waxed lyrical about their famous white shirt.

“Right now I’m at City and I’m really happy. But I say Real Madrid are a fantastic club,” Sterling said. “When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s massive. [Rumours of their interest], it’s something that you see all the time, but I’m a City player and I’m enjoying it at the moment, even if things haven’t gone quite planned in the league.

“We now have a massive opportunity in the Champions League. I keep saying Real Madrid is a fantastic club, there’s lovely weather, but I keep saying that I am quite happy at City. I have a contract with City now and I have to respect this. But it’s a fantastic club.”

The photo on the front of AS showed Sterling with a Real Madrid shirt on one shoulder and a Man City shirt on the other.

Guardiola was asked about his response to those comments and if he thought Sterling, or any other players, would be less committed to Man City given their two-year ban from European competitions.

“Players are free to talk and say what they believe and think,” Guardiola said. “We are not hear to tell them what they think. I am sure about the commitment of our players. They have shown it for many years and nothing changes.”

Sterling has returned to training after two weeks out through injury and he could play at Leicester City on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) as Guardiola’s men aim to open up a seven-point gap to third-place Leicester with a win.

Sterling’s comments are complimentary about Real Madrid and given their reported admiration for him for quite some time, the timing of saying this is a little odd given City’s ban from UEFA and so much uncertainty around the future of the club in the Champions League.

Despite Guardiola committing himself to staying at Man City for next season and until the end of his contract in the summer of 2021, his players will get plenty of offers to leave if the Champions League ban is upheld. Lionel Messi has joked that Barcelona should “sign the lot of them!” when asked about Sergio Aguero and others signing for the Spanish giants.

Sterling isn’t the first or last Man City player who will be targeted by European giants over the next few months as the situation remains uncertain.

Chelsea: No exact date for Pulisic return; Kante out

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USMNT superstar Christian Pulisic remains out injured for Chelsea and his manager Frank Lampard has admitted the injury is a ‘difficult one’ to assess.

Slumping Chelsea host in-form Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at Stamford Bridge (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the Blues in fourth place but just one point ahead of Spurs.

N’Golo Kante, who hobbled off in the 2-0 defeat to Man United on Monday, is out for three weeks but the most concerning news was about Pulisic as Lampard revealed he can’t give an exact date on when the USMNT star will be back after his adductor injury which saw him last play on Jan. 1. 

“N’Golo is not fit. A muscle injury, the same as the one he came off with Arsenal with. Should be, hopefully, three weeks,” Lampard said. “Christian Pulisic is still not fit. At the moment I can’t give an exact date. Difficult injury, we are working with that. Ruben is in the squad but not fit to start. Andreas Christensen is fit. He went to get a mask for a broken nose.”

Tammy Abraham has trained the last two days at about ’70 percent’ while it is not expected that Callum Hudson-Odoi will be fit. The news on Kante is particularly damaging as he will miss the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg against Bayern Munich as injures are piling up all over the pitch.

The good news for Chelsea? Ruben Loftus-Cheek will return to the squad this weekend after being out since May 12 when he injured his Achilles in a friendly against the New England Revolution in a friendly.

That is the only decent bit of injury news for Lampard’s young Chelsea squad.

Chelsea are still in fourth but have won just four of their last 14 games in the Premier League and with Spurs just one point behind them and United three points behind them, the chasing pack are closing in. Tottenham have plenty of injuries with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son out injured but Jose Mourinho knows this is a good time to play against his former club Chelsea.

Injuries to Abraham, Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi are tough as scoring goals has become an issue for the Blues in this poor run of form which stretches back to November.

All season long Chelsea have squandered goalscoring chances and even if the Champions League qualification goes down to fifth place due to Man City’s European ban, they may still miss out. They have been unlucky with injuries this season and missing Kante for a pivotal stretch of the season and the stop-start campaigns for Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi have been frustrating for Lampard.

“Whenever I speak to fans, and this season is a transitional year so we can’t please everybody, but what I’m getting is they’re recognising a team that wants to play,” Lampard said.

Injury news and a lack of goals aside, it is easy to forget this is a very young Chelsea side who have so far exceeded expectations.

A strong finish in the final 12 games of the season, starting with a win against bitter rivals Spurs, is exactly what the doctor ordered for Lampard and Co.

Liverpool’s Henderson ruled out with injury

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out for up to three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed the injury, which Henderson suffered in the 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, and that means the central midfielder will miss the games against West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth in the Premier League, plus the FA Cup clash at Chelsea and probably the last 16 second leg at Anfield against Atletico.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Liverpool’s clash with West Ham at Anfield on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Klopp had an update on his captain.

“Hendo, could have been worse, it was a hamstring. He will be out for I think three weeks or so, which is not cool, but how we see it is that we were lucky,” Klopp said.

He also said that he doesn’t plan to rotate his squad as they have almost a full week of rest after their UCL last 16 clash against at Atleti and there are no other injury concerns: “Apart from Hendo, all of the other boys are fit.”

Naby Keita or James Milner would be the obvious replacements for Henderson but it is getting increasingly tough for Liverpool to replace. The England international has taken his game to a whole new level this season and after leading Liverpool to Champions League glory last season he is so close to lifting the Premier League trophy this season.

Henderson is in the conversation to be crowned the PFA Player of the Season with his quality passing, driving runs and incredible workrate keeping Liverpool on track as they aim to go the entire season unbeaten.

With a 22-point lead atop the table, Klopp doesn’t have to rush Henderson back but he’s the kind of character who will pushing hard to bee back as soon as possible.