LONDON.— Chelsea and Liverpool continued to throw down the gauntlet to English Premier League soccer champions Manchester City as all three were victorious on their return to action on Saturday.
Liverpool showed their credentials in targeting a first title since 1990, and such was the Reds’ dominance in their 2-1 win at Tottenham, the scoreline did not do Jurgen Klopp’s men justice.
Chelsea also made it five wins from as many games under Maurizio Sarri thanks to the brilliance of Eden Hazard, who scored a hat-trick in a convincing 4-1 win over Cardiff to edge ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
City remain just two points back, though, and looked back to their best in tearing apart Fulham 3-0. — AFP