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Dele Alli hamstring injury rules him out of Tottenham clash with Barcelona - Mauricio Pochettino

Dele Alli hamstring injury rules him out of Tottenham clash with Barcelona - Mauricio Pochettino


LONDON -- Three points from Stamford Bridge on Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.

1. Sturridge rescues a point for Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge extended Liverpool's unbeaten start to the Premier League season by salvaging a point for Jurgen Klopp's team with a goal just three minutes after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea.

Liverpool had looked set to lose for the first time in the league this season after falling behind to Eden Hazard's 25th-minute opener at Stamford Bridge.

Despite dominating for lengthy periods and creating a series of chances to equalise, Liverpool struggled to make the breakthrough due to the home side's defensive discipline.

But with 88 minutes on the clock, former Chelsea forward Sturridge equalised in dramatic fashion with a 25-yard strike that flew into the top corner, beyond the reach of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In a pulsating game in West London, Chelsea twice had to clear off the line to deny Liverpool before Sturridge's late leveller.

But while neither team finished with three points, they both emerged from the game with their title aspirations consolidated by their respective performances.

Chelsea, with Hazard in unstoppable form, look capable of sustaining their title bid, while Liverpool now go into next Sunday's top-two clash against leaders Manchester City knowing that they have emerged unbeaten from another tough test of their credentials.

2. Chelsea still look a striker light

Eden Hazard could quite easily fire Chelsea to the Premier League title again, but it would be a risky strategy to expect the Belgian to sustain his current hot streak for the remainder of the season.

Unless he has a season like Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed in his penultimate one at Manchester United in 2007-08, when the Portuguese scored 42 goals in all competitions, Hazard will need help from elsewhere if Chelsea are to have a realistic chance of winning the league.

The problems facing Maurizio Sarri, however, is that he simply doesn't have a striker who can ease the burden on Hazard.

Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata are the two centre-forwards at Sarri's disposal, but Giroud has still yet to score this season -- he was replaced on 65 minutes after another unproductive outing against Liverpool -- and Morata continues to look like nothing more than a backup despite his high price tag.

The Spaniard has scored just once in the league himself this season and, although he has shown more enterprise this term under Sarri following his difficult campaign under Antonio Conte, he is not a 20-goal a season forward.

If Chelsea still had Diego Costa, you could pretty much make them title favourites, but Costa is now an Atletico Madrid player and none of his replacements have shown themselves to be good enough to take his place.

Pedro, currently injured, is perhaps Sarri's best hope, but again, he cannot be relied upon to score 15-20 goals.

So it's all on Hazard then!

3. Salah looking human so far this season

Mohamed Salah was always going to struggle to replicate last season's incredible scoring feats for Liverpool, so it's perhaps no surprise that the Egyptian forward is struggling for form right now.

When he was substituted by Jurgen Klopp on 65 minutes, Salah had failed to score from three good chances at Stamford Bridge and his stats for the season are now a distinctly average 3 goals in 9 appearances.

All three goals have been scored in the Premier League at Anfield, against West Ham, Brighton and Southampton, so he has yet to deliver against a top-level opponent or score away from home.

There is no doubt that Salah will continue to score goals by the bucketload for Liverpool. He is simply too good a player to struggle for too long.

But having scored 44 goals in all competitions last season, Salah has a mountain to climb if he is to do that again.

And those comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are now beginning to look a touch outlandish, with the game's two greatest modern players so far ahead of the rest because of their ability to score at such incredible rates year after year.

Last season, Salah would have scored at least one of the chances he had at Chelsea, but it wasn't his day here.

He looks off the pace and short on confidence, but it would be foolish to expect his dip to last too long.

Manchester United's poor start to the season continued as West Ham beat Jose Mourinho's men 3-1 at the London Stadium on Saturday.

An early Felipe Anderson strike and a Victor Lindelof own goal put the hosts 2-0 up before half-time.

Marcus Rashford pulled one back for the visitors against the run of play midway through the second half, before Marko Arnautovic strolled through the United defence three minutes later and slotted under David De Gea to seal the points.

West Ham are now unbeaten in four in all competitions and have found their rhythm under Manuel Pellegrini, but the pressure grows on Mourinho after United failed to win for the third time in a week.

Chelsea thought they had ended Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season, but Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a first half lead, and remained firm for much of the match.

However, Sturridge scored a curling effort from 25 yards to ensure Liverpool left Stamford Bridge with a point.

While United continue to falter, Manchester City maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 2-0 home win against Brighton.

Raheem Sterling was on hand to tap in Leroy Sane's low cross before the half-hour mark, and Sergio Aguero put the champions out of sight as he finished a wonderful team move after 65 minutes.

City held on to move to the top of the league.

Bernd Leno made his Premier League debut as Arsenal left it late to beat Watford 2-0.

The Germany international replaced the injured Petr Cech towards the end of the first half, and managed to deny the Hornets in an end-to-end encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

Alex Iwobi replaced Aaron Ramsey amid speculation over his Arsenal future, and his cross was turned in by Craig Cathcart to give Arsenal the lead late on.

Almost immediately from kick-off, Mesut Ozil sealed the win for the home side after more excellent play from Iwobi.

Tottenham beat Huddersfield 2-0 to continue their good form ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona next week.

Harry Kane made amends for missing a one-on-one in the first half by heading Spurs into the lead soon after from a Kieran Trippier cross, and quickly doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Danny Rose was brought down in the box.

Spurs made a double change at half-time with one eye on Barcelona, and rode a second half storm to move back into the top four.

Everton ended their five-match winless run in the league following a 3-0 victory at home to Fulham.

An uneventful first half was followed by a penalty at the start of the second, with Denis Odoi bringing down Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Gylfi Sigurdsson's effort from the spot hit the bar -- the first time he has missed a penalty in the Premier League.

The Iceland midfielder atoned for his error, however, breaking the deadlock five minutes later, firing Everton into the lead from the edge of the 18-yard area.

Cenk Tosun came off the bench to end his 10-game stretch without a goal, heading home from Theo Walcott's deep cross.

Sigurdsson bagged his second of the game in stoppage time to give Marco Silva a much-needed win.

Newcastle failed to climb out of the relegation zone as they succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat to Leicester.

The visitors took the lead from the spot after Kenedy was adjudged to have handled in his own box, allowing Jamie Vardy to fire Leicester in front.

Harry Maguire compounded Newcastle's misery late in the second half after rising highest from James Maddison's corner.

Wolves continued their fine start back to life in the top flight with a 2-0 win at home to Southampton following last week's 1-1 draw at Manchester United

A largely uneventful game was settled with little over 10 minutes remaining, when substitute Ivan Cavaleiro was teed up by Raul Jimenez to fire home from the edge of the area.

Wolves doubled their lead through Jonny Otto to climb to eighth in the table.

Two first-half goals from Harry Kane gave Spurs a comfortable win against an out of form Huddersfield Town. The home team started brightly but gradually Tottenham asserted themselves and made their dominance tell. Spurs again had the better of the second half but, with one eye on Wednesday's Champions League against Barcelona, understandably eased off a bit and were content to play out time.


Kane building on his second-half performance against Brighton looks back to something like his best and Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura appear to be developing a nice understanding. Wwhat will please Mauricio Pochettino the most is the first clean sheet of the season. No careless mistakes this time leading to an unnecessarily tight finish.


The injury to Jan Vertonghen that saw the Belgian defender withdrawn at half-time. With Dele Alli out for at least a month and Christian Eriksen a doubtful starter for the next two games, Spurs can ill afford to lose another key player as they seek to build momentum to their season.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- Whether his hand was forced by injuries to Alli and Eriksen, Pochettino found the right formation to contain a Huddersfield side short of confidence by reverting to a back three of Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Vertonghen. His half-time substitutions of Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama also slotted in nicely.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Paulo Gazzaniga 7 -- Made several decent saves and will be pleased to have secured Tottenham's first clean sheet of the season. Though his handling is secure, his kicking is suspect. That being said, the third-choice goal keeper is making a claim to go above Michel Vorm in the pecking order.

DF Kieran Trippier, 7 -- Put under little pressure defensively and -- in the first half especially -- was able to take up some useful attacking positions. His inch-perfect cross was headed in by Kane for Spurs' opener.

DF Davinson Sanchez, 7 -- Has looked off the pace and out of sorts in previous outings this season, but even though this wasn't his most testing day, he still showed encouraging signs he might be playing himself back into form.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 7 -- Gave little away all afternoon and won almost every aerial battle with the Huddersfield attack. Seems to have sorted out his differences with the club over the summer transfer that never happened and looks keen to reassert himself as a first-team regular.

DF Jan Vertonghen, 7 -- Picked up what looked to be an injury to his thigh midway through the first half. After five minutes of treatment, he carried on before being substituted at the interval. Spurs will be praying it's nothing serious.

DF Danny Rose, 7 -- Another player who seems to be regaining some form now that he is getting a few first-team starts. In control defensively and linked well with the attack, drawing the foul that led to the penalty.

MF Eric Dier, 6 -- The one player who doesn't appear to have fully recovered from his World Cup exertions. Gave the ball away far too much and his decision-making was poor. Pulled back from the midfield to deputise for Vertonghen after the break.

MF Mousa Dembele, 7 -- One of his more anonymous days. Seemed to find it difficult to link play between defence and attack in the absence of Eriksen and struggled either to impose himself to adjust to the tempo of the game.

MF Lucas Moura, 7 -- Perhaps a little selfish at times, electing to shoot or go at it alone when teammates were better placed, but you have to admire both his confidence and the pace at which he runs against defenders. Whenever he has the ball at his feet, opposition players fear the worst.

MF Son Heung-min, 7 -- Combined well with Moura, especially in the second half, and played an exquisite reverse pass that led to the penalty drawn by Rose. Probably needs a goal to make himself feel really at home again in the starting lineup.

FW Harry Kane, 8 -- Had a good chance blocked early on when through one on one but took his other two goals with pleasing assurance. It looks as though the Spurs' talisman is now firing on all four cylinders again. Eased up in second half.


MF Victor Wanyama, 7 -- Brought on at half-time for Vertonghen and slotted in nicely. Looked good on the ball and even took up a couple of threatening attacking positions.

MF Harry Winks, 7 -- Came on for the second half for Dembele who had picked up a minor knock and showed some nice touches and good vision. Another useful 45 minutes of rehab as he comes back from injury.

MF Moussa Sissoko, N/R -- Late replacement for Son as Spurs played out time. Barely had a touch.

HUDDERSFIELD -- Tottenham's Dele Alli will miss Wednesday's Champions League clash against Barcelona and Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele will both need to be assessed after suffering injuries during Saturday's 2-0 victory at Huddersfield.

Alli, who missed two matches earlier this month after picking up a hamstring injury with England, suffered a recurrence during Wednesday's Carabao Cup win against Watford and missed Saturday's trip to Yorkshire.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who was also missing captain Hugo Lloris, No.2 goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Christian Eriksen at the John Smith's Stadium, had to substitute both Vertonghen and Dembele at half-time.

Asked whether Alli will be fit to face Barcelona on Wednesday, Pochettino replied: "No, no. I don't know [how long he'll be out for] because he re-injured the same muscle that he got with England against Spain. It is now so important to be relaxed and calm.

"We need to assess [Vertonghen and Dembele] tomorrow. I cannot say whether they'll be available for Wednesday.

"The players feel some muscle problems, but they don't know if they got a knock or they feel something different. That is why it is so difficult now to tell you what is going on."

With the exception of Vorm, all of Spurs' injured players reached the knockout stages of the World Cup.

"The circumstances of this season, it's a massive challenge for everyone, not just us," said Pochettino. "I repeat, the players are not machines. You want to push and push and push them and it's not easy. Of course nobody helps because everyone wants the same players to play every single game.

"The teams that had players in the World Cup are going to have a problem with this type of thing, now and in the future of course.

"The players finish the World Cup and rest for a few weeks and then start the Premier League. Then the first international game they play again -- two games, but not friendly games. They play in the UEFA Nations League.

"It's normal that all the national teams want the best players to play. Who cares about the players? It's so difficult. It's not to complain for [the sake of] complaining."

Pochettino stated last week that there is an "obsession" with criticising squad rotation, shortly before making eight changes for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie.

Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks were both given game time from the start in that match, having recovered from injuries. They were both called from the bench at half-time in Huddersfield when Pochettino withdrew Vertonghen and Dembele.

"We need the squad -- 24, 25 players -- ready to play and happy," said the Argentine. "That is why sometimes I am so upset about some comments or questions.

"Today, if Wanyama or Harry Winks are not ready to play, what happens? If we disrespect these types of players, who are fighting to find their place in the team, how do we then demand or expect the best to help you to win the three points?"


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Pochettino was pleased with his side's attitude in Yorkshire, as two first-half Harry Kane strikes secured a third successive victory in all competitions.

"The approach from the team today was fantastic," he said. "We knew very well the game that they were going to play. Huddersfield were so aggressive from the beginning. I think the whole game was aggressive.

"The Huddersfield fans were fantastic -- of course our fans too. But I think today the atmosphere was the most amazing atmosphere in England.

"The team was available to fight and that pleased me the most because in these type of games first of all you need to be at the same level of aggression as the opponent."