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Blog - The Match

Wenger's Arsenal still unable to match benchmark set by Mourinho's Chelsea

Chelsea went 10 points clear atop the Premier League table courtesy of a 0-0 draw with London rivals Arsenal.
The ESPN FC team react to Chelsea's goalless draw with Arsenal, where Paul Mariner explains Jose Mourinho's side should've scored a few goals, but failed to convert their chances.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts to Arsenal fans calling Chelsea's style of play 'boring' in classic Mourinho fashion.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side did enough to win the game, but didn't make the right decisions in the final third.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses the key match incidents for both Arsenal and Chelsea that led to a scoreless draw at the Emirates.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses the key match incidents for both Arsenal and Chelsea that led to a scoreless draw at the Emirates.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Oscar continued to play on despite going down after a head-on collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, but was taken to the hospital at halftime.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Cesc Fabregas (23') Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

It was very far from Chelsea at their "artistic" best, but it was Jose Mourinho at his mischievous best. The Portuguese had been asked about the chants of "boring, boring Chelsea" from the Emirates crowd after a predictably locked-down performance that yielded a 0-0 result at Arsenal, and offered the type of spark that wasn't so evident in his team's play.

"You know, boring I think is 10 years without a title," Mourinho responded. "That's very boring. You support the club and you're waiting, waiting,...

Chelsea will be champions after draw at pretenders Arsenal

Chelsea went 10 points clear atop the Premier League table courtesy of a 0-0 draw with London rivals Arsenal.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses the key match incidents for both Arsenal and Chelsea that led to a scoreless draw at the Emirates.

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Arsenal and Chelsea's 0-0 draw in the Premier League at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

1. Chelsea will be champions

Arsenal's winning run comes to an end, but Arsene Wenger's poor run against Jose Mourinho does not. This 0-0 means it is now 13 games, and the French manager has still not beaten the Portuguese, still hasn't shown his Arsenal are quite making the step up to actually finish ahead of a side like Chelsea. This has only briefly delayed the latter's...

Man United suffer second straight setback as Everton cruise to 3-0 win

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal laments his side's inability to win the key duels and attributes that to their 3-0 defeat by Everton.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas lifted Everton to a comfortable 3-0 home win over Manchester United. Here are three quick points from Sunday's clash at Goodison Park.

1. Van Gaal suffers heaviest league defeat

No one was dressed as the grim reaper, ready to stalk Louis van Gaal on Sunday, but just like David Moyes 12 months ago, a Manchester United manager suffered defeat at Goodison Park. This one was not as humiliating; there will be no transatlantic...

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Man City the less error-prone in calamitous affair with Villa

Substitute Fernandinho struck a late winner as Manchester City killed off an Aston Villa comeback to claim a frantic 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Fernandinho bags the late winner as Manchester City move up to second ahead of Sunday's results.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reacted to his side's last minute 3-2 win over Aston Villa, where he felt his side were far more dominant.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood explains his side had real belief to secure maximum points from Manchester City, but indicates Villa gifted Manuel Pellegrini's side a few goals.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three observations from the Etihad where Manchester City emerged victorious 3-2 over Aston Villa in an error-prone affair.

1. City win calamitous game

Four goalkeeping errors, and the winner scored after abject failure to clear a corner. This was no game for defensive purists. Jose Mourinho should scoff at the organisational chaos on show.

Fernandinho's acrobatic winner put Manchester City within two wins of reaching next season's Champions League, while Aston Villa...

Focus carries Barcelona to derby win at Espanyol

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down Barcelona's 2-0 win in the Derbi Barceloni against Espanyol behind goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was left satisfied after his team cemented their position at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory over city rivals Espanyol.
Ten-man Barcelona saw off Espanyol thanks to goals from Neymar and Messi.

Three quick thoughts as Barcelona take another step towards the La Liga title with a 2-0 derbi win at Catalan capital neighbours Espanyol on Saturday.

1. Barca keep focus and get job done early

This Catalan capital derbi game looked like a potential banana skin for Barcelona. Espanyol have been in decent form recently, and it seemed possible for at least part of Barca's collective mindset to be elsewhere in the run-up to kickoff.

Friday's Champions League semifinal draw has set up an emotional...

Underwhelming Liverpool stifled as Pulis' plan works for West Brom

Liverpool's slim Champions League hopes suffered a huge setback as they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at West Brom.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes if Liverpool lose badly to Chelsea in a couple weeks, it could be the final straw for Brendan Rodgers' tenure at the club.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says a lack of goals compared to last year has been a huge problem for his side, following their goalless draw at West Brom.

WEST BROMWICH, England -- Three points on West Brom's and Liverpool's 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.

1. Liverpool were lethargic

If Liverpool only had an outside chance of making the Champions League before this game, that prospect now looks even further away after this dismal goalless draw vs. West Brom.

The worst part was that it all became so self-fulfilling. Liverpool played like a team that didn't believe they could make the top four, and then went and made it true.

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