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Premier League standings: Chelsea finishes 2016 in first, Liverpool six back

01 January, 2017, 01:49 | Author: Iris Sanchez
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Chelsea defeated a valiant Stoke City side 4-2 on New Year Eve, to match Arsenal's 13-game winning run within a Premier League season.

"I'm pleased for them because every day in the training sessions and during the game, I see great attitude, great work-rate, will to fight, to try to win".

Gary Cahill gave the Blues the lead with a powerful header before Bruno Martins Indi leveled just after the restart. We can't keep defending as we are in key moments.

"In January it's always very hard to buy. We don't want to show how good we are, we want the three points".

Liverpool stayed on their heels thanks to Wynaldum's eighth-minute goal, a powerful header from Adam Lallana's superb cross.

Having looked quite comfortable for large passages of play in the first half, Chelsea would have felt confident of a repeat in the second half.

In an end-to-end game, it was a surprise there was only one goal, scored by Islam Slimani in the 20th minute.

United, who had a first-half effort from Zlatan Ibrahimovic controversially ruled out, were stunned in the 67th minute when Grant Leadbitter put Boro ahead.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in fine goalscoring form
GETTY Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in fine goalscoring form

"We are working a lot with him and also all the other players to improve this situation". "The win was very important".

Pat Nevin heaped praise on Willian and Chelsea for their resilient spirit after the Blues beat Stoke City 4-2 in a Premier League thriller at Stamford Bridge.

"It has been a stop-start season for me".

"If you have back-to-back losses then you have to go and make up for it in different games". It's harder. We must know this. "It was a big game, but nothing is over with".

Bournemouth cruised to a 3-0 away victory, leaving Swansea City at the bottom of the table. There was frustration from our point of view at how the game panned out on Tuesday, so we will use that frustration to help us in our performance at the weekend I'm sure.

"Today's result is very good for everybody here in Leicester, and of course it is very good for the team".

"We have only six points more than the second-placed team and there is still a long way to go. The support of our fans is very important".

"That'll change in the new year".

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