London: The records keep coming for Erling Haaland at Manchester City. The losses are mounting for Frank Lampard at Chelsea. City’s 3-1 win over Leicester on Saturday, which moved the defending champions three points behind Premier League leader Arsenal, was inevitably propelled by Haaland even though the prolific striker had just 45 minutes on the field.
By the time he was substituted at halftime, the Norway international had scored twice — one from the penalty spot, another a clipped finish following Kevin De Bruyne’s through ball — to move to 32 league goals for the season.
That left Haaland tied with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the most goals in a 38-game Premier League season. Salah’s haul came in the 2017-18 campaign.
Haaland will surely go beyond that, and also is on course to break the record for a 42-game campaign, which stands at 34 goals and is jointly held by Andy Cole (at Newcastle in 1993-94) and Alan Shearer (at Blackburn in ’94-95).
John Stones was the other scorer for City, which has won 10 straight games in all competitions and is piling the pressure on Arsenal in a title race that looks destined to go to the final weekend.
While there’s so much still to play for at the top of the league, Chelsea’s woeful campaign is finishing with barely a whimper as Lampard, the interim manager, fails to get anything out of a squad assembled at such great expense.
A 2-1 home loss to Brighton was a third straight defeat for Lampard since he came in as the replacement for the fired Graham Potter until the end of the season. Chelsea is languishing in 11th place with seven league games remaining and some fans were seen showing their fury toward the club’s co-owner, Todd Boehly, who was in the directors’ box.
“In terms of performance, that was the most disappointing one because we were well beaten in the basics of football,” Lampard said. “Brighton are a fantastic team, and they can perform like that against anyone in the league. But we were short.
“A yard short, a tackle short, a fighting-duel moment short. When that’s not right, you’re not going to win games.” (AP)