HAVERTZ, PULISIC ON TARGET AGAINST LILLE

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic found the back of the net either side of the half-time intervalas Chelsea took a big step towards the quarterfinal stage as far as this season's Champions League campaign is concerned. Chelsea are the defending champions and they took a step closer to fulfilling their quest to become only the second team to retain the Champions League title with a very good first leg performance against Lille.

Real Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League title at the end of the2016/17 season. The Spanish La Liga giants won the Champions League title during the 2015/16 season before they successfully defended their title in the following season. Real Madrid then made it a hat-trick of Champions League titles in the next season.

CITY COMPLETE LEAGUE DOUBLE OVER CHELSEA

Manchester City showed their supremacy over Chelsea once again after they defeated the West London giants at home to complete a Premier League double over them this season. In their first meeting this season, Manchester City dominated proceedings from start to finish and they were rewarded with a 1-0 win at the home of Chelsea thanks to the strike from Gabriel Jesus.

For the second and final league meeting between the two teams this season, Belgian international Kevin De Bruyneprovided the best moment of the game with a curling shot which found its way into the back of the net in the 70th minute for the only goal of the game. He received a pass from Portugal international player Joao Cancelo and went ahead to unleash a shot that KepaArrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal could not save.

CITY FAVOURITES AHEAD OF LIVERPOOL, CHELSEA

The Premier League title race hasinvolved three teams since the start of this season. The three teams are Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. Holders Manchester City were slight favourites ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool at the start of the season and they have strengthened their bid to retain their Premier League title with the results from the last two weeks.

Chelsea led the Premier League log for several weeks before they were dethroned by Manchester City two weeks ago on the back of their 3-2 London Derby loss at the hands of West Ham United. The Hammers came from behind to seal victory thanks to the late goal from Congolese left-back Arthur Masuaku.

CHELSEA MAINTAIN TOP SPOT WITH WIN

Chelsea are still the team to beat in the Premier League at the moment after they retained top spot on the league standings with the 2-1 away win over Watford. Ahead of the game, Chelsea knew that only a win would suffice for the West Londoners in their quest to stay ahead of title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City and they were able to achieve thefeat with the win over.

MOUNT BACK IN CHELSEA SQUAD

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that star midfielder Mason Mount is back in the squad for the Premier League visit of Burnley after recovering from illness. England international Mount missed the last two Chelsea game in all competitions due to the illness. Chelsea boss Tuchel stated that Mount would be in his squad for the Burnley game on Saturday afternoon as he looks to at least maintain the three-point lead at the Premier League summit at the end of the games this weekend.

EASY WIN PREDICTED FOR CHELSEA

Mark Lawrenson has predicted an easy win for Chelsea against Norwich City in their Premier League clash this weekend. The ex-Liverpool player said this in his column for the BBC Sports as he looked ahead to matchday nine games. The BBC pundit backed the Chelsea for a 2-0 win over the Canaries.

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