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City beat the Blues

Liverpool sink Palace; Jose magic lifts Spurs

Manchester City came from behind to leapfrog Chelsea into third in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad to keep the English champions’ title challenge alive.

Liverpool’s late win at Crystal Palace earlier in the day meant City started 12 points behind the leaders and looked in danger of failing to cut that gap when N’Golo Kante gave Chelsea a deserved lead midway through the first half.

However, Kevin de Bruyne’s deflected strike and a trademark left-footed finish from Riyad Mahrez saw City edge a thrilling encounter.

Earlier, Liverpool showed why they are kings of late winners at Crystal Palace while Jose Mourinho made an instant impact as Tottenham boss, masterminding an end to the club’s dismal away record in the Premier League against rivals West Ham.

Elsewhere, second-placed Leicester beat Brighton 2-0 to stay eight points behind Jurgen Klopp’s leaders while Arsenal were held 2-2 at home by Southampton.

At the London Stadium, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane were on the scoresheet for Spurs as Mourinho won his first game in charge 3-2 days after replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino.

“It was very, very important. Eleven months without music in the away dressing room, without a smile, without happiness and they did it,” said Mourinho.

Asked about being back, he said: “That’s where I belong [on the touchline], that is my natural habitat. I just love it. When things go in your direction, winning is the best feeling.”

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