Tight battle looms in CL


    LONDON. — Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Chelsea on Monday blew open the race for the Premier League’s fourth Champions League qualifying spot, in contrast to the one-horse race for the title which Liverpool seems sure to win.

    Both coaches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard, said getting into the Champions League was their focus with almost a third of the season left to play.

    “We want to be in the Champions League next year and we’ve given ourselves a chance with this result,” Solskjaer told reporters after headed goals by Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire gave United its first league win in over a month.

    Chelsea is still clinging to fourth position with 41 points but the Blues are only one point ahead of their London rivals the Tottenham Hotspurs, who visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday after three straight wins under former Blues coach Jose Mourinho.

    Sheffield United and Manchester United are close behind with 39 and 38 points respectively but they too must look over their shoulders at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton on 36 points. – Reuters