The soccer news starts with Chelsea in manager Frank Lampard's first season in charge at the club. Chelsea's ambitions are obvious, a once champion that now has to push past other contenders in pursuit of their old expectations. It's a team that can look at their current 4th-place and expect more, certainly at home against a team in the bottom half of the table. Instead, it was Chelsea losing 1-0 at home to West Ham.
"Shocked isn’t the word," Lampard said. "I think the Premier League is what it is, no game is easy or given to you. I’m disappointed with it rather than shocked. Generally, collectively, we can handle that game better, and I think that is part of the process. I don’t think this will be the worst thing for us, as long as we react in the right way, because I keep hearing positive great stories about us over the last six or eight weeks. I always try to close my ears to them because I don’t like them because I understand what this league is and the fight that we’re in over the course of the season and there will be moments like this."
Chelsea trails 3rd-place Manchester City by three points and is four points ahead of 5th-place Spurs and 6th-place Wolverhampton. That buffer between 4th and 5th is interesting considering the clubs on the wrong side of it. Arsenal is in 8th-place a point ahead of 9th-place Manchester United. That Chelsea and Manchester City are chasing 2nd-place Leicester City with 7th-place Sheffield United tied on points with Arsenal is part of what is looking like a disruptive season in English soccer.
Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League table is now eight points, undefeated this season. Chelsea is now trying to move past back-to-back losses at Manchester City and Saturday's disappointment.
"There are ups and downs," Pulisic said. "Obviously we have had a few months now where people have said how well we’ve done and everything’s been going great. I wish it would stay like that the whole year but that’s not the case. Now we’ve had a couple of tougher results and we just have to try to turn it around. Tough times are a test of character. Luckily we have another game midweek and we have a chance to redeem ourselves."
All of a sudden, that Wednesday home game counts double for Chelsea. They need to show that they can pick up points against a team in the bottom half of the table as well as reasserting their reputation at Stamford Bridge. That might seem odd for a team in 4th-place, but it's strange times in the Premier League.
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The Telegraph's Matt Law and Sam Dean on former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino's link with the Arsenal job. The Independent's Ben Burrows with the latest managerial change at Watford. iNews' Daniel Story has the pressure on Everton manager Marco Silva. DW's Michael Da Silva explains the situation for Jurgen Klinsmann at Hertha BSC.
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