MORNING FOOTY FANS
The race for the top four hotted up again last night as Chelsea beat Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and West Ham won by the same scoreline against Leeds at London Stadium.
A Ben Godfrey own goal and a Jorginho penalty was enough to give the Blues all three points as Thomas Tuchel’s men went fourth.
And then in the later game David Moyes’ men closed the gap on Chelsea to just two points with a game in hand over their London rivals with the win against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Kai Havertz had his best game in a Chelsea shirt since his big-money summer signing.
And Tuchel heaped praise on the midfielder after the game.
The German said: “I’m very happy with his performance. There is no doubt about his talent. He needs to adapt to the Premier League. He needs to adapt where we play to win every game.
“We have the highest standards. This is a normal process. Today he was excellent. He showed up between the lines and used his potential to accelerate. He took responsibility to finish.
“I truly believe this is a team squad and I can feel the strong bond between the players.
“They live it in every day of training. I feel it on the sidelines. I feel the support. We need this to have a run and to have results like this.”
Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp reportedly has the backing of Liverpool’s board despite the club’s recent run of shocking form.
And SunSport can exclusively reveal Edinson Cavani and Eric Bailly are demanding answers from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with their Manchester United futures in doubt.
Uruguay striker Cavani, 34, is keen to stay at Old Trafford next season but has not received any assurances from the Red Devils hierarchy.
While frustrated centre-back Bailly wants ‘honesty’ from boss Solskjaer over his first-team status.
Cavani, who is considering a return to South America with Boca Juniors in Argentina, wants to know how a new frontman would impact on his role at the Theatre of Dreams.
And finally Euro chiefs could BAN transfers between the biggest clubs – to try to level up football.
The unlikely idea was suggested by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, head of the European Club Association.
Juve spent a fortune on luring Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid, while Barcelona were considering asking for £500m plus for the services of Lionel Messi last summer.
This summer could see mega-moves for PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
But Agnelli revealed talks had opened that could see curbs put on clubs trading with each other from 2024.