Jose Mourinho calls David De Gea 'best goalkeeper in world' after heroics

03 December, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Antonio Conte Chelsea English Premier League

Arsenal had 75 per cent of the possession and mustered 33 shots, but were thwarted by a strong United defence and an exceptional display from goalkeeper David de Gea.

"I'll leave for you the Lukaku situation with Koscielny and I'll leave for you the Arsenal players on the grass but I'll probably [think] the same because the grass is absolutely attractive".

United capitalised on some poor defending to race out to a 2-0 lead, Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard punishing early Arsenal mistakes, before Alexandre Lacazette - a surprise selection after Arsene Wenger had said he would be sidelined for the fixture - halved the deficit early in the second half.

They comfortably held on despite Paul Pogba being sent off for a unsafe challenge late on, punishing Arsenal for early defensive mistakes.

Pogba had been instrumental in establishing that lead, providing the assists for the Red Devils' first and third goals and controlling the midfield.

The one negative was Pogba's dismissal in the second half, which rules the France global out of next weekend's derby with Manchester City.

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Despite being 10-men down, Jose Mourinho's side managed to hold on, securing a 3-1 comfortable win against an in-form Arsenal side. But I have to say that my players deserve all the great words. They did all three on Saturday.

Eden Hazard's eye-catching performance in their comfortable win in the early fixture at Stamford Bridge will mean sleepless nights for England boss Gareth Southgate, who has the unenviable task of nullifying the Belgian's threat at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"The gap is eight points now, and there's still a long way to go so that's why we have to keep getting closer and closer and hope they slip up", said midfielder Cesc Fabregas. "Our job is to keep winning".

Pochettino's side fell behind to an early Christian Kabasele header. "We were disappointed after Leicester". It is good for the group to try and learn.

"It was a big blow psychologically to be 2-0 down at the start". The midfielder will miss United's clash against league leaders Manchester City.

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