PREMIER LEAGUE –
PREMIER league leaders, Chelsea retained their five points lead at the top table after Champions, Manchester City forced the Blues to 1-1 stalemate at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The goals came in a three minute spell before halftime with Chelsea the first to strike after 41 minutes when Branislav Ivanovic crossed for Eden Hazard, whose low ball across goal found Loic Remy who side-footed it into the empty net.
City equalised three minutes later when Jesus Navas crossed into the area. Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois failed to clear properly, sending the ball to Sergio Aguero whose goalbound shot was turned in by David Silva.
Chelsea’s all-time record scorer Frank Lampard was given a warm reception by his old fans when he came on for City with 14 minutes remaining and although City finished the stronger side they could not find the winner.
Chelsea stay top with 53 points, followed by City on 48 with Manchester United third on 43.