LONDON (AP) — The goals conscionable support flowing for Erling Haaland and Manchester City, nary matter nan competition.
Haaland bagged different chapeau instrumentality to make it 8 goals successful his past 2 games arsenic City eased into nan FA Cup semifinals pinch a 6-0 location triumph complete Championship broadside Burnley connected Saturday. That came connected nan heels of a 7-0 triumph complete Leipzig connected Tuesday successful nan Champions League — erstwhile Haaland netted 5 — showing that City whitethorn beryllium hitting different cogwheel arsenic it enters nan decisive portion of nan season.
It was City's sixth consecutive triumph successful each competitions, having scored 23 goals successful that stretch.
“We are successful that portion of nan play wherever we should beryllium astatine our best," said Haaland, whose bonzer tally is now astatine 42 goals successful each competitions. "Now is erstwhile things get decided.”
City is still successful nan hunt for 3 trophies, but while Pep Guardiola's squad are nan large favorites successful nan FA Cup they whitethorn request to support this benignant of shape to triumph nan different two. They look Bayern Munich successful nan Champions League quarterfinals adjacent month, and could spell into nan world break 8 points down Arsenal successful nan Premier League if nan Gunners hit Crystal Palace astatine location connected Sunday.
That's a insignificant worry, though, compared to nan headache facing Antonio Conte astatine Tottenham.
Conte tore into his players for being “selfish” and launched a tirade against nan club's deficiency of winning mentality aft his squad threw distant a 3-1 lead to tie 3-3 astatine last-place Southampton.
That consequence costs Tottenham a chance to climb provisionally into 3rd place, and made things moreover tighter successful an progressively intriguing relegation conflict that involves nary little than 9 teams. Only 4 points now abstracted 12th-place Palace and Southampton astatine nan bottommost of nan table.
One triumph was capable for Leeds to climb from 19th up to 14th aft beating Wolverhampton 4-2 away, while Leicester remained firmly entrenched successful nan relegation struggle contempt halting a five-game losing streak successful each competitions pinch a 1-1 tie astatine Brentford.
That keeps Leicester conscionable 1 constituent supra nan driblet area — and 2 points up of Southampton — while midtable Aston Villa made it 3 wins successful 4 games pinch a 3-0 triumph complete relegation-threatened Bournemouth.
In nan precocious game, 15th-place Everton doubly came from down to tie 2-2 astatine Chelsea.
HAALAND HAT TRICK
The buildup to Burnley's sojourn to nan Etihad had each been astir its head Vincent Kompany, nan erstwhile City skipper who already has a statue extracurricular nan stadium aft winning 10 awesome trophies pinch nan club.
Haaland whitethorn get his ain statue earlier his playing profession is moreover complete if he keeps scoring astatine this rate.
The prolific Norwegian scored his first 2 goals successful a three-minute span soon aft nan half-hour people and completed his chapeau instrumentality by slotting successful a rebound successful nan 59th.
World Cup victor Julian Alvarez besides scored doubly while nan 20-year-old Cole Palmer sewage connected nan scoresheet arsenic Burnley's guidance collapsed complete nan past 30 minutes.
Gary Lineker was backmost connected nan air to spearhead nan BBC's sum of nan crippled aft being suspended past week for criticizing nan U.K. government's migration policy.
The different 3 quarterfinals are played Sunday, pinch Manchester United hosting Fulham successful nan astir notable matchup.
After seeing his players propulsion distant a two-goal lead, Conte did small to quell nan speculation that he's already looking for a measurement retired of nan club.
“I spot a batch of selfish players. And I don’t spot a team,” nan Italian head said aft James Ward-Prowse's injury-time punishment earned Southampton nan draw.
And he wasn't done there, adding that Tottenham's deficiency of a winning mentality is profoundly rooted wrong a nine whose past trophy came successful 2008.
“They are utilized to it. They don’t play for thing important, yeah,” Conte said. "They don’t want to play nether pressure, they don’t want to play nether stress. It is easy successful this way. Tottenham’s communicative is this. Twenty years location is nan (same) proprietor and they ne'er won something.”
Conte won convention titles astatine Juventus, Inter Milan and Chelsea, but will decorativeness a 2nd play astatine Tottenham without a trophy. It's looking progressively improbable that he'll beryllium backmost for a third.
After showing signs of momentum nether Graham Potter, Chelsea had different setback against Everton.
The London club's three-game winning streak successful each competitions came to a halt arsenic Abdoulaye Doucoure scored nan first equalizer and group up nan 2nd for substitute Ellis Simms successful nan 89th minute.
It was Simms’ first extremity for Everton but he showed some composure and assurance arsenic he held disconnected a defender and hit goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga pinch a debased changeable from a tight perspective to soundlessness nan Stamford Bridge crowd.
“We thought we played good capable to get nan 3 points but yet if you don’t take sides well, you don’t get nan result,” Potter said.
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Mattias Karen, The Associated Press