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Sport Alan Shearer hails 'magnificent' Chelsea star who Man City 'couldn't handle'

06:50  09 may  2021
06:50  09 may  2021 Source:   metro.co.uk

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Alan Shearer standing on a grass court: Alan Shearer lavished praise on ‘magnificent’ Chelsea star Reece James (Picture: BBC) © Provided by Metro Alan Shearer lavished praise on ‘magnificent’ Chelsea star Reece James (Picture: BBC)

Alan Shearer has hailed ‘magnificent’ Reece James and says Manchester City ‘couldn’t handle’ the Chelsea star during their defeat at the Etihad.

England international James helped the Blues come from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over their Champions League final opponents on Saturday.

Raheem Sterling put the hosts in front but Chelsea took full advantage of Sergio Aguero’s shocking penalty miss on the stroke of half-time to mount an impressive second-half comeback.

Alan Shearer standing on a grass court: Alan Shearer lavished praise on 'magnificent' Chelsea star Reece James © Provided by Metro Alan Shearer lavished praise on 'magnificent' Chelsea star Reece James

Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso were on target for the Blues, who are now third in the Premier League table with three matches remaining.

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Shearer says James and Alonso were instrumental in helping Chelsea improve in the second half, reserving special praise for ‘magnificent’ James and saying Manchester City ‘couldn’t handle’ the 21-year-old.

a football player on a field: James helped Chelsea clinch a big win over their Champions League final opponents © Provided by Metro James helped Chelsea clinch a big win over their Champions League final opponents

‘The reason why Chelsea were better is that they got Alonso and James higher up the pitch, they were more involved,’ Shearer told BBC’s Match of the Day.

‘Reece James was magnificent in the second half, he gave [Benjamin] Mendy a horrid time. His pace and quality got Chelsea up the pitch.

a football player on a field: James helped Chelsea clinch a big win over their Champions League final opponents (Picture: Getty) © Provided by Metro James helped Chelsea clinch a big win over their Champions League final opponents (Picture: Getty)

‘They couldn’t handle him. It was three or four occasions that he did that in the second half. He pulled everyone else up with him.

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‘Chelsea were prepared to gamble and that was the big difference, it’s a big win for them.’

Blues goalscorer Alonso, meanwhile, was delighted Chelsea were able to tighten their grip on the top four with a victory over their Champions League final opponents.

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‘We need to secure the top four position,’ he said. ‘Today was a big step, still three games to go.

a person in a blue uniform: Thomas Tuchel’s side have enjoyed a fantastic week (Picture: Sky Sports) © Provided by Metro Thomas Tuchel’s side have enjoyed a fantastic week (Picture: Sky Sports)

‘We need to keep working hard to get results. Everyone wants to play these next games, I’m trying to do my best every time I’m on the pitch.

‘With a few weeks to go I’ll try to be there to do my best to help the team. First half was a bit tough. The last five minutes were very sloppy from us.

‘But we came out in the second half and played a good half and deserved to get the three points.’

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