Antonio Conte’s flamboyant and clinical Chelsea, who were devastating on the counter, punished a wasteful Manchester City in their own backyard. Etihad and City fans have every right to protest against dubious decisions of referee Anthony Taylor but Chelsea were deserving winners as they once again have flaunted their Title challenge.
Manchester City took a somewhat deserving lead at the 45th minute when Chelsea stopper Gary Cahill netted a looping Jesus Navas cross into his own net. Soon after Kevin De Bruyne missed a sitter, with a Deja Vu feeling of the Spurs game, Chelsea outfoxed City in the latter half with Diego Costa breaking the floodgate at the 60th. Willian punished City on the counter at the 70th minute. Trailing 1-2, City boss Pep Guardiola tried to go for the jugular, made desperate substitutions and marshaled for an all out attack, which eventually led to Eden Hazard’s 90th minute goal.
The match saw Guardiola losing his temper, his angry stare at Chelsea bench and sarcastic hysterics aimed at the referee fueled the raising temperatures as the game was finished on the note of ugly brawls as Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho got red cards, handing them four and three games’ ban. Chelsea got 3 shots on target, managed to score from all three, whereas City missed a flurry of clear-cut chances. Chelsea have confirmed that they will remain at the top of the table until atleast next game week and Guardiola now four 4 home League games without a win (3 draws, 1 loss).
Chelsea vs Manchester City Player Ratings:
THIBAUT COURTOIS (7/10): After having nothing to do for six week or so, put up a solid performance as he denied Aguero twice and De Bruyne once. Tipped Aguero’s shot over the bar was his best bit of contribution. Had nothing to do when Cahill put the ball into own net as he was stretched.
CESAR AZPILICUETA (6.5/10): Made a match saving stunning block to deny Aguero from a simple tap in. Made many good interventions.
DAVID LUIZ (6.5/10): Was good on the ball, filled with passion, made good interceptions and crucial slides. Didn’t lose his cool even after the late Aguero lunge on him.
GARY CAHILL (5/10): Poor, should have conceded a penalty and scored own goal. No player has made more errors that have led directly to a goal in the Premier League this season than him.
MARCOS ALONSO (6/10): Hazard scored Chelsea’s third from Alonso’s put through pass. Though through out the game, he struggled against Navas and his telegraph passes up the line were either getting blocked or caused possession losing.
CESC FABREGAS (7/10): Superb, his long hollywood passes and long ball to Costa to register an assist were reminiscent to his performances in Mourinho’s last League winning season at Chelsea. Has now got 2 assists from 2 league starts under Conte. His stats: 90% pass completion, 50 passes,84.6% pass completion in opponent half, 59 Touches and 7 Possession gained.
N’GOLO KANTE (6/10): After poor start and being poor on possession, eventually made mark into the game.
VICTOR MOSES (6.5/10): The wing-back has been superb and made a last ditch tackle on Aguero to deny a goal.
PEDRO (5/10): Had zero influence.
EDEN HAZARD (7.5/10): From Marcos Alonso’s pass, made a clinical finish. His stats in the match:58 touches, 4 dribbles, 4 fouls won, 3 shots and 1 goal. Big game player.
DIEGO COSTA (8/10): Deserving Man of Match, 11 goals and 4 assists so far for Chelsea in the Premier League this season. Scored a brilliant goal, gave a fantastic though ball lay off to Willian to register an assist. Influential. He made 33 touches and 2 key passes.
Substitute: Willian (7.5/10): Raced on with electric pace, turned Otamendi and made a brilliant finish to the corner of the net. Made a touching gesture for Chapecoense victims.
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