Chelsea’s rosy run continues as they beat Man City at the Etihad 3-1 to maintain their lead in the pole of the Premier League table. It was a match full of action and some fierce incidents which resulted Man City to finish the game with 9 men. Pep Guardiola’s men lost the match and squandered a chance to go to the top of the table.
The two red cards, one for a wild challenge by Aguero on David Luiz, the second for Fernandinho after he twice grabbed Cesc Fabregas by the throat before pushing the Chelsea midfielder into the crowd, will prove costly with Aguero facing a four match suspension and the Brazilian set to be banned for three matches.
Chelsea were better in the first half but City took the lead with a Gary Cahill own goal on the dying minutes of first half. Conte’s team came back with greater urge and belief and grabbed an equaliser through Costa on hour mark. Kevin de Bruyne missed a chance and moments later the Blues got the lead through Willian. Hazard sealed the points for Chelsea and then lacklustre and frustrated City players made a disciplinary shocker to result the consequences. Also Guardiola on the bench was not that disciplined either as he was constantly making inappropriate gestures against decisions.
Antonio Conte’s team displayed incredible belief and resilience to overturn a trail for the second successive game against a title rival, and they were the better team by far. City have problems at the back and in goal, Chelsea are solid and consistent. New signing Kante also proved to be pivotal for the away side, his reading of the game and work rate was exceptional.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Line-up:
Manchester City: Bravo; Kolarov, Otamendi, Stones(Iheanacho); Navas, Fernandinho, Gundogan(Toure), Sane(Clichy); De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero
Chelsea: Courtois; Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Moses; Hazard(Batshuayi), Costa(Chalobah), Pedro(Willian)