Match Report Chelsea vs Manchester City
City suffer defeat in London, written by Henry Parish
Chelsea put an end to City’s impressive unbeaten run on Saturday after a huge 2-0 win over the Premier League Champions at Stamford Bridge.
City started the game without in form Striker and top goal scorer Sergio Aguero who was ruled out with injury along with last season’s match winner and former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne, who remains on the sidelines.
The Champions who also started without second striker Gabriel Jesus lined up with a front three of Sane, Sterling and Mahrez while Chelsea started with star man Eden Hazard up top, with Morata dropped to the bench.
City dominated long periods of the first half having much more of the ball however were undone right on the stroke off half time after Chelsea’s first real threat and shot on goal.
Ngolo Kante scored his second league goal of the season smashing home Eden Hazards clever pass from a quick Chelsea counter attack which caught City out. Chelsea went into the break with a one goal lead after a real smash and grab first half performance.
In the second half Chelsea gained momentum and City found themselves chasing the game with the hosts pushing for a second. City eventually made the change bringing on a recognized striker with Gabriel Jesus entering the field to try and change the game. However it was too little to late as David Luiz headed home with a great header from a corner in the 78th minute to secure the 3 points.
Despite an excellent performance in the first half and having an impressive 61% possession throughout the game, City failed to put the ball in the back of the net and were punished by a clinical Chelsea side. Putting an end to an end to an unbeaten run.
Sergio Aguero’s injury remains a real concern for City as it is still unkown how long he will be out and with games coming up thick and fast over the Christmas period they may have to learn how to adapt to life without their star striker.
After a defeat in midweek to Wolves, Sarri’s men were quick to bounce back by beating the Champions, becoming the first side to score against them without conceding this season.
A win for Chelsea means they sit fourth in the table just two points off Spurs while Liverpool’s win over Bournemouth in the weekend early kick off meant that they overtake City leaving Pep’s men in second and a point behind the leaders.