Encounters between sides which make up Premier League’s top four are usually boring as both sides take a cautious approach. However, same can’t be said of Manchester City and Chelsea who locked horns at the Etihad stadium.
It was a great deal of swash and buckle as both sides went on rampage trying to nip each other in the bud.
At the sound of the final whistle, it was Manchester City who came out tops.
Truth be told, it wasn’t the most refined football you’ll watch this season as both sides made defensive mistakes their managers wouldn’t be proud of.
However, in terms of entertainment and quality attacking, it was top-notch hoot. Both sides knew they were capable of dealing the other damage and took it in turn to do the other dirty.
Chelsea featured on the scoreboard first with Ngolo Kante latching onto a through ball and slipping it past Ederson Morales. What an audacious finish. He scored a screamer in their last clash and did another which might not have been as flashy but would still count for something beautiful.
Some minutes later, Kevin De Bruyne decided to shoot a powerful shot at goal and a deflection by Tomori just put City ahead.
Both sides alternated between short and long attacking busts, searching for a goal that could place them in command. However, nothing separated both sides at the interval.
After the break, City dominated the proceedings, dictating the pace of the game like it was expected of them.
Some minutes after, they did get reward for all their hardwork when Mahrez’s ball went past the reach of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Riyad Mahrez – who came in to the Starting XI to replace the suspended Bernardo Silva – took on Chelsea defence directly with a diagonal run between Kovacic and Emerson before slotting it beyond recovery for Kepa.
Sterling thought the had scored the third for his side in the closing stages, only for the goal to be nullified after a VAR review.
Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea