Man City snatch victory at Chelsea to retain top spot
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 01, 2017,
Oct 01, 2017, 8:09
West Ham are out of the bottom three after Diafra Sakho's last-gasp victor earned them a 1-0 victory against Swansea, while the game between Bournemouth and Leicester, two of the bottom four at the start of play, ended goalless.
Summer acquisition, Benjamin Mendy is also out injured; a development that Guardiola is understandably unhappy with.
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But he came up with the goods when his side needed him the most, as he played a neat one-two with Gabriel Jesus before firing in the opener from 20 yards.
City rattled the Blues winning 1-0 in an nearly a one sided match when De Bruyne netted in the second half to catapult the Pep Guardiola tutored side to top of the league on goal difference ahead of Manchester United.
Manchester City have a plethora of talent in their squad; particularly in attacking areas.
Manchester City's last three league matches may have seen City score 16 unanswered goals, but Chelsea present a far tougher proposition than Crystal Palace (thrashed 5-0 last week) and Watford (6-0 the week before that).
Season no. 1 in the Premier League didn't go quite as many had hoped, but Guardiola was prepared for some early struggles - perhaps even expecting them.
Unfortunately, Morata pulls up with no players around him.
City continued to press in the second half and Raheem Sterling should have done better than half-volley over when he received the ball unmarked on the edge of the box from a corner.
City stopped a Chelsea attack and counter through De Bruyne who found space in the middle to rifle one in from 30 yards. Manchester City has the same record as Manchester United but leads the table on goal differential.
Second half underway as Chelsea take the Center pass. "If you are exhausted it is not simple to go box to box".
YELLOW CARD: Fernandinho booked for a late challenge on Hazard.
Fabian Delph saw an effort blocked.
Also, they have won 10 of their 12 league games since mid-April of this year.
Substitution for Manchester City Bernardo Silva relaces David Silva. City will have to try to draw the Chelsea midfield up the pitch, creating gaps in between their defence and midfield.
Compared to the Chelsea's lineup when the club defeated Atletico Madrid, Chelsea made two changes to players.
When Pep Guardiola was announced as the incoming manager of Manchester City, pie-in-the-sky expectations were immediately thrust upon the Spaniard, as if he were some kind of miracle worker.
But after the game, reports started to circle that Morata picked up an injury.