LONDON — Manchester City had been knocked off the highest of the Premier League desk as their unbeaten run got here to an finish with a 2-Zero defeat at Chelsea. Pep Guardiola’s aspect had been on prime till N’Golo Kante smashed within the opener simply earlier than half-time. David Luiz headed in a second within the 78th minute to finish any hope City had of snatching a degree.
City have performed the remainder of the highest 5 away from dwelling and won’t count on many harder journeys. In every of their 4 video games in opposition to their rivals, they’ve won the possession battle, though they’ve solely scored thrice in these matches.
Taking part in with out the injured Sergio Aguero seems to be an issue, particularly in large video games, when City look wanting a central menace. Raheem Sterling began within the function at Stamford Bridge after which exchanged positions with Riyad Mahrez however neither appeared significantly comfy. Substitute Gabriel Jesus was a extra pure match however he’s desperately wanting objectives. City’s high-risk philosophy is all the time going to hand over possibilities however often they’re forward; Chelsea made essentially the most of an absence of incisiveness.
Supervisor Ranking out of 10
6 — Guardiola has had the higher of Maurizio Sarri on every event they’ve met, however on this event, the Italian’s counters-attacking plan was spot on. In the meantime, the choice to go away Jesus out of the beginning line-up was a mistake and serves as one other confidence dent to the striker.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10=finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Ederson, 6 — Had no probability with both objectives however made a few respectable saves within the second half to hold City within the match.
DF Kyle Walker, 6 — Misplaced Willian on Chelsea’s fast break for the opening objective, a rare misjudgment however one which proved very expensive in Guardiola’s attacking system.
DF John Stones, 6 — Typically he appeared snug defensively given Chelsea’s lack of physicality up entrance, however he was overwhelmed within the air for Luiz’s header.
DF Aymeric Laporte, 6 — Loved time on the ball however he was not in a position to play his common decisive passes out of defence. This was his first Premier League defeat.
DF Fabian Delph, 6 — Taking part in at left-back once more, he confronted an actual take a look at in opposition to the pace of Pedro however saved the Spanish worldwide principally quiet.
MF Fernandinho, 7 — City’s standout participant, he confirmed what Sarri needs from Jorginho on the base of midfield. Whereas the Italy worldwide was caught out too typically, Fernandinho was hardly ever rattled regardless of the massive accountability that comes with the place.
MF Bernardo Silva, 6 — Led the press in midfield with a busy efficiency however couldn’t ship a scientific second.
MF David Silva, 5 — With Kante busying round, the playmaker was not in a position to have his common affect. Late within the recreation, he limped off with a attainable muscle damage.
FW Riyad Mahrez, 5 — He spent an excessive amount of time together with his again to objective and was not in a position to trigger Chelsea sufficient issues.
FW Raheem Sterling, 6 — On his birthday, the 24-year-old began at centre-forward and fluffed one early probability. He appeared extra harmful when shifted out to the flanks within the second half however couldn’t make a decisive contribution.
FW Leroy Sane, 6 — The most important menace earlier than half-time however he ought to have made extra of the alternatives he had in entrance of objective. He additionally switched off for Kante’s strike and nevertheless it was nonetheless a shock when he was withdrawn early within the second half.
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FW Gabriel Jesus, 5 — He supplied a much-needed focus however not a objective.
MF Ilkay Gundogan, 5 — Unable to swing the sport City’s means.
MF Phil Foden, NR — Got here on too late to have an effect.