Date: 8th December 2018 at 7:31pm
Written by:
Chelsea
2 – 0
Manchester City

Stamford Bridge

FA Premier League

12/08/2018 5:30 pm

Referee: Michael Oliver of Northumberland

Chelsea Manchester City
Kanté (45'), David Luiz (78')
1 Kepa 31 Ederson
28 Cesar Azpilicueta 2 Kyle Walker
2 Antonio Rüdiger 5 John Stones
30 David Luiz 14 Aymeric Laporte
3 Marcos Alonso 18 Fabian Delph
7 N'Golo Kanté 20 Bernardo Silva
17 Mateo Kovacic Barkley 65' 25 Fernandinho
11 Pedro
 
21 David Silva Gündogan 68'
5 Jorginho
 
26 Riyad Mahrez Foden 84'
10 Eden Hazard Giroud 90' 7 Raheem Sterling
22 Willian Loftus-Cheek 75' 19 Leroy Sané Jesus 53'

Substitutes

4 Cesc Fàbregas 3 Danilo
8 Ross Barkley 4 Vincent Kompany
12 Ruben Loftus-Cheek 8 Ilkay Gündogan
13 Wilfredo Caballero 30 Nicolas Otamendi
18 Olivier Giroud 33 Gabriel Jesus
27 Andreas Christensen 47 Philip Foden
33 Emerson 49 Aro Muric

Game Statistics

8 Goal attempts 14
5 On Target 4
1 Corners 13
12 Fouls 11
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
39 % 61

Johnny On The Spot: #BORN OF FRUSTRATION. Manchester City’s unbeaten domestic run has come undone at Chelsea. An attritional phase of the season is upon us. Despite absolutely dominating this contest for 44 minutes, City uncharacteristically beat themselves in a first half wherein they did not hurt a well martialled Chelsea where it mattered. Maurizio Sarri’s men benefitted throughout this game from a solid central defence who provided outstanding cover to their goalkeeper who in truth was not tested. With a high tempo work rate built upon that platform, once ahead, the cockney aristocrats were galvanised into taking the game to the champions who shorn of David Silva’s influence due to injury and eventual withdrawal could not attack with cohesion. Consequently, right across City’s forward line our main men just could not make superiority tell in the final third with the radar right off. The second half saw some poor first touches and we looked rattled. Chelsea thoroughly deserved their win overall. Admittedly this constitutes a night to forget but the point of order is that this is astonishingly only our 3rd league defeat in 61 games and Pep Guardiola will remind us that we have a defeat out of the road that should redefine our hunger. Furthermore, an intensive run of fixtures gives us no opportunity to dwell upon it. That said, the squad must now dig deeper as a lengthy injury list persists. Liverpool’s continuing momentum means there is no further margin for error until they come to town. JB’s Man Of The Match: Fernandinho. Irreplaceable.

 

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