Manchester City and Chelsea faced each other in a key meeting that would define, to a large extent, the development of the rest of the season.
A defeat by Chelsea left the blues far enough away that the skyblues began to see themselves as champions.
The game began with a leisurely pace that benefited the London side. Little fluidity in the circulation of the Manchester team when they settled in the core of the rival area. It must be admitted that, except for the clear chance Jack Grealish brought out to perfection by Kepa Arrizabalaga, the first half disappointed some and others who were expecting a hectic game, like the one in the first round, in which Guardiola’s team ended up imposing their law thanks to a bit of Gabriel Jesus.
The second part began with a much higher speed, qualified as vertiginous. In one of the first plays, Romelu Lukaku planted himself in front of Ederson’s goal, who wonderfully stopped the Belgian striker’s definition. 1-1 on clear occasions.
It was in an isolated play in which Phil Foden put pressure on Kepa that the citizen team scored. Received Kevin De Bruyne near midfield. He drove to the edge of the box without too much opposition from the Chelsea defence, and when it looked like he was going to look for the pass, he placed the ball on the stump of the post beyond the Spanish goalkeeper’s reach. Great goal from the best midfielder in the Premier League.
When London’s team needed the equalizing goal the most, Guardiola ordered his team’s defensive line forward, preventing Tuchel’s men from hanging balls into the area for Romelu Lukaku to head. Spanish master move that takes the three points and increases the gap to 13.
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