Manchester City emerged winners in the battle of wits against a strong Chelsea side in the Premier League game played at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night. Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne’s thunderous strike secured all three points for Pep Guardiola’s men in what proved to be a very one-sided affair.

City started the game without their spearhead Sergio Aguero, who is out for at least a month after sustaining injuries in a car crash, but that did not prove to be a hindrance. Guardiola’s side came with a game plan and executed every bit of it with total dominance on the field.

The attacking trio of Sterling, Gabriel and Sane caused all the troubles for Chelsea defence while David Silva and De Bruyne kept Conte’s men chasing the ball throughout the game. Manchester City finished the game with at least 65% possession and completed more than twice passes than Chelsea.

The defence of City was absolutely solid as they made sure the attacking threat of Morata and Hazard stayed at bay. The only goal of the game came in the 67th minute, when former Chelsea outcast De Bruyne unleashed a thunderbolt which cruised past Thibaut Courtois sublimely.

Although the two sides were separated by just a single goal which might not be paramount but the dominance that a rampant Manchester City side showed on the field should be alarming for their Premier League rivals. City is yet to lose a game in the league and sits at the top of the table on goal difference with Manchester United.

On other hand, Chelsea lost their second game in seven Premier League fixtures they have played so far and currently lie at 4th in the PL table. Liverpool has a chance to topple Chelsea on Sunday when they travel to St James Park to play Newcastle.

First Published | 30 September 2017 11:56 PM
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