As cool as the rainy weather at the Etihad, Manchester City, armed with the tactical ingenuity of Pep Guardiola, unanswerable brilliance of Kelvin De’Bruyne and David Silva, the artful guile of Leroy Sane and an early second half strike from Bernado Silva, made a football puddle off Chelsea in a game that ended 1-0. The result obviously flattered the terrible performance of the London side who had no single shot on target and are currently 5 points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in the final UEFA Champions spot.
The problem began for Chelsea when the news filter through that the energetic Ngolo Kante would sit this out due to an undisclosed sickness, Danny Drinkwater was brought in his stead while City only shuffled Vincent Kompany and Danilo for Aymeric Laporte and Alexandre Zinchenko respectively.
Manchester City imposed themselves on the game immediately after the first whistle, tearing into Chelsea’s debilitated midfield from the get-go. Sergio Aguero had the first attempt of the game when Sane intercepted a misplaced pass from Fabregas and played on the Argentine who opted for rounding up the chelsea defence perimeter before slamming it in to ocean of legs of Chelsea’s defenders. Then, Bernado Silva met the top of the net with a curler that didn’t connect well after an amazing Sane has slalomed through Chelsea defence.
Sane’s early brilliance was almost rewarded when his right-legged shot off an inch perfect free-kick from De Bruyne but it was cleared off the line by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Eden Hazard struggled to make anything worthwhile at his improvised ‘false 9′ role as he looked a shadow of the substance he’s known for, managing an implausible 12-touch through the entirety of the first half.
There was no denying City 40 seconds into the second half, when Christensen made a mess of a clearance and fizzed it into the path of David Silva, who floated a cross over to his namesake, Bernado Silva, who proded it bouncing home past a prone Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea looked to respond which they did if the following Victor Moses’ shot blasted well high and wide from byline could be called an attempt.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued their dominance of the game. Bossing the midfield with Ikay Gundugan, without any pressure, joined the attack occasionally as City stroked the ball around the pitch.
Although Antonio Conte did throw in Olivier Giroud and Emerson and switched to a front three with Hazard back to his natural wing before he was hauled off for Morata, they couldn’t pull together a shot on target not to talk of equalising