Impressive City Won't Stop.
Manchester City hosted Chelsea with the hope of extending their lead over the Blues and they did thanks to Kevin De Bruyne's well-worked goal as City were deserved winners with the solitary strike. The strike was worthy of being the winner as City dominated the game from start to finish with Chelsea showing glimpses of their brilliance too through the counterattack.
Chelsea couldn't get into their rhythm as Manchester City restricted them and exerted themselves over them. With the few chances that Chelsea had, they would have still won if they had taken it and made the right decisions but they didn't as Manchester City opened up a 13 points lead over them.
Kepa, standing in goal since Mendy went to the AFCON almost caused an issue for his team after his clearance hit Azpilicueta and with the goal unguarded, he was lucky the ball didn't head into the back of the net as it went for a corner kick with Grealish looming in the 4th minute.
Chelsea missed a wonderful chance to go ahead after Lukaku was found and left his marker for dead. He drove in and when Alonso seemed to be the logical option to pass the ball to, Lukaku went with Ziyech instead and he was flagged for offside. If it wasn't offside, Ziyech didn't even get the needed touch on the ball, leaving Alonso frustrated because he would have been a better option.
Manchester City missed a couple of chances through Jack Grealish and De Bruyne. Jack Grealish pounced on the mistake by Matteo Kovacic and Kepa did so well to spread himself and got a touch on the ball to deflect it as the ball missed narrowly from going inside, much to the annoyance of Grealish. Kevin De Bruyne also had a chance at the edge of the box but he failed to keep his shot down as he ballooned it over the bar.
Manchester City looked in control of the game especially in the first half with Chelsea sitting back and waiting on a counter-attack but it was a high-intensity match as expected.
The second half started in the same fashion with Sterling missing the kick to connect with the ball after the ball was delivered into the box and Chelsea launched a quick counter as a result of that with Kovacic picking out Lukaku but Ederson brilliantly denied Lukaku and the follow up was wasted agonizingly by Ziyech who blasted it over the bar.
VAR would have awarded Sterling a penalty after Alonso brought him down inside the box after his individual brilliance but Kyle Walker was offside initially before he gave the ball to Sterling and the penalty appeal wasn't looked into as a result of that.
De Bruyne was presented with another chance to give his side the lead after Jack Grealish was brought down by Kante at the edge of the box. His lovely freekick was pushed for a corner kick by the impressive Kepa. Kepa would have been beaten again from the corner kick after De Bruyne went direct but he managed to get a touch to prevent it from dropping into the back of the net.
Both teams are not giving anything away and Sterling missed another chance to get his side ahead after his low drive strike failed to pick out the bottom left corner of the post but finally, Kevin De Bruyne finally opened the game for City in the 70th minute after his individual brilliance did the job for City. Right from the edge of the box, he drove in, waited till he found space and provided a curling effort that moved beyond the reach of Kepa into the back of the net to make it 1-0. What a goal it was because he did so well to escape Ngolo Kante before powering his shot in between Thiago Silva and Kovacic.
Sterling did so well in the 84th minute after he escaped his markers only to find Phil Foden just beside him. Foden made a mess of his attempt as he blasted his shot over the bar. Grealish had a shot at the near post also which Kepa dealt with, with ease. City were all over the place and drawing Chelsea all over the place also.
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