Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City, shot, Chelsea
Gabriel Jesu’s second Premier League goal of the season gave Man City all three points at Stamford Bridge

Manchester City produced an impressive display to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season with a well-deserved victory at Stamford Bridge.

In the meeting between two sides that fully expected to fight for this season’s Premier League title, the reigning champions dominated against a strangely passive and conservative Chelsea.

Gabriel Jesus settled a tight affair when his 53rd minute effort took a touch of Jorginho to beat Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy – but few could question City’s right to victory against the team that beat them last May in the Champions League the final and the margin of victory should have been far more emphatic.

Jesus added almost a second as Thiago Silva cleared his effort from the line while Aymeric Laporte should have scored, but somehow a shot slipped past inside the box at six yards.

Mendy also produced two crucial saves from the excellent Jack Grealish.

It was the perfect start to a crucial week for City and manager Pep Guardiola as they prepare to visit Paris St-Germain in the Champions League this week and then take on Liverpool at Anfield next Sunday.

The victory at Stamford Bridge means Guardiola has been the most successful manager in City’s history in terms of victories.

Man City come up with a champion statement

Manchester City’s start to the season has been mixed in some respects, but this was the champions back to their best and letting one of their main title rivals know they will not give up their crown easily.

Guardiola’s side were on the front foot from the first whistle as Chelsea seemed reluctant to attack, the only complaint about their first half superiority was an inability to create clear opportunities despite their dominant possession.

All that changed after the break, and Jesus made the decisive contribution as his shot in a packed penalty area took the vital touch from Jorginho to leave Mendy motionless and beaten.

It was a well-deserved reward for the Brazilian striker, who took a real buffer in the hands of Chelsea’s defense, especially Antonio Rudiger, but took the banks without complaining and ended up winning the match.

Guardiola cut an increasingly agitated figure as the minutes ticked down, presumably because City had failed to finish Chelsea despite having controlled all aspects of the match. The chances came and went, Mendy made saves to keep Chelsea alive, but in the end everything was good that ended well for City.

This was a performance with few errors other than the lack of ruthlessness, with Laporte and Ruben Dias in total command at the core of the defense, Kevin de Bruyne added flourishes in midfield and Grealish asked throughout.

Grealish easily carries his £ 100 million prize and plays with freedom and a smile on his face. He could have had two goals – and certainly should have had one when Mendy saved his feet – and created opportunities for others.

When he was replaced with a few minutes to go as Guardiola seemed to close out the win, he responded to laughter from Chelsea fans with a radiant smile.

This was a good job done by Grealish – and Manchester City.

Chelsea suffer in Guardiola’s hands

When Manchester City took total control, Chelsea’s misery was illustrated by the dismal statistics that they did not muster a single shot on goal. And this is a fair reflection of their performance.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have looked like a powerhouse this season, even winning games when they did not play well as they did against Aston Villa, earning a point at Anfield despite being down to 10 men in 45 minutes.

This, on the other hand, was a terrible display that splashed through, barely got out of first gear and rarely gave Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson an anxious moment.

Tuchel has rightly been hailed for his tactical sense since his arrival at Chelsea, especially when he overcame the same Manchester City side to win the Champions League in Porto.

Here, however, Tuchel was in a furious and frustrated mood from the first whistle as Chelsea failed to put the glove on City, although his set-up of three defensive-minded midfielders in N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic did not help.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were cut to pieces, though the performances and touches of both strikers disappointed on the rare occasions they were able to get into the match.

The player of the match

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Chelsea

  1. Troop number16Player nameMendy

  2. Troop number7Player nameKanté

  3. Troop number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  4. Troop number6Player nameThiago Silva

  5. Troop number4Player nameChristensen

  6. Troop number2Player nameRudiger

  7. Troop number12Player nameLoftus-kind

  8. Troop number8Player nameKovacic

  9. Troop number9Player nameLukaku

  10. Troop number3Player nameAlonso

  11. Troop number11Player nameWerner

  12. Troop number24Player nameJames

  13. Troop number5Player nameJorginho

  14. Troop number29Player nameHavertz

Lineups

Chelsea

Formation 3-5-2

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4ChristensenBooked after 78 minutes
  • 2RudigerBooked for 84 minutes
  • 24JamesReplaced forThiago Silvaon 29 ‘minutes
  • 7KantéReplaced forHavertzon 60 ‘minutes
  • 5JorginhoReplaced forLoftus-kindon 76 ‘minutes
  • 8Kovacic
  • 3AlonsoBooked after 77 minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Werner

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 12Loftus-kind
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saul
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
  • 29Havertz

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Reuben DiasReserved in 90 minutes
  • 14LaporteBooked after 65 minutes
  • 27Cancel
  • 20Bernardo silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 17De BruyneReplaced forMahrezon 81 ‘minutes
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 47The footReplaced forFernandinhoon 87 ‘minutes
  • 10GrealishReplaced forSterlingon 87 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stone
  • 6What
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Steffen
  • 21Torres
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 80Palmer
  • 90Lavia

Judging:
Michael Oliver

Presence:
40,036

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