Chelsea vs Man City: The match at Stamford Bridge ended with a 1-0 victory for Man City. Chelsea lost the 4th match in the last 6 rounds and stood in 10th place with 25 points. Meanwhile, “Cityzens” narrowed the gap with the top team Arsenal to 5 points.
Chelsea vs Man City: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
Chelsea with chipped forces received a 0-1 defeat at home to Man City in the 19th round of the English Premier League.
Right before the meeting with Man City, Chelsea suffered a loss when Mason Mount got injured. After only 22 minutes of rolling the ball, “The Blues” suffered 2 more losses when Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic had to leave the field.
In the most challenging situation, Chelsea still played with the highest determination, even, though the army of coach Graham Potter created more opportunities.
Carney Chukwuemeka entered the field and continuously stirred the Man City defense with confident finishes. The young player born in 2003 would have opened the scoring in the 44th minute, had his dangerous shot not found the goalpost.
Man City played somewhat sluggishly on the other side of the front line due to the tight schedule. The away team had to wait until the 38th minute to have a sharp attack. Erling Haaland received the ball in the penalty area but shot over the bar. A few minutes later, it was Kevin De Bruyne’s turn to shoot from a long distance. The ball goes to the position that goalkeeper Kepa has chosen.
At the beginning of the second half, Pep Guardiola asked his students to speed up to exploit the space between the full-back and the central defender on the Chelsea side. After Nathan Ake’s header hit the bar in the 51st minute, the opening goal also came to the defending champion.
Jack Grealish entered the field in the 60th minute and only needed 3 minutes to make his mark. The English player received the ball from De Bruyne, before passing a cross just in time for Riyad Mahrez to buffer the home team from close range.
After having the advantage, the away team deployed their forte controlling the ball. In the opposite direction, Coach Potter tried to refresh the line with Giraud-Hutchinson, Lewis Hall, or Connor Gallagher. These three young players also left no mark during their time on the pitch. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a disappointing day. He came on in the 5th minute to replace Sterling and was substituted in the 68th minute.
The host’s most significant change in the second half went to a center-back. In the 56th minute, Man City’s defense opened a gap, but Thiago Silva’s footwork sent the ball off the post.
The match at Stamford Bridge ended with a 1-0 victory for Man City. Chelsea lost the 4th match in the last 6 rounds and stood in 10th place with 25 points. Meanwhile, “Cityzens” narrowed the gap with the top team Arsenal to 5 points.
This weekend (January 8), Chelsea will face Man City again. The FA Cup third-round match takes place at Etihad Stadium.
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