Premier League: Chelsea vs Manchester City 25/9/21 – Full Match Report

Chelsea taste their first defeat of the season as Manchester City make a statement at The Bridge.


Pre-game:

Saturday’s series of games opened with two lunchtime kick-offs, with one of them marking one of the most highly anticipated games of the season – Chelsea vs Manchester City.


The Champions of Europe took on the Champions of England, with many watching the game to take a look at the two teams leading the charge in the early betting for this season’s Premier League crown.


Chelsea – who beat City in last season’s Champions League final – entered the game having beaten the visitors in all three of their encounters since Tuchel’s appointment last January.

(credit | BT Sport).


This added even more purpose to Saturday’s game, with the Citizens eager to make a mark on the London club, who have started the season in impressive form.


Heading into the game Thomas Tuchel made four changes to the side that triumphed past Tottenham last week, with Édouard Mendy most notably returning in goal.


Pep Guardiola also made four alterations to his team, with Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden all returning to the City starting eleven.


First half:

City began proceedings by dominating possession, making an instant mark on the game as they pushed the Blues on the back foot.


Chelsea’s aim was however clear as they defended well and looked to use the pace of Timo Werner on the counterattack. 15 minutes into the game Marcos Alonso found the German as the Blues looked to sweep forward. However, nothing came from the move.


Just before the game reached the 30th minute, Thomas Tuchel was forced into making a substitution as Reece James was forced off after an earlier collision with Jack Grealish.

Manchester City continued to chicle away at Chelsea’s stubborn backline. The visitors saw shots blocked alongside a flurry of corners but struggled to find a breakthrough in south-west London.


The best chance of the first half arrived on the 40th minute in a fabulous City move. Gabriel Jesus did a great job in controlling the ball but failed to hit the target.


City – who had just one shot on target in last week’s 0-0 draw with Southampton – had no shots on target in the first half despite their firm grip on the game, The Blues were yet to concede a goal from open play in the early stages of the season and looked a tough nut to crack.

Second half:

Despite their shortage of chances, Manchester City were pressing the Blues excellently and were cutting all of their passing lanes entirely. Chelsea too failed to have a shot on target in the first half, with the game then shaping for a competitive second half.


However, the Citizens continued to dominate in the early stages of the second half. There was an opportunity of Jack Grealish on the 48th minute, who saw his attempt on goal bend just wide.


Four minutes later, City had their first shot on target and were ahead. A long-distance shot from João Cancelo was blocked by Gabriel Jesus – who then took matters into his own hands by firing at goal himself.


The Brazilian saw his effort deflect off Jorginho’s boot and roll into the net past a helpless Mendy. The deadlock was finally broken at Stamford Bridge, with the Manchester club picking up the all-important goal.

Five minutes later a fingertip save from the Senegalese international prevented City a second, with Jack Grealish being the man who was denied. On the 61st minute, Thiago Silva rescued the Blues was a goalline clearance kept the Blues alive.


Chelsea went on to put the ball in the back of the net themselves. However, Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser was disallowed for being offside shortly after.


As the game continued, there was later another chance for Manchester club to put Chelsea out of sight, but Aymeric Laporte was unable to punish the Blues.


City’s summer signing Jack Grealish continued to ignite the visitors attacks and push the Blues back. The English star was at the heart of yet another chance, bringing the best out of Mendy once again.


Chelsea continued to search for Romelu Lukaku but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Manchester City held on to all three points, making a huge statement to the rest of the league.

After the whistle:

Overall, it’s fair to say that Manchester City humbled Chelsea with a superb performance at Stamford Bridge.


Tactically, Pep Guardiola won the tactical battle between the two managers. City’s persistent pressing meant that Chelsea struggle to move the ball or form any kind of fluent attack. The visitors continued to create their chances and were deserved winners on the day.


The Citizens will look to build on their win as they take on Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening.


Chelsea will also be in European action in the week as they face Juventus in Turin on Wednesday.


Final score:

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City.

- Jesus (53’).


BBC Sports Player of the match:

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Line-ups:

Chelsea (3-5-2): Mendy; Azpilicueta ©, Christensen, Rüdiger; James (29’), Kanté (60’), Jorginho (76’), Kovačić, Alonso; Lukaku, Werner.

- Subs: Silva (29’), Havertz (60’), Loftus-Cheek (76’).


Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias ©, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne (81’); Jesus, Foden (87’), Grealish (87’).

- Subs: Mahrez (81’), Fernandinho (87’), Sterling (87’).


Referee:

Michael Oliver.


Attendance:

40,036.


Possession:

Chelsea (41%) vs Manchester City (59%).


Shots:

Chelsea (5) vs Manchester City (15).


Shots on target:

Chelsea (0) vs Manchester City (4).


Corners:

Chelsea (4) vs Manchester City (13).


Fouls:

Chelsea (12) vs Manchester City (13).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


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