Premier League: Chelsea loses against Manchester City 1-0 in a battle at Stamford Bridge. The stats line suggests almost everything with Chelsea having not a single shot on target.
Manchester City started pressuring Chelsea right from the whistle. It was the reason for their 60% possession against Chelsea’s 40%.
Gabriel Jesus was the lone scorer of the match. He hits the bottom left corner with a low strike. The shot took a slight deflection and it was enough to keep Chelsea’s keeper Mendy on the wrong foot.
The first half of the game was nearly equal but City looking sharp at both ends. Their attacking effort was top-notch with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Jesus, this season’s new recruiter Jack Grealish, and Phil Foden.
Chelsea and Manchester City are now tied for the second spot with equal points. But CIty’s goal difference being better lifts them up. So, much drama in the game as 5 yellow cards were shown.
Chelsea were running a 3-5-2 formation with the striker being wider than usual. While the opponent rocked with 4-3-3 standard formation.
Chelsea’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta after the game.
We’re disappointed with the result. It was not our best performance. Especially in the first half it was hard to get out. We didn’t create chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal we had a good reaction, but it was not enough to get something from the game.
“They were at their best level. We couldn’t keep the ball as we like to do. We made so many mistakes, ones that we normally don’t make. We tried to stay in the game. We lost the game after a short corner, which is disappointing.
“We are two great teams with great players and great ambition. Every game is different and every competition is different. We lost our chance to get three important points. Now we have to analyse what we didn’t do that well and move on to the next game. We didn’t lose the league today. If we’d have won we wouldn’t have won the league today either.”
Gabriel Jesus on the crucial win.
We prepared to play well. We came to play against one of the best teams in Europe. They play so good and have a lot of amazing players. We knew it was going to be difficult for us. We played very well and won the game.
“Sometimes we don’t play well, but if we suffer a little bit we can attack. We have a lot of top players to create chances and try to score goals. That’s what I think we are.
“I turned well and I was able to shoot. I was a bit lucky but I’m very happy to score that goal. The most important thing is that everyone played so well.”