Man City see off Chelsea
Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off saw Manchester City play host to Chelsea.
After Liverpool narrowly beat Crystal Palace 2-1 earlier in the day, the Citizens found themselves 12 points adrift of 1st place in the Premier League when they kicked off at the Etihad.
So, Pep Guardiola’s side would have known a win was of paramount importance, if they wished to keep their title hopes alive.
Man City would indeed emerge with a victory, thanks to strikes from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.
N’Golo Kante got Chelsea’s only goal of the game.
Highlights: Manchester City 2-Chelsea 1
Guardiola praises Chelsea
After Saturday’s tie, which could have quite easily seen both sides score a lot more, Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Chelsea.
The Spaniard labeled Chelsea an incredible team, and spoke about their past successes:
“They are so good, they are an incredible team. It’s Chelsea. When you see in the last 20 years, Chelsea aren’t a bad side. The last six or seven years City won more titles but before that it was Manchester United and Chelsea – they were the best.
“Before teams [were] just defending and use the counter-attack, now teams have the courage to use young managers, they have players with spirit, nothing to lose and they go forward, play football that is nice.
“You can see the top teams are all playing incredibly well. Leicester, Liverpool, our team, Chelsea.” As quoted by Goal.
While Chelsea failed to beat City on Saturday, Blues fans should still take some positives away from the tie.
Their fairly inexperienced side held their own against one of the best clubs in Europe. Chelsea also put on a much better display than the last time these two sides met at the Eithad.
When Maurizio Sarri was in charge last term, Chelsea were comprehensively beaten 6-0 by City at the Etihad in a PL clash.