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Man City and Ilkay Gundogan set PL records vs Chelsea

Both Manchester City and Ilkay Gundogan became the owners of impressive Premier League records, following their victory over Chelsea this evening.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at the Etihad, with City having come into proceedings hoping to extend their already massive lead atop the Premier League table.

The Sky Blues sat 15 points clear of nearest challengers Liverpool in the English top-flight table before today, and no doubt headed into this evening’s clash brimming with confidence, having put Arsenal to the sword by 3 goals to nil in consecutive fixtures over the last week.

Chelsea, meanwhile, saw their positive recent streak of results come to an end at the hands of Manchester United last time out, with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard ensuring that Jose Mourinho got one over on his former employers.

First-half

The opening 45 minutes this evening saw hosts City unsurprisingly control the majority of possession, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane particularly influential.

However, chances were few and far between, with Cesar Azpilicueta’s clearance off the line from Leroy Sane’s driven effort the closest that either side came to a goal.

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In fact, so little did visitors Chelsea create over the course of the first-half, that the Blues actually managed to equal an unwanted 14-year-old club record, as showcased below:

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The second-half saw little change, with City in complete control and Chelsea struggling to establish any kind of stranglehold on proceedings.

And the utter dominance of the hosts finally paid dividends shortly after the restart, as Bernardo Silva beat Marcos Alonso to David Silva’s squared delivery to the back post to slot past Thibaut Courtois.

Despite the absolute gulf between the sides throughout proceedings, the solitary goal was all that separated the giants of English football at full-time, as City moved one step closer to an inevitable Premier League crown.

Record-setters

In the aftermath of this evening’s matchup, a number of fascinating statistics have helped to accurately showcase both just how impressive City were over the course of the 90 minutes, as well as how surprisingly poor Chelsea were.

And perhaps no others succeed in more aptly highlighting both of these points than the following pair of stats:

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