The 22nd date of the Premier League kicked off with a match full of attractions. Manchester City, the super leader in the English league, received Chelsea, their escort, who was far away and now is even further away… Pep Guardiola’s team sought it out, deserved it and won it with a nice goal from Kevin De Bruyne, who nailed it from the outside for the final 1-0. Thus, City took 13 points from Tuchel’s men.
From the outset, the local dominated possession, territory, prominence and every aspect of the game, except the board. Manchester took the ball, moved it, but couldn’t find a way to hurt a Chelsea that stood up well against, with Lukaku only 9. Pep opted for a trident with Grealish, Foden and Sterling, who moved up, although in the PT found no spaces.
De Bruyne’s goal
In the ST the tone did not change, with the ball at the feet of those in light blue. After a good advance from Laporte, a touch from Rodri and a pass from Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne faced, looked at the goal and nailed it down, against a post. Nothing Kepa could do, who in the PT took Grealish one-on-one. Be careful, Ederson was also key, since before 1-0 he took the goal from Lukaku.
With the advantage, Guardiola’s team managed the game more calmly, while Tuchel sent everything to the field looking for a tie that never came. Werner, Mount and Hudson-Odoi entered but none could do more than Pulisic, Ziyech and company.
Thus, City reached 56 points and took 13 from Chelsea, which was 43. In addition, they won the two direct duels… Third, for now, is Liverpool, with 42, but two games less.