Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Vibrant Citizens Earn Crucial Victory

Manchester City moved up to third with a massive win on Saturday afternoon, as they beat Chelsea 2-1 at the Etihad.

Chelsea opened the scoring through N’Golo Kante, the Frenchman marking his 150th Chelsea appearance in style. Mateo Kovacic played a delightful ball over the top of City’s defence, and Kante picked it up and calmly slotted it past Ederson to draw first blood for the Blues.

The visitors’ lead didn’t last long though, City pegging them back just minutes later. The ball fell to Kevin de Bruyne on the edge of the box, and a huge deflection off Fikayo Tomori took it away from Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the back of the net.

City turned it around soon after with a neat goal from Riyad Mahrez, who waltzed through the Chelsea defence and tucked it away with grace. Sergio Aguero could’ve made it three when Arrizabalaga’s clearance came short, but the Argentine’s effort came off the crossbar.

The second half was end to end, both sides having a number of chances to score. Mahrez and De Bruyne almost got respective braces with attempts of their own, while Kante also wasn’t far off from getting his second of the afternoon – but his shot was deflected wide.

Manchester City thought they had wrapped it up in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling squeezed it past Arrizabalaga, but VAR overturned the goal for an extremely tight offiside.


Key Talking Point

Kevin De Bruyne,David Silva,Rodrigo,John Stones

After some mediocre defending at Anfield, it was no surprise to see ​Manchester Cit​y unable to handle the visitors early on, going behind through Kante’s strike. It looked like City could have a long night ahead, but they stayed focused on the task and drove forwards with real determination.

They got a crucial equaliser through De Bruyne, and before they knew it they were ahead thanks to Mahrez. A quick double blow put the Citizens in control of the game and gave them the confidence they needed to grasp the game by the scruff of its neck and neutralise an energetic Chelsea side.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ederson (6); Cancelo (6), Stones (6), Fernandinho (5), Mendy (5); Rodrigo (6), D.Silva (6), De Bruyne (7); Mahrez (7*), Aguero (7), Sterling (6).

Substitutes: Gundogan (6), Foden (6), Jesus (6).

STAR MAN – ​Riyad Mahrez turned up when it mattered, scoring a lovely goal which turned out to be the winner. As well as scoring the decisive goal, his silky dribbling caused trouble for the Chelsea defence all afternoon, his attacking flair and energy crucial in City seeing out the win.


Key Talking Point


​Chelsea began the game brilliantly, playing as the better team with some excellent attacking play. Their opening goal was beautifully worked and was nothing less than they deserved, but from the moment the hosts equalised with an unlucky deflection, the Blues collapsed.

They were cut open so easily at the back, with City’s attackers weaving through their defence and breaking it down with such ease. Mahrez’s strike summed up the defensive frailties, and that was what ultimately cost them as they couldn’t stay tight at the back and opened up for City.

Chelsea were excellent in the first 25 minutes, and while they continued to attack well their defensive performance was once again the decisive factor. Frank Lampard’s side can take pride in the way they created chances and moved forward, but the defensive worries remain the key weakness as the Blues’ run of seven consecutive away wins comes to an end.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Arrizabalaga (6); Azpilicueta (6), Zouma (6), Tomori (6), Emerson (6); Kante (7), Jorginho (5), Kovacic (7); Willian (7*), Abraham (6), Pulisic (6).

Substitutes: James (6), Batshuayi (6), Mount (6).


STAR MAN – For the Blues, Willian was very good in attack and led Chelsea every time going forward. He was key with his passing cutting open City’s defence and drove forward with great intent every time, also being unlucky not to score a late equaliser at the Etihad.

Looking Ahead

Raheem Sterling,Mateo Kovacic

Manchester City are in ​Champions League action midweek, hosting Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk next Tuesday. The Citizens follow that up with a potentially tricky trip to Tyneside, meeting ​Newcastle on 30th November.

Chelsea continue their European campaign in Spain against Valencia in Group H next Wednesday. The Blues are then back at Stamford Bridge next Saturday for a London derby with the visit of ​West Ham.


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