In a clash of the Beauty and the Beast, Man City been the former won and deservingly so too. Chelsea the defending champions were home at the Bridge but were largely dominated by the Guardiola’s footy juggernauts. City, even on 90 minutes rarely took their foot off the gas in a highly tensed and hugely entertaining match for the neutrals.
The game began with city dominating the proceedings via the eventual match winner Debruyne, and the ageless maestro David Silva, with Raheem Sterling also causing Chelsea’s back line all sorts of problems with his direct runnings and searing pace. Worthy of mention; days before the match City lost star striker Aguero to broken ribs injury which he got from a car accident in Amsterdam where he went to see a music concert and after just 30 minutes into the contest Chelsea also lost their star man Morata to hamstring injury rendering their hitherto threatening attack weak. Much more so that Eden Hazard who stepped in as a false nine did little to hurt City. He was shackled and was hauled off in the second half after Conte saw enough of him.
City played much of the first half in Chelsea’ half. They pegged Chelsea back into their half with series of master displays. Despite the fact that City had much of the ball they were still unable to break down the defensively astute Chelsea until the second period.
Kelvin Debruyne whom Chelsea sold to Wolfsburg for a paltry £18 came back as a City player to stun the Stamford Bridge faithfuls with the match winner. After an interplay with Gabriel Jesus he fired a shot at goal from 25 yards. City, with this result kicked Man Utd off top of the log with a goal difference. Utd had earlier in the afternoon battered sorry Crystal Palace 4 nil.