Manchester City – Chelsea: City Win Narrowly In Free-Flowing Match (2-1)
Chelsea came to the Etihad with a positive attitude and looked to impose themselves on the game in a way that not too many teams do away at Manchester City. They were able to take the lead through N’Golo Kanté. City quickly replied through Kevin De Bruyne, and then began to find joy through De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez on Chelsea’s left side. Mahrez’ goal to make it 2-1 before half-time ultimately proved to be the winner, as Chelsea’s performance dropped somewhat in the second half.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Chelsea came into this game in third place in the Premier League, ahead of their opponents Manchester City, who sat fourth. This was a reflection of the strong form enjoyed by Frank Lampard’s team recently, as they were on a run of six consecutive league wins.
Before the international break City had just suffered their third defeat of the season, against title frontrunners Liverpool. This game was therefore hugely important for Pep Guardiola’s side, as they simply cannot afford any more missteps because of the ruthless pace Liverpool have set.
City started in their usual 4-3-3 formation. Fernandinho continued his run at center-back, lining up alongside John Stones, while Rodri occupied the number six position. João Cancelo was chosen at right back, with Riyad Mahrez ahead of him replacing the suspended Bernardo Silva.
Lampard’s side also used a 4-3-3 system . . .