‘What a player!’ Pep believes Lukaku has made Chelsea a ‘stronger’ team
Follow live reaction after Manchester City beat Chelsea in what could be a pivotal match in this season’s Premier League title race.
The Blues beat the defending champions three successive times at the end of last season, including the Champions League final in May to become European champions for a second time. But City earned a measure of revenge with an all-important three points in their bid to defend their crown on Saturday afternoon.
Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the game after his deflected second-half shot beat Edouard Mendy in the home goal.Thomas Tuchel’s side responded to the setback but were unable to get back on terms and failed to register a single shot on target.
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Pep Guardiola speaking to BT Sport
A delighted Pep Guardiola spoke to BT Sport after the game and touched on Gabriel Jesus, becoming Man City most successful manager in terms of wins and beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He said:
Today the guys were outstanding. At this stadium and against this opponent, to do what we have done makes me so proud.
“We came here and did our game. Sometimes you can’t do it because the opponent is better. We were encouraged to press high and they could not make the build-up.
“Gabriel [Jesus] always gives everything. You cannot say anything to him. Every single game he runs for his team-mates. Having these types of players makes me so happy.
“I’m so proud. We’ve done it at Stamford Bridge at the last Champions League winner. We’ve been magnificent together. It makes me proud, a little bit for myself but especially for the club.”
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:55
Thoughts of Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta says his side are disappointed with the result after suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season against Manchester City. He said:
We’re disappointed with the result. It was not our best performance. Especially in the first half it was hard to get out. We didn’t create chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal we had a good reaction, but it was not enough to get something from the game.
“They were at their best level. We couldn’t keep the ball as we like to do. We made so many mistakes, ones that we normally don’t make. We tried to stay in the game. We lost the game after a short corner, which is disappointing.
“We are two great teams with great players and great ambition. Every game is different and every competition is different. We lost our chance to get three important points. Now we have to analyse what we didn’t do that well and move on to the next game. We didn’t lose the league today. If we’d have won we wouldn’t have won the league today either.”
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:49
Reaction from Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus spoke to to BT Sport after securing all three points for Manchester City in their top of the table clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He said:
We prepared to play well. We came to play against one of the best teams in Europe. They play so good and have a lot of amazing players. We knew it was going to be difficult for us. We played very well and won the game.
“Sometimes we don’t play well, but if we suffer a little bit we can attack. We have a lot of top players to create chances and try to score goals. That’s what I think we are.
“I turned well and I was able to shoot. I was a bit lucky but I’m very happy to score that goal. The most important thing is that everyone played so well.”
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:46
Man City land blow on Chelsea to shift tone of Premier League title race
The Manchester City manager claimed his first victory in England over the German, and shifted the tone of this burgeoning title race, with a 1-0 win over Chelsea thanks to a fortuitous – but deserved – Gabriel Jesus goal.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:43
Gabriel Jesus scores to beat Chelsea
Lots of talk in the build-up to today’s game about how Manchester City don’t have a prolific No. 9 after missing out on Harry Kane during the transfer window but it was their current No. 9 who made the difference today.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:39
City beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:35
City draw level with Chelsea
After three consecutive defeats to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team Pep Guardiola found the formula to overcome the Blues. Gabriel Jesus’ deflected effort was the difference between the teams.
City pick up three points and move up to second in the table. They draw level with Chelsea and Manchester United, who have just lost to Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Liverpool also have 13 points but they play Brentford later today.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:29
Full-time: Chelsea 0 – 1 Man City
90+5 mins: Last chance saloon for the Blues as Christensen fires a long free kick into the box. It’s headed to Azpilicueta who flicks it on towards Werner but Ederson beats him to the ball and clings on to it.
The final whistle goes and Manchester City claim the points!
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:23
Chelsea 0 – 1 Man City
90+2 mins: Time running out for Chelsea. The travelling City fans are starting to celebrate what would be an impressive win for Pep Guardiola’s men. Chelsea can’t get the ball into the final third.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:21
Chelsea 0 – 1 Man City
90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 14:19