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Gabriel Jesus’s deflected strike seals Manchester City win over Chelsea

This was Manchester City reminding their rivals that they remain the team to beat, ending Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season with a wonderfully assured performance.


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Rodri’s game by numbers vs. Chelsea:

95% pass accuracy
91 touches
11 final third entries
5 duels won
3 tackles
2 interceptions
1 foul won

He was excellent today. 👏


This was Manchester City reminding their rivals that they remain the team to beat. Pep Guardiola’s team were at their authoritative best from start to finish, ending Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season with a wonderfully assured performance, and on this evidence their failure to sign Harry Kane is not going to make it harder for the champions to retain their title.

It had the feel of a statement victory. Gabriel Jesus, a striker playing on the right wing, scored the only goal and City easily could have won by more. They delighted in gaining revenge for their defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final and it felt like an important moment for Guardiola, who was delighted to end a run of three consecutive defeats against Thomas Tuchel.

The pattern of play demonstrated why Tuchel had warned that Chelsea could not afford to drop their focus for a single second. City seized control from the start, their defence pushing daringly high, and there were long spells when it seemed that they were capable of keeping the ball all afternoon. It was a bold, expansive approach from Guardiola’s side, whose aggression made it difficult for Chelsea to build from the back, and it was telling that Tuchel was more animated than usual in his technical area, bellowing at his players and urging them to show more composure in possession.

The pattern of play demonstrated why Tuchel had warned that Chelsea could not afford to drop their focus for a single second. City seized control from the start, their defence pushing daringly high, and there were long spells when it seemed that they were capable of keeping the ball all afternoon. It was a bold, expansive approach from Guardiola’s side, whose aggression made it difficult for Chelsea to build from the back, and it was telling that Tuchel was more animated than usual in his technical area, bellowing at his players and urging them to show more composure in possession.

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