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Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City, Premier League: Post-match reaction

Back to winning, baby!

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

On the back of a surprising loss to Crystal Palace last weekend, Chelsea took themselves to the Stamford Bridge in their trial to get important points against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. Although City kept the statistical dominance, the Blues made it through with what matters the most: three points on top of a direct title rival with a 2-1 scoreline.

  • The initial line-up with Kurt Zouma at the backline and Cesc Fabregas in the midfield had me worried for a bit, but they did a good job today;
  • It was an eventful game as expected, with Manchester City dominating ball retention and shot attempts while Chelsea were more efficient throughout the game. The game did level out a bit once Zouma made way for Nemanja Matic to strengthen our midfield, with César Azpilicueta - who did a fine job at right wing back - returning to centre back duties;
  • Eden Hazard once again steps up majorly in a big game for us with 2 goals today. His penalty taking technique still irks me but at least he scored his second goal on the rebound;
  • Good to see Pedro back in his original position, wreaking havoc on City's defense and eventually earning the penalty that lead to our second goal;
  • Despite gifting Manchester City a goal in the first half, Thibaut Courtois had some good interventions today to keep the Blues ahead in the score;
  • Oh, Diego... Where art thou?;
  • A win is always a good result, especially on a day where Tottenham almost (!) fell to Swansea. Only 8 games left ahead now!

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