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Can the Blues thwart the reigning Champions again?

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LIVE BLOG:

FT: Phew. It’s over.

79min: David Silva does David Silva things and puts Zinchenko in space down the left with an impeccably weighted pass. The left-back crosses to Jesus, who makes it 6. SIX. 6-0.

78min: Loftus-Cheek dribbles well and wins a free-kick at the edge of the area for Emerson, who gets it within the frame of the goal but not much else.

74min: Gabriel Jesus is one-on-one with Kepa but is put off balance by Luiz, who appears to push him from behind. Chelsea have got away with that one. Meanwhile, David Silva replaces Fernandinho.

72min: Emerson replaces Marcos Alonso.

66min: Fernandinho tests Kepa from far out.

63min: Eden Hazard fires into the side netting, and there’s a substitution apiece; Gabriel Jesus gets a run out, replacing Aguero and Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Pedro.

59min: Aguero has another pop with his left foot but it’s from an acute angle and rather wayward.

58min: De Bruyne hits the target with a free-kick, it’s a comfortable save for Kepa.

55min: Five. Aguero sends Kepa the wrong way and seals his hat-trick.

54min: Raheem Sterling leaves Azpilicueta for dead and gets taken down, penalty to City.

51min: Kovacic replaces Barkley in a well-overdue substitution.

50min: Excellent wing-play from De Bruyne almost follows with Aguero netting a header but Kepa saves.

45min: The second half begins. Can we salvage anything at all?

HT: A whirwind 25 opening minutes saw Manchester City go four goals to the good. Chelsea then had some attempts on goal but didn’t really trouble Ederson apart from Higuain’s long-range strike. Is this mental confusion? Manchester City 4 - 0 Chelsea.

37min: Higuain has undoubtedly been our best attacker today. This time he unleashes a piledriver from distance and Ederson does well to stop it ripping through the top corner.

29min: Higuain is the next to shoot, from an Alonso cross, but his half-volley is blocked and goes out for a corner. An improvement, I guess.

28min: Pedro has a great chance to pull one back for Chelsea as Higuain sets him through with a deft touch, but the winger doesn’t particularly draw much effort from Ederson.

23min: Ilkay Gundogan has all the time in the world to shoot from distance, and puts it past Kepa. 4-0.

18min: Ross Barkley’s misguided header proves to be the perfect assist for Sergio Aguero, about 5cm in front of goal. 3-0.

14min: Aguero redeems himself for the earlier blunder with a ridiculous finish. 2-0.

11min: Hazard tries to take matters into his own hands, advancing strongly and shooting but it’s a tame effort, straight at Ederson.

7min: Bernardo skips past a bunch of defenders and puts it on a plate for Aguero but he inexplicably misses the target altogether.

3min: Bernardo Silva receives the ball in a lot of space rather casually, via a De Bruyne free-kick. His cross hits a Chelsea player and falls into the path of Sterling, who shoots powerfully and scores. 1-0.

2min: A lobbed pass from Jorginho attempts to release Higuain but it’s just a little overhit.

0min: City get us kicked off.


Chelsea face off against formidable opponents in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, in their own lair no less. Even a point would see the Blues back in the top four at Manchester United’s expense but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be going for all three points. Come on, Chelsea!


Chelsea starting line-up (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta (c), Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso | Kante, Jorginho, Barkley | Pedro, Higuain, Hazard

Substitutes from: Caballero, Christensen, Willian, Giroud, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Emerson

Manchester City starting line-up (4-1-4-1): Ederson | Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko | Fernandinho | Sterling, De Bruyne, Gundogan, B. Silva | Aguero

Substitutes from: Muric, Mahrez, Otamendi, Danilo, Jesus, D. Silva, Sane


Date / Time: Sunday, February 10, 16:00 GMT; 11am EST; 9:30pm IST

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Referee: Mike Dean

Forecast: Light rain, fairly mild

On TV: Sky Sports Main Event (UK); NBCSN, Telemundo (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); elsewhere

Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India)


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