Manchester City took another huge step to their third Premier League title as the Citizens cruised to a 1-0 victory against current holders Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
It was a surprisingly dominant performance from the home side, with Chelsea seemingly looking to grind out a narrow result in their quest to secure Champions League football for next season, after a failed attempt to challenge for their crown in the current campaign.
City outclassed and dominated their opponents into submission, picking off passes and pockets of space when they could, as they looked to break down Antonio Conte’s “brick wall” defence. Pep Guardiola’s men proved their worth as champions-elect with another stellar performance against a top six rival.
The first half chances were all from City as they looked to gain an advantage before the break. A Kevin De Bruyne free-kick was whipped into the box, with Leroy Sane taking the ball down and almost opening the scoring if it wasn’t for the heroics of Cesar Azpilicueta off his own goal line. Bernardo Silva also had two great chances that should have seen a better outcome.
After the break, City took the lead with just 30 seconds gone as Sergio Aguero laid the ball off to David Silva, who’s squared ball found his namesake Bernardo unmarked to tap in and give the home side a well deserved lead. Towards the end of the match, Chelsea failed to really threaten City until the last few moments of the match. Leroy Sane’s pace and trickery caused many problems for the Chelsea defence and on another day, it could have been a bigger scoreline.
For the away side, it is another wasted opportunity to gain some ground on the top four and puts more pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte. Whereas for City, it’s another win and a big step towards Pep Guardiola’s first domestic league title in England.
Here are our player ratings from the match.