Manchester City demonstrated their Premier League title credentials with a dominant 1-0 victory at champions Chelsea.
Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal as Pep Guardiola’s men suffocated Chelsea with their intensity to move six points clear of the holders after seven games.
Chelsea lost striker Alvaro Morata to an apparent hamstring problem in the first half and were second best to a City side denied when Thibaut Courtois saved from David Silva and then Fernandinho before De Bruyne’s winner.
Tweet of the match
Star man – Kevin de Bruyne
The Belgian might play deeper than he used to but his influence is certainly not diminished. De Bruyne builds City’s attacks, creates chances and, as he proved here, can score goals of the highest quality. His strike was worthy of winning any match.
View from the bench
This contest was billed as a battle of wits between two of the world’s finest football brains but it was Guardiola that outfoxed Antonio Conte with a brave, attacking display. Conte’s side were hampered by an injury to Morata in the first half and will hope the striker’s problem is not too serious. But they were outplayed for much of this match by a team seemingly more eager to play the sort of free-flowing football Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich once demanded at Stamford Bridge.
Guardiola has beaten Chelsea in normal time for the first time in his managerial career at the eighth attempt.
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois: 6 (out of 10), Antonio Rudiger: 5, Andreas Christensen: 7, Gary Cahill: 6, Cesar Azpilicueta: 6, N’Golo Kante: 7, Tiemoue Bakayoko: 5, Marcos Alonso: 6, Alvaro Morata: 6, Eden Hazard: 6, Cesc Fabregas: 5. Substitutes: Willian (for Morata, 35 minutes): 5, Pedro (for Hazard, 73): 6, Michy Batshuayi (for Bakayoko, 73): 6.Manchester City: Ederson: 7, Kyle Walker: 8, John Stones: 6, Nicolas Otamendi: 6, Fabian Delph: 7, Fernandinho: 7, Kevin De Bruyne: 9, Leroy Sane: 6, David Silva: 7, Raheem Sterling: 8, abriel Jesus: 6. Substitutes: Bernardo Silva (for David Silva, 76): 6, Ilkay Gundogan (for Sane, 84): 6, Danilo (for De Bruyne, 90): 5.
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