Bernardo Silva scored the only goal as Manchester City took another stride towards the Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over lacklustre Chelsea.
The scoreline did not reflect City’s dominance of a one-sided contest at the Etihad Stadium, with fading champions Chelsea offering little as they slipped to a fourth defeat in five league games.
The visitors did at least make City dig deep for their victory as, playing without a recognised striker they sat back, but Silva’s 46th-minute breakthrough was no less than the hosts deserved.
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Star man – David Silva
Leroy Sane was brilliant in the first half but it was David Silva who took control of the contest after the break. It was his cross that Bernardo Silva converted to give City the lead and thereafter Chelsea’s midfield were just chasing David Silva’s shadow.
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Chelsea suffered a fourth consecutive away loss in all competitions for the first time in 14 years, with Antonio Conte’s men losing to Arsenal, Watford, Manchester United and City.
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Conte’s decision to drop Alvaro Morata not only robbed his team of a natural striker but also left their star man, Eden Hazard, out of position and constantly frustrated. The Blues defended well in the first period but they were unable to offer any attacking threat as Hazard remained anonymous, and Conte waited too long to make alterations. Morata was stripped and ready to come on at one point but he sat back down and only then emerged in the final minute.
Manchester City: Ederson 6, Kyle Walker 6, Nicolas Otamendi 7, Aymeric Laporte 6, Oleksandr Zinchenko 5, Kevin De Bruyne 6, Ilkay Gundogan 7, Bernardo Silva 7, David Silva 8, Leroy Sane 8, Sergio Aguero 6. Subs: Gabriel Jesus (for Aguero, 85) 5, Danilo (for Zinchenko, 87) 5, Phil Foden (for David Silva, 90) 5.
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 6, Cesar Azpilicueta 7, Andreas Christensen 5, Antonio Rudiger 6, Victor Moses 6, Cesc Fabregas 7, Danny Drinkwater 5, Marcos Alonso 5, Willian 6, Eden Hazard 4, Pedro 5. Subs: Olivier Giroud (for Willian, 78) 5, Emerson Palmieri (for Pedro, 82) 5, Alvaro Morata (for Hazard, 90) 5.
Who’s up next?
Manchester City v Basel (Champions League, March 7)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Premier League, March 10)