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Three months after the Chelsea will snatch the European glory, the Manchester City avenged that defeat with a victory in the Premier League (0-1) that allows them to get hooked on top of the table. After three consecutive losses against the Blues, the City stormed Stamford Bridge with un goal by Gabriel Jesús the day he Guardiola became the coach with the most victories in the history of the English club.
The Manchester City, with the vivid memory of Porto, because the Blue fans kept repeating it to them, showed up at Stamford Bridge as the best team. With a positional domain and a pressure that suffocated Chelsea and did not let him do anything with the ball.
The only thing left to those of Tuchel was to send long balls to the back of Timo Werner for him to deal with the City centrals, who had little problem scaring him away, while Lukaku went completely unnoticed.
But like so many other times, possession of City was inert. Not a shot on goal in 45 minutes produced those of Pep Guardiola, that began to tighten more as the break approached, with distant attempts to Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesús, who had the clearest in a center that he pocketed with his chest and finished off very wide on the half turn.
The Brazilian was Guardiola’s bet, because he decided to put him glued to a band, giving him constant instructions, instead of moving him to the position of nine. City had other options more pure for the lime line, such as Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, but Guardiola chose Gabriel Jesús.
And even though the first 45 minutes could prove him wrong, the bet ended up paying. A few minutes into the second half, Joao Cancelo tried his luck from outside the area, Chelsea’s dense defense blocked, but the leather fell to Gabriel Jesús.
Up to three players had on top the Brazilian, who, to make matters worse, had his back turned to the goal. His dance began. He showed the exit on the right flank to Rudiger, faked, turned to the left and took a shot that bit into Jorginho and slipped before the useless gaze of Mendy.
Al Chelsea knocked out the goal, so much so that Gabriel Jesús rounded the second in a low center that left him with Mendy already beaten. But, without a goalkeeper, Thiago Silva took the double from the Brazilian on the goal line. Not even with the result against, Chelsea disarmed City, which was able to extend the lead by hand in hand that Mendy saved Grealish, but he ended up being satisfied with the 0-1.
The Manchester City, who was in danger of falling within six points of Chelsea with a loss today, goes up to the third place with 13 units, the same as Chelsea and Liverpool, which has one game less.
0 – Chelsea: Mendy; Alonso, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, James (Silva, m.28); Jorginho (Loftus-Cheek, m.76), Kanté (Havertz, m.60), Kovacic; Werner y Lukaku.
1 – Manchester City: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Walker; Rodri, De Bruyne (Mahrez, m.81), Foden (Fernandinho, m.87); Grealish (Sterling, d.87), Silva and Jesus.
Goals: 0-1. Gabriel Jesus, m.53.
Referee: Michael Oliver admonished Alonso (m.77), Christensen (m.78) and Rudiger (m.84) by the locals and Laporte (m.65) and Dias (m.94) by the visitors.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixth day of the Premier League played at the Stamford Bridge stadium (London).
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.