Manchester City moved closer to their fourth Premier League title in five seasons after beating second-placed Chelsea 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of the table to 13 points with 16 games remaining.
A moment of magic from Kevin De Bruyne with 20 minutes remaining was all Man City needed, as he hit the target with a patent curling finish from outside the box. Man City fans chanted ‘Campeones, Campeones’, feeling the goal was good enough to secure victory.
The win marked Man City’s 12th successive league victory, a streak that has helped the defending champions build and solidify their considerable advantage.
Chelsea mainly focused on defense in the first half and were uninspired in attack, but had two half chances at the foot of star striker Romelu Lukaku. On a favorable first-half opportunity, the Belgian opted for a pass to an offside team-mate, then early in the second half his breakaway shot was saved by Man City goalkeeper Ederson who came out of his line to challenge.
With Chelsea all but eliminated from the title race, the blame shifts to third-placed Liverpool who have two games in hand and could still move within eight points of Man City with a one-on-one clash still on the schedule. .
“I think they [Chelsea] Come here. They had a good plan. They were tight defensively, but I think we played a very good game,” De Bruyne said after the game. “It was good to score the goal because it was important – it was the only one. But the team played very well today.”
Tuchel on his attack: “We had eight or nine transition chances but we didn’t touch in the box. I was unhappy with that. We can miss chances and I’m not unhappy with that.”
—Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 15, 2022
Final score between Man City and Chelsea
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MCI — Kevin De Bruyne — 70th min.
(all Eastern times)
Final: Manchester City 1, Chelsea 0
Fulltime: It felt like a goal was going to decide the game and it turned out to be the case. Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne scored the decisive goal in a moment of brilliance, while fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku failed to convert his chance for Chelsea. That’s what this game was all about in the end.
Tuchel on BT Sport: “Lukaku sometimes needs to serve, he’s included in that, he had a lot of loss of balls in very promising circumstances, he had a huge chance. Of course we want to serve him , but he is part of the team and the performance up front, we can do much better.”
—Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 15, 2022
Man City can easily create attacking buildups, which isn’t easy for the defensively-focused Chelsea. This ultimately explains the gap in the standings: while Man City have achieved a perfect 12W-0L-0D in their last twelve games, Chelsea have fallen to a mediocre record of 4W-2L-6D in the same period. Liverpool are the last remaining title challengers for Man City.
84th minute: SUB – Ilkay Gundogan replaces striker Kevin De Bruyne. Man City are still very much in control.
81st minute: SUB – Mason Mount replaces Marcos Alonso. Chelsea are now advancing and Man City are content to give up the ball, but the visitors have no clear ideas in attack.
70th minute: And just as Chelsea bring in the substitutes, Kevin De Bruyne delivers a moment of magic. He overtakes N’Golo Kante then takes a shot inside the right post and out of Kepa’s reach. Spectacular finish. And Man City fans are chanting “Campeones! Campeones!”
Kevin De Bruyne scored 5 PL goals against Chelsea. He hasn’t scored more against another team than his former club.
That’s how you open the scoring. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/8AzLx9ZbN3
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) January 15, 2022
69th minute: SUBS – Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner replace Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech. This speed could cause problems for Man City.
63rd minute: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa hits a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick over the bar for a corner kick. And then he hits the corner that follows. Kepa was confident and solid in goal in the absence of Edouard Mendy.
59th minute: After a spirited start, we settled into the same pattern of play as the first half. The submarines must not be too far. This game needs an injection of energy and ideas.
52nd minute: Another Man City cross from the left that crosses the face of Chelsea’s goal. These pieces are Exhibit A for fans and pundits who want to see Man City acquire a centre-forward.
47th minute: What a start to the half. Man City see a cross from De Bruyne go through Chelsea’s goal. Then, at the other end, Lukaku ran on a through ball and his shot was stopped by Ederson who ran away from his line. Ziyech couldn’t put away the rebound. Promising start.
46th minute: The second half is underway. No submarine to resume play.
Half time: Manchester City 0, Chelsea 0
Half time: The game unfolds as you would have imagined. Man City push the game, while Chelsea defend comfortably with a very good chance created by each team in the first half. At times, Man City wingers caused problems for Chelsea wingers, but the visitors held on.
The 0-0 at half-time is fine for Chelsea, but the Blues are going to have to take more attacking risks – they need to come away with a win from this one. Lukaku, Pulisic and Ziyech find it difficult to combine and changes in these forward positions are likely in the second half.
0 – Chelsea failed to attempt a first-half shot at the Etihad; the first time they have failed to do so in a Premier League game under Thomas Tuchel, and the first time overall since May 2018 against Newcastle. Protected. pic.twitter.com/lBBLcUcmF0
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 15, 2022
39th minute: What a stop from Kepa! Kevin De Bruyne stripped the ball from Mateo Kovacic outside the Chelsea box and Jack Grealish was one-on-one against the keeper, but Kepa came off his line and got the slightest deflection for a corner. It was the clearest chance of the game. The corner that followed was useless.
32nd minute: These teams cancel each other out. We have a second booking and it was Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic who was late to a tackle from behind on Bernardo Silva. Kovacic worked hard in midfield. In fact, most Chelsea midfielders and forwards have been busy chasing, defending and chasing the ball.
21st minute: This game will script: build Man City, target flanks and test Chelsea defenders. (So far Malang Sarr and Antonio Rudiger have been strong.) Chelsea are trying to win the ball back and move forward quickly, but their forwards are struggling to combine. Tuchel’s men need better play from centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.
14th minute: After a short Man City corner, John Stones gets a header on target but it’s just at Kepa. So far, the match looks like a real heavyweight battle.
10th minute: A slip from Man City centre-back Aymeric Laporte clears a lane for Romelu Lukaku who makes a bad call as he enters the box and passes to Ziyech, who was offside. A real opportunity vanishes for visitors.
7th minute: On the other flank, it’s Raheem Sterling who beats Marcos Alonso and the Chelsea man is booked for it. These Man City players are going to be a real problem for Chelsea.
4th minute: Man City’s Grealish almost beats Azpilicueta on a ball over the top and goalkeeper Kepa has to come off his line, pushing the ball away and pulling his team-mate away for a Man City corner. Nothing comes of it. It will be interesting to see if Man City target Azpilicueta during this game.
1st minute: After the players got down on one knee, Chelsea kicked things off. Hakim Ziyech is on the left and Christian Pulisic is installed on the right.
7:29 a.m.: The teams are on the field, the benches greeted each other. This game is about to start.
7:09 a.m.: Here is Thomas Tuchel’s explanation for going with Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech on Mason Mount.
Tuchel on the start of Ziyech & Pulisic on Mount: Christian & Hakim for their fresh legs and because they are a little more runners than, for example, Mason. We thought about it [playing a false nine] to maybe create a bit of overhead, but I think it might work for Romelu as well. #MCICHE
— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) January 15, 2022
6:52 a.m.: The lineups are released and described in full (with captions) in the next section. There are surprises on both sides with Ruben Dias (Man City) and Jorginho (Chelsea) on the bench to start the game. Man City have several academy players among the subs.
5:42 a.m.: Here’s something to kill time before the match: Rio Ferdinand sat down with Kevin De Bruyne:
“It’s a six-point game. The gap could be 13, 10 or 7 points. So that’s a big difference.”
—Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2022
5:30 a.m.: Praise from Pep Guardiola, who says he learned from Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel: “He makes world football better.”
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has been full of admiration for Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel ahead of the league-top clash this weekend 🙌 pic.twitter.com/TKodzFgsH3
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 14, 2022
Man City v Chelsea line-ups projected
Manchester City won’t have any players available due to COVID-19, but the club aren’t giving names. rear center John Stones is available again and takes over from the captain Ruben Dias , who makes a rare appearance on the bench. Jack Greish is back in the starting XI with Riyadh Mahrez at CAN 2022 with Algeria.
On the day of the match, we learned that Oleksandr Zinchenko is pop out after missing two matches due to COVID-19. The team also misses Nathan Ake , Cole Palmer and Kayky , but no reason for their absence has been disclosed so far.
Man City starting line-up (4-3-3, right to left): 31-Ederson (GK)—2-Kyle Walker, 5-John Stones, 14-Aymeric Laporte, 27-Joao Cancelo—17-Kevin De Bruyne, 16-Rodri, 20-Bernardo Silva—7-Raheem Sterling, 47-Phil Foden, 10-Jack Grealish
Man City Subs (9): 13-Zack Steffen (GK), 3-Ruben Dias, 97-Josh Wilson-Esbrand, 79-Luke Mbete, 25-Fernandinho, 8-Ilkay Gundogan, 90-Romeo Lavia, 87-James McAtee, 9-Gabriel Jesus
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has no new injury problems to deal with which is good news for the Blues. But the team will always be missing Reece James (tendon), Trevoh Chalobah (tendon), Ben Chilwell (ACL tear), Edouard Mendy (CAN 2022) and Andreas Christensen (COVID-19[FEMININE)
ailier américain Christian Pulišić joue dans un rôle d’attaquant préféré, tandis que Jorginho, Monture de maçon et Kai Havertz commencer sur le banc.
Composition de départ de Chelsea (3-4-3, de droite à gauche) : 1-Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) — 2-Antonio Rudiger, 6-Thiago Silva, 31-Malang Sarr — 28-Cesar Azpilicueta, 7-N’Golo Kante, 8-Mateo Kovacic, 3-Marcos Alonso — 10-Christian Pulisic, 9-Romelu Lukaku, 22-Hakim Ziyech
Sous-marins de Chelsea (9) : 13-Marcus Bettinelli (GK), 12-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 17-Saul Niguez, 18-Ross Barkley, 5-Jorginho, 20-Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19-Mason Mount, 29-Kai Havertz, 11-Timo Werner
PLUS: Mise à jour des meilleurs buteurs de la Premier League
How to watch Man City v Chelsea
- Dated: Saturday January 15
- Time: 7:30 a.m. ET
- TV channel: —
- Diffusion: Peacock (subscribers only)
Saturday’s match between Man City and Chelsea of the Etihad will be shown exclusively on NBC’s premium streaming platform, Peacock, in the United States.
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