Riyad Mahrez got here off the bench to attain the one objective of the match as Manchester Metropolis beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. After Arsenal’s goalless draw with Newcastle earlier within the week, the prospect was there for Pep Guardiola’s aspect to chop the hole to the Gunners on the high, and so they did simply that as Mahrez moved them to inside 5 factors of the Premier League leaders.
Chelsea have been pressured into two adjustments earlier than 20 minutes had been performed at Stamford Bridge, Raheem Sterling pressured off in opposition to his former membership with an obvious hamstring damage earlier than Christian Pulisic trudged off shortly afterwards. That didn’t dishearten the Blues although and so they have been the higher aspect for a lot of the half.
Metropolis provided little or no within the first-half however they flew out of the blocks and made a superb begin to the second. The objective felt inevitable and it got here simply after the hour mark, Metropolis’s two adjustments in large areas combining. Grealish performed a superb first-time ball throughout the face of objective, and Mahrez was there on the again put up for the only of finishes.
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Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter confirmed the energy of his character in opposition to Manchester Metropolis by taking off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, himself a substitute, for an 18-year-old-debutant.
The 33-year-old striker has struggled for minutes beneath Potter in current weeks however bought his likelihood after Raheem Sterling was injured within the first couple of minutes of the match.
An nameless outing noticed him contact the ball simply as soon as within the opposition’s field and 14 occasions total.
Potter has been mild, mild-mannered and relaxed within the face of poor performances and dangerous physique language however he cracked right here, taking off the Gabon worldwide to present Omari Hutchinson his debut.
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Guardiola’s post-match ideas
“Within the second half we have been miles, miles higher in each division. It is a massive consequence for us.
Riyadh [Mahrez] I knew the area could be there for him. He is good one-on-one within the last third. John Stones has performed extraordinary within the World Cup and he can adapt completely with three or out large. He’s enjoying at the perfect degree, possibly for the primary time in seven years since we arrived collectively. When he’s enjoying like this it is so good.
“Grealish’s physique language is outstanding if he performs or does not play. These kind of fellows at all times play good. He was actually good defensively too.”
Thiago Silva – 7
Impressively caged Erling Haaland within the first half alongside his defensive companion. It was delicate, unremarkable however good.
Kalidou Koulibaly – 7
Just like his companion for the primary half and he was in all probability the least at fault for the objective.
Marc Cucurella – 5
The left-back was focused within the first half however, to his credit score, it did not work. He resisted a joint effort from Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo to reveal him as a weak point with them each getting substituted earlier than the hour mark. Mahrez escaped his marking to attain late on.
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So Manchester Metropolis now solely 5 factors behind Arsenal, and 4 away from Newcastle in second with a sport in hand.
Issues proceed for Chelsea, tenth within the desk and ten factors off the highest 4. They’re as near the relegation zone as they’re the Champions League spots.
Watch: Mahrez with solely objective of the match
Nicear Kinsella at Stamford Bridge
A superb, fascinating match. Chelsea confirmed they have been a great, dedicated workforce however got here away with nothing after Guardiola’s subs mix.
A benchmark show however then Chelsea stay in tenth and 10 factors behind the highest 4 groups.
FT: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester Metropolis
Metropolis get the job executed and shut the hole to Arsenal to 5 factors!
Mahrez’s tap-in sufficient for the guests, who actually solely clicked into gear for about 20 minutes however that is all it took.
Chelsea with an honest sufficient show, significantly contemplating the damage issues, however their issues in entrance of objective stay.
90+1 min: Take all of it again.
It actually opens up for Chelsea, they have a five-on-three as they break. Involves Corridor on the left of the field, huge likelihood for the full-back however he hammers the strike over the bar.
90 min: 4 minutes added on, nonetheless time for Chelsea.
Corridor has been so spectacular since approaching, actually direct together with his operating at left-back. He deserves extra alternatives judging by this displaying.
88 min: Metropolis have not had an assault since they scored, actually have simply sat off. Chelsea have not been in a position to profit from their possession although.
Giving it to Gallagher seems to be to be the hosts’ finest likelihood, chaos is following him round.