Chelsea have suffered yet another defeat as they fall 2-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad. The Blues were able to keep the score level by half-time but could not continue that way after the restart with Mahrez scoring a superb free kick.
Julian Alvarez doubled the lead few minutes later to ensure City qualify for the next round of the Carabao Cup.
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Goal! Man City 2-0 Chelsea
Cityzens are running away with it! Alvarez doubles the lead for Pep’s men.
Goal! Man City 1-0 Chelsea
Mahrez opens the scoring with a superb free kick. Mendy was planted to the ground as the ball was played over the wall.
We are back for the second 45!
Nothing to separate the sides at half-time. Both teams had decent opportunities to go ahead but they could not bury their chances.
And we are off!
Rico Lewis and Cole Palmer are the two youngsters who come into Pep Guardiola’s XI. Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne provide able back-up off the bench. Seven changes from the weekend as Kalvin Phillips returns to the squad.
Mateo Kovacic returns to a midfield featuring young Lewis Hall for Chelsea. Trevoh Chalobah, Edouard Mendy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marc Cucurella are the only players to survive from the defeat against Arsenal. Like City, the visitors have picked a strong bench but find space for Omari Hutchinson.
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