Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City revived their title aspirations by besting West London giants Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
The Blues had early injury concerns as both Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic were subbed off before the 22nd minute mark, but they held their own as the opening period ended goalless.
The second half saw the Cityzens break the deadlock through substitute Riyad Mahrez, who turned home Jack Grealish’s cross in the 63rd minute. The result sees Pep Guardiola’s side remain second on the PL standings, five points behind leaders Arsenal.
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FULL-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
63′ MIN: The two substitutes combine as Jack Grealish’s teasing low cross is converted by Riyad Mahrez.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City (R. Mahrez)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City
HALF-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City
KICK-OFF AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City
The Cityzens have in their firepower the Norwegian Viking in the person of Erling Haaland, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva will be partners in attack, while Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan shall be in the heart of the midfield.
Chelsea’s line-up sees the duo of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marc Cucurella on both flanks of the defence, there is no place for Jorginho in the starting XI while Hakim Ziyech starts alongside Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling.