Chelsea vs Manchester City
Gabriel Jesus’ 53rd-minute strike was once the distinction between the sides, with a Romelu Lukaku aim dominated out for offside.
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“We choose to play good, so we come to play towards one of the quality groups in the world, European champions, they are so good, they have a lot of fantastic players. We performed very properly and gained the game,” Jesus said.
“I grew to become good, shot and acquired a little fortunate however I am very joyful to rating that goal. The most necessary issue is that every body performed so good.
“It is now not about the message, we usually strive to play as properly as possible. We have a lot of pinnacle gamers to create the probabilities and rating the goals.”
Chelsea had crushed City in their ultimate three conferences prior to Saturday’s conflict — with the contemporary coming in closing season’s Champions League final. The end result marked Pep Guardiola’s side’s fifth smooth sheet in the Premier League in a row.
“We misplaced the sport and City deserved to win. Until the aim we had been very sturdy in the final 20 metres of the field, however solely there unfortunately. Everywhere else we have been now not desirable adequate to relieve stress and to damage them,” Thomas Tuchel said.
“The overall performance was once now not complicated enough. Overall, simply, we have been no longer at our great level. After the aim it felt a little bit like the trust in triumphing was once better than the concern of losing, I do not be aware of why. We tried to push and get the crowd in the back of us. It was once a very emotional recreation however in no way on our very best level.”
City dominated the first 1/2 with shut to 70% possession for most of it, urgent excessive in opposition to Tuchel’s side.
However, the Chelsea defence held robust and the facets entered half-time level.
City eventually managed to locate a hole eight minutes into the 2nd 1/2 via Jesus.
Joao Cancelo broke with the ball and gained a nook that used to be delivered brief and then into the box. Jesus’ strike took a mild deflection, which noticed it spin previous Edouard Mendy.
It regarded like Chelsea had evened it 10 minutes later when Lukaku tapped the ball into the City net. However, Kai Havertz was once nicely offside and the purpose was once disallowed.
Jack Grealish had the best chance to double City’s lead on eighty two minutes when he broke away from the Chelsea defence however Mendy stood tall and saved his shot.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso was once the solely player no longer to take a knee earlier than the sport after pronouncing on Tuesday that he idea the gesture used to be “losing a bit of strength.”