Man City 2-1 Chelsea: Guardiola Men Earn Crucial Victory

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Manchester City moved up to third with a massive win on Saturday afternoon, as they beat Chelsea 2-1 at the Etihad.

Chelsea opened the scoring through N’Golo Kante, the Frenchman marking his 150th Chelsea appearance in style. Mateo Kovacic played a delightful ball over the top of City’s defence, and Kante picked it up and calmly slotted it past Ederson to draw first blood for the Blues.

The visitors’ lead didn’t last long though, City pegging them back just minutes later. The ball fell to Kevin de Bruyne on the edge of the box, and a huge deflection off Fikayo Tomori took it away from Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the back of the net.

City turned it around soon after with a neat goal from Riyad Mahrez, who waltzed through the Chelsea defence and tucked it away with grace. Sergio Aguero could’ve made it three when Arrizabalaga’s clearance came short, but the Argentine’s effort came off the crossbar.

The second half was end to end, both sides having a number of chances to score. Mahrez and De Bruyne almost got respective braces with attempts of their own, while Kante also wasn’t far off from getting his second of the afternoon – but his shot was deflected wide.

Manchester City thought they had wrapped it up in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling squeezed it past Arrizabalaga, but VAR overturned the goal for an extremely tight offiside.

After some mediocre defending at Anfield, it was no surprise to see ​Manchester Cit​y unable to handle the visitors early on, going behind through Kante’s strike. It looked like City could have a long night ahead, but they stayed focused on the task and drove forwards with real determination.

They got a crucial equaliser through De Bruyne, and before they knew it they were ahead thanks to Mahrez. A quick double blow put the Citizens in control of the game and gave them the confidence they needed to grasp the game by the scruff of its neck and neutralise an energetic Chelsea side.

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