An emotional Premier League clash was expected, as was the case with the hectic Chelsea Liverpool on January 2. But this Manchester City – Chelsea (1-0), played this Saturday at the start of the afternoon, as part of the 22nd day of the Championship, has long proved frustrating, poor in opportunities, until a splendid goal scored on a curling shot from Kevin de Bruyne, as distant as it is precise (70th).
Previously, the English champions and Premier League leaders have long been wary of their current runner-up and reigning European champion. The Blues, who didn’t take a shot on goal before the break, gave the impression that they only wanted to play the counterattack. As for the Sky Blues, led by an initially disappointing De Bruyne, they struggled to find openings against the opposing defensive block, in which Malang Sarr put in a very good performance (even though he was only playing his second game in Premier League of the season).
Grealish stumbled on Kepa
In this context, the first period was only illuminated by an attempt by Jack Grealish, who, taking advantage of a ball lost by Mateo Kovacic, stumbled on an excellent exit from Kepa Arrizabalaga (39th). The second half was barely livelier, with the exception of a shot from Romelu Lukaku well deflected by Ederson (48th) and a shot too crossed by Raheem Sterling (68th).
Then there was this flash of genius from De Bruyne (70th), which changes a lot of things. Since, thanks to his goal, Manchester City has a 13-point lead over Chelsea. The league title now seems promised to the Citizens, while second place in the Londoners’ standings is now threatened by Liverpool, who are only one point, host Brentford this Sunday and who will then still have a late game to play.