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Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-Match Reaction

 

 

There were no surprises from either team in their lineups and setups, and the game itself didn’t play out in any surprising fashion either.

City controlled possession, mostly patient with the occasional long ball over the top for the likes of Grealish and De Bruyne and Sterling. But their best and only chance in the first-half came from a turnover from Kovačić at the top of the box. Kepa made a tremendous save on Grealish fortunately.

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Chelsea were looking for counters, and certainly had plenty of opportunities if not quite the quality to make them count. Multiple openings for Lukaku were either ignored or made a royal mess of, and the decision-making from the team left Tuchel visibly frustrated multiple times.

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Both teams had chances at the start of the second half, with Ederson making a good save on Lukaku, and City wasting a few promising opportunities.

The tactical tussle continued, and just when it looked like we might be able to get something out of the game, De Bruyne popped up to win it with a long shot, just like he did in 2017-18 at the Bridge.

Chelsea tried to mount a response, but it wasn’t really happening. And when it did, our final ball was greatly lacking.

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