Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has again suffered defeat to Chelsea home and away this season for the first time after becoming manager of the club this season with City having to battle for the top-four place in the table as the game ended with Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City.
Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a 10th-minute lead when his shot deflected off returning City captain Vincent Kompany past keeper Willy Caballero, who should have done better.
Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was also badly at fault when his poor clearance to David Silva set up Sergio Aguero’s equaliser after 26 minutes – but Chelsea were back in front before half-time.
They were awarded a penalty after Fernandinho tripped Pedro and even though Cabellero saved Hazard’s spot-kick, the rebound fell kindly for the Belgian to score.
City, who stay in fourth, had the better chances in a tense second period, with Kompany’s header bouncing back off the bar and John Stones shooting over from six yards in injury time.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told Match of the Day: “My look is tired because I feel like I played it tonight with my players. I suffered with them.
“But we must be pleased because we beat a strong team – the best team in the league. I think they have a great coach – the best in the world. To win this type of game at this time of the season is great.”
Man City boss Pep Guardiola told Match of the Day: “It’s an honour to have the amazing players I have. We come here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we have, with huge personality. I’m a lucky guy to manage these guys.”
Man of the match – Eden Hazard
- Eden Hazard is the first Chelsea player to score home and away against Man City in the Premier League since Salomon Kalou in 2007-08.
- Hazard now has 10 Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge this season – more than any other player. This is the second time he’s reached double figures at home in the league, after netting 10 there in 2013-14.
- Sergio Aguero has scored five goals at Stamford Bridge as an away player in the Premier League – the only player with more is Robin van Persie (six), while Craig Bellamy also has five.
- Pep Guardiola has suffered six league defeats as Manchester City boss this season – his highest tally in a single league season as a manager.
Credits: BBC, Stingged.com