- Gabriel Jesus’s second-half goal was enough to settle a tense game between Chelsea and Manchester City
- The Blues failed to muster a single shot on target as Pep Guardiola’s men put up a tactical masterclass
- The win takes City to second on the log, level on points with Chelsea but ahead on goal difference
An impressive Manchester City side silenced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge thanks to a lone Gabriel Jesus goal on Saturday, September 25.
It was a meeting between two sides heavily tipped to challenge for the Premier League title this season, with Pep Guardiola securing his first win over Thomas Tuchel in four attempts.
After cancelling each other in the first half , City finally got their breakthrough in the 53rd minute as Jesus struck an effort which went off Jorginho to beat goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
In truth, City should have won by a much larger goal margin but were at times guilty of slack finishing.
Jack Grealish drew two excellent saves from Mendy while Jesus should have bagged a brace but one of his efforts was brilliantly quelled off the line by Thiago Silva.
Pep Guardiola cut an agitated figure for large parts of the game despite his side taking the lead, presumably because he felt his team should have buried the game long ago.
Regardless, it was a performance of very little flaws from Manchester City, whose defensive combination of Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte did brilliantly to quell the Chelsea attack.
For Chelsea, it will be back to the drawing board as Tuchel’s side was far from the effective unit that has been dominating the last few Premier League games.
A disheartening statistic for Tuchel is his side did not muster a single shot on target throughout the match, and they did not look like breaking the City defence if they played all afternoon.
Man United lose to Aston Villa
In the other early kick-off clash, Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty in the 93rd minute as a tame Manchester United lost to Aston Villa at Old Trafford.