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Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Gabriel Jesus fires dominant visitors to victory

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Stamford Bridge
Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City, shot, Chelsea
Gabriel Jesus' second Premier League goal of the season earned Man City all three points at Stamford Bridge

Manchester City produced an impressive display to end Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season with a deserved victory at Stamford Bridge.

In the meeting between two sides fully expected to fight it out for this season's Premier League title, the reigning champions dominated against a strangely passive and conservative Chelsea.

Gabriel Jesus settled a tight affair when his 53rd-minute effort took a touch off Jorginho to beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy - but few could question City's right to the win against the team who beat them in last May's Champions League final, and the victory margin should have been far more emphatic.

Jesus almost added a second when Thiago Silva cleared his effort off the line while Aymeric Laporte should have scored but somehow slid a shot wide from inside the six-yard box.

Mendy also produced two crucial saves from the excellent Jack Grealish.

It was the perfect start to a crucial week for City and manager Pep Guardiola as they prepare to visit Paris St-Germain in the Champions League this week then take on Liverpool at Anfield next Sunday.

The win at Stamford Bridge means Guardiola has become the most successful manager in City's history in terms of victories.

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Man City make a champion statement

Manchester City's start to the season has been mixed in some respects but this was the champions back to their best and letting one of their main title rivals know they will not give up their crown lightly.

Guardiola's side were on the front foot from the first whistle as Chelsea seemed reluctant to commit to attack, the only complaint about their first-half supremacy being an inability to create clear opportunities despite their domination of possession.

All that changed after the break and Jesus made the decisive contribution as his shot in a packed penalty area took that vital touch off Jorginho to leave Mendy motionless and beaten.

It was a deserved reward for the Brazilian striker, who took a real buffeting at the hands of Chelsea's defence, particularly Antonio Rudiger, but took the knocks without complaint and ended up being the match-winner.

Guardiola cut an increasingly agitated figure as the minutes ticked down, presumably because City had failed to finish off Chelsea despite controlling all aspects of the game. The chances came and went, Mendy made saves to keep Chelsea alive, but in the end all was well that ended well for City.

This was a performance with few flaws apart from that lack of ruthlessness, with Laporte and Ruben Dias in total command at the heart of defence, Kevin de Bruyne adding flourishes in midfield and Grealish prompting throughout.

Grealish wears his £100m price tag lightly, playing with freedom and a smile on his face. He could have had two goals - and certainly should have had one when Mendy saved at his feet - and created opportunities for others.

When he was substituted with minutes to go as Guardiola looked to close out the win, he responded to the jeers of Chelsea's fans with a beaming smile.

This was a job very well done by Grealish - and Manchester City.

Chelsea 0-1 Man City: Chelsea lacked confidence against Man City - Tuchel

Chelsea suffer at Guardiola's hands

As Manchester City took total control, Chelsea's misery was illustrated by the grim statistic that they did not muster a single shot on target. And this is a fair reflection of their performance.

Thomas Tuchel's side have looked a powerhouse this season, even winning games when not playing well as they did against Aston Villa, and earning a point at Anfield despite being down to 10 men for 45 minutes.

This, in contrast, was a dreadful display which spluttered throughout, barely getting out of first gear and rarely giving Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson an anxious moment.

Tuchel has rightly been hailed for his tactical acumen since his arrival at Chelsea, particularly when overcoming this same Manchester City side to win the Champions League in Porto.

Here, however, Tuchel was in furious and frustrated mood from the first whistle as Chelsea failed to lay a glove on City, although his set up of three defensively-minded midfield players in N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic did not help.

Chelsea strike pair of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were cut adrift, although the performances and touch of both strikers disappointed on the rare occasions they were able to get into the game.

Player of the match

Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva

with an average of 7.74


  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy
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  2. Squad number7Player nameKanté
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  3. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
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  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
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  5. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
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  6. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
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  7. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek
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  8. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
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  9. Squad number9Player nameLukaku
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  10. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
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  11. Squad number11Player nameWerner
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  12. Squad number24Player nameJames
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  13. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
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  14. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
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Manchester City

  1. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  2. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
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  3. Squad number10Player nameGrealish
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  4. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  5. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus
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  6. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  7. Squad number2Player nameWalker
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  8. Squad number31Player nameEderson
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  9. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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  10. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
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  11. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
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  12. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
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  13. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
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  14. Squad number7Player nameSterling
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Formation 3-5-2

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4ChristensenBooked at 78mins
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 84mins
  • 24JamesSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 29'minutes
  • 7KantéSubstituted forHavertzat 60'minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 76'minutes
  • 8Kovacic
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 77mins
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Werner


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saúl
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
  • 29Havertz

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben DiasBooked at 90mins
  • 14LaporteBooked at 65mins
  • 27Cancelo
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forMahrezat 81'minutes
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 47FodenSubstituted forFernandinhoat 87'minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forSterlingat 87'minutes


  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Steffen
  • 21F Torres
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 80Palmer
  • 90Lavia
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester City 1.

  3. Booking

    Rúben Dias (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Foul by Rúben Dias (Manchester City).

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    Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by João Cancelo (Manchester City).

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    Timo Werner (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Offside, Manchester City. Ederson tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

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    Ederson (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).

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    Attempt missed. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing misses to the right. Assisted by Antonio Rüdiger.

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    Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

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    Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling replaces Jack Grealish.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Phil Foden.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Timo Werner (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

  17. Booking

    Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden with a through ball.

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