Two well-taken goals from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz ended Manchester City's unbeaten run in the Premier League, at Stamford Bridge, on Saturday. The hosts scored against the run of play in the first-half, but were thoroughly the better side in the second forty-five.
The result sees Manchester City surrender their top spot to Liverpool, who registered an emphatic 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. Here are three things we learned from Chelsea's win over defending champions, Manchester City.
3. Manchester City's First-Half Dominance
Despite enduring his first defeat of the season, Pep Guardiola was satisfied with the way his side performed at the Bridge, and, to be honest, we see no reason not to be. The defending champions looked at their best in the first-half, and would've taken the lead had Raheem Sterling been a little more clinical.
They lacked penetration in the second-half, but the underlying finesse was still there. The defeat will hurt for some time, but knowing how great City are, there's virtually no reason to panic.
2. Chelsea's Press Resistance
Going up against the league leaders, Chelsea knew they had to bring their 'A' game to get a positive result. Pep Guardiola's side, who had conceded just seven goals in the league ahead of the game, are renowned for their aggressive pressing and dispossession skills, and last night, too, it was on full display. Interestingly, Maurizio Sarri already had a plan in place.
He used David Luiz and Jorginho's exceptional long ball accuracy to the fullest in finding space behind Manchester City players. Chelsea's opener, which was instigated through a Jorginho long ball to Willian, showed how effective Sarri's tactics were.
1. Kante Delivers
After making a name for himself as an immaculate interceptor, N'Golo Kante is slowly showing the more attacking aspects of his game. Jorginho's addition has taken some work load off him in the middle of the park, allowing him to get into dangerous positions.
Not only did he manage to break City's midfield-stronghold from time to time, his well-timed, side-footed finish to give Chelsea the lead showed his growth as an opportunistic midfielder under Maurizio Sarri.