Manchester City said goodbye to the Premier League title after a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge to a Chelsea side back on track and proving their status as champions elect. An electric first half was followed by a pretty terrible performance from City in the final period, and Pep Guardiola's men will now look to the FA Cup as their only chance of silverware this season.
Both teams pressured each other looking to force mistakes out of the back, and both capitalized on it. Chelsea landed the first punch when Eden Hazard scored thanks to a slight deflection by Vincent Kompany that killed Willy Caballero, but City came back and equalized thanks to Sergio Agüero's tap-in following a horrible mistake by Thibaut Courtois.
Fernandinho then committed a stupid penalty on Pedro, which led to Hazard missing the penalty but scoring on Caballero's rebound. City had plenty of possession and created good chances, but a combination of poor decision making and bad luck gave Chelsea the lead at halftime.
Antonio Conte sent Nemanja Matic to add physicality and defensive prowess to the Chelsea lineup in the final period, and the strategy worked: while City had almost all of the possession in Chelsea's half, they never did anything to truly trouble Courtois, and an awful performance from the Citizens led to a comfortable second half for the league leaders, who ended up taking all three points and moving closer to the title.
Chelsea: Courtois; Zouma (Matic), D.Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kanté, Fàbregas (Willian), Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek)
Goals: Hazard (10', 35')
Man City: Caballero; Navas, Stones, Kompany, Clichy; Fernandinho, Delph; De Bruyne (Sterling), Silva, Sané (Nolito); Agüero
Goal: Agüero (26')