Pollard sees City’s way forward with no striker.
Much of the pre-match talk centred around the striker position. Chelsea, a side who prioritised the signing of a specialist goalscorer in the summer with the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku, against City, who operate without a recognised No. 9.
But on the evidence of what we saw here, City don’t necessarily need one. There’s a fluidity to our play, with Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus all comfortable in a variety of roles. At Stamford Bridge, they interchanged positions and left Chelsea bamboozled.
And with just one goal conceded in the Premier League so far this season, this is a side with steel as well as silk.
Saul’s early reactions to the impressive win at Stamford Bridge.
A fun match that had many good City performances as City played up to level with a nice strong squad. Man City came out with low energy, but then ramped it up as a brilliant second half by Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias sealed a win.
One where City was in control with possession and chances created.
The second half was maybe even better as City really opened the match up.
City had a lot of other players who played really well. Including Jack Grealish who continues to impress.
Quick Match Recap: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) September 25, 2021
A much needed win! https://t.co/Ca2bfoLpqs
Chelsea 0-1 Man City: Gabriel Jesus hands Thomas Tuchel’s side first Premier League defeat of the season - Peter Smith - Sky Sports
City have reinserted their names as favorites to retain the title.
After suffering three defeats in a row to Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola could finally celebrate a victory over the German at the final whistle - and a result which pulls Man City level with previously unbeaten Chelsea on 13 points in the table. “From the first second to the last second we tried to play our game and it was fantastic,” he said afterwards.
After their stutter against Southampton last weekend, the win and performance also adds belief to City’s campaign for back-to-back titles, ahead of a week which sees them go to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League and then Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City revamp exacts brilliant Champions League revenge over Chelsea - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
Brennan loved the tactical adjustments made by Pep.
City dominated possession, pinned Chelsea in their own half and quickly won the ball back, effectively reversing the pattern from May by having 67 per cent possession in the opening 45 minutes.
Much of that was down to the greater energy this City team brought, with the industry of Jesus adding to that of \bernardo and Foden.
The sight of those three snapping back at dark blue-shirted opponents whenever the home team won possession was the key feature of the first half.
The only problem was that not only did City not score from all of that ownership of the ball, they were not really creating clear chances.
City make statement with excellent display at the Bridge – Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City Review - Tom Cayless - City Report
Cayless recaps the Sky Blues big win over their London rivals.
The Premier League champions once again started the half excellently. Chelsea looked more open compared to the first half. City were getting in behind and got more shots off at Edouard Mendy’s goal but nothing came early on.
They then got their reward in the 52nd minute when Gabriel Jesus’ deflected effort found its way into the back of the Chelsea net. City played the corner short and it went to Joao Cancelo, who took it past Timo Werner and shot towards goal. His shot was blocked and fell to Jesus who snapped at the ball and scored in front of the City away end - which was once again very vocal and created a great atmosphere for the City players.
After the goal, Chelsea came into life. They now needed a goal and were actually playing for it, unlike before. Nevertheless, it was City that came close to another goal. Jack Grealish drove inside, Cancelo made a decoy run around Silva, that run made space for Grealish who cut inside and struck low towards the far corner but it was somehow saved by Mendy. This would not be the final time City came close to doubling their lead.
Point 1. It was a great day for City.
After a shaky start to the new season, City have found their feet in recent weeks, and ahead of a crucial week where they travel to PSG and Liverpool, the Manchester outfit have sent a big message to the rest of the division.
With Chelsea looking like the real deal following their Champions League triumph, more so with the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku, Pep Guardiola’s side haven’t just added three points to their tally, they have stopped their nearest title challengers from adding to theirs.
City are still favourites to claim their third successive league crown despite the massive improvements made by Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool - and the champions of England are proving it on the pitch.
Chelsea 0-1 Man City: Pep Guardiola’s team show why they are the men to beat in the Premier League title race - Adam Bate - Sky Sports
Belief in the champions is back. But for how long?
City have had their slips this season. The defeat to Tottenham. The stalemate with Southampton. It has been feast or famine. Other than that shut-out against Saints, their other four home games this season have seen them average five-and-a-half goals.
They are still the team most likely to blow opponents away, that is clear. There have been two 5-0 wins already in this Premier League season. But would they leak away too many points?
Man City player ratings vs Chelsea as Rodri and Joao Cancelo make the difference - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
Stuart was impressed with the stars at the back against Chelsea.
Ruben Dias Strong and committed in the face of Lukaku’s aggression, a battle he and Laporte won 8
Aymeric Laporte His passing out of defence was key as City built well down the left-hand side 8
Joao Cancelo His storming runs and build-up with Grealish were crucial for City - and he deserved his dodgy assist! 9
Rodri Cries of ‘if only’ as his excellence in snuffing Chelsea and launching City forward made a huge difference 9
Pep is, as always, a winner.
Guardiola’s tenure has been one of consistent success. He has won 10 trophies in his five full seasons and revolutionised the team’s playing style.
In total, his record for City reads: Played 303, won 221, drawn 37 and lost 45. In that period we have scored 738 goals and conceded 246.
Everyone at City would like to congratulate Pep on a magnificent achievement.
“I’m So Proud, We Have Done It!” - Pep Guardiola Glows at Significant Milestone Reached Through Chelsea Victory - Harry Winters - City Xtra
City’s most prolific manager, without question.
Saturday’s significant victory at Stamford Bridge was also Pep Guardiola’s 221st as Manchester City boss, with the Catalan surpassing the record of Les McDowall and setting a new club-record for most wins by a single Man City manager.
Reflecting on the milestone post-match, Pep Guardiola told the media that he was ”so proud” of the achievement.
“I’m so proud. We have done it, this milestone. During the period we have been together, we are together happy, magnificent. We can lose finals, but we play with incredible courage. That makes me proud, a little bit for myself, but for Man City.”
And finally, 4 words. Full-Time. Big win.
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