Only one objective however a gulf of sophistication separated the 2 sides at Stamford Bridge. The champions tried to stem the Metropolis stream, however the motion and interchanging of positions from the away aspect was an excessive amount of.
Metropolis kicked off with out their captain, their flying left-back and their talismanic centre-forward however, regardless of the absence of Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Aguero, took the sport to Chelsea and totally deserved victory. The boldness, spirit and talent of the aspect Pep Guardiola has constructed is kind of intoxicating.
It’s tough to seek out something remotely fallacious with such a efficiency however, as soon as once more, the burden of possession and possibilities created suggests a one-goal win might have been bettered with cooler ending.
Supervisor score out of 10
9 — Lastly successful a sport towards Chelsea after eight makes an attempt, Guardiola was as daring and assured in his group choice because the gamers have been in finishing up directions. He by no means doubted their potential to maintain up his optimistic ways.
Participant scores (1-10, 10 = finest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Ederson Morais, eight — The boldness emanating from goalkeeper to defence — and past — was eye-catching. One shot from Cesar Azpilicueta got here at him unsighted, but he was quickly right down to his left to palm it away. He additionally produced a superb excessive catch and fast throw to launch a scintillating counter assault led by Raheem Sterling.
DF Kyle Walker, eight — An lively show from the right-back, whose first contact took him marauding via central midfield and was an early signal for the house aspect of how Metropolis gamers would interchange roles. He performed two magnificent via balls as Metropolis pressed late so as to add a second and had power to spare on the finish.
DF John Stones, eight — Imperious on the again. He had one dodgy second when Alvaro Morata beat him down the suitable however, in any other case, was stable dealing with one, two or three attackers.
DF Nicolas Otamendi, 7 — Booked late on for an unnecessarily hectic lunge on Willian when Metropolis might have been enjoying down the clock.
DF Fabian Delph, eight — One other calm and guaranteed show, this time on the massive stage underneath a correct highlight. Having been overwhelmed down the road early, thereafter he was assured and in cost. Can’t be anticipated to fly to the byline like Mendy, however does his work tidily and crisply.
MF Fernandinho, eight — Noticed loads of early possession as Metropolis settled in and had an ideal alternative to attain from a Kevin De Bruyne nook however his bullet header was saved. Booked for a tactical journey on Willian, however was a lynchpin amid Metropolis’s near-total midfield management.
MF David Silva, eight — All the time out there, turning out of bother and discovering essential areas. Pushed nicely ahead, he had two possibilities to open the scoring, however simply failed with each. Within the whirling vortex of such a fast-paced sport, each go had the suitable weight utilized.
MF Kevin De Bruyne, 9 — Maybe with some extent to show to the membership that offered him, De Bruyne was the distinction between an ideal Metropolis efficiency ending unrewarded and the eventual win. He began large on the suitable, however popped up everywhere in the pitch, guiding, prompting, prodding and, when it got here to the crunch, scoring an excellent winner. An entire efficiency.
MF Leroy Sane eight — Fast to dam early Chelsea makes an attempt to advance down his flank, he additionally posed loads of issues going ahead. Displayed good use of tiny areas near the touchline in swapping passes with Silva.
MF Raheem Sterling eight — Completely satisfied to run on the coronary heart of the Chelsea defence, he drew a string of first-half free kicks in harmful positions. His type meant that his shadow, Marcus Alonso, was afforded little likelihood to go away his monitoring duties to create harm of his personal.
FW Gabriel Jesus, eight — Selfless and succesful, the Brazilian put in a shift. This was encapsulated in his fixed closing down of Chelsea’s defenders and goalkeeper, which led to varied losses of possession from the house aspect.
MF Bernardo Silva, NR — Arrived as a 75th-minute alternative for his namesake David and took only some minutes to get into his stride. That the Metropolis passing via the center didn’t skip a beat confirmed how nicely he tailored to a extra central position.
MF Ilkay Gundogan, NR — Arrived on 83 minutes for Sane and instantly threaded an exquisite ball via the center of the Chelsea defence. Sprightly and alert.
MF Danilo, NR — A 93rd-minute time waster to interchange the exhausted De Bruyne.
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