LONDON — Three factors from Stamford Bridge on Manchester Metropolis’s 1-Zero win over Chelsea within the Premier League.
1. Metropolis reply to United win with assertion victory at Chelsea
Manchester Metropolis responded in the absolute best strategy to Manchester United’s emphatic dwelling win in opposition to Crystal Palace by reclaiming high spot within the Premier League with a 1-Zero victory away to champions Chelsea.
Kevin De Bruyne’s long-range strike on 67 minutes sealed the three factors for Pep Guardiola’s staff, who avenged final season’s double loss to Chelsea by inflicting the house staff’s second league loss at Stamford Bridge this season.
It was a dominant efficiency by Metropolis, who pressured three essential saves from Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois earlier than taking the lead.
However the 35th minute lack of high scorer Alvaro Morata to a hamstring harm left Chelsea having to take a seat deep and hit Metropolis on the break, denying Antonio Conte’s staff the prospect to take care of their spectacular current type.
This was Metropolis’s first actual take a look at of the marketing campaign, nevertheless, and so they responded magnificently.
Final season, Guardiola’s staff would have struggled to beat Chelsea’s stubbornness, however their perseverance and skill to maintain the foot on the pedal highlighted their improvement below the previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
Metropolis had been just too highly effective, with an excessive amount of selection of their recreation for a Chelsea staff that had been buoyed by the midweek Champions League win in opposition to Atletico Madrid in Spain.
The guests may have gained by a higher margin, however their win strikes them again forward of United on aim distinction.
It is only a pity that we should wait till December earlier than the Manchester rivals face off in what guarantees to be the sport of the season thus far.
2. Chelsea pay worth for offloading De Bruyne
Jose Mourinho has quite a bit to reply for at Chelsea — particularly permitting Kevin De Bruyne (and Romelu Lukaku) to depart Stamford Bridge throughout his second spell in cost.
De Bruyne was solely given two Premier League begins throughout his temporary Chelsea profession, with the Belgian telling Mourinho that he wished to maneuver away and play common soccer after rising bored with being ignored.
To say that the Manchester Metropolis midfielder got here again to hang-out Chelsea on Saturday can be an understatement, together with his gorgeous second-half aim deservedly incomes a 1-Zero win for Pep Guardiola’s staff.
However whereas Chelsea did fairly nicely with out De Bruyne final season, profitable the Premier League title below Antonio Conte, they would definitely have most popular to have him of their squad reasonably than see him bolstering Metropolis’s.
It’s a painful irony for Chelsea that the present high two, Metropolis and Manchester United, are being impressed by De Bruyne and Lukaku — two gamers allowed to depart with out actually being a given an opportunity on the membership.
And with Conte’s squad missing depth, retaining two of their brightest younger abilities and permitting them to develop would have been a way more smart choice.
Chelsea’s loss by way of De Bruyne has definitely been Metropolis’s achieve, nevertheless. He was the excellent participant on this recreation, making Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko wrestle in his wake.
So dominant was De Bruyne, it additionally raised questions as to how Chelsea might have coped higher had they not let Nemanja Matic additionally go away for United this summer time.
three. Sterling infuriates Guardiola
Pep Guardiola personally vetoed any prospect of Raheem Sterling shifting to Arsenal as a part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez on switch deadline day, insisting there was “no probability” he would permit the winger to depart Manchester Metropolis.
However whereas Guardiola makes no secret of his admiration for the previous Liverpool participant, Sterling continues to infuriate the Metropolis supervisor together with his decision-making within the remaining third.
Guardiola believes that Sterling can develop into among the finest attacking gamers in Europe, however there isn’t any query that he desires him to develop into extra scientific and ruthless when in and across the penalty space.
Within the first half at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola reacted furiously when, after being picked out unmarked on the correct, Sterling didn’t discover a Metropolis teammate with a cross into the penalty space.
It was a sloppy cross by Sterling, who rushed his supply, and Guardiola made a pointed gesture on the England broad man to register his annoyance.
And moments later, after one other failure to make the correct cross, Guardiola summoned Sterling throughout to the touchline to offer him a pep discuss the necessity to sharpen up.
Sterling has scored 5 league objectives already this season, so he’s clearly doing one thing proper, however he continues to offer the impression that he may contribute a lot extra.
He must be extra measured and colder when within the remaining third. If he can do this, he actually can be among the finest forwards within the recreation.
Mark Ogden is a senior soccer author for ESPN FC. Observe him @MarkOgden_