Chelsea keeps pole position with victory at the Etihad

Chelsea’s eighth consecutive Premier League victory cemented their place at the top of the Premier League table as they defeated Manchester City by 3-1.

Antonio Conte’s team displayed purpose and intent as they made deadly runs on the break after going behind to Gary Cahill’s own goal on the stroke of half-time, when he diverted Jesus Navas’ cross beyond keeper Thibaut Courtois.

However, Chelsea equalized on the hour when Diego Costa outmuscled Nicolas Otamendi to score and they were ahead 10 minutes later when substitute Willian raced clear to beat City keeper Claudio Bravo with ease.

Eden Hazard then completed the big win for Chelsea with another goal on the break, showing too much pace for Aleksandar Kolarov to wrap up three vital points as the Blues go three points clear on top of English top flight.

It would have ended as an entertaining match for both sides at Etihad Stadium had the game not get marred in chaos as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off in injury time.

City’s frustration at what they believed were a series of unfair decisions by referee Anthony Taylor boiled over in injury time as Aguero caught David Luiz high and late, which happened after the Argentina striker clashed with the defender at a corner earlier.

Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah joined in and was lucky not to see red, while Fernandinho was sent off for grabbing Cesc Fabregas. Even then, the defender had to be forced to leave the pitch and with the whole situation threatening to go completely out of control, it was fortunate referee Taylor was able to blow the final whistle seconds later.

As possible disciplinary action from the FA waits, Chelsea could enjoy a 3-point gap against 2nd placed Arsenal for now while Liverpool and Manchester City both stay four points behind after suffering defeats in their respective fixtures.

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