Manchester City edges Chelsea to stay on Premier League summit

Manchester City maintained their place on top of the Premier League table following a 1-0 win over defending champions Chelsea.

Kevin de Bruyne scored the only goal in the game from twenty yards out at 67th minute with a fierce left-footed drive, pushing his team ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League table.

City looked comfortable enough in their one-goal lead, but threatened with a second when Gabriel Jesus’s volley was headed off the line by Antonio Rudiger, and threatened to score before De Bruyne’s goal as well, with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois being forced to make a brilliant reflex save from Fernandinho’s header before the break.

Although Chelsea rose to rally in the later stages of the game, they could not find an equalizer and thus lost eight points in four Premier League home games so far in 2017-18; two more than in the whole of 2016-17. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

It adds glitter to City’s achievement in a troubled week for the club, with key defender Benjamin Mendy possibly out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury and striker Sergio Aguero being sidelined after suffering rib injuries in a car crash in Amsterdam.

While Chelsea arguably shared the same circumstances after losing top scorer Alvaro Morata to a hamstring problem after 35 minutes, City have now won eight games in all competitions while keeping four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since September 2015 (six games in that run).

Before the Chelsea game, the Manchester club already scored 16 goals in their past 3 games without reply in drubbings against Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace by 5-0, 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.

While Chelsea were not one to succumb to City’s offensive power as easily, even in the the absence of Aguero got the job done at Stamford Bridge by repelling the Blues whenever they went up front and adapted as need be on both ends of the pitch.

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