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Manchester City edges Chelsea to stay on Premier League summit

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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.

Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City defender facing ‘major setback’

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Defender Benjamin Mendy is facing a significant spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury, according to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

The French full-back is due to a visit to a knee specialist in Barcelona after suffering the injury against Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend .

“I think it is going to be a major setback,” said Guardiola after City’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, which Mendy was present for. “We are going to see finally what he has.”

While Mendy was the only out-and-out left back at the club, Guardiola insists he does have options for cover even if he is ruled out for a significant amount of time.

Asked how long he expected Mendy — a £52m signing from Monaco in the summer — to be out for, Guardiola added: “I don’t know.

“Tomorrow he’s travelling to Barcelona and we will see finally what he has. Our first impression is that it will it be a little long, longer than we expected. It is very frustrating for him first as a person but like happened last year with Ilkay Gundogan, I feel really sad for him. For the way we want to play, we will lose a lot, he is a unique player.”

Asked whether he would consider looking for a replacement left-back in January, Guardiola said: “We will see in January. We thought next summer about looking for another left-back, another replacement, but we will see what we do.”

“We have alternatives in our squad – Danilo, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, can play there so we will see as we go along.”

Mendy will be on his way to meet Barcelona-based Ramon Cugat, a close friend of Guardiola, who treated City duo Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne last season.

Liverpool appeal against Sadio Mane ban rejected by FA

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The Football Association has announced that the three-match suspension of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane will be sustained for his red card at Manchester City after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected.

Mane was sent off for raising his foot in a challenge with the City goalkeeper Ederson in the first half of Liverpool’s 5-0 Premier League defeat on Saturday, with the Senegalese international catching Ederson in the face on the edge of City’s penalty area, and the 25-year-old was shown a straight red card by the referee Jon Moss.

Ederson was subsequently quickly taken off the pitch on a stretcher with facial injuries following the incident in the first half. Although he returned to watch the final stages of his side’s victory, a photograph released since has shown eight stitches in wounds on the side of his face.

The Brazilian was able to return to the City bench in the second half, and trained — wearing protective head gear — on Tuesday before Wednesday’s Champions League match at Feyenoord, and was also included in the squad for the match.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said initially that it would be a waste of time to appeal against the sentence, albeit adding that Mane had been unlucky to be given the straight red at the Etihad.

“It would be another waste of time, like the game today,” he said. “I think everyone knows [Mane] didn’t see the goalie. There was not one second he looks on the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible.”

“Hopefully the goalie is not seriously injured. Sadio is very upset. We couldn’t keep him – he was shocked about the situation. I am sure also about the decision.”

The sustaining of the sentence meant that Mane will miss the home league game against Burnley on 16 September, as well as two trips to Leicester City — the League Cup tie on 19 September and the Premier League match four days later.

Jurgen Klopp: Sadio Mane very unlucky to be sent off

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that it was “unlucky” for Reds midfielder Sadio Mane to be sent off in their match against Manchester City in the Premier league.

Although Ederson suffered a facial injury that required lengthy treatment., the collision itself was accidental as Mane was also focusing on the ball throughout. Still, his challenge for the ball was high and fell under the guidelines for a dismissal for serious foul play.

Ederson had to leave the pitch on a stretcher and was replaced by Claudio Bravo, and underwent an examination at a medical centre at the nearby Etihad Campus. It was confirmed that he had suffered neither concussion nor a fracture to his cheekbone.

“It is not broken the bone. That is important,” said City coach Pep Guardiola. “He will be more beautiful after that. Hopefully he can come back soon but maybe he will not play in the next game [against Feyenoord in the Champions League on Wednesday].”

Klopp disagreed with the decision to sent off Mane, after the game-changing moment led to the heaviest defeat he suffered since taking charge of Liverpool in October 2015.

“[It was] an accident. Very unlucky,” he said. “I was outside with Pep and we both didn’t think it’s a red card. Everyone knows he didn’t see the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible.”

However, the German manager has indicated that he would not appeal against the decision — one that allowed Manchester City to run riot at the Etihad and destroy the Merseyside team by 5-0.

Asked if he would look to overturn the ban, Klopp asked: “Can we? What would be your advice? So it never works. It would be another waste of time, like the game today.”

Klopp also added that Mane was upset about the red card that effectively rules him out of next Saturday’s visit of Burnley and two matches against Leicester City, in the League Cup and the Premier League, but the former Southampton midfielder is clear to feature for Liverpool against Sevilla at the same time City hosts Feyenoord.