Manchester City made to wait for title by late Alonso strike
Updated: 21st September 2023
EPL Match review: Manchester City vs Chelsea
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 2 – The Etihad stadium – Saturday, 8 May 2021
Manchester City were made to wait for the 2020-21 Premier league title even as Chelsea boosted their own Top Four chances with a 2-1 win at the Etihad stadium on Saturday.
For City, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden were left out of the starting Xi while Chelsea did away with Mason Mount, Thiago Silva, and Ben Chilwell for the evening.
Guardiola's men requiring three points to become Premier League champions, went ahead in the 44th minute when Andreas Christensen messed with a clearance that allowed Gabriel Jesus to square a ball to Sergio Aguero.
Aguero had a glorious opportunity to double City's lead from the spot two minutes later when Billy Gilmour fouled Gabriel Jesus, but the Argentina inexplicably opted for a dinked effort that was easily saved by Edouard Mendy.
In one more instance of defensive callousness, Rodri gave away the ball to Hakim Ziyech who fired in low from the edge of the box past a diving Ederson to the near post. The momentum seemed to have swung the way of the Blues at this stage with the very impressive wing-back Reece James delivering a couple of wicked crosses into the box that a diving Timo Werner missed connecting by inches.
City still threatened on the counter with substitute Zouma producing a brilliant tackle to deny Sterling before VAR judged him not to have fouled the forward soon after when the forward went down in the box.
The decision was a big reprieve for the Blues who had the ball in the net twice more after that through Timo Werner and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi but VAR had them ruled offside.
The 2-1 result allowed Chelsea to move to the third and point ahead of Leicester's 63, giving their chances of a top-four finish a big boost. But the Etihad encounter as such threw up very few clues as to how their next meeting between these two would shape up.
Manchester City starting XI in 5-1-4 formation: Ederson (goal); Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Mendy (sub Zinchenko 79); Rodri; Torres (sub Gundogan 71), Aguero (sub Foden 71), Jesus, Sterling
Subs not used: Steffen (GK), Walker, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Garcia
Goals: Sterling 44
Chelsea starting in a 3-4-3 formation: Mendy (goal); Azpilicueta, Christensen (sub Zouma h/t), Rudiger; James, Kante (sub, Jorginho 68), Gilmour, Alonso; Ziyech (sub, Hudson-Odoi 75), Werner, Pulisic
Subs not used: Kepa (GK), Abraham, Giroud, Havertz, Emerson, Livramento
Goals: Ziyech 63, Alonso 90+2
Man of the match: Reece James (Chelsea)
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