Leggy Chelsea outplayed and outrun at home by superb Manchester City
Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge to worsen their home record to played 4, won 1.
The first half was a closely fought affair, with Manchester City dominating possession but the Blues coming close on a few occasions. The early stages saw N’Golo Kante heavily involved down the right, and the first chance of the game came when the Frenchman burst free on the right and played a cross in for Morata, who headed wide.
The best chance of the half fell to City, who deserved it with their dominance. Kevin de Bruyne’s corner was met by Fernandinho, but Thibaut Courtois was equal to it and kept it out.
With the Blues struggling, the worst thing possible happened as talismanic striker Alvaro Morata limped off with a hamstring injury with only 30 minutes played.
The second half saw a continuation of the cagey feel of the first, with City not able to break down Chelsea’s shape as much, but Chelsea even less able to make chances on the offensive.
With 65 minutes gone, the resistance of the back 5 was finally broken as Kevin de Bruyne found a pocket of space ahead of the D and lashed in a left footed strike.
Chelsea brought on Batshuayi and Pedro in response, but consistent sloppy play and an ever growing fatigue in Antonio Conte’s team made a comeback always look very unlikely.
In the end it could have been more than one for City, and Chelsea go into the international break disappointed.