After being beaten by Premier League leaders Liverpool last Matchday, Manchester City reacted this Saturday with an important 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. In front of their fans, the team led by Pep Guardiola counted on an inspiring Kevin De Bruyne to turn the game around against the Blues. NGolo Kante opened the scoring for the Stamford Bridge side, as De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored to complete the comeback.
With the win over Chelsea, Man City reached 28 points and moved up third, as Chelsea were knocked down to fourth on 26 points. They are both behind Leicester City, who has 29 and behind leaders Liverpool, with incredible 37 points.
In search of a reaction in the competition, City went up to press their Londoner rivals, who had a good sequence of six consecutive wins in the English Premier League. The initial impetuous, however, only lasted five minutes. Unshaken by the host’s aggressive attitude, Chelsea soon took control of the match and opened the scoring after 21 minutes.
Kante received mid-range launch, got into the area and took advantage of yet another bad positioning from goalkeeper Ederson to score the opener. 0-1 Chelsea.
After the initial shock, City got themselves back together and went on for the draw. It came on 29 mins, as De Bruyne’s attempt from the edge of the box was deflected off midway, tricking goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. 1-1.
The equalizer was everything that Guardiola’s men needed to regain confidence and to go for the comeback. On 37, Mahrez got the ball and ended up scoring a lovely solo-goal, as he rounded two defenders and found the corner of Kepa. 2-1 City.
Sergio Aguero almost made it three, but his effort struck the post on the verge of the break.
After the scares, Chelsea tried to react in the second half without success. The London team could not repeat the pace of the start of the match and stopped easily in the defense of City. In the final moments, Sterling shook the nets. But it was ruled out in the VAR.